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Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Rolling farmland and gentle wooded hills of Johnny Appleseed fame dominate the landscape and make antique hunts and auctions events for everyone to enjoy. Specialty shops, horseshows, ice cream socials, classic car shows, an antique tractor and engine show, farmers markets and free bandshell concerts make life especially pleasant. Take a walking tour of our historical district and visit the Ashland County Historical Museum. We host some great events including the Ashland County Fair and Ashland County Farm Tour as well as the Ashland Symphony, Pg 2-4

Ashland University Theatre, Ashland Regional Ballet and Chautauqua Storytelling Performances. BalloonFest, one of Ashland’s premier events, is held every year. The Balloon Glow, music, storytelling and stage performances, along with balloon races, make for a fun-filled weekend. Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 211 Claremont Avenue Ashland, Ohio 44805 419-281-4584 toll free: 877-581-2345 www.visitashlandohio.com ¤

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Enjoy our many sporting events, horse shows, symphony, ballet, theatre, concerts and festivals. Tour our beautiful farms, drive our scenic country roads, and browse our unique specialty shops. Will you have great time in Ashland? Absolutely!

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Making a Long Road Trip with Children Tolerable by: C.S. Mackay this is the year that you are going to take a thousand mile road trip. It would be fun and enjoyable with just your spouse, but now your family includes others. Those others include a preteen ten year old that is already developing a teen attitude. Also included is an over energetic eight-year-old son that thinks his purpose in life is to tease both of his sisters. Last of all

there is that sweet four-year-old ball of fire that has determined that she is in charge. On the top of your list of challenges is the item to make this trip and be sane when your return home. Everything will be fine getting things ready and even after you arrive at your destination. It is those hours in between that have you worried. Back when you were a little kid your parents had to grin and bear

The Hub City of South Texas Alice was established in 1888 and named after the daughter of Captain Richard King, who established the King Ranch. Historically the community is associated with cattle, the vaquero and the American cowboy.

Several museums share historical artifacts about Alice and South Texas. The South Texas Museum offers an overview of the early days in the Hub City. The Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Museum showcases Tejano artists and legends in the Birthplace of Tejano music. The Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron Museum is open on weekends. La Copita Ranch is available for family, business or group activities. Wildlife, hunting, fishing and bird watching are favorite activities for residents and visitors. Golfers can choose from the Alice Municipal Golf Course and Alice Country Club Golf Course.

it. They played games to keep you entertained and searched license plates for a new state. At the end of the trip they were too tired to enjoy their stay. They just rested up for the return trip and a rerun of the previous trip, arriving home exhausted. What a vacation? This will not happen to you if you are willing to take advantage of the new car video technology. With the introduction of car videos children can enjoy the trip with some of their favorite videos. There are several types available on the market now. There are the standard mount to the ceiling models. Now there are hang over the seat models with ear phones so that each child can have their own if necessary and these are moveable from seat to seat. Also, available are head rests with video screens built in them that

Cottages on the Comal River Daily rentals • Non-smoking facility All cottages have air conditioning. Most include kitchenettes Enjoy the game room facilities & concessionaire at poolside. Swim, float & snorkel to your heart’s content!

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the portable video was best because we could shift it between seats and then the unoccupied child did what we used to do play games.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort is a premiere family destination with year round excitement. A two story vaulted ceiling adorned with natural wood showcases our large indoor recreation area. Our indoor pool is great for swimming a couple laps, or you could relax in the pulsating jets With over 500 hotel rooms, you of your whirlpool tub. Kids love our are so close to everywhere! newly added indoor children’s splash Alice, Texas park with a slide and interactive 361-664-3454 water games. Some people prefer to www.alicetx.org ¤ sweat it out in the sauna. Whichever

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can replace your present head rests. Now there are even car videos to put on sun visors or on the dash. With this car video technology you can now take your children’s favorite videos and let them play them over and over and it will not drive you crazy because they have ear buds. This means that you can still carry on a conversation with someone and not always be interrupted with the inevitable “Are We There Yet”. By the way ipods and MP3 players will do the same for your teenager. I can attest to the above because I just got off a road trip of 16 hours with these three youngsters and four adults. There were very few problems and parents and grandparents were just tired from the ride not tired from fighting. I personally felt that

you prefer, you’ll find it in our recreation center. Peabody’s indoor children’s play park has the tubes, tunnels and balls to keep the kids busy for hours. The fitness center has all the state of the art equipment you’d expect to find and will keep any fitness crazed adult occupied. Bridgeport Waterfront Resort Door County, Wisconsin 800-671-9190 www.bridgeportresort.net ¤

