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Oceanfront Inn Virginia Beach, VA

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

The Oceanfront Inn is an oceanfront hotel, with an ideal location to relax and enjoy all Virginia Beach, VA offers, from nearby seasonal events to delicious dining outlets, unique shops and attractions like the everpopular Virginia Aquarium, The Adventure Park and Military Aviation Museum. Located right on the beach in the heart of the oceanfront resort area, The Oceanfront Inn offers comfortable oceanfront rooms including a refrigerator, coffeemaker, in-room safe, flat screen television, hairdryer and iron with ironing board. Every room offers a private balcony, which overlooks the boardwalk, expansive beach and the glistening Atlantic Ocean. Hotel features include a heated indoor pool, casual oceanfront dining, complimentary WiFi throughout hotel and fitness privileges at our local gym. Discounted tickets to choice attractions are available from our friendly front office staff.  Special Winter and Holiday

offers include Whale Watching, Beach Holiday Escape, Winter Value Getaway and Virginia is for Lovers Package. Visit our website or call for details. The Oceanfront Inn 2901 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451 888-826-2326 www.oceanfrontinn.com ¤

Your Virginia Beach Vacation Rental Awaits Perfectly situated along the southern part of Virginia Beach, Sandbridge Beach is a family’s premier vacation destination. Sandbridge is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Back Bay Reserve, giving guest the unique opportunity to have multiple waterfront experiences. Often referred to as the “Outer Banks of Virginia,” Sandbridge offers a secluded coastal retreat with five miles of expansive, beautiful beach. The area is located just 20 minutes south of the Virginia Beach boardwalk. Close to all the major local attractions and restaurants; but without the hotel and crowds, allowing guests to experience the serenity of staying at their own beach

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home. Whether you’re looking for a magnificent multi-level beach mansion, an intimate cottage or a condo with an impressive list of amenities, Siebert Realty can accommodate your rental needs. The Siebert Realty website provides multiple ways to find and book your vacation home; along a variety of payment options. Browse the rentals, search by your preferred amenities, explore floor plans and photo galleries and get excited for your dream beach vacation at Sandbridge Beach! Discover more at www.siebert-realty.com. Siebert Realty (757) 426-6200 ¤

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indiana

INDIANA

Nostalgia Is Closer Than You Think People from around the world travel to DeKalb County, Indiana to experience the innovative car technology and design that lead generations of Americans into the future of the American car. Auburn currently has the largest collection of accessible Duesenberg’s in the whole world. Auburn once operated the prestigious Auburn Automobile Co. whose halls

now hold two MUST-SEE museums filled with the luxurious automobiles that in the early 1900s were owned only by the “rich and famous.” See a 1953 General Motors Futurliner along with muscle cars of the 60’s & 70’s, trucks, vintage gas pumps and memorabilia! Discover the story behind some of the greatest and highly esteemed American cars ever made!

Our quaint towns offer places to eat and shop, antique malls, museums, art galleries and tours at the “Food Network” recognized Sechler’s Pickle Factory! Sip perfection at our three “award winning” wineries! Plan a visit today! DeKalb County, Indiana 260-927-1499 visitdekalb.org ¤

“Relive the Story” of Indiana’s Territorial Past in Knox County Indiana Vincennes is an ideal get away for history enthusiasts. Enjoy a number of festivals and special events 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. Knox County is located between the Indianapolis International and

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

Plan Your Winter Getaway to Dubois County and Enjoy our Holiday Events As the Christmas season approaches, downtown tinseltrimmed storefronts invite you to step inside to peruse clothing, jewelry, décor, and everything imaginable for gift giving. Three events herald the holiday season: Huntingburg Christmas Stroll (November 7-10), Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt (November 16-17), and Jasper O’Tannenbaum Days (December 6-8). Immerse yourself in culture and history! World-renowned live music, dance, and theatre productions round out the Jasper Arts Center performance schedule. An impressive

50,000 square foot attraction, the Dubois County Museum preserves the area’s German heritage, and highlights agriculture, military, and sports in permanent exhibits. Tour one of the 20 nearby churches that are over 100 years old, including the Monastery of Immaculate Conception, home to the nation’s largest Benedictine nun community. The Garden Gate Festival takes place on April 18, 2020 in Huntingburg. Sip and sample wine and craft beer while listening to jazz music. Plan your trip at VisitDuboisCounty. com, or call (800) 968-4578. ¤

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 GUESTQUEST ~ WINTER 2019

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! ¤

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ILLINOIS

Down State, Down Home, Downright Fun - Southern Illinois Williamson County is a vibrant destination for all things outdoor. Enjoy four golf courses, various lakes and marinas, the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and the Shawnee National Forest. Historical centers offer visitors a glimpse into the area’s culture and history. Or follow the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail to sample the awardwinning wines and scenic landscapes of the regions thriving wine industry. Enjoy the best that Southern Illinois offers. Explore, discover and unwind in Williamson County! Mt. Vernon, Illinois is your fun,

festive and creative destination! From the renowned Cedarhurst Center for the arts, local artisans, wine, art and balloon festivals and so much more, a creative vibe runs through Mt. Vernon. With over 1200 hotel rooms and 60 restaurants, Mt. Vernon has everything you need for a day’s fun or longer vacation. We welcome you to Mt. Vernon - where creativity is constantly being redefined. Offering scenic views, outdoor adventure, culture and year round events, Carbondale gives you so many experiences to enjoy; you’ll

never need to leave the city! Carbondale has a thriving art and culture scene, is the gateway to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, with wineries, vineyards, microbreweries and distilleries across the area, and is located on the northern edge of the Shawnee National Forest, with Giant City State Park, Little Grand Canyon, Piney Creek Ravine, Pomona Natural Bridge, Garden of the Gods, and Trail of Tears State Park nearby. So gather your family to visit and explore the reasons why we say Down State, Down Home, Downright Fun in Southern Illinois.

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

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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 three 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. Golf enthusiasts can play 9 or a full 18 at Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course. There is variety for any level of player as the front 9 winds through the curves of Plum Creek, while the back 9 invites players to an open, links-style layout. Okawville Tourism Okawville, IL 62271 618-243-5694 www.okawvillecc.com ¤

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Think Illinois When Planning Your Next Vacation Illinois, called “the Land of Lincoln” has much to offer. If you enjoy the outdoors, Illinois can provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor fun. The 20,000 acres of land at Rend Lake is the ideal setting for fishing, picnicking, camping, watching wildlife, swimming and hunting as well as golfing. Giant City State Park with its natural beauty, nestled in the Shawnee National Forest, has unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation

that will delight visitors of all ages. Billions of years of geological faulting and folding have molded a landscape like none other, which is now covered in lush garments of fern, moss, large flowering mints, hundreds of species of wild flowers and more than 75 varieties of towering trees. From camping and horseback riding to fishing and rock climbing, it is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Enjoy the magic of the holidays in winter. Grab your skis and head for

the snow powered slopes and trails, or enjoy watching thousands of bald eagles that make their winter home here. When your thoughts turn to flowers in the spring, you’ll find them everywhere in botanic gardens. Spring also marks the return of warmer temperatures, baseball and an opportunity to get away for spring break. As the days get longer and the breezes get warmer and outside is the place to be, enjoy summer as you golf and hike along the winding roads and trails that connect

clusters of quaint towns, state parks and wineries. Have a memorable experience visiting the many awardwinning wineries. Illinois is a great place to enjoy fall to the fullest. From fantastic parks and forests in full, fiery bloom to great sporting events, Illinois has something for everybody. Autumn visits mean fall color and wine festival weekends. You will find many offbeat places. ‘The World’s Largest Cross’ – 198 feet tall and 113 feet wide, shaped out of 180 tons of steel and anchored in volumes of cement. The cross can

withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour. The ‘My Garage Museum’ – from the collection of vintage Corvettes and VWs worth millions of dollars to the Crocodile Corvette used in the movie “Death Race 2000”. This museum houses thousands of automotive collectibles and memorabilia. Think Illinois when planning your next vacation. Outdoor activities, educational museums, breathtaking scenic trails and camping to name a few, are all there for you and your family to enjoy. ¤

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

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

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

Lake Shelbyville, Illinois – Explore the Possibilities! Hike, bike, boat, fish, and more11,000 acres of water, 172 miles of wooded shoreline, sheltered coves and sandy beaches provide the perfect destination! Our four public beaches, 65+ miles of trails to hike or bike, picnic sites and playgrounds, 18hole lakeside golf course provide recreational activities. Sportsman

can enjoy fishing and hunting opportunities as well. Nearby cabins, motels and vacation rentals, five Federal campgrounds, two State parks will accommodate and make you comfortable for a night or more. Visit seven wayside exhibits highlighting Abraham Lincoln’s time in Shelby County.

