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GuestQuest by Traveler Vacation Guide takes you on a guided tour to various vacation locations. We feature information about accommodations, attractions and activities in many travel and vacation destinations. Providing you with article coverage on our advertisers, their amenities and services will assist you in making the right decision on choosing your accommodations, recreation, entertainment and more. Please visit our web site www.guestquest.com for additional advertiser information and links to their web sites. Distributed three times a year, Spring, Summer and Winter, with separate editions to Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois/Indiana, North Carolina, Georgia/Alabama, Tennessee/Kentucky, Virginia/Washington D.C., Michigan and Ontario, Canada. Serving our advertisers and readers since 1984. For advertising information, questions or comments, call 1-800-644-8460. P. O. Box 33547, Cleveland, OH 44133. The accuracy of the information contained in these listings is the responsibility of each individual advertiser. Every effort has been made to offer up-to-date information. Reproduction of editorial or graphic content in any manner without written consent of the editor is prohibited. 2

What Does Your Spring Vacation Look Like? Have you got spring fever? Are you making plans for your summer vacation? With warm weather creeping in, thoughts of celebrating with a getaway are sure to be dancing in the back of your mind. But you’re not sure how you want to spend your next getaway? Peruse these pages and you’ll find some great ideas for destinations and even unique accommodations to help you get the most out of your escape. From the well-known destinations of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and the Outer Banks of North Carolina to remote Isle Royale in Michigan and everything in between, you’ll find it here. What does your next trip look like? And there’s no shortage of accommodations either. From lake view yurts, to luxury hotels, to secluded cabins and chalets, GuestQuest has it. Visit our site to search vacation rentals, condos, inns,

beach rentals, hotels, cabins, and many other accommodation types. Pick your destination based on location, nearby things to do or accommodation preference. Find the perfect place to stay for your trip, and even some discounts just by mentioning that you saw their ad in GuestQuest. GuestQuest.com is the perfect place to plan your vacation. Looking for a destination with golf nearby? Got it! How about wineries or breweries? Got them too! Is there an event in the destination you are considering? Check our event calendar or visit the website of the destination or accommodation with the direct links on their listings. No matter what your family is looking for, the chances are great that you’ll find it with GuestQuest. Make this the year you find your perfect destination! Plan your vacation today!

Ashland County Makes Travel Memorable Rolling farmland and gentle wooded hills of Johnny Appleseed fame dominate the landscape and make antique hunts and auctions events for everyone to enjoy. Specialty shops, horseshows, ice cream socials, classic car shows, an antique tractor and engine show, farmers markets and free bandshell concerts make life especially pleasant. Take a walking tour of our historical district and visit the Ashland County Historical Museum, one of many fun spots for Ashland OH tourism ideas. We host some great events including the Ashland County Fair and FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com

Ashland County Farm Tour as well as the Ashland Symphony, Ashland University Theatre, Ashland Regional Ballet and Chautauqua Storytelling Performances. BalloonFest, one of Ashland’s premier events, is held every year. The Balloon Glow, music, storytelling and stage performances, along with balloon races, make for a fun-filled weekend. Ashland Area CVB 211 Claremont Avenue Ashland, Ohio 44805 419-281-4584 toll free: 877-581-2345 www.visitashlandohio.com ¤ GUESTQUEST SPRING 2017


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Ashtabula County…Where Our Lake Awaits If you’ve not watched the sun set over Lake Erie after a day of swimming, paddle boarding, boating or jet skiing, then it is time to visit the 27 miles of shoreline in Ashtabula County OH. Visit the longest covered bridge in the United States…and while you’re here visit the shortest one, too! There are 19 covered bridges in the county.

Lake Erie’s microclimate provides the perfect grape-growing conditions for the 22 wineries in the region. Think you’re not a wine-lover? Let us change your mind! Fish for steelhead trout in America’s #1 stream for the prized fish, unless walleye is your preference – charter a boat to the best waters for a catch.

Over a dozen campgrounds welcome guests every year, but there is more to do than just camp at our outdoors resources. The 27-mile Greenway trail is popular for jogging, horseback riding and snowmobiling. Bird watchers gather to find the rare species that migrate through our skies.

History buffs gather every August for the largest D-Day reenactment in the country as planes, boats and artillery come to life with thousands of living history reenactors. Visitors can find 81 barn quilts scattered throughout the countryside and the stories behind them. Looking for a good old-fashioned festival? Check out the annual Grape

Jamboree and stomp some grapes or test your watermelon eating skills at the Pymatuning Lake Festival at the state park. So many more reasons to visit Ohio’s northeast corner! Find us online at www.VisitAshtabulaCounty.com See ad on page 9 ¤

Streetsboro - Located in the Heart of it All Offering Something for Everyone Year-Round! Streetsboro is directly off the Ohio Turnpike (I-80), Exit 187 and within minutes to Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown. It is also just a short drive to many of the area’s over 60 nearby attractions including Zip City USA, Boulder Creek Golf Club, Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, Woodcarved Art, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic

Railroad and National Park, Kent State University Museum, Jack Cleveland Casino, Hard Rock Rocksino, zoos, parks, sporting activities, numerous annual events and much more. From festivals, concerts and fairs - Streetsboro puts you near all the action. Plus, we provide exceptional accommodations

suitable for any preference or budget at our 9 hotels and 2 campgrounds. We also have more than 40 restaurants providing an assortment of dining options. Streetsboro is Northeast Ohio’s Best Vacation Value and the ideal location for a memorable trip. ¤

Welcome Spring in Youngstown, Ohio Plan Your Weekend Getaway Today! Over 40,000 bulbs in bloom welcome in Spring at Fellows Riverside Gardens! Each year, over 400,000 people visit this 12-acre public display garden to see the wonderful plant displays, a wide variety of roses, and seasonal annuals and perennials. Climb the observation tower for spectacular views of Lake Glacier. Enjoy the Davis Visitors Center, have lunch in the café and find unique gifts at the Shop in the Gardens. Spring also means it’s time to dust off your golf clubs and book some tee times! Let Youngstown and

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Mahoning County be your Northeast Ohio golf destination. Challenge yourself on scenic, well-maintained courses and take advantage of affordable golf packages. Kennsington Golf Club offers the convenience of the Courtyard by Marriott adjacent to the course. Mill Creek Park Golf Course features two 18-hole championship courses designed by Donald Ross, and the South course has been selected by Golfweek as one of America’s 30 Best Municipal Courses. Reserve Run Golf Course is designed around an old

quarry, which makes for a very scenic-but-challenging round of golf. After your round, relax at a local brewery or one of seven local wineries. Plan a stop at Vintage Estate Wine & Beer where you can select from 1,200 craft beers or 1,000 wines in stock. The Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau can help you plan the perfect weekend getaway. Please visit www.youngstownlive.com or call 800-447-8201 to start planning your visit today! ¤

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Explore The Shawshank Trail Movie Sites in Mansfield, Ohio Follow the path of Hollywood on The Shawshank Trail, a driving tour of the 14 area filming sites of the movie The Shawshank Redemption you can do at your own pace. Stand in the same place as “Andy, Red, and Warden Norton” at the Ohio State Reformatory (Shawshank State Prison) daily between April and August, and other select times of the

year. Movie fans can’t experience the microbrewery, some in historic movie any better than at these actual buildings and others offering filming sites. Shawshank-themed wines & ale. Travel the rest of the area’s trails! Ride over 88 miles of Horse Trails For a visitor guide through our parks and connect quaint and trail maps, visit towns on our paved 18.4-mile B&O www.DestinationMansfield.com. Bike Trail. Sip and sample along an See our overnight packages eclectic Wine & Ale Trail featuring for a full weekend of trails. ¤ wineries, wine bars, and

Paddle for Fun in Mohican! The Camp & Canoe Capital of Ohio is ready for the warm weather. Campgrounds are opening, canoes, rafts and kayaks will soon float down the Mohican River. Time to connect with the outdoors with great events and time honored classics. The 16th Annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend is April 28th-30th. Learn and experience first-hand about “Ohio’s Pollinators.”

Enjoy sponsored hikes along Mohican State Park and Mohican-Memorial State Forest. Go back in time and take a tour of Wolf Creek Grist Mill. Set the pace for a personalized adventure on a hiking, biking or horseback riding trail. Plan to stay for a week or weekend. With over 4,000 campsites, private cabins, a castle, resort, historic B&B and more. Take a

stroll through downtown Loudonville for shopping and dining. Visit DiscoverMohican.com for more information or find them on Facebook – Discover Mohican. Mohican Visitors Bureau 419-994-2519 DiscoverMohican.com ¤

Welcome to Wayne County, Ohio The rural charm of Wayne County’s rolling hills, lush woods, and scenic farmland is only the beginning of the offerings available to visitors. An abundance of cultural activities and events make Wayne County a great destination any time of the year.

largest Amish population. A large number of restaurants, shops and stores feature authentic Amish products from food to furniture. Numerous world-renowned companies and one-of-a-kind retail stores call Wayne County home including The J.M. Smucker Known as the “Gateway to Amish Company, Wooster Brush Company, Country,” Wayne and the surrounding Lehman’s Hardware, P. Graham Dunn counties are home to the world’s Gallery and Everything Rubbermaid.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful get-a-way to a cozy bed & breakfast, shopping experience in a wide variety of stores, or an entertaining cultural event, you can find just what you’re looking for in Wayne County. Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau 800-362-6474 wccvb.com ¤

Generations of Travelers to Amish Country, Ohio The Amish lifestyle carries intrigue for many. It is a straight-forward, honest way of life that puts family and faith first. It leaves an impression in ways unlike other places. Amish Country in Holmes County, Ohio, is built for family fun, whether you make it a day-trip adventure or a

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long-weekend. Plenty of unique experiences, from feeding a giraffe to buggy rides to making an Amish friend, create visits that young ones—from toddlers to teenagers—will remember for years. Bring a family reunion or arrange a friends trip for guaranteed laughter and camaraderie.

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Amish Country, Ohio, has something for all tastes. Call 877-643-8824 for free, customized information packets for couples, families and groups. Or learn more online at www.visitamishcountry.com. ¤

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Something for Everyone in Darke County Walk in the footsteps of Annie Oakley. Bring along your sense of discovery and experience small-town charm and rich frontier heritage. Visit Darke County, Ohio and delve into a culinary adventure by dining in our award-winning restaurants. Visit the KitchenAid Experience Retail Center,

the home of the world-famous KitchenAid stand mixer and take a tour of the factory where they are made. Discover our history by visiting Garst Museum, named 2016’s “Best Historical Museum” in Ohio by Ohio Magazine, and follow the all-new “Western Ohio Frontier Trail.” Take a

“spirited” tour along our “Darke County Whiskey, Wine & Ale Trail” and enjoy delicious wine, incredible craft beer, and historic whiskey. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in the heart of western Ohio, Darke County. ¤

Minutes from Columbus, Ohio. Miles from the Ordinary. Located in central Ohio, just 30 miles northwest of downtown Columbus, Union County OH tourism offers visitors a unique combination of the present and the past with its many tourism spots. Discover local attractions like our seven covered bridges or the Big Darby Plains Scenic Byway; explore how things are handcrafted at places

like the Phoenix Bat Company or tour our Honda Heritage Center; savor a meal at one of the countless unique eateries in the county or take a tour of one of our local wineries. Union County is also home to many festivals and fairs including the annual Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival. Held the fourth weekend of September, the festival includes an

elegant Dinner on the Bridge, a full day of festival activities including bluegrass music, old-fashioned games, antique and food vendors, pumpkin carver, wagon rides, community church service and so much more. For more information about Union County, call 937-644-0422 or visit www.unioncounty.org. ¤

Sauder Village – Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future Whether you’re planning a day trip or a looking for a special vacation destination – Sauder Village in Archbold OH – is a memorable place to explore, stay, eat, shop and have fun! At the Historic Village – take time to experience life in Ohio from 1803 thru 1920 while visiting with costumed guides and working craftsmen in historic homes, community shops, farms and gardens. We make exploring Ohio’s

historic past fun for all ages with hands-on activities, unique demonstrations and special events throughout the season. Sauder Village also includes a 350-seat Barn Restaurant, the Doughbox Bakery, unique shopping and a conference center. Overnight accommodations are available at the newly-expanded Campground and the 98-room Sauder Heritage Inn with indoor pool.

Enjoy the warmth of genuine, old-fashioned hospitality while making special memories with your family and friends at Sauder Village – Ohio’s largest living-history destination! Sauder Village 22611 St. Rt. 2 Archbold, OH 43502 800.590.9755 www.saudervillage.org ¤

Ease into Adventure in Grove City Whether you’re 8 or 80, life needs adventure. Big or small, inside or outside, art or athletics, adventure makes us feel new again. Just a short drive from Columbus, Grove City, Ohio caters to everyone from thrill seekers to wine sippers and all those in between. Adventurers can catch glimpses of roaming bison at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, take aim at LVL UP Sports paintball park, or backpack on the REI River Trail. This is a place to get your heart rate up and let your spirits soar.

