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Visit, Live It, Love It! in Langlade County

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GuestQuest 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. Visit us at 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 and Virginia/Washington D.C.. 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 upto-date information. Reproduction of editorial or graphic content in any manner without written consent of the editor is prohibited. 2

Discover endless choices of yearround activities, events and FUN in Langlade County Wisconsin, while embracing the relaxing, stress-free pace of the Northwoods. Langlade County is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground offering you the best in whitewater fun on the famous Wolf River. There is nothing that can compare to the heart-pounding speed and beauty of whitewater rafting. Avid cyclists have many riding options; winding trails in the forest, smooth paths through farmlands or

relaxing routes around lakes. Hiking is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the area. If you like golf, Langlade County has three excellent courses ready to challenge and delight you whether you are a scratch handicapped player or a real duffer. Come experience our special brand of hospitality only found in the Northwoods! When you visit Langlade County you will understand why our motto is: Visit, Live It, Love It! ¤

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 visit www.GuestQuest.com 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, FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com

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 in your next vacation, the chances are great that you’ll find it with GuestQuest. Make this the year you find your perfect destination! Plan your vacation today! GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020

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Isle Royale National Park and Rock Harbor Lodge & Marina Isle Royale National Park, a northwest Lake Superior archipelago wilderness, is only accessible by seaplane or boat. For the adventure traveler, naturalist, outdoor enthusiast, avid fisherman and hiker, Isle Royale provides a dramatic escape. There are no roads or cars on the islands; guests enjoy165 miles of tranquil trails. Rock Harbor Lodge offers full-

service lodging accommodations including lakeside rooms with private baths and housekeeping cottages with amenities: dining room, outdoor patio and snack bar, gift shop, full marina, camp stores, watercraft rentals (kayaks, canoes), guided fishing charters/water taxis, guided scenic tours and on-site showers/ laundry. Guided eco kayak tours (from 3-6 nights) are also offered.

Ferries depart from Houghton and Copper Harbor, MI and Grand Portage, MN. Seaplanes depart from Hancock, MI and Grand Marais, MN. The Lodge is open Memorial Day to mid-September. Rock Harbor Lodge 906-337-4993 866-644-2003 isleroyaleresort@gmail.com www.rockharborlodge.com ¤

Enjoy Family Style Chicken Dinners at Bavarian Inn Restaurant There’s something special about coming to Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Frankenmuth, Michigan to enjoy a home-cooked meal. Since 1888, more than 20 million guests have returned to feast on our worldfamous “all-you-care-to-eat” family style dinners with: Platters of Premium Golden Chicken, Delicious Homemade Specialty Breads, Noodle Soup, Cole

Slaw, Fresh Seasonal Salads, Baked Dressing, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Noodles, Hot Vegetable Du Jour and Homemade Ice Cream. Our Dinner and Luncheon Menus also feature authentic German dishes such as Schnitzel, Sauerbraten, Steak and Seafood. Comfort food? We didn’t invent it – we perfected it! What makes our food special? Fresh ingredients and

family recipes. Modern equipment is used to slice, dice and chop, but we control the quality. “Gathering under the Glockenspiel” at Bavarian Inn Restaurant is about welcoming you like family and making it easy for your family to gather. We specialize in large groups and family gatherings, both private and non-private! ¤


Ohio Amish Country Draws Multi-Generational Travel

A growing trend is happening among families and travel groups. These travelers want authentic experiences that create memories for a lifetime. Grandparents and grandchildren, mothers and daughters, sibling getaways: they all want to be able to share time with their family in a meaningful way. The Amish lifestyle carries intrigue for many. It is all about a straightforward, honest way of life that puts family and faith first. It leaves an


impression on visitors in ways that are unlike anywhere else. Amish Country in Holmes County, Ohio, is built for family enjoyment, whether for a day-trip adventure or a long-weekend reunion. 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. Adults and DIY fanatics are drawn to Amish Country for the wealth

of inspiration for home decoration. Many Amish traditions incorporate handmade craftsmanship, which has made the region a source for materials and ideas for your next home and garden project. Stores like Lehman’s and Keim Lumber have complete resources for a home project, and you can also get hardto-find supplies like exotic woods or specialty tools. If DIY is not your specialty, you can let Amish Country’s builders make it for you. Dozens of businesses offer beautifully designed solid wood furniture, storage barns, gazebos and even complete homes, built from scratch. Take a break from technological distractions and wander Amish farmsteads that are open to the public. Head over to Mohican State Park for weekend warrior activities: mountain biking, camping, hiking, canoeing, zip lines, fishing. Skip the big box stores for hunting supplies. Outdoors wear, ammunition and accessories are in ready supply throughout many of Holmes County’s hunting stores. Don’t forget what Amish Country is best known for: the food. Broasted

chicken. Noodles and mashed potatoes. Almost every kind of pie you can imagine. It’s the kind of food loved by kids and grownups alike. “More please” is a common phrase around here and seconds are always encouraged. With so many unique things to see and do, complemented by the variety of welcoming accommodations, there are endless possibilities for your trip to Amish Country. After sampling the famous Amish pastries, stop by


a local winery then end your night at an award-winning bed and breakfast. Wake up to another day of fun. You can hike, canoe or just lay back, relax and enjoy the gorgeous countryside. 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. ¤



Great Getaways The next time you’re looking for a great family getaway, a romantic trip for you and that special someone or an adventure for the whole gang, look no further than your own backyard. Ohio boasts a wealth of attractions. From historic sites to museums, the Erie lakeshore to Ohio River, there’s no shortage of options to explore. With spring and summer right around the corner, outdoor recreation is on everyone’s minds and Ohio is sure to please. State parks and

national forests can be found all over the state. Lake Erie offers a coastline for fishing and other activities in our Midwest locale. The Cuyahoga National Park and Recreation Area is an adventurer’s paradise. Canoe, kayak, hike and horseback ride to your heart’s content. Maybe you want the little ones to get an education on your vacation. A visit to Wayne County and the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center will illustrate the story of the Amish and

Mennonites using a colorful mural. No matter which part of Ohio you choose to visit, lodging from bed & breakfasts to rustic cabins, urban hotels to camping, elegant inns to cottages, are available to suit your taste. Pamper yourself with a spa treatment or relax in a hot tub. Just the two of you or a family reunion. So the next time you’re planning your vacation, save some driving time and gas without sacrificing anything by making your destination Ohio.

Visit Shawshank Trail & Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield, Ohio Escape to Shawshank, the Shawshank Trail that is, a selfguided driving tour of the 16 area filming sites of the movie The Shawshank Redemption. 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 movie any better than at these actual filming sites. Now explore the rest of our Trails! Ride over 88 miles of Bridle Trails through our parks and connect quaint towns on our paved 18.4-mile B&O Trail. Sip and sample along an eclectic Wine & Ale Trail featuring

wineries, wine bars, and breweries - some in historic buildings. New Wine & Ale Trail brochure available. While in Mansfield, also visit the Garden Gateway and Visitor Center at Kingwood Center Gardens, new in 2020. For a visitor guide, trail maps, and Wine & Ale brochure, visit www.DestinationMansfield.com. ¤

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 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. Explore Ashland 211 Claremont Avenue Ashland, Ohio 44805 419-281-4584 toll free: 877-581-2345 www.exploreashlandohio.com

or take a day trip to Amish Country where you can tour an Amish home and farm. Visit our area museums or take in a movie in Loudonville’s historic Ohio Theatre. Listen to live entertainment at one of our many local wineries or breweries. Whether you choose to stay a week or a weekend, Mohican Country is home to many family-owned and award-winning accommodations.

From rustic to royal, there are cabins, cottages, treehouses, a state park lodge and even a castle ready to welcome you. For more information visit www.DiscoverMohican.com or follow us on Facebook or Instagram at Discover Mohican. Mohican Visitors Bureau 419-994-2519 DiscoverMohican.com ¤

Discover Mohican! Send for our 2020 Adventure Guide and you will discover why the Mohican area is an amazing four-season adventure destination. Whether hiking, biking, snowmobiling or by horseback, the Mohican trails are full of scenic views and yearround beauty. Visit downtown historic Loudonville during Winterfest and stop in the unique specialty shops

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. Known as the “Gateway to Amish Country,” Wayne and the surrounding counties are home to the world’s 4

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 Company, Wooster Brush Company, Lehman’s Hardware, P. Graham Dunn 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 ¤ GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020


Sauder Village – Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future Whether you’re planning a day trip or 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’s 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 at Sauder Village – Ohio’s largest living-history destination! Sauder Village 22611 St. Rt. 2 Archbold, OH 43502 800.590.9755 www.saudervillage.org ¤

Year-Round Fun for Everyone in Streetsboro! Northeast Ohio’s Best Vacation Value, If you’re looking to have some fun, look no further. Come visit us in Streetsboro, where we offer unforgettable experiences for everyone! We have affordable accommodations at our nine hotels and two campgrounds plus more than 40 restaurants to choose from for your dining pleasure. With just a short drive you can experience many of the area’s over 60 nearby attractions including Streetsboro

Antiques Mini Mall, Zip City USA, Boulder Creek Golf Club, Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, ThornCreek Winery & Gardens, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and National Park, Kent State University Museum, MGM Northfield Park, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, the Pro

Football Hall of Fame, zoos, parks, sporting activities, numerous annual events and much more. Streetsboro is the perfect location for an overnight stay or your next memorable trip. We are Northeast Ohio’s Best Vacation Value, start your planning today to come visit us. ¤

Relax in Carroll County Small Town Charm, Rolling Hills & Scenic Vistas Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in East Central Ohio, Carroll County offers you small-town charm and those windy, rural routes that draw motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts. This community invites you to relax and enjoy its rolling hills and scenic vistas. The county is only a short drive from Akron, Cleveland, Columbus and Pittsburgh and offers you a chance to “retreat, relax and rejuvenate” from the hustle and bustle of this technology-heavy world.

Besides enjoying boating, fishing and kayaking on Leesville and Atwood lakes, you can visit the McCook House Civil War Museum, Ashton House Museum and Susie’s Museum of Childhood. Carroll County also has a variety of restaurants to satisfy your cravings. You will find the perfect must-have gift at our mom-and-pop shops in Minerva and Carrollton. There are many things to see and do in Carroll County. For a schedule of events, please see carrollcountyohio.com. ¤

Discover Steubenville in Eastern Ohio! Rich in History There is so much to discover in eastern Ohio! Steubenville, on the Ohio River, is rich in history, founded as part of the westward expansion of the country that began after the Revolutionary War. Twenty-five larger than life murals around the city depict the development of the town from its frontier beginnings to its decades of industrial strength and as the home of such celebrities as Dean Martin. Step-on guides and self-guided tours are available at the Visitor Center. More history can be experienced at reconstructed GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020

Historic Fort Steuben (part of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail), the First Federal Land Office, the Mansion Museum and Historic Mt. Pleasant. Steubenville invites you to celebrate with concerts, art shows and festivals throughout the year and our holiday attraction in November and December: Nutcracker Village and Advent Market. Over 180 unique life-size Nutcrackers welcome visitors to the downtown and Fort Steuben Park. ¤




