Food Traveler Summer 2018

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Coastal Cuisine Waterfront Dining Edition From South Beach to a Wisconsin lake and more, these top-rated restaurants are known for their incredible views and exceptional service.

24 A Tennessee Vacation

34 Wine, Beer, & Spirits

Visiting the Volunteer State Museums, theme parks, national parks – the Volunteer State has it all!

Top Tours of the Summer Whether you’re looking for an exceptional van tour that will take you up and down the California coast, or you’re more into the mountain scene that offers moonshine and sweet wine, these top tours of the summer will deliver!

30 Food Traveler’s Chef Spotlight From choosing the freshest ingredients, to plating their final creations, these chefs deserve recognition twice over.

72 Summer Romance Boutique Hotels & Beach Resorts Gorgeous resorts with a view of the beach? It's going to be love at first sight!

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94 Tropical Escapes Whether you want to stay in the country or venture out into the Caribbean, these tropical escapes are breathtaking, heart-stealing options.

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102 THE TRENDY TRAVELER Packing Spectacular Stay in-the-know with these expert packing tips, and you will no longer dread stuffing your suitcase for a trip!

104 Destination America Take a delicious journey with us as we discover the best destinations in each region that boast everything from fresh farmers markets, to festivals, shopping excursions, and so much more.

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WELCOME David-Jacobs Publishing Group and the Food Traveler team are excited to bring you this beautiful summer edition of Food Traveler Magazine. In this issue, we’ve combined the savviest of travel tips with the most unique destinations, both in and out of the country, and of course, amazing meals to complete it all! From the best of American barbecue, to breathtaking Hawaiian tropical paradises, you’re sure to discover new vacation ideas and great foodie finds throughout! Whether you’re looking to stay local or put a few more miles on the dash, your next vacation destination is only a page away. Stay up to date on the latest packing tips and tricks with ourTrendy Traveler feature, or head straight into Good Eats for amazing creations touching on College Towns, Farm-to-Table favorites, and more. Looking for a quick and easy getaway to a fantastic destination within your own region? Destination America has all you’ll ever need when it comes to finding the perfect nearby attractions. And for all of us who like a good wine, beer, or spirit with each meal, you’ve got to check out what’s happening with our picks for the Top Tours of the Sum-

mer. These areas are serving up everything from award-winning wines during authentic wine tours, to craft breweries that will exceed your summer ale expectations. We want nothing more than to see you full, happy, and making memories with those you love. Food Traveler strives to provide the most exceptional destinations in America, along with a touch of abroad exploration – all yours for the taking! We hope you take off in search of some of these amazing finds that we know will leave you in awe. From the pleasant people to the amazing food, and everything in between, there won’t be a moment without a smile, except maybe when it is finally time to go home. Grab a comfy chair, curl up and flip through this wonderful edition, and find your next summer vacation destination! Follow your heart to wherever it may lead you in your travels, and soak up the summer sun with the best of friends and family. Don’t forget to send us a postcard from your version of paradise! Wishing you all full bellies and safe travels,

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1000+ Hotel Rooms 50+ Restaurants We’re on Your Way! Take a break from the road and stop in Mt.Vernon! At the crossroads of I-57 & I-64, Mt.Vernon has more than 1000 hotel rooms, several botiques and specialty shops, and over 50 restaurants. Explore our awe-inspring museum and art center or check out one of our many festivals and events. Spend the night and start fresh tomorrow. Enjoy Mt.Vernon!

The Blue Ridge Mountain town of Hendersonville, NC, delights the palate with fine dining restaurants, upscale bistros, casual family spots and lots of craft spirits. Downtown is home to 25 independent restaurants, and Main Street’s wide sidewalks provide space for outdoor dining. Options range from locally-sourced Southern cuisine to internationally inspired tapas to authentic Italian eateries. And don’t forget slow-roasted North Carolina barbecue. The area’s orchards supply local cideries with fresh apples for pints of crisp hard cider. Bold Rock, the largest craft cider producer in the country, operates a popular cidery and tasting room, while Appalachian Ridge Artisan Ciders is known for its Europeanstyle ciders served in a boutique tasting room surrounded by apple trees.

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simple yet creative dishes and breathtaking views of Angel Island

These top-rated restaurants are known for their incredible views as waterfront establishments. From South Beach, to a lobster cruise, to a Wisconsin lake, and more, you’ll be taken aback by the mesmerizing scenery these restaurants provide. Not all of them cater to seafood lovers, either, so those of you that prefer dishes of the land, we’ve got you covered. Sit back and enjoy the sights, order a chef specialty, and take in all of the beauty that surrounds each one of these award-winning eateries. You won’t leave hungry, we can guarantee that. The Lido Bayside Grill – Miami Beach, FL The Lido is part of The Standard Hotel & Spa, which offers the utmost natural luxury and comfort for any vacationer that wants the peace of paradise with the option to jump right into the South Beach action. While dining at the Lido, you can expect beautiful seaside scenery, wholesome dishes, and the freshest ingredients, all while enjoying the summer sun and the mist from the ocean waves. Also equipped with a bar and lounge, The Lido is perfect for couples or friends looking to relax and have a fun night out. On the dinner menu, you’ll notice inspirational creations, such as Boris’ Chicken Empanadas as a starter, which is served with three different types of salsa to suit everyone’s palate. As an entrée, try the Char-Grilled Octopus with squid ink hummus, a three bean salad, and fresh pomegranate. Yum! Scoma’s Sausalito - Sausalito, CA Feast your eyes on the beautiful establishment known as Scoma’s, where you’ll find simple yet creative dishes, breathtaking views of Angel Island, and a chic, Italian ambience.

There’s nothing more satisfying than being greeted by welcoming faces that seat you at a table with unobstructed views of the deep blue pacific waters, and then provide you with a menu that any seasoned foodie would croon over. The experience is why you come here, and the food is why you keep coming back. For starters, order the coconut curry mussels, with mussels from the Mediterranean that are steamed in coconut milk and served in a garlic Thai curry sauce – we’re drooling. For dinner, we recommend trying the Sea Scallops Parmigiano. This dish includes royal sweet scallops that are dusted in Parmigiano cheese and then grilled to perfection with a lemon beurre blanc. But, if you can, try to get your hands on the shellfish sauté for the summer, which is overflowing with crab legs, prawns, clams and scallops. Other seasonal specialties keep the menu fresh and inviting. Visit to learn more.

North River Lobster Company

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North River Lobster Company New York, NY “Take a cruise on New York’s only floating lobster shack!” You heard right, this is all about eating lobster on a boat. What could be any better? Maybe the fact that this “boat” is a cruise with full bars on three different decks and a full service restaurant that is serving up everything from fresh oysters to various kinds of lobster rolls and more. Yeah, that definitely makes it better. Try an unlimited season pass if you’re local, but if you’re planning a vacation here from far away, one time on this boat is all it’ll take to keep you coming back for more. Schedules are accommodating to all parties, and the summertime is the perfect time to plan. From ice cold beer to fresh sangria, a full raw bar, and tons of menu choices, the North River Lobster Company is not to be missed while in the area. There’s a Chef’s Special Roll that is different all the time, but when in doubt, you can’t go wrong with the Signature Roll, which includes fresh lobster and Old Bay mayo, served with celery, lemon zest, and lettuce, all on a soft potato roll. Hop onto to reserve your boarding pass and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying the New York skyline while you dine with friends, literally on the water. Food Traveler | Summer 2018 | 15

“the food is amazing. They’ve got everything right, from crab cakes to southern

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The Boathouse at Sunday Park Midlothian, VA Impeccable views of the Swift Creek Reservoir are not the only reason locals love this place. The food is amazing. They’ve got everything right, from crab cakes to southern shrimp and grits, and people are eating it up every chance they get. The Boathouse is also beautifully designed, and perfect for hosting, so if you need to plan an event soon, consider this as a top venue choice. The talk seems to be about the crab cakes, which apparently has been a years-long project to

working towards completely perfecting the recipe, and wow. Just wow. Order the Boathouse Crab Cakes, which come two to a plate, and are laced with Pommery mustard sauce. The cakes are served with housemade mashed potatoes and a seasonal vegetable – you won’t be disappointed by this menu item. Feeling something unique? Try the Boathouse’s Crab & Asparagus pizza, with plenty of mozzarella to hold the two delicious main ingredients together.

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Impeccable views of the Swift Creek Reservoir are not the only reason locals love this place. The food is amazing.

/////////// Feeling something unique? Try the Boathouse’s Crab & Asparagus pizza Golden Mast Okauchee, WI Okcauchee Lake is the beautiful waterfront view you’ll get here at Wisconsin’s Golden Mast lakeside restaurant. From the European architecture down to the exceptional service, and everything in between, this place needs to find its way to the top of your waterfront dining bucket list. Perfect for a romantic dinner or even a wedding, the Golden Mast is known for taking every customer’s breath away. The Golden Mast serves up steaks, seafood, and unique German specialties, sure to please any foodie’s taste. Going for the German specialty? We knew it – try the German Combination, “An experience of select German dishes.” This meal comes as a platter featuring duck, wiener schnitzel, beef rouladen, spaetzle, and red cabbage. We’re full just thinking about it. As an alternative, we recommend the walleye almondine, which comes lightlybaked with toasted almonds and a double-baked sweet potato.

However you like your seafood prepared, or even if you don’t like seafood at all, it is no surprise why these places make the top of the list year after year. Pizza by the water, steaks on a lake, or lobster on a boat – it’s all yours for the taking. Be sure to factor one (or all!) of these delicious destinations into your next foodie vacation: waterfront style.

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Worcester County, MD

“We PrIdE OuRsElVeS In PrOdUcInG ExCePtIoNaL BeEr (AnD FoOd) In An EcOlOgIcAlLy ReSpOnSiBlE WaY.” distillery and winery with more than 26 breweries across the Delmarva Peninsula. Visitors to the beach know Maryland’s Eastern Shore well from summertime visits to Ocean City and Assateague Island hikes to see wild horses, but the burgeoning beer scene offers a reason to visit year round. Worcester County, on Maryland’s Atlantic coast, is home to four breweries, a

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We pride ourselves in producing exceptional beer (and food) in an ecologically responsible way. We utilize local ingredients because the products are just better, and it helps our neighbors. Ocean City is home to Fin City Brewing Company, Backshore Brewing and

OC Brewing Company while Berlin named “America’s coolest small town” by Budget Travel Magazine - is home to Burley Oak Brewery. And soon to open, Assateague Brewery, our first farm brewery. Walk into any bar or bottle shop across America these days and the healthy selection of local craft beer is evidence that the artisanal food movement has reached the tap. Discover and enjoy our wide variety of local beers, spirits and wines.

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In Virginia Beach, VA

“With the bountiful Chesapeake Bay to our north and the mighty Atlantic Ocean to our east, seafood is a way of life here.”

Virginia Beach, our culinary scene has been shaped by our surrounding waters. With the bountiful Chesapeake Bay to our north and the mighty Atlantic Ocean to our east, seafood is a way of life here. As the largest natural estuary in the United States, the Chesapeake Bay is home to 348 species of finfish, including flounder, sea bass, tautog and the localfavorite, rockfish. As fun to catch as they are to eat, 70 to 90 percent of the world’s rockfish, also known as striped bass, reside in the waters of the Bay, making Virginia Beach the “Rockfish Capital of the World.” With the Bay producing nearly 500 million pounds of seafood each year, it’s no wonder we can’t get enough.

As the high heat of summer is cooled by the crisp winds of autumn, our hunger for seafood reaches epic proportions. With some of our favorite fish reaching peak season, our local seafood joints are turning out some of the freshest dishes around. The Rudee Inlet, at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, is a hub of unbeatable seafood options in our coastal city. Rudee’s Restaurant and Cabana Bar, Rockafeller’s, and Big Sam’s all overlook the inlet and each offer a unique take on fresh seafood pulled straight from the Chesapeake Bay, like Big Sam’s Hot Blue Crab Dip or Rudee’s Fresh Catch of the Day served-up Chesapeake Style, topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, Smithfield ham, and Bearnaise Sauce. Virginia Beach is also home to the mouthwatering blue crab, a local staple that can’t be topped – except, of course, with a healthy pour of melted butter. Margie & Rays Crabhouse, in the Sandbridge District, makes local blue crab their business - serving out fresh, Chesapeake Bay crab cakes and a she-crab soup that is frequently voted as the best in the region at our Annual She-Crab Soup Festival. As the She-Crab Soup Capital of the World, that’s quite an accomplishment in Virginia Beach! As if the full bounty of the sea and the Bay weren’t enough, there are also our oysters – beautifully harvested Lynnhaven oysters. Once coveted around the world and served to presidents and royalty for their size, saltiness and gentle zing, these delicious little bivalves are being harvested in the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach, an offshoot of the Chesapeake Bay. Captain John Smith himself described the bounty of the area when he and his shipmates spent three days in Virginia Beach before moving inland to establish Jamestown in 1607, surviving primarily off fish, oysters and turtles - an experience he described in his logs: “Oysters lay as thick as stones, with the Bay and rivers containing more sturgeon than could be devoured by dog or man.”

Local ostreophage and oyster farmer extraordinaire, Chris Ludford, owner of Pleasure House Oysters and former Virginia Beach firefighter, is cultivating the Lynnhaven oyster and doing his part to bring them back to their days of royalty. The amount of care and attention that each individual oyster gets shines through in its complex and divine flavor profile. From seed to plate, this process takes two years, and Chris is there every step of the way to nurture their growth and to make sure he is producing the best oysters he possibly can. Visitors can hop aboard a tour of Ludford’s farm and even taste the oysters plucked straight from the water in the cooler months when the water is cold enough to ensure safe eating. In the place where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Chesapeake Bay, seafood is king. Plan a trip to Virginia Beach and see for yourself!




ennessee, known as The Volunteer State, is home to some of the most beautiful land in the country. It is said that the nickname came about during the War of 1812, when volunteer soldiers came from Tennessee to assist troops. Beyond the history of the war, Tennessee actually has a lot of cool places to hang out in, thanks in big part to the musical influence that has grown throughout the land. Tennessee is considered to be the birthplace of several genres of music, so if your love of music is just as great as your love of history, a trip to this state is for you. Start off by visiting places like Memphis and Nashville to get your music fix. Nashville is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as the Grand Ole Opry, which is widely known as “The Show that Made Country Music Famous.” Keep an eye out for the roots of Rock & Roll, arguably found in Memphis. There are well over 100 iconic names in music that all come from the state and Memphis is one city that showcases a bit of history on them all.

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“Tennessee is considered to be the birthplace of several genres of music, so if your love of music is just as great as your love of history, a trip to this state is for you.”

After Stax, head on over to Elvis’s Graceland. Graceland provides an inside look at the life of “The King,” and highlights his accomplishments, family life, and personal aspirations. The estate itself has been dubbed the “most famous Rock & Roll residence” in the nation. Prepare to view a wide variety of assets and memorabilia from the star, including his impressive collection of cars, the family tomb, and a tour of his home and music room. Take a step back in time while you visit one of the city’s many museums, such as the Rock n’ Soul Museum, Stax Museum, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and the Blues Hall of Fame. The Blues Hall of Fame alone notes more than 400 names that all brought something to the blues industry, whether it be in full albums, nearly-lost singles, or literature itself.

After you’ve listened to your fair share of Rock & Roll, Blues, Soul, and Country hits, check out Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Dollywood brings in fun for the whole family with the water park and theme park that cater to all ages. Dollywood is a stone’s throw from the Great Smoky Mountains, as well, so the entire area has enough activities to fill an entire season without rest.

The Stax Museum is actually the original site of Stax Records, which went bankrupt and closed up in the mid-1970s. The area, widely known for its soul music, was dubbed Soulsville USA, and that was the nickname Stax Records gave their studio. This, in large part, was to counteract Motown Records, who called themselves Hitsville USA.

