Food & Travel Magazine Winter 2023 Issue

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Publisher Kane publications / Tappazoid Inc. President Tom Kane EVP of Sales JT Zory EVP of Marketing Katrina Crowell EVP of Finance Dan Nguyen Editor Susan Hollander Director of Art & Design Jon Pharr Feature Editor & Contributor Megan Hill Director of Sales, America Camille Anatra Director of Sales, Canada Jordan Embry Director of sales South America Jessica Hernandèz Director of Digital Marketing Kyle Edson Director of Visual Production Bojan Vanovac Director of Internet Technologies Jason Cunningham Senior Sales Executive Sarah Manherz Junior Sales Executives Bobbi Hunter Lorena Oliveros Mike Hogan Matt Walter Dylan Rottkov Food & Travel Magazine is pubishled quarterly - Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter. For subscription inquires, email us at © 2023 Food & Travel Magazine® - All Rights Reserved. WINTER 2023
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Miami, FL

Natchitoches, LA

Baton Rouge, LA

Alexandria, LA

Eatonton, GA

Hammock Coast, SC

Burnsville, NC

Bristol, TN

Sierra Vista, AZ

Heber Valley, UT

Torrance, CA

Bakersfield, CA

Costa Mesa, CA

Plumas County, CA

Fresno County, CA

Bend, OR

Vancouver, WA

La Conner, WA

320 Guest Ranch, MT

Carbon County, WY

Fargo-Moorehead, ND

Watertown , SD

Manhattan, KS

Carthage, MO

Carbondale, IL

Cadiz, KY

Upstate Eats Trail, NY

Gettysburg, PA

Narragansett, RI

South Delaware

Buckhannon, WV

Chincoteague Island, VA

Eastern Shore, VA

146. BUCKHANNON, WV 2021 FALL ISSUE TOP WINTER DESTINATIONS EXCLUSIVE FEATURES 06 5 Resorts for Sustainable Eating 08 All Inclusive Culinary Experiences In Hammock Cove 16 Nine Women-Owned Food Brands You Should Try 19 Christmas in Natchez, MS 52 Winter Adventure in Canyon County, AZ 68 Kayaking Adventures in Baja California Sur 86 Top Winter Adventures in Central Oregon 104 Winter in Wyoming BURNSVILLE, NC PAGE 40 92

RESORTS for Sustainable Eating

For eco-conscious travelers, an essential part of sustainable travel is sustainable eating, with food that is not only produced and consumed responsibly, but that is also delicious and creates a unique sense of place. These properties all provide an opportunity to eat responsibly and enjoyably while vacationing.


This five-star, luxury property that promises discerning travelers of all ages a luxurious and immersive Fijian vacation is located on the shores of the Pacific Harbour. Nanuku’s rich soil allows fresh, seasonal produce to be harvested on site - everything from fruits, vegetables and herbs. A chicken coop provides eggs for breakfast, a rice paddy supplements rice supplies, and a beehive yields 8-10 liters of wild honey per annum. In addition, cultural and adventure are a significant part of the food and beverage experience by way of local village Food Safaris, outdoor Fijian cooking classes using traditional, time-honored cooking methods, sourcing seafood with indigenous staff, enjoying Kava rituals, plus so much more.

Food Cooking Class in Nanuku Resort
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Accomadations in Nanuku Resort Fiji


An exclusive eco-lux farm stay retreat in Sonoma’s charming Healdsburg, this 120 acre privately owned estate and working biodynamic farm encourages guests to move mindfully and reconnect with the land, themselves, and each other. Key to the experience is engaging in a holistic, ecological, and sustainable approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition, with seed saving, bee rewilding, and creating their own soil being some of the initiatives undertaken. A favorite guest moment is spending time in the biodynamic garden harvesting fresh seasonal vegetables, followed by a seed-to-table cooking demo and meal shared among friends and family. Talented chef instructors specialize in plant-based cooking, and for those interested in learning more, can offer tips on integrating plant-based cooking at home.


Nestled in the vines of South Australia’s iconic Barossa Valley – a hub of small-scale farmers and growers – many of whom embrace sustainable and organic methods. This culinary and wine focused resort includes just-picked ingredients from the kitchen garden which are a highlight on every menu. Guests of the property are invited to experience a culinary masterpiece paired with exquisite Barossa Valley wines at Appellation as well as the Bar Contour, the newest onsite eatery, which is slated to open next month, December 2022.


Perfectly located in the hamlet between the Barolo, Barbaresco and Alta Langa wine-making regions, Casa di Langa is more than a luxury hotel: it’s a sustainable experience constructed with local materials and inspired by traditional architecture. Guests can spend their time wandering 42 hectares of working vineyards and natural landscape or venture out to explore the neighboring UNESCO World Heritage designated area, home to some of the world’s finest wines and white truffles.  Casa di Langa offers guests the opportunity to indulge in the best of Piedmont’s cuisine at their restaurant, Fàula, where each dish is based on local ingredients, with great care and attention paid to sustainable agriculture and conservation practices.


Canada’s premier eco-safari sits amongst the lush coastal rainforest of remote Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Surrounded by the UNESCO listed Clayoquot Sound Biosphere, the 600-acre property with twenty-five luxuriously appointed white canvas tents is reachable only by seaplane or boat, and is open only from May-September each year.

Dining at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is both celebratory and considered, reflecting the natural surrounds of Vancouver Island’s wild west coast and using locally sourced, sustainable produce to offer a real taste of the destination. An extensive kitchen garden and greenhouse is maintained on the property where the team grow and harvest fresh greens, vegetables, and herbs. As well, the surrounding forest makes for its own natural garden with freshly foraged berries and wild mushrooms often making their way to the meals.  The food and beverage program utilizes as many locally produced organic ingredients as possible, all of which are sourced from British Columbia (always Clayoquot Sound and Vancouver Island if available).

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Hammock Cove Antigua is raising the bar on the all-inclusive dining experience with its new, revamped and innovative culinary program. Executive Chef Marco Festini brings Michelin-starred experience highlighting seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients taking guests on an elevated gustatory journey inspired by his roots in Italian cooking. He is also dedicated to maintaining that 60% of fruit, vegetables, fish and seafood consumed on property are sourced locally with 20% of the herbs and vegetables being grown in the hotel’s own garden—strong percentages for an island not deeply rooted in agriculture.

In addition to two restaurants – the casual all-day Irina’s Bistro and the fine dining Lighthouse Restaurant –four bars and 24hour in-room dining, Marco has embarked on a range of culinary initiatives to surprise and enchant guests taking full advantage of the kitchen’s creativity. Marco also now brings the Italian

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aperitivo ritual three times a week for guests to savor sublime predinner drinks and light bites to awaken the appetite. It starts with Wednesday’s cooking demonstration while Marco shows how to make a sampling of plates like mahi-mahi carpaccio, fennel and orange salad, then each Thursday with oysters and bubbles by the beach and on Saturday with blinis and Sevruga caviar. Sunday aperitivo features Spritz Veneziano and the popular Pirlo.

Private themed dinner packages at the hotel’s famed Pink Gazebo on the beach is also offered at an additional cost ranging from $100 to $150 per person. Highlighting the kitchen’s fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, the Pink Gazebo private dinner offers three menus to choose from: Growers and Farmers, Valley and Ocean, or Deep Sea and the Riff that comes with a bottle from the wine list. These unique menus focus on meat and vegetables, meat and seafood, and seafood only, respectively, and gourmands can expect such haute dishes as Black Angus Fillet Mignon with Creamy Bleue d’Auvergne,

or Slow Roasted Jumbo Shrimp with Truffle Fingerling Potatoes and Wilted Greens.

For vinophiles, new wine tastings mine gems from terroirs around the world served with fine charcuterie and cheese, available with a reservation and at an additional charge.   Born and raised in Italy, Chef Marco began his career in his home country, before working in a number of marquee hotels and restaurants across Europe, among them the threeMichelin star Les Pres d’Eugenie in southwestern France, Hotel Helvetia & Bristol in Florence, and Chez Moi restaurant in London. He has worked in the Caribbean for almost two decades, first in Barbados from 2003 before a stint in St. Lucia and now at Hammock Cove.

Hammock Cove features 41 spacious ocean-facing villas with contemporary Caribbean interiors in a whitewashed palette with local hardwood furnishings, open-air living and dining areas, a plunge pool flanked by sun beds and hanging basket chairs, tropical landscaping, and spa-style bathrooms with dual vanities and oversized showers. Unique to Hammock Cove, personal Guest Ambassadors offer concierge services for guests in their villa and around the property. The threetiered infinity pool cascades down to a private, white-sand beach and the Tranquility Spa offers five treatment rooms, and a sea-facing yoga Shala. Art lovers will appreciate the Tunnel Gallery, a space dedicated to showcasing the works of established and emerging Caribbean artists. Light local entertainment is offered throughout the week.

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Miami’s diverse cultures weave together to form a fascinating mix of experiences. On the dining side, there are Michelin-starred restaurants to try, plus rooftop and oceanside dining opportunities. The city is also full of dinner shows, art museums, unique bars, and luxurious hotels and spas, all set across vast neighborhoods bustling with culture.

Miami’s nightlife is one of its calling cards. One of the best ways to experience that is by going to a dinner show, where you’ll eat a top-notch meal and take in a live performance, with performers by dancers, musicians, even fire-eaters. There’s El Tucán, a newcomer to the scene with modern vibes, Asian-inspired cuisine, and a party atmosphere complete with aerialists, singers, burlesque shows and dancers. Dine on inventive New American dishes

at Marion, which is known for its Thursday soiree’s dinner party, champagne bar, and world-renowned DJs.

Greater Miami and Miami Beach are making a name as a world-renowned arts destination. From stunning architecture to art museums and events, this is truly a hub for art aficionados. There’s the New World Symphony Center, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, with its 7,000-square-foot (650 square meters) projection wall showing free concerts, video art and films.


The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County – the second largest in the U.S. after the Kennedy Center has three separate performance facilities created to present ballet, opera, theater and symphonic music. There are also two nationally recognized companies in the Florida Grand Opera and Miami City Ballet. Events like Art Basel Miami Beach, Art of Black Miami, Design Miami, and the Miami International Art Fair contribute to a full calendar of events worth building a trip around.

And the museums will impress any visitor. At Museum Park, a spectacular vantage point overlooking Biscayne Bay, there’s the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (Frost Science). The Bass, formerly the Bass Museum of Art, sits on Miami Beach and exhibits of-the-moment art. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) is dedicated to contemporary artists and to the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally.

The city is strewn with arts districts that are worth exploring. The Miami Design District is a trendy area north of downtown with luxury fashion and home design shops, stunning architecture and great dining experiences. Lounges, show rooms, and galleries round things out here. Nearby, the Wynwood Arts District is packed with galleries, museums, warehouses, and exhibition spaces. Best bets are the Margulies Collection, known for photography and contemporary art exhibitions, and Wynwood Walls, an open-air ticketed based museum dedicated to cutting-edge contemporary urban murals, with regularly scheduled musical performances.

Michelin recently expanded its world famous dining guide to include Miami, and for good reason. There’s plenty to love about the diverse dining scene, with a lifetime’s worth of outstanding restaurants and other dining experiences. Miami’s dining scene reflects its international influences, from Cuban, Haitian, Peruvian and Colombian to Indian, Thai, Japanese, and Argentine. There are plenty of options for fusion cuisine, where chefs meld multiple regional influences to create new inventions. The James Beard Foundation, another well known food award committee, has recognized a slew of Miami chefs: Michelle Bernstein (Café La Trova) and Giorgio Rapicavoli (Luca Osteria/ Eating House,

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Any trip to Miami would be incomplete without a visit to a rooftop or beachside bar or restaurant. Dine with a view at places like Juvia, Watr, MILA, and many more. Closer to the water, there are scores of options, with the best including La Mar, Bayshore Club, and

Coral Gables / Glass & Vine, Coconut Grove), Jose Mendin (Pubbelly Restaurants), Michael Schwartz (Tigertail + Mary/ Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink/Amara at Paraiso), and Adrianne Calvo (Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard and Wine Bar / Redfish by Chef Adrianne / Cracked Eatery). Michelin has recognized 11 one-star restaurants and one two-star restaurant, including The Surf Club Restaurant, Boia De, Le Jardinier, and Cote Miami.

As for where to stay, there are a range of great options depending on what you’re looking for. There are beach hotels, of course, including the extravagant Faena Hotel Miami Beach and the elegant St. Regis Harbour Resort. On the boutique end, there’s the Art Deco Abbey Hotel, and the iconic Hotel Breakwater South Beach. Luxury hotels abound, too: stay in style at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, the Mandarin Oriental, or the Biltmore Hotel.

If you can tear yourself away from the beach, Miami has scores of spas dedicated to relaxation and wellness. Amenities, treatments, and fitness classes round out the offerings – and it’s possible to spend an entire day pampering yourself. Lapis, the Spa at Fontainebleau, boasts its “Water Journey,” which includes mineral baths, massage jet showers, a eucalyptus steam room, and marble hammams. The Spa at Carillon Miami is massive, including a full thermal experience with a rooftop Jacuzzi, swimming pool, crystal steam room, rain showers, Finnish sauna, herbal laconium and much more.

Fitness buffs may want to add a workout to their relaxation day. There’s the exhale Spa, which has locations at the Kimpton EPIC Hotel, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami. Here, visitors can join mind-body classes including yoga, Core Fusion Barre and HIIT bootcamp, while The Standard Spa Miami Beach offers yoga and Pilates, as well as stand-up paddleboarding on Biscayne Bay.

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There’s warmth to be felt and found in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. It’s reflected in our cuisine, our vibrant culture, our art, and throughout our diverse neighborhoods. Treat yourself to luxurious hotels and spas or find yourself savoring every flavor of our foods. Explore authentic Miami cuisines at one of our many Michelin-rated dining experiences and find what you’re looking for as you wander with wonder through our eclectic neighborhoods. All this and more is waiting for you in Miami.

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Whether curious for your own experimentation, or hoping to support women-owned businesses as you’re buying your next gift, here are nine brands you should try this winter.


Created by chef Samantha Allonce, her all-natural blends are mouth-watering and made with the experience of having worked in some of New York City’s best restaurants. Her Jamaican heritage and unique ingredients are boldly evident in each blend. Garlic N Peperoncini is featured on the Season 14 lineup of sauces on Hot Ones. A nice endorsement by a hot sauce aficionado!


Created by a mother-daughter duo from Texas who wanted to enjoy something sweet while still eating healthy. Good & Tasty Bakes makes cheesecakes that are grain-free, allnatural, keto-friendly, and made with no added sugar. All products are certified gluten-free through the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America.

