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Wisconsin is a state of four seasons, each with its own charm and beauty. Whether you want to enjoy the colorful fall foliage, the snowy winter wonderland, the blossoming spring flowers, or the sunny summer lakes this summer, Wisconsin has something for everyone. ere are some popular travel destinations in the state: Milwaukee. The largest city in Wisconsin, Milwaukee is known as the beer capital of the world. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, it is home to some of the finest craft breweries in the country. Milwaukee also boasts a blend of history and contemporary architecture. Do not miss attractions like the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Harley-Davidson Museum. Best time to visit: June – August.  Wisconsin Dells, often referred to as “The Dells,” is a popular tourist destination known for its scenic beauty, waterparks, and outdoor adventures. As the Waterpark Capital of the World, Wisconsin Dells boasts an array of thrilling waterparks and theme parks. Families can enjoy slides, lazy rivers, wave pools, go karts, roller coasters and much more! Located only minutes away from all the exciting family fun and adventures’ is the AmericInn Located on Highway 13. A very nice and reasonably priced family hotel, with a pool and passes and packages for water parks. If you are looking for a relaxed and romantic getaway, then we suggest the Old Rittenhouse Inn, https://www.rittenhouseinn.com/ located on Lake Superior in beautiful and picturesque Bayfield, WI. The Inn has exquisite and comfortable rooms with beautiful views along with first rate fine dining! There are plenty of great things to do in Bayfield in the Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall. Visit this beautiful location to relax and enjoy the outdoors. So, whether you’re interested in family fun or romantic getaways, or urban attractions, or outdoor adventures, or simply making memories with good food and good company, Wisconsin has it all!
Driftwater Resort is a family owned and operated lake resort perfect for families! Since were family owned, we know exactly what families are looking for in a vacation! Located on the beautiful cool waters of Lake Taneycomo in Branson, Missouri.  Driftwater Resort is the perfect place for your next family vacation, family reunion, Girls Getaway, Or Guys fishing weekend. The scenic, trout filled lake is only a short skip from our cabins and we are less than 3 miles to The Branson landing and Historic Downtown Branson. The Famous 76 strip, White Water, Silver Dollar City, Branson's shows, shopping and restaurants are just minutes away! All Guest have access to our Swimming pool and 2 Hot Tubs. You can fish from our boat dock or we have boat rentals and kayaks availiable with a new general store opened for tackle and conveince items. Families can also enjoy our playground, basketball court, shuffleboard court and 2 fire pits, all ideal for our family vacationers. Each cabin has its own charcoal grill with picnic tables for guest use. There is plenty of green space for a nice picnic. We also have 2 grills at lake front gazebos.  Our cabins have fully equipped kitchens with refrigerator, stove, oven, and microwave along with dishes, pots, utensils. We also include all linens, towels, and toiletries and a guest laundry area. All Cabins also include Flat Screen TV’s.  Our accommodations and amenities are perfect for a week-long vacation with your family!  We have 3-night minimum stay except June, July and the 1st 2 weeks of August where we have a 7-night minimum (Saturday to Saturday). No cleaning fees on 7 or more nights So, whether it’s a 3-night weekend get-away with friends or a memorable week-long family vacation, Driftwater Resort in Branson has it all waiting for you! https://www.driftwaterresortbranson.com/    
Select either our one or three-bedroom vacation apartments or a two-story, stand-alone five-bedroom vacation home (pictured) – perfect for your next family holiday, fishing trip, or Alaskan sightseeing with our vacation home rentals & lodging in Ketchikan, AK. Feel “almost home” with these fully-equipped accommodations & vacation rentals, including full kitchens, the latest amenities – including WiFi, HDTVs & premium channel packages – and spacious, comfy accommodations. Your Alaskan Adventure Starts Here Arrive and let the fresh, mountain air, sea breezes, and breathtaking scenery transport you to a simpler time – our cozy, inviting accommodations make for the perfect home base for exploring our pristine area: Venture onto the water for a day of fishing and grill your fresh catch on a gas barbecue – available at our fishing lodge & outdoor activities Explore the local area: discover abundant wildlife, lush forests, and unforgettable scenery – only steps from your accommodations Use Ketchikan as your hub to explore the outlying areas and communities, including Misty Fjords National Monument, Prince of Wales Island, Wrangell, and Petersburg, Alaska. We can’t wait to host you in one of our spacious and comfortable accommodations, at Almost Home Vacation Rentals - 907-247-5337 (See our ad in this Travel Guide, in Ketchikan, AK).  