Bigfoot Adventures for the Entire Family Visit Guernsey County, Ohio Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Yeti. Ohio Grassman. It’s been rumored to live in Ohio since the mid-1770s. It has also been rumored to live in Ohio’s largest state park, Salt Fork. Make plans to attend one of these Bigfoot adventures at Salt Fork State Park. The Ohio Bigfoot Conference (May 2, 2020) features top rated speakers from across the Bigfoot community. From television personalities, academes, local and national investigators and other prominent figures. The weekend also features free events including the largest vendor fair of Bigfoot merchandise, advanced and family hikes and a Bigfoot Festival. www.ohiobigfootconference.org Come help Sharon Lee, The Bigfoot Field Reporter, and Alan and Jesse from Fathom Frontiers, celebrate the last Bigfoot Adventure Weekend at Salt Fork State Park on June 5-7, 2020. This 3-day, 2-night family adventure is sure to get your curiosity peaked as we explore

one of Ohio’s Bigfoot hotspots. Our experienced Bigfoot investigators are all geared up and ready to share their knowledge and take you on your very own investigation for the legendary Sasquatch. www.bigfootadventure weekends.com Monthly Bigfoot Night Hikes allow enthusiasts to hike the park trails after dark in search of the legendary Bigfoot. www.facebook.com/ saltforkstatepark. Finally, don’t miss the Creature Weekend Summer Campout! This free event is held in the early summer at one of the hottest Bigfoot spots in Guernsey County! www.creatureweekend.com. USA TODAY ranked the park one of the Top 10 “Squatchiest” Places in the Country! To learn more about Cambridge/Guernsey County, call 740-432-2022, email info@visitguernseycounty.com or visit www.VisitGuernseyCounty.com. ¤

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. View animals from all over the world living in mixed-species groups and roaming expansive habitats. Enhance your experience at The Wilds by enjoying an exclusive overnight stay in a wellappointed private yurt at Nomad Ridge or in a cabin at Straker Lake. Take a relaxing cruise along the Muskingum River aboard the Lorena Sternwheeler, featuring lunch and dinner cruises, themed rides, twilight cruises and special events. Visit area wineries and breweries or experience the history of the area at one of the many historic sites and museums such as John and Annie Glenn Museum, Dr. Increase Mathews House and Stone Academy featuring the Putnam Underground Railroad Interpretive Center which includes a new exhibit, resource library and an on-going research component. 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 6


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. 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. Come discover thousands of acres of wildlands with trails for hiking, biking and walking, don’t settle for the ordinary! 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. Visit www.visitzanesville.com to see the calendar of events, sample itineraries as well as more information on attractions and things to do in the area. ¤ GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020


Warm Up to Adventure This Spring  in Grove City, Ohio  Get your heart rate up and let your spirit soar in Grove City, Ohio.  Grab a shake from Grove City Nutrition  then hit the  REI River Trail at Scioto Grove Metro Park for inspiring views. Take aim in the 3D archery range or take flight on the drone field before heading to Grove City Town Center for lunch at Grove City Brewing Company  where they craft brews, wine, cider, and mead!  Take aim at LVL UP Sports, home of the tallest paintball castle in the Midwest. Spot wildlife as you paddle along the National Scenic Big Darby Creek at  Trapper John’s Canoe Livery. If easygoing is more your vibe, walk the labyrinth at the Gardens

at Gantz Park.  Refuel with Italian American inspired cuisine at Cimi’s Bistro. Pro tip: Cozy up by the fireplace in the dining room on cooler days or soak up some rays on the patio on warmer afternoons.  Spend the evening back in Town Center; the area’s collection of shops means you’ll find treasures at every stop. Take in a play at Little Theatre Off Broadway and end with a night cap at local tap room Hop Yard 62.  Rest up at one of 16 lodging options before you head out for day two of your next big adventure!   Go to visitgrovecityoh.com or call 800-539-8747 to find out more.  ¤

Vinton County ~ Natural Beauty and Charm The Vinton County OH Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to explore our country roads, scenic lakes and expansive forests. A part of the Hocking Hills region, our county is home to the second largest state forest in Ohio, in addition to multiple state parks and wildlife areas. You’ll encounter abandoned historical sites and relics dating back to the early 1800s, hidden away among the wooded hills of Ohio’s least populated county. Whether you’re interested in

hiking our secluded trail systems, visiting our small-town festivals, or simply relaxing at one of our unique lodging facilities, there’s something for everyone in Vinton County. Discover for yourself why Vinton County is Ohio’s last frontier. Vinton County Visitor Center 104 West Main Street McArthur, Ohio 45651 www.vintoncountytravel.com 1-800-596-4459 ¤

The Wilds – A World-Class Animal Conservation Center Tucked away in Cumberland, Ohio is an unexpected home of rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs, and many other rare and exotic animals. The Wilds is one of the largest animal conservation centers on the continent. Open November through April by


reservation only. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from May - September and weekends in October. Tours offered include: Open-Air Safaris, horseback and zip-lining. Visitors can also hike the butterfly habitat, go fishing, enjoy bird-watching and ride the mountain bike trails. The Wilds also offers 3 types of overnight accommodations: Nomad Ridge (romantic, two-person yurts), The Lodge (a luxury cabin that sleeps up to 12 guests) and The Wilds’ Cabins at Straker Lake (seven beautifully-furnished cabins that each accommodates 6 guests). Create life-long memories! The Wilds helps protect species that are threatened in their native habitats. Support for The Wilds benefits research, endangered animal breeding, and education opportunities. The Wilds 740-638-5030 TheWilds.org  ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com


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Follow the Pioneer Trail through Southeast Ohio Marietta, Ohio was the first settlement in a new frontier over 225 years ago and its early pioneer spirit can still be felt throughout its community. The history of Marietta and the courageous pioneers who settled here are the topics of David McCullough’s newest book, “The Pioneers.” The Pulitzer Prize winning author chronicles the efforts of the original families who worked tirelessly to settle the area and create a thriving city at the confluence of

the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers. McCullough studied original letters, diaries, documents and records all archived at the Marietta College Legacy Library to narrate the true stories of these important figures in history. Many people have discovered - or rediscovered - Marietta’s past and are arriving to see the historic sites for themselves. Visitors can delve into Marietta’s past and trace the progress of the pioneers as they explore the city and

surrounding areas with a free Pioneer History Trail Passport! Visit 8 of the attractions listed here to win an official handmade Pioneer History Trail mug! Or visit all 16 locations to receive a free T-shirt as well! To learn more or request a free passport or 2020 Visitor Guide, visit www.MariettaOhio.org Pioneer History Trail Passport Sites Belpre Farmers Castle & Museum Blennerhasset Island State Park Blennerhasset Museum

Campus Martius Museum Children’s Toy & Doll Museum Henderson Hall Plantation Henry Fearing House Hidden Marietta Tours Historic Marietta Trolley Tours Oliver Tucker Museum Ohio River Museum Peoples Mortuary Museum Scott’s Super Adventures The Castle Valley Gem Sternwheeler

Veterans Gallery To learn more about the MariettaWashington County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, visit mariettaohio. org or call 800.288.2577. Marietta/ Washington County CVB 241 Front Street, Suite 7 Marietta, OH    45750 740-373-5178 800-288-2577 www.MariettaOhio.org ¤

Welcome to Gallia County, Ohio On the Banks of The Ohio River Feel the sense of pride we share in belonging to this community and take advantage of the many attractions and events during your stay. Gallia County, located on the banks of the majestic Ohio River and recognized as Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometown for 2019-2020, is home to many historical attractions, annual events, arts and theatre, wineries and craft breweries 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 and to keep upto-date on the latest information. ¤


Create Lifetime Memories in Dubois County – Southern Indiana Spring into Southern Indiana 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 8

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 an eclectic shops, home décor, clothing boutiques, gift shops, and our homemade chocolate shop.




Madison, Indiana: Beautiful Rivertown and American’s Largest National Historic District Madison, Indiana is a beautiful rivertown nestled on the Ohio River, midway between Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. We have nine public historic sites, including our “crown jewel” Lanier Mansion; home to Clifty Falls State Park and home to three award winning wineries and two new breweries. Madison is filled with locally

owned and operated specialty and antique shops, restaurants and cafes. You’ll find handmade items, made in Madison gifts, beautiful Madisonmade bath and body products, an Indiana Artisan chocolatier, home décor and men and women’s clothing boutiques. Madison is known to be the event capital of Southeast Indiana, which

includes events such as the Madison River Jam, Madison Regatta, Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues, Chautauqua Festival of Art, the Nights before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes and Wonderland in the Park, just to name a few. Please check us out at VisitMadison.org or @ VisitMadisonIndiana on Facebook. ¤

“Relive the Story” of Indiana’s Territorial Past in Knox County Indiana Vincennes is an ideal get away for history enthusiasts. Enjoy a number of festivals and special events including the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous American Revolutionary War living history re-enactment event. Our showcase of historic sites includes the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park; Grouseland - William Henry Harrison’s Mansion and

Museum, and the Indiana Territory Capitol. Visit the Indiana Military Museum to tour its newly opened Annex, the 22,000 square foot space spans WWI through post Vietnam War. Take a stroll down our historic Main Street and visit art galleries, restaurants and ladies’ boutiques. Entertain yourself at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy.

Knox County is located between the Indianapolis International and Evansville Regional Airports, near Interstates 64, 69 and 70. Lodging ranges from top-notch hotels to scenic cabins and charming bed and breakfasts. Vincennes/ Knox County VTB Vincennes, IN 47591 800-886-6443 www.VisitVincennes.org ¤

Marshall County, Indiana – A Place to Unwind, Regroup and Refocus Marshall County, a place that keeps you coming back time and time again. Enjoy adventures as you drive the country roads, learning about the hidden gems each community has to offer. Visit a stunning golf course designed by the world-renowned designer, Pete Dye. Stop by historical

landmarks like the Chief Menominee Memorial, the first Native American monument erected under a state/ federal legislative enactment. Enjoy a day in Culver visiting the Culver Academies, the beach and Lake Maxinkuckee, which is the second largest natural lake in Indiana.  Don’t

forget to be on the lookout for the Barn Quilts that are spread out across the county for everyone to enjoy! Fall to winter, spring to summer, there is always something fun to do in Marshall County, you just have to be willing to take the time and unwind with us in order to enjoy them! ¤

Northern Indiana Lakes Country With Indiana’s most beautiful state park, wineries and a craft brewery, buffalo preserve, scenic golf courses and outlet shopping, Northern Indiana Lakes Country is a family-friendly getaway. Outdoor recreation lovers flock to Pokagon State Park and our 101 natural lakes. Hike, rent a bike or take

a guided horseback ride. Boat rentals, kayaks, paddleboats and fishing boats are available to explore Lake James. 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 loghewn bed and breakfast. Enjoy samples of locally-grown wine shop for bargains at The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont. Northern Indiana Lakes Country Angola, IN 46703 (800) LAKE-101 www.lakes101.org ¤

Visit Kosciusko County in Northern Indiana Northern Indiana’s Kosciusko County is home to family friendly things to see and do both by water and by land. Take a hike or bike. Go jump in the lake or paddle to your heart’s content. With over 100 lakes, we are known for our recreation in and around the water. Beaches, parks, gardens, a splash pad, biking and hiking trails, mountain bike trails, outdoor concerts, kayaking and paddle boarding, fishing and riding one of our three tour boats are visitor GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020

favorites. The area is also known for its delicious lakeside and outside dining choices, breweries and winery and local flare flavor. The Village at Winona alongside the Winona Lake canal is a must do. Overnight accommodations are plentiful with lake rental homes and B & B’s, traditional lodging and a full-service lakeside resort. Go to our website for guides, blogs, e-newsletters, trip ideas, Build My Trip, and more information. ¤




Think Illinois When Planning Your Next Vacation

Illinois, called “the Land of Lincoln” has much to offer. Only in Illinois can one fully experience the life of Abraham Lincoln. You will not find his legacy behind glass. It is alive and personal as you walk through the village of his humble upbringing. Other attractions include the courthouse where he represented clients, The Cedarhurst Center for the Arts that features the art museum, Sculpture Park and Jefferson Court

