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Letter from the Editor Finally! Our anticipation becomes a reality as the frozen,
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silent landscape begins to tintillate our senses with sights, sounds and smells we've longed for. Icy, white scenes melt away and hibernating, living wonders awake to the changed form of frozen water as it becomes the running, bubbling crystal clear liquid that supports all life. Our earth tilts forward on its axis and provides the hemisphere with a warmer, closer, more comforting sun, unfreezing the world into a busy, buzzing wonderland of color and growth! SPRING! So welcome!
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From the top of the world, the Beartooth Highway (the highest and, arguably, most beautiful highway in North America), to the
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spectacular Super Bloom in sunny Southern California, and all
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between the oceans east to west, a new chance at life, a renewal and rebirth to all, is coming with Spring! People are excited!
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They want to get out! They want to free themselves from the confines of their warm homes and comfortably enjoy activities in the great outdoors. Travel is inspired now more than ever, and a surge of anticipation and excitement is in the air. This issue of TWI takes you to places of special or little known springtime treasures. We hope you enjoy this new and beautiful
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6 Springtime in the Rockies of Colorado Story & Photos by Rich Grant
14 The California Super Bloom
Story & Photos by Jeffrey Lehmann
22 Springtime Comes to the Beartooth Highway
Story & Photos by Bennett W. Root, Jr.
31 Spring Blossoms in the Historic Brandywine Valley
Story & Photos by Rose Palmer
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38 Daffodils Welcome Spring in Nantucket
Story & Photos by Alison Abbott
42 Set Your Clock to Island Time, Ohio Style
Story & Photos by Deborah Stone
48 Springtime Dining in Portland, Maine
Story & Photos by Kimberly Fisher
Story & Photos by Priscilla Willis
52 World Class Golf in Branson, Missouri
Springtime in the Rockies of Colorado
Biking in April-May on Cherry Creek Bike Path in Denver
Story and Photos by Rich Grant he best thing about springtime in the Rockies of Colorado is that it lasts four months. That’s because altitude plays such an important role when plants and wildflowers come out. In May, you can smell the lilacs of the Denver plains. The lower mountain towns like Georgetown will see lilacs in June. By early July, you can still enjoy their light blue flowers blooming in higher elevation resorts like Breckenridge. Go even higher, up above Timberline, there is a place known as “the land above trees” because it stands above 12,000 feet of elevation. There, you won’t see your first wildflowers until July.
Wildflowers like these Columbines don't come out in Colorado's high country above timberline until July
Hiking in Indian Peaks in early June
Pearl Street Mall tulips in Boulder, April-May
here’s a tradeoff, of course. While May is springtime for much of the country, in the Colorado mountains it’s “mud season.” It’s a time when snow banks are still close. Many of the trails, roads and even the weather changes by the minute. Sometimes offering all four seasons in the same day! The popular road to the summit of 14,260-feet-high, Mount Evans – the highest paved road in North America - is usually open only from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Some years it’s mid-June before snowplows can fight through 20-foot snowdrifts.
Lake Isabel, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, early June
Hiking to Mount Toll in July shows much how snow there is in Springtime in the Rockies
SO HOW DO YOU ENJOY SPRING IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS? THINK LIKE A PLANT AND PLAN YOUR ELEVATIONS TO GO WITH YOUR DESTINATION.
April is Denver’s second snowiest month (after March) and May is a delightful time to see green and spring flowers all along the Front Range. When it’s not snowing, it can be gorgeous. From the red rocks of Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, to the beautiful tulip beds on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, to pedaling on Denver’s 850 miles of bike trails -especially along Cherry Creek lined with gorgeous cherry trees that burst into color.
All roads are open, but it’s still winter up in the high country. A Basin ski area has stayed open in June and Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park can be lined with high snow banks. This is a great time to don a wetsuit and begin rafting rivers like Clear Creek in Idaho Springs, where spring flowers will just start spurting along the riverbanks.
Most trails are snow-free. Due to melted snow, you may have to get muddy if you venture above timberline. The resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, and Aspen will be a burst of color with flower baskets and gardens. It’s time to start mountain biking, fly fishing, kayaking and camping, though always bring a light jacket at night.