If you like your adventure a little softer, Grove City is also an ideal spot for bliss seekers to naturally refresh both mind and soul. Leisurely canoeing on a scenic river offers time for self-reflection and, if you’re lucky, a glimpse of wildlife enjoying their sanctuary. You can feed your curious mind in the historic Grove City Town Center and your hungry appetite in a variety of one-of-a-kind eateries. Adventures in learning include year-round outdoor festivals and

events, like the Grove City Wine & Arts Festival and EcoFest. From heart pounding exhilaration to heartwarming family time, Grove City is up for fun and down to earth. Best of all, your journey is perfectly paced for you and anyone else you bring along for the ride. Start planning your adventure today at visitgrovecityoh.com or by calling 800.539.0405. ¤

Get Away and Have Fun in Delaware County Ohio Make Delaware County Ohio your favorite family getaway. Four big lakes and Zoombezi Bay water slide park offer plenty places to splash and play. Go boating, kayaking, fishing, sailing, water skiing, and biking, too. Explore the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium where you can feed giraffe and stingrays. Enjoy the Animals on Safari show, rides at Jungle Jack’s Landing, and take a spin on the Zoo’s beautiful carousel. Bird watching and hiking opportunities abound at Alum Creek and Delaware State Parks and 11 GUESTQUEST SPRING 2017

beautiful preservation parks. Alum Creek also has mountain bike trails! Stay cool by delving 105 feet below the surface of the earth at the Olentangy Indian Caverns where it is always 54 degrees. Pan for gems and play miniature golf there, too. Delaware County also has 14 public golf courses, featuring play for all skill levels. For more information on these great family fun attractions and affordable lodging and dining, check out www.visitdelohio.com. ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com

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Hocking Hills Ohio – Spectacular in Any Season Whether it’s antiques, fine art, breathtaking scenery, a hike to Old Man’s Cave or a getaway in a woodland cabin, you’ll find it all just outside Logan in southeast Ohio in Hockings Hills Ohio. The Hocking Hills area offers world-class outdoor adventure in a gorgeous backdrop. With hiking, ziplining, canoeing, backpacking, rappelling, horseback riding and fishing, every outdoor activity is represented. The Hocking Hills is the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest, with more ziplines than any other destination in the Midwest. The Hocking Hills are peppered with unique gift stores, antique malls, art and craft collections, cafes and

restaurants. Shops feature creations by local artists and many offer workshops and classes on topics such as basket weaving, woodcarving and photography. A wide variety of accommodations guarantee that travelers can find a place to stay that will fit any budget. From an authentic Scottish Inn to cozy little log cabins and cottages, life in the hills is an escape from everyday routine. Spring brings an extraordinary show of wildflowers and wildlife. Early rains swell waterfalls to rush at their fullest. Summer’s cool caves and invigorating waterfalls offer a refreshing break from summer’s dog

days. In autumn, we challenge you to find a more beautiful place on earth. Winter brings a magical transformation as these already spectacular surroundings turn to a glistening wonderland of frosty trees, crystal falls and snow-covered hills. Each change brings a new season of events and activities that call you back again. Hocking Hills Tourism Association 1-800-Hocking (462-5464) ExploreHockingHills.com ¤

Ready for an Amazing Adventure? Join us in Fairfield County, where you’ll find great shopping, unique dining, eclectic wineries and breweries, lively festivals, and plenty of outdoor activities. Fairfield County is the intersection of history, art, and nature. Explore more than 8,000 acres of parks, preserves and trails. Appreciate the scenic beauty of 17 covered bridges – the most original covered bridges in Ohio. Step back in time at Rock Mill, an engineering marvel recently returned to its 19th century glory,

featuring the largest all-wooden waterwheel in the USA! Re-examine the Civil War, appreciate the technology and passion behind the motorcycle, and wonder at the ways glass has been transformed through history. Admire our sculptures, murals, and galleries, or create your own masterpiece in one of our fun studios. Experience the power of nature, the ingenuity of mankind, hundreds of great events, and countless amazing sites in Fairfield County! www.VisitFairfieldCounty.org ¤

The Wilds – A World-Class Animal Conservation Center Tucked into the countryside of Cumberland, Ohio is an unexpected home of rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs, takin and many other rare and exotic animals. The Wilds is one of the largest animal conservation centers on the continent. The Wilds is open year-round. A variety of tours are offered, including open-air safaris, horseback, and zip-lining. Visitors can also hike the butterfly habitat, go fishing, enjoy the bird-watching station and ride the mountain bike trails. The Wilds also offers two types of overnight accommodations: Nomad Ridge

(romantic, two-person yurts) and The Lodge (a luxury cabin that sleeps up to 12 guests). In addition to creating lifelong memories, every visit to The Wilds helps protect species that are threatened in their native habitats. Support for The Wilds benefits scientific research, endangered animal breeding programs, and education opportunities. The Wilds 14000 International Rd. Cumberland, OH 740-638-5030 TheWilds.org ¤

Adventure awaits you in Zanesville-Muskingum County! Take a Safari Tour and go zip-lining and horseback riding at the Wilds, one of North America’s largest wildlife conservation centers in Zanesville-Muskingum County Ohio. Take a relaxing cruise along the Muskingum River aboard the Lorena Sternwheeler. Visit area wineries and breweries or take in the history of the area at one of the many historic sites and museums. Zanesville is home to a growing Artist Colony, a community of living and working artists whose studios are open to the public and are available as a cultural resource. Every first Friday of each month, downtown studios are open for an evening of art and entertainment and the first weekend in August, over 100 artists gather in downtown Zanesville for the Y Bridge Arts Festival. GUESTQUEST SPRING 2017

A beautiful collection of antique art pottery is available for viewing at the Zanesville Museum of Art as well as galleries offering fine American and European paintings, sculpture, historic and studio glass, Asian arts plus temporary exhibitions. Muskingum County is rich in opportunities for sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts who come from far and wide to enjoy hunting, fishing, boating and athletics. The county is home to several state and city parks that offer recreation for the whole family. Many visitors flock to Muskingum County to golf at our wonderful courses, some of which are nationally known. Go online to www.visitzanesville.com, to see the calendar of events as well as more information on attractions and things to do in the area. ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com

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Welcome to Gallia County, Ohio on the Banks of the Ohio River We are honored to have you as our guest and wish for you to have the most pleasurable experiences while visiting our area. You will soon feel the sense of pride we share in belonging to this community and hope you will take advantage of the many attractions, events and other opportunities during your stay. Gallia County, located on the banks of the majestic Ohio River, is

home to many historical attractions, annual events, arts and theatre, winery and craft brewery and more! You’ll find something for the entire family! Our visitor guide offers a handy pocket-guide to our most popular and historic hot spots. Our professional staff partners with various organizations who are prepared to

respond to your unique needs and to enrich your experience. Great things are happening in Gallia County, Ohio so be sure to check out our website at www.VisitGallia.com for a complete list of things to see and do or download our free mobile app VisitGallia to keep up-to-date on the latest information! ¤

Fresh & Fun! Cambridge/Guernsey County Foodie Finds Guernsey County’s sin-sational bakeries and local diners will charm you with their home cooked meals and tasty treats. With dozens of local eateries to experience, you’ll savor a taste of Ohio! MILE-HIGH PIES – Theo’s Restaurant in downtown Cambridge dishes up its famous mile-high lemon and chocolate pies topped so high with a tasty homemade meringue—you may not see the person across the table! BAKE & SHAKE – The aroma of freshly baked glazed donuts, sugar cookies, cakes and other goodies at Kennedy’s Bakery envelope you the

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moment you walk through the door. “The Original,” as the locals affectionately call it, has been part of the community since 1925. FAMILY STYLE – Pass the green beans, please! Mr. Lee’s Family Restaurant allows everyone to gather and share the best of home cooked meals, conversation, and time. Perched high on a hill, Georgetown Vineyards overlooks the region’s lush hills and valleys. Gather here with friends and family and enjoy the vineyard’s homemade brick-oven pizza coupled with sweet, semi-sweet or dry wines, or craft brew.

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The Guernsey Kitchen in historic downtown Cambridge offers the best scratch made foods created with local ingredients. Right next door, you’ll find McKenna’s Market, a deli featuring specialty artisan foods. Shop for craft beers, wines, cheeses, and more. SWEET TREATS – Handcrafted in Cambridge, Nothing But Chocolate (need we say more?) is a chocoholic’s dream! You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into Willy Wonka’s Factory. Begin your foodie exploration at VisitGuernsey.com or call 800.933.5480 for a free travel guide! ¤

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What Sundays are All About ~ Jackson County, Indiana Jackson County is what Sundays are all about. Hailing as the Crossroads of Southern Indiana, Jackson County sits in the middle of Indianapolis and Louisville, KY. All roads lead to Jackson County and our nearly 42,000 citizens are filled with pride in their communities, and welcome visitors to their quaint, picturesque surroundings they call home.

Jackson County prides itself on festivals. Everything from the Red, White and Blue Festival to the Medora Christmas Parade can be found in our small towns. Others include the Freetown July Festival, Fort Vallonia Days, Seymour Oktoberfest and even a Log Cabin Day! The pride and joy of the area is the Jackson County Fair. It is known statewide as one of the highest

attended fairs and is the only free fair left in the state. The outdoors and Jackson County go hand in hand. The Starve Hollow State Recreation Area provides plenty of fishing, hunting, camping and miles of hiking trails. The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge provides resting and feeding areas for waterfowl and migratory birds and covers 8,000 acres in which to hike, bike, fish, and hunt. The Jackson-Washington State Forest

and its beautiful vistas are found in Jackson County, as is a portion of Hoosier National Forest. Seymour is the hometown to rocker John Mellencamp and former Miss America Katie Stam. Southern Indiana Center for the Arts is home to the only permanent collection of Mellencamp’s paintings in the world. The center is ever-changing and includes a pottery barn, a print shop and an outdoor stage used to sponsor various music events throughout the

year. Wineries, breweries, great restaurants and unique shops also fill the county’s streets. Many visit two covered bridges including the Medora bridge, which is the longest three-span covered bridge in the United States. The countryside is peppered with round barns and farm markets. Stop by the Jackson County Visitor Center, housed in an historic freight depot, to learn more! ¤

Create Memories in Indiana this Spring Looking for something to do a little closer to home this year? Looking to make your dollar stretch further, but still create Spring Break memories? Try on these fun, semi-outdoor, wear-yourself-out activities. Go caving - Indiana has three Marengo Cave, Bluespring Caverns and Squire Boone Caverns. All offer tours daily, but each offers something a little extra - try spelunking (cave exploring) at Marengo, overnight at Bluespring or explore the village above ground at Squire Boone.

Go fishing - on Lake Michigan. Bring your pole and charter a boat for a big catch. You still might need a jacket though for those cold lake-effect winds. Afterwards, grab an Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore guidebook at the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center, then play on the beach, climb the dunes, hike the trail system and take a guided nature tour. Go Geocaching - grab a treasure map (your GPS device) and look for treasure. Some of Indiana’s hot spots

are in South (Mitchell) and North (Shipshewana, Warsaw & Plymouth). Find more at Geocaching.com. Don’t have a GPS device? Northern Indiana’s destinations will provide one. Go explore - at a state park. Indiana State Parks offer lots to explore, places to stay and fun things to learn. Brown County State Park offers indoor water fun, Turkey Run State Park has great hiking trails and Spring Mill State Park offers historical village exploration. - See next page

Getaway to Dubois County in Southern Indiana Spring into Southern Indiana as the daffodils and dog wood trees blossom with a weekend Getaway to Dubois County! Enjoy several unique festivals, grand architecture, historic attractions, great shopping, and destination golfing! For outdoor enthusiast, the 8,800-acre Patoka Lake offers fishing, boating, canoeing/kayaking,

swimming, and water-skiing and is surrounded by 26,000 acres of DNR property that is perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and camping. Local wineries and breweries offer award winning samples – also get both the wines and brews at the Garden Gate Jazz, Art, Wine, and Craft Beer Festival this April!

While in the area, also be sure to tour the awe-inspiring Monastery Immaculate Conception, a castle-like structure featuring a beautiful domed church. Shopping will surround you in Dubois County! In downtown Jasper and Huntingburg, browse specialty and antique shops featuring a chocolate shops, home décor, clothing boutiques, gift shops, and our homemade ice cream shop. ¤

Walk Through an Oasis of Beauty The Azalea Path Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, nestled between the small southwestern Indiana towns of Princeton and Petersburg, began in 1979 with 15 acres and a few azaleas and perennials. Today it has grown to include over 60 acres and more than 3,000 azaleas plus a large variety of unusual plants and native Indiana trees. Proprietors Beverly and Steve Knight invite their guests to explore walking trails that wind along two spring-fed lakes, a waterfall, a koi pond and several unique garden sculptures. A newly constructed 10

patio and deck overlooking the water provides the perfect spot for visitors to enjoy a quiet moment and a cool drink surrounded by the lush landscapes and breathtaking beauty of the azaleas in bloom. While the peak bloom time for the azaleas is typically late April/early May, the grounds of the Azalea Path Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are a year-round delight for nature lovers and gardening enthusiasts. Azalea Path Arboretum and Botanical Gardens www.azaleapatharboretum.org ¤

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Create Memories in Indiana this Spring - continued from previous page Go play (and learn) - These fun, hands-on museums are sure to impress: Terre Haute Children’s Museum, Science Central (Fort Wayne), The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, CMoe (Evansville) and kidscommons (Columbus). Go shopping - Grab a great deal (or two or three) at one of these outlets:

Edinburgh Premium Outlet, Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets or The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont. Go swimming - There are plenty of places to swim indoors and outdoors. Here are just a few of the indoor ones: Big Splash Adventure (French Lick), Caribbean Cove (Indianapolis) and Splash Universe (Shipshewana). And

Marshall County, Indiana – The Place for a Memorable Vacation! Marshall County is where you go to get away from it all. To shake off your cares with a meandering drive down country roads. To discover communities where people still greet you with a smile and a friendly word. While we’re chock full of the rural charms you’d expect, you’re also sure to uncover a few pleasant surprises

during your stay. Like the fact that we’re home to a stunning golf course designed by a world-renowned golf course designer. Or that you’ll find Indiana’s second-largest natural lake here, Lake Maxinkuckee, circled by an inviting lakeside community, Culver. Follow Indiana’s First Barn Quilt throughout every season.

