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Stonewood Tavern

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Posted by on February 14, 2016

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Although the Stonewood Tavern opened its doors only a year ago, it has developed quite a following. The cozy atmosphere is reminiscent of a typical neighborhood joint frequented by locals. Banquettes are located around the perimeter of the room, and tables are in the center. A full granite-topped bar with a wide selection of premium beers, wines and liquors, complements read more...

4204 Main Street Brewing Company

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Posted by on November 19, 2015

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The folks at 4204 Main Street Brewing Company believe that an amazing food and beer pairing is one of the greatest joys in life – and that’s exactly what they aim to give everyone that walks in the door! 4204 Main Street Brewing Company offers beers that suit every taste, from light and sweet to heavy and bitter. The extensive read more...

Mennonite Information Center

Mennonite Information Center in black letters against a red brick wall.

Posted by on November 5, 2015

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The Mennonite Information Center, located strategically in Lancaster County’s center of Amish and Mennonite communities, is a good starting point to learn more about the lifestyle, beliefs, and culture of the Amish and Mennonites who came out of Switzerland’s Protestant Reformation. The Amish way of life is unique and one way to start to explain that is to watch the read more...

AAA Buggy Rides

Blue sign with white letters reading Kitchen Kettle Village AAA Buggy Rides

Posted by on October 6, 2015

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Are you interested in an ultimate country buggy ride?? AAA Amish buggy rides are located at Kitchen Kettle Village in the town of Intercourse PA. Here you can take full advantage of your time spent in Amish country by relaxing on a ride through scenic farm country on a five mile ride through a real covered bridge on a back read more...

Kauffman’s Fruit Farm & Market

Displays of apples with colors of green and rosy red/yellow in bins outside the Kauffman fruit market.

Posted by on September 2, 2015

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Kauffman’s Fruit Market is along Rt. 340 between the villages of Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse. Their orchards produce over 135 varieties of orchard fruits on 92 acres of prime cropland here in Lancaster County. Fifty of those acres are covered with apple trees, 35 acres of peaches and the rest are planted with pears, plums and cherries. This is a family read more...

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

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Posted by on September 1, 2015

Sep 12, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015
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Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes  (JSDN) play original funky southern rock music that blends mind-blowing Cajun-klezmer style strings on top of Latin-Louisiana groovy horns—all performed with a dance-inducing electricity that showcases one of New Orleans’ most riveting authentic acts. Since launching in 2001, JSDN has built a hard-core following of local fans; the band also has a wide array read more...

Pizza Delicious in the Bywater

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Posted by on August 21, 2015

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Pizza Delicious in the Bywater has received national attention and yet it still retains a comforting, bustling neighborhood pizza joint feel while attracting families, folks who work in the neighborhood, hipsters and a few savvy visitors. Designed to bring authentic thin-crust New York-style pie to the Crescent City, Pizza Delicious (aka Pizza D), began as a two night a week read more...

Immergut Pretzels

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Posted by on July 29, 2015

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If you are anywhere near the village of Intercourse, you need to make a trip to Immergut Pretzel. This is a PA Dutch word which means “always good”.  They have lived up to their name since 1998. This is where you will find fresh hot soft pretzels which are simply the best! Incredibly delicious in whatever flavor or variety you read more...

Liberty’s Kitchen – ReFresh Cafe and Coffee Bar

Glass store front with big bold letters spelling Liberty Kitchen

Posted by on July 29, 2015

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The ReFresh Café and Coffee Bar is a project of Liberty’s Kitchen, a remarkable local community benefit organization that supports New Orleans youth in achieving self-sufficiency, employment, and economic independence. Youth are trained in culinary and customer service skills so they can enter and succeed in the  hospitality business— an industry that drives much of the New Orleans travel and read more...

Grace Patriot Wines

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Posted by on July 29, 2015

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Grace Patriot Wines is a family winery. Steve and Bea Grace, and sons Trevor and Tylor, own the winery and make its wines. They have 25-year-old pinot vines, and planted 12 varietals in 2002. They make their smooth, flavorful wines in small batches. Their winery is beautiful year-round. Grace Patriot sits on a ridge top, at an altitude of 2,800 read more...

d.b.a. presents Glen David Andrew On Monday Nights

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Posted by on July 8, 2015

Jul 7, 2015 - Dec 29, 2015
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Trombonist Glen David Andrews’ dynamite Monday night show at d.b.a. lounge on Frenchmen Street inspires music lovers of all shapes and sizes to join Glen’s party with hand clapping, hankie waving, and call and response — usually by the second number! Don’t be surprised if Glen starts off his show roaming out in the audience, singing at the top of read more...

Placerville Bike Shop

Placerville Bike Shop - bikes and shirts

Posted by on June 30, 2015

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Bob Molinare started this family bicycle sales, rental, and maintenance business 38 years ago. Now his sons Andrew and Jeff carry on the family tradition with him. The Placerville bike shop rents multi-purpose bikes at reasonable rates for adults and children, and side carts for small children. They have bike racks for your car that you can rent for just read more...

Kitchen Kettle Village

Kitchen Kettle Village spelled out in gold on a dark green background sign.

Posted by on June 29, 2015

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Many folks coming to Lancaster County end up going to the town of Intercourse. One of the many places there is the Kitchen Kettle Village which includes over 40 unique shops …. all in a village like setting. The village was established more than 60 years ago with a passion for good hospitality and food. And now years later, the read more...

Shunpike Dairy

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Posted by on June 29, 2015

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Shunpike Dairy, formerly known as Tonelwin Farm has been run by the same family for three generations and they have been certified to sell raw milk in New York since July of 2010. Dutchess County is home to a number of dairy farms that were started up during the civil war when the Borden Company opened up in Wassaic NY, read more...

French Quarter Festival 2016

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Posted by on June 9, 2015

Apr 7, 2016 - Apr 10, 2016
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Hints for French Quarter Festival April 7 – 10, 2016 French Quarter Festival (FQF) is a perfect time to immerse yourself in the New Orleans experience. It’s got the best weather, the hottest local music, fantastic food from local restaurants —and refreshing daiquiris you can tote around in sports bottles! Originating in 1984, the local extravaganza has become the largest read more...

Bonjour Lingerie

store front glass window dispalying a selection of bra's and panties.

Posted by on June 6, 2015

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Bonjour Lingerie is a perfect spot to launch a Magazine Street shopping expedition, and a great place to pick up some New Orleans-style lacy essentials. Bonjour is located at 4214 Magazine Street, not far from Napoleon Avenue, near a bevy of great boutiques, restaurants and bars. Whether you left some essentials at home, your personal collection is tired out, or read more...

Village Greens Miniature Golf Course

Village Greens spelled in white on a green sign/with golf course spelled in black on a yellow banner.

Posted by on June 1, 2015

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Are you looking for something relaxing to do? Try a game of miniature golf at the Village Greens outside the borough of Strasburg. Two courses of interesting challenging golf played amidst the beauty of lush gardens makes for an enjoyable time. Over 13 acres of gardens and streams are used to make up the two separate courses. The shorter 18 read more...

Paley’s Farm Market

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Posted by on May 29, 2015

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Welcome to Paley’s Farm Market located just across the New York State border in the rural and picturesque town of Sharon Connecticut. Paley’s is celebrating their 33rd year in business. They are a seasonal market and are usually open from Spring thru Fall. Winter-weary locals in the area look forward with anticipation every year to the opening of Paley’s. It’s read more...

2015 Essence Festival

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Posted by on May 26, 2015

Jul 3, 2015 - Jul 5, 2015
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In New Orleans, African-American culture is a predominant force in the community, particularly in terms of the arts and music. Essence Festival, held this year from July 2-5 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, celebrates this vibrant culture with live music, speakers and other festival events featuring both local and national luminaries. Main stage headliners for music and comedy performances include Charlie read more...

Peche Seafood Grill

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Posted by on May 11, 2015

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If you’re looking for great seafood in New Orleans, Peche Seafood Grill (800 Magazine St) is a phenomenal new restaurant with unforgettable dishes on its menus. This Warehouse District gem may be a newcomer to the local restaurant scene, but it has firmly established itself as a standout seafood locale. Peche has already been honored with two coveted James Beard read more...

Sierra Rizing Bakery and Coffeehouse

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Posted by on May 9, 2015

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Teal Triolo has owned and run Sierra Rizing Bakery and Coffee House for 14 years. Every year she makes it even better. She started with one storefront and has expanded over time. Now, there is plenty of space to sit inside and enjoy displays of local art. Or, sit outside on the peaceful and shaded outdoor patio that she had read more...

Landis Valley Flower & Herb Faire

Landis Valley Village Farm Museum printed in white on a dark green background sign with pink echinachia flowers blooming in the front.

Posted by on May 7, 2015

May 8, 2015 - May 9, 2015
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A great place to be on Friday & Saturday, May 8th & 9th, 2015 is the Landis Valley Museum’s Herb and Garden Faire. It all began 28 years ago when the Heirloom Seed Project had extra plants that they couldn’t find room for so the plants were offered for sale. Others joined in with their extras. This year plants supplied read more...

The Jepson Center

Glass door with Telfair Museum Jepson Center in white lettering

Posted by on April 8, 2015

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Looking for something fun to do in Savannah? The possibilities are endless! But, there are a few spots in The Hostess City that you need to put on your “must see” list. Savannah is home to various museums, ranging from historical homes to art and educational centers, providing the rich cultural significance of Savannah and the world around us. Located read more...

Country Living Fair at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds

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Posted by on April 8, 2015

Jun 5, 2015 - Jun 7, 2015
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Country Living Magazine presents the Country Living Fair at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds June 5th-7th. The two day event offers shopping, seminars, demonstrations, food, and so much more! Shop a wide variety of booths, including handcrafted wares, re purposed and vintage items, antiques, furniture, soaps, plants, and holiday gifts. Attendees have the opportunity to meet with professionals like Agnes Devereux read more...

Pasta Primo Vino along the Shawangunk Wine Trail

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Posted by on April 8, 2015

Apr 11, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015
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Welcome Spring in the Hudson Valley with this unique event that pairs beautifully crafted wine with delicious pasta dishes. Starting at the winery of your choice, sip and snack your way across the Hudson Valley’s most prominent wineries. The 14 member wineries of the Shawangunk Wine Trail welcome you to try a sampling of four of their finest wines while read more...

Commander’s Palace

2 story New Orleans style structure painted blue with white trim and brightly lit sign reading Commander's Palace

Posted by on April 3, 2015

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James Beard Award-winning Commander’s Palace has accolades that are as numerous as the number of incredible dishes available on its various menus. With this many national recognitions, it’s no surprise that Commander’s Palace is a beloved restaurant for locals and visitors alike, and landing a table is a coveted experience that’s sure to please any palate. Commander’s Palace is nestled read more...

Bayou Boogaloo 2015

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Posted by on April 3, 2015

May 15, 2015 - May 17, 2015
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Held the third weekend of May every year, Bayou Boogaloo (May 15-17, 2015) shows off the charm of the Mid-City neighborhood while lavishing attendees in unbeatable music, food, art and fun. This free music, food and culture festival celebrates the spirit of New Orleans with nearly 40,000 attendees each year, making it a highlight on the city’s festival lineup. Part read more...

Stoner’s Homegrown Vegetables

Red Peppers, purple eggplant, white/purple turnips are a few of the vegetables for sale at the stand.

Posted by on April 1, 2015

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Lancaster County is considered the Garden Spot of America and the Lancaster Central Market showcases many of these entrepreneurs who tirelessly grow the produce on their farms. One of these is John & Ethel Stoner whose Stoner Veggies stand is stocked each Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday morning when the market is open. John & Ethel have been growing and selling read more...

Roper’s Regal Beagle Sports Bar & Grill

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Posted by on March 24, 2015

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Roper’s Regal Beagle in Godfrey, Illinois really is a sports bar like no other. Sure, you’ll see the “standard”  big screen televisions and classic sports memorabilia found in any sports bar, but what Regal Beagle offers is unlike any other sports bar around! Regal Beagle’s menu is not just comprised of your typical bar food; it features everything from wood-fired read more...

Hart 2 Hart Vineyards and Everhart Cellars

Hart 2 Hart winery seating on the outdoor patio

Posted by on March 19, 2015

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Sherrie and Jim Everhart own this winery on lovely grounds right near the South Fork American River in Coloma. Their winemaker Dominic Mantei produces some of the best, award-winning wines of the area. The Everharts own vineyards in nearby Pilot Hill, and Dominic makes small batches of excellent reds, whites, and dessert wines from these handpicked fruits, combined with grapes read more...

Maple Weekends at Crown Maple

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Posted by on March 17, 2015

Mar 21, 2015 - Mar 29, 2015
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This is the time of year for maple lovers of all ages! There are only a few short weeks to tap the maple trees for that pure gold that comes from within and makes the most delicious topping for pancakes, waffles and a multitude of tasty delights. Crown maple is holding their maple weekend events on the last two weekends read more...

La Fonda Mexican Restaurant

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Posted by on March 13, 2015

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Situated in the midst of a large shopping center, this seemingly small restaurant may not seem like much at first glance, but you’ll be in for a big surprise! La Fonda Mexican Restaurant, Edwardsville’s hidden gem, is not your average Mexican Cantina. From traditional tacos and quesadillas to savory build-your-own combinations and everything in between, La Fonda’s menu flaunts an read more...

Horse Leap

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Posted by on March 13, 2015

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Horse Leap is an English Tack Shop.  A tack shop caters to the needs of all levels of English riders, horse riders that is, from beginners to seasoned competitors. From show fashions to fine leather boots, saddles and horse grooming products, it’s a one-stop shop for all of your equestrian needs. Amenia and the surrounding towns are blessed with the most read more...

Riviera Maya Mexican Restaurant

Posted by on March 6, 2015

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Riviera Maya Mexican Restaurant, located in Alton, adds a touch of Mexican flair to the area! Riviera Maya specializes in authentic, great tasting Mexican food. You’ll never be disappointed with the cuisine found here! The restaurant flaunts an extensive menu, featuring countless authentic dishes as well as some American favorites, such as fried tacos. But the cuisine is only part read more...

Hogs for the Cause

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Posted by on March 2, 2015

Mar 27, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015
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Hogs for the Cause returns to City Park the weekend of March 27-28, 2015, its eighth year.  Hey, y’all, it is for a good cause, and it’s not just about pigs.  The “Cause” is helping to defray the expenses of families with children with pediatric brain cancer, and who couldn’t get behind that? City Park comes alive with the sound read more...

Please-U Restaurant

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Posted by on March 2, 2015

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Sometimes all you really want is breakfast-forget that it’s three in the afternoon, after all, you’re in New Orleans and you probably just got up. The Please-U Restaurant in the lower Garden District will always hit the spot. And it has hit the spot, so to speak, since it opened Thanksgiving Day 1946. It’s still got diner-style seating and a read more...