LATE JUNE TO JULY 4TH
While most people think it’s summer and time for backyard grills, on top of Colorado’s fifty-four 14,000-ft. peaks, spring is finally arriving with dozens of wildflowers bursting into bloom. Their harsh life at this altitude is short, but they make up for it with a dazzling display of color. If you’re not up to hiking a 14er, you can drive to the top of Pikes Peak and Mount Evans that even has a wildflower trail which goes high above the trees.
Hiking in Indian Peaks in early June
Hiking in Indian Peaks in early June
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Colorado in May, before the trees have come out. The railroad operates from Memorial Day to Oct.
Kayaking in Eldorado Canyon near Boulder in late May
Hiking in June above Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver when the surrounding hills are spring green.
Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs in May
Columbines (the state flower of Colorado) don't make an appearance in the high country until early July
Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs in May with snow on Pikes Peak in the background
Photo credit: Robert Demar / aerial view, Mark Gardner / bikes, Mike Bertrand / Friday Harbor, Jim Maya / whales
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California Super Bloom The
Photos and Story by Jeffrey Lehmann
POPPY APOCALYPSE AT LAKE ELSINORE! fter years of drought, this year’s rains have California in a wildflower season of epic proportions. The current epicenter of this bloom is the small town of Lake Elsinore that was evacuated in August for wildfires and again in February for flood. This year’s high rainfall and the natural fertilizer caused by the wildfires are causing a “Super Bloom” that is visible from space. Super blooms only happen once a decade on average in California. The word has been spreading since the beginning of March of this flower-covered mountain, clearly visible from the I-15 freeway. The most popular viewing area is about a half mile from the Walker Valley turnoff. As we approach we can barely make out individual people as they are winding up the mountain in a solid line through the poppies like a gargantuan
snake. Cars are parked bumper to bumper as far as the eye can see on the normally deserted, two-lane frontage road. The mayor of Lake Elsinore, Steve Manos, is being interviewed on the radio, “We have survived fires and floods, but it looks like the flowers are going to do us in!” Manos continues that the city has never had this many visitors. Visitors were estimated at over 100,000 during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The mayor also refers to it more positively as a “Poppypalooza”. Lake Elsinore has been caught totally unprepared for this instant fame fanned greatly by posts on Instagram and other social media outlets. The crowds have overwhelmed city services and led to the closing of the Lake Elsinore freeway exits on St. Patrick’s Day. For this reason, it has come to be known as the “Poppy Apocalypse”.
We have come early on a Tuesday to avoid the weekend crowd. Still, the closest freeway is completely congested. There are crowds everywhere you look, but finding a parking place is ultimately not that hard. It is a quarter mile or so walk to the trailhead, and there are people taking pictures all along the way. Maybe this situation is just overwhelming to the residents of Lake Elsinore because they are not used to large crowds that most Southern Californians deal with everyday. The poppies alone are beautiful, but in some places there is a profusion of different colored wildflowers mixed in including yellow, white, and purple. Once on the trail, people are spread out. The experience is a friendly one. It is unbelievably scenic in every direction, and as avid photographers it leaves us a little overwhelmed as to where to start taking photos.
â€œPoppypaloozaâ€? Lake Elsinore Mayor's description of the rock concert appeal of poppies.
Yellow Mustard Grass, Wild Canterbury Bells and California Poppies
Blue Lupine and California Poppies
This year’s flower craze has been driven by pics on social media
Wild Canterbury Bells & California Poppies
alking among the poppies crushes their roots and kills plants. Really, we don’t find it necessary to leave the dirt path, especially since this is rattlesnake territory. If you shoot straight down on wildflowers, the blooms are spread out. By shooting from the side, the flowers stack and intensify the color. The path causes a break in the flowers allowing us to easily shoot them from the side by bending down. This Super Bloom will persist throughout the spring. Although the lower deserts like Anza Borrego are already nearing the end of their bloom, the higher and cooler areas of California are only beginning to come into their own. I found this not to be a “Poppy Apocalypse” but rather an extraordinary wonder of nature. Everyone should take the time to experience it this year.
Blue Chia Salvia & California Poppies
Poppies cover such vast areas that they are visible from space.
Wild Blue Canterbury Bells
Wildflower bonanza brings a new focus on preserving Californiaâ€™s wild open spaces.