these particular water park fun spots offer overnight accommodations. Go train - Take a scenic train ride on one of seven Indiana railroads Whitewater Valley Railroad (Connersville), CKS Railroad (Knightstown), French Lick Scenic Railway, Hesston Steam Railroad (La Porte), Indiana Transportation

Museum (Noblesville), Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum (North Judson) and the Spirit of Jasper (Jasper). Or try all seven. All offer themed rides, such as dinner trains, train robberies, festival and holiday trains. Whatever the experience, you’ll love restarting your Spring Break engine in Indiana! This article courtesy the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Visit www.VisitIndiana.com or call 1-800-677-9800 for more information. Unwind by the season, summer the time to flock to the beach. Fall, time to gather in the harvest. Winter, time to get out the quilts and sit by the fireplace. Spring, the time to watch for the first buds on the trees. Get out and celebrate our heritage. ¤

Discover “The Hub of Transportation Heritage” DeKalb County, Indiana is the “The Hub of Transportation Heritage.” DeKalb County presently has nine museums: the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, with over 100 classic, vintage, and antique cars all displayed in the beautiful 1930 art deco factory showroom; the National Auto & Truck Museum, featuring over 100 automobiles and trucks; the Kruse

Automobile and Carriage Museum, home to a display of classic cars, racecars, plus a collection of carriages; the National Military History Center, features military vehicles and uniforms; the Hoosier Air Museum, displaying vintage and military aircraft; the Garrett Historical Railroad Museum, houses local heritage and railroad memorabilia; the DeKalb County History Museum,

which exhibits early urban and rural home life; the Early Ford V-8 Museum, focuses on cars from 1932 to 1953; and DeKalb County Horsemen’s Assoc. and Draft Animal Museum, dedicated to horse farming history. DeKalb County invites you to enjoy many of our festivals and events. Plan on visiting us for a day, a weekend or a week, you’ll be glad you did. ¤

Northern Indiana Lakes – Beautiful State Parks and 101 Natural Lakes With Indiana’s most beautiful state park, two wineries and a craft brewery, buffalo preserve, scenic golf courses and outlet shopping, Northern Indiana Lakes Country is family-friendly. Hike at Pokagon State Park, rent a bike to tour the park or take a guided horseback ride. Boat rentals are available to explore Lake James,

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Indiana’s third largest natural lake. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the historic Potawatomi Inn. Trine State Recreation Area offers 200 acres of wooded grounds, with cabins, public fishing and boat rentals on Gentian Lake. Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve is home to nearly 200 buffalo. Sleep under the stars in a safari tent or

under buffalo blankets in the log-hewn bed and breakfast. Enjoy samples of locally-grown wine at Satek Winery and Briali Vineyards and Winery and shop for bargains at The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont. Northern Indiana Lakes Country Angola, IN 46703 (800) LAKE-101 www.lakes101.org ¤

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Down State, Down Home ~ Southern Ilinois! Williamson County is The Center for Southern Illinois Attractions! Fast growing Williamson County tourism in Southern Illinois beckons travelers and visitors as a regional destination for high quality outdoor recreation, sports events, cultural attractions, family entertainment and hospitality. Long known as the ‘Goose Capital’ of the world for our outstanding geese hunting, today visitors also come from throughout the Midwest to explore our renown lakes and natural areas, enjoy our high quality athletics activities and year-round special events, discover our history and attractive shopping and unwind at one of our 100+ restaurants, 19 area wineries and 24 hotels, motels, cabins and bed and breakfasts. Located at the intersection of Interstates 24, 57 and Illinois Route 13, Williamson County is home to the largest collection of shopping, lodging, wineries and eating establishments in Southern Illinois. Numerous nearby tourist attractions

include the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Shawnee National Forest and Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. The communities of Williamson County have evolved from a collection of coal mining company towns founded in the mid 1800s into a group of small but growing historical centers offering visitors a variety of cultural and historical activities. Our special brand of hospitality is warm and friendly. Visitors can choose from a rustic country inn and quaint bed and breakfasts to the national hotel brands that many travelers come to expect in convenient locations. Our year-round calendar of events celebrates our rich culture, outdoors, sports, music, communities and traditions. Sports fans and athletes alike enjoy numerous opportunities to watch and participate in amateur and professional competitions at first class facilities. Golfers have four high-quality yet affordable golf courses to choose from, including two that host several amateur and professional golf tournaments each

year. Hiking and biking are very popular outdoor activities in Williamson County, with more than 1,250 miles of roads and trails for hiking, biking, running or a quiet stroll. Williamson County also has some of the finest game bird, waterfowl, deer, turkey and small game hunting in the Midwest. We are also the premier destination for fishermen in Southern Illinois, attracting professional and amateur fishermen alike, with our popular lakes, annual fishing tournaments and year-round fishing opportunities. Enjoy the best that Southern Illinois offers. Explore, discover and unwind in Williamson County! Williamson County Tourism Bureau www.visitsi.com ¤ Explore Carbondale, IL Providing Year Round Southern Hospitality Where can you find an atmosphere where culture and wilderness go hand-in-hand? Only Carbondale IL! Where else can you find canoeing, biking, hiking, historical museums, a microbrewery and camping? Only Carbondale IL! Home of Southern Illinois University and the gateway to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trails, the natural beauty of the breathtaking rolling hills of Illinois await you. This Midwestern town is far from the fast pace of big city life, offering you that remote unique

feeling that is only achievable in the southern tip of Illinois. Carbondale offers you the opportunity to explore many beautiful scenic views with a ton of outdoor adventure, fun for the entire family. At Carbondale Tourism, we are here to help ensure your vacation is everything you could imagine and more. Only Carbondale is a destination that provides southern hospitality and welcomes tourists year round with events for every season. Imagine playing golf at the start of dawn, hiking through the forest after lunch, and finishing the day by listening to the sounds of one of our many local musicians. Dine in one of our local restaurants utilizing locally grown produce or try an international authentic cuisine that is bursting with a cultural influence. Stay in our accommodations that range from the various modern hotels to a cozy inn or cabin in the woods where you are sure to feel right at home. Forget something on your travels? No worries with shopping outlets from vintage boutiques to specialty shops you can find that one of kind item only in Carbondale. Whether visiting for the first time or your tenth, Carbondale always has something to try from day to night without ever leaving our city; so gather your family to visit and explore the reasons why we say Only Carbondale! ¤

We’re on Your Way, So Stop in and Enjoy Mt. Vernon Illinois! Situated on the crossroads of I-64 and I-57, Mt. Vernon Illinois is home to many unique attractions like our adventurous Aquatic Zoo Waterpark, the American Alliance of Museums nationally accredited Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, and early State of Illinois history woven throughout the community. With nearly 1200 hotel rooms and over 50 restaurants, we’re the perfect weekend getaway. You won’t want to miss the heart of Southern Illinois this summer! On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse path will stretch across the entire United States, reaching its point of greatest duration just 50 miles south of Mt. Vernon. This region in southern Illinois is not only in the path of the 2017 eclipse, but also the 2024 eclipse, making it a unique location for field experts and visitors alike. We invite you to stay & play with us in Mt. Vernon for Totality Fest with live entertainment, events and more all weekend long. On Monday morning, head south to the path of totality for an experience you’ll never forget! For more information on happenings in Mt. Vernon visit our new website www.enjoymtvernon.com! ¤ See ads on page 12 and 13

Discover Small-Town America – Jacksonville, IL Centrally located between St. Louis and Chicago and only thirty-five minutes west of Springfield, Jacksonville, Illinois is a community rich in historical treasures, thriving arts, education and culture all wrapped in Midwest hospitality. Come enjoy the unexpected! From our Civil War and Abraham Lincoln connections to our newly renovated downtown, the area offers something for everyone. The City’s rich heritage includes numerous interesting sites that help make history relevant to old and new generations. Destination choices include Underground Railroad sites, Downtown murals, Historic Homes Walking Tour, the Governor Joseph Duncan Mansion, David Strawn Art Gallery and the Voices of Jacksonville Audio Tour where you can listen to stories about Abraham Lincoln. 14

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KENTUCKY

Kentucky: The Bluegrass State From the land of Kentucky lakes, caves and corvettes to the Bluegrass Region, Daniel Boone Country and the Kentucky Appalachians, the distinct regions of Kentucky offer outdoor adventure, horse racing passion, creative music and art, metropolitan attractions and everything in-between. Make plans to visit Kentucky today!

Kentucky’s Western region offers timeless bluegrass traditions, natural attractions such as the famous Land Between the Lakes; the city of Owensboro — Kentucky’s third largest; and the creative art and energy of Paducah in Western Kentucky. South Central Kentucky is best known for dozens of Kentucky lakes

and its extensive cave system not found anywhere else in the world. However, up and coming cities like Bowling Green, and attractions such as the National Corvette Museum ensure there is more to this region than natural attractions alone. In the North Central Region of Kentucky you’ll find one of the state’s more popular claims to fame: Horse

Country. Soft rolling hills, glowing bluegrass countryside and equestrian attractions including Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Horse Park make this area one of the state’s most traveled. In the Eastern Region, outdoor adventure is king. The sprawling Appalachian Mountains, acres upon acres of national parks and miles of

hiking trails and scenic routes offer a great escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Eastern Kentucky is also the home of unique culture, music and art of Appalachia, which has spawned many bluegrass, country and rock & roll artists. What are you waiting for? Make plans to visit the Bluegrass State by checking out KentuckyTourism.com or calling 800-225-8747.

Welcome To Cadiz, the Friendliest Little Town in All of Kentucky Whether you’re coming up to fish in Lake Barkley, stroll the charm of Main Street, shop in the galleries and nostalgic antique shops – we know you’ll love Cadiz. Located on the shores of Lake Barkley, the lake is our region’s

natural beacon for hunters, fishermen and families looking for a place to have a memorable vacation. Nearby, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area has hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking or ATVs.

At Woodlands Nature Station, your family will learn about the critters that inhabit our forests. Visit Homeplace, a living history and take a peek at life here in the 1850s. Take a peek in the shops and galleries along Main Street Cadiz for

an eclectic mix of treasures, collectibles, handcrafted wooden toys and more. Come experience Cadiz for yourself and see why folks return year after year. ¤

Plan your trip to Eclipseville now for the 2017 Hopkinsville Solar Eclipse! Hopkinsville, Kentucky is home of the “point of greatest eclipse” for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. We’re already planning for your visit; our southern hospitality will make you and your group welcome, and your Solar Eclipse experience memorable. With over 15 festivals planned for eclipse weekend, special events, camping

and RV sites available, all in addition to our lovely downtown, beautiful landscapes, and small town charm mixed with great location, we are excited to turn in to Eclipseville in August! So, whether you are a bona fide eclipse chaser, or just looking for the best place to experience Mother

Nature’s rare eclipse show, we invite you to be with us in Hoptown. Our community’s big enough to provide everything you’ll need and want for the 2017 Eclipse weekend experience. And, we’re small enough to make sure you feel at home. To learn more about our events surrounding the Hopkinsville Eclipse,

viewing locations, lodging, and visiting Hopkinsville, go to www.eclipseville.com and www.visithopkinsville.com or call (859) 887-4290. ¤

Military Heritage, Natural Beauty and Southern Hospitality! Fort Knox is home to the U.S. Bullion Depository, which stores 7 trillion dollars worth of gold bullion (not open to the public.) The Radcliff/Fort Knox Community also offers the General George S. Patton Museum of Leadership, Armor Memorial Park, the Kentucky

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September 11th Memorial, Saunders Springs Nature Preserve, Fort Duffield Civil War Fort, Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center, Tioga Falls and Bridges to the Past and the area’s newest attraction Boundary Oak Distillery. It’s the perfect weekend getaway destination and best of all our

attractions are FREE! To plan your trip, go to radclifftourism.org or call (800) 334-7540. Radcliff/Fort Knox Convention & Tourism Commission 562 North Dixie, Suite A-1 Radcliff, Kentucky 40160 ¤

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MICHIGAN

Explore Michigan for Unmatched Scenery and Adventure Michigan is in full bloom with an array of things to see and do sprouting up all over the state. Plan a trip to Michigan to explore our two peninsulas and four Great Lakes. Join us for a road trip along our 3,200 miles of lakeshore to unspoiled beaches and authentic beach towns. Enjoy the fun and romance by staying at a luxurious resort or cozy bed and breakfast. Escape on one of 10,000 inland lakes to fish, canoe, kayak or

sail. Board a boat for a sunset cruise. Find yourself sipping wine at one of our award winning wineries. Or, spend a relaxing day on the links Michigan has some of the finest golf courses in the country. Unmatched scenery and adventure await travelers to destinations unique to Michigan. Visit our zoos, interactive museums and historic sites. Share in the hands-on exhibits, reenactments

and special events that bring Michigan’s past, present and future to life. Catch the sun on Michigan’s western sunset shoreline at many of our beaches for relaxation, antique finds and great dining. Let the kid’s splash around at one of our many

waterparks for outdoor and indoor nautical fun. Cross the Mackinac Bridge and head to the Upper Peninsula for breathtaking views of the Great Lakes and natural wonders like Tahquamenon Falls, the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi.

Be sure to stop into one of our Welcome Centers where friendly and knowledgeable staff are eager to assist you. Article courtesy of Travel Michigan. For more information, visit www.michigan.org.