Wilbur Chocolate Factory Store & Candy Americana Museum

Wilbur Chocolate written in White against a red colored background banner painted on the brick front of the factory building

Posted by on February 28, 2015

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For all chocolate lovers…..when you visit Lancaster County or are in Lititz, PA. it is a MUST for you to stop at the Wilbur Chocolate factory. It is a favorite of Lancaster County residents. You will smell the aroma of chocolate as you come into town. Park in the parking lot across the street and take the steps to the read more...

Confluence Bike Trail

wide river confluence with bridge in the distance at dusk

Posted by on February 21, 2015

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The Confluence Bike Trail of Southern Illinois is a nearly 23-mile asphalt trail beginning at Russell Commons Park in Alton and extending south to Granite City. The trail runs adjacent to Melvin Price Locks and Dam #26, the National Great Rivers Museum, and the Lewis and Clark Interpretation Center, all of which are popular visitor attractions. One of the Madison read more...

hazel2blue

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Posted by on February 21, 2015

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From edgy to classic, hazel2blue has it all! A clothing boutique for the modern woman, hazel2blue has begun a mission to celebrate every woman’s unique beauty and to help empower women through what they wear. hazel2blue offers unique finds, handpicked with care. You are sure to find a pleasant variety of styles here! You can expect to find a diverse selection read more...

S&S Sandwich Shop

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Posted by on February 21, 2015

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North Alton’s only independently owned sandwich shop, S & S Sandwich Shop serves up delicious, hearty sandwiches, soups, and salads made with local products. The goal of S & S is to provide fresh, quality, seasonal food at a great value, and the chefs make every attempt to use only local products in their delectable dishes. Offering over a dozen read more...

Old Bakery Beer Company

store front sign lit at night and reads The Old Bakery Beer Co.

Posted by on February 21, 2015

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Old Bakery Beer Company, located in the heart of downtown Alton, Illinois, is a substantial small-town craft brewery, boasting 6 beers made with 100% American, USDA-certified organic malts and hops, as well as several beers brewed elsewhere. The pub-style restaurant and tasting room, adjacent to the 9,000 square foot brewery, flaunts a menu of seasonally-rotating soups, salads, and sandwiches. Though read more...

Santa Cruz Imports & Exports

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Posted by on February 21, 2015

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Experience a little touch of Mexico right here in Midwestern USA with Santa Cruz Imports & Exports! Santa Cruz is the best shop for authentic Mexican products this side of the border! Santa Cruz flaunts a great selection of handmade arts and crafts from in and around Mexico. The store’s goal is to bring customers the highest quality pieces from read more...

Bluff City Tackle

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Posted by on February 21, 2015

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Conveniently located near the rivers, Bluff City Tackle is the perfect place to stop for supplies. Here you are sure to find anything and everything you need for that big fishing trip, weekend on the lake, or simply to restock your tackle box! Bluff City really does have it all! Bluff City Tackle has literally thousands of items to choose read more...

Spoon Baking Company

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Posted by on February 21, 2015

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Drawing its inspiration from across the country, Spoon Baking Company of Alton, Illinois is modeled after favorite bakeries from New York to California. The travel-loving owners have successfully rolled all of their favorite things from bakeries near and far into one unique shop. The result is a bakery (in the works for nearly a decade) full of things that owners Diana and read more...

Back in the Kitchen

A variety of muffins, donuts and baked goods in glass covered cake plates set on a butcher block counter with an exposed brick and bead board wall in the background behind the counter.

Posted by on February 19, 2015

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If you’re looking for small town charm, make a stop at Back in the Kitchen, Amenia’s little bakery/lunch shop that sits in the center of Main Street in a three-story brick building that looks like it belongs on a street in Williamsburg Brooklyn rather than the small town of Amenia, NY.  The exposed brick walls and bead board paneling add to read more...

Millbrook Library Winter Concert Series

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Posted by on February 17, 2015

Feb 21, 2015 - Feb 21, 2015
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The Millbrook Library’s 2015 Winter Concert Series is offering an afternoon with the band “Uncommon Ground” from Chester New York. If you’re a fan of bluegrass music, you will definitely want to check them out. The group features five classically trained musicians, a string quartet, plus one. Violin, bass, mandolin, guitar and vocals with a bluegrass influence. The musicians, Mike read more...

Belvedere Inn Restaurant & Bar

Brightly lit lanterns flank either side of the dark wood door to the red-bricked Belvedere Restaurant

Posted by on February 3, 2015

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The Belvedere Restaurant in Lancaster City is well worth a visit when you are in downtown Lancaster. For local residents, if you haven’t been here yet, be sure to add it to your list of “must do’s”. The food is excellent and served with a look of enticement and eye appeal. The food selections are very creative and with a read more...

Krewe of Muses Parade 2015

Krew of Muses Slipper Float

Posted by on January 31, 2015

Feb 12, 2015 - Feb 12, 2015
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Carnival parades in New Orleans take many forms. It’s street theatre of the highest, and sometimes lowest, order. From the majestic uptown Rex parade on Mardi Gras Day, to the irreverent, and often adult-themed, Krewe du Vieux, which kicks off the season on Saturday, January 31 with its walking-only route through the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods, to the supersized Endymion read more...

Sucre

Bakery Case filled with colorful baked goods

Posted by on January 31, 2015

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Chocolates, the ever-so-trendy macarons, gelato, confections of all kinds-that’s what Valentine’s Day is known for, right? If you want your sweetie to really enjoy the day, make sure he or she receives a fetching box from Sucre’, A Sweet Boutique. It’s a beautiful little shop on Magazine Street, as pretty as, well, a lacy Valentine, and there’s another location in read more...

Chava’s Mexican Restaurant

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Posted by on January 30, 2015

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Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Edwardsville, Illinois, Chava’s  Mexican Restaurant is sure to delight! Upon being seated, you will receive tasty restaurant-style tortilla chips and delicious fresh salsa, which has become a favorite around the area. Craving a margarita? Choose from the Gold Margarita or one of 9 flavors, most of which are hand-blended with real fruit! Boasting read more...

American Music Theatre

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Posted by on December 31, 2014

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The American Music Theatre is a fabulous find here in Lancaster County. It is the only theatre of its kind that features both original shows as well as touring concerts. The theatre has a very diverse schedule of top celebrity concerts with touring artists and original Broadway musical productions. They also host country music performers, rock concerts, and top celebrity read more...

Tubby’s Alaskan BBQ, Grill and Sports Bar

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Posted by on December 29, 2014

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Burgers, barbeque and beer—Tubby’s is in a great location for visitors and locals. This sports bar is unusual due to the fact that it is housed in the basement of a hotel and offers a continental breakfast for the hotel guests 6 am to 10 am. From 11 am to 9 pm, the full menu is available 7 days a read more...

Sparktacular

Posted by on December 24, 2014

Dec 31, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
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Enjoy a fun family event on New Year’s Eve—the Sparktacular! The University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum opens its doors to the public from 7-9 pm so that friends and family can munch and mingle (and warm up) before the fireworks display begins at 8 pm. Every New Year’s Eve, local businesses sponsor this free event. Because it is the darkest read more...

Savannah Art March

art rise SAVANNAH in black letters with red triangle and yellow accent

Posted by on December 22, 2014

Jul 5, 2014 - Dec 4, 2015
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Savannah has transformed over the decades into a city that embraces and produces creativity, fostering an appreciation for the arts locally, as well as an arena for guests to enjoy the talents of local artists. This appreciation for the Savannah art culture has been supported by Art March, a beloved Savannah event that takes place on the first Friday of read more...

3 Muses

Wooden sign hanging under porch eve from chain reading 3 Muses

Posted by on December 20, 2014

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Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans is known for its vibrant music scene for the three blocks of it that contain live music clubs from modern jazz (Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro) and traditional jazz (The Spotted Cat), to  more eclectic spots like The Maison. You can eat on Frenchmen Street at several stand-alone restaurants, or at read more...

Alton Sports Tap

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Posted by on December 20, 2014

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Looking for a fun restaurant with the best hot wings around? Look no further than Alton Sports Tap! In addition to their award winning chicken wings, Alton Sports Tap’s menu also features burgers, pizza, seafood, sandwiches, salads, and many other tasty lunch and dinner options, as well as a wide range of beers. Additionally, Alton Sports Tap has food and read more...

Christmas Concerts at the St. Louis Catheral

interior of gothic style cathedral

Posted by on December 20, 2014

Dec 1, 2014 - Dec 24, 2014
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St. Louis Cathedral is the iconic postcard image of New Orleans. The stately spires rising over the cobblestone plaza and the statue of Andrew Jackson in Jackson Square have inspired artists and created memories for visitors and residents alike for two hundred years. It’s the backdrop to a bustling scene of tourists and locals enjoying a respite from shopping, or read more...

Center Cut: The Village Steakhouse

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Posted by on December 19, 2014

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In a village known for it’s restaurants it takes something special to make one stand out.  Center Cut offers an extensive wine selection (over 80 varieties in their library), full bar and attentive servers with attention to detail.  And how many places have you been with a scotch library? Their claim to fame, however, is the 100% Black Angus beef read more...

Ragin Cajun Piano Bar

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Posted by on December 19, 2014

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For a fun night out any day of the week, look no further than Alton’s own Ragin Cajun Piano Bar! From delicious food and great service, to live music, dueling pianos, entertaining decorations, and everything in between, Ragin Cajun has it all! Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Alton, Ragin Cajun Piano Bar is the perfect place for a read more...

A Taste of the Niagara Region

black kitten with white facial markings and white feet

Posted by on December 19, 2014

Jan 31, 2015 - Jan 31, 2015
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Just when you thought it was time to settle in for a long winters nap, Heart of Niagara is hosting the third annual “A Taste of the Niagara Region” at the Conference and Event Center of Niagara Falls. From noon until 3 PM more than 25 restaurants and caterers will donate a sampling of their specialties for you to taste so read more...

Wreath Fineries at The Wineries

Posted by on December 9, 2014

Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014
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Looking for the perfect winter outing with friends? Or searching for a unique, local gift for the wine lover on your list? Then the Wreath Fineries at The Wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail is a holiday must! This annual event occurs in November and December. Register online, choosing the starting winery of your choice and whether you want a read more...

Benmarl Winery

Front view of the Benmarl Winery with brown siding and a green roof.

Posted by on December 5, 2014

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Benmarl Winery is one of the 14 wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail in the beautiful Hudson Valley. It is claimed to be one of America’s oldest vineyards. Their award-winning wines reflect the unique characteristics of the local environment. At the 2013 New York Wine and Food Classic, Benmarl Winery took Gold for their ’12 Semi Dry Riesling and ’12 read more...

American Flatbread Restaurant

American Flatbread Oven

Posted by on December 5, 2014

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The American Flatbread restaurant in Waitsfield exemplifies what the Mad River Valley is all about:  a locally owned business using ingredients they grow themselves or buy from neighboring farms. Dining at the Flatbread is a unique and not-to-be missed experience with great food, great atmosphere and great service. The restaurant website explains that a flatbread is “pizza with integrity”, i.e. read more...

Kalorama Park

View of Kalorama Park in the fall

Posted by on December 5, 2014

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Kalorama Park is nestled at the corner of Kalorama Park 19th street and Kalorama Road Northwest. The three-acre park is surrounded by lush trees and historic apartments. The name Kalorama means “beautiful view” in Greek, evoking the history of the area. The land used to be an estate owned by a very wealthy industrialists, then divided into separate parcels. The read more...

The Public Kitchen & Bar

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Posted by on December 5, 2014

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The Public Kitchen & Bar can be found in the heart of the historic district on the corner of Liberty and Bull St. It is one of three restaurants owned by Daniel Reed Hospitality in Savannah, Georgia. Public’s sister restaurants are Soho Café, found just before Chippewa Square, and Local 11ten, located right next to Forsyth Park. Each location features read more...

Hog Heaven Open Flame BBQ

Large black and white sign featuring Hog Heaven logo, picture of a wild looking boar. sign also says Hog Heaven Open Flame BBQ

Posted by on November 30, 2014

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Hog Heaven is an awesome open flame BBQ restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and great food.  Owner Ron Rosenthal opened his first Hog Heaven BBQ restaurant in May of 2000.  Ron’s love of southern cooking and a little extra money in his pocket prompted him to try his hand as a restaurant owner.  Business was so successful Ron read more...

Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

Airplane display at Morris Thompson Cultural Center

Posted by on November 30, 2014

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Typically referred to as the “visitor’s center,” this building serves more aptly as its name implies: a cultural center in addition to the Fairbanks Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and Public Lands Information Center. Packed with information about interior Alaska, you will find you need to budget your time because there is so much to take in. Fairbanks, its people and read more...

Olde Mill House Shoppes, Inc.

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Posted by on November 30, 2014

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There is an amazing gift shop on the Strasburg Pike – a house and a 19th century bank barn that has been restored – both are chock full of all kinds of unique gifts, home furnishings and countless other ideas for the home. Recently, a boutique area was added. The shop began in 1976 in 2 rooms of the owner’s read more...

Colonial Christmas at Davidson’s Fort

Man with colonial clothing pouring a drink from a kettle in front of a fire

Posted by on November 30, 2014

Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014
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Colonists who had settled into what is now the town of Old Fort, NC, lived for a time in what was the westernmost outpost of the colonial frontier, during the time of the American Revolution. The North Carolina militia built a fort in the area for protection, naming it for a member of the Davidson family who owned the land. read more...

Mais Arepas, a New Orleans Colombian Restaurant

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Posted by on November 24, 2014

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Unless you are the lucky sort who gets to the Andes Mountains on a regular basis, racking up frequent flier miles, you may never have been around a bowl of Colombian potato soup, ajiaco.   Central American mainstay ingredients corn and potatoes combine with chicken and a garnish of avocado and crema to combine into sophisticated, modern comfort food that will read more...

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America

Posted by on November 22, 2014

Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014
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Our Armed Forces are the real superheros, risking their lives to keep us safe. Honor our veterans and remember the fallen by taking part in this touching ceremony that is sure to bring forth pride and joy. All 560 veteran graves in the Alton National Cemetery will be decorated with balsam wreaths for the holiday season. Wreaths Across America is read more...

Taste of Chocolate and Holiday Riverwalk

Plate of delicious chocolates

Posted by on November 22, 2014

Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014
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Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Grafton’s annual Taste of Chocolate, held at Grafton Winery and Brewhaus from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. After all, who doesn’t love chocolate? Enjoy a plate of homemade chocolate treats and desserts donated by various businesses and restaurants in Grafton. You just might have a hard time choosing between all the options! read more...

Christmas in Ice

Red lit ice sculpture

Posted by on November 20, 2014

Nov 29, 2014 - Jan 6, 2015
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For six weeks in the deep of winter, North Pole capitalizes on what we do best: Ice! This event showcases local and international ice carver’s creations in the winter wonderland of Fairbanks’ bedroom community, the North Pole. Located adjacent to the Santa Claus house (boasting an amazing assortment of toys and Alaskan gifts), you will be able to enjoy two read more...

The Polar Express at the Dennison Depot

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Posted by on November 15, 2014

Dec 11, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014
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Take that magical ride on the Polar Express to the North Pole and meet Santa Claus himself!  What child would not delight in such an exciting journey? Dress in your Christmas pajamas and hop aboard, Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa bring your camera to capture photos of the excitement in your child’s eyes.  Your adventure begins aboard the Polar Express read more...