“Poppies, poppies, poppies will put them to sleep” -Wicked Witch in the “Wizard of Oz"
POPPY VIEWING TIPS
Trampling these delicate flowers for a selfie has led to social media shaming.
• Go early • Wear cool clothes it’s hot and hiking uphill makes it hotter • Bring water • Use sun protection • Stay on the path to protect wildflowers and avoid rattlesnakes • Do not pick the flowers! • Be patient and courteous with everyone • Most likely no restrooms • Get low, flower level, for the best photos
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The top of the world as seen from the Beartooth Highway.
Springtime Comes to the pring comes late to this high country. If it’s early June, bring your long underwear. Likely the snow has just been plowed from the Beartooth Highway, the road newly opened from Cooke City, Wyoming, at the Northeast Gate of Yellowstone National Park, to Red Lodge, a small town in southern Montana, a bit west of the Custer National Forest and the Little Big Horn Battlefield memorial.
The Beartooth Highway twists and turns some sixtyeight miles through the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, a mile or two above sea level and a billion miles from hustle of city traffic and job deliverables. Thirty-plus years ago, CBS newsman Charles Kuralt, one of America’s most beloved travel journalists, dubbed the Beartooth Highway, “the most beautiful drive in America.” His accolade has been reaffirmed by Beartooth travelers ever since.
Across the Pass, groundwater water is still and fully transparent, revealing both its floor and its reflected walls.
Beartooth Highway Story and Photos by Bennett W. Root, Jr. By the time we reach Vista Point, we have left the streams and wildflowers behind, from here to the Beartooth Pass, it is rocks against the wind and time is measured in millennia.
It is still early for resplendent alpine meadows, but a few brave flowers are breaking through.
Minimalist landscapes of pure form and abiding quiet.
e came to Red Lodge for the wedding of craft brewmaster Sam Hoffmann, the son of one of my lifelong best friends. After the celebration, and a couple of tasty Red Lodge Ales at Samâ€™s Taproom, we packed it in for the night. The next day, we were off at dawn, and we were awed at what we found: Rushing mountain streams and early wildflowers just peeking out, snowcapped peaks above the tree line as we breasted the pass, and finally mirror lakes, the pilot peak and an alpine meadow with a massive buffalo, looking irritated that we were invading his space.
Courtesy of the National Scenic Byways Program which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
Here, the top of the world meets the skirt of the sky.
The Beartooth is home to at least 20 peaks towering over 12,000 feet, sparkling, primeval alpine lakes reflecting cumulus cloudscapes that stretch towards the heavens, countless alpine wildflowers, chilly streams and waterfalls swollen with runoff from the first snowmelt. Not surprisingly, there were also a few dozen hearty souls braving early spring conditions to ski, to bike, or just to venture out and be awed by, and one of a half-dozen vistas along one of the most stunningly beautiful four-hour road-trips in North America.
A pause in the morningâ€™s ascent offers this cyclist a tapestry of greens and blues, whites and blacks, and occasional sparkles of reflected sunlight.
e stopped to talk with bicyclists clunking around the rest area in their studded shoes. The bikers climbed up the slopes in knots of five or eight, stopping at turnouts, partly for a bite or drink of water, but like us, to marvel at the sweep of majesty looking into the Beartooth mountain range stretching out north into the Gallatin national forest. Nice people. With time to talk. Locals mostly, but people still drawing succor from a raw beauty where mankind’s heavy hand has not marked the land. Later, we stopped to chat with a couple of guys who were loving Beartooth skiing. They said conditions were ‘’perfect,” and the “rockin” downhill was worth the rigorous climb up. There was no lodge, no parking lot, no lift. Just the waking mountains, and the exhilarating free descent in an envelope of white light. Here, where the Great Spirit inspired Shoshone, Crow and Blackfeet for hundreds of years, it is impossible not to feel the Grace of the Creator as your feet hit the ground, a cool breath of air nips your ears, and your eyes feast looking out across the top of the world.
Pilot Peak, enveloped in swirling winter storm clouds, stands tall at the western end of the Beartooth trail.
Alpine lake still locked in winter’s grip.