Enjoy our small-town charm as you break for a snack, a drink or a meal or visit historic sites, 3 wineries, antique, craft and specialty shopping, along with year-round events and festivals. For questions or to request a stay & play guide: www.lakeshelbyville.com or email info@lakeshelbyville.com ¤

Discover Small-Town America – Jacksonville, IL Centrally located between St. stories about Abraham Lincoln. Louis and Chicago and only thirtyLooking for unique shopping, five minutes west of Springfield, dining or lodging? 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 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 6

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KENTUCKY

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. Call 888.446.6402 or visit us at www.GoCadiz.com for our fishing or foodies guides, itinerary, events and more! ¤

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

great pride in its adaptability and hospitality. The people are friendly, the land is breathtaking and the barbecue is served with a side of burgoo! Experience the blend of history and today as you tour our distilleries and brewery, and sample some of their onsite-crafted products while

Fun in the Sun at the Kentucky Dam Marina Luxurious House Boat Rentals & More! 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

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

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 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 www.kydammarina.com ¤

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 GUESTQUEST ~ WINTER 2019

the office and “boaters rest area” can help both you and your boat refuel. Experience the lake life in luxury in one of our 1-4-bedroom condos, each fully equipped with linens, towels, kitchens, washer and dryers, pull-out sofa, gas grill and even some with fireplaces. Memories made at the lake last a lifetime. So put your feet up, take a break, sit back and relax. You’re at home at Green Turtle Bay. 800-498-0428 www.GreenTurtleBay.com ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com

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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 radclifftourism.org or call (800) 334-7540. Radcliff/Fort Knox Convention & Tourism Commission 562 North Dixie, Suite A-1 Radcliff, Kentucky 40160 ¤

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

FLORIDA

Head South to the Sunshine State As the weather turns cooler destination. With large forests across the northern states, Florida abundant with unique wildlife, continues to be as tropical as ever. endless fishing opportunities and Visitors to the Sunshine State have beautiful natural springs, Florida an exciting selection of things to do offers the best in outdoor recreation and places to stay. This winter head possibilities. south to Florida for a celebration With 1,800 miles of coastline, in that’s more sun and fun than ice and addition to nearly 30,000 lakes and snow. Throughout the state, there numerous rivers, Florida is a fishing are a variety of exciting activities paradise. More than 250 fish species and hotel packages that will make can be found along Florida’s canals, the holidays memorable. As the lakes, ponds and rivers. Freshwater holidays approach, envision yourself fishing is at its finest at Tamiami away from the snow and amongst Canal, where cane poles, fly rods, palm trees, sand, beautiful lodging, and spin gear can reach across fantastic theme parks, spectacular the canal. Visit Lake Okeechobee, attractions and celebrations. Florida’s “liquid heart,” where bass Throughout the state, there are a are plentiful. Also, don’t forget to stop variety of exciting family-friendly by the fish-filled rivers including the activities and hotel packages that Peace, Withlacoochee, Suwannee, will make for a perfect vacation.  Apalachicola, and St. John’s rivers. With an average fall temperature Fly, deep-sea, pier-fishing or of 70 degrees, Florida visitors find whatever type of saltwater fishing gorgeous weather as well as less your heart desires, are accessible in crowded beaches, attractions and Florida. A variety of saltwater fish are hotels. lurking around every bend. A pleasant and varied peninsula Look no further than Florida to find calls for those who love fishing, a rich variety of wildlife.  There are hunting, camping and other outdoor hundreds of rare species to view that adventures, Florida is the perfect both captivate and amaze visitors 8

and residents alike.    The endangered Florida Manatee is a gentle giant weighing between 600-1,000 pounds and Florida is the only place in North America that allows visitors to swim aside manatees. Manatee County in southwest Florida is named after these slow-moving marine mammals once thought by sailors to be mermaids.  Bird-watching is at its best in Florida.  Florida’s bald eagles compose approximately 85 percent of the entire southern bird population. More than 1,000 mated pairs of these symbolic, but threatened birds nest every year. Drive down the Great Florida Birding Trail, a 2,000 mile highway, and visit the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge where bald eagles are a commonality.      Everglades National Park, located at the southern tip of Florida, is a tranquil, wilderness preserve where its bounteous bird life is well-known and the foliage is extraordinary. A variety of birds inhabit the land including the roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron and an array

of egrets. Walking trails, canoeing, boat and tram tours, are available for viewing the superb selection of wildlife.   Hitting the green 365 days out of the year is no problem in Florida. Florida boasts more golf courses than any other state in the nation. With many courses open year-round, and more than 1,300 courses to choose from, Florida’s is any golfer’s paradise. Grab your clubs and get ready to explore the wonders of Florida golf.  Florida is one of the only places where beginner and skilled golfers alike can play with the pros. Visitors can leave their handicap behind and step up their game at one of the greatest golf destinations in the country. With thousands of courses throughout the state, Florida is bound to be a hole in one for golfgoers of all levels.  Florida’s history is captured and displayed at numerous fascinating attractions around the state. Equipped with genuine artifacts and evidence of Florida’s past, these historical attractions allow visitors

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to take a journey through time and explore the state’s yesteryear. As the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine amazes visitors with its ancient cobblestone streets and its quaint cafes. A host of historical landmarks and attractions, such as the 310-year-old Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, allow visitors to travel back to the early Spanish empire in the New World. Only accessible by boat, Mound Key Archeological State Park in Estero is a prehistoric look into the ancient world of the Calusa Indians. Created as a ceremonial center for the civilization, the island’s complex of mounds are remnants of the lost culture that once was. Florida’s original Latin Quarter, Ybor City in Tampa, is a historical landmark where Cuban, Italian and Spanish culture filled the city with rich traditions, zest and, of course, cigars. Known for its amazing architecture, hottest social clubs and old-world charm, this festive spot is still one of Tampa’s premier districts, with its fabulous shopping, dinning and entertainment.  Continued on page 9 GUESTQUEST~ WINTER 2019


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Continued from page 8 Enjoy a trip down Florida’s memory lane through any one of its riveting historical attractions. Travel back on the state’s timeline and discover the fascinating history of Florida at these interactive sites. Florida’s great mix of rich culture and captivating history is sure to enlighten visitors of all ages. Take a moment and experience

the intermingling of cultures that makes up Florida. From north to south and coast-to-coast, Florida is a rare melting pot of diversity and richness that welcomes an assortment of ethnicities and traditions. See for yourself what Florida’s multicultural scene has to offer. Tarpon Springs adds a Mediterranean flair to Florida’s never ending melting pot. Located on the

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 enjoy fishing, hiking, bicycling or just being part of nature, the St. Andrews State Park is the way to go. Nestled on the quiet end of the beach, you are only minutes away

Gulf of Mexico, this town is rich history and brings a wealth of culture every year with the annual Epiphany festivals held at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Ethic diversity comes in the form of a weekend celebration in historic Eatonville, Florida. Home of the famous Harlem Renaissance author and folklorist, Zora Neale Hurston, this cultivated community honors

her work with an annual festival displaying the past and present works of African-American artists, painters, writers and many more. The heart of Cuban culture is closer than you think, with evidence of its traditions present all over Florida. From the Monument to Father Félix Varela in St. Augustine to the immense influence in the streets of Little Havana in Miami, this Latin culture has embraced Florida with its delicious foods, rhythmic sounds and fascinating traditions. Forming in the 1870s, the Bahama from fine dining, marinas and boat Village in Key West became known launching just to name a few. Let us as home to the “Conchs,” as the make a new tradition for your family. Call or book online today! Moonspinner Condominiums 4425 Thomas Drive Panama City Beach, Florida 32408 1-800-223-3947 www.Moonspinner.com  ¤

Bahamian immigrants came ashore. Not much has changed today with Bahamian restaurants, roaming chickens, shops, a 1903-vintage church and a park that keeps the neighborhood lively. A multiplicity of cultures in Florida adds a zest of flair to its way of life. Floridians share much more than the land of this peninsula, they share a wealth of culture that is hard to come by. For information on travel to Florida or to download or order travel guides visit VISIT FLORIDA’s at www.VISITFLORIDA.com, or call 1-888-7-FLAUSA (352872).