For a more unique vacation idea, plan a visit to The Bell Witch Cave. The Bell Witch Cave is located in Adams, Tennessee, and is host to the famous legend of the Bell Witch. The witch was said to be invisible to most, and she is widely known as the sole cause of terror and abuse to the Bell family back in the early 1800s.

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the amount of visitors. The park sits on the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, which is a part of Blue Ridge, and both extend as a division of the greater Appalachian Mountains. In the center of the park, you’ll find the border that separates North Carolina and Tennessee. The park’s area is over 500,000 acres, and is home to a variety of wildlife. The vast differences in elevation throughout the mountain ranges make for great diversity among the park’s inhabitants. Because the park has both a subtropical lowland climate, and old growth forests with steep slopes and cooler temperatures, animal sightings can range from a black bear to a bat, “Take a hike or depending on where you’re go for a bike ride at in the park.

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Legend has it that she eventually killed the head of the household, John Bell, but only after she spent many nights terrorizing the family with eerie noises throughout their house. While exploring one day, a group of children came upon the cave and one fell down a dark hole within the caverns. Bursting into panic, the children screamed and tried to help, when they heard the voice of none other than the Bell Witch herself saying, “I’ll get him out!” So she did, and the child was saved. Why she terrorized the Bell family, or even if it were truly her, known one really knows, but to this day, the cave still remains quite a popular attraction. Visitors have reported a variety of strange phenomena within the cave, and reviews call it “the scariest place in Tennessee.” If you simply want to appreciate the land itself, then do not miss the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This park is the most visited national park in the United States. With over 10 million people flocking to the park every year, it beats out both Yellowstone and Yosemite by nearly triple

Towns that surround the park different trails boast museums, landmarks, that usually lead handcrafted souvenirs, events, lodging, park tours, and a to a spectacular variety of other adventures, endpoint with a so be sure to check out all of view fit for a picnic the attractions in the area. and fantastic Gatlinburg, Tennessee is one of the closest cities on the pictures.” border, and they welcome visitors year-round. The park also has an array of historical landmarks and sites to visit, as well as natural wonders, like caves, waterfalls, and ravines. Take a hike or go for a bike ride on one of the many different trails that usually lead to a spectacular endpoint with a view fit for a picnic and fantastic pictures. Whether you’re looking for a museum, a theme park, or a national park, the Volunteer State has it all. Start planning your very own Tennessee vacation now!

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Cuisine Meets Down-Home Southern in Clarksville, Tennessee

horse Brewery & Pub, Hot Pita, and Edward’s Steakhouse. One block over, new restaurant and brewery Strawberry Alley Ale Works joined the lineup with made-from-scratch recipes, original beer selections brewed in-house, craft cocktails and top-quality wines. Moving away from the downtown core, Silke’s Old World Breads offers fresh German meats and cheeses, along with made-daily-from-scratch breads and pastries. Smokin Chikin infuses gourmet rotisserie chicken with herbs and spices from around the globe, creating unforgettable flavor.

You’ll find a lot of things you may not expect in a mid-size city like Clarksville, Tennessee: a thriving arts community, grand historic architecture, a significant military history, and an incredible variety of amazing food! The influence of the Fort Campbell Army Post, Austin Peay State University and international industries like Hankook, LG, Bridgestone and more, gives Clarksville’s food scene a surprisingly global flair. Still, no worries for travelers looking for a traditional Southern food experience – the city is true to its roots with plenty of down-home Southern fare. Along the iconic and historic Franklin Street, you’ll find an eclectic collection of favorites like Roux AmeriCajun, Black-

For a seat with a view, enjoy large-portion American entrees at Liberty Park Grill overlooking the Clarksville Marina at the Cumberland River. Take the bridge across the river and enjoy The Catfish House, offering down-home Southern-style sides and desserts. Broaden your palette in the direction of the Army Post with authentic Indian, Mexican, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and more. You won’t lack for liquid refreshment with options like Old Glory Distilling’s whiskey, bourbon, rum and vodka. Plus, four craft breweries serve a diverse selection of artisan beverages. Beachaven Vineyards and Winery is a trailblazer in Tennessee winemaking. They’ve been filling goblets with awardwinning wines for more than 30 years. And, you simply cannot leave town without a rolled ice cream!


spotlight Enjoy all the individuality and hard work that these chefs pride themselves on, and give their restaurants a try. You’ll agree with our decision to put them in the spotlight.

Raleigh, NC

Death & Taxes is the latest restaurant from chef Ashley Christensen dedicated to the technique of cooking with wood fire.


Chef Ashley Christensen Ashley Christensen has made quite a name for herself in the industry. From appearing on hit shows, like the Food Network’s popular Iron Chef America and MSNBC’s Your Business, to opening up six separate establishments, Ashley has everyone buzzing about her talents. Ashley received her initial passion for southern fare and quaint diners from her father, who was in love with the comforts of quick-stop hot coffees and plates of corned beef hash.

Ashley was given an Outstanding Chef award from the James Beard Foundation in 2018. She has appeared in a handful of publications, including “Bon Appétit, Gourmet, The New York Times, Southern Living and Garden & Gun.” Her first opening, Poole’s Diner, inspired her first cookbook as well, titled, “Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner,” which was released in September of 2016. Her restaurants include: Poole’s, Beasley’s Chicken & Honey, Death & Taxes, Bridge Club, Fox Liquor Bar, and Chuck’s. Poole’s is the diner that started it all, where the handwritten menu is located on the wall via chalkboard. Poole’s used to be an old pie

shop from the 40s that also became a luncheonette. Ashley stayed true to the former owner’s space, and Poole’s rebirth came in 2007 With an impressive collection of restaurants in the Raleigh area, it’s no wonder she’s been dubbed the culinary queen of the town. Chef Ashley promises to use only the freshest, seasonal ingredients, and prides herself on plating the very best for her hungry customers. Her equalitarian attitude and gastronomical wanderlust outlook makes her both interesting and inviting. Sit down to a meal in one of her award-winning restaurants, and see for yourself! Visit for more information.

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/////////// Chef Charles Draghi Chef Charles Draghi and his restaurant, Erbaluce, are centered in the Bay Village area of Boston, Massachusetts. Chef Draghi has been rooted in Boston for many years, and is very well-known for putting a modern, herb-infused spin on traditional Italian cuisine. Draghi hones in on Piemontese flavors, and pairs freshly grown herbs and spices with seasonal, high-quality ingredients for a savory combination that never ceases to amaze his customers.

Contemporary, yet comforting, his dishes offer up both intellectual criticisms and heartwarming feelgood meals alike. In an interview with Haute Living, Draghi explains one of his signature dishes: The roasted rack of wild boar with a handful of wild Concord grapes, fermented with lavender branches. A favorite for the past 12 years and standing, Draghi says that the secret is that the meat comes from a feral animal, rather than a farm-raised boar. The “steak-like texture is very satisfying, and subtly haunting; a primal flavor that is unlike any other meat.” Draghi’s restaurant, Erbaluce, has received many awards and nominations, including its 6th “Best Italian Restaurant” from Improper Bostonian Magazine. A quote from Robert Nadeau explains the very core of what makes Draghi’s cuisine so unique: “Draghi’s food builds sauces from vegetables and their essences, rather than butter, olive oil, or cream. So even with a rich dessert, one will be able to continue with a night out on the town after eating here. Amid many fine restaurants near the Theater District, this is one of the most distinctive.” – Robert Nadeau, The Boston Phoenix

The menu changes nightly at Erbaluce, depending on what Chef Draghi feels like playing with, and what’s in season. Dining at Erbaluce means ordering razor clams with fennel, garlic, and green peppercorns one night, and then trying braised sunflowers with herbed ricotta and a raisin-caper vinaigrette the next. The point of every dish is to taste the freshness of each ingredient, without having to bridge the gaps in a rich, heavy sauce. His classical French culinary training, paired with his gastro-chemistry influence, makes Chef Draghi a sight for sore eyes among the inventive and novice foodie community. Learn more at



&Spirits • Top Tours of The summer • Take a ride in a vintage Volkswagen van while you tour the coast of California in search of microbreweries and the central coast winery scene. Or, head to Tennessee, where you’ll be greeted with down-home friendly faces that welcome you to take a sip of their homemade moonshine if you dare. Whatever your wine, beer, or spirits fancy may be, these top tours of the summer are about to show you why they keep sitting in the number one slots as rated by satisfied customers from across the country. Put your drinking glasses on, it’s time to get sipping!

They make you feel as though it is your van and you’re just with a group of friends cruising along Highway 1. It is a delightful change of pace compared to most tours, especially if you’ve taken a few already! But what’s on the tour agenda? Vantigo will take you on storied tours of the city or a Paso Robles coastal wine and beer tour. Vantigo offers historical tours as well, such as an Alcatraz tour, but we’re here for the ones that include beer and wine! Start with the San Francisco Bew Tour at $99 per person, which will offer stops at five or six different breweries where you’ll get tastings of course, all while learning about the evolution of breweries in the area, along with how things are run today. The Paso Robles Private Brew Tour is perfect for larger groups at $999 per van (which can hold up to 14 people). You’ll get a coastal beer tasting option or be able to mix it up how you please. There are points of interest listed, but if you want to customize your tour to hit other locations, you’re more than welcome to. There’s also a Paso Robles Wine Tour at $55 per person, which lasts about 4 hours in duration and covers 3-5 winery partners. Enjoy California’s central coast in style as you cruise along in a vintage 1951 Ford Mini-bus. This tour also caters to its riders, so if your group just wants to buy a bottle of wine and hang out for a bit at the last stop, you can do so! It is all about getting that authentic, local experience, rather than feeling like you’re on a strict museum-like time schedule. Each tour also comes with a Vantigo souvenir! Go to and check out all the different options. You’ll be booking a tour here in no time.

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Vantigo Tours San Francisco, CA

Vantigo’s name says it all. The company combined the Spanish terms “van” and “contigo” to provide a play on words, meaning “to go with you,” only literally in vans. Each tour is taken in a classic and fully-restored van, with the core fleet including the iconic VW vans that we all love! These unconventional tours are brought to you by fun and enthusiastic local guides, who will show you the Bay Area from a familiar set of eyes. This allows visitors to experience San Francisco without having to look touristy. The fun part of having these guides bring you along for the ride is that they’ll share their own stories with you and make conversation, much different from the history-like tours that most tourists are used to.

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Experience the Patuxent Wine Trail in Calvert County. Sample award-winning wines in beautiful rural settings. Check out the sensational suds at local brewers. It’s vintage Southern Maryland.


Tennessee Mountain Tours Pigeon Forge, TN

Tennessee Mountain Tours is a friendly tour service that offers up everything from a short tour of the town, to in depth history tours, and, of course the tour we’re here for, the Moonshine & Wine Tour! The Moonshine & Wine Tour lasts for about 4-5 hours and comes at an affordable cost of about $45-$50 per person. On the tour, you will be visiting approximately eight different wineries and moonshine distilleries, where tastings will be offered along the way, and of course a generous dose of the local history. As you sip on what the locals like to call “white lightning,” you will hear of the legends, historical figures, and evolution of how moonshine got through its prohibition era and the legalities of it all. Be ready to visit some of the major moonshine locations, such as The Old Mill, Tennessee Legend Thunder Road Distilleries, Tennessee XXX Moonshine, Sugarlands Moonshine, Ole Smoky, Smith Creek Moonshine, and Old Forge Distillery.

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You will get to enjoy the taste of the original hard-hitting stuff made of traditional corn mash and rye, and you will also get a chance to taste the smooth and sweet concoctions, with flavors that range from apple pie to strawberry shortcake, and more. If moonshine is not your thing, and you’d rather feast your eyes on the Tennessee vino scene, you will be pleased to know that the tour will cover places like Hillside Winery, Mill Bridge Winery, Apple Barn Winery, Mountain Valley Winery, and Sugarland Cellars. Locally-grown grapes put these Tennessee wines on the map, as the rich mountain soil allows for some of the sweetest grapes to grow. The history, friendly faces, and energetic guides on this tour will provide you with something so authentic and so indulging that you may just want to take the tour again.


Come Crush Friday in Madison! Enjoy live music over craft beer at our brewery. Go for a wine tasting at one of our wonderful wineries. Enjoy a meal at one of our great restaurants, from casual barbecue to fine dining at a world class restaurant.

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Visitors who have participated on the Moonshine & Wine Tour call it “excellent” and rate it at the top of their tour lists. Maybe it is because of the flavors of moonshine. Maybe it is because of the sweet wines. Maybe it is because of the breathtaking scenery and the good people. We like to think it is the timeless combination of all of those things, and that’s why this is a top tour of the summer for sure! Visit for more information and to reserve your place on the next tour!

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Be sure to check out the other tours that Tennessee Mountain Tours offer, as they all provide different perspectives and will show you the area’s best spots in the most authentic ways. Whether you’re looking for an exceptional van tour that will take you up and down the California coast, or you’re more into the mountain scene that offers moonshine and sweet wine, these top tours of the summer will deliver!

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Columbia County, NY

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Nestled between the banks of the Hudson River and the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains lies one of the gems of the Hudson Valley—Columbia County, NY. Long before Henry Hudson sailed up the river that bears his name, the county was home to Native American Mohicans. Hudson’s discovery led to the Dutch settling in Hudson and Stuyvesant; the Palatine Germans in Germantown, and the English, the Scots, and New England Whalers near Spencertown and Ancram. The county’s history is culturally rich and historically diverse. Over 50 heritage sites steeped in Revolutionary and Civil War history and homesteads of political luminaries such as the 8th President of the United States, Martin Van Buren and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Robert Livingston, make Columbia County an attraction for heritage visitors. Nineteenth century fine artists, Thomas Cole and Fredric Church, established what is known as the Hudson River School of painting, capturing the breathtaking beauty and vast vistas within the county and beyond. Their homesteads, Church’s Moorish inspired masterpiece, Olana, and the Thomas Cole House are both open to the public and are popular tourist sites.

Family farms have long been supplying meat, produce, fruit, and dairy products to the New York City market. Farm-to-table is not just a catch phrase here. It is a way of life.

The city of Hudson has enjoyed a robust renaissance as a small city with big city flair. In the early 90’s, antique dealers fleeing high rents in New York City came and pioneered the change that has made it the vibrant, eclectic, entrepreneurial place it is today. Art dealers followed as did the unique boutiques that add to the city’s charm. With so much fertile farmland within the county, it was only natural that the farm-to-table movement would put Columbia County on the map as a food and beverage resource.

The past 10 years has seen a boom in dining options. Chefs and restauranteurs migrated from the New York City area lured by abundance of locallysourced, quality products. Zagat-rated establishments fill the county and make it a “foodie’s delight” destination. Whether it be a casual café, vintage diner, fine dining restaurant or hip and happening spot to enjoy a custom IPA or craft cocktail, there is something to tantalize every taste bud. Artisanal beverage producers also hand-craft beer, wine, spirits and hard ciders from locally grown hops, wheat, grapes, and apples. Tasting events along the beverage trail offer an educational and delicious activity to be enjoyed throughout the year. History, art, food and fun make Columbia County the perfect getaway. For more information, visit

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Visitors coming to Central Pennsylvania this year will have the opportunity to experience a different kind of trail, one not found in the forest. The River Rat Brew Trail is the region’s first and only craft beer trail, and encompasses 14 local breweries across five counties: Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union. The trail’s name pays homage to the people who live along the mighty Susquehanna River and to their ancestors whose lives depended upon the river and its resources. In addition to finely handcrafted brews, the River Rat Brew Trail provides travelers with a beautiful journey through Pennsylvania’s heartland, full of rolling hills, fields, farms,

forests, and the Susquehanna River. Each brewery on the trail produces their own varieties of craft beer and provides a memorable atmosphere to savor exquisite draft selections. Participants are invited to “Join the Rats” and begin the trail at whichever establishment they desire. Some of the more unique brew flavors to find on the trail include peanut butter, coconut, peach rings, cookie dough, and blood orange, along with many more traditional favorites. Many of the trail breweries are located in historic buildings, and most all boast fascinating stories about the paths that led them to produce quality craft beers.