Historical Village that offers a look into the history of the settlers and their lifestyle with authentic log cabins. If you enjoy the outdoors, Illinois can provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor fun. The 20,000 acres of land at Rend Lake is the ideal setting for fishing, picnicking, camping, watching wildlife, swimming and hunting as well as golfing. Giant City State Park with its natural

beauty, nestled in the Shawnee National Forest, has unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation that will delight visitors of all ages. Billions of years of geological faulting and folding have molded a landscape like none other, which is now covered in lush garments of fern, moss, large flowering mints, hundreds of species of wild flowers and more than 75 varieties of towering trees. From camping and horseback riding to fishing and rock climbing, it is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Enjoy the magic of the holidays in winter. Grab your skis and head for the snow powered slopes and trails, or enjoy watching thousands of bald eagles that make their winter home here. When your thoughts turn to flowers in the spring, you’ll find them everywhere in botanic gardens. Spring also marks the return of

warmer temperatures, baseball and an opportunity to get away for spring break. As the days get longer and the breezes get warmer and outside is the place to be, enjoy summer as you golf and hike along the winding roads and trails that connect clusters of quaint towns, state parks and wineries. Have a memorable experience visiting the many awardwinning wineries. Illinois is a great place to enjoy fall to the fullest. From fantastic parks and forests in full, fiery bloom to great sporting events, Illinois has something for everybody. Autumn visits mean fall color and wine festival weekends. You will also find many offbeat places. ‘The World’s Largest Cross’ – 198 feet tall and 113 feet wide, shaped out of 180 tons of steel and anchored

in volumes of cement. The cross can withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour. A restored 1910 Gas Station – No gas available, but you are invited to pull over and take pictures of your cars at the pump The ‘My Garage Museum’ – features a collection of vintage Corvettes and VWs worth millions of dollars. This museum houses thousands of automotive collectibles and memorabilia. A recent refocus added many cars that car lovers wouldn’t be able to see up close anywhere else. Fifteen to twenty are on display with the display changing throughout the year. Think Illinois when planning your next vacation. Outdoor activities, educational museums, breathtaking scenic trails and camping to name a few, are all there for you and your family to enjoy. ¤

Visit Effingham – Something for Everyone Located in Central Illinois where Interstates 57 and 70 meet, Effingham has something for everyone. With 17 hotels and over 65 restaurants, Effingham IL’s tourism and travel spots provide the very best in service and hospitality and welcomes visitors to come spend a few days exploring what the city and surrounding communities have

to offer. Local attractions in the city include The Cross at the Crossroads, which stands at 198 feet; The Effingham Performance Center, which hosts live performances by local, regional and national performers; Tuscan Hills Winery, with an old-world Tuscan feel and exceptional wines; and the Firefly Grill, a farm-to-table restaurant

located on the shores of Lake Kristie. Effingham is also home to several annual events, such as Effingham Cruise Night, Moccasin Creek Festival, Wonderland in Lights and Effingham Jam BBQ Cook-Off. For more information about the city, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 1-800-772-0750 to request a free Visitors Guide. ¤

The Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Centrally located between St. Louis and Chicago and only thirtyfive 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. Looking for unique shopping, dining or lodging? Visit www.jacksonvilleil.org or call 1-800-593-5678 to request your tourist information packet. ¤

Lake Shelbyville, Illinois – Explore the Possibilities! Located in the heart of central Illinois, Lake Shelbyville offers unlimited possibilities for outdoor recreation! Over 11,000 acres of sparkling water and 172 miles of wooded shoreline, sheltered coves and sandy beaches provide the perfect destination for a friends or family getaway. With five Federal campgrounds, two State parks, four public beaches, 65+ miles of trails to hike or bike, picnic sites and playgrounds, 18-hole lakeside golf course this destination 10

offers an abundance of recreational activities that are sure to keep you entertained throughout your entire stay. Boaters will enjoy easy access and three marinas. Sportsman can fish for crappie, bass, walleye and more, and there are hunting opportunities as well. Over 1500 campsites along with nearby cabins, motels and vacation rentals to make you comfortable whether you stay a night or more. Enjoy the charm of our small towns as you break for a snack, a drink or


a meal. Our communities also offer historic sites, antique, craft and specialty shopping, along with yearround events and festivals. For more information, visit www. lakeshelbyville.com or email info@ lakeshelbyville.com for questions or to request a stay and play guide! Lake Shelbyville Area CVB/ Shelby County Tourism 315 East Main Street Shelbyville, Il 62565 (217) 774-2244 ¤ GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020


Explore Carbondale, IL – Providing Year-Round Southern Hospitality Home of Southern Illinois University and the gateway to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, the wild beauty of the rolling hills of Carbondale, Illinois awaits you. This Midwestern town allows you to escape the fast pace of big city life, offering you that remote unparalleled feeling that is only achievable in southern Illinois.

Carbondale presents many opportunities to explore beautiful scenic views with an endless amount of outdoor adventure and fun for the entire family. At Carbondale Tourism, we are here to help ensure your visit is one that you will always remember and full of memories that will leave you looking forward to the next time you can journey back again.

Carbondale is a destination that provides southern hospitality and welcomes tourists year-round with events for every season. Imagine playing on an 18-hole championship golf course at dawn, hiking through the rugged terrain of a national forest in the afternoon and winding down the evening at a live concert featuring local musicians at sunset.

Dine in one of our local restaurants In Carbondale you can always find utilizing regionally grown produce something to explore without ever or explore our international culinary leaving city limits. scene that is bursting with many Visit us online at cultural influences. Stay in our www.carbondaletourism.org to accommodations that range from discover why we say various modern hotels to cozy inns or Only Carbondale! ¤ cabins in the woods, where you are See ad on page 13 sure to feel right at home.

for which it was named. Outdoor sports enthusiasts will find utopia through an assortment of water sports, fishing, hunting and entertainment at Egyptian Hills Resort on Lake of Egypt. With the Shawnee Forest as a striking backdrop, the Southern Illinois Golf Trail boasts several acclaimed courses, in a setting that allows players to begin the season early and end late. With its breathtaking natural beauty and great opportunities for

outdoor recreation, a trip to Giant City State Park near Makanda is sure to delight visitors of all ages. Check out the 82-foot, 100,000-gallon water tower with a 50-foot observation deck that provides memorable panoramic views. For those looking for a high adrenaline experience, Mermet Springs may be your next destination. A spring-fed quarry, a full scuba diving training center, lots of fish and a sunken Boeing 727 from a Hollywood movie, are used to enhance the

Southernmost Illinois – Home of the Shawnee National Forest Whether you’re looking for one-ofa-kind art, wine, antiques, or exploring the great outdoors, Southernmost Illinois can take you there. The adventure begins in the rolling Southern Illinois countryside where you can sip your way along and discover truly surprising and authentic wine culture on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Bed and Breakfasts, cabins and cottage rentals dot the region and are great launching pads for wine tasting, hiking or biking enthusiasts.


Nearby, the Shawnee National Forest offers, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing and some of the best fishing along with the all new Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour zip line adventure. You won’t want to miss the Garden of Gods – rock formations more than 300 million years old – sculpted patiently over time by wind and rain. An old railway converted bike path, The Tunnel Hill State Trail is a 45-mile trail winding through farmland, thick woods, lush wetlands and a tunnel


ultimate scuba experience. Nearby in the town of Metropolis, the official Home of Superman proudly honors their favorite son with a 15-foot bronze statue of the Man of Steel right in the middle of Superman Square. Trails to Adventure. Breathtaking. Natural Beauty. And Adventure. Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau PO Box 378, Anna, IL 62906 618-833-9928 www.southernmostillinois.com ¤











Tennessee is the Place to Be on Your Next Getaway Vacation

If you love the outdoors, then the place to be on your next getaway is the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. And the Appalachian Trail. And the Cherokee National Forest. And more. With such an abundance of outdoor vacation attractions like canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, swimming and boating, you’ll have to make sure you make time to relax and refresh by the waterfall before your trip is over.

Music that has influenced the world historically came from Tennessee, including striking moments in rock and roll, blues, country, and rockabilly. Cities like Memphis have a variety of destinations for you to tour, including the Rock and Soul Museum, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Legends like Elvis and Johnny Cash left part of their stories in the halls of Sun Records, who offers guided tours to the public in their amazing studios.

And of course no Tennessee getaway would be complete until you’ve seen the theme parks that are Dollywood, Graceland and Opryland. Get out on Beale street, and get a taste of the atmosphere that inspires a wealth of music to this day, and have a beer in a real Tennessee night club. Historical sites are abound in Tennessee, and your family will enjoy exploring the past of this southern states rich story. The warmth and hospitality of the south comes alive

when Tennessee welcomes tourists to their home below the MasonDixon line. There are plenty of resorts and upscale hotels in Tennessee to make your stay in the south comfortable, but if you prefer something a little more private and cozy, you can find an assortment of bed and breakfasts, cottages, or even rent a houseboat. Your quest for the perfect Tennessee getaway ends here. Let your adventure begin!

79th Annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival in Portland, Tennessee Join us for the 79th Annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival in Portland, TN on May 8-9, 2020! The Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival brings 30,000+ people together to celebrate the importance of the strawberry industry to Portland’s heritage. This year’s theme is “Super Berries.” Friday, May 8th enjoy a free concert at 7pm featuring Resurrection

– A Journey Tribute with fireworks to follow at 8:30pm. On Saturday, May 9th, enjoy free live music, over 150 food, craft and information vendors, bingo, inflatables and activities for kids, carnival, 5K walk/run, mascot race and more including a meet & greet with super-heroes and Robocars. There will be a parade at 4pm to end the day! There is free

admission to the festival, as well as free parking and shuttle to the festival area at Portland High School. We hope you will join us to enjoy the events, the food, the community and the small-town feel. Visit online at MiddleTNStrawberryFestival.com for a full event schedule and more information!

Ready for a Real Getaway? Hurricane Marina in Silver Point, Tennessee Hurricane Marina is a prized jewel in Tennessee. Spend your vacation cruising, skiing, fishing or just living the good life on the water. Tranquil. Serene. Exhilarating. Just a few of the words to describe what could be your next vacation. Whether you’re looking for just a peaceful cove to relax in or a white-knuckle boat ride, you’ll find it here. Forget the long lines at the amusement parks or crowded beaches, this is the real escape you’ve been looking for.

Houseboating with friends and family will provide countless memories to last a lifetime. Discover your destination, and let’s make memories together. Every generation will find something that resonates with their idea of a really fun vacation. Our goal is to provide you with a hassle-free houseboat rental, custom-equipped for your individual needs to allow you to have a fun, safe, and unforgettable experience. ¤

Morristown, Tennessee. Your Next Destination. Located between Cherokee and Douglas Lakes and a short drive from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Morristown is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Boating, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, camping and disc golf are a few of the outdoor activities for you to enjoy. Panther Creek State Park on Cherokee Lake has something for everyone with hiking, mountain bike and horse trails, camping, picnic pavilions, boat ramp and a disc golf course. Beautiful Cherokee Lake is one of the premier bass fishing lakes in the region. 14


Morristown boasts five championship disc golf courses and hosts the annual Tennessee State Disc Golf Championships. Visit the many unique shops or restaurants, farmers market pavilion and Rose Center for the Arts in Morristown’s historic district. For a quick get-away for outdoor adventure, fun on the water or a stroll through a quaint downtown – make Morristown your next destination. Visit Morristown TN 423-586-6382 www.visitmorristowntn.com tourism@morristownchamber.com GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020














Welcome to Dauphin Island, AL!

Come and enjoy our little piece of paradise, dip your toes in the Gulf of Mexico waters, get sand between your toes and just RELAX on Dauphin Island, AL.

Come stroll some of our beaches, charter a boat to fish or to cruise, dine in our special eateries and visit gift shops and boutiques for that special item or gift. In our busy world,

we plan for tomorrow, but can’t live it until it arrives. We invite you to come enjoy Dauphin Island – TODAY. Standing guard between Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Dauphin

Book Direct with ACP Real Estate on Dauphin Island, AL Book direct with the leading local vacation rental company, ACP Vacation Rentals, on Dauphin Island, AL. ACP Real Estate, Inc.

offers home and condo vacation rentals throughout Dauphin Island 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, The Surf Club and Fish Camps. 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! Call and book with us direct to save up to 10% off other online booking site fees. Our staff is ready to help you. We look forward to working with you!