Escape from the Fast Pace of Everyday at Rock Harbor Lodge Isle Royale National Park, a northwest Lake Superior archipelago wilderness, is only accessible by seaplane or boat. There are no roads or cars on the islands. Rock Harbor Lodge, MI offers the Park’s only lodging (housekeeping cabins, lake front rooms, plus a full-service restaurant and grill onsite). For the adventure traveler, naturalist, outdoor enthusiast, avid fisherman and hiker, Isle Royale

provides a dramatic escape from the fast pace of everyday life. Enjoy 165 miles of hiking trails with spectacular views. Take sightseeing tours to historic lighthouses and abandoned copper mines, go charter fishing with the Lodge’s experienced guides, or rent a motorboat, canoe or kayak. The long 16-hour summer days allow extended recreational time. Ferries run seasonally from Grand Portage, MN, Houghton and Copper Harbor,

MI. The seaplane operates from Houghton, MI. Open Memorial Day through mid-Sept. only. Lodging/transportation packages offered; all inclusive kayak eco tours offered. Groups welcome. Two camper cabins are offered at Windigo/Washington Harbor. Rock Harbor Lodge 866-644-2003 www.rockharborlodge.com ¤

Motorsports in Jackson, Michigan Remember when you got to drive your car for the first time on your own? The combination of fear and excitement as you gradually let your foot go flat, your hands clenched the wheel struggling against the wind to control your car, the way your stomach jumped and you finally understood why the cowboys used to say “ye-haw”– that’s what makes speed so addicting. Since its first race in 1986, Michigan International Speedway has been fueling fans addiction to speed, and currently holds the title for NASCAR’s fastest

track! If you are one of the many people addicted to speed, Jackson, Michigan is the place for you. Watch a race at the Michigan International Speedway, participate in your own race at the Jackson Speedway or slow down the speed and check out a car museum. Jackson is the original motor city. Before Detroit became the face of the automotive history, Jackson ruled the automobile world. From 1901 to 1954, Jackson’s 25 car manufacturers built over 10,000 cars! When it first opened in the early

1900s, the Jackson Automobile Company was known for manufacturing the Jaxon, which you can see on display at the Ye Ole Carriage Shop Museum. The resilient Jaxon slogan, “No Hill Too Steep, No Sand Too Deep,” may have been intended to sell a car, but it is a great metaphor for the automotive history you can discover while in Jackson. From hydroplane boat races and NASCAR, to go carts and museums, Jackson has an automotive passion to match your speed. ¤

Enjoy Family Style Chicken Dinners at Bavarian Inn Restaurant There’s something special about coming to Bavarian Inn Restaurant to enjoy a home-cooked meal. Since 1888, more than 20 million guests have returned to feast on our world-famous “all-you-care-to-eat” family style dinners with: - Platters of premium golden chicken - Delicious specialty breads - Noodle soup, cole slaw and fresh salads - Baked dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttered noodles, and hot vegetable du jour - Homemade ice cream Our Dinner Menu and Luncheon Menu also feature authentic German dishes such as Schnitzel and Sauerbraten as well as steak and seafood. Comfort food? We didn’t invent it – we perfected it! What makes our food special? Fresh ingredients and family recipes. GUESTQUEST SPRING 2017

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Alice, Texas Charms Visitors Alice was established in 1888 and named after the daughter of Captain Richard King, who established the King Ranch. Historically the community is associated with cattle, the vaquero and the American cowboy. Several museums share historical artifacts about Alice and South Texas.

The South Texas Museum offers an overview of the early days in the Hub City. The Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron Museum is open on weekends. La Copita Ranch is available for family, business or group activities. Wildlife, hunting, fishing and bird watching are favorite activities for

residents and visitors. Golfers can choose from the Alice Municipal Golf Course and Alice Country Club Golf Course. With over 500 hotel rooms, you are so close to everywhere! Alice, Texas 361-664-3454 www.alicetxchamber.org ¤

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The Good Life … only better. Retire Tennessee From the Mississippi River to the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee offers legendary landscapes of ancient mountains, awe-inspiring natural wonders, century-old battlefields, and is an international music destination of choice characterized by foot-tapping, head-bobbing, soul-saving kind of music. Whether visiting an iconic

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American attraction like Graceland or Dollywood, celebrating country music at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, reveling in the continuing story at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, channeling the blues on Memphis’ Beale Street or exploring rockabilly at the International Rockabilly Hall of

Fame, America’s soundtrack was and continues to be made in Tennessee. The arresting beauty of waterways and rolling hills will lead you to say I can’t believe my eyes, to stop for that impromptu picnic beside a gurgling stream, to trade your keys for a fly rod, a hiking stick, a paddle. Thinking of making a move? It’s not just about our natural resources. It’s

about your resources, too. Resources last longer in Tennessee with our low cost of living and reasonable home values. With no state income tax or pension tax combined with steady community growth, you’ll be proud to call Tennessee home. Tennessee’s four mild but distinct seasons offer budding wildflowers and dogwoods in spring, and the

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sweet scent of honeysuckle welcomes summer. Fall foliage and crisp air make Tennessee autumns enchanting, and wintry weather brings mild flurries of light, yet picturesque snowfall. Whether you are visiting or retiring to Tennessee, you’ll make memories that can only be made in Tennessee. www.RetireTennessee.org ¤

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Tennessee Overhill Promotes Cultural Tourism The Tennessee Overhill is named in honor of the Overhill Cherokee settlements that once sat alongside the rivers that wind through this diverse region. Slow down to watch a kayaker manhandle a river rapid or to admire a fine team of mules. Whether you prefer screaming down whitewater rapids, riding a scenic mountain

railroad excursion, gliding the clear blue sky or charging up a ridge on a mountain bike, you will experience adventure here. Hike a forest trail or listen to the sounds of a creek from a cabin front porch. Two national scenic byways and several back roads allow you to experience nature. Museums, historic sites and heritage trails reveal stories of

Cherokee Indians, fur traders, settlers, loggers, miners, railroaders and mill hands, the people who shaped this land. Small towns provide shopping, dining and lodging. There are theaters with live music and plays and art galleries that display the work of local artisan. ¤

This Summer, The Vacation Is on In Dolly’s Hometown, Sevierville, TN No more waiting, postponing or being too busy – this year the vacation is on and the Smoky Mountains are waiting to welcome you. Located in Great Smoky Mountain foothills, Sevierville offers family-friendly fun. Visit one of America’s finest small zoos, Rainforest Adventures, race around at NASCAR SpeedPark and watch history take flight at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation. Then take the kids to the all-new Sevier Air

Trampoline and Ninja Warrior Park or to a Tennessee Smokies baseball game – AA affiliates of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Shopping for great bargains on name brand merchandise is so much fun, especially at malls like Tanger Outlets Sevierville. With more than 100 high end name brand outlets you’ll find plenty of great deals. Add to that a huge selection of specialty boutiques, flea markets and antique malls throughout town and it’s clear –

Sevierville is one awesome city for shopping! While in Sevierville, be sure and see all things Dolly. Sevierville is Dolly Parton’s hometown and many visitors like to stop for a photo with the singer’s bronze statue in downtown Sevierville before making the five-minute trip to her nearby Dollywood theme park, which offers award-winning rides, multiple live shows daily and traditional Appalachian arts, crafts and music. Learn more about a Sevierville and Smoky Mountain vacation. Request your free Sevierville Vacation Planner online at www.VisitSevierville.com. ¤

Greeneville – From Pioneers to Presidents Greeneville is a vacation destination like no other! Established in 1783, Tennessee’s second oldest town showcases its history in brick sidewalks and immaculate historic sites, churches and homes against a backdrop of majestic mountains and breathtaking waterways and streams spectacularly enhanced in panoramic

color by four very definite seasons. Located in one of the largest counties in the state, Greeneville offers the lifestyle and amenities of much larger towns while maintaining a distinctive small-town ambiance. Greeneville is also home to Country Music Stars The Band Perry and NHRA 2012 Pro

Stock World Champion Allen Johnson. Home of the 17th President of the United States Andrew Johnson and the birthplace of celebrated hero Davy Crockett, Greeneville combines a progressive approach to the future with a distinctive drive to promote and preserve its unique heritage. ¤

WISCONSIN

Natural Beauty and Local Charm in Chippewa Falls Wisconsin Chippewa Falls 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 together, GO at your own pace. We are not just a destination, we are a lifestyle that is vibrant throughout the beautiful four seasons. Our historic town is booming with events, arts and culture, and nationally recognized attractions while maintaining our brand of natural beauty and local charm. GUESTQUEST SPRING 2017

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Mountains of Adventure in Tazewell County Southwestern VA Tazewell County, Virginia is home to the best hiking, biking, ATV trails, motorcycle routes and spectacular scenic vistas. The Back of the Dragon is the premier riding road in the nation, with 32 miles and over 300 curves. Explore the Exhibition Mine and Museum in Pocahontas. The Coal Miners’ Memorial stands as a tribute to the men and women in the mining

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industry. Experience a settler’s life in the early 1800s Historic Crab Orchard Museum. Tour Pioneer Park village, featuring 15 log and stone buildings. The beautiful Clinch River headwaters has excellent fishing spots. Enjoy the phenomenal view at the Cedar Bluff Overlook Park and Trail at the observation deck at the summit.

If you’re looking for a slower pace or an exhilarating experience, Tazewell County – nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Virginia, has it all! Tazewell County Tourism Bluefield, VA 24605 800.588.9401 www.visittazewellcounty.org ¤

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WEST VIRGINIA

Make Your Own History in Greater Parkersburg, West Virginia! Ride the “Island Belle” sternwheeler down the Ohio River and into the past as you visit beautiful Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. Immerse yourself in the fairytale story of Irish aristocrats Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett, and their fabulous mansion that was known to some as “Eden on the River.” Learn about how that mysterious serpent, Hamilton’s slayer - Aaron Burr, came to visit, bringing intrigue and disaster.

Guided tours of the rebuilt mansion, wagon rides and special events occur May-October. The most popular and exclusive event occurs in the fall: Mansion by Candlelight (Oct. 13-14, 2017) Other unique historical attractions, a variety of engaging fairs and festivals, eclectic restaurants, craft breweries, and unique shops will all add flavor to your experience. From the towering Fort Boreman Historical Park, you’ll see

unbelievable views and a window to a past forever altered by the Civil War. The rough-and-tumble birth of the oil and gas industry lives on at the Oil & Gas Museum. The Julia-Ann Square Historic District is filled with mansions that echo the newfound wealth of the industry. And Henderson Hall, a 17-room mansion built in 1859, boasts priceless antiquities that span centuries. A visit to Berdine’s 5 & Dime, America’s oldest, will bring back

memories from yesteryear. The quaint one-room store, with its tin ceilings and wooden cash-register, is overflowing with tin toys, bulk candies, and unusual items, as it has since 1908. You’ll also discover some of the best foodie finds in the Mountain State as you traverse Greater Parkersburg. Savor the flavor of Lebanese, Italian, Latin, All-American, and many other

cuisines. Cap off your visit to the area with a stop by one or all three of our local breweries – Parkersburg Brewing Company, North End Tavern & Grill and Marietta Brewing Company – to quench your thirst! Get your copy of our award-winning guide to the area at GreaterParkersburg.com or by calling (800) 752-4982! ¤

Mountain Rail Adventures in West Virginia High Mountain Country The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad offers Mountain Rail Adventures each April through December from three different historic train depots in West Virginia’s high mountain country. Ride behind our historic trains in Elkins that take you to the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River or to the beautiful High Falls of

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the Cheat. From the town of Durbin, groups can ride along our Durbin Rocket behind Old No. 3. This 1.5-hour round trip steam-powered train provides beautiful views of the Greenbrier River! Visit Cass and step back in time with a steam-powered train ride to the former logging camp of Whittaker, or ascend the mountain

all the way to Bald Knob, the third highest mountain peak in West Virginia at 4,843 feet! Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad 315 Railroad Avenue Elkins, Durbin & Cass, WV 26241 1.866.719.9013 www.Mtn-Rail.com ¤

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NEW YORK

Adventurous to Educational ~ New York has Something for Everyone With activities that range from adventurous to educational and everywhere in between, New York has something for everyone. Make your way across the state to explore all the options for your next getaway. Discover a mostly rural countryside set amidst a stunning

landscape of rolling hills, deep valleys, and picturesque streams in Allegany County. Visit the Buffalo Zoo where guests enjoy animal exhibits, naturalistic wildlife habitats and beautiful garden areas. With over 14,350 acres of lush forests and 66 miles of rustic trails, scenic

Make Chenango County Your Next Destination! If you’re looking to get away from the crowds and craziness of the city, Chenango County in Upstate New York, is the destination you seek. What makes us special is the quiet wide-open spaces, outdoor activities, stargazing at skies that are unfettered by light, and open roads for exploring. Revel in an outdoor family adventure - canoe down one of our many rivers, toss a fishing rod into one of our streams, and find a

camping spot in one of the state or private parks, or hike for miles without running into anything more than the occasional squirrel or deer. During those April showers, indoor activities include music, galleries, museums, and shopping. Quaint cafes, hometown atmosphere, warm friendly people and an unrivaled lifestyle make us a natural choice. Destination Chenango, be a part of it, if only for a while. ¤

Letchworth State Park in Wyoming County is home to three magnificent waterfalls, a 600-foot gorge and the roaring Genesee River. Step back in time aboard the last operating steam train excursion in New York State with the Arcade & Attica Railroad . Rde the Medina Railroad or view the exhibits featuring vintage toy trains from Lionel, Marx and American Flyer. As the nation’s second largest wine producing region, the Finger

Lakes region is filled with wineries and wine trails. The Lake George Area of New York’s Adirondacks is a haven for fishing, boating and water sports. Waterski, wakeboard, parasail, windsurf, scuba dive or take a cruise on Lake George. Hike the Applachian Trail or sip your way through the vintages of the Dutchess Wine Trail in Dutchess County.