For more information about the River Rat Brew Trail and participating breweries, please visit or like the trail on Facebook: Your next weekend adventure is calling, so hit the trail, grab a brew, and join the rats! Visitors looking to spend more time in the region sampling great beverages should also plan to visit the nine wineries in Columbia & Montour counties. The wine trail also hosts seasonal events with special pairings and great prize giveaways. For more information about the Columbia & Montour County wineries, please visit:

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Frederick County, MD

Drink in the view Frederick County is home to the largest number of farms in Maryland and with a plethora of farmland comes some incredible views. There is no better way to take in the rolling hills, flat river valleys, meandering waterways and bright green pastures than with a tasting! Visit Frederick County’s wide array of wineries, breweries, and distilleries and drink in the view. Black Ankle Vineyard is visually stunning both out in the vineyard and inside the one-of-a-kind tasting room. Built from straw, clay, wood, and stone grown or found on the property, this unique building is powered by solar and heated using a geo-thermal system. Snuggle up by the fireplace or relax on the patio with a glass of delicious red or white wine. Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery offers Maryland’s premier meads and traditional Merlots. Meads are wines made from honey blended with fruits and/or spices with

all natural fermentation and aging processes. The unique flavors of their different meads are produced only from natural ingredients. Springfield Manor Winery, Brewery & Distillery in Thurmont is a historic 130-acre estate with the Catoctin Mountains as a stunning natural backdrop. The restored bank barn is home to the wine, brew and spirits tasting rooms. Enjoy the gorgeous views of over 2,500 lavender plantings coloring the fields while you sample wine, beer and spirits on the outdoor patio. For a truly farm-to-glass experience, Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm specializes in classic beers brewed with Maryland hops. Located in Mount Airy, their offerings include year-round varieties and also seasonal specialties. Milkhouse offers a diverse collection of brews in a beautiful farm setting. Named for its spot along the beautiful Catoctin Mountains and its refreshing breeze, Catoctin Breeze Vineyard offers several series of wine as well as meads. The rolling hills are a lovely backdrop to sample these unique tastes or take a private tour of the property.

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Sierra Vista, AZ

EXTRAORDINARY SKIES. UNCOMMON GROUND. And cuisine to write home about!

Come savor the culinary rainbow of Sierra Vista. The community showcases a selection of unexpected international choices, like German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai. Add the rich Mexican dishes and high-brow gastronomy, and you have a flavor-packed buffet to make memories. Sierra Vista is home to the German Café, named in Arizona Highways’ Best Restaurants List in 2011 and 2014. And with good reason: the combination of German staff and German cooking create an undeniably real experience. The proof is in the bacon-studded, warm potato salad!

Enter Tanuki’s Sushi Bar and Garden and enter an Asian wonderland. Asian art and trinkets cover the walls creating a cheery vibe. Owner Maggie Grace greets every customer with a heart-felt hello, and the sushi master and wait staff address you with a smile. Here, you can really settle in for some ocean-fresh sushi or Japanese cuisine and know that all the dishes are house-made, from soup to sauce.

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Chef Tony of Indochine ensures that only the freshest ingredients are used in each masterpiece. The hometown favorite offers Pho worthy of a second helping – if you can even finish the first giant bowl – and a delicious variety of Vietnamese cooking. The Sonoran Street Dog, a gastronomic treat made with grilled bacon-wrapped franks topped with carne asada, pico de gallo, pinto beans, crema, and queso fresco—all tucked into a bolillo roll .Smoky, spicy, and oh-so-Arizona.

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Get your own at 141 Street Tacos, a take-away place that launched as a food truck then put down roots for a permanent location. Don’t let the long line dissuade you; service is muy rápido. Looking for upscale? Head to the Outside Inn. This fine dining place changed hands about a year ago, and the new menu created by Chef Patrick Malarchik (a Sierra Vista native no less) could compete with big city dining at double the price. The short rib Wellington appetizer is a heavenly way to start the meal; follow it up with a

butter roasted fillet mignon tucked alongside potatoes, wild mushrooms, and asparagus with lobster béarnaise or go bold with the char grilled lamb with bourboned figs and candied pecans. Veggie lovers, get ready for bliss with the butternut ravioli or pappardelle, a layered concoction with tomato, basil, toasted macadamia, and shaved parm in a red bell pepper reduction. Save room for dessert, the house made treats are out of this world. Plan your mouth-watering experience at Your inner foodie will thank you!

Albany, OR

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Situated in the middle of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, Albany has curated its historical roots and blended them with culinary and “spirited” magic. Arriving at the city’s revitalized historic downtown, it’s immediately apparent that the wine, beer and spirits industry is flourishing. Perfect Vines The Willamette Valley was recognized by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as the “2016 Number One Wine Region of the Year” —winning the coveted title away from vintners across the globe. Located mere minutes from Albany’s downtown core, Springhill Cellars Winery is nestled into rustic countryside—the perfect spot to sip Pinot Noir and other varietals from their vineyard, aged in the French barrel method.

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The scenic Willamette River flows through the heart of Albany, setting the stage for downtown shopping, artisanal breweries, and culinary accompaniment. Take a summer’s evening stroll along the river, then head over to Sweet Red for their artistic charcuterie, Oregon wines, cocktails and desserts. At Sybaris Bistro, Chef Matt Bennet pairs regional wines with farm-fresh cuisine and a monthly seasonal menu. For a spectacular view that can’t be beat, take a short drive to Mark’s Ridge Winery in nearby Lebanon. Perched atop a foothill, its tasting room is a virtual eagle’s nest—the highest elevation winery in the Willamette Valley. Tap Rooms and Breweries Downtown Albany is a beer aficionado’s destination. Try No Rails Ale House, Three Sheets Brewing & Tap Room, Growler Garage & Tap House, Calapooia

Brewing Co., Deluxe Brewing Company, or a bit outside downtown, Vagabond Brewing Outpost. Cocktails and Spirits Feeling “cosmopolitan?” Cheer the evening on at one of Albany’s regional distilleries or cocktail bars. Toast to friendship at Vault 244—located inside a historic bank building downtown, the Vault serves up cocktail sophistication and tapas at their finest. Take a brief jaunt over the river for the lively atmosphere at Frankie’s in North Albany. A fun casual bar and outdoor patio serve notable foodie delights like their mountainhigh shareable pork belly fries or freshly harvested (from the chef’s own garden) salad greens and wild caught salmon. Frankie’s premium cocktails and Oregon wines compliment their full restaurant menu.

When the day calls for sampling spirits, take a countryside trip to Nectar Creek in Philomath and sip mead made from the honey of local bees. Spiritopia Liqueurs in neighboring Corvallis produces award winning ginger liqueur. While in Corvallis, check out the new cucumber gin, whiskeys, rum, and vodka at 4 Spirits Distillery. And right alongside Albany’s Deluxe Brewing Co., Sinister Distilling Company produces whiskeys, brandy, and gin.

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Let the Albany Visitors Association help make your tasting journey memorable. Telephone 541-928-0911 or visit for more information.

Akron-Summit, OH

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Nestled among the rolling hills of the Old Connecticut Western Reserve and along the shores of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, Greater Akron is a community filled with rich heritage, while boasting modern metropolitan amenities. Greater Akron’s unique location is reflected in the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its residents and visitors. Everyone feels at home in Greater Akron. Back for its second year (and the second “official path” in Ohio), the Summit Brew Path (SBP) offers craft beer enthusiasts 18 official stops with an eclectic offering of brews on tap. From award-winning favorites to new, creatively-developed flavor profiles, a journey along the award-winning SBP promises an adventure of discovery

for novices and pros alike. Don’t forget to pair your brewery visits with one or more of the iconic attractions that our community boasts, including: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. founder’s former estate), Akron Art Museum, Hale Farm & Village (Circa. 1850’s village with cos-

Greater Akron’s brewery partners have been receiving national attention, including: Food & Wine magazine’s spring 2018 inclusion of Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in "19 Craft Breweries Worth Going Out of Your Way For." in the U.S. Additionally, Hoppin’ Frog Brewery garnered

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four (4) 2017 awards from, including: Top 100 Brewers in the World, Top Brewer in Ohio, Top Tap Room in Ohio, and Top Beer in Ohio (Barrel-Aged T.O.R.I.S. The Tyrant: Triple Imperial Stout).

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company was named 2014 U.S.A. Brewery of the Year, and its Bernese Barley Wine Ale earned a double gold medal at the New York International Beer Competition in April 2014. Other brewery standouts include: HiHO Brewing Co., R. Shea Brewing, and Aqueduct Brewing. For exceptional wine, look no further than Greater Akron – located in the heart of Ohio’s Canal Country Wine Region (CCWR) - one of six regions within the state. Boasting fifty (50) wineries within a one-hour drive, the CCWR has the most locations of any other region in Ohio. Must-visits include: The Winery at Wolf Creek and Sarah’s Vineyard (which is located within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is across the street from Blossom Music Center – summer home of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra). Easily accessible and equally affordable – begin planning your visit to Greater Akron today. We look forward to welcoming you to this special place we call home. For complete information, visit and

Mahoning County, OH


Looking for a new location for a long weekend getaway? Look no further than Youngstown Ohio. Located midway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh and New York & Chicago, the Youngstown area has so much to discover and explore.


New this summer, wine lovers will enjoy traveling the Wines of the Valley wine trail. Pick up a passport at any of the six participating wineries in the Youngstown area. Each winery offers a unique atmosphere and ambiance. Purchase a glass of wine and receive a stamp in your passport, as well as a custom wine charm. Collect five for more stamps and receive a keepsake wine charm box plus a bonus charm. Visit for more details. Dining in the Youngstown area is a treat for your taste buds. The local restaurant scene offers food choices from around the world: Italian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Greek and Indian to name a few. Enjoy everything from fine dining to gourmet hot dogs with exotic toppings. You definitely won’t leave hungry. Allow some time to discover beautiful Mill Creek MetroParks. With over 4,400 acres to explore, you can relax, unplug and enjoy the nature at its finest. This year, Ohio marks “The Year of the Trails," and Mill Creek MetroParks offers 45 miles of trails— from rustic to paved-- where you’ll find hidden waterfalls, numerous species of birds, and incredible scenery. The Park is also home to two special attractions. Lanterman’s Mill operates today just as it did in the mid-1800s, grinding wheat, corn and buckwheat, and beautiful Fellows Riverside Gardens is one of the nation’s finest public display gardens. You’ll want to visit both of these Youngstown landmarks.

While in Youngstown, a must-see is the world-renowned Butler Institute of American Art. Known as America’s Museum, The Butler is the first institution dedicated to works of art created solely by American artists in all mediums. Their impressive collection spans a full four centuries of work and includes masterpieces by Winslow Homer, Norman Rockwell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, and many more.

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at these Youngstown-area wineries: Mastropiétro, Myrddin, Diletto, Lil Paws, Vineyards at Pine Lake, Halliday’s

Pick up a passport and travel our new Wine Trail! Enjoy the unique atmosphere of each winery at your leisure. Receive keepsake wine charms along the way and a gift upon completion. For full details, visit


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A connoisseur’s tour of the Butler’s permanent collection begins with Snap the Whip by Winslow Homer, the centerpiece of the museum’s 19th century holdings. This depiction of children playing in front of a oneroom school house has become America’s Mona Lisa. Don’t miss the museum’s American Western Collection as well as the American Impressionism Gallery. Remember to bring your golf clubs! The Youngstown area has been ranked #4 in the U.S. for top-quality, affordable public golf courses. Golfers of all skill levels will be challenged on scenic, well-maintained courses, where you can sharpen your game. No need to spend a fortune on a golf getaway because local hotels offer affordable golf packages. Visit for more details. It’s time to start planning your long weekend getaway! The Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau is happy to help. Please visit or call 800-447-8201.

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Chippewa Falls, WI

Take a tour at the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co, this historic brewery in Chippewa Falls turns 151 this year. Or taste from over 30 different types of locally produced wine, from one of our three wineries or indulge with a bag a candy from Chippewa Candy Shop or scoop some Olson's Ice-cream that has been made in house since 1944. When you walk our downtown the store fronts will call your name from clothing to salons to Mason Shoe Outlet which is home of the largest mail ordering shoe catalog in the United States, all of these experiences call Chippewa Falls home. Are the outdoors calling your name? There are miles and miles of fun to fill your day. Walking, running, biking, hiking for all levels. The trails meet beautiful waterways which opens the recreation door to kayaking, canoeing, tubing, fishing, swimming, boat or just the offered amazing scenic view. Arts and culture have always been a part of our heritage with astonishing venues for performances, The Heyde Center for the Arts which bring in nationally endorsed shows and offer entertainment for all ages and all levels of theatre and art experience.



is positioned on the invisible line of the Northwoods of Wisconsin. In Chippewa Falls we invite you to GO. GO taste, GO explore, GO dive in, GO discover new deals, GO together, GO at your own pace. We

are not just a destination, we are a lifestyle that is vibrant throughout the beautiful four seasons. Reconnect with family and friends and discover all we have to offer. Our historic town is booming with events, arts and culture, and nationally recognized attractions, while

maintaining our brand of natural beauty and local charm. Fun begins at check-in, whether you are being handed a key, RVing into your site, or experiencing a guest house with the comforts of home, many options await you.

Featured Destinations autumn harvest winery & orchard Family owned & operated since it's opening. From its early days of 6 labels to now 13 labels plus a hard cider, there are many tastes flowing from their door! Events, seasonal fun and a great location!

river bend winery & distillery There are some places where life is served best in small batches. Where the local ingredients include a heartfelt handshake and a friendly smile. Where the wind sweeps gently across the water and the trails go on for miles. This is us, this is Chippewa Falls.

A true Wisconsin experience with a view! Multiple Wisconsin State Fair Professional Wine Competition Winner, currently 12 wine labels and 5 spirits labels.

leinenkugel’s brewing company 151 years old making it the 9th oldest brewery in the United States. 30 awards and medals under their belt, along with 13 active labels.


After all the running around of "seeing and doing" you will want to indulge in amazing food and drink. Enjoy an oldfashioned, a traditional Wisconsin fish fry, a true supper club, or waterfront dining all served with a slice of hospitality. Savor the best of life and GO enjoy our favorite places. Almost forgot, cheese curds, fresh or deep fried they are a must!

There are some places where life is served best in small batches. Where the local ingredients include a heartfelt handshake and a friendly smile. Where the wind sweeps gently across the water and the trails go on for miles. This is us, this is Chippewa Falls. We hope to greet you soon!


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Newport News, VA

While visiting Coastal Virginia, there’s one thing you can be sure of – you will never go thirsty! Whatever your preference for sipping – craft beer, distilled spirits, or fine wine – a number of adult-beverage establishments have opened in Coastal Virgina, and more seem to be popping up faster than you can say “Cheers!” To make your visit to Newport News and Coastal Virginia easier to navigate,

we've created an easy-to-use guide for our Toast the Coast Trail, the ultimate beer, wine and shine trail in the region. This convenient pocket guide contains a map and categorized listings of breweries, wineries, and distilleries that stretch from Virginia Beach to New Kent County, VA. The guide also includes instructions on how to participate in our 4 Taps 4 Cities Trail, where travelers are encouraged to collect stamps from breweries in four different Coastal Virginia cities to earn Toast the Coast gear. Visit one brewery in Newport News, Hampton, Williams-

burg and Smithfield, and you will receive a one-of-a-kind Toast the Coast beer-opening koozie. Visit all 10 breweries participating in the 4 Taps 4 Cities Trail, and you will also receive a Toast the Coast T-shirt! Newport News Tourism developed the Toast the Coast Trail to serve as a convenient resource for both locals and visitors traveling to the region. Since introducing Toast the Coast in 2016, many establishments have been added to the trail. As more independent crafters continue to open in the region, we expect Toast the Coast to grow.