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Enjoy some tranquil relaxation Located in New Braunfels on the Comal River, Heidelberg Lodges offers a unique setting to visitors anytime of the year. Nestled under towering pecan trees overlooking the crystal clear Comal Springs, the cottages offer all the convenience of home. Relax by the pool or float in the cool, crystal clear waters of the river. Spend time fishing or take a leisurely canoe ride. Enjoy a great dinner at one of the many nice restaurants in nearby New Braunfels.

Heidelberg Lodges is open year round. We offer extended stay packages to those traveling to the Hill Country for the winter months. Heidelberg Lodges is located just minutes from many of New Braunfels’ attractions. We hope to have you visit Heidelberg Lodges soon and enjoy some Tranquil Relaxation on the Comal River! Heidelberg Lodges 1020 N. Houston Avenue New Braunfels, Texas 78130 830-625-9967 www.heidelberglodges.com ¤

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Hopkinsville-Christian County Kentucky Where year-round recreation opportunities abound! You will find ear-round recreation opportunities abound in Hopkinsville-Christian County, your new haven for outdoor adventure. From meandering walking trails to scenic biking and hiking to golf and scuba diving, our mild climate allows visitors and residents to enjoy the outdoors in all four beautiful seasons. Walk the footsteps of the Cherokee Indians on the Trail of Tears, golf the championship Links at

Novadell, scavenger dive to find underwater treasures, soak up a host of natural wonders at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, splash in the Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center, or explore our historic downtown and take our Edgar Cayce Cell Phone Tour. Indoors, visitors can enjoy museums, antique and boutique shopping, art exhibits, a day at the spa or a night on the town. Annual

events include an Intertribal Pow Wow, Little River Days Festival, Edgar Cayce Hometown Seminar, IPRA Rodeo, Hwy. 68 400-mile yard sale, and more. Visit our web site at www.visithopkinsville.com to learn more. Or, to request a visitor’s guide email tourism@visithopkinsville.com or call 1-800-842-9959. ¤

Kentucky Lake Area Looking for the perfect vacation destination? Want to get away from the daily grind and take a break from the hustle and bustle? The Marshall County/Kentucky Lake area offers a variety of attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Kentucky Lake offers visitors great lodging, dining and recreation, right in the center of it all! The possibilities are virtually endless. You can completely relax at any one of our 50+ resorts, motels bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and condominiums. Dive into the

countless options of recreational activities from volleyball to jet skiing, boating, tennis, golf, fishing and hunting or just relaxing. Whatever season, whatever reason, the Marshall County/Kentucky Lake area is the right choice for your next vacation. Marshall County Tourist Commission 93 Carroll Rd. Benton, KY 42025 800-467-7145 www.kentuckylake.org ¤

Plan your Nebraska adventure Delight in days gone by Nebraskans are distinctly proud of their history, and it truly shows. Throughout the state you’ll find countless opportunities to learn about our heritage, from the American Indians who roamed the plains to the settlers who tamed the land. So come share in our experience; you won’t be disappointed. Pioneering spirit Lewis and Clark’s exploratory journey through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 led the way to western expansion that brought thousands of pioneers to these lands in search of a better way of life. The Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails all wound their way through Nebraska, where their existence can

yet be seen in the historic way stations and wagon ruts that remain. One of the most recognizable landmarks along the westward route is Chimney Rock near Bayard. Jutting into the skyline, it was a welcome trail marker for weary pioneers making their way across the prairie. Today it serves as a reminder of the pioneers’ hardships and triumphs. Find other tributes to frontier history at museums in Omaha, Beatrice, Fairbury, Grand Island, Kearney, and North Platte—to name a few. Each is a must-stop for those wanting to trace our country’s rich pioneering past. Unforgettable journey Start planning your Nebraska adventure today. Order a free travel packet at VisitNebraska.gov or 888-444-1867. ¤