Get away to the Sun and Sand of Florida’s Gulf Coast Cortez Coastal Cottage, a charming 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom cottage, is located 400 feet from the Sarasota Bay waterfront and a short walk to the beaches of Anna Maria Island. The spacious and charming ‘Old Florida’ cottage is fully furnished and has been lovingly restored. Located within Cortez Park, an active yet peaceful 55+ bayfront community, guests have access to a private fishing pier and waterfront seating for spectacular sunsets and wildlife watching. The cottage is professionally managed and cleaned.  Fly direct from Chicago to Sarasota/Bradenton. Cottage amenities include: large livingroom which opens onto the lanai; 2 spacious bedroom suites with well-appointed bathrooms; wood flooring; private garden deck with seating, dining and grilling areas, and an outdoor shower; well-equipped eat-in kitchen; laundry/mudroom; all linens for beds, baths, and kitchen, as well as beach towels (and chairs); WiFi, phone line, and DirecTV; carport; Heat/AC, and more.                                                                                                          Many local attractions are within walking distance of Cortez Coastal Cottage including more than seven miles of white sandy beaches with crystal clear blue waters for boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming, sailing, shelling, and other water sports.  Also within walking distance are museums and galleries, bicycle rentals (including e-bikes), as well as parks and nature preserves. Local wildlife includes manatees, dolphins, rays, shore birds, raptors, and sea turtles. Anna Maria Island offers a free trolley for visits to Bean Point, the City Pier, shopping, farmers market, beach market, community theatre, and more.  
For over three decades, Boxwood Gulch Ranch, located about an hour from Denver, Colorado, has offered world class guided fly fishing adventures.   Boxwood offers 1 mile of ideal riffles, smooth runs, and perfect pools. This stretch of the North Fork South Platte is home to some of the largest trout in Colorado. Anglers have the opportunity to catch a variety of trout species including rainbow, cutbow, brown, brook, cutthroat, palomino, and even the rare tiger trout! Landing fish over 20" is very common at Boxwood, and behemoth trout up to 34" have been landed on the property throughout the years.   Boxwood's terrain diversity is unmatched along the Front Range. Perfect trout habitat also creates the ideal place to fish for anglers of every experience level. Boxwood offers the river structure to challenge and excite brand new anglers and veteran fly anglers alike.   Our professional guides are among the most experienced in the West, and they know every nook and cranny of the river. The trout at Boxwood can be fooled with various nymph patterns, streamers, and dry flies, and our guides are experts at knowing how best to trick our large fish into taking the fly. Guided trips on our private water include all the necessary gear, flies, and equipment to enjoy your day at the premier fly fishing destination in Colorado.    Beyond the destination angling experience, Boxwood Gulch Ranch offers first class amenities to ensure a comfortable day for every guest. The streamside clubhouse offers a climate controlled place to wader up, enjoy lunch, and share fish stories during happy hour. The clubhouse provides our anglers with a full restroom, free WIFI, satellite television, expansive patio, and firepit. Boxwood's Clubcar fishing cart, paired with the excellent streamside road and trail system make the property the most accessible place to fly fish in Colorado. Boxwood's premier angling experience, first class amenities, and unmatched access make for the best choice in the state to host a group or corporate fly fishing adventure. Full day trips to Boxwood Gulch Ranch also include a freshly prepared lunch inside or al fresco on the patio, depending upon the weather. Enjoy a grilled lunch and a glass of wine while sharing photos of the big one that came to the net or telling the tale of the big one that got away.   Couples, families, friends, and business partners alike all enjoy spending time as fishing buddies at Boxwood. Ask one of the thousands of anglers who have fished with us over the last 30 years or one of the hundreds of professional anglers who have guided the property where to find the best fly fishing experience in Colorado, and there's more than a good chance they'll answer, "Boxwood Gulch Ranch."   To find out more about our world class experience, please visit www.BoxwoodGulch.com. View recent trip photos and news on Instagram and Facebook @boxwoodgulch.