Cafe’ du Monde

white plate filled with beignets covered in powdered sugar and a white cup filled with coffee

Posted by on November 11, 2014

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New Orleans was a coffee town from way back.   In the 18th century, coffee plantations arose in Brazil and Central America, and with its proximity to the Caribbean, New Orleans became a major point of entry for importing coffee beans and a center for grinding and roasting coffee.   The United States got most of its coffee from New read more...

Celebration in the Oaks

Wire framed gator outlined in green twinkle lights.

Posted by on November 6, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015
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Celebration in the Oaks, November 28-January 3, 2015, makes the most of our wonderfully mild New Orleans winter weather.  Add in the City Park landscape of ancient oak trees, atmospheric hanging moss and lagoons, and you’ve got the perfect setting for a New Orleans version of Winter Wonderland.  Something about those hundreds of thousands of glittering white lights on a read more...

Grafton House and Garden Tour — CANCELLED

Posted by on November 5, 2014

Nov 9, 2014 - Nov 9, 2014
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Enjoy the crisp autumn air, take in the stunning fall colors of the area, and get a glimpse of some of the most beautiful historic homes and luscious gardens of the quaint, charming river town that is the one and only Grafton, Illinois on the Grafton House and Garden Tour Sunday, November 9th, 2014. When you are finished checking out read more...

An Evening of Art and Jazz

Posted by on November 5, 2014

Nov 8, 2014 - Nov 8, 2014
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Delight in an evening of art and live jazz Saturday, November 8th from 6:30 to 10 pm in the beautiful and spacious Hatheway Hall at Lewis and Clark Community College. This exciting event will include a silent auction featuring works of art of various media by local artists along with live entertainment provided by local St. Louis-area musicians The Ralph read more...

Flower & Home Marketplace

Part of a display for sale including clocks

Posted by on November 4, 2014

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The Flower & Home Marketplace is a must stop place when you are in Lancaster County. It is a place to look no further for gift ideas, floral selections, home accents, boutique items, candles, wedding or Christmas items —this store has it all! From kitchen linens to wind chimes and much much more you will find as you wander the read more...

Baker Farm Market and U-Pick

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Posted by on November 3, 2014

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Western New York is farm country and what better time to visit the farm than during fall harvest. At Baker Farm Market & U-Pick you Have several ways to take advantage of the bounty.  If you are in a hurry or have places to go, just drop in as you drive by and select fresh from the fields produce and be on read more...

Ampersand

Ampersand in white lettering with black background

Posted by on October 31, 2014

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Looking for live music, great drinks, and delicious food? All can be found at Ampersand, a new bar/restaurant here in the Historic District of Savannah, located on the corner of Congress Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Find original drinks, craft beer, tasty bites, and local art at Ampersand’s cool environment. Stroll in from a long day shopping on Broughton read more...

Sonny Bono Memorial Park

small plot of grass with benches and wrought iron fencing

Posted by on October 29, 2014

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What would you do for your best friend? Would you build him or her a park? Tucked away at the intersection of O and 20th is the Sonny Bono Memorial Park. Geary Simon, a D.C. real estate developer, was buds with Bono before his tragic skiing accident and wanted to honor the late singer by revitalizing a little 800 square-foot read more...

Valley Gun and Collectables

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Posted by on October 29, 2014

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Valley Gun and Collectibles, Inc., was founded in 1998.  Russ Stainaker, the current owner, bought the Valley Gun and Collectibles in 2009 saying he “always wanted to own his own business”. The pride of ownership is apparent: Russ and his staff are very friendly and knowledgeable as they buy, sell and trade firearms.  The shop is very clean and well read more...

Sipping Streams Tea Company

Looking inside glass door to Sipping Streams tea house

Posted by on October 28, 2014

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Who would guess that the Sipping Streams owners could transform a basement rental space into a tranquil spot for sampling teas or hosting special tea parties? Jenny Tse, entrepreneur and marketer extraordinaire has done just that. Not only has she crafted a wide variety of teas that have earned her awards in national and international competitions, but she has honed read more...

Farm Table

Commercial kitchen with polished steel and wood counters

Posted by on October 28, 2014

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The Farm Table is a restaurant and market on Historic Main Street, Placerville. The Taylor family who own and run it have long farmed in nearby Apple Hill. Kara and Zach Taylor have been making hand crafted sausages, patés, bacon and other meat creations for years. Enjoy them in a variety of sandwiches, platters, soups and salads. They have vegetarian read more...

Fenton Herriott Vineyards

Fenton Herriott tasting bar

Posted by on October 28, 2014

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Fenton Herriott is a lovely winery in Apple Hill. They have delicious wines that are made by hand. Refreshing chardonnay, complex red zinfandel, and wonderfully not-too-sweet Gewurztraminer. They also craft interesting blends that make you really think about all the flavors that are in each sip. The tasting of most wines is free. They have some reserve varieties that cost $5 read more...

Grainger Pottery

White sign with Grainger Pottery in gold lettering above a gold 3 dimensional fish

Posted by on October 27, 2014

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New to the artistic scene this summer, Grainger Pottery is the product of two very enterprising sisters, Caroline & Lauren Grainger. Located along the historic Old Kings Highway in East Sandwich, MA Grainger Pottery specializes in ceramic fish and shells. With over 100 different species of fish represented, each is hand-fashioned from a mold that was created from an actual read more...

The Cookie Jar Restaurant

people sitting at tables eating with waitress clearing tables

Posted by on October 27, 2014

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Ask the locals and they will tell you this is a favorite haunt for breakfast or lunch. Don’t let the name deceive you—yes, they do have cookies—good ones, but that’s just the icing on the cake, so to speak. This family run business has excelled in serving up great food for 25 years. Their servings are hearty and very appealing read more...

7th Annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns

Photo of heart shaped cookies decorated with pink and purple icing and red cherries

Posted by on October 27, 2014

Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014
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Join us for the 7th annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns.  The Christmas Cookie Tour is sponsored by the Holmes County Lodging Council which donates all profits to local charities. Last year donations exceeded $20,000.00.  Twelve Inns are featured on the tour.  Tickets go on sale November 1st and sell out fast.  Tickets may be purchased on-line. This year’s theme read more...

Birds, Beds & Breakfast Benefit Weekend for Wild Care Cape Cod

Birds, Beds & Breakfast

Posted by on October 19, 2014

Nov 14, 2014 - Nov 16, 2014
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Come learn about Cape Cod birds and wildlife with your contribution to Wild Care Cape Cod in one of the most picturesque places on the East Coast. Enjoy nature walks, interactive talks and a luxurious all-inclusive stay at the Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s. “Birds, Beds and Breakfast,” a benefit for Wild Care of Cape Cod, aims at supporting the natural heritage of the area read more...

Greater Alton Concert Association presents: Beatlemania Magic

Beatlemania Promotional Poster

Posted by on October 13, 2014

Oct 26, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014
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A truly unique tribute to the Beatles, “Beatlemania Magic” recreates the magic and excitement known simply as “Beatlemania.” This national touring Beatles tribute band recreates the most memorable performances of The Fab Four with identical costumes, equipment, and of course harmonies. With authentic sounds and looks, journey through the different “eras” of the Beatles, from the earliest songs such as, “She read more...

Riverview Park

Rverview Park in Alton. IL

Posted by on October 7, 2014

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Riverview Park, tucked away on Alton’s majestic bluffs in the Christian Hill neighborhood, is one of the most scenic parks in the area! As the name suggests, the park boasts a magnificent view of the mighty Mississippi River. But that’s not all. The beautiful Riverview Park is comprised of 8 acres featuring natural areas, flower gardens, sledding areas, and a read more...

Bluff City Grill Restaurant and Bar

Bar with stools and pendant lighting

Posted by on October 5, 2014

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Bluff City Grill Restaurant and Bar, located on the outskirts of downtown Alton, offers a casual yet classy dining experience. In addition to the main dining area, Bluff City Grill features a Lounge Bar as well as a 21-and-over Sports Bar, keeping noise to a minimum. Don’t be fooled; the restaurant’s cuisine is not at all your traditional bar food. read more...

Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge

Outdoor facade of Bossanova Restaurant

Posted by on October 5, 2014

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Located in beautiful downtown Alton, Bossanova is the most modern and sophisticated casual restaurant in the area, and one you don’t want to pass up! The restaurant and lounge has been said to be “a big gift in a small package.” After all, great things do come in small packages, don’t they? Bossanova is certainly no exception! Bossanova continuously has a read more...

Hammond Pretzel Bakery, Inc.

Sourdough hard pretzels fresh from the oven.

Posted by on October 5, 2014

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If you want to watch hand rolled sourdough pretzels being made, head on out to South West End Avenue to Hammond’s Pretzel Bakery. It is the oldest continuously family operated hand-made pretzel bakery in America! They have been voted the #1 hard pretzel 24 years in a row in the Lancaster County magazine. During the Great Depression Bill Lichty lost read more...

3 Charming Chicks

Front of 3 Charming Chicks business

Posted by on October 5, 2014

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3 Charming Chicks is a unique “pop up” store (the store is only open the first weekend of each month) filled with new and gently-used treasures galore! Run by 3 classy women, 3 Charming Chicks features the most tasteful and stylish items for you and your home. What’s more, all of these great finds are offered at very reasonable prices! read more...

Frew’s Bridal and Formal Wear (Retailer of bestbridalprices.com)

Racks of bridal gowns

Posted by on October 5, 2014

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Frew’s Bridal and Formal Wear, conveniently located in downtown Alton, Illinois, delivers the ultimate bridal experience to each and every bride that comes in! You can expect a personal bridal consultant, an elegant atmosphere, and plenty of time to find the perfect dress for your special day. If you are unable to make it in, be sure to check out read more...

Tony’s Restaurant & Prohibition Lounge

Facade of Tony's Restaurant and Lounge

Posted by on October 5, 2014

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Family owned and operated, people have come from near and far to dine at Tony’s Restaurant in Alton, IL, one of the finest dining establishments in the area for over 50 years. Tony’s offers several dining options, as well as atmospheres, to fit your mood or occasion perfectly. The main dining room offers a relaxed atmosphere with an elegant touch. read more...

Riverbend Billiards

Inside of Riverbend Billiards with tables and chairs and pool tables

Posted by on October 5, 2014

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Offering over 10,000 square feet of entertainment, Riverbend Billiards is THE place for great food and great fun! The newly-opened facility is furnished with fifteen 7-foot bar tables and two 9-foot Gold Crown tables and, of course, plenty of pool tables. Riverbend also houses dart machines and video games for kids. There is a full bar for the over-21 crowd as read more...

Alton Prison

Alton Prison

Posted by on October 5, 2014

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Built in 1833, the Alton Prison is Illinois’ first state penitentiary. The prison closed its gates in 1860, when the last prisoners were moved to a new facility at Joliet. By late 1861, there arose an urgent need to aid the overcrowding at 2 St. Louis prisons. So, Major General Henry Halleck ordered Alton’s closed penitentiary to be inspected. It read more...

Key Ingredients: America by Food

field with cows

Posted by on October 5, 2014

Oct 3, 2014 - Nov 22, 2014
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This exhibit hosted by the US Museum of the North is located at a different venue than normal—the Community and Technical College in the downtown area. Community input will include recipes, displays, and pictures of local grown products and is intended to showcase the cultural life of the community itself. For example, if you’re wondering why there are cows grazing read more...

The Christian Heurich Mansion

The Christian Heurich Mansion

Posted by on September 30, 2014

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If you walk down 21st street, which veers off of Connecticut just prior to reaching DuPont Circle, you’ll pass one of the most beautiful buildings in Northwest D.C. called the Christian Heurich Mansion. The historic building – built between 1892-1894 – was the brainchild of brewer Christian Heurich and showcases some of the most technologically advanced features of any building read more...

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival – 2014

2 white cups filled with gumbo

Posted by on September 30, 2014

Nov 8, 2014 - Nov 9, 2014
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The Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, held on Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9th in Armstrong Park, has been satisfying curious palates for several years here with its various versions of gumbo offered, including vegan.  It’s not just about food, though, but about the music that arose from the Tremé neighborhood and Congo Square, now the home of Armstrong Park, read more...

Architectural Savannah

Black and white Architectural Savannah sign with a red A.

Posted by on September 28, 2014

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Savannah is widely considered one of the most walkable cities in the US. Not only is Savannah absolutely stunning but she is also filled with a rich history that most can’t help but feel captivated by. Beyond the Live Oak trees and the Spanish moss we can see an even more detailed face of the Savannah and that is her read more...

Ever After

a selection of tops hanging on hangers from a bar

Posted by on September 28, 2014

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There’s a new kid in town selling retro fashions.  Sandwiched between Grandpaws and Sgt Pepper’s Hot Sauces Etc is a new consignment shop.  But not just any consignment shop, the items in this shop are all retro, and they are not all clothes.  Despite it’s small size you will find a lot to choose from and items that will have read more...

The San Francisco Plantation

San Francisco Plantation

Posted by on September 28, 2014

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San Francisco Plantation, on River Road, is one of the grande dames along the Mississippi River. But it’s got an unusual façade, and it’s no Tara. When Edmond Marmillion built it in 1853, his family had been decimated-his wife, and subsequently six of his eight children, had succumbed to tuberculosis over a 20-year period. It wasn’t a happy house. Marmillion read more...

Gulliver’s Books and Second Story Cafe

Gulliver's Books

Posted by on September 28, 2014

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Go Trippin Gulliver’s Books and the Second Story Cafe At the end of College Road in small strip mall, the proximity of Gulliver’s lends itself to the budget minded crowd: close to the University, with extended hours for the convenience of their customer base. When Barnes and Noble came to town, Fairbanks lost a couple of bookstores, but Gulliver’s has read more...

Woodstock Film Festival

People outside at night near a theater.

Posted by on September 22, 2014

Oct 15, 2014 - Oct 20, 2014
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The excitement is brewing for residents and throughout the community, as Woodstock, NY readies for the 15th Woodstock Film Festival. This annual event, with the motto “Fiercely Independent” reflects Woodstock’s long tradition of embracing art in all media. The Film Fest is an amazing compilation of both long and short films – documentaries, features, animation – and no topic, no read more...

Impudent Oyster

Gray roof building with red sign reading "Impudent Oyster" and red awning

Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Tucked on a side street just off of Main Street in Chatham, MA, the Impudent Oyster is the kind of restaurant you’ll find yourself going back to again and again. The menu features a full array of starters, salads, and entrees plus a daily selection of specials that include soups and sandwiches at lunch and a raw bar for dinner. read more...

The Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery

Outside entrance of winery with green awning and pretty pink flowers

Posted by on September 11, 2014

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The Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery is located in Warwick, NY in the foothills of the Hudson Valley with magnificent views of Mt. Eve and Mt. Adam. It is one of 14 member wineries on the Shawangunk Wine Trail that winds its way between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Hudson Valley. Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery takes part in annual Shawangunk read more...