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Owned and operated by Cindy Rhodes, a third-generation owner of Edgewood Bogs (where Cape Cod Select cranberries are harvested), combined her years of experience in the cranberry industry with a new outlook on frozen fruit and took the market by storm. Cindy Rhodes runs the family business today and has made the fresh-frozen berries available outside of the holiday season. From smoothies to baking, and cooking sweet and savory dishes, there’s always a reason to add versatile frozen cranberries into your daily diet.




This AAPI and woman-founded brand uses only high-quality camellia sinensis leaves direct from Japan to make their 100% organic matcha powder. KO Matcha has a smooth and clean taste that gives you the sustainable energy you need throughout the day, with a long list of health benefits! With hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon and fitness influencers naming KO Matcha their matcha of choice, the difference is in the quality. Awaken your mind, renew your body, and energize your soul, with the premium matcha from KO Matcha.

Supporting gut health has never been so colorful and tasty! Being a mother, founder Cori Deans knows how important it is to introduce healthy foods to children and how to encourage trying those new foods in a fun way. She kept picky eaters in mind when designing the small batch, plantbased probiotic foods using mountain water from the Adirondacks. With bright, colorful, raw fermented food in transparent containers, kids can get excited about adding some colors from the rainbow to their favorite dishes including sliced jalapenos, turmeric kimchi, Meyer lemon, and more. Crafted in Keene, New York, all clean offerings are made without vinegar or sugar and no additives or preservatives. The products are gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and keto-friendly, accommodating just about every diet.

Perfect for spicing up grazing boards or family recipes, hosts will love adding a little kick to cooking or snacks with Apricot Habanero jam ($12). Perhaps the sweeter Peachy Mango Madness jam ($12) or Triple Berry Moogarita jam ($12) may become a favorite spread, and the whole family can enjoy a new recipe incorporating the Triple Berry Moogarita sauce ($10) as a marinade for meat. Their sweet and spicy gift sets ($25) make the thought deliciously count! Founded by Julie Deck, her love of jam, Scotland, and Highland Coo cows has blossomed into a sweet-and-spicy jam company filled with love that you can taste.



Pariva makes the most deliciously addictive spreadable yogurt bites, the first of their kind! Available in Tandoori, Garlic and Rosemary, and Za’atar, these healthy savory yogurt snacks were lovingly created by foodie Manjarrie Saha, who always loved hosting loved ones and making intriguing dishes that would often become the topic of conversation. Enjoy these guilt-free gourmet bites on steaks, bagels, crackers, salads, and more. Made with heart-healthy oils and spices, you’re going to want to savor every last drop; even once the yogurt bites are gone, use the remaining oil in salad dressings, as a meat or fish marinade, or even a flavorful bread dip.


Upright is an instant oatmilk alternative. The AAPI and woman founder said she knew there was an opportunity to create something that was better for people and our planet. Not only is Upright just as nutritious as cow’s milk with eight grams of oat protein in every serving and added vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamins A, B12, D, and plant-based pre-biotic oat fiber, but the brand also has a strong focus on sustainability. Upright is more ecofriendly than traditional oatmilks since they are not shipping water and don’t require refrigeration. Plus, they package using post-consumer recycled plastic and recyclable materials.


I’m The Chef Too! is a baking kit created by a mother/educator that infuses educational concepts into recipes to make learning fun, engaging, and tasty! Each month, new adventures are released that blend food, STEM, and the arts into educational fun! Kids can learn about outer space as they whip up galaxy donuts, engineer erupting volcano cake as they learn about chemical reactions, or even discover geology as they bake cupcake geodes – the adventures are endless! There’s never a shortage of STEAM ideas to get young minds thinking and learning in the kitchen!

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Natchez, Mississippi, known for its Southern hospitality, historic homes, and significant architecture, invites visitors to avoid the crowded cities this holiday season and swap snow for sunshine in this quaint riverside town. With mild winter temperatures and a selection of holly-jolly happenings, including colored lights covering Main Street, home tours and more, Natchez is the ideal place to create lasting memories for the whole family.


If you are looking for the ideal place to check off your nice list and find something special to put under the tree, be sure to stop by Darby’s for unique gifts and famous freshly made fudge, Soirée Boutique for trendy brands and accessories, Hal Garner at Nest for stunning antiques and home collectables, or spend the day wandering the city’s many other shops.


Do You See What I See? Christmas tours at Sunnyside takes visitors through each room in the house, decorated with over 30 Christmas trees. Jeweled Christmas Tours, located in The Towers Mansion, adorns its halls in thousands of shimmering jewels in a showing named one of the Top 10 Most Unusual Christmas Displays by USA Today.


Kids playing at San Buenaventura State Beach

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This event kicks off with the annual tree-lighting event held on Thanksgiving weekend, featuring pyrotechnics set to music, visits from Santa Claus, caroling around the tree, delicious food vendors, kids’ rides, and other family-friendly activities.

Lasyone’s Meat Pie
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Blanton’s at the Mariner’s Bar

Natchitoches has been a destination for travelers since 1714.  Located in Central Louisiana on Interstate 49, you will find the original French Colony in Louisiana. For more than 300 years, tourists have come to Natchitoches from across the country and the globe. Today’s travelers learn of Natchitoches’ evolution through tremendous changes – from the course of a river to the traditions on Southern plantations and more. While paying homage to the past, the vibrancy of this city and region attracts many to explore both the stories of yesterday and the treasures of today.

In the heart of Natchitoches lies the “National Historic Landmark District,” which is home to the famous Front Street, a brick thoroughfare where wrought-iron balconies, restaurants, and shops face the beautiful Cane River Lake. In this area, you can also find Lasyone’s, the home of the legendary Natchitoches Meat Pie. Made of 80% beef and 20% pork, this local delicacy is fried golden brown and served with a choice of creamed potatoes or fries, a choice of vegetable, and salad.

Another must-stop while in Natchitoches can be found right around the corner: Merci Beaucoup Restaurant. It is located in a building that was once an old gas station. Now, you can find the delicious Cajun Potato here. It is a stuffed potato topped with crawfish étouffée and jumbo fried shrimp.

A short walk down Front Street might lead you to the Pioneer Pub. It is located in what was known as the Sompayrac Building, built in 1840 and was used as a bank for many years. The building was renovated to the style you see now just before World War II and is now home to the Pioneer Pub. It is a wonderful place to hang out and grab a nice cold beer. You can also order the mouth-watering appetizer called “The Wookie.” It is amazing homemade fries topped with brisket and melted cheese. This is something you will definitely be craving after the fact.

One of the most known restaurants in Natchitoches is The Mariner’s. It is located right off Sibley Lake and is known to have the best sunsets in town. They have also received a Wine Spectator’s Award in less than one year of being open with

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Mariner’s Chef Island

new owners. Mariner’s is also home to what they call “Chef’s Island.” It is an island located a few hundred feet from the main restaurant that houses a chef’s table and is only accessible by boat. Here you can enjoy a wonderful glass of wine with a sunset you won’t forget.

An additional must-stop is Flying Heart Brewing & Pub. It is housed in a refurbished cotton gin building that is nearly a century old. Whether you want to unwind after work or catch up with friends, Flying Heart Brewing & Pub is the perfect place to be. Here you can find mouthwatering food, signature cocktails, and unique craft beers that are a must-try. The overlap between this historic space and the birth of a new business is a perfect representation of what Natchitoches is all about: rooted in history but constantly evolving.

On your way out of Natchitoches, don’t forget to stop at the French Market. It is located right off I-49. What looks like an average convenience store from the outside, you’ll realize it is much more once you go inside. Here you can find a Cajun restaurant and bakery. The bakery is known for their delicious yam cakes and beignets. But that’s not all they offer. You can also find fine wines and souvenirs, making it the perfect stop for all ages.

If you’re looking for a quiet weekend with the family or a romantic weekend with a loved one, historic Natchitoches offers a dynamic atmosphere for everyone.

Visit or call (800) 259-1714 to plan your trip today.

Mayeaux’s Mariner’s Chef Island
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Zydeco Breakfast Chicken and Waffles at Cane River Commissary
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On the banks of the Cane River Lake, explore the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Follow the trails in Kisatchie National Forest and through the Cane River National Heritage Area to find centuries of history, culture, and natural landscapes, ready to be explored by foot, car, or boat.

No matter your goals or aspirations, resolutions are about deciding what you want and getting after it—we think travel should be the same. Whether you’re a planner or prefer to go with the flow, picking a destination as unique as Baton Rouge guarantees something for every traveler and intention.


A phrase that can take on many meanings, eating “better” in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is a given—so why not try something new? Put your trust in the generations of award-winning chefs that bring international flavor to this already globallyinfluenced city and you won’t be disappointed. There’s Italian at Gino’s, Indian at Al Noor or Nigerian at BB & PF, where many compare scooping jollof rice and fufu dough in the wood-paneled restaurant to dining in the chef’s very own living room. We know for many, the traditional Louisiana experience feels like another world in itself. So staple restaurants like Poor Boy Lloyd’s, Elsie’s Plate & Pie and Louisiana Lagniappe are locally-approved places to bite into your first po-boy, boudin ball or crawfish hand pie.


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As relaxed and easy-going as we’re known to be, the people of Baton Rouge still know how to move—most importantly, no actual dance experience is required. When you stumble upon a festival or spot the neon glow of The Varsity Theater or Chelsea’s Live, just let the music move you! If your fitness regimen calls for a little more cardio—and maybe a few less drinks—take to the beautiful boardwalk trails that wind beneath cypress trees in the BlueBonnet Swamp, rent bikes along the Mississippi River or visit one of the dozens of parks nestled throughout the city.


While you may not find it on Duolingo, you can hear Cajun French words like lagniappe, couyon and, of course, laissez les bon temp roulez, when visiting Baton Rouge. The city was founded over 300 years ago, so traces of far away nations can be found in our language, food, traditions and architecture. If you’re seeking new knowledge in the new year, the Capitol Park Museum offers incredible exhibits on Louisiana culture and history, from Louis Armstrong and Mardi Gras to the lasting influences of Indigenous peoples.

As always, there’s plenty to do in the new year and Baton Rouge is ready to help. To plan your trip to Louisiana’s capital, start by exploring for seasonal events, recommended itineraries, places to stay and more. We can’t wait to meet—the new—you!


New Year. New Things to Do.

The end of the year isn’t the end of the fun, but the beginning of another season of exploration and celebration. With tons going on in Baton Rouge and even more right around the corner, there’s no better time to start planning your visit to the Capital City.

Head over to and find out what the Red Stick has in store for this year.

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The Alexandria-Pineville, Louisiana, area is known for amazing events throughout the year, and Alex Winter Fête is no exception! Alex Winter Fête is back this year with several returning favorite attractions along with new activities for everyone to enjoy! This Alexandria winter celebration is FREE to all ages, from December 8 to 11, with numerous must-see events, including ice skating, live music, food, shopping and visits with the Jolly Old Santa himself!


• Thursday, December 8 @ 4:00pm – 8:00pm

• Friday, December 9 @ 5:00pm – 11:00pm

• Saturday, December 10 @ 10:00am – midnight

• Sunday, December 11, Alexandria Christmas Parade @ 2:00pm

• Ice Rink opens after parade until 8:00pm

You can even purchase Fast Passes to get you out on the ice faster! Get them for the night or even the whole weekend!

Bring the kiddos to explore the children’s area known as Jolly Junction, and interact with talented stilt-walkers, fire-breathers, live bands, and more! See if you can spot Alex, our Winter Fête Elf on the Shelf! Come play games and watch Christmas movies with us!

Be sure to download and print out your Letter to Santa to drop off in Santa’s Mailbox in front of the Mini-Park on 3rd & Johnston Street. Your letter may even get read by Santa himself and posted on the Alex Winter Fete Facebook and Instagram pages!

Come shine with the Alexandria Museum of Art during Winter Fete for our Winter Fete Illuminated Procession on December 10th. Come walk with our giant snowman, Christmas tree and SANTA! We’ll line up at 5:30 and roll at 6pm.

And, the whole family will want to watch in wonder at the fireworks over the Red River. Fireworks are set to light up the sky on the night of Saturday, December 10th.


Don’t miss the downtown shopping vendors and delicious food that Fêtes have become known for as well. Get your belly as full as Santa’s, and your Christmas gift list checked off (twice)!

We hear there is also a Gumbo Cook-Off! Santa’s “elves” will be dragging pots and delicious ingredients out of that magic sack to compete for the Alexandria Rotary Club’s Alex Winter Fete Best Gumbo, with proceeds benefitting the Doll & Toy Fund! And you thought Santa only ate cookies and milk!

The festivities get kicked off with the traditional lighting of the tree during Holiday Magic, including the magic of community choirs, school groups, and dance troupes. Then, Santa’s arrival at Santa’s Village at the Alexander Fulton MiniPark on Friday, December 8 at 5 pm.

Dig that ugly sweater (or T-shirt) out of the closet and come run The Rapides Urgent Care Ugly Sweater 5K on Saturday. Register online to get your collectible Ugly Sweater Dri-fit shirt or walk up Saturday, December 10 at 7 am and sign up (shirt not guaranteed at walk-up registration) by the steps of Alexandria City Hall. The 5K starts at 8 am! All proceeds benefit the YWCA of Alexandria/Pineville’s Girls on the Run program, so sign up and bring your friends (even furry ones) to work off some of those Christmas calories in advance!

And, you absolutely cannot miss the Alexandria Mardi Gras Association Christmas Parade in downtown Alexandria at 2 pm on Sunday. You know if a Mardi Gras Association is putting on a parade, it’s going to be a good one!

Check out the calendar of events for Alexandria Winter Fête as well as other events throughout December on our events page or visit us on Facebook!

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Nestled in the heart of Georgia, halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, is Eatonton, Georgia, a town with 221 miles of scenic, lake shoreline and a quaint downtown area. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or a fun adventure, Eatonton is the place to be. Enjoy incredible activities in the great outdoors, live music and entertainment, and unique dining options for an unforgettable trip.

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A trip to Eatonton is sure to provide incredible time spent in the great outdoors. A favorite of outdoor enthusiasts is Rock Hawk Effigy, an outdoor classroom with hundreds of educational displays along 30 miles of trails. These trails wind through spectacular trees and foliage and are perfect for walking, running, or even cycling. Other activities include bird watching of over 200 species of birds, archery, and camping. There’s nothing quite like a day on the lake and with two lakes in Eatonton, Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee, there is ample opportunity to get out and explore on the water. Whether you’re zipping through on a boat or taking your time on a paddleboard or kayak, the tree-lined water is such a beautiful sight you’ll need to see it with your own eyes.


Downtown Eatonton boasts an abundant arts and entertainment culture with ample opportunities for theatre productions, live music and local art galleries. Eatonton is home to The Plaza Arts Center, a unique entertainment center housed in a renovated schoolhouse built in 1916. The Plaza hosts incredible outdoor performances in the spring and summer on a beautiful lawn where concertgoers immerse themselves in great music and great weather. Inside, enjoy performances of a wide range of talent, including theatre performances and comedy shows. At The Artisan’s Village, located in Downtown Eatonton, explore the works of local artists including paintings, wood carvings, pottery, photography, watercolors, jewelry, fabrics, baskets - the talent showcased here is endless. You can also stop in and learn to make your own works of art at one of the many classes hosted by The Artisan’s Village.