ACP Real Estate, Inc. Dauphin Island, AL 866-861-3311 www.acpinfo.com rentals@acpinfo.com ¤

Island is a true barrier island – complete with dunes, maritime forests, salt marshes, tidal flats and two freshwater lakes. Entry to the island is made by crossing a three-mile long high-rise bridge. An automobile ferry from the eastern shore also offers an entry point on the eastern end of the island. The island is approximately 14 miles long and 1 3/4 miles wide at the widest point. The eastern six miles are inhabited while the western 8 miles are undeveloped

and privately owned. It is estimated that 1300 permanent residents call Dauphin Island home. The number of residents soars during vacation and holiday times. The entire island has been designated as a bird sanctuary and thousands of visitors come to experience the annual migrations. Make your next getaway to Dauphin Island! Visit dauphinislandchamber.com or call 877-532-8744 for details.

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 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 ¤

Dauphin Island AL Realty and Vacation Rentals 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 dauphinislandrealestate.com ¤


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Uncover a Family Friendly Spring Break along Alabama’s 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 nearly 4.7 million 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 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. Spring visitors might wish to party with an outdoor concert as The Wharf presents Brantley Gilbert with Special Guests Chase Rice and Brandon Lay on April 18, 2020, Chicago on May 16, 2020, Old Dominion with Special Guests Dustin Lynch and Carly Pearce on May 21, 2020, Brooks & Dunn on May 30, 2020 and Luke Bryan with

Alabama Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals: Close, Yet Miles Away 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.

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 ¤

Special Guests Morgan Wallen days of nonstop concerts performed and Caylee Hammack on June 5, on multiple full-size stages just 2020. Fall in love with a hotrod at steps from the Gulf. the Bama Coast Cruise (April 23For more information 25). Meanwhile, birds of a feather on these events or the flock to the annual spring banding Alabama Gulf Coast, check out at Fort Morgan (April), or take a www.gulfshores.com, or call the guided tour at the refuge (multiple local vacation dates). Finally, kick off the summer planning specialists at season at the Hangout Music 1-800-745-SAND (7263). Festival, May 14-17. Located Courtesy of the directly on the sand, enjoy three Alabama Gulf Coast CVB ¤

The Perfect Partnership! Vacasa Vacation Rentals on Alabama’s Gulf Coast Combining 40 years of Vacation Rental Experience with IndustryLeading Technology! Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals has joined forces with Vacasa, an international vacation rental company providing property management services in the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and South Africa. This collaboration marks an incredible milestone, as we unite to continue the legacy of helping families and friends create lifelong memories in over 25,000 vacation rentals, worldwide – and growing! With this exciting partnership, we are now able to offer a larger selection of properties to choose from, including pet-friendly units and even more, coastal homes across the beautiful 32 miles of white sand

beaches of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Join us and get ready to make memories that you and your family will cherish for a lifetime. ¤


The Sunshine State Offers Something for Everyone Known as the “Sunshine State” because of its balmy, sunny weather, Florida has thousands of beautiful lakes and magnificent rivers and its 1,350 miles of coastline make it ideal for boating, sailing, fishing, diving, snorkeling and swimming. Florida is a vacation paradise. 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 best for beauty, facilities and ease of access. Families, couples or singles enjoy year round sunshine and soft white sand and clear water. The waters along its beaches are generally warm in comparison to the GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020

rest of the country. Beaches are a lodging, make great way to get out in the sun, to Florida during play, to stroll and look for shells or to relax on a beach chair in the warm sunshine while reading a good book or just enjoying the companionship and the activity all around. 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.” To avoid large crowds and packed attraction, as well as expensive

plans to visit which is during the months of during the “off seasons” can be the off-season, May through October. Traveling rewarding. ¤




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 WhiteSandsOfLongboat.com

Escape to Anna Maria Island with Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort & Bridgewalk Anna Maria Island is a quaint barrier island nestled in the Gulf of Mexico on the West Coast of Florida, with turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Two great resorts to “get away from it all” are Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort and Bridgewalk, a landmark resort. Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort has its own private beach, chairs, umbrellas and towels at no additional charge, a pool, gas grill area, beach massage and boat rentals right on the property.



Bridgewalk, a landmark resort is located on the energetic, Historic Bridge Street. Bridgewalk, is within walking distance to interesting shops, city fishing pier, putt-putt golf and over seven restaurants, some featuring live music on a regular basis. A highlight of Bridgewalk is nearly every room has a Jacuzzi tub. We say… “you are going to love it here!” Contact us at www.silverresorts.com or call 866-779-2345. ¤






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So Many Beaches, So Many Good Times in Florida

As you plan your vacation, getting away from the cold weather just isn’t enough: You want your beach vacation to warm you to the bone, long enough to last long after you’ve returned home from your trip. So you’re on a quest for the perfect Sunshine State vacation: a Florida getaway. With the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, you have more than 1,300 miles of breathtaking Florida beaches and

oceanic attractions from which to select. Whether traveling with the kids or enjoying your own time off, Florida vacation destinations are the perfect getaway for every size family. Any travel guide will tell you: Tourism and tourist attractions are Florida’s specialty, as they welcome more winter and spring guests than any other vacation destination in the

world. Many of the globe’s top theme parks are waiting for you to visit and have the vacation experience of a lifetime. Or for something a little “earthier”, you can tour the intriguing natural habitats and history of the tropical wetlands in the Florida Everglades. Or get up close and personal with the ocean and enjoy the best boating and fishing destinations in the world. Or simply

warm your spirit on the multitude of beaches with your every need met by world-class hospitality specialists. With miles and miles of beach vacation destinations, the Florida coast and Keys are the perfect spot for you to relax, recharge and enjoy the abundant pleasures of the ocean, both above and below the waterline. An abundance of resort

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.

hotels, cozy bed and breakfasts, or even quiet, private rentals can make your Florida vacation as fast or slowpaced as you prefer. Florida vacation destinations allow you to customize your experience so it perfectly suits your vacation needs. Whether family-friendly mild or Spring Break wild, your quest for the perfect Florida vacation ends here. Let your adventure begin!

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 ¤

Start Your Family’s Vacation Tradition Moonspinner is located on the far east end of Panama City Beach, adjacent to St. Andrews State Park. Our property has a large grass area and natural dunes with over 700 feet of beautiful beachfront. With a large heated pool, kiddie pool, hot tub, tennis and basketball court and exercise room, there is always something to do. Each of our 2- and

3-bedroom units come fully equipped with all the comforts of home – including free Wi-Fi. Our beach service (March to October) offers dolphin tours, wave runners, parasail rides and beach chair rentals. If you enjoy fishing, hiking, bicycling or just being part of nature, St. Andrews State Park is only steps away.

Nestled on the quiet end of Panama City Beach, we are only minutes away from popular dining spots, marinas, boat rentals, tour and fishing excursions, and a lot more. Come make vacation memories with your family.   Moonspinner Condominiums 1-800-223-3947 www.Moonspinner.com  ¤

Come to the End of the Road and You Will Find Paradise! El Matador is located at the end of Santa Rosa Blvd. on beautiful Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach. We continue to be one of the Emerald Coast’s favorite family resort destinations with perfectly manicured lawns, immaculate grounds and beautiful units. At El Matador, everyone will love

our expansive beach for long walks, sunbathing and swimming. There is plenty of room for everyone and every activity. We’re only minutes away from parasailing, wave runners, deep-sea fishing, shopping, marine life park and water park. El Matador also has spacious grassy areas where small children can safely play.

The Fiesta Room is perfect for weddings, receptions and reunions or as a meeting room with access to TV for presentations. The Lounge includes a full kitchen and bar for day-to-day socializing and relaxation. Come to the end of the road and you will find Paradise! ¤


Days Inn & Suites Jekyll Island Award Winning Beachside Hotel Days Inn & Suites a Jekyll Island GA hotel features 40 Oceanfront onebedroom suites, 76 double-bed guest rooms and 8 King rooms. All rooms contain “free” in-room coffee, microfridges, 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 22

and assorted yogurt in an abundant breakfast bar overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This moderately priced sparkling oceanfront hotel in Jekyll Island, GA offers many things for guests to enjoy while at the hotel and on the island – great beach access, two spacious swimming pools – one of which is heated seasonally, kiddie pool, hot tub, grilling, picnic areas and a new

fire pit. Bike rentals on property. Visit www.DaysInnJekyll.com to learn more about our many specials and packages – also sign up for our last minute “Hot Deals!” Days Inn & Suites 60 S. Beachview Drive Jekyll Island, GA 31527 toll free: 888-635-3003 Direct Line: 912-635-9800 Fax: 912-635-2287 ¤



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Mountainous Vistas, Refreshing Waterfalls, River Floating, Endless Adventure Pleasant Spring weather provides the best atmosphere to experience a Stokes County State of Mind. Just a short scenic drive from many areas of North Carolina, Stokes County is the perfect location for outdoor adventure with family and friends. Enjoy the Lake at Hanging Rock from the sandy beach area or take a

dive into the cool mountain waters from the diving platform. Hike to a waterfall, wade in the water or view the falls from behind as you find the ultimate way to cool off at Window Falls. Take to the Dan River and enjoy a little Stand Up Paddle boarding, Canoeing, Kayaking or Tubing. Or soar through the air at Carolina Ziplines.

Venture to the downtown areas of Danbury, Walnut Cove, & King to enjoy unique shopping and local dining favorites. Experience local music at The Arts Place of Stokes on Thursday evenings. Stokes County, North Carolina www.hangingrock.com ¤

Hendersonville: NC’s Newest Wine Region The popular mountain getaway of Hendersonville, North Carolina — long known for its apple orchards and charming downtown — has emerged as a hot spot for wine enthusiasts. The surrounding Blue Ridge Mountain countryside provides a peaceful oasis to sip quality wines while taking in long-range views. Hendersonville’s wine region recently received federal designation as the Crest of the Blue Ridge American Viticultural Area, or AVA. Only regions with distinctive soil, climate and elevation — such as Napa Valley and Sonoma — earn this designation. Warm days and cool nights during the growing season, along with the right soil and water quality, produce high quality grapes. Conditions in this plateau of the Blue Ridge near Asheville are ideal for several varietals of European

vinifera and French-American grapes. The county’s rolling vineyards produce wines from such grapes as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Riesling and Vidal Blanc. Sweeter wines from native muscadine and scuppernong grapes are also found here, as well as an occasional fruit wine made from apples, blueberries or peaches. “For visitors, the AVA designation lets them know we are serious about growing grapes in this region, and they can expect a higher-quality wine and a better product,” says Sandra Oates, owner of Burntshirt Vineyards. Burntshirt is one of three wineries located in the Crest of the Blue Ridge AVA. The estate-grown winery operates 30 acres of vineyards at two sites on opposite sides of the Eastern Continental Divide.