Northwest Florida’s Premier Beachfront Vacation DESTINation! Destin Gulfgate’s luxurious, beachfront condos are among the largest and most well-equipped 2-bedroom condos in Destin, offering the ultimate family vacation on the Emerald Coast. All condo units have a 30’ private balcony, providing breathtaking, panoramic views of Destin’s pristine sugar-white sand beaches and the sparkling, crystal

clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Guests will enjoy free beach setup (March through November) on Destin Gulfgate’s private beach, accessed by gated entry. Destin Gulfgate also has a beachside, zero-entry pool with features that both kids and adults will enjoy, including a slide, water-play toys, lounge chairs and extra-large umbrellas on the pool deck. The

fitness center features floor to ceiling windows that offer spectacular views of the pool and Gulf while you enjoy your workout. Additional amenities include property-wide high-speed wireless Internet, meeting and wedding reception space and a newly constructed beachside pavilion and picnic area. ¤

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

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

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

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. GUESTQUEST ~ WINTER 2019

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 www.garrettrealty.com ¤

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A Tropical Island Getaway on Florida’s Gulf Coast Located approximately 55 miles south of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Siesta Key is an eight-milelong barrier island connected to Sarasota by two bridges. Founded in 1846, there are now approximately 24,000 full- and part-time residents of Siesta Key. Siesta Beach was named one of America’s Top 10 beaches for 2004 by the Travel Channel and Best Sand Beach. It is ranked second of Florida’s top 10 Beaches for 2003 by the Travel Channel and is one of the top 10 beaches in the U.S., according to the Scientist Dr. Beach, who rates beach cleanliness. While all the conveniences of modern life are easily accessible,

Siesta Key is still remote enough to give one a feeling of old Florida. Bursting with lush foliage, mature trees and tropical flowering shrubs line the winding routes to the village and the beaches. The beaches are refreshingly natural, with protected wild sea oats and mangroves providing a protective habitat for the scores of native island birds that share the island, as well as the dolphins, manatees and other aquatic wildlife living just offshore. “White quartz sand perfect for castle building,” and stays cool on hot days! A variety of personal touches make you feel at home when staying at Siesta Key Bungalows and its

sister property, Bungalow Beach Resort. From plush linens, to your basket full of embroidered towels, flowers and candy . . . each visitor enjoys simple, upscale niceties that make this place special . . . without crossing the line of big, pretentious resorts. In fact, calling the place a “resort” at all seems out of sorts, since the homey feel and air of privacy leaves you often wondering if you might have the entire place to yourself. Siesta Key Bungalows 8212 Midnight Pass Rd. Siesta Key, FL  34242 888-574-3782 www.siestakeybungalows.com ¤

Old Florida Charm at Bungalow Beach Resort on Anna Maria Island, Florida Arriving at the Bungalow Beach Resort on Anna Maria Island changes your mood almost immediately. Just past the parking lot on this quick little bend of a gulf front road, you find yourself passing through the property’s gazebo entrance. It’s an almost ceremonial rite of passage that requires you to leave your worries behind, live in your bathing suit and sandals and relinquish yourself to peace and serenity. To the unsuspecting guest, it’s an oasis within an island. Most guests are surprised to learn the property is actually a former army barracks. Today, each of the 15 charming cedar bungalows has been magically transformed into a romantic

little getaway that preserves its 1930s clapboard construction and old Florida island charm. It’s a very relaxing place to stay. This beautiful place has bungalows that range from one room studio to three-bedrooms, and feature white wicker furniture, and the original architectural design of hardwood floors, bead-board walls and woodbeamed cathedral ceilings. Stepping inside one differs from most hotels. The white and beige interiors convince you immediately that the place is impeccably clean and fresh. A variety of personal touches make you feel at home when staying at Bungalow Beach Resort and its sister

property, Siesta Key Bungalows – located on pristine Herron Lagoon on Siesta Key. From plush linens, to your basket full of embroidered towels, flowers and candy . . . each visitor enjoys simple, upscale niceties that make this place special . . . without crossing the line of big, pretentious resorts. In fact, calling the place a “resort” at all seems out of sorts, since the homey feel and air of privacy leaves you often wondering if you might have the entire place to yourself. Bungalow Beach Resort 2000 Gulf Drive Anna Maria Island, FL  34217 800-799-3601 www.bungalowbeach.com ¤

Veranda and White Sands – Enjoy the Good Life Warm hospitality, fun-filled activities and a casual island atmosphere await your arrival at the Veranda Beach Club on Longboat Key. Relax on your veranda, looking out over the crystalline sands of an eleven-mile beach, while the shimmering Gulf of Mexico lures you to the water’s edge. Drink in the beauty of your surroundings directly on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Veranda Beach Club 2509 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, Florida 34228 800-411-5511 www.VerandaBeachClub.com Enjoy the good life at White Sands, bordered by the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the wildlife-rich Sarasota Bay on the other. It has been designed for the fullest enjoyment of one of the most 10

beautiful locations on Longboat Key. Nestled amid powder-white beaches and lush tropical gardens, the views from this property will always be spectacular.

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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 online at www.silverresorts.com or call 866-779-2345. ¤

The Daytona Beach Area: Florida’s Central East Coast 23 Miles of Scenic Shoreline and Family Fun Looking for a great family getaway? Under the clear blue skies of Florida’s Central East Coast lies a 23-mile stretch of scenic shoreline. It’s a place where blue-green waters wash on warm, sun-drenched sand, providing the perfect playground for family fun. Just an hour’s drive to Orlando’s theme parks, the Daytona Beach area is the ideal location for your next vacation or weekend getaway. You’ll find our worldfamous beaches are perfect for sandcastle building, cycling, jogging, fishing or just relaxing in the sun. If seaside relaxation isn’t quite your speed, try the Daytona 500 Experience, the official attraction of NASCAR, or take a splash at Daytona Lagoon waterpark and family entertainment center. And that’s only the beginning. You can explore local museums, tour historical sites and enjoy the theater and performing

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arts. Take a skyride at sunset. Discover Florida’s natural beauty on a boat tour along the Intracoastal Waterway. Or climb the tallest lighthouse in Florida and be rewarded with a panoramic view of the area. Be sure to set aside time for a visit to the Marine Science Center which includes a seabird sanctuary and sea turtle rehabilitation facilities. Daytona Beach is also home to the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and dozens of championship courses, many created by leading designers such as Nicklaus, Palmer, Hills, Clifton and Ross, to name a few. For a free golf travel planner and spectacular savings on greens fees and accommodations visit www.golfdaytonabeach.com. Nature lovers will enjoy the many parks and wildlife areas in the region. Tomoka State Park in Ormond Beach was once home to the Timucuan Indians. The popular state park is a

coveted location for fishing, camping, hiking and boating. After a full day of beach going or sightseeing, you’ll be ready to discover the area’s shopping, dining and nightlife offerings. Unique shopping and dining spots can be found along Beach Street in historic downtown Daytona Beach. Ocean Walk Shoppes at Ocean Walk Village, features a 10-cinema theater complex, restaurants and plenty of apparel and gift stores all just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can choose from a range of accommodations -- from luxurious oceanfront resorts to cozy seaside inns. Daytona Beach is one of the country’s premier destinations for Select Small Inns, a program which includes quality hotels, motels and inns with fewer than 99 rooms.  Each offers an individualized experience that’s sure to make you feel like a VIP. Convenient air service is offered

via Daytona Beach International Airport. In addition, Orlando and Jacksonville area airports are just an hour’s drive. The area is located at the intersection of major Interstates 4 and 95 – so easy to get to! In the Daytona Beach area, fall family vacations are about more

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than just blue skies and warm sand. They’re about making memories. Make time for some of your own. Visit us online at www.DaytonaBeach.com for your free Daytona Beach Area Visitors Guide. ¤