A day on the lake or exploring downtown Eatonton is sure to work up an appetite! Whether you’re looking for a lakeside bite to eat or a unique downtown dining experience, we’ve got plenty to choose from. FolksArt on South Jefferson: Mercantile and Cafe is a quirky restaurant and folk art store in the downtown area with made from scratch, life changing sandwiches and other wholesome dishes. Just down the street is Eat-a-ton Cafe, a rustic and modern gem serving fresh, made to order salads, hearty sandwiches, soups and wings. Wash it all down with a specialty cocktail from their full bar. Out on the lake, Lake Oconee Bistro offers unique, comforting dishes and an incredible raw bar. Lake Oconee Bistro is a brunch favorite in Eatonton with a build your own bloody mary bar and giant mimosa towers. Another notable culinary delight on the lake is The Silver Moon, an eclectic and intimate restaurant and bar serving remarkable steak and seafood.


These are only some of the incredible experiences that await you in Eatonton, Georgia. Come and see the sparkling lake views and bustling arts and entertainment culture for yourself - there’s nothing quite like it.

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Discover your lakeside retreat. Visit Eatonton-Putnam County, where you can relax on lake time and savor a weekend away.

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Water has shaped South Carolina’s Hammock Coast – be it rivers and marshes or Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s important historically and culturally, and, today, it’s what defines Georgetown County as one of America’s premier vacation spots.

Surfers ride the waves. Kayakers explore tidal creeks. Fishermen and boaters reel in stories along the rivers. And countless others soak up the sun on pristine beaches in Pawleys Island, Litchfield, Murrells Inlet, southern Garden City and the DeBordieu Colony near the historic city of Georgetown. South Carolina’s Hammock Coast is perfectly situated south of Myrtle Beach and north of Charleston, and its unspoiled and uncrowded shores bring visitors throughout the year.

The Hammock Coast beaches are perfect for taking away the cares of

everyday life. Numerous national magazines have, in fact, noted that some of South Carolina’s best beaches are found on the Hammock Coast.

Those beach communities each have their own vibe and charm.

Murrells Inlet, for example, is home to Brookgreen Gardens, a world-renowned sculpture and botanical showcase across 9,127 acres, and Huntington Beach State Park, a USA Today/10 Best nominee where visitors can relax in more than 180 campsites, and offers some of the best birding opportunities on the East Coast. At the 2,000-acre state park, you can even explore historic Atalaya Castle. Seriously, the Hammock Coast has a real castle at the beach!

Murrells Inlet is also 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 South!

The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, a halfmile-long boardwalk, allows visitors to experience the salt-marsh ecosystem while restaurants, shops, parasailing, jet skiing and fishing excursions all beckon.

Pawleys Island is the oldest seaside resort in America and is still a great place to enjoy a quiet, laid-back vacation. As the birthplace of the Pawleys Island handmade rope hammock, relaxation has a long history here. The historic island has no neon and no commercial development

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(no, not even a single store or gas station); however, there are two historic inns and myriad homes for rent. And just over the short causeway are first-class restaurants and boutique shops.

Families have been devoted to Litchfield Beach for generations. Little wonder, then, that Tripadvisor has named it one of the Top 10 beaches in America.

Award-winning golf, with 13 courses within a 15-minute drive, can be enjoyed on the Hammock Coast, too. Many are built on former rice plantations, giving a graciously Southern golf experience. Three of Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play” are here.

For the history buff, Georgetown is South Carolina’s third oldest city, founded in 1729, and the beaches of DeBordieu Colony are just across the bridge. Five museums, including the South Carolina Maritime Museum, are all within the waterfront historic district. Self-guided walking tours offer insight into the town’s 66 National Historic Register properties. Historic American figures such as George Washington and Harriett Tubman are intertwined in our rich history.

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.

Throughout the Hammock Coast, visitors discover tempting culinary delights. When the hardest part of vacation is deciding where to eat, you know you’re in the right spot! From fine dining to Southern-fried goodness, myriad eclectic, locally owned restaurants will whet your appetite.

On South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, rediscover life with no schedules. The only itinerary you may need is a tide chart. For information, go to

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HAPPY PLACE Find Your Burnsville, NC

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Welcome to Burnsville, NC, where the air is fresh, the temperature is ideal, and the people are friendly. Established in 1834, Burnsville is the perfect small-town mountain getaway, just 40 minutes northeast of Asheville. Burnsville is home to expansive mountain views, a walkable Main Street, colorful street murals, and quaint art galleries. Our friendly, locally-owned brewery, eateries, and restaurants bring quality, one-of-akind dining experiences to locals and visitors. Wander historic downtown for the perfect gift, antique, fashion accessory, or the latest in home décor, jewelry, and more. No matter where you go in Yancey County, you’ll feel our warm hospitality.

Burnsville is home to Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi River at 6,684 feet. Mount Mitchell State Park, one of the country’s first state parks, has an easily-accessible observation deck, concessions, a museum, camping facilities, and hiking trails that allow visitors to explore short hikes near the summit and challenging treks to adjacent wilderness areas. Access Mount Mitchell State Park’s unmatched views via the Blue Ridge Parkway, “America’s Favorite Drive” at milepost 355.4 in Yancey County.

With nearly 100 miles of hiking trails, there’s no better place to explore than in Yancey County. Chart your own course or partner with a local outfitter to explore the great outdoors. Find pristine forests, clean rivers, dramatic views, and cool waterfalls including Crabtree Falls, Roaring Fork Falls, and Setrock Creek Falls. Discover endless opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, tubing, and cycling.


After an awe-inspiring day in the outdoors, come back into town to stay at one of our cozy cabins or local inns. Unwind at Mount Mitchell Eco Retreat, a former dude ranch turned mountain escape, or find yourself immersed in history at the newly restored Nu Wray Hotel, reopening in 2023. With high-speed internet in the Blue Ridge Mountains, catching up on work or disconnecting entirely while on your stay are both easily accessible.

Start your morning with an Appalachian-inspired breakfast at Pig n Grits, a local favorite, or grab a coffee at Appalachian Java. Be sure to save your appetite in the evening for a beer at Homeplace Beer Co, followed by dinner at Cast Iron Kitchen, where Chef Chris Hall insists on using only fresh ingredients to create a culinary experience.

Spend the day exploring town at local shops and galleries. Burnsville is home to hundreds of artists and crafters making unique, original objects in clay, glass, wood, metal, and fiber, as well as furniture and musical instruments. The annual Toe River Arts Studio Tour, is a free, self-guided tour of artists’ studios and an opportunity to view their work, processes, and studio spaces. Be sure to check out the variety of other stores on Main Street, including Monkey Business, a local toy store that will make you feel like a kid again, no matter what your age.

Peer into the night sky at Bare Dark Sky Observatory through the Southeast’s largest telescope dedicated to public use. View wonders of our galaxy and beyond at this certified International Dark Sky Park. Each 2-hour stargazing session offers visitors a chance to soak up 360-degree views of the moon, planets, and stars. Take your stargazing adventure indoors at the newly opened Arthur Planetarium, connected to the observatory. View the world’s skies, experience places around the globe, and enjoy laser light shows in the 60 seat planetarium with a 36’ projection dome.

While honoring its deep roots in Appalachia, Burnsville’s pioneering spirit lives on through its diverse variety of experiences for visitors to enjoy.

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Savor the Soul of Bristol

As you’re planning your next trip, do you want an adventure on the trail filled with majestic sights or a cityscape filled with eclectic shops and cultural experiences? Do you prefer a night on the town or wide-open skies filled with stars? Are you in the mood for classic Southern comfort foods or fare from around the world? What about a city that can offer it all?

Bristol straddles the Virginia and Tennessee border, welcoming travelers of all ages a spot to revel in genuine Southern hospitality. From the historic downtown to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, you fill your days with excitement and music or find a quiet spot to relax and recharge. One city, two places. This is Bristol.

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The Downtown Experience

Downtown Bristol is a sight to behold, no matter what season you visit. Walk the state line, running right through downtown, as you search for the best Southern dishes, sweet treats, and entertainment the city has to offer.

A stop in Bristol must include a visit to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Exhibits, recordings, and artifacts celebrate the 1927 Bristol Sessions, recognized as the “Big Bang” of country music. Plan your visit around one of the museum’s events, including the ever-popular Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion music festival. From the museum, you can walk to other notable landmarks, including the infamous Bristol Sign, Paramount Bristol, The Cameo Theater, and countless local shops.

Dive into Appalachia’s long and storied history of homemade brews and spirits with a sample of downtown offerings. State Street Brewing Company is a popular gathering place with a rotating list of beers on tap and live music. Make a pit stop at Michael Waltrip Brewing Co. for a wide selection of beers, bites, and cocktails. Then, of course, there’s the award-winning Lost State Distillery. Savor the taste of their Tennessee whiskey, gin, rum, and canned cocktails distilled in-house.

As you meander down State Street, the savory aromas call for you to stop and sample the local fare. Bloom has it all, whether you need a coffee to get you going in the morning, a hearty breakfast before a day of exploring, or dinner made with the finest ingredients. Maybe you’re feeling like a plate of barbecue and craft cocktails from Southern Craft BBQ or looking to try a new dish from the extensive menu at 620 State Restaurant. You might even treat yourself to some mouthwatering homemade fudge from Southern Churn.

You don’t have to walk far for a cozy room close to the action. Two downtown boutique hotels provide the perfect basecamp for your adventures. The Bristol Hotel, located right beside the museum, features a rooftop bar with sweeping mountain views, an extensive farm-to-table menu, and thoughtful amenities. At The Sessions Hotel, you can sit by the firepits overlooking the city, relax at the day spa, or attend a concert out on the lawn. The whole Downtown Bristol experience is within your reach.

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You don’t have to drive far to discover even more fun beyond the bright lights and bustling streets of downtown.

Just a short drive provides access to one of the South’s best fishing destinations on South Holston Lake. The largely undeveloped shoreline surrounded by Cherokee National Forest makes for a peaceful day on the water as you cast for bass, walleye, crappie, and catfish. Anglers who prefer fly fishing should check out the waters of the Holston River below Weir Dam, known as one of the best trout fisheries in the country.

If you’d rather stay on land, head into the national forest for dozens of trails, including miles of the Appalachian Trail. There’s even more to see and do at several city parks, including gritty mountain bike trails at Sugar Hollow Park and Steele Creek Park. Experience the Mendota Trail, one of Bristol’s newest attractions, with several miles for walking, running, and biking. A variety of hotels, inns, and campgrounds in the area make it easy to stay and discover within your budget.

Racing fans won’t want to miss out on a visit to the iconic Bristol Motor Speedway, recognized as one of NASCAR’s loudest and most popular tracks. Take in a race weekend at The Last Great Colosseum, experience the thrill at the dragstrip, or one of several unique events like a music festival or holiday light show.

If that’s still not enough excitement, it’s time to check out the brand-new Bristol Casino. Through the doors of Virginia’s first casino, there are over 870 slot machines, all of the classic table games, and sports betting. In between rounds, grab a bite to eat or a drink at the bar before viewing some of music history’s most iconic memorabilia on display. Keep an eye out for big things happening in 2024 when permanent facilities for the Hard Rock Hotel and Bristol Casino are slated to open.

Then it’s time to treat yourself to an experience like no other at Nicewonder Farm and Vineyard. Whether you sample the wines in the tasting room, taste the dishes inspired by Appalachian heritage at Hickory, or book a night at the luxurious resort, you won’t regret this stop.

It’s time to embrace the dualities one city can offer and let the good times flow. Who knows what you’ll discover?


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Coronado Vista

While much of the country is battling snowstorms, Sierra Vista, Arizona, is enjoying mild winter weather with picture-perfect, snow-topped peaks as a reminder that winter is in full swing. But with valley temperatures in the low 60s, tire chains and wooly underthings are as mysterious as Chupacabra*.

While “going south” is usually associated with rising temperatures, Sierra Vista, at 4,633 feet, enjoys a comfortable climate all year long. In winter months, visitors can still explore without bundling up. Spring starts in late February with mercury rising to the low

70s. Blazing summer heat is unusual; June’s high 90s are broken with seasonal rainstorms.

The Huachucas (say “Waa-CHOOkuhs” to sound like a local) are the southernmost range of the Sky Islands, fast-rising peaks surrounded by radically different lowlands, that create an ecosystem that is among the most diverse in the world, with narrow valleys, steep canyons, and soaring peaks that invite biodiversity seen nowhere else in the United States. In fact, the area attracts myriad avian life, more than any other place in the United States, giving Sierra Vista the nickname of “Hummingbird Capital of the United

States.” Here, you can find up to 15 species of hummingbirds—one found nowhere else north of Mexico—and more than 300 different bird species during the year.

Whether you road cycle or mountain bike, Sierra Vista is surrounded by miles of rolling, two-lane roads, bike lanes, and single-track mountain trails. The

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Huachucas reach a soaring 9,465 feet with some pretty steep trails for hearty hikers, although plenty of gentler trails still rate high with mountain bikers and hikers alike. One of the easiest routes (and perhaps most peaceful trail) is the path along the San Pedro River. This 54-mile trail is relatively flat (just 100 feet of elevation change) and offers multiple access points along the river.

Sierra Vista is big enough for the best amenities, but small enough for a charming getaway. The city has earned a reputation for culinary diversity, thanks to the international restaurants tucked in plazas throughout the city. Offerings include flavors from around the world, attributed to nearby Fort Huachuca, whose soldiers returned from overseas with a hunger for world flavors. Drop into any of the eateries in jeans and hiking boots for a flavor-packed meal. Don’t let the unassuming (and sometimes kitschy) décor fool you into low expectations. The chefs won’t compromise when showcasing their homeland favorites. And luckily, reservations aren’t needed unless you have a big group.

Southeast Arizona grows about 80 percent of Arizona’s wine grapes at more than two dozen vineyards. Exploring nearby wine country and sampling the gold medal-winning wines produced there is must. Along the way, the scenery will knock your socks off, especially if you are traveling at sunset: blasts of orange, pink, and purple light up the sky. Have your camera ready, the light changes quickly.

Find out more and start planning your getaway at or download the interactive guide on your smartphone at your favorite app store. Just search “Sierra Vista Guide.”

*What is a Chupacabra you ask? An urban legend, a mythological question mark that roams the Southwest and Latin America attacking livestock under the cloak of darkness. Don’t worry, Chupacabra are as elusive as Bigfoot and you’re more likely to spot a coatimundi than this “goat sucker.”
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Travelers looking to escape to one of Northern Arizona’s premier adventure destinations can add some thrill to their winter travel plans as Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell launches a seasonal stay package that takes guests on an unforgettable helicopter tour.