Caleb and Jonathan exude excitement of downhill skiing in Spring conditions.
The natural symmetry of this vista anchored me, and gave time for thoughts to settle, making way for my own peaceful reflection.
A handful of campers start the day as sun floods over the peaks into this Beartooth valley.
A buffalo greets us (No!) at Yellowstoneâ€™s Northeast Gate. I am happy to have a long lens.
We can hear the falls before we locate the pathway carved into a peak on the south horizon.
Minutes southwest of Red Lodge, the weight of our world drops away in favor of chill morning air and the rush of a mountain stream.
Looking upstream, a billion drops of liquid snow rush down a thousand tiny steps in a forever dance.
The earth pushes up an array of crystal plates strong against those there before, which have crumbles down the face of the expanse.
y the end of day, we had traveled about forty miles as the crow files (crows were not flying at this altitude), almost seventy miles with the switchbacks, and nearly a mile vertically, though multiple climate zones. Each turn seemed to present different views, many breathtaking, each a treat for the senses. I wasnâ€™t driving, so I had the best of the trip. It was a high-country meditationâ€”at once relaxing and deeply satisfying, and at the same time, an energizing experience in the present tense. At the end, there was Yellowstone, but that is a different story. What we learned on this day was that the Beartooth Highway is a joy unto itself, in its beauty, its intensity and its serenity.
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Siberian squill and magnolia in bloom at Winterthur
Spring Blossoms In the Historic
BRANDYWINE VALLEY Story and Photos by
n 1771 a young chemist by the name of E. I du Pont left France and settled on the banks of the Brandywine River in Delaware where he started a gunpowder manufacturing operation. He and his descendants built both a lasting business empire and a lasting legacy of estates and gardens in the Brandywine Valley area of southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware.
A patchwork of tulips on display at Longwood Gardens
The family history starts at the Hagley Museum, Library and Gardens in Wilmington, DE where the first gunpowder works were established. The site includes the restored mills used for making black powder, a workerâ€™s community and the ancestral house and gardens of the du Pont family. A variety of tours provide insight into the black powder manufacturing process, its uses and its impact on American history. In the spring, the property glows in shades of pale green and white as the wooded landscape and the many dogwood trees comes to life. The du Pont story continues at nearby Winterthur Museum and Gardens. Here, H F du Pont indulged in his passion for collecting early American furniture and decorative arts which he displayed in the expanded 175
room mansion. As a trained horticulturalist, he also had a personal hand in designing the various elements of the expansive gardens. The colorful spring show starts with the March bank where a succession of bulbs bloom in the early spring months. Waves of yellow winter aconite and white snow drops give way to shades of purple crocuses and then to periwinkle blue Siberian squill. A progression of color spreads throughout the gardens as a variety of Magnolia trees burst into flower followed by the strong violet scents in the lilac garden. The climax is in early May when acres of white, pink, salmon, red and lavender azaleas bloom alongside white dogwoods under a canopy of oaks, beech and tulip poplar trees.
French inspired mansion and gardens at Nemours
The French inspired Nemours garden
The one acre sized pool at Nemours
Sunset in the Azalea Woods at Winterthur
cross the border at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, Pierre S DuPont purchased a track of land in 1906 in order to protect an arboretum with tress that were over 100 years old. This farm became the centerpiece of his summer residence which he developed into a showpiece for entertaining friends and family. The formal outdoor spaces were inspired by the French and Italian fountain gardens he discovered on his European travels. Pierre added conservatories and an outdoor theater, all of which became the core of one of the countryâ€™s premier horticultural display gardens. The outdoor spring show peaks in April as a succession of bulbs, bushes and trees flower throughout the property. The highlight is toward the end of April when the 600 foot long Flower Garden Walk blossoms in a rainbow of tulips, hyacinths and other spring flowers.
The preserved black powder works at Hagley
In contrast, the younger Mt. Cuba Center puts on a naturalized display of native woodland plants which also peak toward the end of April when the dogwood path and the trillium garden are at their best. In the 1960’s Lammot du Pont Copeland and his wife chose to focus their efforts on the conservation of wildflowers and other local native species.