Nearby Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards produces award-winning wines from land that has been in the same family for nine generations, while Point Lookout Vineyards offers panoramic views from an open-air tasting room at nearly 3,000 feet elevation. All three wineries are part of Hendersonville’s Cheers! Trail. For info, visit www.CheersTrail.org or call (800) 828-4244 to request a trail map or visitors guide. ¤

Cabin Rentals in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina Wildflower Cabin Rentals custom vacation log homes in western North Carolina are an escape into nature and a retreat in vacation luxury. Hike, bike or raft the day away in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy amenities like the miles of hiking trails and the outdoor pool located at the Wildflower Clubhouse or simply take in the beauty of the surrounding nature right from the privacy of your own hot tub. Only five minutes from Franklin, N.C., a small, charming and thriving mountain town, Wildflower is a 2,200+ acre mountain community for the entire family—one- to five-acre homesites, clubhouse, gem mining, picnic areas, cookout pavilions, hiking trails and observation decks. Wildflower is just minutes away from Nantahala Gorge, the Cherokee Indian Reservation, Museum of the GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020

Cherokee Indian, Harrah’s Casino, National Parks and Forests, and innumerable area attractions. Wildflower is the closest highelevation property to Atlanta—an easy two-hour drive north—and is only just an hour west of Asheville, the region’s urban hub. Wildflower is perfect for weekend getaways. Wildflower’s one- to five-acre ridge-top homesites traverse 2,200+ acres and offer sweeping mountain vistas. Contiguous trails wind through the community. Wildflower offers high-end, log-home, mountain retreats, with whirlpools, master suites on the main floor, stacked stone fireplaces, double vanities and mastercraftsmen details. Wildflower Cabin Rentals 1- 877-686-5263 www.wildflowercabinrentals.com FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com






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Engage your Senses on North Carolina’s Coast From the Outer Banks to Sunset Beach and all points in between, North Carolina’s Coast has been a favorite vacation destination for generations. With exciting events and venues, but also uncrowded beaches, the character and charm of Eastern North Carolina entices visitors year after year. More than 300 miles of sandy beaches and two national seashores beckon beachcombing, exploring lighthouses, boating, or playing in the ocean. Relaxation, rejuvenation and recreation are what you’ll find in Eastern North Carolina. It’s all here, shouldn’t you be? Engage your senses at Cape Hatteras, named one of the“Ten Best Beaches in the US” by Dr. Beach, the county’s first national seashore and try some board surfing or beachcombing. Climb any of the coastal lighthouses for amazing ocean views. These lighthouses include Currituck Beach, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke Island, Cape Lookout, Oak Island, and Old Baldy Lighthouse. Visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk and stand where the Wright brothers took flight. While in Kitty Hawk, go fly a kite on the beach,

or pick up a surfboard or kayak and experience the Outer Banks from a different vantage point. Watch wild horses run free along towering dunes and stretching shores in Corolla, a must see sight. Charter a fishing boat out of Nags Head and try your luck catching cobia, flounder or mackerel. If relaxation is on your agenda, head out to any of the beaches and enjoy the rolling sand dunes and the sound of waves crashing. Eastern North Carolina features charming small towns where you can appreciate life at an easier, relaxed pace. Stroll through unique NC coastal towns to shop and dine on the catch of the day. Experience the scenic beauty of Coastal North Carolina along the sandy beaches of the Crystal Coast and climb the Cape Lookout National Seashore Lighthouse. Visit historic sites featuring Revolutionary and Civil War artifacts. Take in a sunrise and sunset at Brunswick Islands where south facing beaches allow you to see both. Check out the Crystal Coast for the nation’s best wreck diving. Enjoy the sound of the waves rolling in; appreciate the sunsets, sand between your toes and feeling of bliss at Emerald Isle Beach. Check

out the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington. Visit New Bern and explore the Birthplace of Pepsi, Tryon Palace and the Firemen’s Museum. Bike, hike, camp, or kayak along the Intracoastal Waterway. Spend the day swimming and playing at Topsail or Ocean Isle Beach. See newly hatched baby sea turtles begin their journey to the sea. Tee off at any of the thirty championship golf courses in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. Whether you’re looking for a daring outdoor adventure or a more relaxing escape, a Coastal North Carolina vacation will fill your days with new experiences and unforgettable memories. When the sun sets, you’ll find many charming bed and breakfast inns, popular hotels, and beach house rentals to rest up for another day. North Carolina beach vacation rental companies utilize their expertise to help you find the perfect home for your family or group. Some even provide concierge services to aid in finding the activities, attractions and discounts that will make your getaway complete. Plan an unforgettable NC beach getaway along the scenic shores of North Carolina’s Coast.

Choose from Over 700 NC Beach Vacation Rentals with Emerald Isle Realty Celebrating 58 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 NC beach vacation 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

Sun, Sand and Surf Island Real Estate on Topsail Island Topsail Island does these things better than any beach anywhere. Located just minutes from Wilmington NC, but a life-time from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Topsail is home to two bridges, one traffic light and the towns of Topsail Beach, Surf City and North Topsail Beach, all with beach cottages for rental. These personal getaways range from eight bedroom homes to one bedroom condominiums. Oceanfront, pools, pet friendly… it’s all waiting for you at Island Real GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020

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 or call 866.615.6909 and make your vacation dreams a reality! ¤

Estate located smack-dab in the middle of Topsail Island in Surf City. Enjoy kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, boating or just plain relaxing on the sand. The evenings offer dinner in casual restaurants with fare ranging from fresh local seafood to succulent steaks to multi-national specialty items. After sampling our wonderful cuisine you’ll need our 26 miles of bicycle paths and 10 parks. topsailvacation.com 800-622-6886 ¤



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Outer Banks, North Carolina

Leave your everyday chores, dust off your sunglasses, and take a trip to Outer Banks. The Outer Banks barrier islands present every vacationer with the relaxing atmosphere and wide range of options necessary for the perfect retreat. Choose any of the picturesque destinations along the Outer Banks coast. Hotels and inns are available throughout the cities and along the waterfronts, all featuring majestic views. Elegant


beach houses and magnificent resorts are also available for group or family vacations. Spend your time relaxing on the sand, watching the wild horses frolic on the beach, or rough it with a dune buggy tour of the area. Or for a more invigorating venture, take advantage of the local water sport opportunities. Explore the waves in a kayak, live it up on a waverunner, or take the whole family out on a

pontoon boat. The smooth sands and unique attractions provide the means for a genuinely impressive vacation. Travel inland for the sights and sounds of the urban Outer Banks. Take time to visit the lighthouses, aquarium, and various cultural and historical ruins. Golfing ranges, air tours, and historical forts are close at hand. Or if you’re looking for a more nature-orientated adventure, visit the local parks and wildlife reserves,

walk along the sand dunes, or go horseback riding. The fun doesn’t stop at Outer Banks. Don’t miss the summer festivities that will make your visit a memorable one. Celebrate the colorful season with the June kite festivals, watch the experts at the Kitty Hawk Kiteboarding competition in August, or become more acquainted with the sapphire waves during this May’s fishing tournaments. Spend


a pleasant night on the town with the open-air theater or live musical shows. Five-star restaurants and comfortable diners provide you with the variety of tastes and atmospheres you crave. So come sink your toes into the eastern coast, spread your towel on the warm shore, and bask beneath the rays of the Outer Banks’ sun. The memories will keep you coming back. ¤


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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. From Niagara Falls and Buffalo along Lake Erie to the Finger Lakes countryside, Western New York offers visitors attractions, adventures and accommodations that make

it a perfect vacation destination. Scenic Letchworth State Park in Wyoming County is home to three magnificent waterfalls, a 600-foot gorge and the roaring Genesee River. In fact you’ll find geological wonders throughout Western New York. The Finger Lakes region encompasses 11 different Finger Lakes, 14 counties and countless area attractions. As the nation’s second largest wine

producing region, wineries and wine trails abound. 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. Discover varied experiences and countless things to do in Dutchess County. Visit the Trevor

Zoo or Dutchess Stadium. Hike the Applachian Trail or sip your way through the vintages of the Dutchess Wine Trail. Central New York: Find lots of hidden gems - glistening waterfalls, historic spots and quiet little pubs and restaurants in Chenango County. Revel in an outdoor family adventure; hike our trails, visit the Wolf Mountain Nature Center or Rogers

Environmental Education Center, go see an Alpaca Farm, or watch the maple syrup process. Don’t pass by, make Chenango your next tourism destination. Visit www.GuestQuest.com for links to New York destinations, to request information and to enter our contests for your chance to win a vacation. You can search for events, accommodations and more!

Upstate Countryside and Creativity ~ Make Chenango County Your Next Destination! Chenango County invites visitors year-round to explore and enjoy all we have to offer. Visit Chenango to hear the blues, discover new artists, or hunt and fish in pristine natural settings. From classic cars and vibrant arts, to outdoor adventure and agritourism, you’ll find the perfect blend of upstate countryside and creativity in Chenango County.

There’s always something new happening in Chenango County. No matter what time of year, or what your favorite activities may be, Chenango County has excitement in store. Make sure to visit our new website at www.visitchenango.com for all there is to see and do. ¤

Sink Your Teeth into an Amazing Hudson Valley Getaway Just 90 minutes north of Manhattan is beautiful Dutchess County, located in the heart of the Hudson River Valley of New York State—your perfect escape from urban life. There’s something on the menu for everyone including natural scenic beauty, outdoor recreation on land and water, impressive historic sites, an unmatched culinary scene and more. Experience the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, a former railroad bridge turned Walkway that stretches 212 feet above the majestic Hudson River. Lace up your


hiking boots and try the Appalachian Trail, hike to the top of the fire tower at Ferncliff Forest or see a stunning rock formation at Dover Stone Church. Stroll around the pristine grounds and gardens at Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill Cottage and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in Hyde Park. Whatever you have a taste for, Dutchess County serves up an incredibly satisfying vacation experience. ¤








Gorgeous Gorges, Waterfalls and Wine Trails, Stunning Scenery and So Much More

From Niagara Falls and Buffalo along Lake Erie to the Finger Lakes countryside, Western New York offers visitors attractions, adventures and accommodations that make it a perfect vacation destination. Visit the thunderous, awe inspiring Niagara Falls. With more to offer than just the falls, Niagara Falls State Park is a sanctuary for protected species and features the Observation Tower with one of the best views of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, New York. Check out the Niagara Wine Trail with 21 wineries stretching across Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties. Head over to Wyoming County New York, home to the “Grand Canyon of the East” and enjoy magnificent waterfalls, the historic A& A Railroad and other attractions, as well as a multitude of outdoor activities that bring visitors. Allegany County is the perfect playing grounds for all things outdoors. Fairs, festivals, seasonal celebrations, outdoors sporting and special events, along with shopping, dining and sightseeing will fill your days. Chautauqua County’s unrivaled natural beauty can be found while hiking, biking, birding and golfing. Cool off on hot summer days by getting out on five area lakes: Rent a boat, relax on a sandy beach or go fishing. Take a sailing lesson or join a sunset kayaking tour. If you love soaking up the sun on a boat, exploring back roads, camping under the stars, staying at a luxurious resort, seeing your favorite band, or exploring geological wonders, take a look at Cattaraugus County, the Enchanted Mountains! Waterfalls and wineries and of course the 11 “Finger Lakes” make the Finger Lakes region a famous New York destination. World-class wineries dot the wine trails that run through the 14 counties that make up the Finger Lakes. You’ll find over 1000 waterfalls and more than 2000 miles of hiking and biking trails, skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor attractions and adventures. Some wine trails to consider include the Lake Ontario Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail and Keuka Wine Trail. Rest at charming B&Bs or stay at Country Inn & Suites Mount Morris - your perfect base for exploring the Finger Lakes, Wyoming County and more. From Lake Erie to the Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls to the Allegany State Park, Western New York’s wineries, waterfalls and wonderful attractions, accommodations and events are a sure to please vacation experience. Find events and enter to win a trip at GuestQuest.com. GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020








The Wildwoods, New Jersey Chill or thrill? Crazy or lazy? Mild or Wild? In The Wildwoods, you can do as much, or as little, as you like. Enjoy 5 miles of FREE white-sand beaches and 38 blocks of boardwalk fun with 3-action-packed amusement piers with over 100-rides and attractions, 3-beachfront waterparks, shopping, carnival games and arcades, plus great dining and nightlife. Recently named “The #1 Destination on the Rise in the US” by TripAdvisor and voted “Best Beaches

in New Jersey” by USAToday, The Wildwoods deliver one-of-a-kind value for family vacations at the Jersey shore. With over 180 events and festivals throughout the year and lots of fun things to do, you’ll find a little something for everyone in the Wildwoods. Everything you could ever want in a family vacation is right here in the Wildwoods. Start planning your perfect Wildwoods’ vacation today! Visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com ¤