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EnJOY Making Memories in Frankenmuth Michigan Christmas is a delightful time of year to feel the special holiday welcome of Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bavaria. Enjoy the Christmas cheer and shimmering decorations overflowing throughout charming Frankenmuth. Great dining, shopping, lodging and waterpark fun are all waiting for you to enjoy. It’s a wonderful place to relax and enjoy family time, getaway time, girl time,

festival time The joy of Christmas is celebrated all year long at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store! The sights, sounds and spirit of Christmas completely surround you. Bronner’s incredible store is the size of 1-1/2 football fields with thousands of ornaments, lights, Christmas trees and more. You can easily spend a few hours and you

might even find yourself singing along to the Christmas carols. Convenient online shopping is just a click away. Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark offers over 50,000 square feet of aquatic fun and is one of the few waterparks in the world to feature two retractable roofs. The hotel features deluxe accommodations, Elf Hollow Café for family dining and video arcade. Enjoy a relaxing dinner

at Zehnder’s restaurant featuring For more information, visit these their famous all-you-can-eat chicken websites: dinners, seafood, and steaks. Visit www.bronners.com for online Zehnder’s Marketplace where you’ll shopping or Bronner’s information, find delicious baked goods and gifts or 800-ALL-YEAR for all ages. www.zehnders.com or Begin making  memories in 855-469-6031 for Zehnder’s Frankenmuth where there is an reservations or information endless supply of family fun! www.frankenmuth.org or Frankenmuth is located 90 miles 800-FUN-TOWN for north of Detroit – exit 136 off I-75. Frankenmuth information ¤

Travel Up North for Bavarian Hospitality Just hours north of the Michigan border, discover The Bavarian Inn Lodge nestled in the heart of Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bavaria. Delight in the old-world charm of dirndls, lederhosen, and Bavarian hospitality. Cross the wooden covered bridge and enjoy an experience unlike any other. Situated on 13 rolling acres alongside the Cass River, the Lodge offers scenic views, delectable food, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Complete with an arcade of over

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160 games, an 18-hole miniature golf course, and an indoor water park including 4 pools and 2 thrilling waterslides, the Lodge provides many opportunities to create memories that will last a lifetime. Explore over 40 locally-owned shops and boutiques just steps away from the Lodge or take a short drive to the Prime Outlet Mall in Birch Run. Whether you’re planning a couple’s getaway or a family vacation, an oldworld experience is waiting for you just up north in Frankenmuth, MI. ¤

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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 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! ¤

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Ohio’s Endless Getaway Opportunities Explore the many Ohio vacation spots and discover the endless opportunities that will make your Ohio getaway memorable! Be sure to add Amish Country to your Ohio getaway, and take in the rural charm and timeless lifestyle of the world’s largest Amish population. Learn a little state history by visiting the many museums and historic

tourist attractions in Ohio. When you’re ready to pick up the pace on your Ohio getaway, climb aboard the scenic railroads, or head over to an amusement or water park. Take in the beautiful sights along Lake Erie by boat or visit the beach. When the day draws to a close, say cheers at any of the numerous Ohio wineries to sample award winning wines.

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. Visit Ohio for getaways, funfilled adventures and memorable vacations!

Visit Shawshank Trail & Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield, Ohio 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. Now explore the rest of our Trails! Ride over 88 miles of Bridle Trails through our parks and connect quaint towns on our paved 18.4-mile B&O Trail. Sip and sample along an eclectic Wine & Ale Trail featuring

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

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

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 LandollsMohicanCastle.com ¤

Discover Mohican! Send for our 2020 Adventure Guide and you will discover why the Mohican area is an amazing four-season adventure destination. Whether hiking, biking, snowmobiling or by horseback, the Mohican trails are full of scenic views and yearround beauty. Visit downtown historic Loudonville during Winterfest and stop in the unique specialty shops GUESTQUEST ~ WINTER 2019

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

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

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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. 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. 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. No matter which part of Ohio you choose to visit, lodging from bed & breakfasts to rustic cabins, urban hotels to camping, elegant inns to cottages, are available to suit your taste. So the next time you’re planning your vacation, save some driving time and gas without sacrificing anything by making your destination Ohio.

Ohio Amish Country Draws Multi-Generational Travel The Amish lifestyle carries intrigue for many. It’s a straight-forward, honest way of life that puts family and faith first. It leaves an impression in ways unlike anywhere else. 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 a lifetime. 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. family reunion or arrange a friend’s Or learn more online at trip to make memories that will last www.visitamishcountry.com. ¤

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

Ashland County Makes Travel Memorable Rolling farmland and gentle wooded hills of Johnny Appleseed fame dominate the landscape and make antique hunts and auctions events for everyone to enjoy. Specialty shops, horseshows, ice cream socials, classic car shows, an antique tractor and engine show, farmers markets and free bandshell concerts make life especially pleasant. Take a walking tour of our historical district and visit the

Ashland County Historical Museum, one of many fun spots for Ashland OH tourism ideas. We host some great events including the Ashland County Fair and Ashland County Farm Tour as well as the Ashland Symphony, Ashland University Theatre, Ashland Regional Ballet and Chautauqua Storytelling Performances. BalloonFest, one of Ashland’s premier events, is held every year.

The Balloon Glow, music, storytelling and stage performances, along with balloon races, make for a fun-filled weekend. Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 211 Claremont Avenue Ashland, Ohio 44805 419-281-4584 toll free: 877-581-2345 www.visitashlandohio.com ¤

Year-Round Fun for Everyone in Streetsboro! 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 14

a short drive you can experience many of the area’s over 60 nearby attractions including Streetsboro Antiques Mini Mall, Zip City USA, Boulder Creek Golf Club, Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, ThornCreek Winery & Gardens, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and National Park, Kent State University Museum, MGM Northfield Park, the Rock and

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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. ¤ GUESTQUEST~ WINTER 2019


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Explore Delaware County A Great Place for a Winter Getaway Delaware County is a great place for a winter getaway, right in the center of Ohio. Fun activities, destination shopping, local dining, rich history and the arts, and affordable accommodations can all be found here. Two state parks and nine Preservation Parks ensure there are plenty of outdoor sports and

activities year ‘round. The holidays always have something special you won’t want to miss. And a worldclass zoo and aquarium makes its home here! If you love craft beer and wines, you can explore the Delaware County Vine & Bine Trail. You’re sure to find a few favorites that will have you planning your next Delaware

County getaway. Bring family and friends, spend a romantic weekend, or get some much-needed “me” time. Explore Delaware County, where you’re only limited by your imagination. Find more at our website: www.visitdelohio.com. ¤

Find Your Altogether Adventure in Grove City, Ohio Adrenaline-Pumping Thrills to Peaceful Winter Hikes Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping thrills or peaceful winter hikes, you’ll find all that and more this winter in Grove City! Start exploring at Grove City Guide + Gear where you’ll get insider knowledge on the best spots in town and find gear for your upcoming expeditions. Take a short drive to LVL UP Sports,

central Ohio’s paintball mega-park. With the largest paintball castle in Ohio, and over 250,000sqft of paintball fields to play in, this is the destination for the ultimate game of paintball! For equally big thrills at a somewhat slower pace, visit Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. Their Nature Center features mounted binoculars

to scope out the majestic bison. If they can’t be spotted from the viewing deck, venture inside to get the scoop on where the herd is hiding out. Explore these adventures along with many more at visitgrovecityoh.com/ winter-adventure.

Welcome to Gallia County, Ohio on the Banks of the Ohio River Feel the sense of pride we share in www.VisitGallia.com for a complete to keep up-to-date on the latest belonging to this community and take list of things to see and do and information! ¤ advantage of the many attractions and events during your stay. Gallia County, located on the banks of the majestic Ohio River, is home to many historical attractions, annual events, arts and theatre, winery and craft brewery and more! You’ll find something for the entire family! Our visitor guide offers a handy pocket-guide to our most popular and historic hot spots. Our professional staff partners with various organizations who are prepared to respond to your unique needs and to enrich your experience. Great things are happening in Gallia County, Ohio so be sure to check out our website at

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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 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. ¤

Relax in Carroll County At the Foothills of the Appalachian Mountains Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in East Central Ohio, Carroll County offers you small-town charm and those windy, rural routes that draw motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts. This community invites you to relax and enjoy its rolling hills and scenic vistas. The county is only a short drive from Akron, Cleveland, Columbus and

Pittsburgh and offers you a chance to “retreat, relax and rejuvenate” from the hustle and bustle of this technology-heavy world. Besides enjoying boating, fishing and kayaking on Leesville and Atwood lakes, you can visit the McCook House Civil War Museum, Ashton House Museum and Susie’s Museum of Childhood. Carroll County

also has a variety of restaurants to satisfy your cravings. You will find the perfect must-have gift at our mom-and-pop shops in Minerva and Carrollton. There are many things to see and do in Carroll County. For a schedule of events, please see carrollcountyohio.com. ¤