Find lots of hidden gems glistening waterfalls, historic spots and quiet little pubs and restaurants in Chenango County. Hike the trails, visit the Wolf Mountain Nature Center or Rogers Environmental Education Center, go see an Alpaca Farm, or watch the maple syrup process. Visit GuestQuest.com for more.

Find out what makes us Distinctly Dutchess! You only live once, so spend your time wisely! Use our Great Estates Pass to visit Hudson heritage sites! Step back in time to explore six Great Estates, including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, Presidential Library/Museum. Bring your bike or lace up your boots for an outdoor adventure biking, hiking, horseback riding, golf, kayaking, archery and skeet shooting. From the Appalachian Trail to Mount Beacon and the Walkway Over the Hudson (world’s longest pedestrian bridge), you’re never far from nature.

Ready to ride? Dutchess is a distinctive destination for your next road trip with our new Motorcycle Map. Dance, drama, film and music all have a home here. Whether you prefer modern art or traditional, you’ll find museums to match your mood. Savor world-class cuisine and craft beverages at The Culinary Institute of America and follow our Dutch Craft Beverage Trail. Dining in Dutchess is as varied as your culinary curiosity. www.DutchessTourism.com

Welcome to Allegany County, New York! When you visit Allegany County, NY, you will discover a mostly rural countryside interspersed with individually unique villages and hamlets set amidst a stunning landscape of rolling hills, deep valleys, and picturesque streams all connected to the historic Genesee River. Dense state and country forestlands and open fields beckon those who wish to experience the outdoors, which showcases our spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Allegany County is nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and its tourism offers a wide variety of activities appealing to all visitors. We have a relaxed, unhurried way of life with a full menu of seasonal activities including hunting and fishing, fairs, festivals, holiday GUESTQUEST SPRING 2017

celebrations, outdoors sports, and special interest events such as a Trout Derby, an Artisans Tour, a Hot Air Balloon Rally, Celtic Festival, a Garlic Festival, Ridge Walk and Run and “Spectacular Smalltown Christmas Celebrations” to name a few. Accommodations for visitors include a wide range of choices including motels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and rental cabins. Large and small game hunting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, skiing, birding, photography, canoeing, kayaking, and so much more can all be enjoyed in the wonderful outdoors of Allegany County. For other, we have a full range of cultural activities, shopping, dining and sightseeing. Enjoy the special ambiance of small towns and the welcoming spirit of friendly people! ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com

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Get Away to Pennsylvania Pennsylvania is the perfect destination for a weekend family getaway or an outdoor vacation! Fill your days with endless opportunities including amusement and water parks, casino, museums, shops, scenic trails, and cultural entertainment. Head over to Crawford County PA which boasts some of the best

golfing, fishing, hunting and camping in Northwest Pennsylvania. Brush up on a little state history in Pennsylvania’s Oil Region where, in 1859, Colonel Edwin Drake drilled the world’s first commercial oil well, and be sure to visit the historic Drake Well Museum. The Wilds are perfect for fishing, hiking, kayaking and outdoor activities. Grab your camera and

travel the Bucktail Trail Scenic Byway and snap a few photos of the abundant wildlife. Visit Clearfield County for hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, geocaching, horseback riding, camping, golfing, fishing... and the list goes on. A visit to the Susquehanna River Valley offers not only a recreational

playground for outdoor enthusiasts, but also amusement parks, museums and even auto racing! Spend the day meandering through the 25-covered bridges and rolling farmlands of Columbia and Montour Counties - you'll find a driving map on their website. Or rest your head at one of the Victorian B&Bs in Luzerne County once you've exhausted yourself white water

rafting on the Lehigh River. You’ll find hiking and biking at Lehigh Gorge State Park if you're ready for more. When the day ends, rest your head at a cozy B&B or splurge at an area resort! The variety of activities and attractions in Pennsylvania will have you visiting more than once! Visit GuestQuest.com for more information to plan your getaway!

Find Your Next Adventure in Armstrong County, PA! Regardless of the occasion – family, friends, business, or the great outdoors – you’ll find something to suit in Armstrong County, PA! Take a trek on one of our extensive trails, and shop, wine, and dine along the way. Splash into one of the county’s many waterways for a relaxing canoe or kayak trip, fishing or even try some stand-up paddleboarding. Enjoy the scenery with a ride on the Kiski Junction Railroad, or partake in the fun at our various fairs and festivals, and attractions such as

Club Radioactive, Riverside Drive-In, Renshaw Farms, and many more! After an adventurous day, lay your head at one of our cozy hotels or B&Bs, or if camping is more your style, we have campgrounds-aplenty. And that’s not all! Find your next adventure in Armstrong County! And let us help. Visit www.ArmstrongCounty.com or contact the Armstrong County Tourist Bureau at 1-888-265-9954 to r eceive a FREE Visitors Guide! ¤

Bring a Flashlight It’s dark inside both the Kennerdell and Rockland Tunnels so bring a flashlight. Both tunnels are on the Allegheny River Trail, a 32-mile paved trail that connects Franklin, PA to Emlenton, PA in northwest Pennsylvania. Our water trails include the Allegheny River and its tributaries, Justus Lake at Two Mile Run County Park, and Kahle Lake. You can fish, canoe or kayak. Two Mile Run County Park has 2,700 acres of outdoor fun, including camping!

The paved bike trail in Oil Creek State Park extends nearly 10 miles to Drake Well Museum & Park, the cornerstone of our history trail. Visit DeBence Antique Music World and the Venango Museum of Art, Science & Industry. Ride a vintage train on the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad. Cachers love the Allegheny GeoTrail. Call for your Guide to Pennsylvania’s Oil Region, and “Grab Life by the Trails.” ¤

Fairs, Festivals and more in Crawford County, Pennsylvania When planning our vacations, we ALL look for value and how much we can get for our dollar. Look no further! Crawford County PA is just what you’re looking for. Pymatuning State Park is one of our most popular attractions. The park features a 17,088-acre reservoir, 25 modern lake front cabins, beach, hiking trails, snowmobile trails and over 600 campsites to choose from. The Park’s learning center has organized outdoor events that the whole family can enjoy. The 32

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“Spillway” in the Park is a must see. Here ever summer huge carp gather for tourists to toss bread to start the feeding frenzy. The carp are so thick ducks walk on them. Next would be Conneaut Lake Park which will celebrate 125 years this year. With a large beach, lake front Hotel, water park, rides and the 50th oldest Wooden Roller Coasters in the world. Our Crawford County Fair is the largest Agricultural fair in Pennsylvania. ¤ GUESTQUEST SPRING 2017


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Come for Fun, Take Home a Memory! Indiana County, Pennsylvania, “The Christmas Tree Capital of the World” is situated in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and just one hour east of Pittsburgh. Home to the Ghost Town, Hoodlebug and West Penn Trails, explore 64 miles of Rails to Trails and discover a myriad of scenic lakes and rivers. Make a point to attend two of the annual outdoor

events: Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival and the Jimmy Stewart Airport Festival. Visit the museum of hometown hero Jimmy Stewart. Relax and enjoy fresh crafted beverages at one of our new microbreweries, artisan distillery or local wineries. Encounter the nearby

old order Amish shopping community of Smicksburg. Visit our website and plan your next get away! You’ll soon know why we say, “Come for Fun, Take Home a Memory.” Indiana County Tourist Bureau Indiana, Pennsylvania 877-746-3426 www.VisitIndianaCountyPA.org ¤

Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Forest Region Whether planning a one-day or multi day visit, Best Western Plus Bradford Inn is your perfect “home base” for visiting the Allegheny National Forest region and its many attractions. We’re just 20 minutes south of the Seneca-Allegany Casino, featuring over 1,800 Reel and Video Slot Machines as well as Vegas-style

gaming like Blackjack, Roulette, Poker, Spanish 21, Craps and Keno. The Zippo/Case Visitors Center & Museum, (just 1 mile away), features extraordinary displays, histories and hundreds of purchasable items of two beloved American Icons, the Zippo Lighter and the Case Knife. Other nearby Bradford PA tourist attractions include the Crook Farm

(an 1840’s farm and one-room schoolhouse), Penn-Brad Oil Museum (featuring an 1890’s wooden oil rig), Eldred World War II Museum and many antiquing opportunities. Best Western Plus Bradford Inn 100 Davis Street South Bradford, PA 16701 www.bwbradford.com 814-362-4501 ¤

Tour. Roar. Explore…Spring in Central PA! Shed that winter coat and celebrate the end of cabin fever in State College and Central PA! Historic and pedestrian friendly shopping districts, sporting events, mountain bike challenges and trail runs… you’ll find all these and more in picturesque Centre PA in spring time. We make it easy to go from wilderness adventure to relaxing dinner and drinks with friends. Revel

in unique craft beverages on the Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail featuring local breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries; bring your fishing gear and test your skills on the area’s famous trout streams; or push off shore in a kayak or canoe at one of several local state parks. Any time is a good time to visit Central PA. Catch the Penn State Football Blue-White Game (April 22),

Bellefonte’s Big Spring Festival (May 21), AAUW Used Book Sale (May 13-16) and Boalsburg Memorial Day Celebration (May 29) … just a few of the events to enjoy during spring in Central PA. www.visitpennstate.org has all the information to get you started from lodging availability to things to see and more. Download or request a visitor guide! ¤

Let Your Pennsylvania Wilds Adventures Begin Here! Clinton County, in north central Pennsylvania, is the gateway to the PA Wilds, offering state parks, forest and game lands and the Susquehanna River for your outdoor recreation. Less than a half-day drive from most points in the eastern U.S. will bring you here to enjoy camping,

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hiking, kayaking, ATV riding, hunting and fishing. The area is known for adventure challenges such as trail races, dual sport motorcycling, and triathlon events. Two scenic byways offer ridge and valley views. Keep an eye peeled for deer, eagles, bear, and even elk, or check out the hang gliders taking

flight from the scenic overlook Hyner View State Park. Clinton County is home to the Woolrich Store, the Piper Aviation Museum and the Heisey Museum, The Station (art) Gallery and the Millbrook Playhouse barn theatre. Visit www.ClintonCountyInfo.com or call 888-388-6991 for more on rural, beautiful Clinton County. ¤

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Rest, Renew and Enjoy an Adventure in Columbia & Montour Counties Nestled in the heart of Central Pennsylvania, Columbia and Montour counties are renowned for their rural beauty and outstanding adventure opportunities. The local landscape is comprised of idyllic river valleys, rolling hills, green farmlands, charming communities, forests, parks and state gamelands. One must-see attraction is Ricketts Glen

State Park, where hikers can enjoy a vast network of trails that take them past twenty-two stunning waterfalls. Nostalgia is heavy in the air at Knoebels Amusement Resort, where the old-fashioned rides and secluded woodland setting evokes sweet memories of childhood. Columbia & Montour counties are also home to twenty-five covered bridges.

Picturesque and historic, these “kissing bridges” recall a time when life was simpler and closer to the land. For those looking to rest and renew, the counties offer plenty of luxurious lodging options. To download your free Travel Guide and get more information, visit: www.iTourColumbiaMontour.com or call 800-847-4810. ¤

Spring into Clearfield County PA Love, romance and renewal are in the air and springtime in Clearfield County is a great place to celebrate all three! Rekindle love at one of our cozy bed and breakfasts or a luxurious master suite at one of our fine hotels. Embrace the romance of a candlelit dinner for two at any of several choice restaurants. Swing into spring at one

of Clearfield County’s PGA rated golf Renew your mind, body and spirit courses or hit the waters for some with a visit to Clearfield County, PA. quality fly fishing. Bring your kayak/canoe and enjoy Visit www.VisitClearfieldCounty.org the West Branch of the Susquehanna for road trips, coupons and the River or paddle one of our lakes. Enjoy perfect place to spend the night. birding in Clearfield County Like us on Facebook to share your backwoods all year long. backwoods. backroads. backwaters. experience. ¤

Explore the Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania The Endless Mountains of Northeastern PA is the perfect place to go for fun, adventure or relaxation any time of year. Winter lovers will find some of the best skiing, snowboarding and cross-country experiences, and there is never a shortage of holiday festivities where visitors can reconnect to the warmth of a small town celebration. Springtime is overflowing with opportunities to explore nature, with

miles of trails for hiking and biking, along with plenty of streams and forested land to hunt, fish, and explore the wildlife. Warm summer days will invite you to take a kayak trip down the Susquehanna River or go camping under the stars, while the crisp fall air will beckon you to appreciate the spectacular foliage display or spend the day taking in the sights and smells at a seasonal festival.

