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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! ¤


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 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 to learn more about our many specials and packages – also sign up for our last minute “Hot Deals!” FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~

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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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. 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 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!

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 for all there is to see and do. ¤

Lake George NY, a Favorite Destination The sun is out and the water feels great. It’s summertime again in the Lake George Area. Reignite your sense of adventure at the gateway to the Adirondack Mountains. Unique annual events are about to kick-off, the beaches are open, and the water is calling your name. The crystalline water of Lake George is the perfect temperature for a swim. Plant your chair on a sandy beach and absorb the Adirondack sun or sprint into the lake and splash the day away. Reconnect with the wild on a secluded island campsite. Explore every nook and cranny of your waterfront hideaway and roast s’mores by the campfire. Classic rollercoasters and vast water parks create summer memories that will

last a lifetime. Board an elegant cruise ship and see everything Lake George has to offer. Rent a boat from a local marina and cruise the shoreline. Waterski from wake to wake or cast into the weeds for a smallmouth bass. Quiet hiking trails brings adventurers through silent forests to stunning views of the Adirondack Mountains and beyond. Choose an easy hike just outside of town or a day-long excursion deep in the woods. Summer is finally here. Grab your bathing suit, pack your fishing rods and bicycles, and hit the road. The Lake George Area is waiting for you. Pioneer your vacation today. 518-761-6366 ¤

Escape to No-Stress Dutchess County NY 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 for everyone including natural scenic beauty, outdoor recreation on land and water, impressive historic sites 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 GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019

hiking boots and try the Appalachian Trail, hike to the top of 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. Wherever you’re escaping from, let Dutchess County be your peaceful haven, worlds away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~





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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 and experience the thrill of Seneca Niagara Casino to test your chances with lady luck. 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. 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

The New York Finger Lakes Region is a Multitude of Fun for All Enjoy the quaint charm and discover new things at every turn in the New York Finger Lakes region. Known for being one of the largest wine producing regions, be sure to visit Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s website at or the Keuka Lake Wine Trail’s site at Along with wine, there is so much more to explore with over 1,000 waterfalls, campgrounds, hiking and biking trails. There is abundant beauty in the summer time, but the region really opens up in the fall with the changing colors of the foliage. Progression into the winter means skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Bristol Mountain Ski Resort is a snow lover’s dream. The Finger Lakes Region – where you will be sure to meet smiling faces and have fun at every turn. For more information on the area, visit or contact the Yates County Chamber of Commerce at 800.868.9283.   ¤ GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019




Ohio is Still the Heart of It All With Its Many Attractions Its always a great time of year to visit Ohio. There are non-stop Ohio attractions in every Ohio city yearround, in every mile of this state in the heart of America. No matter your pleasure, there’s plenty of it to appreciate in Ohio. Nature lover? No part of the country is quite as beautiful as Ohio as she spills forth a bounty of color each season. The flora and fauna of Ohio

come alive in a bountiful way as her lush green and brilliant blooms decorate every town and highway. There are hundreds of state and local Metroparks in Ohio that offer camping, hiking, climbing, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, ice skating, boating, kayaking, and fishing, with a multitude of lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and wetlands, along with an

abundance of carefully preserved natural habitats. Every summer, a dozen of the world’s best amusement parks resume festivities and join the open year-round indoor water parks, offering families and adults alike the excitement of the best tourist destinations in the nation. Once you’ve visited the many lakes, rivers, hills and valleys of Ohio, travel beneath the earth and explore some of the best caving systems in North America, where both the novice and experienced spelunker finds the adventure of a lifetime. Always a steady underground 50 degrees, your hard hat lamp will light the way to your unforgettable views of Ohio’s caverns.

As soon as the tulips bloom and the Buckeye trees bud, Ohio breaks out the barbeque and hosts a succession of long-standing festivals and social events that include food, music and the friendliest folks on the Northcoast. But the nightlife party isn’t just outdoors in Ohio: live music of every style, theater, fine dining and world-class museums bring you close-up to the melting pot of culture Ohio’s heritage has built. But whether you tour the Rock and Roll Museum, the Science Center, the Museum of Art, an arboretum, or an aquarium, you’ll discover exhibits that place Ohio high on the list of locations that hold valuable cultural and anthropological treasures.

From the Great Lakes to the Ohio River, major indoor and outdoor event arenas give you enough variety to enjoy the best in music and sports, whether you prefer Bach, rock, or a ball game. And once the season has begun, there are miles and miles of coastline and beaches to enjoy on Ohio’s many rivers, lakes, and the 312 miles of shoreline on the northcoast of Lake Erie. camp out in the park, book a room in the city, or cozy up in a bed and breakfast in the country, then hit the sand and the water to let the sun and the breeze relax, refresh and recharge you. Your quest for the perfect Ohio vacation destination ends here. Let your adventure begin!

Welcome to Wayne County, Ohio “Gateway to Amish Country” 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

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 ¤

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

experiences, from feeding a giraffe Ohio Amish Country has to buggy rides to making an Amish something for all tastes. friend, create visits that young Call 877-643-8824 for free, ones—from toddlers to teenagers— customized information packets for will remember for years. Bring a couples, families and groups. Or family reunion or arrange a friend’s learn more online at trip for guaranteed laughter and ¤ camaraderie.

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 6

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 ¤ GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019


Ashland County Makes Travel Memorable With Events for Everyone to Enjoy 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. Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 211 Claremont Avenue Ashland, Ohio 44805 419-281-4584 toll free: 877-581-2345 ¤

Celebrate the Shawshank 25th Anniversary in Mansfield, Ohio and Explore the Bridle, BBQ and Wine & Ale Trails Escape to Shawshank, the Shawshank Trail that is, a self-guided 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. Join the celebration for the Shawshank Redemption 25th Anniversary in Mansfield August 16-18, 2019 (#Shawshank25). Event details are available at ShawshankTrail. com. 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. For a visitor guide and trail maps, visit

Discover Why Mohican RocksAnytime of Year! From canoeing to zip lining, an aerial adventure park to a round of golf, horseback riding and more; camping to castle or state park lodge. Those are just a few adventures to look forward to in Mohican. Enjoy the year-round events and festivals that bring out the kid in everyone. Discover why Mohican rocks! Coming up this summer is the International Wine at The Mill Fundraiser, July 4th Car Show and the 18th Century Colonial Trade Fairjust to name a few. Sporting events are also popular with the Mohican MTB 100 and the Mohican Trail 100. Giving bikers and runners the ultimate in off-road challenges.

Plan to stay for a week or weekend. With over 4,000 campsites, private cabins, a castle, state park lodge, historic B&B and more. Take a stroll through downtown Loudonville for shopping and dining. Visit for more information or find them on Facebook – Discover Mohican. Mohican Visitors Bureau 419-994-2519

habitat, heritage, and natural history. Bring the whole family! Mohican Arts & Crafts Festival Saturday - May 25, 2019 Artisans and craftsmen will be selling and displaying their creations in our beautiful downtown Loudonville, Ohio Memorial Day Parade Tuesday - May 28, 2019 Join the Mohican area for the annual Memorial Day Parade and Upcoming spring events include: Honor those who served their Mohican Wildlife Weekend country. Friday - April 26, 2019 For more information The 18th Annual Mohican Wildlife call 419-994-4789 or visit Weekend is a celebration of wildlife ¤

Landoll’s Mohican Castle ~ Where the Royal Treatment Begins Nestled in the hills of Mohican, in Loudonville, Ohio, is Landoll’s Mohican Castle. This castle is one of America’s most unique lodging, dining, corporate retreats and wedding destinations. Located equidistant between Cleveland and Columbus in Loudonville, Ohio. Whether you are looking for a special night out for dinner, romantic GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019

weekend getaway, business retreat a casual environment with seasonal or your dream wedding, Landoll’s outdoor seating available. Mohican Castle will not disappoint. Landoll’s Mohican Castle, it is Enjoy world class cuisine at the where the royal treatment begins. on-site restaurant, Copper Mug Bar Landoll’s Mohican Castle & Grille. The Copper Mug Bar & Grille 561 Township Road 3352 is open to hotel guests as well as Loudonville, OH 44842 the public to simply enjoy a fabulous 800-291-5001 dining experience. Enjoy fine dining in ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~


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Relax in Carroll County 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 ¤