Plan Your Escape to The Jersey Cape! Cape May County New Jersey is situated at the southernmost tip of New Jersey between the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay and has nearly 40 miles of pristine beaches and is a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The resorts from Ocean City to Cape May offer great accommodations, exciting

attractions and cool special events with a coastal vibe. Gourmet to casual dining, shopping, golf, fishing, boating and wineries, breweries and distilleries add to the vacation fun. Plan your escape to the Jersey Cape! www.fallforthejerseycape.com ¤

Monmouth County, New Jersey Monmouth County is known for its family atmosphere, food and entertainment, exciting nightlife, beaches, beautiful parks, shopping and antiquing, as well as many other great attractions. For arts and culture enthusiasts, we invite visitors to check out our intriguing art galleries or enjoy live theater performances on our beaches and in our downtowns. For those interested in history, we invite you to explore the many historical sites that call Monmouth County home. Looking for souvenirs or just want to check out the latest fashions? Visit the countless boutiques and shopping malls in our 53 towns! GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020


Visitors looking for outdoor fun can enjoy hundreds of miles of trails great for hiking, bicycling or bird watching. Who knows – your trail could even lead you to one of our working lighthouses! You can even take your family to one of our horse farms or our popular pick-your-own farms and take home fresh fruit and vegetables from your trip to the Jersey Shore. Once you’re done on the trails or farms, you can grab an ice cream cone or milkshake then recharge and relax on the beach! Visit www.tourism. visitmonmouth.com, follow us on social media, or call 1-800-523-2587 for more information. 31










The Welcome Mat is Always Out in Kentucky With six national areas, 50 state parks, and hundreds of recreational, natural, historic, and cultural attractions, Kentucky abounds in travel opportunities. From the hills and hollows of eastern Kentucky through the rolling bluegrass of our heartland to the massive lakes and flatlands of the west, Kentucky has much to offer. Each of Kentucky’s travel regions – Western Waterlands, Bluegrass Heartlands, Scenic Wonderlands, and Eastern Highlands – has its own charm and personality. From the huge lakes to festive river towns, Kentucky’s Western Waterlands Region offers sun and fun for the entire family. You will find surprises on every stop of the road. One of Kentucky’s giant outdoor recreation areas is the Land Between the Lakes – Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley area. Every member of the family will find something here for a great vacation. You can’t help but have fun surrounded by Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, which together

form one of the largest man-made bodies of water in the United States. Kentucky Lake is nationally known for crappie fishing and inland sailing. Lake Barkley’s countless bays and inlets and sparsely developed shoreline are perfect for exploring and quiet relaxation. The 40-mile long peninsula that lies between these huge lakes – Land Between The Lakes – is a World Biosphere Reserve with 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline for waterfront and RV camping, swimming, fishing, riding, and hiking. Private and state resorts on both lakes provide every kind of vacation option, and there are plenty of attractions for days off the water. Western Kentucky is rich in music history. The father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, was born in Rosine in Ohio County; while W.C. Handy, the father of the blues, called Henderson home for 10 years. John Prine, Merle Travis and the Everly Brothers have Muhlenberg County ties; Boots Randolph was born in Trigg county. The Bluegrass Hall of

Military Heritage, Natural Beauty and Southern Hospitality!

Fame and Museum, headquartered in Owensboro, puts on the annual ROMP festival, June 26 - 29 in 2019. Thousands of fans from all over the world gather at Daviess County Yellow Creek Park to hear the best bluegrass/folk-rock to be found anywhere. Additional offerings at ROMP Festival include organic and farm-to-table food vendors, craft vendors featuring Kentucky Proud products, art installations and professionally-led children’s activities. Kentucky’s famous Bluegrass Heartlands region has everything you could want in a vacation – history and heritage, sophisticated city and charming small towns . . . and horses. Outdoor adventure – above and below ground – is the ticket for Kentucky’s South Central Scenic Wonderland Region. You’ll fine fun and excitement at every stop. Return to simpler times and an unhurried pace among the breathtaking mountains of Kentucky’s Eastern Highlands Region. Real southern hospitality awaits at each stop on your trip. Kentucky is known the world over for its special and diverse natural beauty. Hundreds of thousands of

visitors come each year to enjoy the scenery no matter what the season. A great way to see it all is to follow Kentucky’s designated Scenic Byways. Chosen for their appeal in portraying the geographic beauty, all also have historical and cultural significance. Some byways travel past limestone palisades, waterfalls, and spring houses, skirting magnificent horse farms rimmed in fences of stone and plant. Some routes are lined with stately mansions, quaint homes and country churches, offering a glimpse into a bygone era. Old Frankfort Pike, chosen one of the nation’s top ten byways, features savanna woodlands reminiscent of the Bluegrass landscape before colonial settlement. Located within a day’s drive of over half the U.S. population, Kentucky is a beautiful and historic destination. You are sure to find something to spark your interest. Bourbon, music, crafts, cultural heritage, horses and history are a small sampling of what is available throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. All year long, Kentucky is alive

with more than 700 festivals, several world-class sporting championships, major concerts and a whole lot more. Whether it’s a Bluegrass jam session or a symphony orchestra concert, an apple festival or an art opening, Kentucky can fill your calendar in a heartbeat. Whether you’re looking for an historic inn, a quaint bed-andbreakfast, a rustic cabin or an affordable hotel near attractions, Kentucky is one of the most accommodating places you’ll ever find. Choose your location and the features you desire and plan a great stay. Located at the junction of four of the largest rivers in the United States-the Cumberland, Tennessee, Ohio and Mississippi-Kentucky has more running water than any other state besides Alaska. From the eastern mountains to the western river plateau, Kentucky offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation. If you’re ready to relax and have some fun, you’re going to love it here! For Kentucky travel information, call the Kentucky Department of Travel 1-800-225-8747 or visit www.kytourism.com. ¤

Enjoy the Bullitt County Wine & Whiskey Trail Fort Knox is home to the U.S. Tioga Falls and Bridges to the Past Bullion Depository, which stores 7 and the area’s newest attraction in Shepherdsville, Kentucky

trillion dollars worth of gold bullion Boundary Oak Distillery. Just 20 minutes south of It’s the perfect weekend getaway downtown Louisville, Kentucky, join (not open to the public.) The Radcliff/ Fort Knox Community also offers the destination and best of all our us for the unique experience our Bullitt County Wine & Whiskey Trail General George Patton Museum, attractions are FREE! To plan your trip, offers. Armor Memorial Park, the Kentucky go to radclifftourism.org or With four wineries boasting more September 11th Memorial, Saunders call (800) 334-7540. than 1,000 national and international Springs Nature Preserve, Fort Duffield Radcliff/Fort Knox Convention & awards, it’s no wonder Bullitt County Civil War Fort, Hardin County Schools Tourism Commission is known as the Wine Capital of Performing Arts Center, Kentucky 562 North Dixie, Suite A-1 Kentucky. You can truly taste the Museum of American Pocketknives, Radcliff, Kentucky 40160 ¤ dedication and passion of our local wine makers – Brooks Hill, Wight Meyer, MillaNova and Forest Edge wineries. Bullitt County is also home to the Jim Beam American Stillhouse and the Four Roses Bourbon Experience. Come see how corn, rye and barley – combined with our area’s natural limestone-filtered water – come together to create some of the best bourbon in the world. To start your spirit-rich journey, simply pick up a copy of our Wine & Whiskey Trail Brochure at any of the six trail locations, and when all of your visits have been validated, redeem the completed brochure for a free souvenir glass at the Bullitt 34

County Visitor Center in Clermont. During your visit, experience glassblowing at Fire Studio & Gallery and marvel at the natural beauty of Bernheim Forest. You can fire away at Knob Creek Gun Range, tee off at Heritage Hill Golf Course, or rev up at Kart Kountry – the world’s longest go-cart track. There’s truly something for everyone.


Shepherdsville/Bullitt County Tourist Commission 2040 Clermont Road Clermont, KY 40110 502-543-8656 www.travelbullitt.org | info@travelbullitt.org Bullitt County Visitor Center Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9am to 5pm; Sat. 9am to 3pm ¤



Explore More in Hopkinsville!  Located in the Pennyroyal Region of Southwestern Kentucky, Hopkinsville and Christian County have a rich history, agricultural heritage, thriving arts scene and diverse culture. Today, with a countywide population of just over 70,000, our community is still deeply-rooted in agriculture and industry and takes great pride in its adaptability and

hospitality. The people are friendly, the land is breathtaking and the barbecue is served with a side of burgoo! Experience the blend of history and today as you tour our distilleries and brewery, and sample some of their onsite-crafted products while enjoying talented musicians and artists. Indulge in beautiful art at

the Hopkinsville Art Guild Gallery and Griffin’s Studio. Be sure to spend mealtimes in our local cafés and restaurants!  Visit our website at www.visithopkinsville.com to learn more. To request a visitor’s guide email tourism@visithopkinsville.com or call 270-887-2300. ¤

Welcome to Cadiz, the Friendliest Little Town in 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, ATVs and horseback riding. 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 along Main Street Cadiz for an eclectic mix of treasures, collectibles, handcrafted wooden toys and a variety of restaurants with that local flavor. Come experience Cadiz for yourself and see why folks return year after year.  ¤

Enjoy a Water-Way-of-Life at Green Turtle Bay Green Turtle Bay is the premier marina resort overlooking beautiful Lake Barkley at the edge of picturesque Grand Rivers in western Kentucky. At the gateway to Land Between the Lakes Federal Recreational Area, we’re offering a getaway where guests can relax, boat, and spend time with loved ones.

Green Turtle Bay is a destination experience like no other. The awardwinning marina with over 450 slips offers electric, water, cable, private showers and laundry facility, while the office and “boaters rest area” can help both you and your boat refuel. Experience the lake life in luxury in one of our 1-4-bedroom condos, each fully equipped with linens, towels, kitchens, washer and dryers,

pull-out sofa, gas grill and even some with fireplaces. Memories made at the lake last a lifetime. So put your feet up, take a break, sit back and relax. You’re at home at Green Turtle Bay. 800-498-0428 www.GreenTurtleBay.com ¤

Ready for a Real Getaway? Kentucky Dam Marina is a prized jewel in Kentucky. Spend your vacation cruising, skiing, fishing or just living the good life on the water. Tranquil. Serene. Exhilarating. Just a few of the words to describe what could be your next vacation. Whether you’re looking for just a peaceful cove to relax in or a white-knuckle boat ride, you’ll find it here. Forget the long lines at the amusement parks or crowded beaches, this is the real escape you’ve been looking for.


Houseboating with friends and family will provide countless memories to last a lifetime. Discover your destination, and let’s make memories together. Every generation will find something that resonates with their idea of a really fun vacation. Our goal is to provide you with a hassle-free houseboat rental, custom-equipped for your individual needs to allow you to have a fun, safe, and unforgettable experience.