While exploring the Toast the Coast Trail, make Newport News your home base. We’re conveniently located in the heart of Coastal Virginia. Arrive by car, by rail on Amtrak (which offers daily direct service from Washington, D.C.), or on a flight into the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.

After arriving, let our knowledgeable Visitor Center Travel Counselors help plan your stay in our hometown. Ask about our super-affordable hotel rates and packages and our wide variety of lodging choices. Finally, please remember to drink responsibly. If you need a ride, we encourage you to research the numerous

transportation and tour options available in our region. To learn more about Toast the Coast, watch our 2-minute video or visit Questions? Call the Newport News Visitor Center toll-free at 888-493-7386.

St. Charles, MO

Thousands passed through on their journeys westward, replenishing supplies before departing into new territory. St. Charles is a source of historical encounter: the Lewis and Clark Rendezvous, Missouri's First State Capitol, origin of the Boone's Lick Trail, and home to Daniel Boone.

Just west of St. Louis you'll find St. Charles, a river city with a unique historical perspective, beautiful sites, friendly people and a pace just a little slower than that of the big city. Founded as Les Petites Cotes The Little Hills, by French Canadian fur trader Louis Blanchette, St. Charles grew into a thriving riverfront trading center for a young America.

Step back in history as you stroll along the brick-paved streets of Historic Main Street to visit unique shops, explore a museum, or discover a great place for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a tasty treat. Ride the Saint Charles Trolley and discover the unique architecture of Frenchtown, the Streets of St. Charles – a dynamic new development with shopping, dining, night life, and entertainment, and the

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa – with eclectic dining, casino excitement, a luxury hotel, and the Ara Spa. While you’re here, be sure to visit Historic Missouri Wine County in St. Charles County. Featuring over a dozen award winning wineries, the country’s very first AVA in Augusta, and the Historic Daniel Boone Home. The people of St. Charles have labored lovingly to preserve and share its treasured river heritage. A destination for almost one million visitors each year, St. Charles history comes alive to welcome you. Welcome to St. Charles, experience the charm and beauty of a city that has been welcoming visitors since 1769.

Steuben County, NY

“Wine has been a big deal there for nearly 160 years from the first bonded winery in the country, founded in 1860, to the Vinifera Revolution started by Dr. Konstantin Frank in the 1960s.”

The Finger Lakes: More Than Just A Pretty Face A Land of Wine Pioneers, Innovative Craft Beverage Producers, and Exceptional Culinary Options

Wine lovers will want to stop by Dr. Frank’s for incomparable history and award-winning wines, but save time for boutique wineries like Ravines Wine Cellars, known for exquisite food-friendly, French-style wines, and Keuka Lake Vineyards, making wonderful Riesling’s and wines you won’t find at other Finger Lakes wineries, like delicious Vignoles, Orange Wine, and Leon Millot.

Named the “World’s Most Beautiful Wine Region” (Budget Travel), the “Best Wine Travel Destination” and “Wine Region of the Year” (Wine Enthusiast), and ranked #1 in Thrillist’s “America’s Best Wine Regions to Visit, ranked by Sommeliers,” the Finger Lakes is still, surprisingly, one of those best keep secrets.

Not to be outdone, the Craft Your Adventure Trail (featuring 30 craft beverage producers) includes breweries named Best in New York State, the most awarded farm cidery in the US in 2017, and a small-batch distiller who just won double-gold at the 50 Best World Gin Competition. And the food scene is quickly catching up! With restaurants like Hand + Foot (a creative bar serving craveable food in an environment focused on craft and community), The Cellar, Pleasant Valley Inn, Union Block Italian Bistro, and Lakeside Restaurant, you could create a getaway completely built around incredible food.

Wine has been a big deal there for nearly 160 years—from the first bonded winery in the country, founded in 1860, to the Vinifera Revolution started by Dr. Konstantin Frank in the 1960s.

Visit Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes for an exceptional culinary getaway.

By Dave DeGolyer While a spectacular landscape of rolling forested hills, dramatic gorges, breathtaking waterfalls, and long, slender lakes which are also some of the deepest in the country set the Finger Lakes region apart, the exceptional wine, delicious craft beverages, and ridiculously good food have been garnering people’s attention as of late.

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here is no place quite like Montana: with our vast landscapes, sweeping vistas, charming communities, and friendly people, it is easy to see why visitors have chosen the state as their destination of choice for adventure and discovery.

Southwest Montana, tucked between Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, encapsulates all the best of the Treasure State. Panoramic views greet you around every turn, and thriving small towns are alive with energy and overflowing with culture. Ingrained in this culture lies a real taste of Montana- award-winning craft microbreweries and unmatched artisan spirits distilled in some of America’s most innovative microdistilleries.

After a thrilling day on the slopes, an expedition through the wilderness, or even a float down the Big Hole River, there’s something relaxing about sitting down and enjoying Montana’s charming hospitality. Pristine glacial waters, locally grown wheat and barley, and Pacific Northwest hops combine to create flavorful beer handcrafted to compliment your thrilling Montana adventure. With eleven diverse taprooms and a plentiful assortment of options, you’re sure

to find your new favorite brew in Southwest Montana. When visiting the area, be sure to enjoy some of the delicious, innovative, and authentic spirits from microdistilleries calling Southwest Montana home. From rye whiskeys to huckleberry gins, and everything in between, there’s a liquor out there for everyone. With unique processes and regular tours, Southwest Montana’s distilleries are ripe with potential for connoisseurs and inquisitive

minds. Additionally, visiting the four distillery tasting rooms provides excellent opportunities to meet locals and swap stories. Southwest Montana’s brews and spirits, combined with its breathtaking splendor and opportunity, is a true recipe for perfection just waiting for you to take a sip. For more information on Southwest Montana or to order your free travel guide, visit or call 800.879.1159.

Lubbock, TX



A Q u i c k G u i d e To L u b b o c k ’ s A w a r d W i n n i n g W i n e s Home to six wineries, some of the best wines in Texas are bottled on the High Plains. Whether you prefer dry whites or deep reds, Lubbock has a glass (or bottle) of award-winning wine just for you. Here’s a quick look at six local favorites! 2014 THP Montepulciano | Llano Estacado Winery This blend of Montepulciano, Aglianico, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah is a deep red and has ripe aromatics of plum, blackberries and medium tannins. 2015 Les Copains Red | McPherson Cellars

This award-winning red presents a taste of pomegranate and raspberry on the palate with hints of vanilla and fresh cranberry on the nose. 2015 Estate Malbec | CapRock Winery CapRock’s Estate Malbec boasts red raspberries, black cherries and truffles on the nose and a fruit-forward palate. 2016 1836 | Llano Estacado Winery Aromatic and richly textured, this blend of Viognier, Rousanne and Chardonnay is medium-bodied with aromas of honey, mango,

chamomile and a hint of citrus peel. 2015 Albarino | McPherson Cellars The Albarino, one of McPherson Cellars’ award-winning whites, is light and exhibits ripe green apple and pear on the palate. 2015 Dry Chenin Blanc | Pheasant Ridge Winery Grown on some of the oldest vines in Texas, Pheasant Ridge Winery’s Dry Chenin Blanc features crisp notes of lemon and youth. For a full list of Lubbock wineries, check out

Duluth, MN

Local Experiences


From the hiking trail to the craft beer trail, Duluth has perfected an amazing recipe for authentic experiences at every turn. The Superior Hiking Trail, for example, weaves its way along the forested ridgelines overlooking Lake Superior before descending into Canal Park where you can visit Hoops Brewing to explore the notes of orange and tropical fruit aroma of the No. 15 Pale Ale while celebrating in their German-style beer hall. Stroll along Duluth’s Lakewalk to Canal Park Brewing Company for a pint of Nut Hatchet Brown Ale paired with a Northcoaster burger while enjoying one of the best patios in town.

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Discover The Historic Arts & Theater District and visit Blacklist Artisan Ales, where bold Belgian-inspired beers like the tropical, citrus flavors of the juicy BIPA pair perfectly with a splash of live music.

By Dave Grandmaison, The Duluth Experience Head across the street to catch a performance at the historic NorShor Theatre or continue along brewers row to Fitger’s Brewhouse for a refreshing pint of their famous Apricot Wheat. Venture to Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District and Bent Paddle Brewing Company to explore the artistry of their new taproom while you sip a pint of Rotator IPA - a special series from their new pilot brewery. Just down the

road is Ursa Minor Brewing - the most recent addition to Duluth’s beer scene. Ursa’s five-barrel brewery and Napolitano-style pizzeria provides a great space to enjoy pizza and a pint before following the beer trail to Lake Superior Brewing Company - Duluth’s original craft brewery and home to award-winning brews like their flagship Kayak Kölsch and their malty seasonal Oktoberfest.

Explore the beer trail with The Duluth Experience Tour Company and experience guided adventures with behind-the-scenes sampling, brewery exploration, and sightseeing. Whether you’re pedaling world-class singletrack on The Duluth Traverse or exploring Duluth’s craft beer scene, the way ahead always leads to something unexpected. Welcome to Duluth. Let’s hit the trail.



Among the many beautiful hotels, resorts, and inns, there are always a few that stick out from time to time. In this case, it is the amazing summer romance packages that these chic, boutique hotels and resorts are offering visitors. For us, it was simply love at first sight.

POST RANCH INN BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA The Post Ranch Inn is a unique boutique resort nestled in the mountains. The inn literally looks as if it is built into the scenery, with modern, clean lines and earth and wood tones. The Pacific Ocean views are worthy of every penny you’ll spend here – which will be a lot. But, the Post Ranch Inn makes for the perfect romantic getaway, especially for those couples who are celebrating anniversaries, engagements, or honeymoons. The Romance at the Ranch Package makes loving your sweetheart easy. Picture mountains and ocean views for miles, an infinity pool to soak in, spectacular sunsets, massages, room service – the romantic list just goes on and on. The package includes accommodations for three nights with two four-course dinners at the beautiful Sierra Mar restaurant located within Post Ranch, and two hour-long massages in your very own guest room. Breakfast is also provided daily, along with champagne to wash it all down, and plenty of activities, including stargazing, nature walks, yoga, and more. Post Ranch Inn also offers exclusive Heavenly Honeymoon packages that range from two to five night stays, or you can customize the duration of your trip if you wish. The five-night stay includes all accommodations plus champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and an artisan cheese plate upon arrival. You’ll also receive the breakfast, dinners, and massages mentioned in the Romance at the Ranch Package, along with a picnic lunch for two, the use of one of their Lexus vehicles for a day, and a Post Ranch leather photo album to remember your stay forever.


clusive “ Post Ranch Inn offers ex at range from ages th Heavenly Honeymoon pack you can customize two to five night stays, or if you wish.“ the duration of your trip CASTLE HILL INN NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND Harvard University’s own Alexander Agassiz had a summer home built overlooking the Narragansett Bay in Newport in the year of 1875. Years later, that very summer home turned into Castle Hill, and the historically famous hotel has been hosting celebrities and visitors ever since. The regal charm of this waterfront oasis is what makes the stay a must. Cas-

tle Hill boasts classic architecture, along with modern touches that have been added over the years, so the combination makes for a very luxurious, old world feel. Castle Hill offers a Retreat to Romance specialty, which includes a twonight stay and a bottle of champagne when you arrive. Indulge in chocolate and fruit, fresh flowers delivered to your room, gourmet breakfasts and threecourse dinners, and a couple’s massage on the evening on your choice.

Enjoy afternoon tea at the inn, then head to the private beach for some fun in the sun, complete with hotel towel services. During the summertime, you can take off for a sunset sailing excursion, borrow the yacht for private events, take a complimentary yoga class on a Saturday morning, or stargaze while you watch the flames from the bonfire. Summer months are especially perfect for couples who enjoy being out on the water, because the bay becomes alive with sailboats and yachts. The scene is beyond picturesque, and the fun you will have is even better.

This romantic setting is unparalleled to any other, so if you are planning a romantic getaway in the future, consider Castle Hill – it’s at the top of the hotel list for many.

Stay at the original house, or opt for a cottage along the shoreline. Rooms feature accents fit for royalty, and some rooms even have private decks, oversized soaking tubs, and cozy fireplaces, perfect for a night in with your sweetheart.

Hopefully by now you’re reaching for that special someone and saying, “Look at this, honey!” We know you will be even more excited when you get there. So pack your weekend bag and put on your vacation face, it’s time to link arms and head for your next summer romance getaway.


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Henderson Park Inn, FL

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Romantic Gulf-Front

Nestled on the west end of Crystal Beach in Destin, Florida lies a gorgeous adults-only, gulf-front, luxury boutique hotel. With only 36 exquisitely decorated rooms and suites, bordering a 208-acre state preserve with 1.3 miles of unobstructed beach, and home to one of the most famous restaurants in town, this is no ordinary Inn. We were lucky to find this hidden gem as a friend had recently stayed at the Inn and highly recommended it for my husband and I for a muchneeded romantic getaway! As you turn down the drive to enter the Henderson Park Inn, you’ll immediately notice that this resort property is unique when you see the wood shake exterior more commonly found in places such as Martha’s Vineyard. Immediately immersed in romantic beach ambience, the stunning views engulf your sight and you are mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of all that is the Gulf of Mexico. Upon entering the Inn, you are greeted by the warm woods and elegant décor of the foyer and friendly staff who offer you a guided look into all that awaits. As you break your gaze to get a better grasp on your surroundings, the concierge indulges you in all the options for your stay, including a complimentary Chef’s breakfast, gourmet boxed picnic lunch, and happy hour at the Tiki Bar. As you open the door to your guestroom, the views are spectacular and the suite evokes feelings of romance, serenity and relaxation. In your own private sanctuary, you’ll encounter soft romantic music and special amenities including wine, grapes and flowers, making a getaway quite a treat. But there’s more -- from 11 to 2 p.m., the Beach Walk Café offers complimentary cookies, lemonade, and homemade soups for all guests to

enjoy. Helpful hint, right before you walk into the restaurant, take a left down the hallway. There you will find a plethora of games, candies, and drinks for guests to enjoy at all times. As an avid dominos player, I spent the happy hour with a lovely glass of wine, enjoying the gulf views, and the look on my husband’s face as I consistently beat him in the game. He was able to wash down his losses with a cold beer and cookie to ease the pain! Between the happiest of hours and our much-awaited dinner, we decided to make use of the endless amenities that the Henderson Park Inn has to offer. Complimentary bikes, gorgeous walks on the beach with courtesy chairs to sit and enjoy the view, cozying up by the fire pit, and access to the Inn’s sister property, The Henderson Resort & Spa’s pool and gym, were on the schedule and we couldn’t wait to do it all. Beginning at 5 p.m. daily, the Beach Walk Café opens for dinner. As the only beachfront fine dining restaurant in Destin, there was no shortage of excitement for the food that awaited. As many would imagine, a surplus of fresh seafood graced the menu, along with finely cut steaks, succulent sides, and bountiful desserts. Items such as Berkshire Pork Loin and the Delmonico ribeye dish are great for any landlover, whereas the Grouper Vince and Shrimp & Grits are guaranteed to fill your seafood craving. Soaking up all the activities and meals that we indulged in, my husband and I left the Henderson Park Inn recharged, revamped, and relaxed and can highly recommend the Inn for a honeymoon, anniversary, or any special vacation with your sweetheart. You can visit their website at to find out more about this enchanting and romantic boutique hotel.

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Eats College Towns The Best of American BBQ Farm-to-Table Favorites

If you’re in search for a dive with great bar food and a lively atmosphere, a BBQ joint in western Montana that serves up southern classics, or a farm-to-table experience with local farmers and artisans, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got all that and more in this edition of Good Eats!