The Wilds – A World-Class Animal Conservation Center Tucked into the countryside of Cumberland, Ohio is an unexpected home of rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs, takin and many other rare and exotic animals. The Wilds is one of the largest animal conservation centers on the continent. The Wilds is open year-round. Enjoy a variety of experiences, including Open-Air Safari Tours, exciting zipline tours and relaxing horseback tours. Visitors can also hike the butterfly habitat, go fishing, enjoy the bird-watching station and ride the mountain bike trails. The Wilds offers three 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 (perfect for a family getaway or corporate retreat, featuring seven cabins that sleep up to six guests each.) Create lifelong memories at The Wilds. The Wilds 14000 International Rd. Cumberland, OH 740-638-5030 ¤

Bigfoot Adventures for the Entire Family 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 the Annual Bigfoot Conference, enjoy Bigfoot Adventure Weekends, Creature Weekends or Monthly Bigfoot Night Hikes at Salt Fork State Park. The Ohio Bigfoot Conference (May 4, 2019) features top rated speakers from across the Bigfoot community. From television personalities, academes, local and national investigators and other prominent figures the conference has something for everyone. The weekend also features free events including, the largest vendor fair of Bigfoot merchandise, advanced and family hikes, and Bigfoot Festival. Creature Weekend is an annual conference dedicated to cryptozoology. What is cryptozoology? It’s the study of hidden animals, (i.e. animals that have yet to be identified by science or thought to have been long extinct; 8


Bigfoot, Yeti, The Abominable Snowman, The Loch Ness Monster). Monthly Bigfoot Night Hikes allow enthusiasts to hike the park trails after dark in search of the legendary Bigfoot. saltforkstatepark Join Sharon Lee, The Bigfoot Field Reporter, and Alan and Jesse from Fathom Frontiers, as they host all-inclusive Bigfoot Adventure Weekends. These weekends include primitive camping, hands on training, night investigations and meals. www.bigfootadventureweekends. com 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! USA TODAY ranked the park one of the Top 10 “Squatchiest” Places in the Country! ¤ GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019


So Much to Explore in Delaware County Who says you have to choose between all the things you want to do when you plan your adventure to Delaware County, Ohio? Do them all. There are lots of fun attractions to put on your itinerary when you come for a visit. In fact, you’ll find so much to

explore, you may need to stay longer than the weekend. Delaware County is a great place to visit when you are planning a romantic weekend, spending time with your best friend, having fun with the kids, going destination shopping, or looking for

a place to reconnect with friends and family at a half-way point. Make memories that will last a lifetime in Delaware County. 888.335.6446 ¤

Find Your Altogether Adventure in Grove City, Ohio Grove City is Central Ohio’s Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park is epicenter of Altogether Adventure. the place to be. Want to try urban Would you like to watch bison roam? backpacking? Scioto Grove Metro Park is the perfect park to start. Want something for all ages of the family? Kick up a little competition at Kickmaster Footgolf, with their indoor soccer theme park and 9-hole footgolf course. If you’re longing to play golf in your favorite faraway course – Kickmaster has a golf simulator to get you there! All-abilities can join the adventure at Mirolo Dream Field where assistive devices easily navigate the specially rubberized softball field. An all-abilities playground is also on-site for the young (and young at heart) to enjoy.

If shopping’s more your speed, steer yourself towards the Historic Grove City Town Center. The area’s collection of stores means you’ll find treasures at every stop. Grab some java at Transcend Coffee and Roastery to sip as you browse. Make a day of it by hitting all the unique boutiques – from the 4-story antique items galore at Country Hearth Primitives to the curated Sommer House and Company. Never Grow Up Boutique has all-natural familyfocused items you’ll adore. Whatever kind you’re looking for, you’re sure to find your next Altogether Adventure in Grove City, Ohio. Go to or call 800-539-8747 to find out more. ¤

Vinton County in Southeastern Ohio Offers 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 1-800-596-4459 ¤








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 the Hocking Hills, there’s no shortage of options to explore. Fantastic opportunities can be found within just hours from anywhere in the state. 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. Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, Cedar Falls and other areas of Hocking Hills State Park make it an adventurer’s paradise. Canoe, camp and horseback ride in the Loudonville, Ohio, Mohican area. Or go a little farther south to explore the trails on an ATV in Athens County. Many of the lodging options featured offer scenic views, ponds, and trails on private land as well.

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. Or enjoy history and heritage on one of the various excursions offered by scenic railroads. Capture the beauty of the state on a scenic air tour, hot air balloon ride, or zip lining excursion. For the more adventurous, Ohio’s many parks and forests offer places to camp, fish,

canoe and explore the untouched landscape. Check out the many family friendly tourist attractions in Ohio including area festivals, thrilling amusement parks and water parks. There’s no shortage of shopping options in the Buckeye state, so shop ‘til you drop at the many outlet malls and boutique shops around Ohio and pick up some great deals. No matter which part of Ohio you choose to visit, lodging from bed & breakfasts to rustic cabins, urban

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 take in the history of the area at one of the many historic sites and museums. Zanesville is home to a growing Artist Colony, a community of living and working artists whose studios

are open to the public and are available as a cultural resource. Every first Friday of each month, downtown studios are open for an evening of art and entertainment and the first weekend in August, over 100 artists gather in downtown Zanesville for the Y Bridge Arts Festival. A beautiful collection of antique art pottery is available for viewing at the Zanesville Museum of Art as well

as galleries offering fine American and European paintings, sculpture, historic and studio glass, Asian arts plus temporary exhibitions. Muskingum County is rich in opportunities for sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts who come from far and wide to enjoy hunting, fishing, boating and athletics. The county is home to several state and city parks that offer recreation for

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, you can find all of these options in the next few pages. So the next time you’re planning your vacation, save some driving time and gas without sacrificing anything by making your destination Ohio. Visit to request information and for your chance to win a vacation!

the whole family. Many visitors flock to Muskingum County to golf at our wonderful courses, some of which are nationally known. Go online to to see the calendar of events as well as more information on attractions and things to do in the area. ¤ See ad previous page

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, Breakaway Excursions, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and National Park, Kent State University Museum, Hard Rock Rocksino, 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. ¤

Discover Steubenville! 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-four 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 can be scheduled and self-guided tours are available at the Visitor Center. More history can be experienced at fully GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019

reconstructed Historic Fort Steuben, 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 the newest holiday attraction in November and December: Nutcracker Village and Advent Market. Over 150 unique life-size Nutcrackers welcome visitors to the Christmas Wonderland and market at Fort Steuben Park. ¤




Explore Pennsylvania One of the original 13 colonies to be settled in the United States, Pennsylvania was founded by an English Quaker, William Penn, in the 17th Century: hence the name of the state which literally means Penn’s Woods’. There are certainly woods in Pennsylvania, but a great deal more in this diverse state, which spans more than 300 miles from Delaware Bay to the Great Lakes.

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. Harrisburg, the state capital, has its exceptionally handsome capitol building and impressive State Museum, covering Pennsylvania’s

300-year history, and the National Civil War Museum which focuses on the human side of the conflict. 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. The other main metropolis is Pittsburgh on the western side of the state, where the smokebelching steel mills of the early 20th century have given way to urban redevelopment highlighting the region’s natural beauty. Pennsylvania, bordered by six other states (New York, New Jersey,

Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio), 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. Continued next page

Spend a Weekend in Franklin, PA

Make your Stay Super at the Super 8 Grove City

Downtown Franklin is a destination for family-friendly festivals, concerts, shopping, varied dining options and attractions ranging from the Barrow-Civic Theatre to DeBence Antique Music World to Saint John’s Tiffany Windows. The City hosts eight festivals and numerous special events throughout the year. Recreational opportunities abound. Franklin is a designated Trail Town with miles of great trails and waterways to explore. 2019 Festivals & Events: May Garden Mart – May 4 & 5

Super 8 in Grove City PA is near many shopping opportunities including Prime Outlet Mall Grove City. There are many dining options including Mexican, Italian, Sports Bar and even a British pub. Take a driving on some rolling hills to Volant-Amish country with charming stores and wineries to remember a simpler life. The Grove City College graces us with their 150acre campus that is bursting full of energy. Spend a fun day in the sun

Blues & Barbecue – June 15 & 16 Taste of Talent Vocal Competition – Wednesdays in July 4th of July Festivities Days – June 26 to July 4 Taste of Franklin/Taste of Talent Finals – August 3 & 4 Rock in River Fest/PA Stone Skipping Championship – August 17 Applefest – October 4, 5, 6 Light-Up Night – November 23 Visit or call 814.437.1619. #FranklinPA Events – Facebook page ¤

at Lake Erie or even spend the day at Waldmeer Amusement Park. At the end of the day come home to Super 8 to put your feet up and relax, take a swim in our indoor heated pool, get in a work out or even just spend time in your well-equipped room on Wi-Fi or watching some TV. Super 8 Grove City 2001 Leesburg-Grove City Road Grove City, PA 16127 724-748-3000 ¤

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’ 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. Special events include AppleFest, the Drake Day Circus, the Oil Creek 100 trail runs, International Bowhunting National Championship, Barrow Civic Theater show or ride 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, and ¤

Crawford County Is Loaded with Events and Attractions 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 is one of our most popular attractions. The park features a 17,088-acre reservoir, modern lake front cabins, beach, hiking trails, snowmobile trails and over 600 campsites. Every summer at the “Spillway” huge carp gather for tourists to toss bread to start the feeding frenzy. The carp are so thick, ducks walk on them. 12


Next would be Conneaut Lake Park, which is over 100 years old – where you can ride historic rides not found in most parks. With a large beach, lake front Hotel, water park, rides and the 37th oldest Wooden Roller Coasters in the world. Our Crawford County Fair is the largest Agricultural fair in PA. There are events all year round. Request a free Events Brochure and Visitors Guide or go to ¤ GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019


Explore Pennsylvania (continued) 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 villages are on or along our historic Route 6. The Allegheny National Forest in north central Pennsylvania has over 500,000 acres of outdoor opportunities. 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.