New this season, the hotel is encouraging thrill seekers to experience Page and Lake Powell from a bird’s-eye view with an exhilarating Tower Butte helicopter tour with Papillon, the region’s largest and most experienced helicopter tour company. This one-of-a-kind tour soars a mile above sea level over Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam and Horseshoe Bend before landing atop Tower Butte. As the only tour operator permitted by Navajo Nation to land on this otherworldly land mass, this rare, sightseeing experience also offers 360-degree panoramic views of Padre Bay, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and LeChee Rock.

Tower Butte is a natural sandstone monolith set in the horizon on the edge of the Painted Desert overlooking Lake Powell. Tower Butte rises 1,000 feet above the surrounding landscape and can only be reached by helicopter, which in return creates the rare opportunity to view many of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah’s most-coveted natural wonders in one central location. In addition to the stay package, the region offers a range of other opportunities, including exploring the region’s famed slot canyons and scenic hikes in a more intimate setting without the crowds. Some of the must-visit sites and hikes to explore include:

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Nearly everyone traveling to the area has Horseshoe Bend on their list of must-visit destinations, but what people may not know is that winter at Horseshoe creates a rare opportunity to see the desert landscape dusted with snow, which creates the perfect backdrop to capture photos of wildlife from afar.


Beautiful year-round, many believe that visiting Antelope Canyon in the summertime is the best, but that depends on what travelers are looking to experience. During shoulder season, Antelope Canyon provides more opportunities for an intimate and spiritual experience as there is less crowding creating easier access, milder temperatures for more exploring and the opportunity to capture images of the winter’s cooler contrast of hues of blues, purples, pinks and orange.


The Wave is one of the most premier photographic destinations in the Southwest located in the Coyote Buttes. A permit is required to see The Wave and only 64 people per day are allowed in the area. Few know that December through February are the best months to better the chances of receiving a permit.


Located within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and just a short daytrip from Hyatt Place Page/ Lake Powell, The Toadstools offer a great place to explore in the cooler temperatures. The balanced rock formations here look like mushrooms and offer awe-inspiring views on an easy to moderate 1.5-mile roundtrip hike.

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Sitting equidistant between two worldrenowned resorts, the pristine Heber Valley beckons travelers to explore the extraordinary terrain and extend their days of play in this mountain town. Heber Valley offers a tranquil setting amid stunning mountain vistas, along with more adventurous outdoor play, sustainable local dining, world-class spas, and luxury lodging nestled in the foothills of the majestic mountain range. What sets this alpine valley apart is the variety of daytime to nighttime activities one can do that are unlike anywhere else in the world.

Midway Ice Castles:

A visit to the otherworldly Ice Castles in Midway will leave you awe-struck and inspired. Every January and February, thousands of visitors pay a visit to explore the frozen creation, walk through icy tunnels, glide down solid ice slides, and take pictures on frozen thrones. The Midway Ice Castles contains hundreds of thousands of icicles sprawled across one acre (0.41 hectare) of open space. Visit at dusk to catch the sunset and watch the castle come alive beneath the starry night sky. Once inside, grab a hot cocoa and warm cookie, then hop on the horse drawn sleigh and ride through the lights.

Utah Crater:

Sore bodies and tired legs or simply jetlagged visitors find reprieve in the restorative natural waters of the Utah Crater. This 10,000-year-old geothermal hot spring is the only warmwater scuba certification in the lower 48 states. Guests can swim, snorkel, or scuba in 95-degree water (35° C). They even offer standup paddle board yoga classes. There’s no better way to end a day on the slopes than with a therapeutic soak.

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Dog Sledding:

Float atop the snow as you meander through the wintry hillside while wrapped in a cozy sleigh as happy pups pull you along. The professional musher ensures you are warm and comfortable as you set out on a guided ride, soaking up the sun and taking in the breathtaking views. It is a very peaceful way to explore the stunning natural beauty and spend a non-ski day resting while still playing outdoors.

Olympic Venue Skiing:

And if you’re looking to trade in a day of downhill for some cross-country skiing, you’ve come to the right place. Soldier Hollow Nordic Center is the original venue from the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. This vast location provides remarkable terrain for Nordic skiing, as well as a year-round biathlon course and training facility. Athletes from around the world travel to Midway, Utah all year long to train and perfect their sport at this venue. Visitors are invited to ski on the very same trails and try their hand at biathlon while here. Soldier Hollow also boasts the longest snow tubing lanes in all of Utah - at over 1,200 feet (366m) in length! The magic carpet pulls riders and their tubes back to the top for hours of tubing fun.

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The Edge of Luxury:

Located only 50 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, a trip to Heber Valley is easy and direct. No stop lights from airport to mountain town. And, once you’ve arrived, everything is within 25 minutes or less. Park City is 20 minutes and Provo/Orem is 25 minutes. Deer Valley Resort and Sundance Mountain Resort are even shorter distances. At the Valley’s Edge, find the world-class quality amenities you expect from Utah’s ski slopes alongside space to stretch out and more to explore. The Valley’s Edge offers exceptional dining, spa, lodging, and tailored adventures to create special moments and lifelong memories that you will talk about for years to come. That’s what to expect in Heber Valley, Utah.


At the Valley’s Edge, find the world-class quality amenities you expect from Utah’s ski slopes alongside space to stretch out and more to explore.

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13breweries? 400+ eateries? 1.5 miles of pristine beach? Ramen Capital of Southern California? Here’s the truth. Torrance is home to some of the best kept secrets of Southern California. Bordering Redondo Beach and the Palos Verdes Peninsula, this uncrowded, anti-hustleand-bustle location is the perfect place to catch a wave, toss back a craft brew or relax in one of the city’s many exciting hotels. Whether you’re planning a proper vacay or bringing a little work with you, Torrance’s hotels are the ideal place to take advantage of some great onsite amenities such as pools, outdoor patios and bars. Many offer free breakfast, additional dining options, parking and area shuttles, too.

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When it comes to all the reasons why Torrance is the perfect getaway, it may be unbelievable, but it’s true. Torrance has more than 400 eateries in town and has been dubbed “The Ramen Capital of Southern California.” There’s plenty to be “hoppy” about as you cozy up to the city’s 13 craft breweries and cheer on a vacay well-planned. And there’s a lot to look forward to – new restaurants are calling Torrance home soon, featuring Italian, Mediterranean, Japanese and more types of cuisine.

Need to bring back some souvenirs? You just hit the shopping motherlode. Torrance happens to be home to one of the largest shopping malls in America, Del Amo Fashion Center. This high-end shopper’s paradise has three levels and 2.7 million square feet of amazingness: an outdoor village, numerous dining options and a movie theater. Be sure to stop by the California Welcome Center Torrance, where you can get more personal suggestions. While you’re there, you can also plan your trip through our interactive kiosks, shop locally-sourced merchandise, get custom activity planning and more. The California Welcome Center is located in the Del Amo Fashion Center at the main entrance, level one.

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Beyond the Torrance city limits, you’re also a hop, skip and a jump from nearby attractions such as Disneyland and Aquarium of the Pacific, one of the best aquariums in Southern California. Torrance, only 11 miles from LAX, is a more casual way to enjoy these adventures and the perfect home base for sports and events. Dignity Health Sports Park, home of the MLS’s LA Galaxy, and SoFi Stadium, host to the NFL’s Chargers and Rams, are close enough to enjoy the fun and far enough to escape the crowd. Staying in Torrance might be the easiest, and best, decision you make this year.

And of course, the best all-around beaches in Southern California area are — what’s that word? — unbelievable. The dream of uncrowded sand and surf in Torrance is the perfect spot to catch a wave. (Plus, unlike other area beaches, it’s pretty easy to snag a parking spot.) And when you’re done catching some rays, hop on The Strand – the 22-mile bike path that leads all the way to Will Rogers State Park in Malibu. There are bike rentals available from local hotels, as well as a few spots on the beach. Make a day of it or stop along the way for an impromptu game of volleyball or sandcastle building.

It’s all unbelievable but true. You’ll just have to see it for yourself. Visit to learn more about this Southern California hidden gem and start planning your foodie getaway today.

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Fresh ramen is its own amazing experience, but in Torrance, it’s a work of art. As the Ramen Capital of Southern California and home to 400+ diverse eateries and 13 craft breweries, you can find the perfect foodie experience.

With 15 hotels just 15 minutes from LAX, it’s easy to make Torrance your home base. Visit us at the Welcome Center to plan your itinerary - look for the kiosks conveniently located at Del Amo Fashion Center, Main Entrance, Level 1. Get ready to enjoy the unbelievable city of Torrance and all its amazing amenities.

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Bakersfield is a city of surprises. It welcomes you with a hometown feel while offering urban area amenities. The ninth-largest city in California has countless food and entertainment options. And year-round sunshine means outdoor activities – biking, hiking, river rafting, fishing and boating -- are always in season.

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On the streets of Bakersfield, the city’s fun food experiences have been the focus of national attention. Seven local restaurants were spotlighted on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show. An Indian food truck--Punjabi Dhaba-- was featured in The New York Times and a Mexican restaurant, Nuestro Mexico, was hailed by as having the best tacos in California. And Bakersfield’s many notable Basque restaurants continue to draw visitors as they have for decades.

The city’s brewery trail was such a hit when it launched in early 2021 that it was recently expanded to include breweries throughout the county. The Bakersfield Kern County Brewery Trail now touts twelve local breweries, providing more chances to check in and win.

In a few short weeks in February the annual almond blossom extravaganza bursts forth, courtesy of Mother Nature. A sea of white and pink almond blossoms blankets the Central Valley in a show that some say rivals the cherry blossoms in Japan. And that show begins in Bakersfield, because it is the warmest.

On the city’s selfie trail, check out the only shoe-shaped building in America with shoelaces. It’s 30 feet long and 20 feet tall. Bike or walk along more than 30 miles of the Kern River Parkway Trail, where you might see rabbits, roadrunners, and other wildlife, all protected from development. Several hiking options are ready for you, like the Panorama Bluffs Walking Trail overlooking the Kern River, or 370 acres of Hart Park, where you might see wandering peacocks.

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Eat dinner and see a show at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, country music’s legendary music venue, where the Buckmobile, Buck’s Pontiac convertible, is mounted on a wall behind the bar. Legend has it that he won it from Elvis in a poker game.

Jazz fans will enjoy the weekly Bakersfield Jazz Workshop every Tuesday evening at the Petroleum Club. Other types of music are on the playlist with concerts at the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame, the Historic Fox Theater, and Mechanics Bank Arena.

A stop in Col. Baker’s field is not complete without taking a taste of Bakersfield home with you. Pyrenees French bread is Bakersfield’s bread. The sourdough bread is still baked in brick ovens using the same Old World techniques and recipes since 1944. Dewar’s chews are Bakersfield’s favorite candy. Made the same way for more than 100 years, they have been featured in numerous articles and on Food Network. Rio Bravo Ranch’s award-winning olive oil has earned gold and silver medals in several competitions. La Rosa Fruit Bars and Ice Cream serves up refreshing treats that you will find only in Bakersfield; they are handmade daily with fresh natural fruits and come in 26 assorted flavors. And My Husband’s Nuts specializes in seasoned and candied California almonds, direct from the farmer’s wife.

Winter is busy season for the area’s fruit packing facilities, so grab some freshly picked citrus while in Bakersfield. California Fruit Depot is one of the state’s smallest packing facilities and packs navel and Valencia oranges. You might even see some oranges being packed when you visit. Murray Family Farms offers fun farm entertainment, a petting zoo, country store and bakery, and you can pick your own fruit at its Big Red Barn.

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One of the best ways to enjoy the region of Baja California Sur is by kayaking. The five nationally protected islands of Loreto off the coast are designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The 800-squaremile Loreto National Marine Park (which includes Loreto Bay) are uninhabited petite paradises waiting to be explored. Whether a series of day trips while staying in one of Loreto’s charming boutique hotels, or a multiday kayak and camping trek, exploring the Loreto Bay and its islands, beaches, coves and mountains is a bucket list adventure of a lifetime.

As part of the Gulf of California, The Loreto National Marine Park home to more than 80% of the marine life in the Pacific Ocean. It is quite literally a bounty of aquatic wonder and the best way to

explore and experience it is by quietly and slowly paddling through the turquoise waters. A third of all the world’s cetacean species can be found in the Gulf. Reclusive blue whales – the largest mammal on earth – can be found along in Loreto Bay along with grey, fin, humpback and many more. Sighting vast schools of dolphin, flying fish, giant manta rays, turtles, frigate

birds, blue footed boobies and more can be part of a normal day on the water.

The many local tour operators of the region are experts in the area and offer a variety of kayak excursions from beginner to advanced level. For longer excursions including multi-day adventures, kayakers can embark on trips led by guides with certified outfitters such as Sea Kayak

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Adventures who offer excursions with evenings spent camping along under the stars on island beaches and days spent exploring the distinct island landscapes which range from striking volcanic rock formations to former salt mines. Then, its back to the blue for spectacular snorkeling, fishing, paddle boarding and more.

Kayaking the waters off Loreto is a year-round activity but it is best experienced between the months of October through May when migrating whales can be seen in abundance, the temperatures are cool and the water is invitingly warm.

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We’re talking about Costa Mesa, a surprising culinary gem in Orange County, California.

About 40 miles south of Los Angeles, Costa Mesa is the cultural center of Orange County, with the trademark City of the Arts®. At the center of it is Segerstrom Center for the Arts, OC’s stunning performing arts and theater complex and home to Broadway shows, the world’s leading dance companies, concerts and more. The campus is also the home to the new Orange County Museum of Art, which opened in October 2022. Visual arts abound in the city, including public sculptures by Joan Miro, Richard Serra, and Jean Dubuffet, an outdoor sculpture garden by Isamu Noguchi and Orange County’s largest mural by Shepard Fairey. The city offers a free Costa Mesa Art Walk audio tour available on mobile phones at travelcostamesa. com/artwalk.

As the only city in Orange County with Michelin Star restaurants—and, in fact, boasting three of them—Costa Mesa’s wide range of dining offerings has made this city a traveling foodie’s perfect spot for an Eatcation®. Most recently, Knife Pleat earned a Michelin Star in 2021, serving Frenchinspired cuisine inside South Coast Plaza.

Innovative shopping and dining centers like SOCO Collection & The OC Mix, The CAMP, and The LAB Anti-Mall are home to hidden gems and internationally recognized culinary talent. Chef Atsushi Yokoyama of Hana re Sushi is a previous Michelin Star awardee, and Taco María’s chef, Carlos Salgado, is a multipletime finalist for a James Beard Award—the two hotspots making up Costa Mesa’s other Michelin Star restaurants.