Nestled in the heart of the 'World's Most Famous Beach', the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort is just a few steps from the beach and walking distance to many local restaurants, shops and attractions. The beachfront resort features Hilton CleanStay program with enhanced cleaning protocols, 744 guest rooms with stunning oceanfront views, seven different dining options, two sparkling pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, spa, and gift shop.   Whether you've been dreaming about spending time at the beach, rediscovering your favorite city, or vacationing closer to home, now's the time to start planning your next beach getaway to Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. Dine on Florida's freshest coastal cuisine, play a game of volleyball with the family, or let loose at Daytona Lagoon Waterpark. Our warm, friendly staff treats you like family from the moment you arrive. Lounge poolside while sipping your favorite drink, or indulge in a unique culinary experience at Doc Bales’ Grill, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Don Ricos Sports Bar & Grill or McCoys Rum Room.   If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, admiring the natural beauty of Florida's central coast on foot or bike is a must-do Daytona Beach activity. Luckily, the area is blessed with over 60 miles of trails, many of which are located within a short drive of Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. Whether you want to spot winged beauties on a portion of the Florida Birding Trail or take in stunning views of crystal clear lakes and otherworldly sulphur springs, there's a hiking or biking trail that will satisfy your appetite.   For those adventure seekers, Daytona Beach also features iconic attractions and must see landmarks from historical sites to racing destinations. Take a tour of the area with family-friendly activities for all ages including getting behind the wheel of a real race car at Daytona International Speedway, visiting Jackie Robinson Ballpark, thrill seeking rides at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and more. Start planning your Daytona Beach escape today with Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort’s Park, Eat, Play Package and enjoy complimentary valet parking and daily breakfast! 
By W Robert Kelly, Jr., Museums Coordinator - Gloucester County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Prominently situated adjacent to the historic Gloucester Courthouse sits the 251-year-old Botetourt Building that now houses the Gloucester Museum of History. The imposing masonry structure dates from 1770 and first served as a roadside tavern. It is one of the largest, as well as one of the few brick taverns surviving from the pre-Revolutionary period. The building served as lodging for Gloucester’s visitors from the 1770s through the 1950s, first as a tavern and later as a hotel. In 1965, the county purchased the property to be used as offices. In 2000, the building became home to the Gloucester Museum of History. Today, the museum preserves and interprets the county’s rich history through exhibitions, programming, and a 3,000-object collection. Caption: A 2021 view of the Gloucester Museum of History from the northeast   From the earliest days when the Virginia Indians called the area home, to more recent stories related to Civil Rights, the museum interprets the county’s complete history. One of the newest exhibits is “Awakening: The Life & Legacy of T.C. Walker” unveiled in 2021. Featuring a reproduction of the T.C. Walker mural from Main Street, the exhibit examines the life story of the first African American lawyer in Gloucester County. Born enslaved, Walker went on to graduate from Hampton Institute, and would later serve as Superintendent for Gloucester Negro Schools and as a member of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors. He lived through the Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras and did great things to help African Americans across the Commonwealth. It is hoped that visitors will explore the stories from the mural, learn about the life of a local hero, and be inspired to make a difference in their community. Caption: “Awakening: The Life & Legacy of T.C. Walker” is the museum’s newest exhibit.   Additional exhibits related to the American Revolution and Civil War are located on the museum’s second floor. This space is particularly interesting as it retains considerable original historic fabric from the building’s early use as a tavern. Original hardwood floors and window trim within the large “ballroom,” present an atmosphere reminiscent of the 18th century and Colonial Williamsburg. The large basement contains additional exhibits featuring artifacts that tell the stories of Gloucester’s agricultural history and the importance of the county’s daffodil industry.   To complete a visit requires experiencing the other museum properties and the Gloucester Visitor Center, all located within the historic courtcircle, less than 100 feet away. The circle contains five historic structures: the 1766 Colonial Courthouse, two former Clerk’s Offices, (the 1823 Clayton Building and the 1896 Roane Building), a jail constructed in 1873, and a debtors’ prison that dates to 1824. The Colonial Courthouse, one of the oldest in Virginia, is still used for official county functions. The Visitor Center boasts a new interactive exhibit about Werowocomoco, Pocahontas, and the Virginia Indians, and provides an experience for tourists and residents alike. It is a great place to visit for local information or to find a unique gift. To learn more about the Gloucester Museum of History please visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/820/Museum-of-History or call 804-693-1234. The museum is open Monday-Saturday, 11:00AM – 3:00PM and admission is free.