Shades of blue Siberian squill carpet the March Bank at Winterthur
Opening for the season in May, A I duPont’s Nemour’s Estate will make you wonder if you’ve left the country. The largest French style gardens in North America and the French inspired mansion were built by Alfred du Pont in 1907 to show his love for his much younger second wife Alicia. There is something to do and see in the Brandywine Valley all year, but spring is an especially colorful time to experience both the history and the horticulture of the area.
The Flower Garden Walk is filled with tulips and spring blooms at Longwood
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Daffodils Welcome Spring in Nantucket Story And Photos By Alison Abbott
solated off the coast of Cape Cod, shades of yellow blanket a small island 36 miles out to sea. More than three million Narcissuses have been planted throughout the 48 square miles of what many consider to be one of the most beautiful islands in North America. The annual
Nantucket Daf fodil Festival is a bright and uplifting harbinger of spring. Fair weather has arrived to this corner of New England. Taking place the 4th weekend in April, the massive celebration of all things Daffy officially asserts a new season has begun for the Grey Lady.
Now in its 45th year, the annual event features specimens of the perennial flower in tones of sunshine yellow, creamy white, salmon pink and every gradation in between. While normally the stunning beaches and rose covered cottages take center stage on this summer playground, for these two days, itâ€™s all about spring and the popular daffodils. What started as a simple celebration in the 1970â€™s featuring antique cars, is now an event that includes art shows, tours, contests, lectures and a flower show featuring every form of Amaryllidaceae one could imagine. Children colorfully paint the windows of storefronts. As a dog-friendly island, an extra dose of humor comes in the form of goodnatured furry friends in priceless costumes. This is one instagram-worthy event!
The Pine Woods Morris Dancers perform regularly at different venues on the island. They bring their special brand of English folk dance and music to the family oriented festival. The island itself is overflowing with talented creatives who stretch their limits with designs for the antique car parade; this is truly the main event. After making their way through the townâ€™s cobbled streets, the parade winds along Milestone Road to the other end of the island. The gigantic picnic in Siasconset is a crowd pleaser. Complete with candelabra, tablecloths and a plethora of food and drink, the picnic finishes off the dayâ€™s celebration. New Englanders are a hearty bunch. Many would argue there is no group happier to see the arrival of spring in North America. Visitors return to the island year after year for a beloved festival that says good-bye to what is usually a cold and dark season. Residents plan their costumes and classic car dĂŠcor for months in advance, perhaps getting them through weather that chases many off-island to warmer climes. On this seaside destination, the annual celebratory event of renewal is wrapped in nostalgia, filled with tradition and tied with an enormous yellow floral bow.
Everyone gets daffy during Nantucket's Annual Daffodil Festival. Costume creativity comes in all shades of yellow.
The island's favorite seaside resort, The Wauwinet, decorates one of their nostalgic vehicles for the parade.
Vanity plates are part of Nantucket's vehicle culture and add some humor to the family oriented Daffodil Festival.
Celebrating English folk dance, the Pine Woods Morris Dancers add a special touch to the weekend's festivities on Nantucket.
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Golf carts line the streets of Put-in-Bay
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Story and Photos by Debbie Stone LAKE ERIE
fter a colder than usual winter for most of the U.S., spring is finally here and it’s time to leave our dens of hibernation and head outdoors. For a new type of playground, consider the Lake Erie Islands of Ohio. Most people are surprised to hear there are islands in Ohio but look at a map and you’ll see these bodies of land clustered together in the lake’s western basin, north of the state’s mainland. They are the Jersey Shores of the state and a prime vacation destination. There are over two dozen islands, a few of which are Canadian, but only five are inhabited and only three have ferry service. Begin your adventure with a trip on the Jet Express, heading from Sandusky to South Bass Island. The high-speed passenger ferry makes additional stops at Kelley’s Island and Cedar Point, a top-rated amusement park in the U.S. Put-In-Bay is an idyllic village on South Bass Island. Historians believe the origin of the town’s name refers to the bay’s use as a shelter from bad weather. Some, however, think it’s derived from the harbor’s shape, which according to an 1879 journal entry was described as a “pudding bag with a soft bottom.” Visitors have been coming to Put-In-Bay since the 1850s, when Jose DeRivera, a Spanish merchant, bought several of the islands and began developing them. He was responsible for getting the grape-growing and winemaking industry started in the area, a business that still thrives today.
he majority of folks get around the island via golf cart or bicycle. Both are practical methods of transportation to explore the miles of roads, parks, preserves and trails. Golf carts, which are available to rent from various shops in town, are in abundance and it’s quite a humorous sight to see rows of them lining the streets.