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Costa Mesa prides itself on culinary innovation as well. The new Orange County Museum of Art just debuted Verdant, offering a plant-forward menu that rotates weekly, highlighting local, seasonal produce in Southern California. Arc at The OC Mix has been heralded as one of the first restaurants in the U.S. to reject modern cooking technologies—even an oven. Arc cooks everything over live fire—either grilled over orange wood, or over almond in the brick hearth.  Collage Culinary Experience is a two-story global dining collective of nine different dining experiences, all within an artfully designed space, including the only U.S. location for the renowned Singaporean eatery Paradise Dynasty. Ramen Row, Mitsuwa Japanese Market, and the Costa Mesa staple, Anjin, bring a vibrant and diverse cultural experience to the destination.

In addition to Costa Mesa’s celebration of performing, visual and culinary arts, you can also find the West Coast’s biggest shopping destination, South Coast Plaza. With more than 250 boutiques, this luxury shopping center has one of the largest concentrations of high-fashion retailers in the world and the highest concentration of design and fashion retail in the U.S.

Mere minutes from Orange County’s worldfamous beaches, Costa Mesa offers a surprising and alluring destination to the discerning traveler. It’s truly the epicenter of great food, arts and culture in Southern California. Visit for more information.

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Road trip mood, with good food. Sip and savor the only Michelin-starred bites in OC. Choose from cultured cuisines to unforgettable local hangouts. Costa Mesa is your destination, with miles of flavor.



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Plumas County is more than just another winter resort. With the historical and unique hotels, B&B’s and lodges, the enchanted evenings of sparkling stars, brisk morning walks and runs, the quirky towns of this county always have something to offer their guests that makes destination Plumas County out of the ordinary. From events to activities to relaxation, there is something for everyone to enjoy and make a lasting memory.

Chester has just opened an ice-skating rink at Chester Community Park. The rink offers 45-minute skating sessions for $5.00 per person, including skate rental: Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4:00 p.m. Heat lamps and a firepit keep you toasty warm between turns on the ice while roasting marshmallows for ooey-gooey s’mores—a must for every outing. In the evenings, they offer another way to stay warm—with cocktails and other beverages. January through March.

Join a ranger-led off-trail snowshoe hike and explore the wild and wintry Red Fir Forest at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes cover one to two miles of moderately strenuous terrain and last approximately two hours. The exact route can vary with snow and weather conditions. Meet at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, at Lassen Park, located at the Southwest Entrance via Hwy 36 to get a free ticket (first come). Hikes begin at 1:30 p.m. Snowshoes (and how to put them on) are provided. To schedule a group hike, visit lavo/planyourvisit/ranger_led_programs.htm. January through March. 530.595.4480 for more information and conditions.

What better combo family and sledding

The Historic Longboard Racing Revival Series takes a vintage spin on skiing at Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl! The sport of downhill ski racing began in 1861 in Onion Valley, between Quincy and LaPorte. The goal is to beat the 1st-speed skier record set in 1867 of 88mph set by Cornish Bob on 12-footlong wooden skis. This must-see (and participate-in) event is dependent on snow and weather conditions and happens at noon on every third Sunday in January through March. 530.832.4309.

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A Fresno County Winter

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Fun in Full Bloom

Petals are falling in Fresno County, California, this winter. Journey through 70 miles of pink and white blossoms along the Fresno County Blossom Trail–a gorgeous representation of the county’s leading agricultural footprint. As a top agricultural producing region, some of Fresno County’s crops–almonds and oranges–begin to bloom in midFebruary through the end of March. Drive through this flurry of petals to enjoy the ultimate California floral blizzard.

Several festivals and special events are held in celebration of the blooming orchards throughout the month. Learn about the different fruits from local experts and join in on the family fun at the Sanger Blossom Trail Festival; hop on the Hillcrest Tree Farm’s Blossom Trail Train ride; discover Kingsburg’s Swedish Village; or strap on those helmets to participate in the Kings River Blossom Trail Bike Ride.

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Best of the Best Brews

Fresno County’s brewery scene is in full bloom all year round, and it’s an experience you can’t miss. Spend your winter evenings at our local beer gardens, where brewmasters are serving handcrafted beers underneath twinkling lights and with entertainment from local musicians.

Downtown Fresno’s Brewery District is a vibrant spot after dark, with Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company, Full Circle Brewing Company, and Procreations Brewing Company as the anchoring breweries, each offering their own unique twist on craft beer. Try more local hops on tap at the Rec Room Tap House or go for a handcrafted cocktail at Modernist Craft Cocktail Bar or Quail State Rooftop Bar.

In Clovis, tap into the one-of-a-kind hops being brewed at Summer Fox Brewing; enjoy a growler inside Crow and Wolf’s industrial-style tap room; and raise a glass at Tactical Ops Brewing, where their tap house pays homage to the U.S. Military and first responders. Choose from several brews at Blast & Brew, a pour-your-own tap house that also serves delicious pub food.

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Where to Eat

Fresno County is the heartland of farm-to-fork dining with diverse cultural cuisines and home to an unparalleled food truck scene. Taste food created by restaurateurs with ingredients grown mere minutes from where your plate is served. Taste local favorites such as Senor Aji’s Peruvian Kitchen, Harris Ranch, Mochuelo (which specializes in Spanish tapas), and Sal’s Mexican Restaurant, a hometown classic for 80 years that serves delicious Mexican dishes. No other place has food trucks quite like Fresno and Clovis, from classic tacos trucks to unique trucks serving vegan food, teppanyaki and even stuffed baked potatoes. You’ll find a bit of everything at Fresno Street Eats food truck pop-ups and Gazebo Gardens.

While You’re There

No trip to Fresno County is complete until you’ve had a chance to experience its beautiful outdoor adventures. Fresno and Clovis are brimming with natural beauty; from scenic hiking trails, local parks, and conveniently located less than 90 minutes from Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. For an urban adventure, explore Forestiere Underground Gardens, a subterranean home carved completely by hand. Art comes to life in Fresno’s Mural District, where local artists have left their mark for all to enjoy. Experience behind-the-scenes fun at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo or stroll through the boutique shops and antique malls in Old Town Clovis. Find more information on

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You spend the day building snow forts, launching snowballs, and sledding down the steepest hill to fill your memory bank to the brim.


Bend, Oregon, makes the perfect winter escape from adulthood as you burrow into a snow cave filled with boundless winter nostalgia. Find winter fun right in town and in the nearby majestic snow-capped Cascade Mountains. We’ve got everything from sledding hills to ice skating to acres of downhill terrain at Mt. Bachelor.

Cap it all off with warm, whipped cream-topped drinks around a crackling fire.

Grab your mittens, toboggan, and thermos full of hot cocoa, and let’s frolic and play the Bend way!

Sledding is undeniably one of the most giggleworthy winter activities. When the snow gathers, every hill becomes your playground. When it snows in town, head to Drake Park, Hollinshead Park, or Al Moody Park and try your chance at beating Clark Griswold’s new amateur recreational saucer sled land speed record. As snow falls in the upper elevations, Wanoga Sno-Park is a must for tubing and sledding. A short drive from town, Wanoga is not only the gateway to great snowshoeing and dog-friendly ski trails but also an expansive sledding area with a huge warming hut at the base.

If winter nostalgia wraps you in an urge to hit the slopes, leave ample time for devouring a piping hot bowl of chili and swapping brag-worthy ski stories with friends at the lodge.

Remember snow days as a kid? You’re breathless over blankets of fresh powder as your heart pounds with joy at the news – school’s canceled!
to embrace the pure joy of playing in a world of sparkling snow as a carefree kid?
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Mt. Bachelor is the Pacific Northwest’s destination winter wonderland and purveyor of epic days on the mountain. A hefty average snowfall, one of the longest winter operating seasons in the U.S., and oodles of bluebird days stack up to some serious, whimsical winter fun.

Skiers and snowboarders will relish more than 4,000 acres of terrain. For the never-have-I-ever newbie, book lessons through the “Ski or Ride in 5” program. IKON passholders get seven days of full access at Mt. Bachelor, enough to experience the whole mountain.

Is strapping sticks to your feet and hurtling down a mountain not your speed? Enjoy snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, or an expedition on the wild – and furry – side with a dog-sled ride. When you’re done, refuel and quench your thirst at one of several bars and restaurants across the mountain.

While most of the snow resides in the mountains, the youngat-heart devotion to winter runs deep in Bend. Plenty of crisp days, occasional bouts of snow, and scores of recreation make the season magical. Glide and twirl on ice skates at The Pavilion. Take your latte to go and enjoy a dazzling winter walk along the Deschutes River at Drake Park. Head downtown or to the Old Mill District and shop for handmade gifts and souvenirs. If snow’s falling, grab some snowshoes for a hike through Shevlin Park and build a holly, jolly figure made of snow. Beer lovers will want to explore the territories of the Bend Ale Trail, where craft beer is served up with fire pits and cozy tasting rooms.

Bend’s the perfect place to rediscover your inner kid. Join us this winter to recreate childhood memories or build new ones with your own family. Let Bend transport you to a sparkling world full of joy, magic, and mountains of fun.

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Some people think that childlike wonder is something you grow out of.

Those people have never been to Bend.




Winter in Central Oregon means spectacular snow-capped peaks, bluebird days, and a less frenetic pace. Tables are just a bit easier to find at the region’s best restaurants and brewpubs. The adventures change, too. The paddleboards, river rafts, and golf clubs are replaced by skis, snowboards, snowshoes, tubes, and sleds.

The weather may change with the seasons, but Central Oregon remains a perfect getaway for those who seek adventure. Whether interested in speeding downhill at one of North America’s largest ski and snowboard resorts, exploring the Deschutes National Forest on snowshoes or skis, immersing yourself in craft beer and the region’s culinary scene, or nestling up to a warm fire with a glass of Oregon Pinot or Central Oregon brew.

Bend is the region’s urban and cultural hub, with the highest concentration of restaurants, breweries, and cultural activities. But from the idyllic setting of Sunriver, less than 30 minutes from the lifts of world-class Mt. Bachelor, or the quaint Old West town of Sisters, less than 30 minutes from the Hoodoo Ski Area, to Redmond’s burgeoning-yet-low-key urban center, there is a perfect spot for everyone. That goes for those on a ski trip with friends or family, or those looking for a weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation.

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Snowy season in the higher elevations of Central Oregon typically runs between Thanksgiving and Memorial Day. As one of the largest resorts in North America in terms of skiable terrain, Mt. Bachelor grabs a lot of the headlines. But Hoodoo Ski Area, about 20 miles west of Sisters, has been a local’s favorite for nearly a century, and still offers a downhome experience.


Bend, Sisters, and Sunriver offer quick, easy access to some of the best cross-country skiing and snowshoeing areas in the Northwest. The Cascades are dotted with sno-parks, including the popular Meissner, Edison, Swampy Lakes, or Wanoga sno-parks. Or head to Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo Ski Area, both of which have cross-country ski trail systems. For a truly unique and memorable experience, book a guided tour with an experienced guide such as Wanderlust Tours.


Central Oregon is home to a vast sledding network near Mt. Bachelor, which can be accessed via multiple sno-parks. Maintained by Moon Country Snowbusters, this network is home to more than 250 miles of regularly groomed snowmobile trails, backcountry bowls, and out-and-back destination day trips. In addition, Three Creeks Sno-Park near Sisters and 6-Mile and 10-mile sno-parks in the Newberry Crater National Monument offer hundreds of miles more of breathtaking trails to explore.


Take a ride behind a real dog sled team. Stay snug and warm in the sled while the team led by professional mushers take you on an exciting adventure along snowy tree-lined trails near the slopes of Mt. Bachelor. The sled dogs offer rides beginning in December and well into April.


The Pavilion in Bend is the only NHL-sized ice rink in Central Oregon and offers recreational skating from November through April. Redmond’s Outdoor ice skating rink, The Village at Sunriver, and Seventh Mountain Resort are also popular places during the winter months to lace the skates up.


Kids of all ages love sledding and tubing around Central Oregon. Two of the most popular spots include the kid-friendly Autobahn Tubing Park at Hoodoo Ski Area. Wanoga Snow Play Area Sno-Park deserves a special nod for its sledding opportunities, too. Its open hillside offers easy sledding, and the warming hut provides a cozy respite from winter’s chill.


The fun never really stops in Central Oregon, and events always dot the calendar. Oregon WinterFest (Feb. 17-19) is a three-day celebration at Redmond’s Deschutes County Fairgrounds, with a light exhibit, food, libations, Wonderland Marketplace, fun run and more. Celebrate outdoor inclusivity at Winter PrideFest 2023 (March 1-5), which offers a full weekend of fun and inspiring winter events. Other annual traditions include The Sunriver Holiday Light Show (beginning in November), Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival (March 2023), and many more.


If you want to avoid the chill altogether, Central Oregon has plenty of indoor fun to offer, too. Hotspots over the summer, such as the award-winning High Desert Museum, Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory, and The Museum at Warm Springs, are open to visitors all winter long. You can catch a movie in a truly fun and unusual setting at the Old St. Francis Theater - McMenamins or a show at Tower Theatre, both in downtown Bend. Or have some family fun at Walt Reilly’s in Bend.



Tucked between the snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the majestic Columbia River, Washington’s Vancouver is a Pacific Northwest destination not to be overlooked. North of weird and south of Sound, Vancouver is where being in between feels just right.

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For an urban dining and sipping experience, find eight wine-tasting rooms from renowned regional wineries and several restaurants within a few blocks of one another right on the Columbia’s north shore. Sip a Cabernet Franc at Maryhill Winery’s 1885 Brunswick mahogany bar, or opt for a Runway Red Blend at the aviation-themed Airfield Estates. Enjoy Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus Panzanella alongside the suggested Oriana white at Brian Carter Cellars’ riverfront spot, or find a barrel booth near a fireplace at Willamette Valley Vineyards’ cozy secondstory restaurant.

The Vancouver Waterfront is anchored by the sparkling Grant Street Pier, jutting 90 feet over the calm waters, with a walking path that follows the curves of the river. Whether you are in the mood for a glamorous Latin evening with tapas and extravagant drinks at DOSALAS latin kitchen +

tequila bar, or you want to feel like a kid again with overthe-top Instagram-worthy ice cream creations at The Yard Milkshake Bar, the waterfront has a place to fit any craving. Make Vancouver your base camp and explore southwest Washington’s moderate yet distinct seasons with an outdoor adventure to Mount St. Helens or the Columbia River Gorge. One of the Pacific Northwest’s most recognizable landmarks, Mount St. Helens offers snowy hikes, cross-country skiing, and the opportunity to summit the volcano from the Marble Mountain Sno-Park in the winter (just over an hour’s drive from downtown). One of only 10 National Scenic Areas in the United States, the 80-mile Columbia River Gorge is beautiful during

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any season, offering panoramic views, hikes to wispy waterfalls, and a plethora of activities for any outdoor enthusiast.