Explore Pennsylvania Over 83,000 miles of river and streams and 17 million acres of forest provide a lifetime of opportunity. Outdoors enthusiasts will enjoy Pennsylvania’s whitewater rafting, skydiving, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking and more. Pennsylvania is the most historically significant state in the nation, particularly its main population hub, the eastern seaboard city of Philadelphia, where America’s

founding fathers shaped the nation after Independence. The Liberty Bell seldom tolls today, but it draws millions of visitors annually to the city’s Historic Independence National Park. Pennsylvania offers everything from honeymoon retreats, family style resorts, ski-lodges, an eclectic mix of architecture, scrumptious home-style fare, historic treasures, panoramic cityscapes, pastoral

pleasure, artists’ colonies and country inns. Whatever visitors want in Pennsylvania, they are bound to find it. Even chocolate lovers will discover paradise here, for this is the location of Hershey, home of the world-famous Hershey Bar. With more than 400 miles of natural beauty and scenic overlooks, Route 6 was named one of America’s most scenic drives Pennsylvania ranks tops for the most small towns in the United States under 5000

population. Many of these unique in north central Pennsylvania has villages are on or along our historic over 500,000 acres of outdoor Route 6. opportunities. The Allegheny National Forest Continued next page

Spend a Weekend in Downtown Franklin, PA Downtown Franklin, PA is a destination for family-friendly festivals, live music, unique gift shops, varied dining options and cultural attractions ranging from the

Visit Clearfield County PA The backwoods. backroads. backwaters. of Clearfield County have a summer adventure waiting for you. Enjoy 102 miles of clean water, pure air and an ecosystem unlike anywhere else. Explore miles of protected streams where the lakes are streaming with bass, walleye and northern pike. Summer is the perfect time for those looking for more of a river adventure. Bring your kayak/canoe to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River or paddle one of our lakes and enjoy breath taking scenic views.

Enjoy a relaxing day at DuBois Country Club, Eagles Ridge, Kenterra, Beechwoods or Treasure Lake. Stop by Dr. Doolittle’s or Fun Central and enjoy some mini golf. Let Visit Clearfield County help you plan your weekend away from home. Visit our website www. VisitClearfieldCounty.org for road trips, packages and the perfect place to spend the night. Like us on Facebook to share your backwoods. backroads. backwaters. experience. Call us at 814-765-5734. ¤

Barrow-Civic Theatre to DeBence Antique Music World to Saint John’s Tiffany Window Display. With its historic buildings, two beautiful downtown parks and the Allegheny River and French Creek as backdrops, Franklin is a picture-perfect setting for a variety of activities. The City hosts eight major festivals and numerous special events throughout the year, and the summer months are filled with weekly concerts in multiple downtown venues. Furthermore, recreational opportunities abound. Franklin is a designated Trail Town and a Bicycle Friendly Community with miles and miles of great trails and waterways to explore. For information, visit www.franklinpa.gov or call 814 437-1619. @FranklinPAEvents Facebook page ¤

Adventure Awaits in the Oil Region The first commercial oil well, drilled here in 1859, put the Oil Region on the map as “the valley that changed the world.” Experience the modern petroleum industry’s birth at Drake Well Museum and Park. The Oil Region is a collection of small towns with impressive architecture, surrounded by stunning landscapes for you to explore. Attractions include AppleFest, Drake Well Museum and Park, Victorian architecture, historic walking tours, Barrow Civic Theatre shows and rides on the Oil Creek &

Titusville excursion train. Spend the night in a quaint B&B, hotel, under the stars, close to the golf course or a train caboose car! Purchase a National Park Service Passport and have it stamped at Drake Well, the Venango Museum of Art, Science & Industry, DeBence Antique Music World, the Pumping Jack Museum and the Oil Region Alliance office. Tourism information is available through 800.483.6264, info@oilregion.org and www.OilRegion.org.

Crawford County, Pennsylvania Create Memories that will Last a Lifetime When planning our vacations, we ALL look for value and how much we can get for our dollar. Look no further than Crawford County. Pymatuning State Park was voted Top Ten in the Nation for Best Family Fishing Vacation in the Nation. Pymatuning Lake is PA’s largest man-made reservoir and covers 17,088 acres. Enjoy lake front cabins and camp sites. Enjoy large sandy beach, paved biking and hiking trails. Every summer at the “Spillway,” huge carp gather 36


for tourists to toss bread to start the feeding frenzy. The carp are so thick, ducks walk on them. From train rides, paddle boat rides, amusement parks, museums, to theatre with live performances, lake front dinning with entertainment. Golf courses here are for the amateur to the experienced. Price for 18 Holes with Cart will blow you away. Request FREE Visitors Guide and check out all the upcoming events on www.visitcrawford.org ¤ GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020


Continued from pervious page Hikers, backpackers and nature enthusiasts can enjoy wildlife watching and challenging terrain, including 87 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail, a 4,195-mile trail that passes through 300 miles of the state. There are more than 30 miles of hiking trails in Promised Land State Park and the surrounding Delaware State Forest. Bruce Lake Road offers a hike to a natural glacial lake, the East Branch of Wallenpaupack Trail features several waterfalls, and there’s a hikers’ loop around

Conservation Island providing plenty of opportunities for nature study, relaxation and exploration. The “High Rocks” at Ralph Stover State Park are best known for spectacular views and geological features, and are used extensively by rock climbers. The 200-foot sheer rock face of this cliff offers a unique challenge to the experienced climber. A scenic hiking trail, whitewater boating, and two rock climbing and rappelling areas can be found at McConnell’s Mill State Park. Visitors can also tour the restored rolling gristmill and covered bridge within

the park. Pennsylvania is home to over 120 public biking trails and over 800 miles of Rails-to-Trails property. Amateur, professional or family outing, cyclists at any level can find a great place to ride in the rolling hills, beautiful fall foliage, choice of paved or rugged trails and endless opportunities for discovering nature at its finest in Pennsylvania. For more information call the Pennsylvania Tourism Office at 1-800-VISIT-PA (847-4872) or visit www.VisitPA.com ¤

Susquehanna River Valley – You’ll Love It Here! This spring discover the Susquehanna River Valley 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 and local craft breweries, play a round of golf, do some antiquing or a bike ride over historic covered bridges. Stop at a variety of farmer’s markets for the freshest local produce. As evening approaches, plan a romantic dinner for two then see a movie in a restored Art Deco

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

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. ¤

Find Your Next Adventure in Armstrong County Regardless of the occasion – family, business, or the great outdoors – you’ll find something in Armstrong County. Take a trek on one of their 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 some stand-up paddleboarding. Take a relaxing horse drawn tour with

Dragon Run Forge & Livery to enjoy style, we have campgrounds aplenty. the spring and summer blooms or Visit ArmstrongCounty.com partake in the fun at various fairs or call 1-888-265-9954 for more and festivals, and attractions such as information. If you’re in the Outdoor Discovery Center, Belmont Kittanning area, stop by the office at Complex, Renshaw Farms, and many 125 Market Street Monday - Friday more. After an adventurous day, lay 8am - 4:30pm. ¤ your head at one of our cozy hotels or B&Bs, or if camping is more your

Visit Lawrence County, Pennsylvania It’s all about the trails: Wine, Craft Beer, Hiking, River, Biking, Amish and Burger. Find your inner “trail” in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania among the many “off the wheel” experiences that await you. Enjoy the happiness found in the simplest pleasures, while having the best of all worlds: indulging along the trail of craft wines and brews, taking a delicious bite out of the best foods in Western PA, breathing in the natural beauty of blue and greenways GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020

for rafting, canoeing, kayaking, biking, hiking and ATV riding in Limestone Mines. Stay overnight to relax and recharge next door to the 5th largest old order Amish population. Plan your next adventure at VisitLawrenceCounty.com for events, must-see attractions, arts and culture and more. Follow us and share your experience on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by using #VisitLawrenceCounty. ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com


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Visit Luzerne County Pennsylvania for Family Memories Explore the beautiful open country with waterfalls, trails, history and fun – with four state parks for camping, hiking, boating, fishing and swimming! Walk the downtowns, historic houses and mansions or visit the quaint towns. 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.

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. gets you here to enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, ATV riding, hunting and fishing. The area is known for adventure challenges such as trail races, dual sport motorcycling, and triathlon events. There’s hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, bird


Browse through the merchant store with handmade goods, feed the animals and then enjoy the best ice cream at the Hillside Farms. Close to everywhere via four major interstates and the WilkesBarre Scranton International Airport. Visit Luzerne County 888.905.2782 www.VisitLuzerneCounty.com ¤


watching and elk and other wildlife viewing. Clinton County is home to the Woolrich Store, Piper Aviation Museum, Heisey House Museum, The Station (art) Gallery and the Millbrook Playhouse barn theatre – there’s something for every interest. It’s the best of the outdoors, and so much more! Visit ClintonCountyInfo.com or call 888-388-6991 for more on rural, beautiful Clinton County. ¤


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South Carolina Coast Features 200 Miles of 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. For generations, beach trips to millions of Americans and Canadians has meant an easy drive to Myrtle Beach and later, Hilton Head, while expanded air travel has added more international travelers in recent years. Reliable, decent weather year-round and a burgeoning menu of attractions and amenities continue to drive that growth in popularity. 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, 100foot lighthouse. At the south end of South Carolina’s coast is Hilton Head, a golf and tennis haven. Hilton Head is world famous for its plantation resorts, which combine beachfront

dining, pools and cabanas with tennis, a range of accommodations and public and private golf. 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

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 one of the last non-commercial Sea Islands on the Coast. It’s famed for 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. 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 Edisto Island, SC 29438 1-800-868-5398 www.edistorealty.com ¤



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South Carolina’s Hammock Coast – Vacation Destination with Southern Charm South Carolina’s Hammock Coast offers visitors a laidback taste of Lowcountry life – pristine beaches and historic landmarks along a stunning coastal region nestled between Charleston to the south and Myrtle Beach to the north. The Hammock Coast is made up of the beach communities of Pawleys Island, Litchfield, Murrells Inlet and

Garden City and the historic towns of Georgetown and Andrews. USA Today named Georgetown, South Carolina’s third-oldest seaport, as America’s “Best Coastal Small Town.” The town has more than 250 historic sites and homes (more than Charleston!) and features five museums. Pawleys Island is the oldest

seaside resort in America and, as the birthplace of the rope hammock, is how our region got its name as the Hammock Coast! Relaxation, you see, if key here! Like Pawleys, all of our beach communities boast beautiful beaches that have drawn families for generations. If golf is what you seek for vacation, the Hammock Coast boasts 13 courses, three on Golf Magazine’s “Top 100” list.

Nestled between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield are Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park. One of the top birding spots in the Southeast, the park offers camping and access to a pristine beach. Since 1932, Brookgreen, a 9,127-acre botanical and sculpture garden, has drawn visitors from around the world. It boasts one of the most significant collection of figurative sculptures in a beautiful outdoor setting and the only accredited zoo on the South Carolina

coast. In 2020, Brookgreen will welcome renowned British artist Bruce Munro’s exhibition, “Bruce Munro at Brookgreen: Southern Light,” consisting of thousands of LED and fiber-optic lights. The New York Times has hailed Munro’s work as a “must-see.” Come visit the Hammock Coast and rediscover life with no schedules. The only itinerary you may need is a tide chart! ¤

Visit our Island Oasis South Carolina Beach Rentals at Fripp Island Resort Fripp Island Resort is the perfect mix of everything you would want in a vacation, but without the crowded hustle and bustle of other South Carolina island resorts. If you crave fun, relaxation and plenty of personal time, plan to visit our island oasis and enjoy our South Carolina beach rentals. With a large selection of vacation homes, we have something for everyone. Our Fripp Island beach rentals range in size from one to eight bedrooms and vary from oceanfront to fantastic views of

our golf courses. Each one of our properties offers a unique resort vacation rental experience, complete with our personalized and expert guest service! There is a 3 1/2-mile white beach just waiting for your footprints in the sand. Every vacation sport and leisure activity is right here for you. Play two extraordinarily beautiful championship golf courses. Enjoy a game of tennis at the Racquet Club. Tour the island in one of our rental golf carts, mopeds or bicycles and

enjoy endless memories and fun with whatever island activities you enjoy. All rental toys are available through Island Excursions at the Marina. Located just a few miles from the Intracoastal Waterway, our marina offers great offshore charters and inshore fishing. Checkout the many activities, programs and amenities that Fripp Island Resort has to offer our guests. Visit www.FrippIslandResort.com or call 866-226-2790. ¤