Alton Marina

Outdoor view of marina with boats docked and patio lights strung

Posted by on September 11, 2014

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The finest marina on all of the Mississippi River, the Alton Marina offers not only a fabulous place to moor your boat, but also numerous dockside services and amenities including, but not limited to, full floating docks and structures, a full service fuel dock, a swimming pool, a ship store, private luxury bathrooms, wireless internet, and a deck for parties read more...

Abel’s Apple Acres

Abel's Acres Caramel Apples

Posted by on September 11, 2014

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Open daily from Labor Day Weekend to 3PM Christmas Eve, this amazing Apple Hill farmstand, bake shop, gift shop, dining area, and kids play area has been open since 1976. Evelyn Abel and her son Kevin Ames run this bustling seasonal plce. Every detail of their fresh made apple pies and smoothly running pony rides is proof of Evelyn’s motto, read more...

Tattered and Worn

picture of the inside of Tattered and Worn Shop showing a clutter of furniture, home decorative items all refurbished and ready for re-sale.

Posted by on September 8, 2014

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As a society we are becoming more and more recycling conscious–restyling, restoring and reusing things from the past.  Tattered and Worn is a new shop in Brewster, Ohio that does just that, reuses old things.  Shop owners Connie and Jim have an eye for looking at something old and worn out and visioning how they can give it new life. read more...

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site and Interpretive Center (Camp Dubois)

View of Camp Dubois, the original site for Lewis and Clark expedition

Posted by on September 8, 2014

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Feel what they felt. See what they saw. Learn it all at Lewis and Clark State Historic Site and Interpretive Center in Hartford, Illinois. Lewis & Clark State Historic Site and Interpretive Center opened in 2002 to commemorate the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Site was established south of the actual site of Camp River Dubois in read more...

Great Rivers Museum at Melvin Price Locks & Dam

Inside of the museum with bright windows

Posted by on September 8, 2014

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Opened in October 2003, The Great Rivers Museum at Melvin Price Locks and Dam (neighbor to the locks and dam), this 12,000 square foot complex is the result of a partnership between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the non-profit Meeting of the Great Rivers Foundation. The museum strives to educate visitors about the Mississippi River, including information about read more...

JMC Design Gallery Co-Op

Front of jewelry building, green with red roof

Posted by on September 8, 2014

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JMC Design Gallery Co-Op, located on the edge of downtown Alton, is the perfect place to find unique artistry and gifts for all ages! Numerous local artists bring their various works to JMC Design Gallery Co-Op to create a one-of-a-kind shopping experience! Products include essential oils, art prints, cards, hand printed fabric, pottery, original acrylics, fused glass jewelry, vegan lip read more...

Salt Gastropub

white china dinner plate with tortillas and fish.

Posted by on September 8, 2014

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A gastropub, taken from the word “gastronomy” is defined as a “licensed bar that serves good-quality food.” That’s what you’ll get at Salt’s. From the outside, the building doesn’t look like much. It’s reminiscent of something you might see at the Jersey shore. Inside, the decor is both rustic and eclectic – distressed wooden floors, old oak bar, a metallic read more...

Tuscarawas County Fair

Photo of Tuscarawas County fair billboard with big yellow lettering and a photograph of Kix Brooks

Posted by on September 5, 2014

Sep 15, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014
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In Ohio, a state with rich agricultural roots, most counties have a county fair.  Always the third week in September, the fair is a popular destination for residents of Tuscarawas and surrounding counties. There are  rides, fair food, animals, entertainment, agricultural exhibits, tractor pulls, and entries from honey, to baked goods, produce, quilts and more.  One can easily spend the read more...

Blue Heron Antiques

Building facade with blue stained glass sign that reads Blue Heron Antiques

Posted by on September 1, 2014

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Set on the quiet main street of Stanhope, NJ, you will find the unique Blue Heron Antique Shop, which has a wide array of collectibles, lamps and vintage jewelry for sale. It’s a small shop, but chock full of treasures lovingly collected from antique dealers and estate sales. The owners, Marv and Marion Murdock, are extremely knowledgeable, and will take read more...

Embassy Row

Indonesian Embassy

Posted by on September 1, 2014

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Embassy Row extends from the west side of DuPont Circle on Massachussets, past Sheridan circle into north Georgetown. It’s called embassy row because a number of foreign consulates line the road, forming the main strip on which foreign dignitaries conduct their business. Harking back to the guilded age, when politicians and political elites were also members of an extremely wealthy read more...

Sgt Peppers Hot Sauces Etc

a two tiered shelf of assorted Wisconsin Cheeses and sauces front and center and to the back right a display of bottles of Barbecue sauce and rubs

Posted by on August 29, 2014

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If you are looking for that hot sauce you had while visiting anywhere, this is the place to find it.  Currently you can browse through about 135 varieties from around the world, but eventually the plan is to have 400-500 to choose from.  If you are not sure you are ready for extra spicy, there are barbecue sauces and sweet sauces as read more...

Arctic Sand Sculptures

Sand face with smile

Posted by on August 28, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 - Sep 15, 2014
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The brainchild of the organizer of one of Fairbanks most popular events of the winter, the Ice Alaska International Ice Sculpture competition, brings the talent of China and the US together to present a new take on sculpture: sand. Using the simple media of sand by a gravel pit on the same property that houses the ice art park in read more...

Wooden Boat Festival

overlooking wide river with boats docked in the back ground and green grass on the shoreline

Posted by on August 26, 2014

Oct 11, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014
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Across Lake Pontchartrain on the North Shore, cooler breezes blow and a slower pace of life prevails. The Tchefuncte River is a scenic spot, and the tiny town of Madisonville–   population 748 – drips small-town quaintness and calm, at the point where Tchefuncte River enters Lake Pontchartrain. Madisonville was founded in 1800 and it was a native American village read more...

Doug Call, Face Painter and Balloon Animal Maker

Face Painter Doug Call in front of Provincetown Town Hall

Posted by on August 26, 2014

May 23, 2014 - Sep 15, 2014
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Provincetown Town Hall is the heart of all Commercial Street activity and right in front of the landmark you’ll find Doug Call, the enthusiastic balloon and face paint artist. Originally from Stanford, Connecticut, Call has been spending his summers in Provincetown for six years, creating balloon animals and decorating kids’ faces. While Call has been entertaining children in several parts read more...

6th Annual Carmel International Film Festival

red background with pencil drawing of clint eastwood's face holding a movie camera like it's a gun from his Dirty Harry Days.

Posted by on August 26, 2014

Oct 15, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014
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Now in it’s 6th year and gaining respect and momentum among other film festivals, the Carmel Art & Film Festival offers something for every lover of the arts. In addition to the Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award given to a filmmaker who most replicates Clint’s commitment and expertise of film making, world famous artists exhibits in various locations thru Carmel-by-the-Sea will include read more...

3rd Annual Carmel-by-the Glass

Carmel-by-the-Glass Event in Devendorf Park, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Posted by on August 25, 2014

Sep 13, 2014 - Sep 13, 2014
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3rd Annual Carmel-by-the-Glass!  Sip, Swirl, Celebrate!   Local award winning Chef, Rich Pepe, owner of  Little Napoli, Vesuvio, Vino Napoli, Pepppoli & Carmel Bakery presents:   Carmel-by-the-Glass event on Saturday, September 13, 2014. This year,  Jack Galante, Galante Vineyards (and great grandson of Devendorf, one of Carme’ls founders) will be joining Rich to host the event. Tickets are available in advance read more...

A Better Way Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe

the specials blackboard you see as you walk into the shop listing things like bread pudding, lemon meringue pie and a patty melt sandwich

Posted by on August 25, 2014

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Born out of a family’s frustration with the gluten free options available, A Better Way is a place where everything on the menu is gluten free. Care is taken so there’s no chance of cross contamination with gluten products.  In fact, there is simply no gluten containing food allowed on the premises. Everything on the menu is made from scratch daily.  Meats for read more...

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum

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Posted by on August 21, 2014

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At the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum visitors can experience village and farm life in Lancaster County, PA just like it was in the 18th & 19th century. There are approximately 100 acres and many historic buildings to explore. You can review the history of an early Pennsylvania German settlement at the museum which was opened in 1925 by read more...

Brickyard Pub and BBQ

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Posted by on August 21, 2014

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The Brickyard’s best advertisement is the mouthwatering aroma from the smoker out back.  Using the highest quality ingredients and locally grown fruit woods, the meats are smoked low and slow for up to 16 hours in their authentic pit smoker. It is hard to beat the taste of freshly smoked meat and that is what you will dine on at the Brickyard. read more...

The Crown and Anchor English Pub

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Posted by on August 21, 2014

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True Anglophiles know who they are – the sort of person who can’t wait for the next season of Downton Abbey, and sighs over photos of William, Kate, and little Prince George. In New Orleans, we seem to have thrown in our lot with the French over the English long ago. There are still pockets of merrie old England here, read more...

Fast Eddie’s Bon-Air

The outside front of Fast Eddie's Bon-Air

Posted by on August 21, 2014

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Fast Eddie’s Bon-Air in Alton, Illinois is the hot spot of the Midwest, with very good reason: Fast Eddie’s Bon-Air has the widest selection of alcoholic beverages in the area, not to mention fantastic food at an even better price. What began as a beer company’s small drinking establishment has undergone quite the transformation in its 90-year existence! In 1921, read more...

E. Shaver, Bookseller

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Posted by on August 21, 2014

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Located just behind the DeSoto Hilton hotel, on Madison Square, in the heart of historic downtown is Savannah’s oldest independently-owned and operated bookstore. It is the beloved E. Shaver, Bookseller – a favorite of both locals and visitors for over 36 years. Owner Esther Shaver has stocked 12 intimate reading rooms with volumes of fiction and non-fiction on every subject read more...

Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival

Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival

Posted by on August 21, 2014

Sep 26, 2014 - Sep 28, 2014
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Featuring folkloric dancers, live Latino music, authentic food and crafts, and even an exotic petting zoo, the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival 2014 is a celebration you won’t want to miss! This exciting annual celebration of culture offers three days full of fun. It will feature seven live Latino bands, traditional dancers both performing and teaching dances from Mexico, Bolivia, read more...

El Dorado County Visitors Authority

Posted by on August 15, 2014

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Right on Main Street, the friendly folks at the Visitors Center answer questions about restaurants, vineyards, outdoor recreation and trails, local businesses, and what to do in town and in the larger region like the El Dorado National Forest and Apple Hill. They get all kinds of requests from different types of visitors. They point history buffs to museums and living read more...

WAIV Woodstock Appreciates Its Volunteers Day

Posted by on August 14, 2014

Aug 16, 2014 - Aug 16, 2014
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Every summer in Woodstock, NY we take one Saturday to remember those who make our town our home. Whether they be volunteer firefighters or helpers at the local food pantry, we come together and appreciate that a community is a much more than a location – it’s a group of people who care about each other. The local baseball field read more...

Hot Licks Homemade Ice Cream

People lined up for Hot Licks Ice Cream

Posted by on August 13, 2014

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If you want the best ice cream in town, you just need to visit Hot Licks. Any day of the week, all summer long the lines form consistently outside a pink building along College Road. This business formed in the basement of a mini mall years ago, and has grown to two locations: one to accommodate the summer business, and read more...

The Provincetown Farmer’s Market

Provincetown Farmers Market

Posted by on August 12, 2014

May 3, 2014 - Nov 22, 2014
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Provincetown’s own open-air farmer’s market has been a local and tourist favorite for eight seasons now. Every Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM along Ryder Street (next to Town Hall), the market features a variety of fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and artisanal foods like local jam. From just over the bridge in Dartmouth, Silverbrook Farm’s Andy Pollock spearheads Provincetown’s read more...

Free Child Admission at the 37th Annual New York State Renaissance Faire

A man and woman dressed in period attire at the Renaissance Faire

Posted by on August 8, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 - Aug 10, 2014
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At the New York State Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, NY, entrance for children under the age of 5 is always free. On the second weekend of the Faire, all children 12 and younger are free! No purchase or coupon necessary. On this special weekend, dress the children in fairy, pirate, or other Renaissance Faire garb or rent a costume once read more...

Marketplace Weekend at the 37th Annual New York State Renaissance Faire

A man and woman dressed in period attire at the Renaissance Faire

Posted by on August 8, 2014

Aug 16, 2014 - Aug 17, 2014
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Hazzah! Guests who spend $200 or more this weekend at the 37th Annual New York State Renaissance Faire will receive two complimentary tickets to return to the faire this season! Located 40 minutes from Manhattan, you will find yourself transported to exciting Elizabethan England. Stroll the Shire and visit the many shops. This weekend stop by the Guardians of Sterling read more...

Storm King Art Center

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Posted by on August 8, 2014

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Nestled in the Hudson Valley, Storm King Art Center is hailed as being one of the world’s best sculpture parks.  For over 50 years, visitors from across the globe have traveled to Storm King to traverse the 500-acres of fields, hills, and woodlands that boast over 100 sculptures. Located approximately an hour from New York City, it is easy to read more...

The Stone House

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Posted by on August 8, 2014

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This refurbished 1800’s building is in the perfect location to stop for a sip while wandering through any of Lewiston’s summer festivals.  Despite being one of the oldest buildings in Lewiston, when planning the renovations, the owners made sure the establishment was made wheelchair accessible. The outdoor bar allows you to people watch and visit with friends while enjoying your beverage.  Sit at the read more...

Magic Hobbies

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Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Magic Hobbies is the hidden gem of Strasburg, but it should not be! While traveling through Strasburg on State Route 250/21 Magic hobbies is just outside the center of town, a big tan warehouse type building with a full-sized yellow plane out front.  One will be amazed and brought back to their childhood when you step inside.  Rooms upon rooms read more...

Mug Shots

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Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Mug Shots Coffee Shop is a sight for tired eyes, and a perfect stopping point on any trip through Allegan. With such a wide selection, their coffee is great on-the-go. However, there are so many pleasing features to this shop that make it worthwhile to sit and relax while you sip. Every wall is decorated with beautiful photos of downtown Allegan read more...

Ohio Swiss Festival

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Posted by on August 7, 2014

Sep 26, 2014 - Sep 27, 2014
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Come to Sugarcreek, Ohio for the 62nd annual Ohio Swiss Festival . Back in 1953 the 1st Swiss Cheese Festival originated to promote the Swiss cheese industry and the Village of Sugarcreek.   Sugarcreek   recognized as the Swiss Cheese capitol in Ohio, 5 Swiss cheese factories  and leader of Swiss cheese production in the country.  With that in mind read more...

Amari Bar and Ristorante

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Posted by on August 5, 2014

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Literally one mile around the corner from our Inn on Cape Cod, Amari Bar and Ristorante is a popular destination for great Italian food served in a casual setting just up the road from Sandy Neck Beach.  Well-liked by locals for its comfortable atmosphere, the bar is always hopping especially on nights when local bands perform. Portions are enormous and read more...

Bloomsbury Jam-Off

Row of deep green, homemade pepper jam.