Hikers and mountain bikers will enjoy the various trails throughout Pennsylvania, including the multipurpose Allegrippis Trail and the Great Allegheny Passage, a 335-mile link between the nation’s capital and the Pittsburgh area. 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. Pennsylvania offers a bounty of fun, educational activities for children

young and old. Whether families prefer the energy of the city or the peace of the country, Pennsylvania is the place for family-friendly fun. For more information on all that Pennsylvania has to offer, call the Pennsylvania Tourism Office at 1-800-VISIT-PA (847-4872) or visit ¤

Find Your Next Adventure in Armstrong County Regardless of the occasion – family, friends, business, or the great outdoors – you’ll find something to suit in Armstrong County, PA! Take a trek on one of our extensive trails, and shop, wine, and dine along the way. Splash into one of the county’s many waterways for a relaxing canoe or kayak trip, fishing or even try some stand-up paddleboarding.

Take a relaxing horse drawn tour with Dragon Run Forge & Livery to enjoy the spring and summer blooms or partake in the fun at our various fairs and festivals, and attractions such as Club Radioactive, Riverside Drive-In, Renshaw Farms and many more! After an adventurous day, lay your head at one of our cozy hotels

or B&Bs, or if camping is more your style, we have campgrounds-aplenty. And that’s not all! Find your next adventure in Armstrong County. Visit or contact the Armstrong County Tourist Bureau at 1-888-265-9954 to receive a FREE 2018-2019 Visitors Guide! ¤

Come for Fun, Take Home a Memory Indiana County, Pennsylvania Visit Indiana County, Pennsylvania, nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Experience small-town charm, rich in history and home to a variety of local attractions, events, dining and entertainment. Spring is a time to get outside and explore our scenic parks, nature areas and a 64-mile trail system. Indiana County hosts a variety of annual community events including

Smicksburg Amish Shopping Spring Visit our website to plan your trip Open House April 6, May Mart Flower to Indiana County…The Christmas & Craft Festival May 17-18, Delaney Tree Capital of the World! Come for Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues fun, take home a memory! Festival May 25 and the Airshow at Indiana County Tourist Bureau Jimmy Stewart Airport June 8-9. Indiana, Pennsylvania Indiana, PA is the hometown of 877-746-3426 beloved actor Jimmy Stewart. Tour the Jimmy Stewart Museum and ¤ learn about his life and successful career in film.

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 2019

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 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 ~



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. 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: or call 800-847-4810. ¤

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. 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 ¤

Experience Elk in a Natural Setting in Pennsylvania’s Elk Country The Elk Country Visitor Center is a premier wildlife and elk viewing center in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Elk Country, Benezette. Interactive exhibits, 4D story theater, short walking trails and viewing areas overlooking wildlife habitat.  Our unique gift shop features only made in the USA products, many of which are made by local artisans and product makers. Nature trails and outdoor recreation opportunities are located nearby. A variety of lodging 14


is nearby to allow you to spend the weekend or a few days enjoying all that Elk Country has to offer. We also feature educational programs for groups of all ages and the public. Pennsylvania’s elk are free roaming and can be viewed all year long. Plan your getaway now. Elk Country Visitor Center 134 Homestead Drive Benezette, PA 15821 814-787-5167



Tour Pennsylvania for a Vacation Getaway If you’re an animal lover, a Pennsylvania getaway is perfect for you. The first zoo in the United States calls Philadelphia home, as well as zoos in Erie, and the zoo and aquarium in Pittsburgh. Of course the animal lover who also loves the open outdoors will find nature in all her splendor at many Pennsylvania vacation destinations with an abundance of activities like camping, hiking, horseback riding, climbing, star gazing and spelunking. The extensive expanse of underground caves throughout Pennsylvania is mind-blowing to the first time

cave explorer, and enticing to the experienced spelunker. Or head for higher elevation in the mountains, where at night, the sky is so clear, the constellations shine their magical shapes to light your way as the fresh air relaxes, refreshed and recharges you. Keep the wind in your hair as you play a few rounds of golf, catch a sporting event, or cheer your favorite car at the speedways. There’s no place like PA to grab a beer and a hot dog in the stands while enjoying the thrill of the game. Hunting is also a popular pastime on a Pennsylvania vacation, which

games in abundance such as whitetail deer, black bear, cottontail rabbits, squirrel, and grouse. Pennsylvania is also considered one of the finest turkey hunting states in America. For a lively time, PA holds many of the nation’s best music festivals in the nation every year, and is also home to a great number of wet and dry amusement and theme parks. But whether vacationing with the family or the adults, your quest for the perfect Pennsylvania getaway ends here. Let your adventure begin!

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 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. ¤

Find Endless Adventure in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region covers Jefferson, Elk, Clarion, Forest, and Cameron Counties in northwestern Pennsylvania and it’s home to a wide range of fantastic attractions perfect for couples, families and friends. With more than a million acres of woodland and some of the darkest skies on the East Coast, it’s a relaxing destination where you really can get away from it all. Roughly 1,000 wild elk roam freely through Elk Country and you can see them across the area’s mountains and valleys. Nearby, Cook Forest State

Park and its surrounding attractions invite visitors to hike under some of the tallest trees in the northeastern United States, bottle-feed fawns, climb house-sized boulders and more. The Allegheny National Forest as well as the Allegheny and Clarion Rivers also offer top-notch outdoor recreation opportunities. In 2019, the Clarion River was voted Pennsylvania’s 2019 River of the Year. Each town here offers unique charm and events such as Punxsutawney’s Groundhog Day, Ridgway’s Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, Clarion’s Autumn

Leaf Festival and this year’s 150th anniversary of the Jefferson County Courthouse. You can also find intriguing history here along with unforgettable wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants. Whether you hike, bike, paddle, watch wildlife, fish, hunt, geocache or ride horses, ATVs or snowmobiles, you’ll find your endless adventure in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors. Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau (814) 849-5197 ¤

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 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 or call 888-388-6991 for more on rural, beautiful Clinton County. ¤








Putnam County – A Warm Welcome and Small Town Charm Putnam County, West Virginia is where visitors discover small-town charm and a warm welcome. The growing local food scene has flavors to please any palate, from farm-to-table  to spicy Thai to Pub Fare. Visitors love to visit Main Street in historic downtown Hurricane,  featuring a variety of unique shops and eateries and Valley Park, a recreation hub. Drive 20 minutes east and experience the best of Charleston – offering various culinary options, a thriving arts community and dozens

of events. The Clay Center is home to a discovery museum for families and an art museum. Drive less than 30 minutes west and discover Huntington. There you’ll find a bustling downtown experiencing a renaissance, Smithsonian affiliate Heritage Farm and Museum, the Huntington Art Museum and more. Whether you’re planning a quiet weekend getaway or looking for more fun with your family, Putnam County offers the best of West Virginia. ¤ See ad previous page

Explore Stonewallcountry, WV … Where Memories Are Made Explore Stonewallcountry in the center of West Virginia where heroes were raised, legends were born and memories are made. You will find glass shops and a glass museum, a haunted and historic Asylum for the insane, the boyhood home of the famous Civil War General “Stonewall” Jackson, a vineyard and winery housed in a hand cut stone building, premier golf courses, a fourstar resort, a military museum, quaint

shops and delightful restaurants, two beautiful lakes with plenty of fishing, hunting, hiking, boating and so much more. Come to our corner of the world – relax, rejuvenate and enjoy while exploring all that Stonewallcountry has to offer. For more information call 800-296-7329, visit ¤ See ad previous page