Relax from your adventure with a beer on the patio from one of Vancouver’s local breweries. The close-knit community affectionately nicknamed “Brewcouver” rivals any beer scene with bold lagers, juicy IPAs, and flavorful stouts. Find Trap Door Brewing, Brothers Cascadia Brewing, and 3Peaks Public House & Taproom for a slew of food trucks outside the brewery spaces.

Within walking distance of the waterfront, downtown offers local boutiques and antique shops, intriguing art galleries, colorful murals, and events happening year-round. Find premier coffee roasters for your morning cup of joe and one-of-a-kind bakeries to satisfy that sweet tooth. Uptown Village (just north of downtown) delights with a quaint atmosphere, and is home to local favorites Bleu Door Bakery and Relevant Coffee.

Less than half a mile east of downtown, experience one of the first permanent settlements west of the Rocky Mountains at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The 191-acre area tells the story of the frontier fur trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company, a powerful miliary legacy at the U.S. Army’s Vancouver Barracks, and the magic of flight at the Pearson Air Museum.

Vancouver is close to everything, but far from typical – go see for yourself.

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There’s a reason why La Conner is so often voted the most perfect Washington State getaway destination and lands on top of the romantic getaways’ lists. Plain and simple … not only is it beautiful, but this community is full of genuinely warm and friendly folks.

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Located on the Salish Sea between Seattle and Vancouver, BC, La Conner is a combination of fishing village and artists’ colony that happens to also boast views of the water and Mount Baker. La Conner is jam-packed with things to do. Enjoy everything from numerous art galleries and notable museums like the Museum of Northwest Art, Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, and the Skagit County Historical Museum, to culinary hot spots offering a variety of cuisines and venues for wine-and-beer tasting, all within walking distance of unique shopping experiences and lodging. Incredibly scenic, discover endless photo ops, including views of the Swinomish Channel. On a clear day, by walking across the Rainbow Bridge, you can get a great shot of soaring Mount Baker.

Situated on the delta near the mouth of the Skagit River, La Conner was founded in the early 1860s and is Skagit County’s oldest community. Early settlers diked hundreds of acres of land, creating farmland which would surpass per-acre yields around the globe. La Conner soon became a popular farm community and a hub for steamers carrying passengers and freight from


Seattle. Logging and fishing prospered until the Great Depression. Artists settled in the area in the 1940s. La Conner has become a regional, national, and international tourist destination.  You will also enjoy natural beauty and wildlife such as bird-watching. La Conner is wintering grounds for swans and Canadian geese. The fertile farmlands continue to produce food and seed crops and, of course, their annual Tulip Festival is celebrated around the world. La Conner values its history and heritage and welcomes you to visit to see for yourself! So, if you’re looking for a place to relax and refresh, browse through interesting shops and art galleries, enjoy fine restaurants and lodging, then go experience La Conner! For more information visit

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Located between Big Sky and Yellowstone National Park, 320 Guest Ranch honors its rich history and celebrates Montana’s pioneer spirit through lodging, food, and activities.

We believe in connecting people to this naturally beautiful and historically abundant place. We believe in the pioneering spirit, which, for us, means providing updated log cabin accommodations, made-from- scratch, innovative food at McGill’s Restaurant and Saloon, and activities such as horseback riding, fly fishing, workshops, kids’ activities, sleigh rides, and more.

We are defying social norms to blaze our own trail, embracing the pioneer spirit and returning to tradition. We honor the nature around us and our history, by welcoming our guests with hospitality and a look into life as it used to be.

The ranch transitions between the winter and summer seasons offering different opportunities for each.

In the winter months – experience what it’s like living inside of a snow globe. With picturesque snow views, evergreen tress flocked in snow, and warm fires glowing in the cabins’ fireplaces. Learn about the history of the Ranch while riding in a 2 horse open sleigh along the river. If you opt for the later sleigh ride, you can catch a glimpse of the Milky Way. The ride will take you to a warming hut where you can enjoy hot beverages and a campfire before returning back to the Ranch center.

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Our restaurant, McGill’s is open to the public and ranch guests for dinner. The restaurant is situated in the old homestead building from the early 1900’s. We use other ingredients that to create pioneering dishes and drinks that pay tribute to the area.

McGill’s offers all the culinary experiences on Ranch such as a Chuckwagon BBQ, Porch-side Picnic, local fish, game, vegetables, mushrooms and Sleigh Ride bites at the warming tent, and more.

During the Summer season, the 320 Guest Ranch comes to life with horseback trail rides through the national forest, wagon rides around Ranch to a BBQ dinner, “Wanna be a Wrangler” kids program, and fly fishing casting lessons on our trout pond. There is always something to be discovered on Ranch and an activity to suit every man, woman, boy or girl’s inner pioneer.

Make the 320 Guest Ranch your home away from home and return from your vacation feeling rested and rejuvenated – and cherishing some life-long memories of visiting the old west and experiencing something you can’t find on the coastlines.

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When the snow starts to fly, the fun is just getting started. The best place to start planning your winter vacation is Carbon County, Wyoming.

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Winter Adventures

Experience world-class power on 500+ miles of area trails perfect for snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing! Carbon County has some of the best snowmobiling in Wyoming with terrain to excite users of all skill levels.

You can rent snowmobiles from Saratoga Hot Springs Resort. It’s not just the ease-of-use that makes this such an enticing adventure—it’s the fact Saratoga is home to lots of well-marked trails to explore. Each trip is guided by an expert who knows the Medicine Bow National Forest to help you navigate.

The Rendezvous Lodge in the beautiful Snowy Range in the Medicine Bow National Forest is just 10 miles from scenic Medicine Bow Peak. It’s a perfect winter base camp for snowmobilers and cross-country skiers to relax after a fun day exploring. There are over 200 miles of groomed trails starting from the parking lot! The onsite restaurant is famous for their hand-cut rib-eyes and homemade pie.

If you are looking for luxury, there is no place quite like the exclusive Brush Creek Ranch. Green Mountain, part of the Brush Creek resort collection, is a 600-acre private ski mountain where guests can enjoy incredible downhill skiing and snowboarding. These ski trails are only accessible via a heated snowcat! You’ll also want to check out “The Farm at Brush Creek.” At the Farm you can learn new cooking skills or experience the on-site restaurant, greenhouse, distillery, creamery, bakery, and massive wine cellar.

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A large draw to Carbon County is the history, legend and lore of its western past. When you visit Carbon County, you can step back in time and stay in one of the three hotels on the National Register of Historic Places. The oldest hotel in the county is The Hotel Wolf. Passengers on stagecoaches used it as a place to rest and eat. The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel features an eclectic style with a touch of Victorian elegance and Country charm, and no two rooms are alike. The food there is pretty incredible as well! The Historic Virginia Hotel was the biggest one between Denver and Salt Lake City back in 1911. This was the place for cowboys and railroad workers to rest and refuel, as well as serving as a central spot for meetings and gatherings. Today, you can return to those times in antique sleeping rooms or at the Shiloh Saloon, where bullet holes riddled throughout remind you of past shootouts!


Take a soothing dip where Native Americans once soaked for the healing powers of the hot springs at the Hobo Hot Springs in Saratoga, Wyoming. It’s free to the public and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The historic Saratoga Hot Pool is located on the banks of the Platte River, where a bathhouse was constructed that is now a locker room for visitors. Water temperatures in the hot pool range from 101 to 120 degrees.

Nestled between the Snowy Range and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range on the North Platte River is an immersive hot springs experience at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort. When you stay at this expansive property, you can swim in the 70-foot mineral hot springs swimming pool and soak under a teepee in small covered hot pools. The resort also offers the Healing Waters Spa.

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• Skijoring - Rodeo may be Wyoming’s official sport, but skijoring is the state’s unofficial winter sport. It is a uniquely Western athletic and cultural phenomenon combining two of Wyoming’s favorite pastimes: skiing and horseback riding. Travelers can spectate competitive Skijoring at the Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo, Sundance Winter Festival, Saratoga Skijoring Races, Skijor Wars (Buffalo) or Pinedale Winter Carnival. Most Skijoring competitions are held in February with 2023 to be announced. For more information on Wyoming’s annual winter events, click here.


• Jackson Hole Mountain Resort New Lift (Jackson, WY) - Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) will replace its Thunder quad chairlift with a faster and more powerful detachable quad chairlift ahead of the 2022-23 winter season. The speed of the new lift is 1,000 feet net per minute, twice the velocity of the original Thunder, and will cut riders’ time down from just over 7 minutes to 3.6 minutes.

As the weather cools down and blankets of snow begin to cover pristine landscapes, Wyoming becomes a winter wonderland for all types of travelers. With fewer crowds, award-winning ski-resorts, new direct flights and winter events, the Cowboy State offers endless winter experiences.
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• Grand Targhee Resort’s New Terrain (Alta, WY)For the first time in over 20 years, Grand Targhee Resort is opening new terrain with the construction of the Colter Lift on Peaked Mountain. Construction is underway and the opening is slated for the start of the 2022/23 winter season. The Colter Lift will transport up to 2,000 people per hour and gain 1,815 vertical feet in just five minutes. The brand-new six-pack will give skiers and riders access to over 600 skiable acres of fall line skiing, open glades, world-class side-country, and extraordinary views of the Grand Tetons.

• Snow King Mountain Expansion & Improvements (Jackson, WY) - Located in the heart of Jackson, Snow King Mountain unveiled a new, 8-passenger LeitnerPoma gondola and zipline, the steepest in North America (available in the summer months). The new gondola offers spectacular views of the Grand Tetons, the National Elk Refuge and the town of Jackson. In addition, Snow King will expand its operations with a new summit restaurant, observatory, planetarium and 100 acres of ski terrain.


• Luxury Property, Reid Creek Lodge, Opens in Central WY (Douglas, WY) - Reid Creek Lodge, a luxury property, opened in the summer of 2022. Reid Creek Lodge features an 8,000 square foot lodge with seven beautifully appointed bedrooms accommodating up to 22 guests and one group at a time. The exclusive experience includes a personal chef, curated programming, cozy gathering spaces and rustic mountain design.

• Little America Hotel Unveils New RV Park (Green River, WY) - Featuring 42 spacious sites, including back-in and pull-through spots, Little America RV park provides a variety of hotel-like amenities, including marble showers, a heated outdoor pool, a kid’s playground, a fitness center, a fuel center and a 24-hour convenience store. Rates start at $55 per night.

• Snow King Resort to Open New Spa (Jackson, WY) - Snow King Resort is close to unveiling its new Grand View Spa in December 2022. The resort’s new addition will feature six treatment rooms including a couple’s suite, locker rooms with experiential showers, hot tubs and eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, men’s and women’s private lounges, an infrared sauna, a boutique retail shop and scenic outdoor deck with a large hot tub.



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Fargo has an upand-coming entrepreneurial spirit in the community that you’ll notice right when you arrive.

The metro area spans three cities (Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo) and two states separated by the Red River of the North. The heart of the city lies in Downtown Fargo. Broadway and Main mark the southernmost end of the district with boutiques, taprooms, pizza places with rooftop patios, and a train-car mural welcoming you. As you head up Broadway, adorable boutiques, ice cream shops, fun bars, and restaurants line the street. In the center of it all, Broadway Square is known as the “living room” of Downtown Fargo, with events nearly 300 days out of the year, a grassy area with a bandshell throughout the warmer months, and a transformation into a dreamy ice rink in the wintertime.

Art is a massive component of the Downtown area as well. There are many murals done by countless local and national artists. Even the electrical boxes are designed to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. For local performances, area restaurants, as well as the Fargo Theatre and the Spirit Room, have cozy spaces to catch a show and include local jazz artists, Fargo’s very own Symphony, Ballet, and Opera, as well as traveling artists. The largest

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Minneapolis and Seattle is also located in the Downtown district. The Plains Art Museum has unique local and regional art exhibits that highlight various subjects, such as indigenous art. They bring in many local artists with an indigenous background and an art fair explicitly dedicated to the culture.

If food is a top priority during your travels, Fargo is bound to hit the spot. The Fargo metro area has over 200 locally owned and operated restaurants with nearly any kind of cuisine you can think of. Standouts include Prairie Kitchen, an utterly Scandinavian menu and vibe that’s ultimately inviting and nods to our locals’ Norwegian history and culture. Another, Tati’s Mediterranean Saveur, has authentic Lebanese food like meat pies, hummus, and Kibbeh balls. For the perfect cocktail (or mocktail), Rosewild is the new kid on the block in the Jasper Hotel, with perfectly crafted drinks and an extensive wine list. BernBaum’s is another standout; this Jewish deli rivals those in New York City, with shakshuka, and bagels topped with lox on the menu.

Events in the area range from canoe parades, vintage markets in downtown streets, and even a winter festival dedicated to getting outdoors, even in the dead of winter. Whether you’re looking for live music, cultural and artistic, or beer-focused events, Fargo is a one-stop shop. In the fall, the Civic Center is transformed into a holiday wonderland for Christkindlmarkt. In June, the prominent heritage of the area is highlighted with the Scandinavian Festival. Then in the spring, the annual Woodlands & High Plains Powwow takes the stage to celebrate the American Indian culture.

Whether it’s culture, beer, food, art, or music, Fargo does these things just a little differently. You’ll have to experience it for yourself to understand.


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A WELCOME Adventure


Sometimes it’s the hidden gems that shine the brightest. Such is the case with Watertown. Enjoy the kind of refreshing outdoor spaces, great dining, and artistic adventures you can only find off the beaten path.

Explore a portrait of prairie wonder in Watertown, South Dakota. Watertown has a story to tell. You can hear it whispered by the ornate arches on Kemp Avenue, taste it in the local fare, and feel it in a gold-soaked sunset over Lake Kampeska. This is where life slows down and your creative spirit soars. You’ll see why after spending a few days in this picturesque haven.

Take a tour through the recently renovated Goss Opera House, where historic charm meets modern elegance. If these walls could talk, the stories they would tell! The same area is also home to a bevy of locally-inspired dishes and drink, adding up for one inedible dining experience. Tickle your sweet tooth at the Watertown Confectionery and Ghost Town Winery, where you’ll

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find hand-dipped chocolates and house bottled wins. “Come Closer” at the AZA accredited Bramble Park Zoo, where more than 800 animals representing 120 species call home.

A hub of prairie culture, Watertown has a flourishing arts community you might think impossible in a town of 20,000. Those in search of inspiration will find it at the Terry Redlin Art Center, where 165 original oil paintings immortalize the rural scenes of Redlin’s youth. Outside the museum is the beginning of the Watertown Artwalk, a path of 12 sculptures gracing uptown.