Holiday Memories in Cambridge, Ohio Delight in the holiday spirit in Marvel at the beauty of the charming historic Downtown Cambridge, city streets, stroll through the Dickens Ohio now through January 1, 2020! Victorian Village displays, take in the animated musical light show at the courthouse, or enjoy other holiday events that Ye Olde Cambridge has to offer. The Guernsey County Courthouse comes alive nightly with thousands of pulsating lights synchronized to holiday music. The display has more than 80,000 lights, three 20-foot Christmas trees and 60 animated displays. This amazing light spectacular is presented nightly starting at 5:30 through 9 p.m. (until 11 p.m. on holiday weekends). The show is free to attend and watch night after night! Each weekend has special events for the entire family, ranging from

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scavenger hunts and gingerbread displays to trolley tours and teas. A special holiday parade takes place on Nov. 30, 2019 with the theme “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols.” While in town, visit the Dickens Welcome Center and Imagination Station. Costumed volunteers share stories and photos of how the Dickens display was created. Then select the perfect Victorian hat, gloves, and cape as you imagine being a Victorian yourself and posing for a picture with Charles Dickens! To learn more about Dickens Victorian Village and other holiday events in Guernsey County, log on to www.VisitGuernseyCounty.com or call the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau at 800.933.5480. ¤

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

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

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

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

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Dutchess County, NY: Where Farm-to-Table is A Way of Life Just 90 minutes north of Manhattan in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley is the culinary getaway of your dreams. Dutchess County’s 1,700 farms yield an extraordinary variety of produce, meat, poultry and dairy that inspire our chefs to continually create vibrant, seasonal menus. Restaurants featuring every

style of cuisine win over diners with creative dishes utilizing the vast bounty provided by area farmers. It’s not surprising that this foodie’s paradise is also home to The Culinary Institute of America – the world’s premier culinary college. Founded in 1946, the CIA has trained culinary icons including Grant Achatz,

Escape to our Winter Destination! Chenango County, New York Located in Central New York, Chenango County is home to interesting terrain and a wide variety of winter activities. Gear up for crosscountry skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, fat biking and ice fishing in this area we call home. Our visitchenango.com website has snowmobile clubs and trails listed and we boast of some of the best-groomed trails in New York State. Winter fat biking has wide appeal, and it’s starting to grow in Chenango. GUESTQUEST ~ WINTER 2019

Anthony Bourdain, and Cat Cora. Reserve a table at any of the Hyde Park campus’s four award-winning restaurants and dine in a real-world, live-action classroom. At American Bounty Restaurant, students and faculty emphasize the use of local, fresh ingredients to create modern American dishes, proving seasonality impacts quality. ¤

It is a fun sport that promotes outdoor fitness and adventure as you ride through our well-maintained trails and enjoy the quiet atmosphere of our trails. Warm up your insides on our brew trail with a stop at the Black Bear Winery, the Bullthistle Brewery and our newest brewery – Hidden Springs Brewhouse. No matter what trail you take, find your winter adventure at www.visitchenango.com. ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com

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DELAWARE

Rehoboth Beach & Dewey Beach Resort Area of Delaware

Peek’n Peak Resort Is Your Destination for Adventure in All Four Seasons! In the Winter, Peek’n Peak is famous for skiing and snowboarding including 27 slopes and trails, 3 terrain parks and snow tubing. In the Summer, Peek’n Peak offers a championship caliber golf, giant dual ziplines, an aerial adventure course, Segway tours, the soaring eagle zipline, an outdoor pool, Frisbee

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golf, bicycle rentals, mini golf and more. Throughout the year, guests to Peek’n Peak will enjoy upscale dining at Bistro 210, alongside a variety of other seasonal dining options. The Serenity Spa offers guests a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, while the indoor pool & play zone is perfect

for kids. The resort offers overnight accommodations at The Inn or in one of eighty mountainside condos. Be sure to check out the resort’s website, pknpk.com, to see upcoming events and overnight package offers. There’s always something happening at the Peak! ¤

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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 year-round events. Visitors enjoy exploring 30 miles of unspoiled Delaware coastline, and many passive park areas. Nature based activities include State Parks, kayaking, nature cruises, ferry rides, walking trails, surfing, skimboarding, paddleboarding, sailing or exploring the water’s edge. Adding historical venues and live performing arts will make your stay in the “Nation’s Summer Capital” a perfect one. 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 just a short walk from Rehoboth Beach and sits between the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay. Dewey offers beach sports and activities as well as great restaurants, majestic sunsets, live music, dancing, and nightlife that are world famous. During the summer, Dewey offers family activities including movies and bonfires on the beach. The Resort’s Gateway (Highway One), offers a “mile of style” at the famous Tanger Outlet Center and as well as additional restaurants, bars, shops, rides, and attractions. The Resort Area hosts many events for fun-seekers of all ages…all year round! Spring and fall sidewalk sales are held in May and October; Beach Goes Red, White & Blue is held in May and the Sandcastle Contest is held in September. If you like fun, costumes and parades, the annual Sea Witch® Festival held in October will appeal to you. More fun events include 5K Races, Pet Events, Jazz Festival, Film Festival and holiday tree lightings and happenings. Once you visit, you will want to stay and return often to enjoy our beaches, boardwalk, natural beauty and hospitality. The Resort Area is always fun and always tax-free! For more information on the Resort Area, contact the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center located at 501 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Friendly and knowledgeable staff can also be reached at 302-227-6446 or online at www.Beach-Fun.com. Find us on Facebook! ¤

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ALABAMA

Welcome to Dauphin Island, Alabama! 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, Alabama. 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.

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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 www.dauphinislandchamber.com or call 877-532-8744 for details. ¤

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Book direct with the leading local vacation rental company, ACP Vacation Rentals, on Dauphin Island, AL. ACP Real Estate, Inc. offers home and condo vacation rentals throughout Dauphin Island with a variety of choices from waterfront and water view, to “In the Pines” homes for birding. There are also Canal front homes for boaters and fishing. Several homes are pet friendly. Vacation condominiums are available in Holiday Isle, Sandcastle, The Beach Club, The Surf Club and Fish Camps. Some owners will accept two,

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

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

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

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Get to Know Dauphin Island Hospitality Wouldn’t it be nice if visitors could arrive to a fully stocked kitchen? Susan and Vicki think so. That’s why they started Dauphin Island Hospitality in 2018.

When you’re on vacation, do you Let us stock the kitchen before you really want to waste hours of your arrive so you can start your vacation precious vacation time shopping right away. For details, email us at and hauling groceries? That’s the dihospitality.com@gmail.com. ¤ opposite of relaxing.

Alabama Gulf Coast: Close, Yet Miles Away Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals Alabama Gulf Coast is where you want to be! Close to everything, yet miles away. Orange Beach and Gulf Shores AL vacation rentals provide a magnificent, sparkling white sandy beach where mild temperatures greet visitors year-round. Listen to the sound of the surf, unwind and release the tension, or experience our vast sporting and recreational

activities, fresh seafood and great shopping that the Gulf Coast area has to offer. The magical beauty of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach AL is more than you can imagine. Let Sugar Sands Realty & Management, an Orange Beach and Gulf Shores AL vacation rentals company, help you find the perfect accommodations for your vacation.

With exceptional vacation rentals and sugar white beaches, you’ll discover plenty of magnificent lodging options, including rental condominiums. Visit us online for special offers and packages. We’re everything you want from your vacation! Sugar Sands Realty & Management 800.824.6462 www.sugsands.com ¤

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. ¤

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, The Jewel in The Crown of Alabama Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama. The jewel in the crown of Alabama. Our beautiful 32 miles of sugar white sand beaches are so special to us and we know you and your family will have a ball building new memories during your visit. Whether your preference is a beautiful beach home or a

comfortable condominium, you can count on Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals to deliver an exceptional experience that is as memorable as the sugar-white beaches and emerald-green water of the Alabama Gulf Coast. No matter if this is your first time coming to our beaches or are

returning for an annual getaway, we welcome you and your family to our Gulf Coast home. We hope that you take the time to not only enjoy time together with the ones you love, but also to get out and experience everything that makes Gulf Shores & Orange Beach so special. ¤

WISCONSIN

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. Avid cyclists have many riding options; winding trails in the forest, smooth paths through farmlands or relaxing routes around lakes. Hiking GUESTQUEST ~ WINTER 2019

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! ¤ FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION ~ www.GuestQuest.com

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SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina Coast Features 200 Miles of Sun and Surf A mix of easy public access, private retreats and natural preserves highlights the 200 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline that South Carolina calls its own. For generations, beach trips to millions of Americans and Canadians has meant an easy drive to Myrtle Beach and later, Hilton Head, while expanded air travel has added more international travelers in recent years. Reliable, decent weather year-round

and a burgeoning menu of attractions and amenities continue to drive that growth in popularity. Starting from the north, Myrtle Beach anchors the 60-mile crescent of shoreline known as the Grand Strand. Characterized by long, sweeping stretches of sand and surf, the Strand offers both bustling and less-boisterous choices for plopping that plastic chaise lounge and propping the umbrella.