Posted by on August 5, 2014

Aug 2, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014
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The second Bloomsbury Jam-Off is scheduled for Sunday, 14 September 2014! Yes, Jam-Off (amateur jam-off). A panel of jam-loving judges will be selecting the top three entries in the entire universe. Well, the top three of those j-petitors (contestants) who submit jams to be judged. The top three entries will be awarded a Jam-Off Certificate and Prize. Homemade jams are read more...

The Iron Horse Inn

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Posted by on August 5, 2014

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The Iron Horse Restaurant is a beautiful historic building that dates to the late 1800’s. It originally served travelers as well as local farmers who had business in the town. In times past it was a stage coach and wagon stop. It had lodging on the 2nd floor for those traveling through as well as a place to sit and read more...

Aberdeen Catery

The little red kitchen of Aberdeen usually hosts a roaring fire.

Posted by on August 5, 2014

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Aberdeen Catery, better known as Jack Brantley Caterering, is unmatched! In 1971, a position with the Kershaw County Chamber brought Jack Brantley to Camden, South Carolina. He is quick to tell you that when he arrived, it was not even imaginable that he’d someday own the most famous catery in the Southeast United States. “For you see, I didn’t know read more...

Mulberry Market

The counters of Mulberry Market are filled with fresh baked croissants, pastries, muffins...

Posted by on August 5, 2014

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Every small town or city, USA deserves a great local bakery, and Camden, SC is no different. The great local bakery in Camden is Mulberry Market Bake Shop. Twenty-one plus years ago (1993), Peter and Fran Rowland opened a small community bake shop. Today, this small community bakery is an award winning bake shop. No doubt, the chocolate croissants should read more...

9th Annual 
American River Music Festival

American River Music Festival - Lotus and Coloma CA - 2015

Posted by on August 5, 2014

Sep 18, 2015 - Sep 21, 2015
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Once again Coloma and Lotus will host over 30 fresh, new, danceable music performances. The 2015 dates are September 18-21. Listen to Main Stage artists like The Infamous Stringdusters and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers. Enjoy many other superbly talented musicians who are just waiting for you to fall in love with them. Music will be played on the Main Stage read more...

Caffe a la Mode

Cafe Ala Mode dish with an open face burger

Posted by on August 1, 2014

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Caffe a la Mode was the 2013 and 2014 winner of the Times Herold Record’s Readers Choice Award in the category of Best Coffee House. And what’s not to love? Located in the heart of the bustling business section of Warwick, NY, Caffe a la Mode offers a charming alternative to the stuffy, impersonal environment of chain restaurants. Customers have read more...

Brighter Day

Green background with white lettering Brighter Day Natural Market Place & Deli with painted mixed fruit

Posted by on August 1, 2014

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It’s hard in today’s grocery stores to find the “honest” companies and brands that truly stand for good, organic food. And often times, for more conscious consumers, extremely frustrating. What if I told you that Savannah has her own little gem right in the Historic District on the south side of Forsyth Park? And even better, right next to the read more...

Hilo Orchid Society SYMPHONY OF ORCHIDS 2014

Beautiful orange and yellow cluster of Hawaiian orchids

Posted by on August 1, 2014

Aug 1, 2014 - Aug 3, 2014
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You think you have seen orchids, you have not seen ORCHIDS. Known as the largest orchid show in Hawaii, the Hilo Orchid Society will be hosting the 2014 Symphony of Orchids, beginning Friday August 1. The Big Island of Hawaii is known for orchid growing and our dozens of top orchid growers provide these lovely flowers year round not only read more...

Opening Weekend of the 2014 New York State Renaissance Faire

A man and woman dressed in period attire at the Renaissance Faire

Posted by on July 31, 2014

Aug 2, 2014 - Aug 3, 2014
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How stands the hour? Why, it’s Opening Weekend at the 37th annual New York State Renaissance Fair in Tuxedo, NY! Arrive in Sterling Forest and walk the forest path. When you emerge you will find you have traveled back in time to the 16th century and Elizabethan England. Explore the the Shire and its 125 daily performances. The schedule changes read more...

37th Annual New York State Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, NY

Two people in period attire sword fighting at the Renaissance Fair

Posted by on July 31, 2014

Aug 2, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014
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2014 marks the 37th year of the New York State Renaissance Fair in Tuxedo, NY. Arrive in Sterling Forest, located 40 minutes north of Manhattan, and be transported back to the 16th century and Elizabethan England. Throughout the Shire there are comedy, action, storytelling, and magic shows as well as dancing and music. There is a new stage for the read more...

Adams Morgan Heritage Trail

John Q Adams School

Posted by on July 29, 2014

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Adams Morgan is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in D.C.. The heritage of diversity in Adams Morgan began when freed slaves moved north and populated major urban areas. African Americans once populated the northeast section of Adams Morgan, where Meridian Hill Park currently lies, but were kicked out by Mary Foote Henderson when she bought the real estate in read more...

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Posted by on July 29, 2014

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With 220 stores offering 25%-65% off of retail price, why would you shop anywhere else? The Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley, NY is located just off of New York State Thruway I-87 at Exit 16 or Exit 131 from New York State Route 17 East, which makes it easy for shoppers traveling near and far to take advantage read more...

SCHOONER ALERT/ TEVAKE SAILING CHARTERS

Dark blue Schooner bow and bowsprit w/ Catains Perry & Bethany

Posted by on July 29, 2014

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SAIL THE SCHOONER ALERT Captains Perry & Bethany own and charter 2 very lovely and different yachts, the graceful schooner Alert and their traditional ketch, Tevake! Sail from Cook’s Restaurant pier on Bailey Island, just over the granite bridge from Orrs Island, east of Harpswell Neck. This classic rocky peninsula and islands, are really the first rugged glacial remnant we read more...

Mineral Springs Centennial Open House

Mineral Springs 100th anniversary celebration poster

Posted by on July 29, 2014

Aug 16, 2014 - Aug 16, 2014
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Step back in time with Mineral Springs, a historic Alton landmark, as the building celebrates its 100th anniversary from 12 – 4 pm August 16, 2014! A ribbon cutting ceremony will kick off the open house at noon. Travel through time back to the 1920s with Mineral Springs staff and shopkeepers. Enjoy their roaring 20s attire and the ragtime and jazz read more...

Gazebo Nights

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Posted by on July 29, 2014

Jul 1, 2014 - Aug 30, 2014
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Fairbanks definitely has talent and you can enjoy some of that live nightly during July and August at the Pioneer Park for free! Every evening at 7 pm, local musicians come to share their skills with anyone who happens by the Gazebo near the Gold Rush Town in Pioneer Park. This theme park is open seasonally and is buzzing with read more...

Family Game Night with Gamewright

Game Night with Gamewright at Eight Cousins bookstore in Falmouth Village Cape Cod Massachusetts

Posted by on July 29, 2014

Aug 15, 2014 - Aug 15, 2014
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Family Game Night with Gamewright at Eight Cousins bookstore in Falmouth Village from 7 pm until 9 pm. Come join in on the fun for their annual Family Game night with Gamewright Games! Games are appropriate for all ages, including elementary school, middle school, and high school. Gamewright’s mission is “create the highest quality family games with outstanding play-value” and anyone who read more...

Book Launch for Paw and Order

Book Launch for Paw and Order at Eight Cousins bookstore in Falmouth Cape Cod

Posted by on July 29, 2014

Aug 2, 2014 - Aug 2, 2014
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At the book launch for Paw and Order on August 2, 2014, find out why Spencer Quinn proves yet again why his writing is “nothing short of masterful” (Los Angeles Times). Grab a glass and help us celebrate with Spencer Quinn, a Falmouth local, before he ventures out on the national book tour. Paw and Order is the seventh book read more...

17th Annual Save Our Lake and Coast Fishing Rodeo

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Posted by on July 29, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 - Sep 6, 2014
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The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s mission is to “save our lake, save our coast.” Our beautiful Lake Pontchartrain has long served both as a functional waterway and a playground for New Orleanians. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin itself, one of the largest estuarine systems in the Gulf of Mexico, contains a stunning variety of terrain and wildlife, including 22 essential habitats. read more...

Riverwalk Outlet Collection

Riverwalk sign, large white letters on a blue background

Posted by on July 25, 2014

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The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, at the foot of Canal Street overlooking the Mississippi River, just opened a month ago and gives downtown visitors to New Orleans a “guilt-free” shopping experience, as they say. With over 75 retailers and food outlets, it’s huge. National retailers include Kenneth Cole, Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio (Oh, the bargains!), Coach, Forever 21, and read more...

Tanana Valley State Fair

Tanana fair office

Posted by on July 23, 2014

Aug 1, 2014 - Aug 9, 2014
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“Peonies from Heaven” is the fair theme this year, and with all of the rain Fairbanks received this June, the garden exhibitions should be fabulous. Edging earlier and earlier into the summer, the Tanana Valley State Fair will begin August 1st this year. With rodeos and demolition derbies to Cello Fury and local grown vocalist, Emily Anderson, this year’s fair read more...

Water Street Landing

Restaurant tables set with white linen placed in front of a plate glass window with a view of the Niagara River

Posted by on July 23, 2014

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How to choose a category for this restaurant?  It fits in three categories plus has a most spectacular view of the Niagara River and the Canadian shore.  Watch the jet boats come in and out of the dock, the fishermen trolling the deep, the water-skiers with their acrobatics and across the river the natural beauty of the Canadian shoreline.  If you read more...

Morris Museum

Outside of Morris Museum with white pillars and balcony

Posted by on July 23, 2014

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The Morris Museum, located approximately two miles from the center of Morristown, NJ is a hidden gem. Housed in an historic mansion in a beautiful residential neighborhood, it’s the third largest museum in the state, with a permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects. In addition to the collection, which ranges from rocks and minerals, model trains and mechanical musical read more...

The Whole Scoop

Outside view of The Whole Scoop ice cream shop, outdoor patio with yellow umbrellas

Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Enjoy ice cream, sweets, savory food, produce and more at The Whole Scoop in Grafton, Illinois! The Whole Scoop, open year round, flaunts an extensive and reasonably priced menu of tasty lunch items as well as delectable desserts. Included are salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, and typical appetizers, along with soft-serve ice cream, frozen yogurt, specialty sundaes, snow cones, and more! read more...

Crazy Beaver Pizza Lodge

Front view of Crazy Beaver Pizza Lodge

Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Enjoy hand made pizza made to order from all fresh ingredients at Crazy Beaver Pizza Lodge, located in the heart of Grafton, Illinois. The inviting Crazy Beaver Pizza Lodge offers much more than just pizza, however; the menu is filled with sandwiches and tasty appetizers galore. In fact, you might just have a hard time picking! In addition, the restaurant’s read more...

Harrison’s Gifts

Inside view of Harrison's Gifts - Grafton

Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Located in a Victorian house in the heart of Grafton, Illinois, Harrison’s Gifts is a unique gift shop with over 3,000 square feet of products. The shop is filled top to bottom with home decor, wreaths, one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, hair bows, holiday items, accessories, yard decorations, and much more! Behind the shop is an additional showroom filled with furniture and wall read more...

Pajarito Native American Shop

Outside of Pajarito with round sign and American flag

Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Pajarito Native American Shop is a unique cultural gift shop located in the heart of downtown Grafton, Illinois. Pajarito offers Native American trinkets and keepsakes, among other one-of-a-kind souvenirs. You will easily find many Piasa Bird souvenirs, as this dragon-like creature is a local Native American legend and is painted on the bluffs along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National read more...

Prairie Peddler Antiques

Outside of Prairie Peddler Antiques, red building with white trim

Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Take a walk through history with Prairie Peddler Antiques! Prairie Peddler Antiques, located in the heart of downtown Alton, Illinois, is the best place in the area to shop 18th and 19th century antiques. Prairie Peddler flaunts two stories filled with American antiques spanning the 1700s and 1800s, specializing in both formal and early American/primitive furniture and accessories. Some things you read more...

Fin Inn Restaurant

Fin Inn Aquarium Restaurant, brown brick building

Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Fin Inn Restaurant in Grafton offers a dining experience like no other. After almost 40 years as a commercial fisherman, founder James L. Seib gathered limestone and creek rock from local waterways to build the Fin Inn, an aquarium restaurant. Since then Fin Inn has grown largely, and now houses four 2,000 gallon fish tanks. The aquariums contain many types of fish read more...

The Cultured Table

Outside view of The Cultured Table Bistro with black pillars and curtains in the windows

Posted by on July 23, 2014

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The Cultured Table Bistro of Elsah, Illinois offers the area something not commonly found these days – a quaint, relaxed atmosphere with homemade, healthy, and fun food. Located in a small historical village, The Cultured Table presents an abundance of charm. From the lace curtains to each table’s unique decorations, you’ll surely find an aura of enchantment here. The Cultured Table’s read more...

River Bend Yoga

Outside view of River Bend Yoga, white windows and green sign

Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Relax, restore, and reduce stress with a class at River Bend Yoga! Since River Bend Yoga offers a variety of classes for all skill levels, you are sure to find just the class for you! Unwind in the warm and inviting studio, located in historic downtown Alton. You are sure to find peace within the spacious and beautifully welcoming interior. read more...

The Grapevine Children’s Boutique

Inside look of The Grapevine Store, racks of clothes and accessories

Posted by on July 23, 2014

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This little shopping treasure is the perfect place to shop for the little one in your life! The Grapevine is a specialty children’s boutique full of stylish outfits and accessories for both boys and girls. There’s never a dull moment shopping at The Grapevine, where everything pops with color! The Grapevine offers a wide range of items, from fun casual read more...

Harvest Moon Festival at Waterloo Village

Posted by on July 23, 2014

Oct 9, 2014 - Oct 9, 2014
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On Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., the Friends of Waterloo Village will sponsor its 4th annual Harvest Moon Festival for the benefit of Waterloo Village. This is an opportunity for friends to get together for a fun-filled evening of food and wine sampling and a silent auction. The representation of local restaurants will be impressive. Back again for read more...

Blooming Hill Farm’s Supper Club

A long table set in a field with wooden chairs and white linens

Posted by on July 18, 2014

Jul 19, 2014 - Jul 19, 2014
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A couple years ago a traveling organization called Out Standing in the Field did two dinners at Blooming Hill Farm’s property in Chester, NY. Ever since then they have always had it in the back of their minds to emulate those events. The soil at this property is a large, flat, nutrient-rich layer of topsoil said to have been created read more...

Creative Theatre-Muddy Water Players presents Moonlight and Magnolias

Moonlight and Magnolias actors

Posted by on July 18, 2014

Jul 11, 2014 - Jul 27, 2014
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Creative Theatre-Muddy Water Players presents Moonlight and Magnolias, written by Ron Hutchinson and directed by Donna Polichetti. Setting: 1939 Hollywood. Producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel, Gone with the Wind, because the screenplay simply doesn’t work. Taking desperate measures, Selznick sends for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Flemming. Once read more...

The Chatterbox Drive-in

Text describing the Chatterboc Drive-in, great food, foo woo music, dancing

Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Contrary to popular belief, Elvis has not left the building. He, along with his fifties and sixties contemporaries is alive and well at the Chatterbox Drive-in. The Chatterbox is a quirky little place that not only serves up delicious food, but treats customers to a nostalgic walk down memory lane via the non-stop oldies playing over the loudspeaker and a read more...