Outdoor adventure, history, artistic inspiration, and a peaceful afternoon are the finishing touches to a perfect getaway to the Endless Mountains. Isn’t it time to plan your visit now? Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania 800-769-8999 www.endlessmountains.org ¤

Susquehanna River Valley – You’ll Love It Here! This spring, discover the Susquehanna River Valley – easily accessible from Interstate 80 and Route 15 in Central Pennsylvania. Thriving downtowns offer art and music festivals and locally-owned businesses feature spring open houses. Three state parks and a Rail Trail provide endless opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Visit one of our many wineries, indulge in amazing craft beer at local breweries, play a round of golf, do some antiquing, take a guided canoe trip down the Susquehanna River or take a bike ride over a dozen historic covered bridges. Along the way, stop at a variety of farmer’s markets for the freshest strawberries and local produce. Everywhere you turn, you’ll see something that amazes and inspires you. As evening approaches, plan a romantic dinner for two then see a 34

movie in a restored Art Deco movie quiet evening at a cozy hotel, cabin, palace or attend a live theatre or cottage or bed and breakfast. dance performance at one of our Every turn a treasure. performing arts centers. Settle into a VisitCentralPA.org or 1-877-207-8599 ¤

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Visit Luzerne County PA for Family Memories Explore the beautiful open country with waterfalls, trails, history and fun. Offering visitors four state parks for camping, hiking, boating, fishing and swimming! Walk the downtowns, historic houses and mansions or visit the quaint towns throughout the county. Immerse yourself in “A day in the life-Coal Miner,” Lackawanna Coal Mine, authentic underground Anthracite Coal Mine, the “patchtown” at historic Eckley

Miner’s Village and then visit the historic Sophia Cox Mansion, Coxe & Eckley mine owner families. Visit Steamtown or ride The Electric City Trolley to a Railriders (NY Yankees AAA team) game. Entertainment of all styles, from the 10,000 seat Mohegan Sun Arena to an intimate dinner show at the Music Box Theatre. Browse through the merchant store with handmade goods, feed the

animals and then enjoy the best ice cream at the Hillside Farms. So close to everywhere via four major interstates and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport. Check out our monthly featured package deals! Visit Luzerne County 888.905.2782 www.VisitLuzerneCounty.com ¤

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Cruise the Coast for 200 Miles of South Carolina Sand, Sun and Surf A mix of easy public access, private retreats and natural preserves highlights the 200 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline that South Carolina calls its own. Starting from the north, Myrtle Beach anchors the 60-mile crescent of shoreline known as the Grand Strand. Characterized by long, sweeping stretches of sand and surf, the Strand offers both bustling and less-boisterous choices for plopping that plastic chaise lounge and propping the umbrella.

In Myrtle Beach proper, hotels old and new, restaurants and shops line the beach, with public access points interspersed. Then there are the quiet ocean-side beach communities such as Cherry Grove, Atlantic Beach (considered perhaps the nation’s first predominantly African American beach town), Garden City and “elegantly shabby” Pawleys Island. Each offers varying degrees of public beach access and wide choices of hotel, cottage and condo rentals, as well as package deals with

many of the more than 100 golf courses on the Strand. Cozy Myrtle Beach and expansive Huntington Beach state parks also offer beach access, camping, environmental education programs and more. Much of the coast is protected wildlife refuges until the Charleston area, itself a world-class destination for lovers of history and architecture but also home to popular beach destinations such as Wild Dunes Resort and the Isle of Palms to the north of town and Folly Beach and its

popular public beach just to the south. Next up going south is storied Edisto Island. Live oaks draped with Spanish moss overhang the narrow highway across the big island to Edisto Beach, long beloved for its great shelling. The park also has a robust environmental education center, camping and cabins. Then there’s the Beaufort area. The big park has four miles of beach,

cabins and thousands of acres of maritime forest and marsh for exploring. It even has a historic, 100-foot lighthouse. There are literally thousands of hotel rooms, condos, campsites and other accommodations along the South Carolina coast, as well as a myriad of dining, entertainment and educational options to help spice up the trip. -Marc Rapport

Oceanfront Fun with Ocean Lakes Family Campground Enjoy sunny spring temperatures on the ocean while staying in Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a national award winning resort destination. Enjoy our activities and Myrtle Beach, too! Ocean Lakes features 300 beach house rentals that sleep 4 to 22 people. Our 859 campsites are large, pull-through, with full hook-ups, including Wi-Fi. Concrete pads are

available 630 campsites. Our rates are inclusive, we don’t add on for pets, people or hookups. Our amenities include Sandy Harbor Family Fun Center - Games, Mini-Golf, Café; the new Sandy Harbor Water Park features a huge river, slides and Splash Zone (please check seasonal hours). Don’t sweat the necessities in life with Sandy Mart, Sandy’s Soapy

Suds, Wireless Zone, RV Center and more! Ranked in the top 1% of the 8,000 private campgrounds included in the 2017 Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory and TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Ocean Lakes Family Campground Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 877-506-1053 www.OceanLakes.com ¤

This Year, Bring All the Family on Vacation Let’s not forget to include the family’s best friend! We have a large variety of pet-friendly properties that allow your entire family to have an unforgettable vacation. We have just completed a new Barc Park for your pet’s enjoyment. Enjoy the surf, our new kid’s water park, or relax in the new lounging wet pool. Enjoy shopping, and golfing day or night at Tupelo Bay. Dine on local seafood or succulent steaks. Dance the night away. Do nothing…Do it all! Rose Real Estate would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your family to our beautiful beach. GUESTQUEST SPRING 2017

Tucked away in quiet Surfside Beach, SC our vacation rental communities are close to shopping, dining, entertainment, award winning golf and incredible water activities. Our properties offer everything from two bedroom villas to gorgeous five-bedroom island-style homes. Join us and create your own memories that will last a lifetime! Rose Real Estate 897 Melody Lane Surfside Beach, South Carolina 800-845-6706 www.roserentaldept.com ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com

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Ready for Excitement, Events & Warm Sand? Find what you’re looking for in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. With 60 miles of open coast, there’s room enough for everyone to have fun. Whether you prefer scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, or parasailing, there are enough opportunities for everyone. Celebrate the warm days with views of the great Atlantic Ocean, and take time for great events. The 29th annual Run to the Sun Car Show, March 16, 2017, one of the largest in the Southeast, brings thousands of classic cars to Myrtle Beach for a weekend-long event.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally is set for May 12-21, 2017 and will feature bike shows, vendors, tours and more around the Grand Strand. Enjoy cruising daycations to Charleston or up to Wilmington, N.C. Harley Davidson locations are hot-spots throughout the week along with additional hangouts. The 36th annual Blue Crab Festival on May. 20th will host lots of food, fun, arts, crafts and more! The event takes place along the Little River waterfront and hosts a kids' area with tons of games and things to do.

For a break from the sand, visit the historical museums and theme parks, or relax with a fishing pole and trip to the scenic marshes and rivers of the area. Or if you’re looking for fun for the whole family, take a nature and wildlife tour and learn about the history, scenic wonders, plants, animals, and regional legends. Make this trip unique. With such variety, no one will be left unhappy. So take a memorable trip to the Atlantic and warm your days on the sands of Myrtle Beach. ¤

Myrtle Beach’s Grand Atlantic Resort…Any Season…Any Reason Any Season…Any Reason is the perfect time to visit Myrtle Beach’s Grand Atlantic oceanfront resort. Sixty miles of white, sandy beaches stretch just outside of your oceanfront condor rental. Watch the sun rise and set over the Atlantic Ocean from the beautiful grassy lawn, or from your oceanfront balcony. Grand Atlantic Resort features the flexibility of one to four bedroom condos with fully equipped kitchens in the heart of Myrtle Beach, SC.

Water venues abound at Grand Come discover Myrtle Beach and Atlantic with a relaxing soak in the hot Grand Atlantic resort, where Any tub, or float down the lazy river. Season…Any Reason is the perfect Swim in the sparkling, heated indoor time to visit. or seasonal outdoor pool. The little ones are sure to enjoy the indoor Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort bubble pool, or outdoor pool with 2007 S. Ocean Blvd. mushroom falls. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Grand Atlantic features an 800-852-7032 attached covered parking garage, www.grandatlanticresort.com ¤ plus the convenience of an onsite restaurant and store. The resort is ideally located near Myrtle Beach’s most popular attractions.

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Located in Myrtle Beach’s most desired section along Ocean Boulevard, the Sea Dip Oceanfront Resort is a family friendly property that offers a variety of amenities and affordable rates to make your next vacation the best ever. Amenities include free WiFi in all rooms, guest laundry, children’s play area, picnic area with charcoal grills and ample free parking. We feature oceanfront and indoor water amenities including Lazy River, two oceanfront pools, a seasonal indoor pool, two whirlpools, sundeck, kiddie pool and more. The Sea Dip is centrally located near dining, nightlife, championship golf, The Boardwalk Promenade, Broadway at the Beach, Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood and only four blocks from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. “As a family owned and operated business, we understand the value of the Family Vacation. We are here to serve and make your vacation the best ever!” Jackie Vereen GM. We invite you and your family to come stay with us! Sea Dip Oceanfront Resort 2608 North Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 800-334-1467 www.seadip.com ¤ 36

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Welcome to Conway – One of South Carolina’s Oldest Towns Conway boasts some of the best restaurants, stores and boutiques in the area. Visitors can take in a show at the downtown theatre, walk around to shop and eat or leisurely stroll the Riverwalk to take in the scenery. Conway is one of the oldest towns in South Carolina, founded in 1732.

Conway’s past has been proudly preserved. A visit to the Horry County Museum or the LW Paul Living History Farm will find exhibits of life from a bygone era. The Conway Historical Trail identifies 39 historic, beautiful buildings and homes. Many of these dwellings are home to third or fourth

generation family members who are tireless in caring for them. Conway is a delightful surprise and still not yet well-known by mass tourism. That will change, but until then, take advantage of all it has to offer. There truly is something for everyone! ¤

Where Families Come to Play: Edisto Beach Vacation Rentals Just south of Charleston is South Carolina’s best kept secret. Edisto Beach is one of the last non-commercial Sea Islands on the Coast and is famed for many things including beaches that are perfect for shelling, creeks teeming with shrimp, crabs and fish, age-old oak trees draped with Spanish moss, abundant nature preserves and its laid-back

way of life. The charms of Edisto are immediately apparent once you cross the bridge onto the island and they keep visitors coming back year after year. Once discovered, Edisto does not let you go. Check out edistorealty.com for information on the many vacation homes and villas on the ocean, creeks, saltmarsh or golf course. We

are sure we can find one that suits you and your family needs. Come on down and once you cross the bridge to the island you will be hooked on the “Edisto Feeling.” Edisto Sales & Rentals Realty 1405 Palmetto Blvd. Edisto Island, SC 29438 1-800-868-5398 www.edistorealty.com ¤

Discover the Secret of Garden City: Water’s Edge Resort Water`s Edge Resort is found in Garden City Beach SC, a tranquil seaside village only 12 miles from the bright lights of Myrtle Beach, and conveniently located near coastal golf courses, excellent entertainment attractions, nightlife and unique dining. Lose yourself sightseeing at a nearby state park, a botanical garden or enjoy a relaxing time fishing off an adjacent pier. Find Romance at sunset enjoying a picture worth a thousand words. The resort’s oversized condo units include large oceanfront balconies, fully equipped kitchens, free WiFi, cable TV and more. The rooms are fully furnished with all the creature comforts of home. Top-notch amenities include a recently renovated pool deck and lounge chairs, an indoor and outdoor pool, Jacuzzis and private access to

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The Gem of the Smokies – Franklin & Nantahala Lake, NC Escape the busy city life and relax in the quiet mountain air in Franklin & Nantahala Lake. Discover this beautiful and peaceful side of the Smokies. Looking for EXCITING ADVENTURES...Visit a Trout Farm where you can catch your trout for dinner or try your hand at fly fishing. Take a mountain bike ride on mapped routes. Soar above the trees with a ziplining experience. Hike to the top of a mountain where you can see for miles in all directions. Conquer the rapids in a kayak or raft.

Known as the “Gem Capital of the World,” Franklin has ten gem mines that are open to the public. Find a precious or semi-precious gemstone and have your own special piece of jewelry made from the treasures you find during your fun mining adventure. Looking for a more RELAXING vacation...Rent a mountain cottage and relax by the fireplace or on the porch overlooking beautiful mountain scenery. Take a walk along the Little Tennessee River – a great walk for birdwatching, wildflowers and stress

relief. See the many beautiful waterfalls in the area. Rent a pontoon boat for a relaxing day on pristine Lake Nantahala – the 2nd highest lake elevation east of the Mississippi. Join us for the perfect viewing of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse on August 21 for two and a half minutes of total darkness. Start planning your next vacation now! www.VisitFranklinNC.com www.VisitNantahalaNC.com 888-720-7829 ¤

Hendersonville: Garden Spot of the NC Mountains Extra-wide sidewalks, lots of benches and a landscaped Main Street in downtown Hendersonville form the perfect setting each May for the Garden Jubilee Festival. This popular event happens Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28 and has served as the unofficial kickoff to summer for the last 24 years. This event is recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 regional event. Garden Jubilee makes a nice centerpiece to a Hendersonville getaway. The festival encompasses eight blocks of Main Street with vendors displaying practically everything garden related. Dozens of nurseries offer plants for sale, ranging from colorful flowers to verdant 40

shrubbery and vegetables, herbs and hard-to-find plants. “We see visitors from all over the Southeast at this event,” says Hendersonville tourism director Beth Carden. “It’s a beautiful event that focuses on gardening at a time of year when people are starting to work in their yards and gardens.” Hendersonville is home to the Crest of the Blue Ridge Orchard Trail, which takes visitors to 20 orchards, produce markets and fruit stands throughout Henderson County. The county is the seventh-largest apple producing county in the nation and is becoming a leader in the production of hard cider. Three cideries are now open in

the Hendersonville area, with a fourth in the works. Hendersonville is also home to one of the more easily-accessible grand views in the Carolina mountains – Jump Off Rock, which features a small park leading to a granite rock that offers spectacular panoramas of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains. On a clear day, four states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee – are visible from this spot on the outskirts of downtown Hendersonville. For information about Hendersonville getaways, call 800-828-4244 or go to: www.VisitHendersonvilleNC.com ¤

