UP CLOSE From the Editor Baby, It’s Cold Outside!
As a young adult, I used to think I should have been kin to bears because all I wanted to do in the winter was hybernate. If someone mentioned vacation or travel, I thought they were talking about Summer. Then I discovered skiing. Not something you think of doing in Summer months. I live only 30 minutes away from a ski resort where modern snowmaking technology is used. For man-made snow, average temperatures need to be in the freezing range and suﬃcient temperatures in the low twenties have to be available. So there are now several locations in the colder areas of the U.S. that one can ﬁnd for an extended weekend. Many have added tubing slopes for those who aren’t so steady balancing on their feet. Upon remembering snow days as a child, I remember all the fun building snowmen, having snowball ﬁghts, and then the sled rides. I realized there certainly are many adventures one can enjoy during winter months and decided I should rethink my original plans to stay couped up inside the house and sleep them away. Since then I’ve learned about ever so many more exciting places to go, things to do and people to see during the Winter. This issue address only a few of them including the Top ten winners of the Forbeslisted ski resorts. See page 6. Then there is the celebration of Mardis Gras with a destination expanding the activities to accomodate the whole family. Details are described on page 26. Remember the movie, “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray, who relived the day over and over again until he got it right? Now there is a festival honoring the ﬁlm’s location. See page 10. Speaking of ﬁlms, who hasn’t enjoyed the most popular ﬁlm of all, “Gone With the Wind,” having recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. Just this past year, I discovered the area Margaret Mitchell described as Tara. You can visit it too. Head south to Georgia and follow the “Gone With the Wind Trail. See page 20. So here’s to enjoying the Winter - starting with an Extended Weekend! Kathy Barnett, Managing Editor 4 l www.WeekenderExtended.com, Winter, 2014
Ready to go skiing? Find the top 10 destinations, according to Forbes. See page 6. Shown on our cover is a scene from #8 - Telluride, Colorado
What’s Inside... TOP TEN - Ski Resorts According to Forbes for 2015 Pages 6-7, 42-43
Midwestern States: Kentucky -Dinner Train Illinois -Relive Groundhog Day Illinois -The New #1 Restaurant Illinois -Volvo Auto Museum Indiana -Great Scott County
9 10 12 14 16
Southern States: Florida - Ride the Skyscraper Georgia - “Tara” Clayton County Georgia - Peachtree City Texas - Wonderland of Americas Louisianna - Mardis Gras
18 20 22 25 26
Eastern States: Mass. - Lark Hotels New York - New Show at Radio City Vermont - Free Skiing Main - Moonlight Skiing
28 30 34 36
Western States: California - Blissology Skiing - with Mountain Collective
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Travel and extended weekend getaways across the United States; Winter issue 2014. Featuring the top 10 ski resorts for 2015; Mardis Gras; Ce...