The Summer season begins in June on Lake Texoma. The stripers have finished spawning. They come back from up rivers and are entering the main lake. Hundreds of thousands of hungry fish begin running all over the lake. They group up in large schools and it starts with slab fishing. This is when we locate the fish and vertically fish. We drop the slabs over the side of the boat, let it fall to the bottom and reel up fast. The fish can range from 1 pounder to double digits, 10 pound plus stripers are common. About mid-June the fish start surfacing. This is the traditional top-water sight fishing. We cast the 6-inch top-water plugs on the feeding fish. You can see the fish busting shad from long distances. What is happening is the schools of fish find huge  bait balls. They scare the bait to the water’s surface and explode on the shad. The shad can run but it cannot hide.  This action will last for a couple of hours then they sound. That means the fish will stay grouped up and keep feeding. We drop slabs and “rip” them up. The striper strikes so hard they can take the rod out of your hands. Some schools of fish can be a quarter of a mile wide and a mile long. Texoma has a huge population of stripers due to the historic reproduction. The Summer action will last until the first of September.   Tight Lines, Your Lake Texoma Fishing Guide! Bill Carey 903-786-4477 www.striperexpress.com
As Americans are managing life with the Coronavirus and now with the vaccine finally rolling out, and mask mandates lifting for the fully vaccinated, the travel industry is continuing to come back.  Hotels and travel destinations in many parts of the country are open in anticipation of travelers ready to throw off their cabin fever and venture out.  Your plans may be for a weekend get away to a cozy bed and breakfast, or perhaps a fishing trip to catch that “big one” that won’t get away this time. Maybe it’s a camping trip full of hiking adventures with stunning vistas, or possibly you would rather walk through America’s glorious past by taking in all the amenities offered in any of hundreds of museums.  How about a week’s stay at a ranch out west?  Whatever your travel desires are, your options are plentiful and, more importantly, clean, safe and following all CDC guidelines for Coronavirus.  Each week we will list state by state travel options we recommend to help make your vacation choices easy.   ALASKA: Kenai Magic Lodge – Anchorage. MD Discovery Alaskan Charters – Ketchikan.   ARIZONA: Stampede RV and Bed & Breakfast – Tombstone. Hall of Flame Fire Museum – Phoenix.   ARKANSAS: Beaver Lake Hideaway – Garfield. Urban Peddlers Retreat – VRBO-2039106 – Bentonville. Vista del Paradiso – VRBO-1744925 – Bella Vista.   CALIFORNIA: Mendo Parks – Mendocino. Catalina Island Museum – Avalon. Orangeland RV Park – Orange.   COLORADO: Inn at Lost Creek – Telluride. Valhalla Resort – Estes Park. Alpine Inn – Gunnison. Monarch Spur RV Park & Campground – Salida.   CONNECTICUT: Connecticut Trolley Museum – East Windsor.   FLORIDA: Pompano Beach Rentals – Pompano Beach. Barbara O’Donnell - 954.953.4992 Ramada Inn – Temple Terrace. Light Tackle Adventures – Odessa. El Caribe Resort and Conference Center – Daytona Beach.   GEORGIA: National Civil War Naval Museum – Columbus.   IDAHO: Pend Orielle Resort – Hope. The Roosevelt Inn – Coeur D’Alene.   ILLINOIS: Rooster Heaven Hunt Club – Forrest. Bear Branch – Eddyville. Keyesport Cabins – Keyesport.  618.749.5413 McLean County Museum of History – Bloomington.   INDIANA: Grissom Air Museum – Peru.   IOWA: Sanford Museum & Planetarium – Cherokee. Scenic View Ranch – Monona.   KANSAS: Combat Air Museum – Topeka. Covered Wagon RV Resort – Abilene.   KENTUCKY: Singing Hills RV Resort – Cave City. Riverside Inn Bed and Breakfast – Warsaw. Lynnhurst Family Resort – Murray. OH Kentucky Campground and RV Park – Berea.   LOUISIANA: City of Opelousas Tourism – Opelousas. Cajun Country Cottages – Breaux Bridge. Terrell House – New Orleans. La Quinta Inn – Slidell.   MAINE: Old Fort Western – Augusta. York Beach Camper Park – York Bench.   