Greater Parkersburg ~ Three State Parks. One Great Location. Ride the “Island Belle” sternwheeler down the Ohio River and into the past as you visit beautiful Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. Immerse yourself in the story of Irish aristocrats Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett, and their fabulous mansion that was known as “Eden on the River.” Learn how suspected traitor - Aaron Burr, came to visit, bringing intrigue and disaster. (Open May-October) Back on the mainland don’t just seize the day… grab it by the GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019


handlebars (or paddle)! The North Bend Rail Trail stretches 72 miles through 13 tunnels (a few are haunted) and is the perfect spot for a family bike ride, winding through rural countryside. After a leisurely bike ride, bring your own or rent a kayak and dip your paddle in at North Bend State Park Lake. You may even spot a rare redheaded woodpecker! Request your copy of our Visitors Guide to the area at ¤ 17






Experience a Family Vacation like No Other – Experience the Wildwoods Chill or Thrill! Crazy or Lazy! Mild or Wild! In the Wildwoods, you can do as much, or as little, as you like. There’s 5 miles of FREE white-sand beaches. They are the perfect spot for swimming, soaking up the sun and relaxing on a hot summer day.  For those looking for some adventure, the Wildwoods’ beaches also serve as an ideal location for surfing, boogie boarding, power boating, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Overlooking the pristine beaches of the Wildwoods is the world-

famous Wildwoods Boardwalk, 38 blocks of boardwalk fun with over 100-amusement rides and attractions, 3-beachfront Waterparks, shopping, carnival games and arcades, plus great dining and nightlife. Everything you could ever want in a family vacation is right here in the Wildwoods. The Wildwoods offer the best family vacation value at the Jersey Shore! New Jersey Wildwoods ¤

Monmouth County, New Jersey – A Timeless Jersey Shore Destination Monmouth County is known for its family atmosphere, food and entertainment, exciting nightlife, diverse beaches, beautiful parks, shopping and antiquing, as well as many other great attractions. Whatever one’s interest may be, there is sure to be something that will bring couples, families and friends back time and time again. 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 historical sites that call Monmouth County home, including locations that played a role in the American Revolution. Looking for souvenirs or just want to check out the latest fashions? Visit the countless boutiques and shopping GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019


malls spread out among our 53 towns! Visitors looking for outdoor fun can enjoy hundreds of miles of trails great for hiking, bicycling or bird watching. You can take your family to a horse farms or our popular pickyour-own farms and take home fresh fruit and vegetables from your trip to the Jersey Shore. Once you’re done, you can grab an ice cream cone then recharge and relax on the beach! To assist you in planning a trip to Monmouth County, visit our website and annual visitor’s guide by visiting Follow us on social media by searching for “Monmouth County Tourism” on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For additional information, call 1-800-523-2587. Be sure to also visit! ¤ 19


Explore North Carolina’s Easternmost Mountains in Stokes County As the days get longer, our local calendar is filling with festivals, events and fun experiences to put a little SPRING into your step during an adventure to stunning mountain peaks, waterfalls or the newly opened mountain bike trails of Hanging Rock State Park. Kayak, canoe, skip rocks, or cast a line along the banks of the


mighty Dan River, where trout are stocked throughout April and bass fishing is popular on the northern most section of the river! With so much to do around the ROCK, you’re sure to find yourself needing more than a day to take it all in, local vacation cabins and rentals help you feel right at home. Each weekend a

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Northeast Tennessee’s Green County – Rich Heritage…Friendly People A vacation destination… A city rich in historical beauty… A small community feel … That’s what you will find in Greeneville, Tennessee’s second oldest town, the home of the seventeenth president of the United States, Andrew Johnson and the birthplace of celebrated hero, Davy Crockett. Tour Andrew Johnson’s early home and homestead, wander through his museum and visit

Monument Hill where he is laid to rest. Visit David Crockett Birthplace State Park with its replica of the cabin in which he was born. The park also includes the Visitor’s Center and Museum, campsites, swimming pool and three scenic picnic areas. Visit historical churches or where General John Hunt Morgan was shot and killed in 1864. In downtown, find the new City Garage Car Museum with a diverse collection of cars

including a 1914 Ford Brass T Model or the Greeneville Antique Mall located on Depot Street. The Greeneville Greene County History Museum offers an Andrew Johnson Gallery, Paths to Freedom exhibit, a 20th Century AfricanAmerican gallery and more. Historic Greeneville also boasts of an historic hotel located right in the heart of downtown – created from

four interconnected “Railroad Hotels” dating from the late 1800s. From the Appalachian Trail and the Cherokee National Forest to Margarette Falls and Paint Creek, from horseback riding and camping to biking and hiking, Greeneville has it all, including four public courses featuring majestic mountain views, rolling hills and plush greens. Greeneville has 17 sites along the Appalachian Quilt Trail that feature

farms, bed and breakfasts, agri tourism sites and many more. Enjoy a gift shop, picnic and fresh produce at Still Hollow Farm or pick pumpkins and get lost in a “Corn Maze” at Myers Pumpkin Patch.  If it is a relaxing vacation getaway or a night out with loved ones, Greeneville is your next destination. Visit www.VisitGreenevilleTN. com or call 423-638-4111 for your free visitor guide. ¤ See ad next page

Enjoy a Houseboat Vacation on Center Hill Lake at Hurricane Marina Welcome to Hurricane Marina, your new favorite way to vacation on Center Hill Lake, TN. Rent one of our houseboats and get closer to nature while still having all the comforts of home. Look from the front deck of your houseboat, and see acres of beautiful, pristine Center Hill Lake, while on the inside you have the best luxuries. Lots of private coves, nestled

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78th Annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival Join us for the 78th Annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival in Portland, TN on May 11, 2019! The Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival brings 25,000+ people together to celebrate the importance of the strawberry industry to Portland’s heritage. This year’s theme is “Berried Treasure.” Enjoy free live music, over 100 food and craft vendors, bingo, inflatables and activities for kids, carnival, 5K walk/run, mascot race and more including a meet & greet with “Captain Jack Sparrow.” There


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will be a parade at 4pm followed by a free concert at 6:30pm featuring Lee Gibson with a firework display to end the night! 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 smalltown feel. Visit www. for a full event schedule and more information! ¤












Make your way to the Smokies for these events during Springfest. April 6-7, 2019 in the Smoky Mountains: Play a part in the fun and excitement of the Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament, an event perfect for adults, children and of course all visitors. Enter the tournament for your chance at over $10,000 in cash and prizes.


April 11-13, 2019: The Pigeon Forge Rod Run is a spectacular 3 day event for any car enthusiast! $10,00.00 cash giveaway, Top 25 Awards, Ultimate 5 Awards and King of the Hill. Huge swap meet with hundreds of showcars and car corral. April 24 – 27, 2019 in Gatlinburg: As winter fades and the colors of spring begin to sparkle throughout

the Smokies, Gatlinburg blossoms into the center of all things botanical during Great Smoky Mountain Association’s 69th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. May 7 – 11, 2019 in Pigeon Forge: Nature lovers, hikers and outdoors enthusiasts unite for Wilderness Wildlife Week™ in Pigeon Forge which offers programs designed from youngsters

to guided hikes for the more by the Sevierville Chamber of adventurous folks. Commerce. May 17 - 18, 2019 in Pigeon Forge Sevierville: Sevierville’s Department of Tourism. Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass is a family or 800-251-9100. oriented event celebrating Gatlinburg Convention & the beauty of spring, Visitors Bureau. championship barbeque and world class bluegrass or 800-588-1817. music. Our Barbeque CookSevierville Convention & Off is an official barbeque Visitors Bureau. championship of the state of Tennessee and is coordinated or 888-738-4378.