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Emerald Isle Realty: Beach Vacations Come True Celebrating over 55 years of making dream beach vacations come true along the beaches of North Carolina! Emerald Isle is the perfect destination for your family reunion, beach wedding, retreat or any getaway. Choose from over 700 rentals including cottages, duplexes, condos and luxury units with pet friendly properties as well. Relax at the beach or let our activity coordinators create the perfect itinerary for your family or group. Choose from kayaking, boating, fishing, biking, golf,

ecology tours, bird watching, parasailing, surfing lessons, scuba diving and more! Or spend the day visiting our historic sites, museums and parks along the Crystal Coast. There’s always something to do! Contact us at Emerald Isle Realty where we will go the extra mile to make your visit to the Southern Outer Banks a memorable experience. Online specials posted daily. Visit www.EmeraldIsleRealty.com and make your vacation dreams a reality! ¤

NC’s Brunswick Islands The Beaches You Bond With This summer, you can count on making lasting memories on our sandy shores. In NC’s Brunswick Islands, you’ll find 45 miles of picture-perfect sand spread across six beaches on five barrier islands. Our beaches along with our charming coastal towns offer something for everyone. Bask in the summer sunshine. Learn to surf. Paddle through the marshes teeming with wildlife. Climb to the top of a lighthouse. Feast on world-famous Calabash seafood. Fly through the air on a zipline. Watch baby sea

turtles make their first journey to the ocean. Go fishing off one of our 5 ocean piers. Play golf on one of over 30 courses. Plus, we offer a variety of accommodations perfect for any size group. The NC’s Brunswick Islands Vacation Guide has information on all this and more. Request your free Vacation Guide today at NCBrunswick.com and start planning your family’s best vacation ever! North Carolina Brunswick Islands 910-755-5517 www.ncbrunswick.com ¤

Find Your Treasure in Pender County North Carolina Pender County is home to the family-friendly beaches of Topsail Island, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Black and Northeast Cape Fear River, where water sports and fishing abound. We are also home to rich history, farmer’s markets, seafood markets, boutiques, and specialty shops. Pender is home to several towns, including Surf City and Topsail Beach. Cross the iconic swing bridge and you will enter “Island Time” where the pace is slower. Pender County is also home GUESTQUEST SPRING 2017

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to Burgaw, a historic town in which the Civil War Trails travel and the North Carolina Blueberry Festival is celebrated. Pender County is our home and we welcome you. Pull up a beach chair. Or traverse the Coastal Crescent of the Mountains To Sea Trail. Take a cruise on the Intracoastal or go experience a deep-sea charter. Visit Pender County and find your treasure. You will find us on the web at VisitPender.com. ¤ 43


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Topsail Island Vacation Homes, NC Starfish Rentals & Realty Come to the beautiful sandy beaches along the shores of Topsail Island NC and enjoy our beautiful vacation rental homes in Surf City, Topsail Beach and North Topsail Beach. Offering a wide selection of vacation homes from oceanfront, second row, pet friendly, with elevators and pools. From cottages to brand new homes

featuring all the latest updates! Each of our homes is kid and family friendly. Uncrowded beaches, a natural ecosystem with flourishing wildlife, and life’s simple pleasures along the North Carolina coast, these are just a few of the great reasons to come to Topsail Island. Many people believe that the beaches on

Topsail Island are the way beaches used to be, with plenty of quiet time, relaxation and family traditions – thus making the island a wonderful vacation destination for family, friends and groups. Call Starfish Rentals & Realty today at 910-541-0872 or simply book online at www.starfishrentalsandrealty.com

Topsail Island: An Unforgettable Beach Vacation Adventure Plan your much needed vacation on beautiful Topsail Island – one of North Carolina’s most exquisite beaches. Conveniently located between Wilmington and Jacksonville, this 26 mile long barrier Island is made up of three towns – North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach NC. The friendly and experienced staff at Coastline Realty Topsail Island can help you find that perfect Topsail Island beach rental. The available

North Carolina beach rentals include: single family homes, duplexes, quadplexes, condos, cottages and townhomes all located along the North Carolina coastline. The friendly atmosphere makes Topsail Island a popular place for a fun, family vacation. Relax on the beautiful, uncrowded Topsail Island Beaches, ride the waves, fish, boat, hang glide, shop, golf and dine in our great seafood restaurants.

We will make your stay on Topsail Island an unforgettable adventure. Call today to make reservations and request a FREE brochure! Coastline Realty 965 Old Folkstone Road, Suite 108 Sneads Ferry, NC 28460 800-497-5463 www.cbcoastline.com rentals@cbcoastline.com ¤

Williamson Realty Vacations in Beautiful Ocean Isle Beach, NC Williamson Realty Vacations specializes in vacation rental cottages and condos, oceanfront to sound front on beautiful Ocean Isle Beach. With more than 37 years of experience creating wonderful family vacation memories, Williamson Realty Vacations is eager to help you find that perfect beach accommodation. As you drive over the Intracoastal Waterway in southern Brunswick County you’ll discover a

coastal community that offers a real family vacation experience. Ocean Isle Beach is seven miles of white sandy beach, blue water as well as majestic sunrises and sunsets. There is no better way to experience the serenity of our beach than to stay in one of our individually owned vacation rental cottages. As a family business, let our family guide your family in finding that perfect vacation rental

property at Ocean Isle Beach, NC. With over 275 vacation rental properties to choose from we offer all levels of comfort and stylish accommodations to suit your needs. Call or book online. Hope to see you soon. Williamson Realty Vacations 119 Causeway Dr. SW Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 800-727-9222 williamsonrealtyvacations.com ¤

Pleasures of the Sea! Vacation rentals with Bullard Realty Scenic Pleasure Island awaits YOU! Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher make up our friendly seaside towns. Just minutes from the mainland and historic downtown Wilmington, we offer the perfect vacation homes and condos to keep you near big city fun and southern coastal charm. Minutes from our international airport, fishing piers and boardwalks, North Carolina’s 44

largest aquarium, shopping, loads of history and the freshest seafood. Let us make your next vacation a North Carolina experience to remember. Check us out on our website or call our office where our staff will help you pick from the best selection of oceanview, oceanfront, pet friendly and more accommodations for your vacation, your next long weekend or

purchasing your own piece of the beach! Hope to hear from you soon, the Atlantic is calling your name! Bullard Realty, Inc. 1404 South Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428 910-458-4028 800-327-5863 Bullardrealtyonline.com Or email brrental@bellsouth.net ¤

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Experience a Montreal tradition! Hotel Ruby Foo’s is a 4-star hotel complex that boasts a dazzling décor, great facilities, splendid services and delectable dining. The hotel is rated one of the best Montreal Hotels and for the 7th consecutive year is the proud winner of the “Consumer Choice” award in the independent Hotel category.

Hotel Ruby Foo’s is located midway between downtown Montreal and the airport, just 1 block from the subway system. Guests enjoy complimentary parking, local calls, WiFi, business center, 24-hour fitness center, heated outdoor swimming pool with terrace (seasonal) and much more. The hotel also includes a barbershop

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Free parking • Free Wi-Fi • Free Local Calls Complimentary use of the Express Business Center & fully equipped fitness centre 24/7 Outdoor heated pool & Poolside dining (seasonal) Barber Shop, Restaurants Book online with Promo Code: GuestQuest for Special Rate 800-361-5419|www.HotelRubyFoos.com

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Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach Resort Area of Delaware Always fun and tax-free, the Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach Delaware Resort Area is known for its award-winning boardwalk and beaches, cozy accommodations, specialty stores, tax-free shopping, amusements, local cuisine and year-round events.

Rehoboth has a quaint small town feel with a walking downtown and all the fun and relaxation you could ask for. Neighboring Dewey Beach is located between the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay and offers water activities, sunsets and live music and

dancing that is world famous. The Resort’s Gateway (Highway One), offers more great restaurants, bars, shopping, rides and attractions. Visitors will also enjoy exploring the Delaware coastline! Nature based activities include State Parks,

kayaking, nature cruises, walking and biking trails, water sports and more. Adding historical venues and performing arts will make your stay in the “Nation’s Summer Capital” a perfect one! ¤

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Award Winning Beachside Hotel Days Inn & Suites a Jekyll Island GA hotel features 40 Oceanfront one-bedroom suites, 76 double-bed guest rooms and 8 King rooms. All rooms contain “free” in-room coffee, micro-fridges, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers, clock radios, and free WIFI access. Guests staying at the hotel enjoy the Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast including fresh “cooked to order” Belgian Waffles and assorted yogurt

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in an abundant breakfast bar Visit www.DaysInnJekyll.com to overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. learn more about our many specials This moderately priced sparkling and packages – also sign up for our oceanfront hotel in Jekyll Island, GA last minute “Hot Deals!” offers many things for guests to enjoy while at the hotel and on the island – Days Inn & Suites great beach access, two spacious 60 S. Beachview Drive swimming pools – one of which is Jekyll Island, GA 31527 heated seasonally, kiddie pool, hot toll free: 888-635-3003 tub, grilling, picnic areas and a new Direct Line: 912-635-9800 fire pit. Bike rentals on property. Fax: 912-635-2287 ¤

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MARYLAND

County of Kent – A Scenic Peninsula A scenic peninsula, on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, the County of Kent is less than a two-hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Annapolis and Northern Virginia. Quaint waterfront towns, including Historic Chestertown, Rock Hall, Galena, Betterton and Millington, offer sunset cruise charters, small beaches, kayaking, fishing charters, boating, sailing, museums, theaters, art galleries, shopping along tree-lined brick sidewalks, antiquing, terrific restaurants, winery, distillery, farmers’ and artisans’ market, local

seafood and more. Chestertown boasts Maryland’s second largest collection of 18th century structures. Catch a show at The Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre in Chestertown and the Mainstay in Rock Hall, which feature local to internationally renowned performers. While driving Maryland’s first National Scenic Byway, you will find stretches of low rolling farmland, dramatic sunsets, scenic beauty, rich heritage and some of the United States’ most quaint and beautiful towns. ¤

Maryland’s Beaches……….. Discover Ocean City and Assateague Island National Seashore and State Park. Witness wild horses as they roam free on the island’s beaches, dunes and back bays. While you’re there, rent a kayak, bike or hit one of the hiking trails. Discover our coastal communities of Berlin, Pocomoke and Snow Hill offering a great mix of shopping, dining and

outdoor adventure. See why Berlin was just named “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel Magazine. We have walking tours, ghost tours, carriage rides, brewery tours and tastings and kid-friendly museums with loads of family fun. 800-852-0335 visitworcester.org ¤

Discover Harriet Tubman’s Inspiring Journey Take a powerful and inspiring journey to the places on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where Harriet Tubman lived, worked, worshiped, and led others out of slavery. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway shares the remarkable stories of freedom seekers who risked their lives to escape slavery in the 1800s at 36 sites in Caroline and Dorchester Counties. Start your journey at the new Visitor Center, featuring interactive exhibits, educational programs and experiential tours, before departing on the 125-mile long

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self-guided driving tour. Discover the powerful and exciting stories at the byway’s sites, including the Bucktown Village Store, the Linchester Mill, the James Webb Cabin and more. Along the way, you will find ample opportunities to hike, bike, paddle, shop and dine. To request a FREE map guide, call 410.479.0655, or download the audio guide from Google Play or the Apple Store. Visit HarrietTubmanByway.org or TourCaroline.com for more information. ¤

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ALABAMA

Uncover a Family Friendly Break along Alabama Gulf Coast Why are college coeds the only ones who get a spring break? Blast to the past (minus the 80s hair and leg warmers) with a rejuvenating spring vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast. Bypass the wild college destinations for the 32 miles of family friendly shores in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. This southernmost tip of Alabama is conveniently located

six interstate hours from Atlanta and attracts millions of visitors annually with its easy-going coastal atmosphere that offers plenty to see and do. With wide, powdery soft beaches, many beach bums in training perfect the art of doing nothing while others take the more active approach of parasailing, beach volleyball, football or a friendly game of Frisbee.

Regardless of the choice, the area offers a variety of beaches, ranging from action-packed to quiet seclusion. Parents with little ones or the sometimes-grumpy teenager flock to the local attractions, such as the water and amusement parks, miniature golf or even the internationally known zoo, which was featured on the Animal Planet. History

Variety is the Spice of Life and Travel ACP Real Estate, Inc. offers home and condo vacation rentals throughout Dauphin Island, AL with a variety of choices from waterfront and water view, to “In the Pines” homes for birding. There are also Canal front homes for boaters and fishing. Several homes are pet

friendly. Vacation condominiums are available in Holiday Isle, Sandcastle, The Beach Club and The Surf Club. Some owners will accept two, three and four day rentals for that last minute getaway at most locations. Don’t forget, we have monthly snowbird rentals waiting for you!