In Myrtle Beach proper, hotels old and new, restaurants and shops line the beach, with public access points interspersed. Then there are the quiet ocean-side beach communities such as Cherry Grove, Atlantic Beach (considered perhaps the nation’s first predominantly African American beach town), Garden City and “elegantly shabby” Pawleys Island. Each offers varying degrees of public beach access and wide choices of hotel, cottage and condo rentals, as well as package deals with many of the more than 100 golf courses on the Strand. Cozy Myrtle Beach and expansive Huntington Beach state parks also offer beach access, camping, environmental education programs and more.

Much of the coast is protected wildlife refuges until the Charleston area, itself a world-class destination for lovers of history and architecture but also home to popular beach destinations such as Wild Dunes Resort and the Isle of Palms to the north of town and Folly Beach and its popular public beach just to the south. Next up going south is storied Edisto Island. Live oaks draped with Spanish moss overhang the narrow highway across the big island to Edisto Beach, long beloved for its great shelling. The park also has a robust environmental education center, camping and cabins. Then there’s the Beaufort area. The big park has four miles of beach,

cabins and thousands of acres of maritime forest and marsh for exploring. It even has a historic, 100foot lighthouse. At the south end of South Carolina’s coast is Hilton Head, a golf and tennis haven. Hilton Head is world famous for its plantation resorts, which combine beachfront dining, pools and cabanas with tennis, a range of accommodations and public and private golf. There are literally thousands of hotel rooms, condos, campsites and other accommodations along the South Carolina coast, as well as a myriad of dining, entertainment and educational options to help spice up the trip. -Marc Rapport

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

Myrtle Beach, Please! Grand Atlantic Resort offers oceanfront condo rentals with private balconies for those spectacular ocean views. Featuring one to fourbedroom units, there is private space for everyone while making those cherished vacation memories. The resort is located near Myrtle Beach’s top attractions. But, of course, the best attraction of all is the sixty miles of white sandy

beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Thoughtful water venues include a heated indoor pool and lazy river. The large oceanfront pool extends to a beautiful grassy lawn, ideal for watching the sun rise and set over the Atlantic Ocean. There are indoor and outdoor children’s pools.

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

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Grand Atlantic features conveniences such as an onsite restaurant, store and fitness room. There is a covered, attached parking garage. Grand Atlantic Resort Myrtle Beach, SC 800-852-7032 www.grandatlanticresort.com ¤

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you and your family to our beautiful beach. Tucked away in quiet Surfside Beach, SC our vacation rental communities are close to shopping, dining, entertainment, award winning golf and incredible water activities. Our properties offer everything from two-bedroom villas to gorgeous fivebedroom island-style homes. Join us and create your own memories that will last a lifetime! Rose Real Estate 897 Melody Lane Surfside Beach, South Carolina 800-845-6706 www.roserentaldept.com ¤ GUESTQUEST~ WINTER 2019


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SC’s Hammock Coast – Vacation Destination with Southern Charm Where is South Carolina’s Hammock Coast? Well, take a peek at the coastal area between Myrtle Beach and Charleston. For generations, Georgetown County, known as South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, has quietly given beach lovers, golfers, families, outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs a vacation destination infused with Southern charm and natural beauty. The Hammock Coast is made up of the beach communities of Pawleys Island, Litchfield Beach, Murrells Inlet and Garden City and the historic

cities of Georgetown and Andrews. Each area has its own distinct personality, but when combined as the Hammock Coast, they all form a unique attraction that has drawn visitors for years. Pawleys Island is, in fact, the oldest seaside resort in America and continues to be a great place to enjoy a quiet, laid-back vacation. As the birthplace of the rope hammock, relaxation has a long history here. The actual island has no commercial development; however, just over the short causeway, there are first-class

restaurants and boutique shopping for when (if!) you want a break from relaxing on the beach or the porch. But Pawleys isn’t the only place for dining, as Murrells Inlet is proudly known as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina.” Originally a fishing village on a protected inlet, the community boasts some of the best seafood in the entire South! The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk is a half-mile-long boardwalk on the banks of the Inlet, allowing visitors to truly experience the salt-marsh ecosystem along with restaurants, shops, parasailing, jet skiing and fishing excursions. Just off the Marshwalk is a small island that’s not home to vacationers, but, rather, a host of goats. The four-legged critters have lived on the island for years and delight visitors who watch from the Marshwalk and the string of restaurants overlooking the water. Between the business districts of Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach are two of the Hammock Coast’s most famous locations – Brookgreen

Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park. Recognized as one of the top birding spots in North America, the state park offers camping and access to a pristine undeveloped beach. Just across U.S. Highway 17 (also known as Ocean Highway) is Brookgreen Gardens. Since 1932, Brookgreen, a 9,127acre botanical and sculpture garden, has drawn visitors from around the world. It boasts one of the most significant collection of figurative sculptures in a beautiful outdoor setting and the only accredited zoo on the South Carolina coast. Interestingly, both Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens would not exist without the philanthropic and foresight of Archer Milton Huntington and his wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington, whose own magnificent sculptures are part of the collection. The Huntington’s former home, Atalaya Castle, can be visited at Huntington Beach State Park. Award-winning golf, with more than 13 courses within a 15-minute

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 edistorealty.com for information on the many vacation homes and villas on the ocean, creeks, saltmarsh or golf course. We are sure we can find one that suits you and your family needs. Come on down and once you cross the bridge to the island you will be hooked on the “Edisto Feeling.” Edisto Sales & Rentals Realty Edisto Island, SC 29438 1-800-868-5398 www.edistorealty.com ¤

drive, dots the Hammock Coast. Many are built on former rice plantations giving a graciously Southern golf experience. Three of Golf Magazines’ “Top 100 You Can Play” are here, and Pawleys Island was named one of the top 10 “Golf Islands” in the world by Links Magazine. For the history buff, Georgetown is South Carolina’s third oldest city, founded in 1729. It boasts a charming downtown historic district with restaurants and boutique shopping along the Harborwalk. Local tour companies provide a glimpse into the history of the area by land and by river. Andrews, located 18 miles inland from Georgetown, offers the perfect place to experience the natural world. From sporting clays to kayaking along the winding Black River, Andrews is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. For the foodie, you won’t have any trouble finding an amazing meal on the Hammock Coast, our area is dotted with great little restaurants, staffed by award-winning chefs. Fresh seafood, fresh produce and wonderful culinary talent equal many “blog-worthy” meals. Fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation are plentiful. With five rivers coming together to meet the ocean, and vast undeveloped land holdings, wildlife is plentiful. A number of guides and outfitters are available to get you out on the water in a boat, kayak, paddleboard or surfboard. Come visit the Hammock Coast and rediscover life with no schedules, rediscover your family, rediscover nature and rediscover yourself. South Carolina’s Hammock Coast 866.570.4238 www.HammockCoastSC.com