Woods Hole Historical Museum

Cape Cod Museum

Posted by on July 16, 2014

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The Woods Hole Historical Museum is located next to the library in Woods Hole village, offering exhibits and happenings all year long.  The summer is the best time to visit this lovely small museum which is focused on the history of life in Woods Hole, a small Cape Cod village by the sea. Woods Hole has a long relationship with read more...

Adult Painting Parties with Gina Bruce

A close-up view of assorted paints to be used at a paint party.

Posted by on July 16, 2014

Jul 31, 2014 - Jul 31, 2014
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The Kershaw County Fine Arts Center is hosting an adult painting party with Gina Bruce on July 31, 2014 at the Fine Arts Center. You must bring your own wine and snacks(yes, adult paint party)…to share with your friends, of course. The selected item to paint this evening is the Carolina Palm — canvas, a large square around a curly read more...

Toast the Author! with Elin Hilderbrand

Toast the Author! with Elin Hilderbrand

Posted by on July 16, 2014

Jul 18, 2014 - Jul 18, 2014
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Toast the Author! with Elin Hilderbrand is coming to Eight Cousins bookstore on Friday, July 18 at 6 pm. The evening includes a wine social, a conversation with Hilderbrand, and a signing. Hilderbrand is a bestselling author with over 4 million copies of her books in print. In The Matchmaker, Dabney Kimball Beech, has a long history of matchmaking. When she read more...

Historic Charles W. Morgan’s New England Voyage

The Charles W. Morgan silhouetted against the Provincetown skyline

Posted by on July 16, 2014

Jul 14, 2014 - Aug 9, 2014
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If you have traipsed down MacMillan Wharf this early July, or dined at Pepe’s overlooking the water, you may have seen a majestic-looking ship nestled in Provincetown harbor. The Charles W. Morgan, built in 1841 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, was a whaling vessel until 1921. Ninety-three years later, the newly restored boat is fully functioning and is the last remaining read more...

Little Shop of Hoarders

Drawing of the storefront of Little Shop of Hoarders

Posted by on July 13, 2014

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Antique lovers won’t be able to resist Little Shop of Hoarders. This antique shop lives up to its name, as every inch of the antique mall is filled with antiques and collectibles. Whether you are a seasoned antique guru or a curious browser, with over 30 dealers the shop has a unique item for everyone to treasure.  The hours for read more...

International Crime Fiction Night with Soho Press

International Crime Fiction Night with Soho Press at Eight Cousins bookstore in Falmouth Cape Cod

Posted by on July 13, 2014

Jul 17, 2014 - Jul 17, 2014
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International Crime Fiction Night with Soho Press representatives Juliet Grames and Paul Oliver is part of an International Mystery Night at Eight Cousins bookstore. The event will be held on Thursday, July 17 at 6:30, complete with book talks, free books, and other giveaways. Soho Press is an independent book publisher based in Manhattan’s Union Square. Founded in 1986, Soho read more...

2014 Tales of the Cocktail

marquis of Hotel Monteleone

Posted by on July 11, 2014

Jul 16, 2014 - Jul 20, 2014
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Tales of the Cocktail® is another of those things that seems perfect for a hot summer weekend in New Orleans. Running this year from July 16-20, based at the Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter, Tales is an international event bringing together professional spirit-minded individuals to learn about “what’s now, what’s new, and what’s next in bartending.” There’s a variety read more...

9th Annual Hudson Valley Sangria Festival at Benmarl Winery

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Posted by on July 11, 2014

Jul 19, 2014 - Jul 20, 2014
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Benmarl will celebrate their 9th Annual Hudson Valley Sangria Festival on July 19th & 20th 2014. Admission $20 and includes: souvenir wine glass, samples of fresh sangria and Benmarl wines, vineyard and cellar tours, live music and entertainment. Starting at noon, enjoy a glass of their Sangria wine made from a blend of their reds using the classic Benmarl Sangria read more...

Ghost Tours at Museum Village

A stone marker honoring Roscoe Smith, founder of Museum Village surrounded by flowers and a brown bench.

Posted by on July 11, 2014

Jun 28, 2014 - Sep 12, 2014
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Museum Village is a living history museum in Monroe, NY that houses authentic artifacts as well as reproductions to provide hands-on educational experiences for visitors. Over the years, staff and visitors have noticed super-natural occurrences in many of the buildings. Even the late founder of Museum Village, Roscoe Smith, has reportedly been seen and heard in the Visitors Center. Museum read more...

Casa Antica Ristorante Italiano

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Posted by on July 11, 2014

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An authentic “Like Momma used to cook” family run Italian restaurant.  A place to go for great food, exceptional service and wonderful atmosphere.  This is the place to go for a relaxing meal, not one grabbed on the run. The service is continental, in other words not the “see how many plates you can cram on the table”  service you might read more...

Woodlands Golf Club

The beautiful greens of the Woodlands Golf Course with the red clubhouse in the background.

Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Woodlands’ unique and challenging layout makes it one of the most popular in the region. The course is designed along a winding creek and features plenty of varying elevation. Known for some of the best greens around, this “diamond in the rough” is surely a scenic beauty. Its excellent greens, zoysia trees and fairways compliment the course throughout. Woodlands golf read more...

Love, Loss, and Summer Life

Book Covers and author profile pictures

Posted by on July 10, 2014

Jul 11, 2014 - Jul 11, 2014
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Love, Loss, and Summer Life: Conversations with authors Gae Polisner and Huntley Fitzpatrick is a special once in a lifetime chance to visit Falmouth, Cape Cod and hear from these two great authors on July 11th, 2014 from 3-4pm. This special event will be held at Eight Cousins bookstore on Main Street in Falmouth Village. YA authors Gae Polisner and read more...

Conversations with E. Lockhart

Author E. Lockhart will be at Eight Cousins bookstore for conersation and book signing

Posted by on July 8, 2014

Jul 10, 2014 - Jul 10, 2014
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Conversations with E. Lockhart is your chance to visit and chat with YA author, E. Lockhart, who will be visiting the iconic Eight Cousins bookstore in Falmouth on July 10th from 4-5pm. During this exclusive event, she will discuss her new book We Were Liars, a fascinating and shocking novel about Cadence Sinclair, who summers on Martha’s Vineyard every year read more...

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

purple jet boat filled with orange life vest clad customers coming up the Niagara River and into Lewiston Harbor

Posted by on July 8, 2014

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There is nothing quite like seeing the rapids on the Niagara River up close and personal.  The Jet Boats leave the Lewiston dock and travel upriver to the Whirlpool, created over 4200 years ago by Niagara Falls.  You can view the whirlpool from above at Whirlpool State Park but you will not get a sense of the power of the read more...

The Silo

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Posted by on July 8, 2014

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You may have seen The Silo on TV when it was featured on Man vs Food.  The signature Haystack sandwich received good press and put The Silo on the food network map.  Last year, to meet public demand and please those in the crowd with slightly smaller appetites, they created a smaller version of the sandwich.  That is not the only read more...

The Greenfield Restaurant & Bar

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Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Looking for an excellent fine dining experience? Be sure to find the Greenfield Restaurant & Bar at 595 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA. Here you will find a relaxed dining experience featuring sumptuous foods in a friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is well known for their exceptional crab cakes, beautiful presentations, salads that are fresh and tasty, plus–they offer fresh fish selections read more...

Woodstock Farm Festival

Posted by on July 3, 2014

Jun 30, 2014 - Oct 22, 2014
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One of the best things about summer is farm-fresh produce. And this summer, given our long, cold winter, it seems the harvest is extra tasty. Every Wednesday night Woodstock boasts some of the best local fare in the Hudson Valley at the farm festival. This weekly event brings together neighbors, food and music in the heart of town, at the read more...

My Just Desserts

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Posted by on July 3, 2014

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Home to much more than “just desserts” Alton’s My Just Desserts has been known for many years for their famous homemade pies, chicken salad, and Toll House brownies. Located in the old Krug Flower Shop originally built in 1845, My Just Desserts opened in 1989 and has been serving up tons of happy customers ever since! A variety of soups, read more...

Chez Marilyn

Outside view of Chez Marilyn, a grey building next to a street with an outdoor patio with red umbrellas

Posted by on July 3, 2014

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Chez Marilyn, located in the midst of downtown Alton, is the best place to grab a bite (or a few) to eat downtown! Chez Marilyn’s menu includes top notch food and drink, consisting of tasty sandwiches, build-your-own burgers, numerous pastas and pizzas, fun martinis, and more!. Accompanying the fantastic menu are excellent service, great music, and very reasonable prices, all read more...

Mangia Cafe and Bakery

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Posted by on July 3, 2014

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What started out several years ago as four small tables for visitors to sit at in the Mangia Bakery, has grown into a very popular cafe frequented as often by locals as by visitors. We know that if it’s popular with locals that is is a good place to eat! Beck still makes a whole list of cakes, pies and other deserts for dine in and pick read more...

The Gift Box

The inside of The Gift Box store that features all of their unique products.

Posted by on July 3, 2014

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A favorite among locals and out-of-town visitors alike, The Gift Box is a unique gift shop for everyone! Numerous different vendors, with their various wares, come together to create “the ultimate shopping experience!” There really is something for everyone at The Gift Box; you will not leave empty handed! Available items include jewelry, handbags, accessories, cosmetics, handmade cards, spices, coffee, read more...

Gentelin’s on Broadway

Front view of Gentelin's on Broadway Restaurant in Alton, IL

Posted by on July 2, 2014

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Gentelin’s on Broadway truly is one of the most magnificent fine dining establishments in the area, receiving nothing but rave reviews from past customers. Located in the heart of downtown Alton, this gem of the city features a classy but relaxed atmosphere and is known for its stunning view of the Clark Bridge and historic downtown Alton. Gentelin’s also offers read more...

Dharma’s Restaurant

The front of Dharma's Restaurant building

Posted by on July 2, 2014

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A Unique Treat Known far and wide as an unusual, varied and healthy restaurant, with a contentious history, Dharma’s in Capitola is worth a stop whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, or of the meat persuasion. Dharma’s opened in 1982 as a fast food vegetarian restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The owners named it McDharma’s read more...

Island Palm Winery

a man being served at an island bar in the Island Palm Winery

Posted by on July 2, 2014

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Island Palm Winery, in business for two years, has just relocated to a renovated historic building in Bolivar, Ohio.  Owners Kevin and Lori Compton became vintners by curiosity. Kevin indicated that he and Lori are wine hoppers, visiting wineries on weekends and on vacations.  Because Kevin is a inquisitive guy, he wanted to know how wine is made so he read more...

Schimschacks

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Posted by on July 1, 2014

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A meal with a view, and what a view.  From the ceiling to table top windows diners enjoy a panoramic view of some of New York’s finest farm country, small hamlets and, on a really clear day/evening, Lake Ontario.  Seating is tiered so all the tables have a clear view out the windows without having to bob and weave around the read more...

Summer Celebration at Lehman’s in Kidron

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Posted by on July 1, 2014

Jul 11, 2014 - Jul 12, 2014
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“Celebrate Summer” at Lehman’s July 11-12 from 10 am – 3 pm.  This is an outing with activities for all ages. Live music features the local band, Honeytown.  Talk to experts about organic gardening and learn ways to preserve foods just picked from your garden or the local farmers market.  Learn how to can and freeze your harvest.  Take a read more...

45 Bistro

45 Bistro sign with gold lettering

Posted by on June 29, 2014

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It’s not hard to find a comfortable atmosphere here in Savannah. You’ll find wonderful places to enjoy whether it’s a restaurant, or a B&B, or even a cozy spot in Forsyth Park- places where you feel you belong and aren’t intrusive. These spots mean more to locals and tourists than we can even begin to describe and one of these read more...

Robbies Grill

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Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Robbies Grill is in a unique location, but there are always customers at the grill. Robbies Grill opens at 6:00am and serves a country breakfast until 10:45 am. Then comes the lunch/early dinner menu that is offered until 6:00 pm. I was in the local Habitat for Humanity Store when I saw one of the workers with a good looking read more...

Lilfred’s

A very large black/white sign, Lilfreds welcomes you to fine dining.

Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Right in the center of a small, rural South Carolina town, you will find Trent and Windy offering a wonderful dining experience. Lilfred’s is a historic landmark in Rembert, South Carolilna. It was original opened in 1951 by a couple named Fred and Lilly. Fred and Lilly’s original “famous” coleslaw recipe is still being offered as a salad option today. read more...

Meridian Hill Park

Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Meridian Hill Park lies in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, under 1.0 mile from the Kalorama Triangle. It was named Meridian Hill Park because it is exactly 1.5 miles north of the White House on 16th street, in other words, on the north Meridian of the White House. The area immediately surrounding the park was developed by a wealthy St. Louis read more...

Princivalli’s Cafe

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Posted by on June 28, 2014

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Looking for great food for a great price? Want to have a nice meal out without spending a fortune? Check out Princivalli’s Cafe! Conveniently located in downtown Alton, just a few blocks from the Clark Bridge, Princivalli’s Cafe is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat in an upscale environment. The fast and friendly service paired with the read more...

The Hive Gourmet Popcorn & Candy

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Posted by on June 28, 2014

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The Hive, located in the midst of Downtown Alton, is a gourmet popcorn and confection store, specializing in over 200 flavors and blends of gourmet popcorn made fresh in the store daily. Flavors include chocolate drizzles, caramel, cheeses, and many other savory flavors. The Hive also features a selection of fine chocolates and truffles, bulk candy, and fresh cookies, cakes, read more...

141 Market

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Posted by on June 28, 2014

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While fried fish and ice cream are Provincetown staples, eating healthy while on vacation should be enjoyable too. 141 Bradford Natural Market is your answer for organic, local, and fresh foods while visiting Cape Cod. Entering their forth year, proprietors Chris Getman and Joe Freitas have transformed the market into a bright, open space. Looks are deceiving though, 141 has read more...

Painted Daisies

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Posted by on June 28, 2014

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Calling themselves “an artful gift shop with Cape Cod charm” Painted Daisies in East Sandwich is my “go to” shop for unique and unusual gifts. I can always find something special to suit even the oddest of occasions. They carry a wide selection of jewelry, some of which is very modestly priced, and elegant home décor. In the back room, read more...

Fairbanks Downtown Market

Vendor booths at Downtown Market

Posted by on June 27, 2014

Jun 24, 2014 - Sep 9, 2014
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Downtown in the center of Fairbanks right along the Chena River, you’ll find Golden Heart Park, filled with paths, monuments, a fountain, and benches for enjoying the center of town. Every Monday in June, July and August you will find fun and food at the Fairbanks Downtown Market in the Park. If you find yourself downtown wining and dining between read more...

Independence Day Celebration at West Point

Crowd listening to band musicians and overlooking the Hudson River

Posted by on June 27, 2014

Jul 4, 2014 - Jul 4, 2014
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On Friday, July 4, celebrate our nation’s independence at West Point. The Independence Day Parade steps off at 2:30 p.m on Main Street in Highland Falls. Then at 8 p.m. the West Point Band will take the stage at  the Trophy Point Amphitheater. The West Point Band begins the evening with “Salute to States.” During the performance, new cadets from read more...