Casual and Carefree Coastal Lifestyle on Pawleys Island & Litchfield Beach Litchfield Real Estate & Vacation Rentals offers a wide range of Lowcountry vacation rentals located on or within easy walking distance to some of the finest beaches along the east coast. Pawleys Island has been a vacation destination for over 250 years and yet still retains its charm and casual character. Generations of families came for the rejuvenating sea air. Over 50 years ago, family beach cottages began being built on Litchfield Beach. Three small oceanfront gated communities have more recently been established that offer resort-like amenities and have privately owned low-rise condos and homes available for rent. Vacation rental homes are plentiful both on the ocean and along the saltmarsh creeks. Select from oceanfront, creek front and lakefront homes, condos and villas. For your furry friend, there is a wide assortment of dog-friendly rental homes. 40

Outdoor activities abound on the Make your next vacation a truly wide soft sandy beaches as well relaxing getaway by taking in the laidas on the salt marshes and inland back Lowcountry lifestyle of Pawleys waterways of Pawleys Island and Island and the Litchfield Beaches. Litchfield. Enjoy beachcombing, Litchfield Real Estate sunbathing, surfing, kayaking, paddle & Vacation Rentals boarding, fishing, crabbing, or simply 12980 Ocean Highway strolling on the beach. Saltmarshes Pawleys Island, SC 29585 threaded with winding creeks and 843-237-4241 thrumming with the activity of www.litchfieldrealestate.com ¤ sea birds and other local wildlife are perfect for scenic and wildlife photography. Several excellent surfboard and kayak outfitters provide rentals, lessons and tours. Take an ocean boat tour to observe dolphins or river boat tour to learn about the area’s rice culture history. Reserve a guided fishing charter. Launch your own boat from over 22 public boat landings. Discover the variety of locally prized restaurants, art galleries and unique gift shops available in the area. Did you know Pawleys is home of the original rope hammock? Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park are two popular attractions that shouldn’t be missed.







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Come Experience Myrtle Beach

Tired of fishing for the perfect vacation? Are you ready for summer excitement and warm Atlantic sands? Find precisely what you’ve been looking for on the magnificent shores of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. With the awe-inspiring 60 miles of open coast, there’s room enough for everyone to have fun. Dip into a treasure chest of opportunities and let the experience of Myrtle Beach wash over you. Whether you prefer scuba diving,

surfing, kayaking, parasailing, water jetting, or building the sand castle of your dreams, Myrtle Beach will keep your good times afloat. Celebrate the warm summer days and dreamy evenings with astonishing views of the great Atlantic Ocean. Bask under the welcoming sun, walk along the calming shore, and don’t miss the amazing summer festivals and local attractions. For a quick break from the sand, visit historical museums and theme

parks that will make your vacation unique. The tours and rides will certainly take your beach experience sky high. After a full day of excitement, go relax with a fishing pole and take a trip to the scenic marshes and rivers of the area. The cool waters and grassy hills will refresh your mind and provide a relaxing end to even the most fun-filled day. These picturesque locations also supply the perfect picnic and recreational settings for a serene, calming experience. Or if you’re looking for fun for the whole family, go on a nature and wildlife tour and learn about the history,

scenic wonders, plants, animals, and regional legends. You’ll be amazed by all the sights, sounds, and fantastic tales. The excitement doesn’t stop with the wildlife, though. Venture further in town and let the wild water parks and unforgettable theme parks liven up your life, and don’t forget to peruse the local aquariums and art museums. Also, take advantage of Myrtle Beach’s alluring views and go out for a romantic night on the waves. Live it up with a cruise, candle-lit dinner, and dancing, or take the classic stroll along the moonlit beach to collect unique shells and fossils. Listen to the sighs of the

ocean and make the experience of Myrtle Beach one to dream on for years to come. Come experience the ocean, the sunsets, the excitement, fun, laughter, memories...it’s all waiting. Leave the cold breezes and frost behind, and wash away your winter blues at Myrtle Beach, where the waves of fun just keep coming. With a variety of resorts, spas, and souvenir shops, no one will be left unhappy. So start your summer off with a sizzle, take a memorable trip to the Atlantic, and warm your days on the sands of Myrtle Beach. ¤

Oceanfront in Myrtle Beach, SC! Open every day of the year, Ocean Lakes Family Campground in sunny Myrtle Beach, SC offers camping and beach house rentals with a variety of planned activities, outstanding amenities and lots of southern hospitality! Ocean Lakes features 300 beach house rentals that sleep 4 to 21 people. Our 859 campsites are large, pull-through, with full hookups, including Wi-Fi. Concrete pads

are available on 649 campsites. Ranked in the Top 1% of While the kids are still in school our campgrounds in America, we hope pace is mellow, but the fun and sun you come stay with us! never stop. Relax in our pools, shop in Ocean Lakes Family Campground our store, let us do the cooking! Need Myrtle Beach, SC 29575  RV and golf cart service or supplies? Campsites: 877-506-1053  We have you covered. No RV? Book Rental Houses: 800-845-2229  one of our vacation rentals to enjoy www.OceanLakes.com   ¤ our park!

Myrtle Beach, Please! Grand Atlantic Resort offers oceanfront condo rentals with private balconies for those spectacular ocean views. Featuring one to fourbedroom units, there is private space for everyone while making those cherished vacation memories. The resort is located near Myrtle Beach’s top attractions. But, of course, the best attraction of all is the sixty miles of white sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Thoughtful water venues include a heated indoor pool and lazy river.

The large oceanfront pool extends to a beautiful grassy lawn, ideal for watching the sun rise and set over the Atlantic Ocean. There are indoor and outdoor children’s pools. Grand Atlantic features conveniences such as an onsite restaurant, store and fitness room. There is a covered, attached parking garage. Grand Atlantic Resort Myrtle Beach, SC 800-852-7032 www.grandatlanticresort.com ¤

This Year, Bring All the Family on Vacation Rose Real Estate Offers a Variety of Vacation Rentals in Surfside Beach, SC 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 kid’s splash pad 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! 42


Rose Real Estate would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your family to our beautiful beach. 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 fivebedroom 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 ¤ GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020

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Something for Everyone on North Myrtle Beach

Comprised of the unique seaside communities of Atlantic Beach, Barefoot Resort, Cherry Grove, Crescent Beach, Little River, Ocean Drive, Shore Drive and Windy Hill, beauty, charm, sea oats and sand dunes attract vacationers year after year. Great fishing, coastal entertainment and loads of recreational opportunities make North Myrtle Beach a family favorite. Private charters, casino cruises and riverboat cruises, surfing, water skiing, kayaking and snorkeling and just some of the adventures that


North Myrtle Beach’s perfect location makes possible. You’ll find miniature golf courses with themes, challenges and even tournaments to keep you busy. The Alabama Theater features guest concert series with top selling artists. Art galleries, shopping and other attractions are sure to make your days enjoyable. From fine dining to casual eateries, seafood is the specialty along the coast. Enjoy southern hospitality, low country atmosphere and the beach’s best at the many restaurants along the coast. Here in the Golf Capital of the

World, you’ll find no shortage of championship courses designed by the best in the industry. Making the most of the natural landscape the courses you’ll play will be both challenging and beautiful. Make sure to check out affordable North Myrtle Beach golf vacation packages to get the best vacation value! Holiday, seasonal, sporting and other special events, live shows, festivals and parades can be a draw in and of themselves. From Bike Week to the Annual Blue Crab Festival, Fourth of July Fireworks to the Christmas Parade, make sure to

check out and plan for the events occurring during your North Myrtle Beach vacation. From golf resorts to North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals, lodging for every style and budget is available to accommodate your family vacation. Small family owned motels, oceanfront lodging with luxurious suites, beachside homes of every size and location, family friendly campgrounds and rv resorts, resorts offering condos with golf course views, hotels with convenient amenities, and more can be found in this ideal destination. Vacation rental


companies utilize their expertise to help you find the perfect home for your family or group. Some even provide concierge services to aid in finding the activities, attractions and discounts that will make your getaway complete. Make your North Myrtle Beach family vacation one to remember. Escape to North Myrtle Beach, let the sunshine kiss your shoulders, the sand kiss your feet and let your cares slip away as you relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches and sun drenched shores in South Carolina’s perfect beach vacation destination.



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 yearround 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! ¤


St. Mary’s County, Maryland Welcome to St. Mary’s County where boundless adventure awaits! Outdoor adventure, history, food, culture and everything in between await you. Explore our history, technology, and everything in between. We invite you to explore our


County, where history is constantly in the making. Travel back to 1634, a time of adventure, when the first English settlers came to our shores to start a new life. Explore the technological marvels and unique exhibits at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, celebrating over 70

years of naval air research and American military history. From history and culture to outdoor activities ranging from hiking, biking, or water related activities; St. Mary’s County is the place for you. Come enjoy the breathtaking views and the many activities and events that

keep us busy year-round. Enjoy the local opportunities that the county provides from shops, food, wineries, and distilleries that provide an enjoyable experience for everyone. Find Inspiration, adventure, and excitement where the Potomac and the Chesapeake meet. Whether you’ve come to explore the past,


savor the beauty of the moment, or imagine the possibilities of the future, you’ll find that you are always welcome in St. Mary’s County. Check out St. Mary’s entire line-up of 2019 and 2020 events and find info on historic sites and attractions, plus dining, shopping, lodging, and more at www.VisitStMarysMD.com ¤



Kent County, Maryland for Water Lovers Whether you’re looking to hook a rockfish from the rich water of the Chesapeake Bay or paddle down one of its beautiful tributaries, Kent County, on Maryland’s upper Eastern Shore on the Chesapeake Bay, has everything to pique your interest in and around the water. Home to pristine rivers, picturesque harbors and charming small towns, Kent County is a top vacation destination for water enthusiasts. Explore the water from a kayak,

canoe or paddle board. Visit one of Kent County’s waterfront restaurants or deck bars for a delicious meal with a scenic view of the water. Enjoy the comforts of a charter boat for a sunset cruise, an overnight trip or fishing with a licensed captain. While Kent County is predominately known for its picturesque harbors and waterfront restaurants, it’s also home to two designated beach areas – Rock Hall and Betterton Beach. ¤

Discover Caroline County, Maryland! A Refreshingly Unhurried Destination Nestled on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, less than two hours from Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, Caroline County is a refreshingly unhurried destination. Outdoor enthusiasts will relish our rolling landscapes and the meandering Choptank River outlined by fields and forests. You can do your own thing or contact one of our outfitters or guides. Two State Parks offer rustic accommodations and activities. You can visit farms, vineyards, flower fields, pick-your-

own harvesting and friendly people! History buffs can travel the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and walk in Tubman’s footsteps. Car lovers will find the annual Soapbox Derby Regional, Tour the Shore Road Rally, the Ridgely Car Show and Friday night cruise-ins. Creative folks can explore artists’ studios, galleries or take a class. Enjoy dining and entertainment in one of Caroline’s small towns. Wake up to birdsong and realize you belong here!   www.visitcaroline.org ¤

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 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 beachandbeyond.org ¤

Plan Your Escape to Harford County, Maryland At the Top of the Chesapeake Bay Looking for a unique getaway? You will find it in beautiful Harford County, Maryland – centrally located at the top of the Chesapeake Bay. Our natural landscape is ripe for outdoor recreation where you can explore two state parks and eighty county parks. Rocks State Park includes the unique attractions of Kilgore Falls and the King and Queen Seat. Kilgore Falls is Maryland’s second highest waterfall. The King and Queen Seat is a spectacular 190foot rock outcrop overlooking Deer GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2020

Creek. From our world-renowned Maryland crabs to our eclectic restaurants featuring international cuisine from Hawaii to the Caribbean, Italy to Germany, we have something for every palette and every wallet. The Vineyard Wine Bar has been recognized by Wine Spectator every year since 2015! And don’t forget our wineries, breweries and distilleries all right here in Harford County, Maryland. Make your plans today! ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com






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