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 24

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Maryland ~ You’ve come to the right place! Maryland offers a wealth of possibilities, depending on your interests. Here are just a few… Isn’t It Romantic? The answer is yes, no matter where you go. Snuggle up in front of a roaring fire in your mountain cabin, or wake to the sound of seagulls after spending the night in a romantic retreat at Maryland’s beach resort, Ocean City. Pack a perfect picnic and set out for the beautiful views provided by green pastures or cloud-topped mountains, or hop aboard a historic sailboat and enjoy a sunset cruise for two. Go Outside and Play. How many

times did your parents tell you to “go outside and play?” Here in Maryland, we also urge you to get outdoors to experience some of Maryland’s natural wonders. Step into a sea kayak and paddle through the marsh grasses of the lower Chesapeake Bay. Hop on a mountain bike and pedal through pristine forest trails in Western Maryland. Cast a line for blue marlin, brook trout, smallmouth bass or striped bass (known as “rockfish” to the locals) in bodies of water all around the state. Pitch a tent, climb a rock, hunt for fossils

or prowl for owls on a night hike. We promise great adventures in our great outdoors. Retreat to a bygone era on Maryland’s Civil War Trails. Brother fought brother in the cornfields around Sharpsburg, a battle that afterwards turned whole towns into makeshift hospitals. Armies clad in blue and gray skirmished through Maryland’s countryside on their way to an epic battle at Gettysburg. A wounded assassin escaped Washington, D.C. into the Southern Maryland countryside in

search of a doctor named Mudd. The Civil War soldiers, spies and villains didn’t have signposts to point the way, but today’s visitors can follow colorful bugle “trailblazer” signs of Maryland’s Civil War Trails. The bugles lead to waysides where interpretive markers tell both military and anecdotal accounts of war and its effects on the people of Maryland. Find information by logging on to www.visitmaryland.org. This article courtesy of Maryland Office of Tourism. 1-866-639-3526 €

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

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

St. Mary’s County, Maryland Welcome to St. Mary’s County where boundless adventure awaits! Outdoor adventure, history, food, culture and everything in between await you. Explore our history, technology, and everything in between. We invite you to explore our County, where history is constantly in the making. Travel back to 1634, a time of adventure, when the first

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English settlers came to our shores to start a new life. Explore the technological marvels and unique exhibits at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, celebrating over 70 years of naval air research and American military history. From history and culture to outdoor activities ranging from hiking, biking, or water related activities; St. Mary’s County is the place for you. Come

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You’re Going to LOVE Kent County, Maryland

Discover Caroline County, Maryland!

Have you ever visited a place where you immediately felt welcome and knew that you would come back again? Kent County, Maryland is just that place. This scenic peninsula kisses the shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay and the historic Chester and Sassafras Rivers. Kent was bestowed with the honor of being designated as part of Maryland’s first National Scenic Byway, “Chesapeake Country.” Whether you are driving or cycling, you will discover calming landscapes, rolling farmland,

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

dramatic sunsets, scenic beauty, nature and rich heritage. Kent County invites you to experience Chestertown, Rock Hall, Galena, Betterton and Millington. Whether you are happiest exploring historic architecture, enjoying visual and performing arts, feasting on a burger or local seafood, shopping along red-brick sidewalks, hiking a trail at Eastern Neck NWR, taking a public sail or cruise, fishing or kayaking, there is so much to see and do in this charming destination. ¤

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

TENNESSEE

Morristown, Tennessee. Your Next Destination. Located between Cherokee and Douglas Lakes, and just a short drive from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Morristown is an outdoor lover’s paradise. A true jewel in the Tennessee State Park system, Panther Creek State Park has something for everyone. Boasting 17 different hiking trails that cover more than 30 miles of terrain at all levels of difficulty, hikers won’t be able to get enough. They can enjoy magnificent views of Cherokee Lake and the Cumberland Mountains from Point Lookout Trail, which reaches 1,460 feet above sea level. There are also more than 15 miles of mountain biking trails, as well as horse trails, camping sites, picnic pavilions, a boat ramp, an 18hole disc golf course and a swimming pool for everyone to enjoy. Beautiful Cherokee Lake, a fisherman’s haven, was recently ranked No. 12 on BASSMASTERS’ list of 100 Best Bass Lakes in the United States. As one of the premier bass fishing lakes in the region, several highly successful angling tournaments are held on the lake annually. GUESTQUEST ~ WINTER 2019

How serious does Morristown take disc golf? The city boasts five championship disc golf courses at four different venues, which has made it the premier destination in Tennessee for competitors of all skill levels. Morristown hosts the annual Tennessee State Disc Golf Championships, a United States Disc Golf Association qualifying tournament each June. All courses are free to play and open during each

park’s posted hours. After you’ve hiked, biked, fished, or golfed, be sure to head downtown to visit one of the many unique shops or restaurants found in Morristown’s historic district. Anchoring the south end of the district is the Downtown Green and farmers market pavilion, the site of the free Downtown Green Music Series held on the third Thursday in the months of April through September. At the north end

of the district you’ll find the historic Rose Center for the Arts. The restored Victorian schoolhouse is the cultural arts hub of the area and hosts a wide variety of concerts, art exhibits, classes, and theatrical performances. It’s also the location of the annual Mountain Makins Festival, one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events and a two-time winner of the Southeast Festival & Events

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Association’s Best Festival award. If you’re looking for a quick get-away for some outdoor adventure, fun on the water, or a stroll through a quaint downtown then make Morristown your next destination. Visit Morristown TN 423-586-6382 www.visitmorristowntn.com tourism@morristownchamber.com

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P E N N S Y LVA N I A

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

founding fathers shaped the nation after Independence. The Liberty Bell seldom tolls today, but it draws millions of visitors annually to the city’s Historic Independence National Park. Pennsylvania, 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. 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. For more information call the Pennsylvania Tourism Office at 1-800-VISIT-PA (847-4872) or visit www.VisitPA.com ¤

Great Things to Do in All Seasons Fall is the time Mother Nature paints the surrounding Pocono Mountains and Valleys with a colorful landscape that is the perfect setting to spend time exploring. Experience “Forest Bathing,” getting one with nature and taking in the smells and sounds of the peaceful surroundings. When she brings the snow-covered peaks – snow shoeing, cross country

skiing and ice fishing are some of the great winter activities here in Northeast PA. When the sun sets… the lights come up at Mohegan Sun Arena, FM Kirby and Penn’s Peak, while local theatres offer a variety of Broadway style performances. See the stick action of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a Pittsburgh Penguins

affiliate team, hit the slopes at Montage Mountain Resorts or try your luck at Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino. Check out all the great things to do in all the seasons at visitluzernecounty.com Visit Luzerne County 888.905.2782 ¤

Adventure Awaits in the Oil Region The first commercial oil well, drilled here in 1859, put the Oil Region on the map as “the valley that changed the world.” Experience the modern petroleum industry’s birth at Drake Well Museum and Park. The Oil Region is a collection of small towns with impressive architecture,

surrounded by stunning landscapes for you to explore. Attractions include AppleFest, Drake Well Museum and Park, Victorian architecture, historic walking tours, Barrow Civic Theatre shows and rides on the Oil Creek & Titusville excursion train. Spend the night in a quaint B&B, hotel, under the stars, close to the golf course or a train caboose car!

Purchase a National Park Service Passport and have it stamped at Drake Well, the Venango Museum of Art, Science & Industry, DeBence Antique Music World, the Pumping Jack Museum and the Oil Region Alliance office. Tourism information is available through 800.483.6264, info@oilregion.org and www.OilRegion.org.

Crawford County PA Just because there is a chill in the air, there are still a lot of fun things to do! Avalanche Xpress Snowtubing Park at Whispering Pines Golf Course is a 7-story high and 900 ft long rush! Day and night tubing are available and they have snow making machines to keep the snow on the hills. Warm up by the fireplace and grab a warm or cold beverage. Arcade is also available for kids to play games. Ride the Oil Creek and Titusville 30

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Railroad with Santa. – a 3-hour long ride that goes through scenic Oil Creek State Park. Attend the Icehouse Park Ice Carving Festival. See live artists carving ice, do the ice slide, take in great food and music. Warm up at the Silver Shores Restaurant or sample wines and take a tour at the Conneaut Cellars Winery and Distillery. Visit Crawford.org ¤ GUESTQUEST~ WINTER 2019


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Visit Clearfield County, Pennsylvania Clearfield County is home to miles of snowmobile trails, public lands for hiking & snowshoeing and plenty of water surfaces for ice fishing. Winter activities abound at our state and local parks. Take a sleigh ride through our snow-covered fields or amble down the Groundhog Wine Trail for some wine tasting.

Plan your visit during Hegarty Mansion’s Victorian Christmas tours or during Taste of the Town Spirit Tour. It will put you in the holiday spirit! There are plenty of specialty shops where you’ll find one-of-a-kind items, many of which are proudly made right here. Enjoy a sip-n-paint

at one of our local art galleries. Be sure to come back in February and enjoy the weekend full of activities for Groundhog’s Day! Visit Clearfield County and leave room in your suitcase for memories! Clearfield County, Pennsylvania 814-765-5734 www.VisitClearfieldCounty.org ¤

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: iTourColumbiaMontour.com or call 800-847-4810. ¤

Your Story Begins with the Susquehanna River Valley Explore and discover treasures in Pennsylvania’s pristine Susquehanna River Valley. Spend the day hitting the trails - snowmobiling, cross country skiing, or snow shoeing in our State Parks and Forests. Take time to visit our awardwinning wineries and breweries found throughout the Susquehanna

River Valley. Attend a seasonal festival, visit a historical museum, go antiquing or shop local at our fine retailers and unique stores. Finish the day with a romantic dinner for two or share your day’s adventures with friends and family at one of our worldclass pubs or restaurants located in one of our picturesque downtowns.