Concour on the Avenue 2014

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Posted by on June 27, 2014

Aug 12, 2014 - Aug 12, 2014
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Calling all car nuts –  If you can’t get tickets or find a hotel room for the Pebble Beach Concour de Elegance this August,  come to Carmel earlier on the week and enjoy this FREE event.    All along Ocean Avenue from Junipero Street to Monte Verde Ave. and 2 blocks in each direction to the north and south,  over read more...

Duke Bakery

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Posted by on June 25, 2014

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One that has been in the business for generations, Duke Bakery has been home to the absolute best tasty treats around since 1951! Duke’s offers an array of baked goods – cookies, muffins, cupcakes, pastries, and more, but the glazed donuts seem to be the favorite! Specializing in wedding cakes, specialty cakes, and pies, Duke’s has whatever you need to make read more...

Olive Oil Marketplace

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Posted by on June 25, 2014

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Find all the essential oils – and more – you need at Olive Oil Marketplace! Offering olive oils, balsamics, and more, Olive Oil Marketplace has the finest and freshest selection of oils around, all for affordable prices. However, Olive Oil Marketplace sells much more than just oils; also available are extensive lines of marinades, pastas, spices, gourmet foods, coffee, tea, read more...

The Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Outside of the Vanderbilt Mansion with 4 columns on the portch and 3 stories of windows

Posted by on June 25, 2014

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In beautiful Hyde Park, NY the Vanderbilt Mansion stands on 211 acres of park land. Spend the day at the park exploring the mansion and grounds that reflect the history of the United States through the “gilded” age. There are beautiful vistas of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains as well as the beautiful formal gardens.  The winding paths through read more...

2014 Satchmo Summer Fest

Colorful painting of Satchmo

Posted by on June 25, 2014

Jun 28, 2014 - Aug 3, 2014
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From July 31, 2014 to August 3, 2014, New Orleans once again will celebrate its famous local son, Louis Armstrong, at the free, 14th annual Satchmo Summer Fest presented by Chevron. The Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint at the edge of the French Quarter comes alive that weekend with the sounds of music celebrating Satchmo, lectures about his legacy read more...

Shuckers Raw Bar

Marina view at Shuckers with boats tied to the dock

Posted by on June 23, 2014

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Shuckers World Famous Raw Bar is a seasonal restaurant on the dock in Woods Hole, close to the drawbridge on Water Street.  Most of the tables at Shuckers are outdoors, covered by a lovely awning or on a floating raft on Eel Pond.  The menu is geared towards seasonal fare — boiled lobster, fresh corn on the cob, quahog chowder read more...

Casa Borrega

Patio filled with colorful shutters, a hanging bike wheel and vintage iron furniture

Posted by on June 23, 2014

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Step into another world when you open the old wooden door at 1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. in Central City in New Orleans. Casa Borrega has a lively courtyard, where Latino musicians play on Friday nights and fans can cheer on their team during the World Cup.  There is New Orleans-style reclaimed woodwork and paneling in the dining room. There read more...

Owls Head State Park and Lighthouse

Picture of pine trees, glacial rocks and ocean at Owls Head Lighthouse.

Posted by on June 23, 2014

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The Owls Head Light and Keeper’s House guards the south entrance to Rockland Harbor.  This structure was built in 1825 for a cost of about $2,700.  Although the tower is rather short at only 26 feet tall with its location on the large promontory it rises about 100 feet above the water and can be seen for 16 miles. With read more...

Owls Head Light and the American Lighthouse Foundation Educational Center

Owls Head Lighthouse, which looks like a spark plug, sits atop a rock formation

Posted by on June 23, 2014

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The American Lighthouse Foundation visitor center, interpretive center and gift shop is newly located in the old light keeper’s house on the property of the Owls Head State Park and Lighthouse.  The mission of the American Lighthouse Foundation is to save and preserve our nation’s lighthouses for generations to come by preserving the structures and helping to keep them open read more...

Maine Lighthouse Museum

White building with 8 windows and Maine Lighthouse Museum in black letters

Posted by on June 23, 2014

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Rockland, Maine is home to the Maine Lighthouse Museum which features the largest collection of lighthouse lenses and artifacts in the United States.  This museum is packed with interactive displays and lighthouse trivia about lighthouses and lighthouse keepers that even a non-lighthouse aficionado will love.  Learn how the smallest of lights can be made to be seen in the worst read more...

Walking with the Dead Tour

Rectangle sign with white background and black letters reading Hangman's Tree Historic Spot.

Posted by on June 20, 2014

Jun 26, 2014 - Jun 26, 2014
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Linda Bottjer and her team offer great weekly ghost tours, other general history tours, and food and wine outings in Placerville and El Dorado County. On June 26, from 7-8:30 pm, they present this special event where current business  owners will present behind-the-scene stories of the ghostly encounters at their establishments. Let your guide escort you back in time to 19th century “Hangtown.” read more...

Carmel Belle Restaurant

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Posted by on June 20, 2014

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Carmel Belle is a great find while meandering the streets and secret courtyards of Carmel by the Sea.  Located in the Doud Arcade Studios, you can enter from Ocean Avenue or around the corner on San Carlos Street, and walk past the local artisan shops to this locals’ secret that isn’t so much secret anymore, since they’ve expanded both their read more...

Lake Tomahawk Park

Lake Tomahawk Park

Posted by on June 19, 2014

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An all-seasons park, Lake Tomahawk is tucked near a quiet residential area just north of downtown Black Mountain, North Carolina. Its namesake is a picturesque lake with a half-mile easy walking loop around it. A senior center, tennis courts and public swimming pool sit on the north end, along with a large covered picnic pavilion and a gazebo, while the read more...

Riverboat Discovery

Passengers boarding the Riverboat Discovery at dockside

Posted by on June 19, 2014

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This paddleboat is not your normal “float down the river and give me another drink” as you might suppose. The Riverboat Discovery travels down the Chena River to the conflux of the Tanana twice daily during the summer months, taking hundreds of people on an informative educational cruise. With three decks, inside and out, speakers and remote video of the read more...

Sukothai Restuarant

Green sign hanging from ceiling that reads, Sukothai Thai Food

Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Located in the “old town” area of Pahoa, Hawaii in a noticeable red building across the street from Bank of Hawaii you will find Sukothai Restaurant. If you love or even slightly like Thai cuisine, then this is a stop you should not miss. A family run business, Sukothai is incredible! The inside has been colorfully repainted and new furniture read more...

Beer, Bourbon & Bacon Festival

Rock wall with oblong sign attached that reads Dutchess county Fairgrounds and has a silver cow in center

Posted by on June 18, 2014

Jun 21, 2014 - Jun 21, 2014
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What could be better than beer and bourbon? Beer, bourbon & bacon! The Hudson Valley Craft Brew Fest is proud to bring the Beer, Bourbon & Bacon Festival to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY on Saturday, June 21st. Starting at 2pm gain access to breweries and distilleries from states across the US. Vendors will offer everything from bacon read more...

E and E Ice Cream Shop/Tigers Den Sports Shop

Street view of E&E Ice cream shop, beige color building with open sign in window. Colorful E&E sign at top of building

Posted by on June 15, 2014

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Wow, two businesses in one!  Last year the Tigers Den Sports Shop purchased a building in Strasburg that was formerly a much loved burger joint and ice cream shop.  The building was revamped for the Tigers Den and  kept the Ice Cream Shop section.  One can walk in and order ice cream, then mosey on back and pick out a read more...

Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market

Table display with various shapes and sizes of bottles of amber colored real maple syrup.

Posted by on June 15, 2014

Jun 4, 2014 - Oct 29, 2014
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What better way to shop for fresh produce and local foods than the Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market. It is open every Wednesday from 3:00-7:00 pm June through October.   There is something here for everyone.  For example,  Camp Tuscazoar sells pure maple syrup from taps on the camp property. Numerous produce stands featuring herbs, lettuce, squashes, melons, cucumbers and tomatoes read more...

Hudson Valley Distillers Launch Party

Two small whiskey barrells with 3 bottles of liquor next to each

Posted by on June 15, 2014

Jun 28, 2014 - Jun 28, 2014
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Hudson Valley Distillers is celebrating the launch of their first 3 spirits. Join them on Saturday, June 28th from noon-6pm for complimentary tours, tastings, light fare and music. There will even be entertainment for the kids! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and make a day of it. Proprietors Thomas Yozzo and Chris Moyer decided to start a farm distillery, read more...

Captain Kidd

Round wooden tables overlooking the waterway

Posted by on June 14, 2014

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This famous pirate bar is on Water Street, right next to the drawbridge in Woods Hole.  Recently renovated, the Captain Kidd is known for waterfront dining with many tables on the marina (called “Eel Pond”), with some seats out on a dock for the perfect summer dining al fresco.  Food is well priced and delicious with options including boiled lobster, read more...

Quicks Hole Tavern

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Posted by on June 14, 2014

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Located right next to the Martha’s Vineyard ferry terminal in Woods Hole, Quicks Hole Tavern is a new farm-to-table restaurant and bar on two floors overlooking the harbor.  Known for it’s burgers, gourmet grilled cheese and cheese/charcuterie boards, Quicks Hole Tavern also boasts a great craft beer list, killer cocktails and excellent wines. Catching a ferry?  Try the pub menu read more...

Lewiston Museum

old sepia photo in hanging frame, photo book box, watch and skeleton key in glass cabinet

Posted by on June 10, 2014

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The historical society in Lewiston was conceived and born in 1973.  Situated in what once had been the old Baptist Church, it has had a number of changes over the years.  What once had the appearance and clutter of Grandma’s attic is now an easy to navigate room still filled with memorabilia from local families but also includes dioramas, maps, scale read more...

King Kamehameha Day Celebrations

King Kamehameha and Queen riding on their horses with leis around their neck

Posted by on June 10, 2014

Jun 11, 2014 - Jun 14, 2014
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  If you are staying at Holualoa Inn or anywhere on Hawaii’s Big Island this week, you are in luck as June 11 is King Kamehameha Day! It is a public holiday, offering you the unique opportunity to attend one of Hawaii’s most colorful events-The King Kamehameha Parade. Hawaiians from all 8 islands gather to celebrate their first monarch and read more...

Something Sweet

chocolate truffles

Posted by on June 10, 2014

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Something Sweet should be at the top of your to-do list when visiting historic downtown Allegan. The shop is located on the west side of Locust Street  which is the main street of Allegan. This nostalgic chocolate and candy shop has everything you could dream of to satisfy your sweet tooth.  From the cases of exquisite truffles in every flavor read more...

The Stanhope House

Rustic wooden sign with blue lettering - The Stanhope House

Posted by on June 9, 2014

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Billed as the “Last Great American Roadhouse”, the Stanhope House is an institution in the town. Built in the late 1700’s, it was once a stagecoach stop, tavern and post office before firmly establishing its reputation as the place where blues legends got their start. Some of the greats who have graced the Stanhope House stage include: Stevie Ray Vaughn, read more...

Hudson Valley Magazine’s Burger and Beer Bash

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Posted by on June 9, 2014

Jul 31, 2014 - Jul 31, 2014
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Join the Hudson Valley’s burger masters as they compete in the Battle of the Burger at the Hudson Valley Magazine’s Burger and Beer Bash on Thursday, July 31st at Shadows on the Hudson. The event begins at 6pm. Sample burgers from dozens of restaurants, meet the chefs, and vote for your favorite burger. Stick around until the end of the read more...

Black Forest Inn

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Posted by on June 7, 2014

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One of New Jersey’s last remaining German restaurants, the Black Forest Inn has been dishing up exquisite Continental cuisine since 1978. Chef Heinz, founder and owner, was trained in Europe and has directed kitchens in the finest restaurants across the Continent, including the famous Hotel Savoy, prior to opening his own facility. Today, three generations of chefs collaborate to prepare read more...

Dong Phuong Bakery and Restaurant

Signage for Don Phuong Bakery

Posted by on June 5, 2014

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Dong Phuong means “east” in Vietnamese. Dong Phuong Bakery is East both geographically and culturally. Out in the swamplands along Chef Menteur Highway in 1981, an immigrant Vietnamese couple named De and Huong Tran started their restaurant and bakery, baking the pastries De learned in her father’s bakery as a child in Vietnam. Today its wholesale business supplies crusty French read more...

Doe Mountain

Welcome Center of Doe Mountain Recreational area

Posted by on June 2, 2014

May 5, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014
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Over 8600 acres of forest, views, trails and a fire tower!  This is Doe Mountain which runs down the heart of Johnson County, TN.  Previously a wildlife management area with hunting, it is becoming an outdoor lovers paradise with mountain bike trails, hiking trails (various levels), ATV trails and soon, horseback riding trails. A dedicated group of volunteers is working read more...

Latitude 43 Music Festival

the outdoor stage at Art Park and the crowds waiting for the concert to begin

Posted by on June 2, 2014

Jun 13, 2014 - Jun 15, 2014
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If you remember Pub Fest from previous years, you remember lots of fun, food and music at Academy Park with the proceeds going to the Variety Kids Telethon.  What started in 2009 as a one day event has grown to a three day music fest relocated to the outdoor stage at Art Park.  This year you can expect to hear read more...

New York’s Free Fishing Days 2014

white pick up truck in front of Niagara River with people fishing on either side

Posted by on June 2, 2014

Jun 28, 2014 - Jun 29, 2014
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Calling all fishermen!  Come fish along the Niagara River and in Lake Ontario.  This sport is becoming more and more popular every year.  While many of our visitors come for the many fishing tournaments that transpire all year long, two days in June are set aside to allow those who haven’t caught the fishing bug yet to give fishing a try. While read more...

Luxe Lewiston

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Posted by on May 31, 2014

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Consignment shops have become the next “it” destination and Luxe Lewiston is definitely THE place for gently worn designer clothing,  shoes and accessories when in Lewiston.  Set one block south of Center Street in the shopping center on the corner of Cayuga Street and South 8th Street, this is one of the Village’s hidden gems. You can find most anything there from read more...

Midnight Sun Run

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Posted by on May 30, 2014

Jun 21, 2014 - Jun 21, 2014
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Every solstice in June, thousands of visitors travel from all over the country to take part in our midnight sun “street party:” a 6K run/walk beginning at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and winds through the nearby neighborhoods. The fun part is: it doesn’t start until 10 pm on June 21st, and it is never too dark to run in read more...

Ken’s Gardens

Geranium selection at Ken's Gardens

Posted by on May 30, 2014

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Ken’s Gardens is a wonderful greenhouse chockfull of annuals and perennials just waiting to be planted in your flower beds. It has been a local family owned greenhouse for over 40 years. It is a year round garden center and holds an interest for the gardener just getting started with plants to the master gardener. They offer great selections of read more...

Bamboo Giant

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Posted by on May 30, 2014

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Bamboo Giant IS!!!! Just down Freedom Blvd in Aptos, close to the ocean, backing onto a redwood studded hillside, invisible to cars speeding by, lies Giant Bamboo. Once you enter this magical bamboo kingdom, you find 31 acres of winding trails with over 15 acres planted with various types of bamboo. Offering bamboo consulting and design, delivery and full installations, read more...