Dauphin Island: Tranquility at its Best! Escape the crowds and stress of every day life and discover how tranquil life can be on the beautiful white sand beaches of Dauphin Island, Alabama with our Dauphin Island AL condo rentals. The Island’s unspoiled natural beauty will allow you to relax and indulge your senses

while making memories that will last a lifetime. Beachfront Rentals and Sales offers 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom fully furnished, gulf-front condo units. Each unit features private balcony overlooking the beach where you can watch dolphins play. Lounge around one of our pools or find a place in the

buffs find a rich collection of historic sites and charming local museums. Meanwhile, nature lovers can take a guided tour through the state park or wander through the refuge’s serene trails. Also, visitors cannot leave Pleasure Island without at least one maiden voyage on the area’s waterways, whether it’s landing the first catch aboard a charter boat or setting sail on a nature or dolphin

watching cruise. Plus, the adults are not left out of the fun as the area offers signature golf courses and a shopping basket full of lifestyle centers and charming beachside boutiques. Or make your plans to center around great events planned for the spring. Enjoy the 8th Annual Bama Coast Cruise held at the Wharf Resort and Marina in Orange Beach April 27 – 29. It’s a laid back, family friendly weekend full of amazing cars, fun events, entertainment and Southern Our Staff is ready to help you. We hospitality. The C Spire Concert Series presents Alabama Southern look forward to working with you! ACP Real Estate, Inc. Drawl Tour with special guest The Dauphin Island, AL Charlie Daniels Band on May 27th. 866-861-3311 Don’t miss your chance to see some www.acpinfo.com of country music’s hottest acts live in rentals@acpinfo.com ¤ Orange Beach! For more information, check out www.gulfshores.com, or call the local vacation planning specialists at 1-800-745-SAND (7263). sand to relax. After a day of fishing, swimming or just lounging, complete Courtesy AL Gulf Coast CVB ¤ the day with a walk on our beautiful shoreline. A Dauphin Island sunset is a vision that will be remembered long after you return home. Visit us at dibeachfront.com or call toll free 877-551-1460 to book your reservation. ¤

Start Living on “Island Time” Dauphin Island is a secluded, natural barrier island located 3 miles off Alabama’s Gulf Coast, with miles of uncrowded, pristine beaches, no high rises and no traffic lights. The Island features life’s simple pleasures such as beachcombing, surf fishing, deep-sea fishing, biking, golf, kayaking, world famous birding, and the Gulf’s freshest seafood. We must

advise you this will lead to a way of life we call “Island Time”... so sit back and enjoy Dauphin Island – the Gulf Coast’s undiscovered treasure! Dauphin Island Real Estate, Beach Rentals has been welcoming families since 1979. We offer the finest selection of vacation properties – from two to five-bedroom luxury beach homes, bungalows, and

condominiums - many pet friendly! Call our office or visit our web site and reserve online. Last minute reservations are offered year around. We will make your dream vacation become a reality! Dauphin Island Real Estate, Inc. toll free 888-707-6444 www.dauphinislandrealestate.com ¤

Premier Vacation Rentals with Boardwalk Realty Boardwalk Realty is Dauphin Island AL’s premier source for vacation rentals. Choose from over 70 Dauphin Island homes and condos ranging in size from two to six bedrooms and sleeping up to 16 people. All units include AC, full kitchens, cable TV, access to the Gulf Beach and numerous other amenities to help you enjoy your stay. Find rental properties for every budget and location preference including Gulf Beachfront, Beachside or Bayfront. Let Boardwalk Realty help you escape the hustle and bustle of 50

everyday life. Come play in the surf, stroll miles of sugar sand beaches, swim, go fishing or just spend a lazy afternoon relaxing in the sun. Come stay with us and enjoy the quiet, family friendly atmosphere and beautiful beaches of Dauphin Island, Alabama’s Sunset Capital. Boardwalk Realty 1804 Bienville Blvd Dauphin Island, AL 36528 877-861-3992 www.boardwalk-realty.com ¤

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A Healthy Dose of Southern Hospitality with Anchor Vacations

Alabama Gulf Coast: Close, Yet Miles Away

At Anchor Vacations, we strive to give you a healthy dose of the southern hospitality that we are known for! With Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Alabama vacation rentals available at rates anyone can afford, our properties vary from beautiful luxurious gulf front condos or private homes to comfortable, quiet getaway cottages on the Little Lagoon just minutes from beautiful sugar white beaches.

Alabama Gulf Coast is where you want to be! Close to everything, yet miles away. Orange Beach and Gulf Shores AL vacation rentals provide a magnificent, sparkling white sandy beach where mild temperatures greet visitors year-round. Listen to the sound of the surf, unwind and release the tension, or experience our vast sporting and recreational activities, fresh seafood and great shopping that the Gulf Coast area has to offer. The magical beauty of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach AL is more than you can imagine.

Spring and Summer guests receive our free amenities package! This includes 1 free adult pass that can be used daily for the free dolphin cruises, a free fishing charter or admission to the famous Waterville U.S.A. waterpark (some restrictions may apply). Enjoy these activities as well as sandy beaches, tasty seafood restaurants, souvenir shops and The Tanger Outlet Mall. Our goal is to make your expectations of a dream vacation come true, with memories that will last for years to come. ¤

Let Sugar Sands Realty & Management, an Orange Beach and Gulf Shores AL vacation rentals company, help you find the perfect accommodations for your vacation. With exceptional vacation rentals and sugar white beaches, you’ll discover plenty of magnificent lodging options, including rental condominiums. Visit us online for special offers and packages. We’re everything you want from your vacation! Sugar Sands Realty & Management 800.824.6462 www.sugsands.com ¤

Condo and Beach House Rentals in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL A vacation along the sugar-white sands of the Alabama Gulf Coast will bring a smile to everyone’s face! Get away to the beautiful beaches, yummy Gulf seafood and Southern Hospitality Gulf Shores and Orange Beach has to offer. The area is a perfect location for a family retreat that everyone will enjoy. Guests return year after year and new visitors

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have discovered the Alabama Gulf bedrooms that sleep 24. Budget and Coast too, so don’t wait until the last pet friendly properties too. minute to book your vacation rental. Be sure to view their ad and visit Earlier planning means a larger their websites Hot Deals page. selection of Beach Houses and Condos. Young’s Suncoast Young’s Suncoast Vacation Realty & Vacation Rentals Rentals offers condo and beach 866-784-7359 house rentals from Beachfront to www.YoungsSuncoast.com ¤ Back Bay, efficiency to seven

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Start a New Vacation Tradition with Moonspinner Your search is over for the prime vacation destination on Panama City Beach FL. Moonspinner Condominiums, where the beach and nature meet, located adjacent to St. Andrews State Park. We offer 24-hour security, two lighted PREMIER Tennis courts, heated pool, kiddie pool and hot tub, baseball/softball batting cage, exercise room, basketball,

shuffleboard, FREE local, long distance and FREE WIFI in every room. New electric car charging stations. Our seasonal beach service offers dolphin tours, wave runners, parasail rides and beach chair rentals. If you enjoy fishing, hiking, bicycling or just being part of nature, the St. Andrews State Park is the way to go.

Nestled on the quiet end of the beach, you are only minutes away from fine dining, marinas and boat launching just to name a few. Let us make a new tradition for your family. Call or book online today! Moonspinner Condominiums 4425 Thomas Drive Panama City Beach, Florida 32408 1-800-223-3947 www.Moonspinner.com ¤

Northwest Florida’s Premier Vacation DESTINation! Creating an unforgettable beach vacation experience...that’s what Destin Gulfgate is all about. Whether your toes are in the emerald green waters, you’re sitting in one of our loungers on the beach or you are enjoying the view from your balcony, relaxing begins immediately. Destin Gulfgate’s luxurious beachfront condos are among the

largest 2 bedroom condos in Destin and offer the ultimate family beach vacation on the Emerald Coast. All units have a 30’ private balcony offering panoramic views of Destin’s sugar white beaches and the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy the privacy of our exclusive beach access while in the heart of Destin.

Destin Gulfgate guests enjoy a beachside, zero entry pool, fitness center with Gulf views, free beach setup (March through November), free high speed wireless Internet, reception facility, beach bar, gated entry to property, beach access and more. ¤

Experience the French Riviera with Condos in Sandestin and Miramar Beach, Florida If you are looking for the very best condo rentals, Edgewater Beach Condominium in Sandestin and Miramar Beach FL is the ultimate seaside vacation playground. With a touch of the French Riviera, the resort rises majestically beside the sparkling emerald waters, pristine white sands and fiery sunsets of Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast. Our unique architecture is a landmark along the Emerald Coast.

The resort offers luxurious yet casual one-, two- and three-bedroom condos with private balconies overlooking lushly landscaped gardens and two shimmering pools (one heated), children’s pool, playground and Jacuzzi. Enjoy nearby boutique and outlet shopping, fine dining, spectacular golf and sport fishing, beautiful sunsets or just relax in the Florida sun.

Enjoy our resort’s many amenities, including FREE high-speed wireless internet, FREE beach set-up and FREE use of our state-of-the-art fitness center. Edgewater Beach Condominium 291 Scenic Gulf Drive Miramar Beach, Florida 32550 800-822-4929 www.edgewaterbeach.com ¤

Garrett Realty Heats Up Your Beach Vacation Since 1987, Seagrove Beach FL Vacation Rentals Garrett Realty Services, Inc. has been welcoming guests to the Beaches of South Walton and the laid-back, Old-Florida lifestyle that can only be Seagrove Beach. We offer the finest selection of Gulf-front/Gulf-side townhomes, condominiums and private homes available along Scenic 30-A between world famous Seaside and Rosemary Beach. While our diversity and quality of accommodations is huge, we offer personalized service that will make you feel like family. Take advantage of your much-deserved opportunity to relax your mind, rejuvenate your body, rekindle your relationships and remember what’s good about life – just waiting to be discovered through a walk on the beach, a sunrise over 52

the Gulf or a bike ride by one of our We look forward to being a part of many Coastal Dunes Lakes. Who your next vacation. knows? Maybe even a dolphin will Garrett Realty Services, Inc. show up for an early-morning 800-537-5387 greeting. www.garrettrealty.com ¤

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The Sunshine State Offers Something for Everyone Known as the “Sunshine State” because of its balmy, sunny weather, Florida has more theme parks, entertainment centers and sport activities than any other part in the country. Its fantasy theme parks and attractions, exciting nightlife and leisurely days on the best beaches in

the world make it an ideal place for vacations. Florida is great for camping. Outdoor enthusiasts can choose a variety of setting, from beachfront campground, to RV parks, to primitive camping. Florida has one of the best state park systems in the country

with many great places to camp within a stone’s throw of the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. The beaches are some of the finest in the world and have been rated among the top ten each year in Dr. Beach’s America’s Best Beach list each year. They are rated among the

The Summerhouse – Your “Home Away from Home” Enjoy the bright Florida sunshine, blue-green waters and pearly white sandy beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast at The Summerhouse, one of the best Panama City Beach FL Condos. Whether staying a few days or months, we invite you to bring your family to stay at the beautifully decorated units at the Summerhouse. Amenities include

two beachside pools, hot tub, kiddie pool, shuffleboard, racquetball, tennis court, game room, picnic area with gas grills and WiFi. The Summerhouse is located on the east end of Panama City Beach, just minutes from restaurants, attractions, fishing, boating, golf and shopping.

Don’t settle for a “regular” beach rental when you can enjoy your family vacation at the Summerhouse. Make The Summerhouse your “home away from home.” The Summerhouse Condo 6505 Thomas Drive Panama City Beach, FL 32408 1-800-354-1112 www.summerhousepc.com ¤

best for beauty, facilities and ease of access. With the many miles of coastline and the hundreds of natural lakes, Florida offers much for boaters. It is ideal for power-boating, sailing, kayaking, water-skiing, wake boarding, wind surfing and canoeing. Like fishing? You will find bass fishing, inshore saltwater and flats fishing and offshore saltwater fishing if you want to catch the “big ones.” You may bring your boat or charter one.

Florida is the “golf capital of the world.” The year round sun attracts hundreds of thousands of golfers each year. There are over 1,000 public, private and semiprivate courses in which numerous cheap golf courses are also available. Florida is a vacation paradise. Its warm summers and mild winters make it possible to enjoy boating, camping, golfing, water sports and so much more. ¤

Experience the Charm of Historic Gulf Beach Resort Historic Gulf Beach Resort is located directly on Lido Beach in beautiful Sarasota, Florida. All of our 49 units are individually owned and decorated; there are no two units alike. The majority of our units have fully equipped kitchens and private lanais. Our beach is private and we have a heated pool, barbecue grills,

Tiki Hut and a shuffleboard court. We have free Wi-Fi, security cameras and keyless entry locks. Gulf Beach is the perfect place for family and class reunions, beach weddings, family vacations or just a place to get away for some special time with each other. Our resort is

within walking distance of renowned St. Armand’s Circle. Every room is just steps away from the beautiful warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For more information and pictures, please visit our website at www.gulfbeachsarasota.com or call us toll free at 800-232-2489. ¤

Veranda and White Sands – Enjoy the Good Life Warm hospitality, fun-filled activities and a casual island atmosphere await your arrival at the Veranda Beach Club on Longboat Key. Relax on your veranda, looking out over the crystalline sands of an eleven-mile beach, while the shimmering Gulf of Mexico lures you to the water’s edge. Drink in the beauty of your surroundings directly on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

Veranda Beach Club 2509 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, Florida 34228 800-411-5511 www.VerandaBeachClub.com Enjoy the good life at White Sands, bordered by the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the wildlife-rich Sarasota Bay on the other. It has been designed for the

fullest enjoyment of one of the most beautiful locations on Longboat Key. Nestled amid powder-white beaches and lush tropical gardens, the views from this property will always be spectacular. White Sands of Longboat 5114 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, Florida 34228 800-230-2428 www.WhiteSandsOfLongboat.com ¤

Living On “Island Time” THIS IS ISLAND TIME. Where the surf tickles your toes and the sun kisses your nose; where the warm gentle breeze brushes across your face. You are lost in another place, ANNA MARIA ISLAND. Where every day starts with a fresh, pink, sunrise and every day ends with a sunset in 10 shades of beautiful. Where the trolley runs FREE all day; the mini-breakfast is served FREE until 10a.m. Where a chair at SILVER SURF GULF BEACH RESORT has your name; the best game in town is SERVICE. GUESTQUEST SPRING 2017

Where BRIDGEWALK, a land mark resort, is a quaint seaside escape; shop in unique shops; become part of the seascape. It doesn’t get any better than that. Where bare feet are almost a requirement; linger a while in the restaurants or grills. Walk, ride or boat to SILVER SURF GULF BEACH RESORT or BRIDGEWALK, land mark resorts on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE IT HERE. “IMMEASURABLY MORE…” www.silverresorts.com ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com

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