Celebrate the Season Don’t hibernate – Celebrate the Season in the Backwoods, Backroads and Backwaters of Clearfield County. There is plenty to do indoors for those avoiding the cold and even more for the outdoor adventurist. Shop till you drop in our one- of- a- kind downtown stores. Spend the day at the pool in one of our hotels. Catch a movie in an old fashioned theater. Snowmobile the 4

miles of wooded trails. Cross Country ski one of the 4 rails to trails. Sip wine at one of the 3 unique wineries. Top your trip off with a local dish. The Backwoods, Backroads and Backwaters is the place for winter fun. Clearfield County Clearfield, PA 16830 1-866-GO WILDS (469-4537) www.visitclearfieldcounty.org ¤

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The Seneca Hotel & Suites

The Seneca Hotel & Suites is a distinctive boutique hotel in downtown Chicago…an intimate escape, just a block off Michigan Avenue… Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Here you will discover a sophisticated boutique hotel with everything that you are looking for in a luxury downtown Chicago hotel location, featuring spacious suites priced like rooms. The Seneca is exceptional for all that Chicago has to offer. For shopping, you’re across the street from Water Tower Place … and just a short walk from Neiman-Marcus, Bloomingdales and the Oak Street boutiques. For entertainment, the Art Institute, Museum Campus, Oak Street Beach, Theatre District, Navy Pier and Rush Street’s nightlife are all nearby. And, for dining, endless restaurants—from world-renowned bistros to Chicago-style pizza—are all steps away along the Magnificent Mile. Whether you’re planning a Chicago vacation, weekend getaway, extended stay, an important business or attending a convention, The Seneca Hotel & Suites is the place to be… in Chicago. The Seneca Hotel & Suites 200 E. Chestnut Street Chicago, Illinois 60611 800-800-6261 www.senecahotel.com ¤

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Florida – Drenched in sunshine Florida offers you Orlando and Tampa’s theme park magic, or relaxation on the endless miles of Florida’s Gulf or Gold Coast beaches and our famous Key West. Florida boasts 1,200 miles of coastline. Both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico - dotted by many islands and inlets - lap against its shores, making it a haven for watersports enthusiasts. Colorful sailboats head for the high seas. Yachts and motorboats ply the ocean or inland waterways. Windsurfers and water-skiers play side by side.

The states inland water are populated with freshwater fish, marine, migratory and exotic species. With all that Florida has to offer, her signature is still “beaches.” The words “Florida” and “beaches” are practically synonymous, but Florida’s beaches are as different from one another as night and day! The 24-mile stretch of Emerald Coast beaches of northwest Florida remind you of sugary, soft and snowy white sand, glistening against emerald green waters. The coastline of Clearwater and St. Petersburg take on a

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

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

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Shorewalk Vacation Villas

Stay for two nights or two months in our spacious 2 bed/2 bath self-catering condos. Each 1,200 sq. ft. unit accommodates up to 6 people and features a fully equipped kitchen with private lanai. All units are completely furnished to include living room, master bedroom with private bath and second bedroom. Dishwasher, cable TV, washer and dryer in each unit. Shorewalk is 30 acres of tree-lined streets, six stocked lakes, two heated swimming pools, two Jacuzzis, tennis courts, children’s playground and more. Our clubhouse offers BBQ grills, library, ping-pong, billiard table, wireless connections

Charming Island Resort Directly on the Gulf of Mexico, a picturesque, first-class resort with 600 feet of private beach. Set amidst a tropical island. Nearby St. Armands Circle offers 150 shops and restaurants. Golf & Tennis nearby. Conference/Meeting facility on site.

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and videos for the whole family to enjoy. Shorewalk is close to the world famous Gulf Island beaches of Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Siesta Key. Call toll free 800-926-9255 or visit www.shorewalk.com to view our Special Discounted Packages. Shorewalk offers great savings with our $700/week all-inclusive rates available May-October 2010. Call our Reservation Specialists for more information. Shorewalk Vacation Villas 4601 46th St. Ct. West Bradenton, FL 34210 ¤

Charming island resort The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel with its 600 feet of private, powder white sand beach, on the Gulf of Mexico, offers the splendor of a tropical paradise. Sporting a brand new look to add to the excitement, our renourished beach makes paradise even more pristine. Spectacular views coupled with superb accommodations, extra special amenities and top-notch service make this the perfect setting

to relax and be pampered. We offer you casual open-air or formal dining and live entertainment in the lounge. A complete Recreational Department can set you up with a sailboat, aqua cycles or kayak and will offer lessons on how to operate any of the water vehicles. There are two heated pools, a pool bar with happy hour specials, and a beach deck to watch the most spectacular sunsets ever seen.