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
With its diverse mix of architecture, Put-In-Bay charms visitors. But this little village, is more than a pretty face. History was made here during the War of 1812 in the Battle of Lake Erie, which marked the only time a British fleet had been defeated.
The Glacier Grooves on Kellys Island is a must-see treasure
You’ll learn all about this pivotal conflict when you tour the U.S. Brig Niagara. The ship is a reconstruction of the original, a two-master, squarerigged sailing vessel, which plies the Great Lakes preserving and interpreting the story of the Battle of Lake Erie. History enthusiasts will also enjoy Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, which commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie and Commodore Perry’s victory, as well as the subsequent peace between America, Canada and Great Britain. Managed by the National Park Service, the imposing, 352-feet, Greek Doric monument is made of 2,340 blocks of pink granite. Head up to the observation deck for picturesque views of the lake and surrounding islands. The island is home to the world’s largest celestite geode, called Crystal Cave. Discovered in 1897, the cave is known for its translucent blue celestite crystals. Another subterranean attraction is Perry’s Cave. This Ohio Natural Landmark boasts formations created by encrusted calcium carbonate deposits from centuries of water dripping from the ceiling.
Enjoy fresh seafood at the Boardwalk
The Jet Express whisks passengers from Ohioâ€™s mainland to the islands
History aficionados will like touring the U.S. Brig Niagara
hoppers will enjoy the eclectic stores and galleries dotting the town center. And when it comes to food, you’ll find numerous restaurants to choose from with a variety of offerings. At night, the area is a live entertainment district with musicians performing everything from country to rock. If you want to take the laid-back pace down a notch further, head to Kelley’s Island. Known as the Emerald Isle, Kelley’s is a peaceful mecca for nature lovers with hiking trails, rocky shorelines, a pristine beach, lush forests and quarries. It’s also the site of the Glacial Grooves, a National Natural Landmark. The grooves are the largest glacial striations in the world and were scoured into solid limestone bedrock eighteen thousand years ago by the ice sheet covering North America. They represent the powerful force of nature, while providing a record of our earth’s history.
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Springtime Dining In Portland, Maine Story and Photos by Kimberly Fisher Portland, Maine is home to almost 400 different restaurants and ranks among the top cities in the US for restaurants and bars per capita. Portland was named “Foodiest Small Town in America” by Bon Apétit Magazine in 2009 and was named “Restaurant City of the Year” in 2018. Great food paired with coastal air make a perfect blend of stylish and casual sophistication, which is what you get dining in Portland.
Fireside at Blue Fin
In Portland you can find microbreweries and brewpubs, the historic Portland Farmers Market (in existence since 1768), high-end restaurants, casual fare and everything in between. The food focal point is based on local, organic, farm-to-table and plantbased foods. Portland has also been noted as one of the most Vegan and Vegetarian-friendly cities in America. Portland Hunt & Alpine Club
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J’s Oyster is a family-owned eatery that has been open since 1977, and is still run by the family heirs. Situated steps from the water, J’s is popular with locals and tourists alike, and conversations overheard at the bar span from who is dating who in town to best reductions for short ribs. This no-frills diner serves up local brews (like Allagash Belgian-style beer, Gritty’s Seasonal beer, and Geary’s Seasonal Ale) along with fresh local seafood. Not to miss: The Lobster Stew. www.jsoysterportland.com
A timeless dining experience, Blue Fin has the ambiance of a swanky New England home, creating comfort chic with contemporary fireplaces, book stacks, rustic touches and muted dark colors. Chef Tim Labonte
is a Maine native, and the Maine staples are reflected in his menu: fresh lobster rolls, local bread, artisan cheeses, seasonal fruits and vegetables paired with classic cocktails and a pleasant wine list. Enjoy the gorgeous patio seating in the spring and summer months, or grab an after-dinner drink around the coziness of the fire pit. www.bluefinportland.com
Hot Suppa is located in a Victorian building dating back to 1860, and you can’t miss it with the usual long lines outside. Known for their fresh ingredients, this trendy brunch spot only has 10 tables and 5 bar seats, so come early! (No reservations are accepted). Original recipes are made from scratch, inspired from a road trip by the owner-brothers that took them across the US, sampling barbeques, drive-ins, and more. http://hotsuppa.com/