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 or call 1-800-772-0750 to request a free Visitors Guide. ¤

Visit Okawville, Illinois – All the Splendor of a Simpler Time Okawville, Illinois is a small community located just 45 minutes east of St. Louis, Mo. The village of Okawville is most famous for the Original Springs Hotel. It is a renowned 19th century resort famous for their mineral water baths. Dating from 1867, the Original Springs Hotel is the last commercial operation in the state of Illinois. Today, this 120-year-old business continues to offer mineral baths and massages in an old-time relaxed atmosphere. Other attractive features of the Hotel are an indoor/ outdoor heated swimming pool, fine food, and reasonable prices. The Original Mineral Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Okawville also has 3 historic museum sites. The Schlosser Museum is an “unrestored” turnof-the-century harness shop commercial laundry and home that offers a glimpse of the daily life of middle-class America in the early days of this century. Heritage Days is an outdoor 2-day festival celebrated annually the weekend before Father’s Day. Homemade German style food and desserts, live entertainment on both days, some heritage crafts and other activities fill the weekend with old style summer charm. Okawville Tourism Okawville, IL 62271 618-243-5694 ¤

Discover Small-Town America – Jacksonville, IL 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 or call 1-800-593-5678 to request your tourist information packet. ¤ 30





Create Spring Memories in Indiana Looking for something to do a little closer to home this year? Looking to make your dollar stretch further, but still create memories? Try on these fun, semi-outdoor, wear-yourself-out activities. Go caving - Indiana has four Marengo Cave, Indiana Caverns, Bluespring Caverns and Squire Boone Caverns. All offer tours daily, but each offers something a little extra - try spelunking (cave exploring) at Marengo, a boat ride at Indiana, overnight at Bluespring or explore the village above ground at Squire Boone. Go fishing - on Lake Michigan. Bring your pole and charter a boat for a big catch. You still might need a jacket though for those cold lakeeffect winds. Afterwards, grab an Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore guidebook at the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center, then play on the beach, climb the dunes, hike the

trail system and take a guided nature tour. Go Geocaching - grab a treasure map (your GPS device) and look for treasure. Some of Indiana’s hot spots are in South (Mitchell) and North (Shipshewana, Warsaw & Plymouth). Find more at Don’t have a GPS device? Northern Indiana’s destinations will provide one. Go explore - at a state park. Indiana State Parks offer lots to explore, places to stay and fun things to learn. Brown County State Park offers indoor water fun, Turkey Run State Park has great hiking trails and Spring Mill State Park offers historical village exploration. Go play (and learn) - These fun, hands-on museums are sure to impress: Terre Haute Children’s Museum, Science Central (Fort Wayne), The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, CMoe (Evansville) and kidscommons (Columbus).

Go shopping - Grab a great deal (or two or three) at one of these outlets: Edinburgh Premium Outlet, Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets or The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont. Go train - Take a scenic train ride on one of seven Indiana railroads - Whitewater Valley Railroad (Connersville), CKS Railroad (Knightstown), French Lick Scenic Railway, Hesston Steam Railroad (La Porte), Indiana Transportation Museum (Noblesville), Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum (North Judson) and the Spirit of Jasper (Jasper). Or try all seven. All offer themed rides, such as dinner trains, train robberies, festival and holiday trains. Whatever the experience, you’ll love restarting your engine in Indiana! This article courtesy the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Visit or call 1-800-677-9800 for more information.

Check Out Jackson County, Indiana All roads lead to Jackson County, Indiana – we are accessible from Interstate 65, two US highways and a state highway. Beautiful forests, a national wildlife refuge, the Hoosier National Forest and a state recreation area offer miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, as well as fishing, hunting and camping opportunities. We even

have two covered bridges and two round barns! Make sure to bring a camera, a picnic lunch and your appetite for discovering places off the beaten path. Great small-town festivals such as Crothersville’s Red, White and Blue Festival greet visitors and nature lovers can experience the Wings Over Muscatatuck Migratory Bird Festival. Start your journey at

the Jackson County Visitor Center. There you can learn about Jackson County’s rich history and see a display honoring Seymour’s own John Mellencamp. If nature and discovery are on your to do list, make sure to check out Jackson County, Indiana.   ¤

“Relive the Story” of Indiana’s Territorial Past in Knox County Indiana Vincennes is Indiana’s First City and an ideal get away for history enthusiasts. Enjoy a number of festivals and special events throughout the year. 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 and you will be sure to leave with a smile.

Our lodging ranges from topnotch hotels to scenic cabins and charming bed and breakfasts. Knox County also offers great parks and golf courses. Vincennes / Knox County VTB Vincennes, IN 47591 800-886-6443 ¤

Enjoy a Weekend Getaway to Dubois County! Dubois County is the perfect summer destination. For outdoor enthusiast, the 8,800-acre Patoka Lake offers fishing, boating, swimming, and water-skiing and is surrounded by 26,000 acres of DNR property that is perfect for exploring. Enjoy unique festivals, grand architecture, historic attractions, great shopping, and destination golfing! GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019

While in the area, also be sure to tour the awe-inspiring Monastery Immaculate Conception, a castle-like structure featuring a beautiful domed church. Be sure to catch a game on League Stadium! Filmed in the movie, “A League of Their Own,” starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis, League Stadium hosts the Dubois County Bombers baseball team. The peaches

will entertain the fans as the baseball team where retro style uniforms that will bring you back to era depicted in the movie. Also, be sure to climb aboard the Spirit of Jasper Train for a ride and dine excursion. For more information, go to ¤




Indiana’s Destinations Let You Get Away from It All Indiana means “the land of Indians.” And as far as inhabited land in North America, indigenous tribes have called this state home for thousands of years. Even as early settlers moved West, migration was rather horizontal, and folks from their respective parts of the Eastern US found the land of Indians to be the new place to call home, bringing a melting pot of Americana that lives and breathes to this day. All of

these poignant moments in time are preserved for tourists attractions by the Indiana Historical Society, and will delight and educate everyone from the Native American researcher to the whole family. The nature lover has much to do on an Indiana vacation getaway. Destinations to hike, camp, climb, swim, fish, boat, kayak or canoe are in abundance. And Indiana is also home to the longest cave system

in the United States. The novice and experienced spelunker alike will be thrilled with the many options to explore the remnants of the ice age, express awe at the underground waterfalls, or enjoy a boat tour with an experienced cave tour guide.

Whether you visit the stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, and sheets of flowstone in the Indiana Caverns, or learn about the early native Americans in the Wyandott Caves, there are yet more sites the select from while looking for the spelunking

DUESENBERG Capital of the World! DeKalb County, Indiana DeKalb County has the most accessible collection of Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs where thousands of visitors come each year to experience the nostalgia of a community deeply rooted in transportation history. See these works of art in the original art deco showroom of the 1930’s Auburn Automobile Co. now the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. DeKalb County’s fame is from its world-class museums and from events like RM’s Spring & Fall Classic Car Auctions, Kolar Mid-America Open, ACD Festival, Summer Cruise-

destination that will fit your vacation plans. Indiana’s historic destinations will also enthrall your family on your vacation getaway, as will the museums of art, science living history and natural resources. But whether you’re touring a state park, making time for culture in the city, or playing a few rounds of golf, your quest for the perfect Indiana getaway ends here. Let your adventure begin!

In’s, the famous Sechler’s Pickles, and Indiana’s largest street fair. Make sure to enjoy all three “award winning” wineries, fantastic places to eat & shop, antique malls, art galleries, places to tour, and overnight accommodations by nationally known hotel chains. PLAN your trip to visit today! See or call (877) 833-3282 for more information. #VisitDeKalbIN Located in Northeast Indiana off of I-69 just minutes north of Fort Wayne! ¤

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! ¤


Visit, Live It, Love It! in Langlade County 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 with 95 miles of scenic ATV trails traversing glacial moraines, upland hardwoods, cedar swamps and small rivers and lakes. 32

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, we have trails to meet your needs. You’ll find a variety of species while fishing the lakes and streams. When it comes to angling opportunities and

stunning scenic beauty, the Wolf River is second to none! 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! ¤





County of Kent – A Scenic Peninsula A scenic peninsula, on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, the County of Kent is less than a two-hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Annapolis and Northern Virginia.

Quaint waterfront towns, including Historic Chestertown, Rock Hall, Galena, Betterton and Millington, offer sunset cruise charters, small beaches, kayaking, fishing charters, boating, sailing, museums, theaters,

Set Yourself Free with a Great Maryland Getaway Whether you’re passing through to the Nation’s capital, or just want to hit the East Coast before the tourist attractions get busy in the summer, Maryland is the perfect destination for your Maryland vacation getaway this spring. Take a stroll along the boardwalk, tour the many historic sites, and explore the numerous ancient mountain ranges that ironically occupy this tiny state. You can also make time to dive in the ocean, paddle on the water, swim at the beach, or even hire a catamaran canoe. Historic sites in Maryland offer an up-close educational experience to which no classroom can compare. Touring the past with significant moments in time

art galleries, shopping along treelined brick sidewalks, antiquing, terrific restaurants, winery, distillery, farmers’ and artisans’ market, local seafood and more. Chestertown boasts Maryland’s second largest collection of 18th century structures. Catch a show at The Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre in Chestertown and the Mainstay in

Rock Hall, which feature local to internationally renowned performers. While driving Maryland’s first National Scenic Byway, you will find stretches of low rolling farmland, dramatic sunsets, scenic beauty, rich heritage and some of the United States’ most quaint and beautiful towns. RiverArts hosts its tenth annual plein air event, Paint the Town, April 25 through 28, 2019.