Local attractions are only minutes away including Mote Marine Aquarium, Ringling Museum, Jungle Gardens as well as the famous St. Armands Circle shopping and restaurants. Be prepared to be pampered! The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel 1540 Ben Franklin Drive Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-2181 www.HelmsleySandcastle.com ¤

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Come experience the charm of Historic Gulf Beach Resort We are celebrating our 60th year. Historic Gulf Beach Resort Motel is located directly on Lido Beach in beautiful Sarasota; and is perfect for family reunions, vacations, beach weddings, or a romantic getaway. All 49 units are individually owned and decorated with no two units alike. Amenities include a heated pool, BBQ grills, picnic area, and shuffleboard courts. Maid service daily, except Sundays & Holidays. Ice Machine & Guest laundry facilities. Enjoy our private beach with beach chairs, tiki hut and volleyball net. Walk to shops and dining at St. Armands Circle.

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

Lowest rates on Lido Beach. April 16th rates start at $81/day, plus tax. Rates are based on 1-2 persons; extra person charge is $8/person/day. Children under 12 stay free. Check availability, view units and reserve on our website. Gulf Beach Resort Motel 930 Ben Franklin Drive Sarasota, Florida 34236 800-232-2489 941-388-2127 email: gulfbeachresort@aol.com website: www.gulfbeachsarasota.com ¤

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Enjoy our resort’s many amenities, including FREE high-speed wireless internet, FREE beach set-up, FREE use of our state-of-the-art fitness center and NEW massage salon and facial salon. Children’s playground and kid’s program available. For America’s Best Beachfront Condo Rental Value, call 800-822-4929 or visit our website for specials at www.edgewaterbeach.com. Edgewater Beach Condominium 291 Scenic Gulf Drive Miramar Beach, Florida 32550 ¤

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Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort Learning to live on “Island Time” is an art that is easily perfected on Anna Maria Island. Just 7½ miles long, Anna Maria Island is a beautiful Florida Gulf Coast Island, located near the mainland cities of Bradenton and Sarasota. Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort is the perfect place to relax and live on “Island Time”. The quintessential “old Florida” style resort offers quaint resort rooms, studio suites with mini kitchen, apartments with full kitchens and gulf view suites. Your

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

at Bluespring or explore the village above ground at Squire Boone. Go Geocaching - grab a treasure map (your GPS device) and look for treasure. Some of Indiana’s hot spots are in South (Mitchell) and North (Shipshewana, Warsaw & Plymouth). Find more at Geocaching.com. Don’t have a GPS device? Northern Indiana’s destinations will provide one.

Go explore - at a state park. Indiana State Parks offer lots to explore, places to stay and fun things to learn. Brown County State Park offers indoor water fun, Turkey Run State Park has great hiking trails and Spring Mill State Park offers historical village exploration. Go play (and learn) - These fun, hands-on museums are sure to impress: Terre Haute Children’s Museum, Science Central (Fort Wayne), The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, CMoe (Evansville) and kidscommons (Columbus). Go shopping - Grab a great deal (or two or three) at one of

these outlets: Edinburgh Premium Outlet, Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets or The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont. Go swimming - There are plenty of places to swim indoors and outdoors. Here are just a few of the indoor ones: Big Splash Adventure (French Lick), Caribbean Cove (Indianapolis) and Splash Universe (Shipshewana). And these particular water park fun spots offer overnight accommodations. Go train - Take a scenic train ride on one of seven Indiana railroads - Whitewater Valley Railroad (Connersville), CKS Railroad (Knightstown), French Lick Scenic Railway, Hesston

Steam Railroad (La Porte), Indiana Transportation Museum (Noblesville), Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum (North Judson) and the Spirit of Jasper (Jasper). Or try all seven. All offer themed rides, such as dinner trains, train robberies, festival and holiday trains. Whatever the experience, you’ll love restarting your Winter Break engine in Indiana! This article courtesy the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Visit www.VisitIndiana.com or call 1-800-677-9800 for more information.