Discover the Watertown story- and write a chapter of your own- on an invigorating getaway. Start planning yours today at


Located at the intersection of Interstate 29 and U.S. Hwy 212, Watertown is approximately halfway between Omaha and Winnipeg on Interstate 29, and about 200 miles from Minneapolis on U.S. Hwy 212. Watertown has direct service to and from Chicago O’Hare and Denver International airports daily in the newly opened terminal at Watertown Regional Airport.

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Stunning scenery awaits anyone looking for adventure. Tour the grounds and walk through the Redlin Art Center. Explore the shores of Lake Kampeska or catch a show at the Goss Opera House. Delight your palette at one of many of Watertown’s locally-owned restaurants. No matter where your journey takes you, you’re sure to find adventure in this picturesque haven. Watertown looks forward to welcoming you.

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Kansas - what comes to mind?  Hills? In Kansas?  Yes!

Manhattan is in the beautiful Flint Hills.  The Flint Hills stretch across twenty-two counties in the eastern part of the state, from Nebraska to Oklahoma. Our college town combines the vibrancy of youth with an ecologically unique environment, wonderful dining scene, and a flourishing downtown.  As you begin your journey in Manhattan, make your first stop at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Located in downtown, the Flint Hills Discovery Center will immerse you with the wonder and beauty of the Flint Hills. Find inspiration through a leisure drive along the Native Stone Scenic Byway or the National Flint Hills Scenic Byways. Manhattan is the gateway to the Flint Hills and home to Kansas State University. You will see why Manhattan, Kansas, has earned accolades such as “One of the 20 Best Places to Live in America” and “The Best College Town in America” by Livability.

Manhattan has many surprises to enjoy, from outdoors to shopping to culinary experiences.  Hike the Konza Prairie, view the community from the Top of the World, or zipline at Wildwood Adventure to enjoy the Flint Hills in a new way. Be inspired with art featuring the Flint Hills in our art galleries and shops.  Downtown Manhattan is abundant with vibrant dining as well as unique shops and boutiques filled with handcrafted items, home interior boutiques, and more. Aggieville, the oldest shopping district in Kansas, located directly across from Kansas State University, offers additional unique shopping, dining, and attractions.  It is the place to celebrate Kansas State University Wildcat Victories!

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Manhattan’s food-and-drink scene is studded with a multitude of vibrant, locallyowned-and-operated establishments. Throughout Manhattan you will find distinctive coffee shops, wineries and breweries, and unique restaurants for every palate.  Enjoy great Kansas steaks and BBQ as well as authentic Mexican, Chinese, Thai, and Korean food.  Many of its beloved establishments, most from humble beginnings, have commanded regional acclaim.  One such collection is that of the One Egg Group, founded by husband-and-wife team Evan and Andrea Grier, and powered by a team of Manhattan’s best culinary and service professionals.  Within each lively atmosphere at Bourbon & Baker, Tallgrass Tap House and Guilty Biscuit, a traveler’s

quest for outstanding food and drink is complete.  Bourbon & Baker’s menu, seasoned with Midwestern and Southern influences, offers culinary-driven smallplate dishes alongside a full-service bar with an expansive bourbon selection. Its drop-in bakery counter boasts of madefrom-scratch treats, celebration cakes and specialty cookies.  Tallgrass Tap House, an 11,000 square-foot full-service restaurant and microbrewery, is a long-time favorite respite for the local community and for Kansas State University alumna.  Its 10-barrel brewhouse produces a rotating lineup of craft brews featured on tap.   Enjoy comforting yet creative American fare from its regionally

acclaimed Rooftop Bar as you enjoy a great brew and a great view of the Flint Hills.  Guilty Biscuit is One Egg Group’s newer dining concept, featuring biscuit sandwiches, weekend breakfast specials, and lighter “Less Guilty” creations.  Biscuits and gravy are a must, but it won’t be long until you have cravings such as The Guilty itself, a French-toast biscuit with fried chicken, cream gravy and pecan bacon. Be sure to bring your appetite to Manhattan!  You will be filled with the beauty of the Flint Hills and great local dining options.  To learn more of Manhattan’s many offerings, go to

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America’s vast, tallgrass prairie is our backyard. Space to roam and relax. Tap into pulsing college town culture and historic frontier pioneer heritage. Sip craft beers and feast on local farm-grown food. Find your happy place in Manhattan.
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Experience a unique crossroads of history, art and culture in Carthage, Missouri, America’s Maple Leaf City. Welcoming travelers from all over the world, Carthage sits at the junction of the Historic U.S. Route 66 and Jefferson Highway. You can wander through Red Oak II and experience a town plucked from an earlier time. Book your night’s stay at the Boots Court Motel where notable clients such as Clark Gable and Mickey Mantle stayed. Built by Arthur Boots in 1939, this iconic hotel has been restored to its original glory. If you plan your trip in the warmer months, make plans to be entertained at the Route 66 Drive-In Theatre with popular Hollywood movies. Enjoy a double feature under the night sky and during intermission, be sure to take a walk around the 1949 structure where you can admire the original neon sign out front along with the ticket booth and concession stand.

History Buff? We have you covered. The Battle of Carthage was the first full-scale land battle of the Civil War, preceding Bull Run by 11 days. The state of Missouri was a battleground state which had a tug of war between Confederate and Union forces, ending in the town being destroyed by fire in 1864 and reconstructed at a later date. Plan a visit to the Civil War Museum, where admission is free and learn from knowledgeable staff about the Battle of Carthage. After, take a trip to the Battle of Carthage State Historic Site that contains a silent meadow and spring making this a perfect set up for camp for both the Union and Confederate troops during the battle.

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Mesmerized by historic buildings and architecture? Architecture is one of Carthage’s most prominent features. The Jasper County Courthouse, the towns ‘Crown Jewel,’ built in 1894-95, features the famous Carthage marble and is said to be the second-mostphotographed building in Missouri, sitting center of the Historic Carthage Square. Inside, you will find a wrought-iron cage elevator still operating today; a display representing the history of Route 66; and “Forged in Fire,” a mural by the famous artist Lowell Davis, that portrays the history of Jasper County.

Take a stroll around the square and learn about the history of the buildings and their original owners dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s with a self-guided walking tour. Unique merchants, and eateries now fill these historic buildings, making it the perfect experience to shop and dine. One unique merchant – The Pie Safe, give customers the opportunity to dine in a delightful atmosphere while enjoying a selection of a unique variety of teas and pies.

Your experience in Carthage is not complete without the Carthage Historic Homes Driving Tour. Just a few blocks south from the Historic Town Square sits a residential district that grew as bankers, mine owners, lawyers, doctors and merchants flocked to town. Examples of Italianate, Romanesque, Queen Anne, Eastlake architecture are on display.

Fall in October is our favorite month, but more specifically the 3rd Saturday in October, the Maple Leaf Parade welcomes 80,000+ visitors to town. Part of The Maple Leaf Festival, lasting a week long, named after the beautiful fall foliage in Carthage (hence the name, America’s Maple Leaf City), this week long event leading up to the parade features hometown classic events like a band festival, a lip-sync competition, arts & craft vendors, car and tractor shows, a quilt show, chili cook-off, food vendors, and live entertainment.

Carthage is more than a planned visit, it’s an experience. Visit to learn more.

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ateway to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and Shawnee National Forest, the wild beauty of the rolling hills of Carbondale, Illinois, awaits you. This Midwestern town allows you to escape the fast pace of big-city life, offering you that remote, unparalleled feeling that is only achievable in southern Illinois.

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

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

Enjoy food from their local restaurants utilizing regionallygrown produce or explore their international culinary scene, which is bursting with many cultural influences. Stay in their accommodations, which range from various modern hotels to cozy inns or cabins in the woods, where you are sure to feel right at home.

In Carbondale, it is possible to rappel down a rock face in the morning, sip local wine in the afternoon, enjoy delicious local cuisine in the evening, and cap off the night at a historical movie theater in the center of downtown.

Whether pursuing a favorite pastime or trying something new, the day could end worlds away from where it began – all without traveling more than a few miles.

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Explore The Land Between the Lakes: Cadiz, Kentucky

Known as the largest inland peninsula in all of America, the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (aka “LBL”) is one of the main reasons to venture to the friendliest little town in all of Kentucky, Cadiz. Whether you are aiming for a short getaway with wildlife viewing or are hoping to stay longer and explore the charming main street enjoying a myriad of antiques and other attractions, Cadiz, Kentucky has a little bit of something for everyone.

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While Cadiz is a great location to visit all times of the year, there is something especially poignant about making a weekend visit or a week-long getaway during the winter months. Due to the absence of tree leaves, and the sparseness of the forest underbrush, you will enjoy even more wildlife viewing opportunities than would be possible in other times of the year. This means you can perhaps experience first-hand the majesty of the regal American Bald Eagle, a bulging bison weighing

upwards of 2,000, the guttural bugling echoes of the nature preserve— including the sounds of antlers clashing— or the harems of female elk, including perhaps an impressive 700-pound elk or two. In fact, winter presents the perfect opportunity to take a winter tour via boat or van and look for the many breathtaking creatures that call the area home.

Camping is always in season and is available year-round in the Land Between the Lakes. There are many campgrounds to choose from including Energy Lake, Hurricane Creek, Turkey Bay, and

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the Wranglers Campground. Each campground offers unique features that set it apart from the others. For example, Turkey Bay is known as a hub for ATV riders and off-roaders. This area features hundreds of miles of trails with varying difficulty levels, and all types of vehicles are welcome.

The Wranglers Campground is yet another potential camping location in the region. This campground offers 220 well-defined sites with electrical hookups and more, and 12 cabins are also available for rent. In addition, this campground features over 100 miles of horse trails to enjoy as well as stalls, farrier and blacksmith services and an activity court. Keep in mind that horses have the right-of-way in this campground.

Even in the brisk winter months, hiking trails are popular and you can enjoy several options, including the Woodlands Nature Watch, which allows you to see the wildlife in the LBL. The Hematite Trail, a 2.2-mile loop, is another option and is well known for its diversity of woodland wildflowers, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. The Long Creek Paved Trail is a ¼-mile paved trail that is ideal for those who prefer an easy walk to a strenuous hike.

Keep the above activities in mind when planning a visit to the LBL this winter. There are many other additional activities to try, the above are just a few of the best!

Finish your visit to the area off by stopping by our historic downtown where you can enjoy restaurants, quaint shops and stores of all kinds. Interestingly enough, many of the local eateries serve a variety of locally sourced produce and meats caught or grown on land nearby.

Some visit to get outdoors and experience the serenity of the winter wilderness. Others prefer the pleasantries of a good meal with southern cooking and discovering the specialty shops while strolling through the historic downtown. There’s no need to limit your options. You can experience the quaintness of rural life with a combination of all the above. Cadiz, Kentucky awaits your arrival.

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The Road Trip. It’s what Americans do. It’s what we’ve always done. There are entire shelves of books devoted to hitting the road. And jukeboxes full of songs about riding out to case the promised land. We’ve all gone to look for America at one time or another. But what are we usually looking for? A great place to eat, of course. A classic hot dog stand. A roadside scoop shop. Barbecue joints. Diners. Bake shops. The corner café with hamburgers sizzling on an open grill all night and day. These are the places that fuel our trips and spark the stories we share with family and friends when we get back home.

So, you’re ready to roll down your window and let the breeze blow back your hair — now what? Easy. Point your car in the direction of Upstate New York and some of the country’s best bakers, sandwich makers and chicken wing shakers. There may not be another cluster of regional specialties in the entire country like the one you’ll find along the highways that connect Binghamton, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. The menu includes culinary traditions going back generations to a time when the region boomed with the opening of the Erie Canal and the flood of immigrants who followed. Chicken spiedies. Hot pies. Salt potatoes. Snappy grillers. Garbage plates. White hots. Buffalo wings. Beef on weck. Frozen custard. Sponge Candy.

It’s a legacy of comfort food that’s affordable, delectable and unforgettable.

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Upstate is for chowing down.

The highways that connect spiedies, salt potatoes, garbage plates, and Buffalo wings are a comfort food pilgrimage that’s affordable, delectable, and unforgettable. Get ready for the most delicious road trip ever at

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Gettysburg, PA, stands uniquely positioned as one of our nation’s premier historic travel destinations. Nestled in idyllic Adams County, it offers breathtakingly scenic landscapes, wideranging outdoor activities, adventurous dining and – perhaps most famously – an unparalleled, firsthand look back at this country’s dramatic and inspiring past. No trip to Gettysburg is complete without experiencing its rich legacy. Take a wintry tour of the hallowed battlefield and feel the full weight of its solemn significance. Among the monuments and memorials,

the enormous impact of our past truly resonates. Pause for a moment of inspiration at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his stirring “Gettysburg Address” and where hundreds of holiday wreaths are placed on the headstones of the Civil War graves. Explore the story beyond the battlefield with a variety of venues that share the story of the local aftermath of the battle, enabling you to stand in the shoes of civilians whose lives were upturned by three fierce days of fighting in the place they called home.

For the outdoor lover, breathe in the crisp air of surrounding Adams County with a hike through beautiful state parks and a nature preserve just a short drive from town. The winding trails are dog-friendly and perfect for those traveling with a furry companion. Be sure to take a seasonal stroll through the historically preserved downtown and

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Gain insight into our nation’s gripping backstory at interactive museums and education centers. Test your wits at a period-authentic escape room. Find the perfect holiday gifts for loved ones at charming shops filled with one-of-a-kind antiques, handmade treasures, and Civil War artifacts. Visit nearby premium outlet shops, offering everything from the latest fashions to one-of-akind Christmas specialties. If the spirit is willing, snuggle close together when darkness falls for an eerie evening ghost tour of famous (and infamous) haunts. Discover local artists who draw inspiration from local history, agriculture, and nature. Meet a potter who also operates a family farm market stand supporting sustainable farming. Get to know a painter with a public art studio tucked amongst the hillsides of her country home.

And, of course, the entire region is brimming with foodiepleasing dining establishments, offering local farm-to-table cuisine in a wide variety of styles. Enjoy unique, contemporary meals prepared by award-winning chefs, experience periodspecific food prepared in a landmark setting, or grab a quick bite at a popular pizza joint. To help warm you up, craft beers, wines, ciders, mead, and spirits produced in Adams County can be found along the Adams County Pour Tour, a popular beverage trail.

Whatever your tastes in lodgings, Gettysburg has you covered and then some. Cozy bed-and-breakfasts, rustic cabins, luxurious inns, your go-to hotel with all the amenities, or that special family guest house, complete with a stone fireplace perfect for roasting chestnuts – you’ll find the perfect accommodation for your holiday visit, whether you want to stay in walking distance to everything or escape to a quiet retreat.

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Make your own holiday history –– in Gettysburg!


Gettysburg stands uniquely positioned as one of our nation’s premiere historic travel destinations — and the holiday season is the perfect time to experience the town’s unparalleled history, breathtaking beauty and endless recreational fun.