Artists paint the local scene for three days and make their paintings available for sale at the Wet Paint Reception and Sale on Saturday at the RiverArts Gallery. On Sunday, there is a two-hour Quick Draw; these paintings are then shown in Fountain Park from 11:00am-12:00pm. These works are judged, and also for sale. The public also has an opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice Award.

from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars will entertain and enthrall the whole family. So will soaking in the atmosphere of the state that was the birthplace and haven for many freedoms in early America. Don’t forget to eat like a native during your Maryland getaway, and enjoy the area’s specialty, Chesapeake Blue Crab. And since oysters are best in months with an “R” in it, you’ll want to get your fill of these local delicacy before summer hits. But no matter what the catch of the day is, you’ll be living a fisherman’s dream at every seafood destination on your Maryland vacation. Your quest for the perfect Maryland tour guide ends here. Let your adventure begin!

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 ¤

Visit Caroline County Maryland Located on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Caroline County is the perfect destination for history buffs, nature lovers and those seeking a relaxing getaway. Enjoy hours of outdoor adventure from watersports to cycling, outstanding sport shooting and fishing. Two State Parks offer a variety of family activities, including off-road cycling and zip lining. Visit one of our many farms including alpacas, horses, vineyards, flowers, pick-yourown vegetables and orchards. Visit artists’ studios, unique galleries, Fabric Arts Center of GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019

the Eastern Shore or The Foundry home of the Caroline County Arts Council. Travel the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and walk in Tubman’s footsteps. Visit a number of restored historical sites from pre-Civil War through the 20th century. Caroline County is car country, from the annual Soapbox Derby in spring, to road rallies, meets, and shows all summer and fall. You’ll find friends and events all year long to enjoy a ramble around the countryside. ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~



Founded as a small fishing village, Ocean City, Maryland has grown to become an East Coast favorite for family vacations. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Isle of Wight Bay, Ocean City features ten miles of pristine, free beaches and a famous wooden boardwalk lined with restaurants, shops and hotels. At the boardwalk’s southern end, Trimper’s Rides and Amusements continues to thrill visitors as they have done since 1893! As a historical landmark, the Ocean City boardwalk has been consistently rated as one of the “best boardwalks for food” in USA Today, and was rated one of the Top Ten Boardwalks to Visit in the US


by National Geographic. TripAdvisor named Ocean City in the top 10 best beaches according to its travelers! From luxury hotels, quaint bedand-breakfasts, campgrounds to comfortable mom & pop motels, we have the right accommodations to fit your budget. Let’s not forget plenty of fun things to do too! Maryland’s famous blue crabs can be caught from a number of bayside fishing piers. The bays west of the island offer sailing, boating, fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Ocean City, Maryland is a gourmand’s paradise. From restaurants featuring farm-to-table


and dock-to-plate specialties to a smorgasbord of all-you-can-eat buffets, fast food eateries and carryout establishments, Ocean City has it all; did I mention caramel popcorn, funnel cakes and the famous Thrasher’s French fries. With so many options, you’ll never leave our resort hungry. Whether you are into water sports, golf, shopping or just relaxing on the beach, Ocean City has everything you need to make your beach vacation memorable. Go ahead, Make Moments Matter and plan your Ocean City, Maryland vacation today! ¤



Affordable Accommodations in Ocean City Maryland It’s time to use your vacation days for some fun at the Flamingo Motel Ocean City MD. Our affordable Ocean City lodging is only steps from the beach. Three oceanview buildings offer efficiencies, kitchenettes, suites and motel rooms. All rooms have free WiFi, microwave, refrigerator, 32inch flat screens TV, hair dryers and irons. Kitchenettes are equipped with a sink, compact

refrigerator and a microwave. The efficiencies sleep six, making them ideal for families. Rooms have private balconies, most with an ocean view. Value packages and golf packages are available. Book now and take advantage of the Rodney Saves Special! Get 15% off summer reservations with a 4-night minimum stay. Use promo code ROD. The Flamingo is a must-stay venue located in the center of the amusement parks, beaches, the

Boardwalk, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Make the best of your Ocean City vacation – enjoy your home away from home at the Flamingo Motel in Ocean City. Flamingo Motel 3100 Baltimore Ave. Ocean City, Maryland 21842 800.394.7465 ¤

Destination Sunshine in Ocean City, Maryland Located in Ocean City, MD, the Harrison Group Resort Hotels & Restaurants offers guests eleven unique oceanfront hotels with warm welcomes and great ocean and beach views for you and your family. Vacations are about spending memorable time at a great destination and Ocean City, MD is a great place to connect! Choose from beautiful and spacious all-suites with separate bedrooms, Jacuzzi tubs and galley kitchens, oversized

efficiency units with fully-equipped kitchenettes or comfortable guest rooms...most with private balconies or terraces. Hotel amenities include complimentary WiFi, oceanside outdoor pools, large outdoor activity pools with waterslides and lazy rivers, indoor heated pools, children’s play areas, saunas, hot tubs, fitness centers, game rooms, restaurants & pool bars, and so much more! Ten miles of warm, sandy beaches and the pristine sparkling waters of the blue Atlantic Ocean are waiting for you to experience. Sunny skies,

the enchanting sound of the rolling surf and breathing in the fresh salt air, ahhh…. And, Ocean City beaches are among the cleanest in the nation. Our group of eleven oceanfront resort hotels offers locations, amenities and rates to fit any travel plan. Hope to see you on your summer vacation! For further information about which hotel is best for your needs, or to make reservations, please call us toll-free at 800-638-2106 or visit us at ¤

Shangri-La and Sea Hawk Motels: Two of Ocean City, MD Best Family Owned and Operated Values on the Beach The Sea Hawk Motel offers clean, comfortable efficiencies and motel rooms with friendly service. Amenities include equipped efficiencies with microwave, electric stove with oven, full-size refrigerator, linens and kitchen utensils, 2 queen beds, air and heat, telephones, free WiFi, color cable TV with free HBO and daily maid service; off-street parking for one vehicle. Relax in our sparkling outdoor pool or at the beach.

We are located just a half block from the beach near many restaurants, shopping, Northside Park Recreation Center, miniature golf, entertainment and more. The Sea Hawk Motel 12410 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD 21842 800-942-9042

Amenities include equipped efficiencies with microwave, electric stove with oven, full-size refrigerator, linens and kitchen utensils, 2 queen beds, air and heat, telephones, color cable TV with free HBO and daily maid service; off-street parking for one vehicle. Relax in our sparkling outdoor pool or at the beach. The Shangri-La Motel 8400 Coastal Highway The Shangri-La Motel is located Ocean City, MD 21842 just a half block from the beautiful 800-852-3791 beach. Restaurants and shopping are ¤ within walking distance.

Ocean City, MD Family Resort – Your Home Away from Home The Francis Scott Key Family Resort offers a family friendly atmosphere for your vacation. We offer a home away from home with rooms that have basic amenities all the way to rooms and cabins with full kitchens – there is something for everyone. All guest rooms have coffee makers, hair dryers, DVD players and in room safes. While convenient to beach activities, our family resort is a welcome relief from the congestion of the city. There is GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019

nearby access to a free county boat ramp for your fishing excursion or a day relaxing on the water. Caribbean Key is a fun filled adventure for kids of all ages. Our pirate-themed heated pool brings the feel of the Caribbean indoors – decorated with palm trees and island murals. Tread our waters with our spouting whale, dumping buckets, pipe falls and water slide. The retractable roof allows the sun to shine in as the warm air breezes through!