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Missoula, Montana University of Montana Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the natural landscapes that Montana offers, all in the beautiful college town of Missoula, where the University of Montana proudly stands. The university itself is Missoula’s largest employer, and the community thrives off of its economic health. Along with the landscapes and the economic security, the college life here is vibrant, fun, and engaging. Missoula has been ranked as a top college town for all the right reasons, but we’re mainly here for the food and drinks! All the locals and the college students love to hang out at Charlie B’s, also known as Charlie’s Bar or simply Charlie’s. People here can be seen slamming back a nice shot of whiskey, or sipping on a local craft brew. The Bar is also connected to the beloved Dinosaur Café, which is famous for serving up Cajun cuisine, despite their Montana location. Regulars will tell anyone that the food is quite good, and fresh to boot! Charlie B’s and the Dinosaur Café are inexpensive, quaint, casual, and locally-loved. This relaxed atmosphere is where everyone comes to grab a good bite to eat or a drink with friends, and Charlie B’s has actually been named in the media several times, including Esquire’s “15 Bars You Should Drink in Before You Die.” For an exceptional meal on a special occasion, or just when you feel like leaving the bar scene, head to the Red Bird restaurant on North Higgins. The Red Bird has an elegant and inviting atmosphere, dripping with gold accents and warm undertones of red and chocolate brown. The ambience is regal and the food is to die for! All of the Red Bird’s produce is as fresh as it gets, and the meats are locally-sourced and butchered in house, so each meal comes to your table with the most intense flavor combinations to suit your palate. Our suggestion? Try a market-priced cut of Montana raised lamb, served with wild rice pilaf and slow-cooked green beans.

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Ithaca, New York Cornell University & Ithaca College Ithaca is a magical foodie town that just so happens to be home to two colleges, Cornell University and Ithaca College – at least that’s the way we see it. When school is in session, the town’s population nearly doubles, and students make up the majority of the people in Ithaca. This however, should not be a deterrent, because Ithaca is more focused on remaining a foodie town than a party haven. The hometown bar scene and the music-driven atmosphere is more what Ithaca is about. Concerts, festivals, and street theaters make for fun things to do while you’re out and about. As for the food, Ithaca is home to Taste of Thai Express restaurant, which is certainly buzzworthy as the top restaurant to visit for the booming Thai cuisine industry within the area. Taste of Thai Express caters to students and the youth, making reservations for graduating parties a breeze and ordering online a cinch, but it also caters to all the locals who are just as in love with the place as everyone else is. Taste of Thai Express is extremely authentic and traditional in its menu, offering up cultural classics like Pad Thai, which is a stir-fried noodle dish in a tamarind sauce, served with tofu Kan, eggs, bean sprouts, crushed peanuts, chives, and lime wedges. If you like spice, try the Panang Curry, which is a creamy spiced red curry sauce infused with Thai herbs and served over sliced cabbage with your choice of meat. The seasonal Italian-based menu at Mercato Bar & Kitchen keeps everyone in town coming back. Mercato is chef-owned and provides beautiful menu items, along with speciallycrafted cocktails to quench your thirst. The restaurant is located on Ithaca’s “Restaurant Row,” which should also tell you how much of a foodie town this city is. Dinner at Mercato is served from 5:30pm-10pm, and includes choices such as Paccheri with white Bolognese, asparagus, ricotta, & goat cheese Mezzelune, or pan-seared Day Boat scallops. Delish!


Manhattan, KS

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Kansas State University in the heart of Manhattan consistently ranks in the nation’s top 10 for happiest students and best quality of life. What better reason than stuffing students’ stomachs could be behind such noteworthy accolades? In many ways, Manhattan revolves around the main Kansas State campus and sidekick neighborhood entertainment district. Aggieville is the state’s first shopping district, and the center of Wildcat celebrations after football triumphs at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The gastronomic amazement of the Big 12 Conference descends upon Manhattan each college football season for sweet-tooth treats from Varsity Donuts, where students also camp for late-night, yummy study satisfactions of grilled cheese mac-n-cheese. 82 | Summer 2018 | Food Traveler

Served to please! Students and townies alike gravitate to trendy Taco Lucha for low-priced tacos dished up on pastel-colored plates. Buffalo chicken tacos are a go-to favorite stacked with cheddar, bacon and avocado, and known as a favorite platter to devour. Food lovers imbibe in more lively cuisine creations at So Long Saloon, Coco Bolos and Rock-a-Belly Deli. Visitors enjoy sizzling portions in this heavenly place locals tout as Manhappiness. This satisfaction is derived largely from stops at uniquely delectable dining destinations. An exciting variety of downtown restaurants – Harry’s, Bourbon & Baker and Tallgrass Taphouse – produce a charming landscape. The Taphouse is a craft beer sensation with regionally acclaimed Tallgrass pints on tap and food that does more than just complement the hearty drink flavor. On the Taphouse menu, meatloaf is far from mundane, served with beef/pork blend and sprinkled with peppered bacon and side of roasted garlic mashed taters. Tantalizing! Across town, Little Apple Brewery pours out more local craft beer-level delish and the best steaks in town. The Gateway City to the Flint Hills has something for everyone. Enjoy your serving of Manhappiness!

Carbondale, IL

A hidden gem in the rolling hills of Southern Illinois, Carbondale offers a variety of unique local eateries to enjoy. Home of Southern Illinois University, there is always a demand for good cuisine to satisfy the student population. Apart from the student crowd, families and alumni who visit; Carbondale offers dine-out options to the larger surrounding community. In close proximity to the Shawnee Hills National Forest and Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Carbondale is a favorite stop for tourists, who are often looking for an eatery that can provide them an interesting atmosphere and new dining experience. Some favorites include:

Cristaudo’s Café & Bakery is family owned, offering a wide variety of baked goods and pastries. They have a full breakfast and lunch menu available, including an espresso menu. In addition to their other offerings, the café has recently started serving Sunday brunch with refreshing mimosas! More information can be found at their website at Quatro’s Pizza is a well-known name in Southern Illinois. Serving Chicago-style pizza, pastas, sandwiches, and sal-

ads since 1975 it is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Don’t forget to grab the classic yellow Quatro’s cups to take home! Make sure to check out their tasty menu at Global Gourmet provides diners a classy environment and ever-changing menu. With a combination of small plates and entrees, along with a seasonal patio, this is a hot spot for an evening out with friends or a date night. See what they’re serving up tonight at

Longbranch Café and Bakery is a vegetarian café that utilizes fresh and organic ingredients. Its outdoor deck is a favorite place to gather for a cup of coffee with friends or a business lunch. See their full menu and upcoming events at Fat Patties, locally owned and operated is the town’s staple burger joint. Fat Patties specializes in creating mouth-watering burgers, while also offering sandwiches, soups, salads, chili & a drink menu including craft and local beer. Visit their website and order online at Don Taco, a college student’s paradise, offers many SIU alumni with fond memories of late night snacks after a long evening of entertainment. Don Taco stays open until 1am, and as an added bonus, they deliver. Check them out at Sam’s Café and Wise Guy’s Pizza are two of Carbondale’s favorite “greasy spoons” and cater specifically to the college crowd. After enjoying late night entertainment, these restaurants are sure to be open and serving. Wise Guys has been serving the students of Carbondale for over 20 years!

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Skylight Inn BBQ Ayden, North Carolina In the summer of 1947, Pete Jones opened up his BBQ joint at just 17 years old, and little did he know that the Skylight Inn would become a legendary name in North Carolina BBQ. Featured in countless television programs and publications around the country, the Skylight Inn is known for cooking whole hogs over wood, along with many other delicious recipes. Pete Jones passed away in 2006, but his son, nephew, and grandson still run the place and keep the famous tradition going. You can expect to find menu items here such as whole hog trays, which are classic items that have been served the simple way for years. Each tray comes in your choice of size (small, medium, large, or sandwich style) and is served with fresh, housemade slaw and cornbread. Pit-cooked chicken trays are also available, and even a combo tray with the hog and chicken combined. For dessert, grab a slice of three-layer chocolate cake or three-layer pineapple cake. The minimalistic menu allows the chefs to do what they do best, and that’s BBQ. Visit the Skylight Inn’s website ( for more information. There’s even an online store where you can purchase the awardwinning BBQ sauce they use, along with T-shirts and hats.

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Bad Betty’s Barbecue Helena, Montana Deep in the heart of western Montana lies the beautiful town of Helena. Within Helena’s boundaries is an unexpected gem only known as Bad Betty’s Barbecue. Bad Betty’s is a refreshing change of pace and completely unique in its setting. Good BBQ is presumably something only found in the southern region, and Bad Betty’s could be seen as out-of-place for just how good this BBQ is. Nevertheless, the restaurant prides itself on being able to bring authentic southern BBQ to the west. Bad Betty’s has won countless cook-offs and awards just to prove that they’re that good, but it’ll only take you one bite before you completely agree – the proof is in the plate. As they say, “Bad Betty’s Barbecue is just good BBQ, no bull.”

Enjoy a down-home feeling within the atmosphere as you listen to old familiar tunes that give a bluesy-country vibe to the place. Everything is welcoming, from the faces that greet you, to the ambience while you enjoy your meal. The menu is a delightful mix of new and old. You’ll find favorites such as the combination platter, which comes with half a pound of pulled pork and brisket piled on white bread, Bad Betty’s original BBQ sauce, and a choice of two sides. You can add on to this monster of a plate believe it or not, and the add-ons include two ribs or a chicken quarter. Side choices include wicked beans, jalapeno cheddar cornbread, sinful slaw, bleu mac and cheese, country potato salad, or kettle chips. Grab something unique if you’re up for it: Redneck Tacos or a Barbecue Parfait. The Redneck Tacos come with your choice of brisket or pulled pork that is served over cornbread and topped with slaw and sauce. The Barbecue Parfait is a must-try, and is served in a 16oz cup that is layered with the wicked beans, slaw, pulled pork and a spicy pickle spear. Visit for more mouthwatering menu items.

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The American Safari


Pack your bags and head into the wilderness—knowing you’ll be met with the luxuries of a fivestar hotel. We defined glamping, and we still set the standard. With more than 37,000 acres to explore, including pristine mountain trails and the legendary Blackfoot River, every type of adventure awaits. Find yours at Montana’s premier luxury ranch resort, The Resort at Paws Up®.

For reservations, call 877-611-4925.


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Victoria, TX

Mumphord’s Place is another BBQ trail favorite. Already named one of Texas Monthly’s “50 Best BBQ Joints,” The Mumphord brothers cook the “old-fashioned way” using direct heat with mesquite and oak, giving it a milder smoke flavor. The brisket and sausage are some of the best, but for a special treat stop by on Pork Chop Wednesday. Another top barbecue spot is Limon’s BBQ. Cooked slowly on rotisserie pits, Limon’s meat is smoked with a mix of mesquite, oak, and pecan woods. The flavors really come through in their brisket and pork babyback ribs. Although Limon’s is known for their German potato salad, the menu has a Texas flare with Spanish rice and pinto beans. explore

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Barbecue WiTh A TeXaS TwIsT Texas is known for its barbecue. Named one of the “10 Great American Food Trail Road Trips” by Frommer’s Travel Guide, The Great Coastal Texas Barbecue Trail in Victoria, Texas features some of the best barbecue in the state. If you’re looking for true Texas barbecue, this trail is for you. The Trail Eight locally-owned barbecue joints make up the Coastal Texas BBQ Trail. You’ll find the barbecue as varied as the pit masters who create it. Whether it’s the cooking style, the unique sides, or homemade desserts, these folks put their heart and soul into making your experience unforgettable. One of the most popular spots with locals is KB’s BBQ. The guys at KB’s cook their brisket slowly over mesquite with a special spice, creating a deep smoke flavor. A few fan favorites are the loaded smoked chicken avocado, brisket enchiladas, and brisket-topped mesquite smoked burgers!

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While in Victoria, you can find plenty to do - from kayaking the Guadalupe River or exploring the rich history, to enjoying the diverse music scene. Check it all out on the BBQ trail itineraries. Learn more at


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The Whiskey Jar Charlottesville, Virginia The Whiskey Jar restaurant is a local hotspot that boasts locally-grown ingredients that are prepared by hand in order to provide you with the freshest farm-to-table style meal you’ll ever have. Self-deemed as “nothing fancy,” The Whiskey Jar is all about good, casual food. Will Richey is the cook and farmer behind The Whiskey Jar, and he’ll be more than happy to share the stories behind each ingredient. You get

to learn where each item comes from, how it’s grown, what it means to the people that live off of its use, and so much more. So, when you finally sit down for a delicious plate of food, somehow you respect it, admire it, and cherish it a bit more before you let your fork dig in. Chef Richey will feature seasonal items in the menu, which allows for maximum freshness

and full-flavor ingredients. The meats are local as well, and most of it is organic and handselected. Richey says, “Whatever I prepare, it will be entirely made of scratch and served to you at a reasonable price.” The Whiskey Jar is also friendly to those of us who are midnight snackers, with a late night menu each week until 12am or 2am, depending on the day.

Tempura asparagus with smoked tomato and Hubbard’s Virginia Peanut dipping sauce. Hush puppies and sweet potato biscuits with sorghum and apple butter. Altson’s BBQ mac and cheese made with Timbercreek Farm hickory smoked pork. All of these appetizers at only $9 each?! We think that’s more than reasonable. The real love here comes from a special entrée that everyone speaks highly of: Fried Chicken and Collard Greens. The dish is served with your choice of sauce and a side. Sides include slaw, mac and cheese, cornbread, French fries, grits, ham biscuits, creamed spinach – the list goes on and on. Are you sensing a trend? Yes, The Whiskey Jar is bringing soul food and BBQ to the table, literally straight from the farm. It doesn’t get any better than that, folks. Go to for event reservations, seasonal menu items, and more.

Farm Spirit Portland, Oregon “Farm Spirit celebrates the intersection of craft: foragers, farmers, cooks, potters, winemakers, and brewers with guests at the fourteen-seat Chef’s Counter.” The atmosphere is earth-toned, homey, and inviting as you get to browse handmade works of pottery, wooden spoons, and other artisan wares that Farm Spirit showcases. All of their ingredients are true farm-to-table items, being that they are all found within 100 miles of the restaurant.


Sit down at the counter and have a glass of local wine poured for yourself as you watch and engage with the cooks that tell stories while they plate your plant-based meal. The idea behind Farm Spirit is that each ingredient should be highlighted and emphasized, both on the plate and off. They’ll tell you about their close friendships with the farmer who grew your greens, or the potter that made the bowl they’re served in. Whatever you order, you’re sure to get a delightfully interesting backstory on it. Farm Spirit has dubbed its cooking style as Cascadian, for the surrounding area. They offer a prix fixe menu that is comprised of rotating and seasonal small plates entirely made up of plants. The beauty and plating of each dish is really what makes this place more of an experience than a restaurant. You come for the food, yes, but what you walk away with is a deep appreciation for the land and a greater understanding of what really goes into each plate.

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Whether you want to stay in the country or venture out into the Caribbean, these tropical escapes are breathtaking, heart-stealing options.


tay in the U.S. or update your passport. Whatever your tropical escape choice is, you’ll need a good swimsuit, some sunscreen, and the will to just kick back and relax when visiting these extraordinary oases!

LANIKAI BEACH – OAHU, HAWAII Lanikai Beach is located on the stunning island of Ohau, just behind the nearby beautiful Kailua Beach. “Lani Kai” literally translates to “Heavenly Ocean,” and the beach has been featured as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world several times over. People come here to escape their normal sights and sounds, to enjoy the soft, white sands, the calm waters with various shades of cool and deep blue, and the many activities that can be found along the beach itself. The beach may be small, stretching out only half a mile, but it is breathtaking and easy for locals and tourists alike to spend all day admiring it.




Regulars like to kayak out to the Mokuluas, the twin islands that peak out just a short distance from the shoreline. Kayaking out to the twin islands is a form of exercise for locals, and way better than jogging around the block, if you ask them. Swim, snorkel, sunbathe, and take a picnic along for the day. There are a ton of beach rentals nearby, so you’ll never be too far away from the beach. Most of the rentals come with an ocean view. Lanikai Beach truly lives up to its heavenly label, and when you get there, you’ll be in perfect paradise.