Witness the wintry battlefield first-hand and explore the historically preserved downtown area encircling festive Lincoln Square. Find the perfect gift at charming shops filled with antiques and handmade treasures. And be sure to get a taste of the region through the popular Adams County Pour Tour, bringing wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries together for an amazingly varied beverage trail.

A visit to Gettysburg inspires a return trip in every season. Once you experience our unique charms and rich history, you’ll be planning your next trip before you even leave.

Plan Your Getaway Now!
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Since America’s Gilded Age, visitors have flocked to the special seaside enchantment of Narragansett, Rhode Island. The community’s signature stone Towers from that era, which call to mind a castle’s turrets, span Ocean Road and symbolize this welcoming town’s enduring appeal. (In fact, the Town’s Welcome Center is tucked inside one of the turrets.)

As you drive along Ocean Road, the west passage of Narragansett Bay is your constant companion, a continuous Instagram-worthy vista that flows into the Atlantic. Along the way are restaurants beloved by locals, the majority family-owned, that serve up not only good food but the flavor of the town’s neighborhoods. Visitors quickly discover that Narragansett is a resort town with a hometown charm.

In the picturesque fishing village of Galilee, George’s and Champlin’s serve up clam cakes, chowder (say “chowdah” and order the Rhode Island clear broth version) and the world-famous Point Judith calamari, all within the sound of the foghorn at Point Judith Light. Farther north is Monahan’s Clam Shack, where the line for fried clams (get the wholebellies) and lobster rolls often trails down to the adjacent fishing pier. It’s al fresco dining only, and there’s

no extra charge for the milliondollar view of the bay with the Newport Bridge in the distance.

In the north end of Narragansett is Twin Willows, the kind of friendly burgerand-bar destination that would make Sam Malone of Cheers envious. You can eat inside, but order those generous Bill Burgers and Mert Burgers out on the patio for another swoon-worthy view of the sea.

These are just some of the spots where budgetfriendly meets family-friendly, in seaside settings like the ones that the Gilded Age bunch paid a fortune to enjoy. In Narragansett, everyone can partake of it.

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More upscale dining along Ocean Road is found at Spain Restaurant¸ also family-owned, and Chair 5, the restaurant within The Break, Narragansett’s only boutique hotel. Head upstairs to The Rooftop for an enviable bird’s-eye view. Go a few blocks in from the beach to sample Italian fare, another Rhode Island staple, at Arturo Joe’s and, in Narragansett’s historic and increasingly artsy Boon Street district, PJ’s Pub.

Right next to the Towers is the Coast Guard House Restaurant, perched literally at the edge of the rocky shore. Go for lunch and a glass of wine, which their knowledgeable sommelier will be happy to help you select. Stay for a moonlight dinner and a late-night specialty cocktail. You’ll swear you can hear the heartbeat of the town, in harmony with the sound of the waves that call to surfers almost daily.

This is the center of Narragansett: the Pier, as locals call it. On one side is Narragansett’s signature seawall for all, a year-round promenade for every age that beckons both sunrise joggers and evening saunterers. On the other is the Town Beach, a kind of sandy town square that hosts summer movie nights for kids, plus fireworks punctuated with the sound of the Rhode Island Philharmonic’s annual surfside concert in July. Just beyond it is access to the Narrow River, which, despite its name, can handle boating, paddleboard and kayak enthusiasts.

Cross the street and straight ahead are specialty shops, including Nana’s Ice Cream and Gelato Café. Like Brickley’s in the north end, it’s one of several spots in Narragansett proudly serving homemade ice cream that, as Rhode Islanders might say, is wicked good.

A few steps away is a village green, complete with gazebo that hosts local bands and sing-alongs in the summer. Grab a lawn chair and you’re set. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself joining the other kids of all ages on the grassy dance floor, the rhythm of the waves just steps away.

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Festival Season

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While the sun stretches out her time above the horizon, thousands of beach lovers travel from far and wide to spend their vacation enjoying the bustling energy of the summer season along the pristine coast of Southern Delaware. When the summer crowds return home and the sun begins to dip earlier each evening, showing off its deeper fall hues, the locals and long-time visitors begin to whisper about the “second-season” like a hidden treasure. What some call the “off-season,” others call the best time of the year—the beauty without the bustle.

Good news travels fast and, with each new year, the second season welcomes all back to the beach even after the swimsuits and board shorts have been packed away.

In the air, there’s a feeling of…festivals. The new year along the Southern Delaware Coast kicks off with the 2023 Fire and Ice Festival: “Lights, Camera, Action!” taking place on January 27-29, 2023. Experience the beach like you never have before with some movie magic at this Hollywood-themed event. Spend the weekend taking in 63,000 pounds of ice that have been transformed into masterfully crafted sculptures. Enjoy other winter festivities, including bonfires, live music, outdoor movies,


and more. Visitors and locals alike buzz over the local Tasting Tour, Drink Competitions, and warm up with the comfort of an old-fashioned Chili Cookoff. Local businesses and towns join to extend the joy of the holiday season with something for everyone. It all caps off with a firework show that rivals the Fourth of July.

Before you know it, the morning light starts peeking in earlier and lingering later every day to see what it’s been missing. Spring puts on a show for those who love wildlife; and fishermen and foodies together all eagerly await the first catches of the season. For those who are ready to get back outside after staying cozy indoors over the winter months, the award-winning 34th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour is our early kickoff for the season. Taking place on the last weekend in April, riders of all experience levels can participate in any of the cycling tours that cover over 180 miles of Sussex County’s beautiful beaches, bays, and beyond.

abound. Stay for “Locals Summer,” which begins the week after Labor Day with our 45th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival featuring 100 juried artists. Wind along sandy trails through black pines. Kayak along the banks of the canals, bay, and shorelines or spend the day fishing, surfing, or finally fitting in that round of golf. If it is retail therapy you need, shop taxfree among many unique boutiques, galleries, and local specialty shops. There is something sweet about taking in the salty sea air while doing the things you love. And whether you prefer salty, sweet, or savory, there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from. The Culinary CoastTM is brimming with a variety of spectacular dining; boasting award-winning chefs, farm-to-table dishes, and mouth-watering seafood. The length of days might change from summer to winter, but the truth is that time doesn’t fly so fast when you realize the places you love to visit in the summer season are full of hidden gems year-round, with the beach as the backdrop.

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FIRE & ICE FESTIVAL January 27 - 29, 2023

OCEAN TO BAY BIKE TOUR April 28 - 29, 2023




In the center of West Virginia is small town Buckhannon. Small, as in the local population and how quickly you can get around, but not to be confused with a boring po-dunk town. To West Virginia, Buckhannon is known as a vibrant downtown with loads of atmosphere. There’s an emerging arts district with public art popping up in unexpected places and surprisingly a number of options for top quality food joints.

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Downtown Buckhannon

Buckhannon’s Main Street pumps with atmosphere – downtown shoppes line the street with colorful flags and window displays welcome you to walk into the boutiques. Spring and summertime is a highlight, seeing nearly every street corner overflowing with flowers. And while this town is the classic, charming USA Main Streets, one end of the town is quickly becoming the funky, artistic scene. Places like Trader’s Alley have murals and a painted walkway. Tucked around the corner is Lascaux Micro-Theater that premieres showings like the Manhattan Film Festival and other artistic cinema. The Blaxxmith Shop and The Infamous Art Gallery have interactive art exhibits and events each week. It’s common to see a gathering of artists on the corner, prepping for the town’s next event.

It’s easy to see how the arts are appreciated throughout the town – the local city purchased a Main Street building and restored it into the Colonial Arts Centre – a hub for performances, theatre, exhibition space and workshops. Recent productions include ‘Clue: Live On Stage’ and ‘A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol’.

Buckhannon’s creativity flows into the restaurants, too. Local – and yes, it’s all certainly local – as Laura Meadows, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau says ‘Buckhannon is proud to have our own people own the restaurants; we don’t have many chain restaurants and we like it that way’. Eating local means finding places like Fish Hawk Acres that’s famous for Teresa’s biscuits, focaccia bread and sunny windows. Fish Hawk serves more than meals – The downtown spot has first class private dining experiences, the retail market called the Coop, plus welcomes guests into the kitchen for some interactive cooking classes.

Fish Hawk Traders Alley
Stone Tower Brews

When a caffeine boost is needed, a favorite is Stone Tower Brews that has top selections of West Virginia craft beer on tap and creates specialty coffee blends. For one of the best burgers, the unassuming Whistle Stop Bar and Grill might not look like much, but serves up amazing burger creations like ‘The Caboose’ and the ‘Almost Heaven’. While Buckhannon is most known for its downtown vibes, the wild and wonderful side of West Virginia can be seen surrounding the town. Trail networks have become a priority for places like Upshur County Trails, with 10+ miles of trails for mountain bikers and hikers. Local trail makers like to say the wooded network is ‘made by mountain bikers, for mountain bikers’. More scenic trails and experiences are found at the West Virginia Wildlife Center. An immersive experience, guests can walk through the wooded forest of West Virginia to see the state’s native animals in natural enclosures. Overnight camp spots at Audra State Park are along the Middle Fork River, where the scenes and sounds of the flowing river can’t be beat.

West Virginia is an emerging top destination. The locals have long known the hidden gems – the scenic rolling hills, the winter mountains lined with ski slopes, the wide open forests, and the small towns dotting the state with true Appalachian culture. In a time when everyone is searching for a new getaway, choosing Buckhannon is worth a shot.

Old Oak Trail Stone Tower Brews
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Artistry on Main Shops | Dining | Trails | Kayaking | Festivals & Events


Winding across the fivemile causeway to our secluded little paradise island, it is clear to see how Chincoteague Island received the moniker, “Beautiful Land Across the Water.” The vibrant colors of every season and unique sounds of over 300 species of birds and waterfowl in the wetlands welcome the weary traveler into our peaceful village where everything moves at a quieter pace. Southern hospitality awaits in a land miles away from ordinary, as the marshland gives way to the Atlantic Ocean and you find yourself in nature’s playground.

World renowned for our ninetyseven-year history of the wild pony roundup, swim, and auction, we are


also widely known for our pristine beaches, miles of nature trails and waterways to explore by kayak or chartered cruise, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, fishing, crabbing, and even rocket launches. On nearby Wallops Island, home of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Electron rockets fulfill deep space missions and sounding rockets conduct scientific research. Chincoteague Island offers several launch viewing locations for the space lover, as numerous missions are scheduled throughout the year.

Drive, bike, or walk from Chincoteague Island to Assateague Island, VA, home of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore. Hike or bike nature trails while searching for wildlife, world-famous Chincoteague Ponies, and migratory birds as they travel the Atlantic Flyway in the spring and fall. Visit the majestic Assateague Lighthouse here, too, with its bold red and white stripes. The natural and pristine beach offers hours of enjoyment on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to surf, swim, surf fish, and beachcomb. Outdoor adventure to tranquil relaxation can all be found here.


Culinary roots run deep in the rich and abundant oyster and clam shoals surrounding Chincoteague Island, making them, along with blue crabs, a favored fare any month of the year. The catch of the day from local waters can be rockfish, flounder, drum, shark, or tuna, depending on the season. Aqua farms produce delectable bivalves in the salty waters of Toms Cove. Eat for dinner what was growing in the water just a few hours earlier. It doesn’t get any fresher than that for the exceptional farm-to-table experience! Complemented by Eastern Shore grown veggies, your true coastal meal is complete. Top off your dining experience with homemade ice cream or soft-serve deliciousness at one of our premier ice cream shops!

Partake in island events throughout the year, including a spring Seafood Festival

and award-winning fall

Oyster Festival (celebrating 50 years in 2023), showcasing local, coastal cuisine. The Easter Decoy & Art Festival features local decoy carvers and artisans telling their stories through wood carvings, sea glass, pottery, fine oils, acrylics and more. Their talent comes steeped in tradition and captures the essence of coastal life. Concerts, movies, community theater, classes, programs, and lectures fill the calendar to fully immerse in the culture.

Unique galleries, boutiques, specialty shops, and bookstores provide retail therapy while museums and walking tours offer a glimpse into the island’s rich history. Carefully crafted itineraries and self-guided tours await enjoyment.

A variety of wonderful accommodations promises the perfect space to rest and rejuvenate, so more memories can be made once the sun rises.

Experience the history, legend, and natural beauty of Chincoteague Island’s serene fishing village located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. This small island will take you away to another time - a time where the pace is slower, the fun is simpler, and the memories are priceless!

You’ll LOVE where they take you! Plan your 2023 vacation getaway at

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As you cross the engineering wonder that is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, take a moment and breathe in the salty air from the Fisherman’s Island overlook. You’ve made it across the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and you’re embarking on an incredible journey through the peninsula of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. This overlook is a perfect spot for experiencing ESVA sunsets!

Once largely undiscovered, this jut of land is now teeming with life while still preserving the longest stretch of natural coastline in the Eastern United States. You can see conservation in action from the moment you arrive! The ESVA is home to multiple wildlife refuges, natural area preserves, and parks.

Find ponies, rockets, and a classic beach-town vibe on Chincoteague Island at the northern end of the Shore. Drive across to Assateague Island and explore the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Cape Charles features a classy array of boutique businesses and restaurants in a town that perfectly balances historical and beach-town qualities. There are three spots in Cape Charles on Mason Avenue that were once banks – can you find them all? Wander the streets of

Quiet towns, beautiful beaches, exquisite cuisine. Sounds like something you’d find on an island far away, doesn’t it? As it turns out, your escape to paradise may be a little closer to home.
Barrier Islands Center Entrance

historic Onancock and enjoy the thriving artisan scene on the Bay. Want a slower pace and a little more room? Check out towns like Wachapreague, Parksley, Cheriton, or Saxis or catch the ferry from the Onancock Wharf and spend a couple of days exploring Tangier Island. Miles of trails are waiting for you all along the Shore to explore by foot or bike. In the fall, stop by the hawk watch on Kiptopeke State Park and try your hand at identifying some of the hundreds of birds that migrate through the Shore. Every year, at least one rare species is spotted – you may be the one to find it!

During the winter months is the perfect time to wander the wildlife refuges and experience the hush that falls over the marsh. Watch migrating waterfowl enjoying the waterways and check out historical sites along the trails. Learn more about the

area by stopping into one of their local museums and shopping at their small businesses. It’s also a great chance to try an Eastern Shore oyster or clam from one of their local producers. Their waters are some of the cleanest you can find and are the perfect place for growing incredible seafood!

Year-round, there is always something to enjoy as you explore the Shore.

From nature to history to arts to incredible food, you can find a little of anything you want to experience right there on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. What will you discover as you make memories to last a lifetime on Virginia’s natural coast? Find your piece of paradise between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Virginia’s Eastern Shore can’t wait to see you!

Learn more about Virginia’s Eastern Shore at

Parksley Love Sign Biking Chincoteague Island Virginia Photo by Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission Onancock Wharf Ferry
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