Drive on down any time of year and enjoy one of our famous packages in Ocean City MD. From couples to families, we try and offer something for everyone. Check our website for upcoming events or packages! Open year round, let us put a smile on your face during your visit! Remember…You have to stay here, to play here. Francis Scott Key 12806 Ocean Gateway Ocean City, MD 21842 800-213-0088 ¤ 35


The Sunshine State Offers Something for Everyone Known as the “Sunshine State” because of its balmy, sunny weather, Florida has more theme parks, entertainment centers and sport activities than any other part in the country. Its fantasy theme parks and attractions, exciting nightlife and leisurely days on the best beaches in the world make it an ideal place for vacations. 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. For a sportsperson, Florida is a vacation paradise. Its warm summers and mild winters make it possible to enjoy boating, camping, golfing and water sports. 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. With the many miles of coastline and the hundreds of natural lakes, Florida offers much for boaters. It

is ideal for power-boating, sailing, kayaking, water-skiing, wake boarding, wind surfing and canoeing. Like fishing? You will find bass fishing, inshore saltwater and flats fishing and offshore saltwater fishing if you want to catch the “big ones.” You may bring your own boat or

charter one. Common and popular game fish include the sailfish and blue marlin. Travel tip: Visit during the offseason, May through October, to avoid crowds, expensive lodging and packed attractions. ¤

Start a New Vacation Tradition with Moonspinner Your search is over for the prime vacation destination on Panama City Beach FL. Moonspinner Condominiums, where the beach and nature meet, located adjacent to St. Andrews State Park. We offer 24-hour security, two lighted PREMIER Tennis courts,

heated pool, kiddie pool and hot tub, exercise room, basketball, shuffleboard, FREE local, long distance and FREE WIFI in every room. New electric car charging stations. Our seasonal beach service offers dolphin tours, wave runners, parasail

rides and beach chair rentals. If you make a new tradition for your family. enjoy fishing, hiking, bicycling or just Call or book online today! being part of nature, the St. Andrews Moonspinner Condominiums State Park is the way to go. 4425 Thomas Drive Nestled on the quiet end of the Panama City Beach, beach, you are only minutes away Florida 32408 from fine dining, marinas and boat 1-800-223-3947 launching just to name a few. Let us  ¤

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 vacation at the Summerhouse. Make the east end of Panama City Beach, The Summerhouse your “home away just minutes from restaurants, from home.” attractions, fishing, boating, golf and The Summerhouse Condo shopping. 6505 Thomas Drive Don’t settle for a “regular” beach Panama City Beach, FL 32408 rental when you can enjoy your family 1-800-354-1112 ¤

Garrett Realty Heats Up Your Beach Vacation Since 1987, Seagrove Beach FL Vacation Rentals Garrett Realty Services, Inc. has been welcoming guests to the Beaches of South Walton and the laid-back, Old-Florida lifestyle that can only be Seagrove Beach. We offer the finest selection of Gulf-front/Gulf-side townhomes, condominiums and private homes available along Scenic 30-A between world famous Seaside and Rosemary Beach. While our diversity and quality of accommodations is huge, we offer personalized service that will make you feel like family.

Take advantage of your muchdeserved opportunity to relax your mind, rejuvenate your body, rekindle your relationships and remember what’s good about life – just waiting to be discovered through a walk on the beach, a sunrise over the Gulf or a bike ride by one of our many Coastal Dunes Lakes. Who knows? Maybe even a dolphin will show up for an early-morning greeting. We look forward to being a part of your next vacation. Garrett Realty Services, Inc. 800-537-5387 ¤

Northwest Florida’s Premier Beachfront Vacation DESTINation! Creating an unforgettable beach vacation experience...that’s what Destin Gulfgate is all about. Whether your toes are in the emerald green waters, you’re sitting in one of our loungers on the beach or you are enjoying the view from your balcony, relaxing begins immediately. Destin Gulfgate’s luxurious beachfront condos are among the largest 2-bedroom condos in Destin and offer the ultimate family beach vacation on the Emerald Coast. All units have a 30’ private balcony 36

offering panoramic views of Destin’s sugar white beaches and the crystalclear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy the privacy of our exclusive beach access while in the heart of Destin. Destin Gulfgate guests enjoy a newly constructed beachside pavilion and picnic area, zero-entry pool, fitness center with Gulf views, free beach set-up (March through November), property-wide highspeed wireless Internet, reception facility, gated entry to property and beach access, and more! ¤




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

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

Escape to Anna Maria Island 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 or call 866-779-2345. ¤




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 Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers (April 23) and Kenny Chesney (April 27). Fall in love with a hotrod at the Bama Coast Cruise (April 2527). Meanwhile, birds of a feather flock to the annual spring banding at Fort Morgan (April), or take a guided tour at the refuge (multiple dates).

Finally, kick off the summer season at the Hangout Music Festival, May 17-19. Located directly on the sand, enjoy three days of nonstop concerts performed on multiple full-size stages just steps from the Gulf. For more information on these events or the Alabama Gulf Coast, check out, or call the local vacation planning specialists at 1-800-745-SAND (7263). Courtesy of the Alabama Gulf Coast CVB ¤

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 ¤

Alabama Gulf Coast: 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.

A Healthy Dose of Southern Hospitality with Anchor Vacations At Anchor Vacations, we strive to give you a healthy dose of the southern hospitality that we are known for! With Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Alabama vacation rentals available at rates anyone can afford, our properties vary from

beautiful luxurious gulf front condos or private homes to comfortable, quiet getaway cottages on the Little Lagoon just minutes from beautiful sugar white beaches. Spring and Summer guests receive our free amenities package!

This includes 1 free adult pass that can be used daily for the free dolphin cruises, a free fishing charter or admission to the famous Waterville U.S.A. waterpark (some restrictions may apply). Enjoy these activities as well as sandy beaches, tasty seafood

restaurants, souvenir shops and The Tanger Outlet Mall. Our goal is to make your expectations of a dream vacation come true, with memories that will last for years to come. ¤

Offering 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” 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

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 38

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 ¤



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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 Island is a true barrier island – complete with dunes, maritime forests, salt marshes, tidal flats and two freshwater lakes. Named “barrier” for their role in protection of the mainland from nature’s fury of storm waves, barrier islands also prevent the inflow of salt water from the Gulf into the bays and sounds by forming a physical barrier. This process is

essential to maintaining the nursery characteristics of the estuarine ecosystem. Entry to the island is made by crossing a three-mile long high-rise bridge, which was opened in July 1982 after the original drawbridge was destroyed by Hurricane Frederic in 1979. 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.

Visit us online at or call 877-532-8744 for details. ¤

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 and The Surf Club. Some owners will accept two, three and four-day rentals for

that last-minute getaway at most help you. We look forward to working locations. Don’t forget, we have with you! monthly snowbird rentals waiting for ACP Real Estate, Inc. you! Dauphin Island, AL Call and book with us direct to 866-861-3311 save up to 10% off other online booking site fees. Our staff is ready to ¤


Southern Hospitality Meets Excitement: Visit Kentucky’s “Unbridled Spirit” For almost 150 years, millions have flocked to the Kentucky Derby in May to enjoy “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” But a Kentucky getaway offers you so much more! Mammoth Cave National Park has the longest recorded cave system in the world. Western Kentucky features house boat rentals, lakes and adventures for the

whole family. Visit Radcliff and Fort Knox for military history and heritage. Hopkinsville’s arts scene features galleries, studios and musicians. And don’t forget to make time for some of the most iconic music in the history of Americana while vacationing in Kentucky: country, jazz, blues, and of course, bluegrass can be enjoyed in abundance everywhere you go

during your Kentucky vacation. Or take the time to visit the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro. Kentucky’s warm and friendly “Unbridled Spirit” is found under every roof on your Kentucky vacation. Your quest for the perfect Kentucky getaway ends here. Let your adventure begin!

Military Heritage, Natural Beauty and Southern Hospitality! Fort Knox is home to the U.S. Bullion Depository, which stores 7 trillion dollars worth of gold bullion (not open to the public.) The Radcliff/ Fort Knox Community also offers the General George Patton Museum, Armor Memorial Park, the Kentucky September 11th Memorial, Saunders Springs Nature Preserve, Fort Duffield

Civil War Fort, Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center, Kentucky Museum of American Pocketknives, Tioga Falls and Bridges to the Past and the area’s newest attraction Boundary Oak Distillery. It’s the perfect weekend getaway destination and best of all our attractions are FREE!

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

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 GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019

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 to learn more. To request a visitor’s guide email or call 270-887-2300. ¤




4-Day 400 Mile Sale Across Kentucky Every year since 2004, on the first weekend in June, the 4-Day 400 Mile Sale across Kentucky takes place. The route starts just south of Paducah and follows historic Hwy 68 (a state scenic byway) to Maysville through 60 communities.   This year, the Sale is anticipated to be bigger than ever with more yard sales setting up all along the route! Just check out the website and click on “Yard Sale Locations” for list of sales registered thus far with more being added daily. 