Visit Dubois County! Tucked away in the center of southern Indiana, Dubois County offers an ideal blend of history, culture, recreation and relaxation. Enjoy 1800s architecture, European heritage restaurants and festivals, theatrical performances and 26,000 acres of water, woods and wildlife. Unwind along the Riverwalk and indulge in exclusive shops, unique eateries and destination golfing. 10

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Jay and Randolph Counties Travel historic US 27 into Jay and Randolph Counties and find fine art, Amish wares, culinary indulgences, fascinating museums, a legendary speedway, antiques, and the world’s largest gas engine & tractor show. A multitude of artisan showrooms spot the countryside while Arts Place and the Arts Depot host exhibits and elegant receptions. Discover historical, railroad, firefighter, glass, and soldier museums holding fascinating stories and artifacts. The culinary tourist will find the Sugar Cream Pie Capital, chocolatier, fudge makers, gourmet bakers, coffee microroaster, and specialty

popcorn. Orchards, family farms, maple syrup making, farmers markets, and a winery offer education and entertainment. Bearcreek Farms and Historic Farmland, USA host many dinner theaters and performances. Festivals and corn mazes will create lasting family memories. Historic town centers offer unique shopping and dining options. In addition, Silver Towne, LP boasts multiple showrooms for trading rare coins. They even have their own mint! ¤

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A windmill museum that will blow you away, glorious historic architecture frozen in time, and majestic lakes and countryside teeming with wildlife, trails, and fishing that will soothe the soul. Comfort foods that warm the heart, and feed the heartiest appetites can be found in picturesque downtowns that recall simpler times. This gateway to Amish Country beckons you to explore lonely country roads filled with unexpected discoveries. Farmer’s markets still

Northern Indiana Lakes Country With Indiana’s most beautiful state park, a winery, buffalo preserve, scenic golf courses and outlet shopping, Northern Indiana Lakes Country is family-friendly and conveniently located less than 200 miles from Cleveland, Indianapolis and Chicago. Outdoor recreation lovers flock to Pokagon State Park and our 101 natural lakes. Take a thrilling ride down the state’s only refrigerated toboggan slide or rent skis and explore the 1,260-acre park. Hike on nine trails or take a guided

45-minutes horseback ride and then enjoy lunch or dinner at the historic Potawatomi Inn. Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve is home to nearly 200 buffalo. Sleep under the stars in a safari tent or stay warm under buffalo blankets in the log-hewn bed and breakfast. Enjoy free samples of award-winning wine at Satek Winery and shop for bargains at The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont. Northern Indiana Lakes Country 430 N. Wayne St. Suite 1B Angola, IN 46703 (800) LAKE-101 www.lakes101.org ¤

exist on our historic Main Streets, and family oriented self-serve orchards give you the chance to savor the flavors of delicious apples, strawberries, and blueberries grown the way nature intended. Your heart will race as you meet the residents of Black Pine Animal Park, and time stands still at the historic home of famed author Gene Stratton Porter on Sylvan Lake. Award winning hotels and bed breakfasts offer rest for your mind and body. Go Green. Go Noble County. ¤

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Arts – Nature – Adventure Offering a refreshing and serene vista- snow covered trees, beautiful panoramas of rolling hills, and fun outdoor activities-you’ll never want to leave Brown County. Hikes and bike rides in some of Indiana’s most heavily forested areas provide hours of exploring Mother Nature. The arts community is a staple of Brown County and creativity flows no matter what time of year it is. Learn how to throw a pot, weave a rug, paint, or work with textiles, mosaics, and mixed media. From live music to stage shows, there is plenty to keep you entertained. Winter adventure is endless; Brown County State Park offers free nature center programs and events; indoor aquatic center at Abe Martin Lodge; camping; miles of trails. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback

riding, ATV tours and geocaching are also fun family activities. Light Up Your Holidays in November and December, celebrates Brown County’s unique style. The lighted Village of Nashville charms you, filled with Santa’s North Pole, gingerbread houses, horse and carriage rides, and a variety of holiday events and shows for everyone. Locally owned accommodations provide guests with a warm welcome and haven for family and couple retreats. Hotels, motels, inns, cabins and vacation homes are located in the Village of Nashville and scattered throughout the countryside. Enjoy a winter playground and holiday festivities in Brown County, Indiana. www.browncounty.com for trip ideas. ¤

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