The Holy Donut
A unique take on the classic donut, the Holy Donut’s tasty treats are handmade with mashed potatoes and fresh local ingredients. Even though there is usually a line, it moves fast. Favorites include the cheddar bacon, cinnamon sugar, and coconut. https://theholydonut.com/
Portland Hunt & Alpine Club
For a chic weekend cocktail, head to the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club on Market Street. An extensive cocktail list greets you, divided up into classics, refreshing, adventurous, and wild card. Guests love the small bites, especially the popcorn with green chile powder, butter and parmesan, daily selection of deviled eggs, and Smorgasbord. www.huntandalpineclub.com
One of many Egg Benedict options at Hot Suppa
The popular Bacon Donut at The Holy Donut
Lobster Stew at J's Oyster Bar, a longtime staple in Portland, Maine
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Legends of Golf Tournament at Top of the Rock
or sports enthusiasts, Spring in North America is marked by NCAA March Madness and the Final Four, MLB Spring Training camps and Opening Day, and a longawaited return to the links heralded by golf ’s esteemed Masters Tournament in April. For amateur golfers, whether you’re a scratch golfer or a casual duffer like me, the verdant green and undulating curves of a perfectly manicured golf course are a most welcome sight after a long, gray winter. And, if you’ve been dreaming of your next golf vacation, Spring is the time to start planning. One golfing destination that may not be on your radar is Branson, Missouri. Yes, that Branson –better known for its
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bright lights and music, Branson is not only the family entertainment capital of the Midwest but also a golfer’s dream.
Championship Golf at Big Cedar Lodge Bass Pro Shops founder and noted conservationist, Johnny Morris, has teamed up with the biggest names in golf to bring Branson up to par with world-class links. Morris’ love of golf and nature comes together at Big Cedar Lodge with award-winning golf courses designed by Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and, coming soon, the first public 18-hole championship course designed by Tiger Woods.
Ozarks National at Big Cedar Lodge Adding to an incredible list of world-class golf courses, Ozark’s National is Missouri’s first and only 18-hole golf course designed by Ben Crenshaw and architect Bill Coore. At 7,036 yards from the back tees, the course showcases the terrain of the Ozarks with breathtaking views. On April 22-28, 2019, Ozarks National and Top of the Rock hosts the sixth playing of theBass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament.
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Top of the Rock Course
Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris collaborating with Tiger Woods and the Payne Stewart family to produce America’s first TGR Design public access golf course. The extraordinary 19th hole known as "The Rock" is set on a natural cavern system which takes you to the clubhouse after completing the 19th hole. This dramatic geological wonder is a unique feature you won't find anywhere else in the world.
Designed by Tom Fazio, this course is recognized as one of the region’s top golf courses by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest. It was purchased in 2009 by Bass Pro Shops founder and visionary conservationist Johnny Morris. With a shared passion for nature and golf, Morris and Fazio redesigned the course to highlight the abundance of nature and wildlife in the Ozarks, including native grasses and free-ranging buffalo from nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Even if you're a duffer like me, this course is a must-see!
Finally, there's the Jack Nicklaus’ signature course known as the first Par-3 course included in a professional championship. Top of the Rock Golf Course is one of the first courses that was created over a period of seven and a half years with the help of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Arnold Palmer. The Top of the Rock driving range is also an Arnold Palmer design. World-class golf is just a 15-minute scenic drive from downtown Branson, so start planning your visit now. For more information and to book tee times, visit Big Cedar Lodge's website.
During your visit to Big Cedar or Top of the Rock, be sure to catch the Top of the Rock sunset celebration. Witness a magical moment as a traditional bagpiper plays in the background, the sky above Table Rock Lake a blaze of color, the sun's last glistening rays announced by the roar of a Civil War cannon as you raise your glass. Photo by Priscilla Willis
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