Each yard sale listing includes some of the featured items each yard saler or shop will be selling. If you happen to be a person who collects salt shakers or cookie tins; or if you are looking specifically for tools, collectibles or antiques; or if you are into retro furniture, check out our website and you just might find the perfect place to start your shopping.  The 400 Mile Sale was started 13 years ago as an economic boost to rural communities by encouraging people to get off the interstates and parkways and rediscover the small towns. The route takes one through communities such as Sharpe, Draffenville, Fairview, Elkton, Auburn,

Wisdom, Edmonton, Gravel Switch, Perryville, Wilmore, and Mayslick and larger communities such as Benton, Cadiz, Hopkinsville, Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Lebanon, Harrodsburg and Paris. Yard sales, food vendors, and crafters will be set up in every community and at many of the homes on or near Hwy 68.  Antique shops and specialty stores all along the way will be having side walk sales and discount specials. People from all over plan their vacations each year around the 400 Mile Sale.  Some come to see what treasures they can find. Others just enjoy traveling this scenic route, enjoying Kentucky’s beautiful landscape and historic communities

and meeting all the friendly folks along the way.   In 2015, yard sale shoppers came from 34 states and 7 counties including Taiwan, Canada, Korea, Switzerland, Germany and Japan and spent over $2.3 million dollars at yard sales and shops during the 4-day sale across Kentucky!   Be sure to “like us” on FACEBOOK at “400 Mile Sale” where people will be posting items they have for sale as well as treasures they find along the way!   For More Information, e-mail, call 270-792-5300, visit or check out

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.  ¤

Fun in the Sun at the Kentucky Dam Marina Bordering the west side of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Kentucky Lake is a major (160,300 acres!) reservoir on the Tennessee River that’s considered one of the best boating areas in the Midwest. Whether you want to fish, sail, paddle, golf, camp, dine or simply relax at a waterside resort, the lake has it all — and it all starts at Kentucky Dam Marina. We’ve been serving boaters since

1974 and we are the Largest Marina on Kentucky Lake. Even those without a boat have a reason to visit Kentucky Dam Marina. Come enjoy fun in the sun with our luxurious houseboat rentals, ski boats, personal watercraft, paddleboards, fishing boats and pontoon boats, including doubledecker models

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


We are conveniently located within Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, at Mile Marker 23 on the Tennessee River, and are just a few minutes from Exit 27 on Interstate 24. Kentucky Dam Marina 800-648-2628 ¤


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 ¤ GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019



Your Vacation Should Be Purely Michigan Summer always gets you thinking about the water: the boats get put in, the fishing lines are dropped, the cry of “Fore!” is heard across the green, and nature is calling you from every corner of Michigan to make your vacation getaway the best you’ve ever had. With the longest freshwater coastline in the Nation, and nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, it’s understandable why the state’s slogan sounds so refreshing when you hear the phrase, “Pure Michigan®.” Sail away to a host of maritime destinations. Or relax on thousands

of miles of beaches. Pop a tent in the woods, or hook up the RV. Or check into a Michigan vacation resort, and let them be your tour guide to the midwest’s “Mitten State.” Retreat to the wilderness of Isle Royale National Park or hike the trails in Jackson County. Visit Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bavaria, featuring German style architecture, authentic homestyle cooking, covered bridges and carriage rides. As the weather warms, Michigan adorns herself in brilliant hues of green and blue, as the state becomes a lush habitat for nature

and people alike to revel in. Whether you’re sailing, boating, hiking, biking, climbing, camping, fishing, or golfing, there’s so much do to, you must have a tour guide to direct you to all the best Michigan vacation destinations. Don’t forget to set aside time to visit the city while you’re in Michigan: famous museums of art, music, history, culture, and automobiles. Nightlife in a Michigan city is full of opportunities to enjoy excellent live music, exciting casinos, and sporting events, along with plenty of shopping and fine dining. Your quest for the perfect Michigan getaway ends here. Let your adventure begin!

Where is Jackson, MI? Perfectly Located for Your Next Outdoor Vacation You might want to Google it right now, because Jackson County, Michigan is perfect for your next outdoor vacation. Bring your hiking boots, walking shoes, bikes, fishing poles, canoes, kayaks, paddle board, and a sense of adventure to explore the beautiful trails, woods, and waterways. Jackson County has more to offer than you would ever expect. 10,000 acres of lakes, hundreds of

miles of natural hiking and biking trails, and great paved paths make for a relaxing outdoor experience. Start your morning by watching the sun rise on the lake before heading out for an afternoon hike at Waterloo Recreation Area, the largest state park in lower Michigan. At Waterloo you’ll find the wooded escape that lets you unwind and find that sense of joy that only nature can provide.

You might not have heard about Jackson County before but that’s because we aren’t packed full of people. We have the peace and quiet you want in an outdoor experience. Now that you know a little more about Jackson, get the trail guides to plan your trip. Have a great time and leave with plenty of pictures and memories to take home. Go to TrailGuide to find what moves you.

Isle Royale National Park and Rock Harbor Lodge & Marina A Dramatic Escape From the Fast Pace of Everyday Life 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 from the fast pace of everyday life. Enjoy 165 miles of hiking trails with spectacular views. Ferries depart from Houghton and Copper Harbor, MI and Grand

Portage, MN. Seaplanes depart from Hancock, MI and Grand Marais, MN. Open Memorial Day-Mid-Sept. There are no roads or cars on the islands. Rock Harbor Lodge’s fullservice accommodations include lodging (housekeeping cabins and lake front rooms), a restaurant and grill/outdoor patio. Enjoy sightseeing tours to historic lighthouses and abandoned copper mines, go charter fishing with experienced guides or

rent a motorboat, canoe or kayak. Sixteen-hour summer days provide extended recreational time. Lodging/ transportation packages and inclusive kayak eco-tours available as are water taxi services and dockage. Groups welcome. Two camper cabins available at Windigo/Washington Harbor. Rock Harbor Lodge 866-644-2003 ¤

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 Specialty GUESTQUEST ~ SPRING 2019

Breads, Noodle Soup, Cole Slaw, Fresh 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! ¤




A South Carolina Vacation is Calling While seasonally cool springs may persist in some northern regions, summer arrives earlier in South Carolina. So the warm weatherlover in you can take your vacation getaway whenever you’re ready. And who’s not ready for South Carolina’s endless selection of mountain ranges, forests, lakes and oceanic adventures. South Carolina’s southern charm always sparkles outdoors, and also in the warm,

welcoming hospitality of Carolina natives. Enjoy the abundant outdoors in the country and at the beach, but don’t forget to plan for great events while you’re in South Carolina. The Run to the Sun Car Show, one of the largest in the Southeast, brings thousands of classic cars to Myrtle Beach for a weekend-long event starting Thursday March 21st. Kickoff your summer in North Myrtle Beach

during the month of May. The 14th Annual Mayfest on Main® festival will feature some of the best live musical acts, art, craft and food vendors, a community stage and a children’s area. Bring a beach chair to this family event to enjoy a day on Main Street, Saturday, May 11, 2019. Browse local shops while strolling the street for one of a kind beach memories. The festival begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 6 p.m. You are sure to have a day full of fun with the family. And every July

Conway hosts their Riverfest with a parade, fireworks, bands and more. This historic southern state is also steeped in centuries of traditions with many more locations and destinations to explore, many that offer tours of pre-civil war sites. After your history lesson, enjoy fine Carolina dining, or southern-style cooking, and plenty of shopping and nightlife await you in South Carolina’s vacation destinations. Whether on the hiking trail or the golf trail, there’s no end to the sporting and cultural experience you

will have on your South Carolina vacation. And then it’s time to relax on miles and miles of flawless South Carolina coastline. From the tip of North Myrtle Beach to the relaxed atmosphere of Hilton Head Island, you’ll find the perfect beach to explore, swim and fish. Chose your experience at South Carolina’s top resorts, or rent a beach home, or stay at a cozy bed and breakfast. GuestQuest is your tour guide to all the best vacation destinations South Carolina has to offer. Let your adventure begin!

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. Once discovered, Edisto does not let you go. Check out 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 ¤

Oceanfront in Myrtle Beach! 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 hook-ups, Ranked in the Top 1% of including Wi-Fi. Concrete pads are campgrounds in America, we hope available on 649 campsites. you come stay with us! While the kids are still in school our Ocean Lakes pace is mellow, but the fun and sun Family Campground never stop. Relax in our pools, shop in 6001 South Kings Highway 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   ¤ our park!

Welcome to Conway – One of South Carolina’s Oldest Towns Conway boasts some of the best tourism. That will change, but until offer. There truly is something for restaurants, stores and boutiques then, take advantage of all it has to everyone! ¤ 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 42



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SC Coast Features 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

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 water venues.

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.grandatlanticresortcom ¤

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

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

This Year, Bring All the Family on Vacation Let’s not forget to include the family’s best friend! We have a large variety of pet-friendly properties that allow your entire family to have an unforgettable vacation. We have just completed a new Barc Park for your pet’s enjoyment. Enjoy the surf, our 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! 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 ¤











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GuestQuest Spring 2019  

GuestQuest Traveler Vacation Guide to travel and tourism destinations, accommodations, attractions and dining

GuestQuest Spring 2019  

GuestQuest Traveler Vacation Guide to travel and tourism destinations, accommodations, attractions and dining