MICHIGAN: Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham – St. Ignace. Greenwood Acres RV – Jackson. Serendipity Bed & Breakfast – Saugatuck. US National Ski-Snowboard Hall of Fame – Ishpeming. Michigan Heroes Museum – Frankenmuth. Hotel Nichols – South Haven.   MINNESOTA: Starck’s Tamarck – Deer River. White Oak Inn & Suites – Deer River. Guest House International Inn & Suites – Rochester. Kecs Kove – Kabetagoma.   MISSISSIPPI: Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast – Natchez.   MISSOURI:            KC Karting Association – Liberty. Best Western Branson Inn – Branson. Driftwater Resort – Branson.   MONTANA: Montana Military Museum – Fort Harrison.   NEVADA: Nevada Northern Railway Museum – Ely.   NEW MEXICO: NM Holocaust Museum – Albequerque.   NEW YORK: Adirondak Experience – Blue Mountain Lake. Victorian Bed & Breakfast – Staten Island. Fernbaugh Campground & Rec Center – Corning.   NORTH CAROLINA: The Groome Inn – Greensboro. Pinebrook Manor Bed and Breakfast – Hendersonville.   NORTH DAKOTA: Dakota Waters Resort – Beulah. McQuoid Outdoors & Lodging – Minnewaukan.   OHIO: Good Earth Cabins – Logan.   OREGON: The Fort Dalles Museum – The Dalles.   PENNSYLVANIA: Manayunk Chambers Guest House – Philadelphia. Inn at White Oak – Gettysburg.   TENNESSEE: The Olde Mill Inn Bed & Breakfast – Cumberland Gap. Mountain Breeze Motel – Pigeon Forge. Appleview River Resort – Sevierville.   TEXAS: Breeze Lake/Sunset Palms Campgrounds – Brownsville. American Undersea Warfare Museum – Galveston. National Museum of the Pacific War – Fredericksburg. Alamo RV Park – Alamo. Triple Creek RV Music Resort – Woodville.   VIRGINIA: Historic Smithfield – Blacksburg.   WASHINGTON D.C.: National Museum of the US Navy   WEST VIRGINIA: The Lost River Grill, Motel and Bed & Breakfast – Lost River.   WISCONSIN: Mid-Continent Railway and Museum – North Freedom.   BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS: M&M Apartment Suites & Bakery – Spanish Town.   When you are ready to travel, we are here to help!  Keep checking back every week for more featured locations.  Our travel hosts are eager to see you and work with you to provide safe and clean facilities.    
Serenity Hill Bed and Breakfast is a perfect getaway for sure to unwind and regroup your thoughts.  Open year round, guests will find there are plenty of things to do including over 99 miles of trails to hike on. Under normal conditions there are 450+ miles of caves, plus diamond caverns which need no reservation.  Guided tours are offered every 30 minutes. Enjoy kayaking, horseback riding, or simply relax on the  porch or around firepit on our property.    A bed & breakfast since 2005, Bill and Tina Burr have owned Serenity Hill since 2018.  They actually fell into running this bed and breakfast when they were searching for a home. They had a checklist of what they desired in a home and found this place.  Interestingly, they did not know it was a bed & breakfast until they visited the property and spoke with the owner Tina says "I just know I fell in love with the place as soon as I was driving up the driveway, and even more so when I entered the home. I absolutely loved everything about this place.  It was so beautiful that it took my breath away."  She decided then that she wanted to take over the business, even though she had no previous experience.  She soon started doing things the way she wanted and found she loved it.  "I loved meeting new friends and family that have stayed with us."  Apparently, Tina has a found her gift for running a bed & breakfast, because they have a lot of repeat guests. "I treat everyone like family and the way I want to be treated. I wish that I would have done this sooner because I love it so much."   Ideally located close to a national park, guests can enjoy hiking, biking, picnics, and lots of wildlife. The caves attracts people from all over the world and the Burrs love getting to speak with them and sharing each other's cultures.    Be sure to make your reservation at Serenity Hill Bed & Breakfast.  Do plan ahead to ensure there is vacancy.