“PeOpLe CoMe HeRe To EsCaPe ThEiR NoRmAl SiGhTs AnD SoUnDs, To EnJoY ThE SoFt, WhItE SaNdS, ThE CaLm WaTeRs WiTh VaRiOuS ShAdEs Of CoOl AnD DeEp BlUe, AnD ThE MaNy AcTiViTiEs ThAt CaN Be FoUnD AlOnG ThE BeAcH ItSeLf.”

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN – MEXICO The gorgeous Playa del Carmen has been one of the fastest growing cities with regards to population size in Mexico. It is located just outside of Cancun on the Caribbean Sea in the Riviera Maya area. Playa del Carmen has been the location of PGA Golf tournaments, and is a place where many tourists frequent due to the popular and plentiful activities. There are many affordable resorts within the area that are perfect for booking when you’re looking to get away to a nearby paradise to relax. Visitors can book everything from casual cabanas to luxury all-inclusive resorts, and still have amazing views no matter the choice. Take a day trip to one of the historical points of interest, such as the Chichen Itza, the site of an ancient Mayan city where a large step-pyramid can be viewed.

Take a jungle buggy through the lush tropical foliage or just spend a lazy day on the beach with drinks getting handed to you. Then, take your sweetheart out for a romantic dinner right on the water. There are a ton of things to do in Playa del Carmen, which is one of the main reasons why the population has increased so much. No matter if you’re traveling by yourself, or with your entire family, this tropical escape destination is worth exploring.

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PARADISE SHOAL BAY EAST – ANGUILLA Anguilla is a small British overseas territory in the West Indies. Here, soft, pure white sands feel like fine sugar between your toes. The bright blue waters make this place a true paradise, and the small feel of the island puts relaxation and a calm way of living at the forefront of anyone’s agenda that vacations or lives here. Anguilla is also nearly tax-free, which makes the area a haven for locals.

Shoal Bay East is one of the 36 beaches located in Anguilla, and our personal favorite. The views here are simply priceless; it’s as if you’ve stepped into a postcard. If you’re looking for the tropical escape with the most wow factor, Shoal Bay East is where you’ll find it. Summer is a beautiful season for visiting, where the waters will be warm enough to swim and snorkel. There are also plenty of shopping and dining attractions here, and you’ll often stroll the walkways and shorelines

while hearing the sounds of reggae music and laughter flirt with each other. Grab fresh seafood for dinner right on the water, and opt to stay in a quaint studio suite with an unbeatable view. Whether you want to stay in the country venture out into the Caribbean, these tropical escapes are breathtaking, heart-stealing options. Be sure to look up the deals when planning your trip, as many resorts will offer seasonal specialty rates. Happy sunbathing!

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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There are countless ways to work up an appetite in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Play amid 23 miles of sunny beaches, 300 miles of navigable waterways and acres of exotic Florida Everglades. Explore the upscale shopping and downtown arts scene. Then grab a plate and explore all of the epic eating opportunities. And with Crave GFL Restaurant Month returning in September, this is the perfect time to start planning some tasty travels in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Discover a diverse and innovative cuisine scene that includes fresh takes on comfort food, authentic global cuisine, spectacular brunches by the water, and chefdriven menus you won’t forget.

You’ll find the craft brewery scene is overflowing with tasty options, including Hollywood Brewing Company and Tap 42 Bar & Kitchen. Park and Ocean’s in-house brewery, Shady Brewing, is unique in that it’s located inside Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. The Tap Room at Funky Buddha Brewery serves up brew house tours as well as a full menu of food and experimental brews to wash it down. And the new Tarpon River Brewery features an innovative tap list and beer-inspired menu housed in an industrial-style space imbued with Old Florida charm.

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Shooters Waterfront, Fort Lauderdale

Discover the vibrant collection of cultures and flavors in Greater Fort Lauderdale. There’s an amazing cuisine scene serving up waterside brunches, craft breweries, vegan and beyond. And from Sept. 1-30, explore specially priced menus during Crave GFL Restaurant Month. See the details at | |

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The mood is “Venice of America” at Greater Fort Lauderdale’s dock-anddine restaurants. Try BAO Bar + Asian Kitchen or Boatyard, which serves hookto-table Floribbean cuisine under a picturesque gumbo limbo tree.

If you’re looking for deeper horizons, dine with an ocean view on Fort Lauderdale beach, like the steak, seafood and sushi of S3 or the Old Florida elegance of OCEAN2000. And at Terra Marre, Executive Chef Johan Svensson has thoughtfully created a menu that takes sophisticated palates on a world tour. His culinary excursions include Peru, Provence and North Africa, which are represented by Ceviche, Bouillabaise and harissa-spiced Chicken Tagine. At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, don’t let the cards and concerts distract you from what’s really important: Japanese wagyu at the elegant Kuro restaurant. Have a quiet alfresco dinner overlooking the pool or come for the new Hard Rock Signature Brunch. The delicious Sunday spectacle is served poolside and features food stations, charcuterie, raw bar, desserts and more, as well as bottomless bubbles, mimosas and Bloody Marys. Las Olas Boulevard delivers an upscale row of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars, including Rooftop @ 1WLO. Enter the elevator and press “R” for rooftop. When the doors open, order a perfectly mixed cocktail and bar bites and enjoy the skyline view.

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Further downtown, FATVillage is a haven for artists and creative entrepreneurs. Henry’s Sandwich Station is new to the scene there, serving up cutting edge cuisine featuring artisanal breads from local bakers layered with house-smoked and -cured meats. There’s also the monthly FATVillage Art Walk, which brings a tempting selection of food trucks and art-lovers to this hip and creative neighborhood.

Greater Fort Lauderdale has all the right ingredients for a fresh, foodie getaway — including appetizing previews to get you inspired. Watch Crave GFL TV, the destination’s online food series on Hello Sunny TV. The second season is now streaming with host and Yelp! Community Director Blue Arauz. He’ll be taking you inside the kitchens of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s best chefs and sampling some of their signature creations. You can always watch season one and two online at While you’re there, visit to browse participating restaurants offering specially priced menus during restaurant month, September 1-30. Whatever you’re craving, Greater Fort Lauderdale has a table for you. Bring your appetite for adventure and plan your foodie getaway at

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✓ Don’t Fold Your Clothes Of course, don’t go wrinkly and iron-free – that’s not a good look for anyone. Instead, roll your clothes! Most suitcases are built with softer edges and packing straps that can’t be as easily utilized when clothes are folded. Rolling your clothes instead will help ensure that you are getting the most out of your packing space, and reducing wrinkles! By rolling your clothes, you’ll be able to fit twice as much in your suitcase than you would if you folded, and for those longer trips, that can be a lifesaver.

✓ Check Airline Baggage Rules The last thing you want to do is arrive at the airport without knowing that extra bag you brought is going to cost you an arm and a leg to haul across the country. If you had known beforehand, you would have simply packed less, right? Airline baggage rules change, so be sure to research every single time you fly. Checking out the deals is a good idea, too. Because, let’s face it, if we can find a ticket than includes a free checked bag, aren’t we all happy? ✓ Make a List, and Check it Several Times Make a packing list of all the items you want to bring with you on your trip, and run through it a few times to make sure you have everything. This is a really helpful strategy, especially for last-minute vacations or business trips that happen pretty quickly. Keep an essentials list on hand or saved on your phone or computer, and pull it up every time you pull out your luggage. Once you double and triple check your list, you’ll feel confident in leaving home without worrying that you’ve forgotten something important, like your toothbrush! ✓ Copy Important Documents It is essential that you keep all of your important documents, such as your passport and birth certificate (if you’re leaving the country) on you at all times. The best thing to do is make a copy of all your documents, and check the copied versions in your luggage. That way, if you lose a piece of important information, you’ll have a copy to fall back on. This tip reverses, too: if the airlines lose your luggage, you’ll have your originals on your person, which saves you hassle and time spent panicking. The last thing you want is to lose your only copy, which could leave you stranded without that paperwork, and we don’t even want to think about that scenario. ✓ Don’t Bring Your Bathroom with You Of course we want you to smell and look nice on your trip, so don’t skip the deodorant, but don’t over-pack your toiletry bag, either. Instead of taking your chances in the airport with the clear baggies and the measured ounces, it is best just to check any liquid items you need to bring along, such as perfume bottles and shampoos.

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If you can, buy smaller travel-sized items and pack just enough to last during the duration of your trip. If you have to go out and buy another mini bottle of body wash, that is much better than bringing along your full-sized bottle only to have it leak all over the place.








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Head to NORTH CAROLINA for beautiful summer weather and plenty of things to do. Looking for a way to sample the best that Raleigh has to offer in a short period of time? Try a food tour. Reserve your place at the Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours, where you will be able to participate in a unique experience that includes behind-the-scenes looks at the chefs and their cooking processes, as well as some interesting history, and of course, tastings! Since 2009, Taste Carolina has been offering up food tours of all kinds to participants wishing to make the most out of their foodie vacation. Raleigh is just one of nearly 10 different cities throughout the Carolinas that Taste Carolina covers. Raleigh tours include several options, from a speakeasy cocktail tour, to a farm-totable Raleigh Roots historical tour. Taste your way through several acclaimed restaurants, sample wine and beer pairings, and save room for dessert! Schedules are subject to change depending on the season and the package you choose, so visit for more information. If Raleigh isn’t in your travel horizons, they’ve got plenty of other cities to choose from, to make your tour of the Carolinas both extremely tasty and unforgettable! How about some old history and amazing Cajun cuisine? Be sure to stop in LOUISIANA for all this and more, Particularly New Orleans. The French Quarter, and New Orleans itself, have come a long way from the early settlement days when the French used the area as a military outpost. The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in the City of New Orleans, and has a vibrant mixture of cultures that have established a new lifestyle all their own. Influences from African, Spanish, and French settlers have turned the city into a melting pot of cuisines, traditions, and heritages that all seem to stir together effortlessly.

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The city’s importance grew as the United States used the port for an opening to the Mississippi to ship goods and extend services. New Orleans became a hub for importing and exporting, as well as countrywide commercial expansion. The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is literally translated into “Central Square” or “city center.” Explore the French Quarter’s influences and development through early architecture, museums, and walking tours that will explain in depth the history behind the neighborhood. Take a tour of The 1850 House, a museum that displays artifacts and furnishings from one of the most prosperous eras that ever graced the city. Visiting the house will only cost you a $3 entry fee, and you will be able to feel the luxury and vitality of early ancestors as soon as you walk through the door.

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Gulf Shores & Orange Beach


The variety of flavors found at the many award-winning restaurants make the Alabama Gulf Coast a culinary paradise. Take in the beautiful views at one of the waterfront restaurants and savor a delicious meal. It will make you wish you could take this piece of paradise home with you. Whether you choose fresh Gulf seafood, a juicy steak or a craft burger, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have about every cuisine you could desire. Most restaurants can accommodate large groups, and many offer allergy menus. Some restaurants even offer playgrounds and other activities to keep children entertained before and after their meals. After dinner, listen to some live music featuring local and well-known artists, or soak up the warm Gulf breeze on an outdoor deck and savor your favorite brew or cocktail.

When it comes to fresh seafood, the Alabama Gulf Coast has it covered. Coming straight from a deep-sea fishing charter? Several area restaurants will prepare your catch for you. It just doesn’t get any fresher than that. Or try a lesser-known meal choice such as the lionfish which are considered an invasive species. Thanks to the efforts of the NUISANCE Group which is dedicated to raising awareness for Gulf Coast flora and fauna, more of these invasive species are finding their way onto local menus. Keeping an eye on sustainability, a new oyster shell recycling program is working with local restaurants to restore oyster beds with recycled shells, so go ahead and eat several dozen. Need a romantic night away to celebrate a special occasion? Climb aboard the 2.5-hour Perdido Queen dinner cruise boat, and view the colorful sunset as you drift along the coast of Orange Beach and Perdido Key. Dinner is served as a two-entree self-serve buffet with plenty of sides and salads to choose from. After dinner, listen to live entertainment and dance the night away with your partner. Reservations are required and should be made early to guarantee seating.



Wharf Uncorked September 13-15

Shrimp Festival October 11-14

You’ll find our restaurants offering an abundance of fresh Gulf-to-table seafood to satisfy any palate no matter how you like it served.

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Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Taste a bit of everything Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have to offer by exploring the fan favorites to enjoy along the coast. Discover the best places for date night, family-friendly venues, breakfast spots, desserts and much more. Or experience a whole new state of culinary satisfaction along one of the many Eat Your Way trail itineraries. Indulge in the taco trail, gumbo trail, craft cocktail trail and so much more. Look for customer recommendations at The award-winning restaurants aren’t the only place to find tasty food. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are home to several festivals to keep your mouth watering for more. At The Wharf Uncorked Wine and Culinary Event September 13-15, sample flavorful food and tantalizing wines, enjoy intimate cooking demos, exciting cooking competitions and so much more. Or devour some seafood, dance to local and wellknown artists and shop till you drop at eclectic art vendors at the 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival, October 11-14. See top chefs from around the world battle it out in the barbecue, chili, sandwich, burger, dessert, bacon, seafood, steak and chicken competitions at the World Food Championships at The Wharf, November 9-11. Culinary adventures abound on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Plan your getaway today to experience everything the Gulf Coast has to offer. Visit for more information.


Martin County


Conveniently located on Florida’s East Coast, Martin County is a real Florida gem that celebrates smalltown life and that hard-to-find “Old Florida’’ feel. Martin County boasts a beautiful natural landscape from ocean, to river, to lake and everything in between! Here, building restrictions have limited structures to four stories, preserving breathtaking views throughout the county.

a-kind bed and breakfasts. Rest easy at familiar chains like Courtyard by Marriott, Best Western and Hampton Inn — even the Hutchinson Island Marriott which offers a resort-style setting. Or, choose from oneof-a-kind boutique properties such as the Old Colorado Inn, the Historic Seminole Inn and Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina. Smaller bed and breakfast properties and

Enjoy beautiful natural beaches, picturesque parks, scenic drives, and stylish shopping and dining to match. From waterfront views to alfresco dining, art galleries to cozy cafes, delightful shops and charming boutiques, this unique area offers fine dining and shopping to satisfy every whim, served with a side of laidback southern hospitality.

independently rented villages and cottages set the scene for romance, while RV and camping facilities – even timeshares – spell family fun.

Plan your escape and make memories that last longer than tan lines.

Spanning nearly 22 miles along the coast, beaches include individual access strips which allow more private spots to enjoy the surf and sand or larger, guard-protected areas. Coastal conjures images of seafood – which Martin County offers plenty of, but what you might not expect to find are farm-to-table delights and unmatched food delights throughout the county. As the sun sets, relax at one of Martin County’s host of lodging options, from the newly-opened Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa to brand name hotels to one-of-

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A road trip worth pulling over for. When it comes to road trips, getting there is half the fun, and the scenic routes in Martin County, Florida offer plenty to look at along the way. Picture canopies of shady trees welcoming you, bright tropical colors, scenic vistas, beautiful sand beaches brimming with photo-ops, and the most bio-diverse ecosystem in the Northern Hemisphere. So go ahead and stretch your legs a bit. You’ll be glad you did.

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Natchez is abundant with restaurants that feature soul food, authentic ethnic dishes and modern culinary delights, making it a foodie’s paradise.