Plan a trip for the day or turn it into a get away by staying at one of our cozy hotels, cabins, cottages or bed and breakfasts. At every turn you will find something to amaze and inspire you. VisitCentralPA.org or 877-207-8599 ¤

Destination Franklin, Pennsylvania – Always Eventful! Franklin Light Up Night will be held on Saturday, November 23 – it’s the place you’ll want to be for a magical evening of fun and entertainment! See the beautifully decorated trees at the Barrow Civic Theatre Lobby. Santa will be at the Barrow Little Theatre and Jones Party Magic will give train rides. The Electric Lights Parade begins at 6:00 pm followed by

the awesome Pyrotechnico fireworks Competition at the Barrow-Civic set to the sounds of Christmas! Theatre and much more. On February 8, at Fountain Park, For the full schedule of events, ice carvers will turn lifeless blocks visit www.franklinpa.gov or of ice into beautiful sculptures from call (814) 437-1619 for more 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Take advantage of information. “Franklin, PA Events/ winter indoor sidewalk sales, chili Marketing Office” is also available cook-off, a nature art display, a Talent on Facebook. ¤

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,

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

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

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the pace is slower. Pender County is also home to Burgaw, a historic town in which the Civil War Trails travel and the North Carolina Blueberry Festival is celebrated. Pull up a beach chair. Traverse the Coastal Crescent of the Mountains to Sea Trail. Take a cruise on the Intracoastal or experience a deepsea charter. Visit Pender County and find your treasure. You will find us on the web at VisitPender.com. ¤

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360 Degree of Autumn Color & Winter Views Hanging Rock State Park in Beautiful Stokes County, NC FALL into a Stokes County State of Mind as you bask in the beautiful leaf peeping colors along the winding rural roads throughout the county and scenic trails of Hanging Rock State Park. By December, the colorful leaves fall to the ground, swiftly swept away in one of five rapidly flowing waterfalls, or frozen in time in the frozen falls when the temperatures drop. A brisk winter hike is the perfect way to re-energize and boost the immune system. Experience panoramic views atop Moore’s Knob as you embark on a natural fall color challenge, of this 4.3-mile loop trail, along the eastern most mountains in North

Carolina. Enjoy breathtaking views from the Lookout Tower on top of Moore’s Knob, reaching an elevation of 2,579 feet, the highest peak of the Sauratown Mountains in Stokes County. Just a short drive from the triad and a scenic two-hour journey from the Triangle or Charlotte areas. Signage on the railing of the tower identify points of interest in all directions and provide history about the Mountain Range and State Park. Looking for a relaxing stroll or an exciting, grueling hike with grand vistas or intimate, stun­ ning waterfalls, forests thick in colorful leaves or wide-open meadows? Many proclaim Stokes

as North Carolina’s best kept secret of mesmerizing natural beauty, charming rural landscapes, and quaint downtown areas. Perfect for a day trip, but ideal for a weekend of adventure, camp sites fill up fast. Local vacation rentals and cabins provide visitors a taste of unique stylings and charm that Stokes County has to offer. Book a stay at a restored 1881 Mill, log cabin, Old Farmhouse Inn, or the lodge at Singletree. Each location offering a unique view of the mountains, enjoyed best sitting on the lawn, as the setting sun highlights the rocky features. www.hangingrock.com

Hendersonville: Best Kept Secret for A Cool Season Getaway Folks in the Deep South often equate a wintertime in the North Carolina mountains with skiing. While there are ski resorts in the higher elevations of Western North Carolina, the lower elevations generally experience moderate winters. That’s where Hendersonville comes in. Hendersonville is a big town or a small city – depending on how you want to view it – that has been described by a national magazine as “Asheville’s cool cousin.” Located about 20 miles

south of Asheville, Hendersonville is a vibrant, artsy place with many yearround options for tourists. It all begins with a thriving downtown built around a serpentinestyle Main Street. The street meanders like a mountain river through a park-like setting of wide sidewalks, landscaped areas with sitting benches, and attractive brick planters. Main Street is alive with a nice mix of shops, boutiques, restaurants, pubs and attractions. Where else can you find a shark

Welcome to Mill House Lodge in Flat Rock NC If you’re looking for something a bit different when visiting Hendersonville NC and Flat Rock in Western North Carolina, choose Mill House Lodge. Mill House Lodge sits among the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The building once housed a working grist mill. It contains a one-bedroom suite and three two-bedroom suites that offer the soothing sound of water cascading over the old mill’s dam. We offer a tranquil lake setting – a haven for those seeking a casual family atmosphere that our unhurried mountain retreat provides. It’s the perfect place for honeymoons, anniversaries, family reunions, group meetings or a simple getaway. Enjoy being outdoors with amenities such as an outdoor pool, canoes and a fire ring. Check out our website for information about our other 36

accommodation choices: Jordan Lodge, Rhodes Cottage, Lakeview, Summey House, Timberlodge and Dogwood are also available. In the historic village of Flat Rock and located only 5 minutes from Downtown Hendersonville, Carl Sandburg Home and Flat Rock Playhouse and less than 30 minutes to the Biltmore Estate, Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest – the Mill House Lodge is near all the great attractions the area has to offer. We are under new management and have recently updated our look! Whether you are a regular or a firsttimer, we can’t wait for you to see… and we can’t wait to see you! Mill House Lodge 1150 West Blue Ridge Rd. Flat Rock, NC 28731 (828) 693-6077 www.millhouselodge.com ¤ See ad next page

aquarium, gem mining operation, pinball museum, hands-on children’s museum and a performance center all within eight blocks? For the outdoor adventurer, DuPont State Recreational Forest lies just southwest of Hendersonville and includes more than 10,000 acres with trails for hiking and biking. A sun-splashed winter hike along Little River reveals a trio of well-known waterfalls, including Triple Falls, which has three distinct cascades and was featured in two Hollywood movies, “Last of the Mohicans” and

“The Hunger Games.” An awesome view of four states – NC, SC, GA and TN – is available from Jump Off Rock, one of the more easily accessible grand views in North Carolina. Jump Off Rock is less than 15 minutes from Hendersonville’s Main Street and is accented by a small park leading to its namesake rock. Three short hiking trails circumnavigate the pinnacle. Hiking trails are not the only popular trails in Hendersonville. The Cheers! Trail has 16 stops for visitors to explore local wineries, breweries

and craft cideries. Henderson County is NC’s top apple producing county, so the hard cider made here is truly local. When the weather turns chilly, head indoors for the Art Gallery Trail, showcasing regionally- and nationally-known artists at a dozen galleries in downtown Hendersonville and nearby Flat Rock. For Hendersonville information and lodging details, call 800-828-4244 or go to: www.VisitHendersonvilleNC.org ¤ See ad page 37 & 38

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

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

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Have a Great Fall or Winter Vacation in North Carolina The winter months in North Carolina allow for a different outlook. Relax and wind down sitting back and marveling at the colorful sunrise and sunset. Make fall memories walking along a mountain stream, paddling on the lake or gathered around an outdoor fire. Or take the opportunity

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while the leaves have fallen to climb a mountain and see views that go for miles and miles. North Carolina’s mountains are perfect for active families. Grandfather Mountain draws visitors from everywhere. There are picnic areas, wildlife exhibits and miles of

hiking trails. For a few thrills, cross the 228 foot bridge, the highest suspension foot bridge in the United States. The North Carolina Mountains are unique. Extreme elevation offer the longest and most colorful foliage season in the nation. Travelers can easily find sweeping views of fall

colors from late September into early November. North Carolina has 1928 lakes, ponds, reservoirs and other fishing bodies of water, making it possible for anglers to catch great fish year round. Winter trout fishing is big here. It is also noted for largemouth

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bass fishing. From the highest mountains on the East Coast to the depths of a mountain lake, you’ll find countless things to see and do. Take the time to visit North Carolina for your next fall or winter getaway. Visit GuestQuest.com for getaway ideas.

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