Looking for a taste of true southern hospitality? Look no further than Natchez, Mississippi. Natchez is abundant with restaurants that feature soul food, authentic ethnic dishes and modern culinary delights, making it a foodie’s paradise. The city’s over 300year-old eclectic heritage has led to a delicious blend of old and new. The distinction in Natchez is the infusion of hospitality into the dining experience. The Biscuit Capital of the World and a hub for epicures far and wide, this is a city legendary for southern fare and home-grown cuisine. The ambiance in Natchez restaurants is as satisfying as the food they serve, so be sure to ask about their history

as you find yourself eating in old cotton warehouses, buildings believed to be haunted, or in what was once one of the most notorious crime areas in the early 1800s. We guarantee it will be one of the tastiest history lessons you’ve ever had. Often referred to as “The Little Easy,” many local bars and restaurants serve Natchez-made libations. Natchez nightlife offers a variety of live music hot spots. Find yourself porch side at one of the oldest bars on the Mississippi River. Within about a 2-mile radius, you will find an award-winning rum distillery, a beer brewery, and a winery. Be sure to take the unofficial pour-tour and sample all the flavors they have to offer.


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Dining experiences in Natchez range from classic southern cuisine, to hand-crafted food and cocktails with a contemporary flare. Your experience will be heightened by a varying selection of fine hotels, the excitement of a riverfront casino, and the splendor of relaxed, elegant dining at historic estates. Visit Natchez and begin your own culinary adventure. You’ll soon find yourself returning again and again so you can experience it all— as you fall in love with Natchez and all her flavors.

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hen it comes to lodges and resorts, there are many to choose from in the PENNSYLVANIA area. If you’re ever near Bradford, make your way to The Lodge at Glendorn. Established in 1929, the lodge is known for its impeccable hospitality and unmatchable amenities. Glendorn has won many awards, including

Travel + Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Award for “Number One Resort Hotel in the Continental U.S.” The lodge itself is more like a private campground, with individual cabins for guests. There is the Big House, which has convenient hotel rooms and suites that most of us are used to, but if you can get your hands on a private cabin, you won’t regret it. Try the Miller Cabin, which is the most historic cabin on the grounds, and is quaint, accommodating up to three guests. Built around 1927, the log-andplank cabin has a screened in porch with the original hickory furniture for relaxing. Enjoy an authentic wood-burning fireplace in the living room, and a bedroom fit for a king, which has a fireplace all its own. There are plenty of seasonal events that take place at Glendorn throughout the year. Some events may have an extra charge, while others are completely free to the guests staying during that time. In the summer, look forward to enjoying activities like fly-fishing, hiking, biking, and paddle boarding. Looking for a bit of a different pace? Head to CONNECTICUT to one of the top-rated casino resorts in the northeast! The Mohegan Sun resort, located in Uncasville, has three different casinos to choose from. The Casino of the Sky, the Casino of

the Earth, and the Casino of the Wind are all excellent establishments that offer 5,000 slot machines combined, as well as 200+ game tables and two smoke-free areas. Sunrise Square is a favorite area within the resort, which is an Asian-inspired market that provides traditional games for the table, like Pai Gow Poker and Sic Bo, also known as hi-lo, which is a game of chance played with three dice. Up for a round of golf? Try out the new 18hole course, which offers challenging angles. You’ll be able to

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grab a brew afterwards at the pub, and get back to the game floors to enjoy your night with ease, since the course is on-site. The Mohegan frequently hosts concerts, live comedy specials, and more throughout the year. There is so much to do within the resort that it can be hard to adequately plan. Make sure you research upcoming events when booking your stay. Dance the night away, or enjoy dinner and a show at the theater, and don’t forget to save time to play some games, of course!


Harford County


Conveniently located just 25 miles north of Baltimore, Harford County is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, easily accessible by car, train, plane or bus. Culinary delights abound in Harford County. Start with our world-famous Maryland crabs! Enjoy ethnic food and unique chef creations. And when you add in our position on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail, you will find something for everyone’s palate. Enjoy our wine and craft beer locations spread through-out the county. Make sure to mark your calendar now for the Maryland State BBQ Bash held in Bel Air in August. This free event brings cook teams from all over the country as they fill the air with wonderful smells as they via for the top prize. And mark your calendar for Harford County Restaurant week.

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Did you know Harford County maintains over 80 park and recreation facilities for the enjoyment of all? If you love the outdoors, Harford County is home to Susquehanna State Park. With its hiking and biking trails, this park is a favorite for all ages. And don’t forget to visit the Conowingo Dam, at one time the largest hydroelectric facility behind only Niagara Falls. The dam offers a great place for fisherman to try their hand at catching numerous species of fish. The Park and Dam are also an attraction for professional and amateur photographers during the fall Bald Eagle migration. Rocks State Park is just a short drive away, offering more hiking trails and the King and Queen Seat – where the Susquehannock Indians held their tribal meetings. Kilgore Falls is the 2nd highest free falling waterfall in Maryland. This beautiful waterfall was used in the Disney movie Tuck Everlasting. Harford is home to three municipalities. Enjoy our Arts and Entertainment Districts in Bel Air and Havre de Grace. Aberdeen, home of the Aberdeen Proving Ground, is where you will find the Aberdeen Ironbirds, a minor league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
















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Head into Garrett’s popcorn shop for an iconic flavor

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midwest Wisconsin

For the food lover, WISCONSIN is one of the best states to visit. Check out the beloved city of Madison for some amazing eateries. In recent years, Madison has been in the news when it comes to chef-owned restaurants, farm-to-table experiences, and the craft beer scene. Head to The Coopers Tavern for great beer and unique dishes. Located on Mifflin Street, Coopers has been churning out the best combination of great food, good beer, and an awesome atmosphere for less than a decade. While Coopers isn’t an old-time establishment, it is certainly one of the local favorites by far. Coopers boasts nearly 30 craft beers and more than 120 different bottles, from the popular domestics, to specialty imports from across the world. Looking for a solid whiskey to swish around? Coopers also has more than 120 different whiskeys, bourbons, and scotches to try. For any local in love with the game of soccer, this is the tavern to come to. Coopers is all about soccer, and of course, good game food to pair with it. Try Cooper’s Curds, which are local Wisconsin cheese curds, dipped in a Pabst Blue Ribbon batter, and served up gold brown with a house-made ranch dressing. Coopers is known for its rustic vibe as well, so menu items also include poutine, or bone marrow, which is split and seasoned with parsley and shallots. Wisconsin can get cold, so Coopers is a great place to go to get warm, as well. There’s nothing better than having a steaming bowl of cheesy mac set in front of you to warm your hands on and gobble down. Try Cooper’s spin on the comfort food classic, which sets the mood with a Dubliner cheddar mac, topped with house-cured Fox Heritage Farms pork belly and herb-seasoned breadcrumbs. It’s a delicious combination that is sure to please any mac & cheese fan!


Ever had Wisconsin cheese curds? A must try!

Chicago, ILLINOIS is one of the biggest cities in the United States and perhaps the most popular tourist area in the state of Illinois. Chicago is famous for its food, cityscapes, and architecture, but there are also tons of theaters, shopping districts, and museums to fall in love with. Chicago may be known for its hot dogs and pizza, but the seasonal restaurant weeks in the city offer up more unique dishes than ever before.

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During various restaurant weeks, you can sample different creations from participating restaurants that will range in status, from authentic “mom and pop” shops and street BBQ, to five star fine-dining cuisine, so be sure to research when these are happening. If you like art, head to the Navy Pier for public sculpture displays, and visit the famous “bean” Cloud Gate! Walk through the nearby downtown streets where you will find all sorts of shops to browse for souvenirs, from famous designer brands to local boutiques. Head into Garrett’s popcorn shop for an iconic flavor, available in gift tins and regular bags. Garrett’s has been popping out their Chicago tradition since 1949, and they offer flavors and mixes like Garrett’s mix, a combination of caramel corn and cheddar cheese popcorn. You can create your own tin and sample all of the other flavors, such as buttery ranch, buffalo cheese, and macadamia caramel crisp.

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Wausau-Marathon County

For the World’s Best Ginseng,

Head to Wisconsin


The Chinese have had 5,000 years to perfect ginseng, the root known today as an edible and rejuvenating herb. But just a century ago, a town in North Central Wisconsin quietly developed the gold standard, drawing the respect of discerning connoisseurs from China and around the world. Welcome to Marathon County, where the second annual International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival takes place September 14-16, 2018. The three-day celebration will be held at downtown Wausau’s 400 Block city square park, promising bold flavors in myriad executions, exciting arts and entertainment, and plenty of ginseng-fueled activities. While Wisconsin is best known as the nation’s largest cheese supplier, relatively few know the state produces 95 percent of the U.S. ginseng supply. Arguably more surprising – over 85 percent of the local crop is exported to Asia. Yes, the Chinese have an insatiable appetite for ginseng grown in America’s Dairyland. To understand how a rural Midwest town became the nation’s ginseng epicenter, look back to the turn of the twentieth century. A local group of brothers, the Fromms, took interest in farming the wild ginseng that grew in a nearby forest. Marathon County’s long, cold winters and glacially enriched soil deliver the optimal environment for growing the prized root. In a few years, the brothers turned their crop into a business. Their commercial success spawned an industry and helped employ local farmers during the depression, which saved this area. Thousands of ginseng purists and those merely curious will converge from around the globe to enjoy the culmination of summer in Wausau and discover all this herb can be. Ginseng is believed to boost energy, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, ease stress and even enhance men’s libido.

Festival goers will be treated to ginsengenhanced delights from ice cream to burgers, soda to locally brewed beer and wine and, given the state’s betterknown reputation, cheese curds. Vendors will show off its herbal virtues in capsule form, lotions, lip balms and other creative expressions.

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For fun, visitors can participate in a scavenger hunt, get dirty digging their own roots and enjoy an exciting mainstage lineup. The culinarily inclined can expand their repertoire at ginseng cooking demonstrations. The festival also focuses on local ginseng growers and local farm-to-table fare, with some fascinating historic tours planned. Events will extend onto nearby streets and throughout the county. The International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival is a community collaboration in partnership with area businesses and organizations including Baumann Ginseng Farm, Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises, Ginseng Board of Wisconsin, Ginseng & Herb Co-Op, Travel Wisconsin, Marathon County, Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as many local associations and businesses.


Elkhart Lake

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Ask anyone in Elkhart Lake, WI, population 967, the mindset of visitors who flock there every summer and the word “resorter” will invariably come up. Turns out, that’s also the name of the local school mascot and an identifier embroidered on vintage hoodies. Elkhart Lake Resorters. Now, as for defining resorter, certainly a love of the historic white clapboard resorts, the crystal-clear lake and the quaint downtown shops plays into it, as does walkability and welcoming vibe. Oh, and the food scene, a big surprise for first time visitors. There are 20+ bistros, gastropubs, and taverns tucked into the village’s 1.3 square miles, many with al fresco options, each with their own distinctive take on dining and cocktailing. A fine starting point for any Elkhart Lake culinary conversation is Lola’s on the Lake at the Osthoff Resort, the epit-

ome of chic farm-to-table cuisine. The culinary team sources from its own one-acre garden, a bounty finding its way to the menus of the resort’s restaurants as well as its elegant cooking school and spa café. That same farm-to-table sensibility shows up at the Paddock Club, where the weekly small plates menu showcases what’s fresh and flavorful from local famers and purveyors. At Lake Street Café, ask for a wine recommendation from their Wine Spectator-recognized selection to accompany the orecchiette con carne. On summer nights, linger in the beer garden. The Wisconsin tradition of the supper club can be found at Elkhart Inn, where steaks, chops and seafood dominate the menu and meals always start with a well-mixed Old Fashioned. While it looks all-tavern, you’ll have regrets if you don’t try the food at Brown Baer. No deep fryer here, rather grilled veggies and their secret-recipe cornbread smothered in butter and maple syrup.


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Savvy diners know to save room for dessert at Back Porch Bistro, part of the Victorian Village Resort. The Friday fish fry, a Wisconsin favorite, can be found at the Quit Qui Oc golf course clubhouse. Mornings are for Off the Rail, a coffeehouse run by a Brit who relishes his slice of Americana and where lines out the door confirm the power of the pastries. For libations, there’s Vintage Elkhart Lake, a wine shop/tasting bar run by one of the country’s top sommeliers, and the Bare-

foot Tiki Bar where sunsets are always sensational. SwitchGear Brewing Co., the village’s first nanobrewery, is a nod to Elkhart Lake’s road racing history, where daredevil drivers once zoomed through the streets. Today racing is staged exclusively at the Road America. Pop in to Stop-Inn Tavern at Siebkens Resort and you may spot a celebrity racer as you nosh on gourmet fried cheese curds washed down with a craft cocktail. That, after all, is the resorter way to vacation in Elkhart Lake.


Heritage Corridor

Cruise Down Illinois’

ROUTE 66 FOR NOSTALGIC TASTES Travel America’s Main Street in Illinois and relive the diners and restaurants reminiscent of the history and freedom of the open road– just a short drive from Chicago.






Travelers rave about “The World’s Greatest Chicken!” at White Fence Farm in Romeoville and Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook. A true staple of Americana, you will end up with a smile on your face and a full belly after a meal at either of these two stops.




Between the historic Rialto Square Theatre and the Route 66 Welcome Center, is the Joliet Route 66 Diner. This is a truly vintage diner, with the décor and daily specials that you would expect on Route 66. There are many great choices, and you definitely can’t go wrong with the pork chops. Also look for the higher-scale options in Joliet, including Final Cut Steakhouse (Hollywood Casino) and The Reserve Steakhouse (Harrah’s Casino Joliet), because

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sometimes, an amazingly grilled steak is exactly what you need. You can also catch a tasty craft beer at MyGrain Brewing. Just a few minutes past the shadow of the Gemini Giant is Braidwood’s own Polk-A-Dot Drive In. The tunes of the 50’s and 60’s are heard over the speakers and statues of icons like Elvis, Betty Boop, the Blues Brothers and more greet you. Burgers, corn dog nuggets, milk shakes and more – a true Route 66 menu.

And, because its Route 66 – you want to make sure you’re filled up. When you hit the town of Pontiac, make sure to fill up at Edinger’s Filling Station. Country Fried Steaks, Pork Chops, Hamburger Pie. Flash back to a simpler time, pretend the radio station isn’t calling itself “the oldies station,” and travel America’s Main Street in Illinois, stopping into these great restaurants this historic road is known for.


66 Joliet Route 66 Diner Joliet, IL

White Fence Farm Romeoville, IL

Memorable Meals on the Mother Road

MyGrain Brewing Co. Joliet, IL

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket Willowbrook, IL

Polk-A-Dot Drive-In Braidwood

Wine & Cheese by TCC Plainfield, IL

Edinger’s Filling Station Pontiac, IL

Merichka’s Crest Hill, IL



A CULINARY TRIP OUTSIDE OF CHICAGO Home to a rich history and vibrant arts community, Galesburg, Illinois is your off-the-beaten-path route to a delicious and diverse food scene. Galesburg is a small city with big flavors, but no big city prices. People often ask if Galesburg is “close to Chicago”. Located in west central Illinois, just 45 minutes northwest of Peoria and 3 hours southwest of Chicago, it is close enough for a worthwhile daytrip or weekend getaway from the city. Make the trip and discover an Argentinian café, a creperie, and a brew pub to start. Recently, Galesburg has become known for its ethnic offerings, including: Korean, Indian, sushi and hibachi, and different styles of Mexican cuisine. Also gaining notoriety is its pizza scene, which is worth mentioning alone. Start your visit at Buenos Aires Bakery and Café for coffee infused with housemade dulce de leche and fresh pastries. You’ll also want to buy a jar of their signature chimichurri. Head downtown to enjoy locally owned shops featuring handmade arts, gourmet food, jewelry, and gifts. Here, you’ll find the Landmark Café and Creperie on Historic Seminary Street. The seasonal courtyard is a beautifully serene brick patio on which to indulge in the café’s renowned Spinach Bisque or savory crepes. Save room for dessert, as the Turtle Crepe is a must. If indulgences and exploration have you fatigued, stop into a local coffee shop. For a bright, modern atmosphere with in-house roasted coffee, check out Innkeepers. For something more lowkey with a funky vibe, relax in one of the mismatched chairs at The Beanhive. Spend the evening tasting a flight of local brews at Iron Spike Brewing Company before diving into one of their dishes featuring Sitka Salmon, a Galesburg based Alaskan fishing company. Head upstairs to The Players Lounge for cocktails and games or walk a few steps to another nighttime venue. Feeling a little spicy? Check out Koreana, A Taste of India, Osaka, MASA, or one of the four diverse, local Mexican restaurants.

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Pizza lovers have their choice of handcrafted pies. For artisan pizza with unique and local ingredients, baked offers an eclectic atmosphere and vinyl on the turntable. If you enjoy craft beer with your pie, Budde’s Pizza and American Craft Beer Bar is known for pizza with a thick blanket of cheese, their craft beer selection, and live music. Cherry Street Restaurant and Bar offers specialty pies like Italian Beef and Vegetarian Taco with garlic butter brushed, hand-tossed crusts along with a full menu and nighttime entertainment. Pizza House has been serving thin, cracker-style crust pizza for decades along with their popular House Spinach Salad. Start planning your trip with and the Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Facebook page.



“One of America’s most artistic towns” by Expedia two years running, Quincy graces Illinois’ westernmost curve of the Mississippi along the Great River Road, our national historic byway. Built on the limestone bluffs in 1825, the city is steeped in history, hospitality, and natural beauty. Known for outstanding architecture, preservation, agri-tourism and a dynamic cultural & culinary scene, Quincy is the “Gem City” of Western Illinois.

Situated midway between the neighboring historic communities of Nauvoo & Pittsfield, IL, Quincy claims the ideal vantage point for day tripping and exploring scenic side roads. Visitors enjoy area sights and attractions via curated self-guided driving tours and handy guides, some of which are outlined below: Local Fix Culinary Guide outlines 70 delicious locally owned eateries to satisfy those equally obsessed with food as

Quincyans. A must is the iconic MaidRite Sandwich Shop, home of the “loose meat sandwich,” visited by Food Network’s Alton Brown. Served diner style, the “no tipping allowed” policy affords ample room in the pocket book for a slice of homemade cream pie. Be sure to indulge in Underbrink’s Bakery, est. 1929. Utilizing original German “formulas,” the local and regional favorite offers melt-in-your-mouth Angel Food Cupcakes, Nut Rolls and Radio Rolls to die for. STOUT ROUTE 3000 is a fun “little” food itinerary saluting the Great River

Road’s 3,000-mile course. Eateries along the Quincy area’s portion of the best scenic drive in America are showcased, with menus approaching 3,000 calories per meal at some pretty stout stops. Mississippi Valley Wine Trail weaves the locally made offerings of five Western Illinois wineries together in one guide. Note Spirit Knob Winery on the Mississippi bluffs, distinguished as an Illinois Made establishment with award-winning vino. Take the Trail Blazer Challenge and visit all five wineries to receive a complimentary signature T-shirt.

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5 family-owned wineries in the Quincy IL surrounds along the Great River Road ~ America’s scenic national byway




Abundant Architecture Self-Guided Driving Tour of 15 distinct areas of the architecturally diverse city. Quincy touts four National Register Historic Districts with over 3,600 contributing properties. To commemorate the 2018 Bicentennial of Illinois, Quincy’s 1900 Villa Kathrine Castle is #2 on the Bucket List of “Architecture: 20 must-see attractions in Illinois” ( Quincy {Off the Record} reveals the surprising faces of thirteen famous, or infamous, former Quincy area residents. An intriguing self-guided driving tour uncovers the “Doctor of Death” and its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, The

Maltese Falcon Starlette Mary Astor, and ten other notable characters. Ten Acre Tree Houses outside of historic Nauvoo offer a life-changing, off-grid lodging experience that’s a serene and true world respite. The Quincy area is the naturally beautiful and relaxed destination to enjoy local flavor and culture, with the charm of Midwest hospitality and value. Request or download complimentary guides today. 800.978.4748 |



These quaint cafes are the perfect stop while strolling the shops or while waiting to take in a community festival or a show at the historic Coronado Theatre. OR MAYBE IT’S TIME FOR A MEAL

Rockford, Illinois, doesn’t mess around when it claims to be real and original, especially when it comes to great places to grab a bite with a brew (a hot or cold one). The history of Rockford is steeped in artisans and craftsmen who created an illustrious manufacturing-focused downtown that grew to be one of the largest cities in Illinois. That culture of creation has evolved over the years, and today the downtown is transforming into an entertainment hub that has culinary craftsmen plying their trade along the banks of the Rock River. WHEN COFFEE IS KEY In downtown Rockford, three shops all within walking distance will give you the jolt you are looking for and some great foods to pair with it. From the Rockford Roasting Company, whose drip coffee and outdoor seating makes it hum with hipsters, to Octane Interlounge, which constantly has a host of business professionals holding daytime meetings and then converts to a great restaurant and bar at night, to Wired Café, which is nestled along a cozy corridor filled with eclectic shops and restaurants.

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They come from all over the country and hear the stories about the epic burgers from a small restaurant on Rockford’s southside. The site used to be a neighborhood ice cream stand 30 years ago, but now it has a new owner and a menu filled with Instagram-ready hamburgers that taste even better than they look. 15th and Chris is worth traveling to and worth waiting for. Trust us, on beautiful sunny days, there will be a line out the door. If farm-to-table is more your speed, head to downtown Rockford where three restaurants owned by chef Paul Sletton will keep you asking for seconds – Abreo, Social and Taco Betty’s all quickly became staples for every Rockfordian and visitors have quickly caught on. All three are within walking distance of each other and make the perfect impromptu restaurant crawl. With the emerging culinary scene enhancing the culture of downtown Rockford, take the time to experience what is being created by our foodie artisans, and enjoy it with a nice beverage of your choosing.

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Real. Original. Crafty. Our foodie scene is matched to perfection with the our locally-made brews and beverages. With three craft breweries—Prairie Street Brewhouse perfectly sitting on the banks of the Rock River, Carlyle Brewing Co. specializing in European lagers and old school charm and Pig Minds Brewing Co. that pairs its pints with vegan delights— continuously pumping out Real. Original Brews for our community festivals like the Rockford City Market and Screw City Beer Festival, Rockford, knows that celebrations are best when shared with family and friends. Pig Minds Brewing Co. | @gorockford | #gorockford


(it's big around here!) Pella, Iowa’s selection of craft brew and Iowa wines is second to none. The Cellar Peanut Pub offers over 50 craft brews on tap. You won’t find an establishment more passionate about craft beers, microbreweries, and quality. They have earned multiple awards from Food Network and are’s Best Beer Bar in Iowa 2018. A few doors down, The Wijn House wine shop and tasting room carries over 200 wines from more than 30 wineries around the state of Iowa. Come in to sample wines from the week’s featured winery, and pair with appetizer plates from local meat markets, cheese makers, and chocolatiers. Learn more about Pella’s many locally-produced flavors at


Harrison County

HANDCRAFTED SOUTHERN InDiAnA Harrison County is home to talented vintners, farmers, craftspeople, and musicians. Established in 1808, the small town of Corydon served as Indiana’s first state capitol from 1816 to 1825, and is centrally located in Harrison County. This history is palpable when you walk the town’s storied streets, with most of the buildings dating to the 1800s. The historic town square remains central to town life, with many concerts and events held there throughout the summer and fall. You’ll find five wineries nestled throughout the lush foothills of Harrison County: Best Vineyards Winery and Distillery, Indian Creek Winery, Quibble Hill Winery, Scout Mountain Winery, and Turtle Run Winery. Each invite visitors for tastings, tours, or conversation with a fellow wine enthusiast, and all are within a 30minute drive. Scenic Indiana State Road 62 connects many of the wineries, and is a beautiful way to experience the scenery and small town charm of the area. Craftsmanship in the region only begins with wine— there’s much more to see and experience! Stop by Zimmerman Art Glass in Corydon to see third generation artisan Kerry Zimmerman make one-of-a-kind pieces. Stroll down the street to the Artisan Center, featuring ceramics, woodworking, and fine art from around the county available for purchase. The town comes together on Friday nights for the Corydon Farmers Market, housed in an outdoor pavilion. Visit booths with farm raised meat, eggs, and dairy products; baked goods; fruits and vegetables; wine; honey; and more while enjoying live music. To learn more, visit and receive a free visitor guide. Harrison County has comfortable and unique lodging options including affordable hotels, the Kintner House in downtown Corydon built in 1873, cabins, and parks. See and experience this historic, beautiful, talented, and tightknit gem of a community for yourself.

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If you’re in the southwest region, don’t pass through OKLAHOMA without stopping in Tulsa. Tulsa is situated on the Arkansas River at the edge of the Ozarks in northeast Oklahoma. This region of the state is known as the “green country.” Within Tulsa, there are several buzz-worthy art museums, including the Philbrook Museum of Art, Gilcrease Museum, and the Tulsa Art Deco Museum. Tulsa has a soft-spot for the performing arts, as well. If you love good food and great entertainment, then Tulsa may just become your new favorite place.

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“LOOK FOR THE AMAZING NIGHTLIFE AND CRAFT BEER IN SALT LAKE CITY!” With world-class ballet and opera houses, Tulsa has everything that you would expect for an elegant night out in the big city, only there are no crowds, no lines, and no hustle and bustle. Hungry for an authentic taste of Tulsa? Head to Big Anthony’s, a BBQ restaurant known for serving up “delicious & creative” barbecue. Try the 3 on 3 Hurricane Basket, which is 3 meats (brisket, ribs, and hot links), along with your choice of 3 sides. With selections like bacon cabbage, mac & cheese, and garlic butter mashed potatoes, you can’t go wrong with the 3 on 3. Don’t be afraid to dive right into your plate here. “From blue collar to black tie, everyone is welcome at Big Anthony’s BBQ.” If you’re heading further west, stop in UTAH for amazing nightlife and craft beer in Salt Lake City. This vibrant capital of Utah does not immediately come to mind when looking for a craft brew or a lively bar scene, but there are actually many places for the beer enthusiast to visit within Salt Lake City. Being at the center of Utah’s metropolitan scene, Salt Lake City offers a handful of top-rated nightlife establishments, such as Under Current, The Rest, and Whiskey Street. Take a tour and sit in for tastings at the Proper Brewing Company, which also provides classic barroom games like skee ball and pool, and the full-service restaurant pairs each beer gracefully with the simple menu items. Along with the booming craft brewery scene, Salt Lake City has much culture to share with visitors, from attending festivals to browsing art galleries. Fresh farmer’s markets make for a pleasant stroll and the surroundings of Utah’s pristine natural environment make each minute outside, one to remember. For foodies, there is plenty to get excited about when visiting Salt Lake City.

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Salt lake City Utah

Current, a fish and oyster restaurant, made OpenTable’s list of 100 Best Restaurants in America in recent years. Current’s architectural combination of modern, sleek booths and large tiles, accompanied by industrial ceilings and exposed brick, make for a delightful atmosphere when dining with friends and family. For starters, try the smoked clam dip with potato chips, chives, and sour cream. Share a seafood tower, with options for parties of 4-6 or 2-3 people that comes with oysters, shrimp, mussels, and lobster tails. Can you get good seafood in a landlocked state? This question begs to be answered by a dining experience, and Current’s eclectic menu will make you a believer after sitting down for a meal here.

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west California

Gaslamp Quarter

Santa Barbara boasts some of the freshest seafood around!

“The Funk Zone is a


streak in the midst of the deep history within Santa Barbara, and if you like wine and beer, it will be check-worthy.”

Way out west? You must be in CALIFORNIA, where you’ll have to check out what’s happening in Santa Barbara this season. Santa Barbara is known as the American Riviera, and deservedly so. There is much cultural history within Santa Barbara as well, and they say it is like stepping back in time to early Hollywood. There are boat-builders along the coast, and basket-weavers and artisan goods merchants that stand on every corner, beckoning you to come peruse through their many handmade items. Visit Stearn’s Wharf, the oldest working wharf in California, where you can shop along the coast and even participate in a wine tasting over-looking the Pacific Ocean; it is the only wine tasting of its kind!

There is plenty of water sports and general outdoor recreation here as well, including some major fishing hotspots, whale and dolphin watching, and sea kayaking. If you have kids with you, take them to see the marine museum and let them choose a souvenir from one of the many gift shops around. If they’re a tad bit over toddler-age, take them to the Paseo de la Guerra, which is a large outdoor arcade! For a more adult friendly – or drinking-age friendly – vacation, check out the Funk Zone, which prides itself on being the groove of Santa Barbara. There are plenty of wine tasting boutiques, cafés, art galleries, cool little shops, craft beer tastings, and much more. It is a contemporary streak in the midst of the deep history within the town, and if you like wine and beer, it will be check-worthy. Santa Barbara also boasts some of the freshest seafood around, as well as many modern takes on classics, complete with authentic wine pairings for an unforgettable meal. Visit for more information when planning your next trip. If you’re looking for an authentic and historic night out, where you can explore your surroundings just as much as your cocktails, then head to San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, also in California.

Stearn’s Wharf

Known as the “Historic Heart of San Diego,” the Gaslamp Quarter is a district comprised of about 16 blocks of Victorian architecture that boast nearly 200 different restaurants, just under a dozen nightclubs, and right around 50 bars to hop from. It is quite a busy district, and the outlets are tiny, but getting elbow to elbow with the locals is what makes this place so much fun. Explore the grandeur of San Diego’s history with people who know how to have fun. If you’re touring from out of town, an easy trolley ride will get you to and from the district. For rentals and those who live nearby, the district is easily accessible via the freeway. Whether you’re into new age or old, Gaslamp Quarter has it all. From after-concert parties hosted by celebrities, to tiny hole-in-the-wall bars that make the best late night snacks in the region, no one leaves Gaslamp unsatisfied. For a Vegas-style nightclub, complete with elegant cuisine, opt to spend your evening at the Parq Restaurant & Nightclub. With state-of-the-art technology and sound equipment, aerial dancers, bottle service, and the “industry’s best hosts,” you can’t go wrong with a night at Parq. Call ahead to make a dinner reservation, where you’ll be greeted with excellent service and sit down to an extraordinary menu.

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Juneau, Alaska

is a small city of big flavors. Enjoy some of the freshest fish you’ll ever eat, sustainably sourced from nearby waters. Indeed, Juneau’s unfathomably wild coastline provides a feast for the eyes as well as the table, with five species of Pacific salmon, plus halibut, crab, scallops, spot prawns,

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rockfish, black cod and any other local catch-of-theday. Discover Juneau’s burgeoning food scene created by a fresh batch of culinary artists, including a James Beard Foundation semifinalist and a Michelin star-trained chef, create contemporary cuisine inspired by the bounty of Southeast Alaska. Of course, their inventive menus feature wild Alaska seafood; but they also showcase other locally harvested ingredients such as spruce tips, bull kelp and Devil’s Club (the cactus of the northern rainforest). Choose from an everexpanding selection of restaurants, from fine dining to food carts, small

plates to buckets of king crab, with many options conveniently located right downtown. Try a food tour now operating in the Capital City, explore the many food trucks found on the docks, go where the locals go for artisanal baked goods, artisanal charcuterie (ever try reindeer prosciutto?) and even artisanal ice cream at a parlor where chocolate and vanilla meet flavors like fireweed and herring roe wasabi. Of course, nothing pairs better with a rainy Southeast Alaska day than locally roasted coffee. Juneau is home to dozens of independently owned and operated coffee shops—you’ll find one (or more) on every block, and not a chain in sight.

Desiring something a little stronger? In Juneau, oldtime saloons (some dating back to the Gold Rush era) share the street with sleek modern cocktail bars. Duck in for some award-winning local craft beer or local small-batch spirits, brewed with indigenous botanicals and water straight from the Coastal Mountains. Eating and drinking in Juneau: a whole dierent kind of Alaskan adventure.


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