The Pretzel Hut

A sign with the words "The Pretzel Hut" and the funky ice cream flavors for the week.

Posted by on May 28, 2014

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The Pretzel Hut is just the place to stop for a quick sandwich or soft ice cream cone. It is located just north of Lititz and is surrounded by woods. Although it is called The Pretzel Hut, they serve much more than just pretzels. The menu includes bison burgers, broasted chicken, quesadillas, and many other dinner specials. To top off read more...

The Whippletree

Gray shingled barn in the background with oval sign out front in cranberry and green reading "The Whippletree"

Posted by on May 28, 2014

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Driving along Route 6A in West Barnstable you will see a lot of antique homes with barns and gracious gardens. The Whippletree, a gift shop that specializes in holiday themed gifts and decorations, is housed in a particularly beautiful 250 year old antique barn that seems to enhance its floral gift items, whimsical ornaments, and country feel. Whether it be read more...

Maine Beer Company

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Posted by on May 28, 2014

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David & Dan Kleban started serving up beer in 2009, moving from their garage to Portland, to their new facility in Freeport in April of 2013.  Although Maine Beer Company’s major focus is on crafting hoppy American ales, they also produce many other varieties of ale, a porter and a fine stout. Unlike some microbreweries whose focus is on their read more...

Country Doctor Antiques

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Posted by on May 24, 2014

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The Niagara County Antique Trail runs right down the main street in Lewiston and one of the stops on that trail is The Country Doctor, so named because their first location was an old dotor’s office building. Relocated now to a storefront on the other side of the street across from the local filling station, this shop is a co-op of read more...

Dark Water Distillery

The front entry of the Dark Water Distillery is very inviting.

Posted by on May 24, 2014

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Moonshine, White-Lightin’, Hooch, and Arkansas Clear Water…these terms all describe high proof distilled spirits that are growing in popularity in the US! Today, legit Moonshine distributors are popping up in areas never really known for producing the original illicit corn liquor. Dark Water Distillery has joined the growing trend of producing and selling 100 proof products. Carl Monday, a federal read more...

Kennedy Center

Brian Blade on stage performing for audience

Posted by on May 24, 2014

May 22, 2014 - May 14, 2020
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The nation’s capital is not often thought of as the cultural capital of the United States, an honorific probably reserved for New York. Or so I thought, until I heard about the Kennedy Center’s free concerts on the Millennium Stage every night at 6:00pm. Every big city has free art; Kansas City – my hometown – takes pride of hosting read more...

Gold Country Artists Gallery

Ceramics display at Gold Country Artists Gallery in Placerville, CA

Posted by on May 22, 2014

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Over fifty local artists display their hand-made paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, glass works, textile and fabric pieces, and other 2D and 3D art here every day. The store is on historic Main Street in Placerville. They are open 10am-5pm daily, and 10am-9pm during Placerville ArtWalk, the third Saturday of each month. The gallery often stays open later on Friday and read more...

Center for Photography at Woodstock Lecture Series

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Posted by on May 22, 2014

Jun 13, 2014 - Sep 27, 2014
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Woodstock is such an amazing artistic venue. Music, sculpture, art, and yes, even that ol’ die-hard photography, is embraced here in our lovely community nestled in the Catskill Mountains. Although the creative juices of residents and visiting artists flow all year long, summer always seems to offer a special opportunity for both residents and visitors alike. This summer the innovative read more...

The Warren Covered Bridge

Brown board sided coverd bridge

Posted by on May 21, 2014

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The town of Warren is one of many in Vermont that has its own Covered Bridge, crossing the famed Mad River. There are estimated to be just over 100 covered bridges in the State, giving Vermont the highest number of covered bridges per square mile in the country. The bridge is credited to William Bagley who lived in Warren from 1836 till 1884, and built the bridge between read more...

Great Alaskan Bowl Company

Wooden Moose outside door of Bowl Company

Posted by on May 17, 2014

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The aroma of freshly cut wood fills the gift area. The individuality of the exquisitely light weight birch bowls is amazing. These gifts are not just salad bowls, but can be ordered to commemorate graduations, weddings, with photos and laser inscriptions. Others are beautiful works of art for display, while others come packed with truly Alaskan gifts. You can even read more...

Niagara PediCab Co

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Posted by on May 15, 2014

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Niagara PediCab Company’s motto is “More than just a tour company, a concierge on wheels”  and is owned by a Niagara Falls native who really knows and loves the area. This blue, bicycle drawn, chariot is a wonderful way to take a personalized tour of Niagara Falls State Park.  A ride in the Pedicab is perfect for those of you who for whatever reason read more...

Scottie’s Diner and Scottie’s Dugout

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Posted by on May 15, 2014

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Opened in April 2014, Scottie’s Diner is located on State Route 94 in the Village of Washingtonville. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Scottie’s is home of the Mile-High Corned Beef Sandwich along with many other favorites. Enjoy your meal inside or, if the weather’s nice, take advantage of dining on the deck. Enjoy a classic diner meal at Scottie’s. read more...

Chive Sea Bar & Lounge

Posted by on May 15, 2014

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Walking into Chive Sea Bar and Lounge is like walking into an odd sort of paradise from the Roarin’ Twenties. You start to wonder, “Where am I? West Egg, Long Island with Jay Gatsby?” Not quite, Old Sport! Chive is the new definition of fine-dining in Savannah! Upon entering its dining room one becomes entranced with the fine crystal, the read more...

School House Winery

picture of School House Winery. Old school house building brick red with a black roof, deck with seating to the side of building

Posted by on May 14, 2014

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The School House Winery is a 128 year old brick school house that has been restored and is now a boutique winery. The winery is  owned and operated by Dave and Jennifer Jagunic.  All the wines are made on premises by Dave himself! It was voted as Ohio’s most unique Winery by Discover Ohio.com in January of 2014.  The building read more...

Holmes County Rails-to Trails Benefit Auction

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Posted by on May 14, 2014

Jun 14, 2014 - Jun 14, 2014
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The Holmes County Rails-to Trails Benefit Auction, a yearly event, takes place every June.   This year’s auction is Saturday June 14th from 7 am-1 pm.  The Holmes County Rails-to Trails is the only trail in the country that allows  Amish buggies.  No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail.  All proceeds from the Benefit Auction go toward maintenance and read more...

Boom Baby Boutique

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Posted by on May 11, 2014

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This is not your average baby boutique; while clothing and nipple creams are great, and they have those, don’t worry, they are looking to enhance the parenting journey and remind parents that they are not alone, and more importantly, that each experience is different. Very different. And that all of this can be embraced on a community level. Raising children in read more...

Sierra Nevada House

Exterior of Historic Sierra Nevada House Est. 1850 with people eating on decks

Posted by on May 8, 2014

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The food at this local favorite just gets better every year! Chef Diana Greer and owner Keith Kerson work as a team to provide high-end casual dining that is bright and fun, with an emphasis on quality. They have wonderful steak, fish, seafood, and pasta dishes, and a great burger too. Their fresh vegetables are perfectly cooked and the salads read more...

Blooming Hill Farm

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Posted by on May 8, 2014

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Do you enjoy organic produce? If so, a visit to The Blooming Hill Farm is an essential stop in the Blooming Grove, NY area. The Farm hosts a farm stand on Saturdays from 10-2. Here, you can purchase fresh, organic produce that is in season. Not sure what’s available? Check out the selection on their website. Also during your visit read more...

Mothers Day Champagne Cocktail Tasting at Brotherhood Winery

Oval sign reading Brotherhood Winery

Posted by on May 8, 2014

May 11, 2014 - May 11, 2014
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Mothers give everything to their families and children. But what do you give her on Mothers Day? Raise your glass and toast to the woman who gives the most! What could be sweeter than spending time at America’s oldest winery, the Brotherhood Winery, and enjoying tastefully crafted, sparkling cocktails? Mixologist Gwen Sutherland Kaiser will be using Brotherhood’s renowned champagne coupled with read more...

Barrio Bakery & Pizza Barrio

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Posted by on May 7, 2014

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Espresso, muffins, sweet and savory croissants and rolls, cakes, tarts, big light-filled windows, whimsical local artwork on the walls, and a constant soundtrack of bluegrass and Americana music in the background — Barrio is a huge local favorite among the bakeries and coffee shops in town. Though it’s located off the beaten path, it’s worth the short walk from the read more...

ArtsRiot

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Posted by on May 7, 2014

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“Destroy apathy.” That’s ArtsRiot’s motto, painted in large characters on one of their exterior walls. Having gotten its start as a truck stop, similar to how most of Burlington’s favorite businesses have started, they moved into their bigger Pine Street location in the past year or so. They immediately set to work organizing the gallery space, booking local and national read more...

Misery Loves Company

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Posted by on May 7, 2014

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Misery Loves Company is a dining experience in downtown Winooski which has rapidly become very popular and very well-known among residents and visitors alike. Born from the partnership of a husband-wife-brother trio, their philosophy is pretty well summed up in a quote from one of the co-chefs and co-owners Nathaniel Wade: they were “sick of eating crap.” They started in read more...

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival- June 14-15, 2014

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Posted by on May 7, 2014

Jun 14, 2014 - Jun 15, 2014
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Everybody knows that Louisiana is all about music. Now that Jazz Fest and French Quarter Festival are over, you’ve got another chance for the music festival experience, with a very different vibe. On June 14-15, 2014, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival at Louis Armstrong Park showcases contemporary Cajun and Zydeco music, crafts and food. Transport yourself right here in New Orleans read more...

Puna Music Festival – Kanikapila

Banner reading Kanikapila in Pahoa

Posted by on May 7, 2014

May 10, 2014 - May 10, 2014
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For it’s fourth year on Saturday May 10th, 2014 the Puna Music Festival hits the streets. From 5:00pm – 10:00pm, music and local artists will fill the streets of Pāhoa Village as it comes alive with music everywhere – from balconies, porches, windows, inside restaurants, in the parking lot of Island Naturals Health Food store, and inside the historic Akebono read more...

Jazz up your summer at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

Sculputure Garden where Jazz Show takes place

Posted by on May 5, 2014

May 23, 2014 - Aug 29, 2014
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This summer, at the The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, will be a great chance to melt off those winter DC blues and relax with some Jazz music. Each Friday, 5-8:30 pm starting May 23, the sculpture garden will feature new artists against the sunset.  Take a load off and soak in the amazing collection of large-scale sculptures. The best read more...

Beiler’s Grocery

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Posted by on May 5, 2014

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Beiler’s Grocery is open Monday – Thursday, 7:30 am – 5 pm.  Friday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.  Closed Sunday and religious holidays.  This shop is basically a nondescript, warehouse type building along a winding back road, and even though it’s located not far off Rt. 30, it’s completely off the beaten path, read more...

Boehringer’s Drive-In

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Posted by on May 5, 2014

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Eating at Boehringer’s is like stepping back in time, SERIOUSLY!  There’s a community-gathering atmosphere that you don’t see much any more, the food is great and the prices are definitely a throw-back (VERY low!).  Boehringer’s is closed for the winter, so everyone eagerly awaits opening day in the spring which typically coincides with the opening day of trout fishing!  During read more...

Hot Springs Farmers & Artisan Market

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Posted by on May 3, 2014

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Saturdays, 7am – noon; Tuesdays 5-7pm (as long as there is produce left) Tis the season for fresh and locally sourced vegetables and fruits to begin arriving at the historic downtown Farmers & Artisan Market. A trip to the market is great fun for persons of all ages. Arkansas strawberries are nearly ripe for the picking, and my mouth is read more...

Cooking School: Breakfast in Bed, An Art Form

Cutting board with chopped vegetables, bowls for prepping food

Posted by on May 2, 2014

May 1, 2014 - May 9, 2014
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May 9, 2014 from 11am to 3pm. Cost: $50 per person Location: Lookout Point Lakeside Inn Just in time for Mother’s Day, the chefs at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn created a Cooking School focused on serving a pretty and delicious breakfast in bed. By popular demand, this new Cooking School was developed to provide hands-on and fun learning in the read more...

Polo. Polo. Polo.

Three polo players mid-scene.

Posted by on May 2, 2014

May 18, 2014 - May 18, 2014
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Aberdeen Polo: May 18, 2014 Time: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Venture out on a beautiful, late spring day to Camden, South Carolina, where you can enjoy the second oldest polo field in the nation. Designed and erected in 1898, this polo field has been declared a National Landmark and is held in perpetual trust by the Palmetto Trust for read more...

Lapp’s Toys & Furniture, LLC

Child's crib and chair, both in white

Posted by on May 2, 2014

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Lapp’s Toys & Furniture is a small Amish family operated store where handcrafted quality toys and furniture are handmade and sold. These are local “made in Lancaster County” products that are built to last. Included in their list of products are kitchen play sets, doll furniture, farm animals, marble rollers, wooden cars, rocking horses, wooden puzzles – all very durable read more...

Aptos Street BBQ

Square building with White letters reading Aptos BBQ

Posted by on May 2, 2014

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WE WILL SELL OUT!!! is spelled out in caps on the bottom of the first page of their website. Truer words were never spoken! Aptos St. Barbecue may have a giant smoker in the parking lot fired up by 6:30 every morning smoking, but there never seems to be enough for the barbecue hounds. They come from near and far read more...

American River Nature Center

American River Nature Center sign post

Posted by on May 1, 2014

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Kids and adults love to come in to this historic building to touch, see, do, and learn all about the local region. The Nature Center is open to the public Friday to Sunday from 10am-4pm, and admission is free. Kids can touch the taxidermied animals and see the resident live salamander. Their world opens up when they look at all read more...

The Buckley School of Public Speaking

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Posted by on May 1, 2014

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The Buckley School of Public Speaking, a nationally recognized business, promotes unique, hands-on training for business professionals who desire to become premier speakers. CEO’s, business executives, medical professionals, and individuals just like you learn to overcome their own challenges with public speaking and develop a skill set that allows them to express/deliver, with confidence, their messages. The Buckley School has read more...

Esbenshade’s Greenhouse

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Posted by on May 1, 2014

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Looking for the most beautiful flowers in town? Esbenshade’s is your place. Located along 322 in Brickerville, the locally owned business has been operating for over 50 years. They house new, unusual and hard-to-find plants every season of every year. At Esbenshade’s, they grow their own, so you know you’re getting the best quality and selection at the best price. read more...

Jungle Love

Green sign with yellow letters reading Jungle Love

Posted by on April 30, 2014

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Looking for a sarong to wear at the beach, maybe some cool jewelry, a toy for the upcoming birthday party, forget your bathing suit? Jungle Love is the store for you. This is a small shop, but believe me they take full advantage of the sidewalk space out front. This little unique boutique located in the Malama Market place area read more...

The Springerle House

A hand painted sign that reads "The Springerle House". There are other colonial-style images decorating the sign, making it look old

Posted by on April 29, 2014

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The Springerle House is open Monday – Saturday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  This quaint bakery and coffee shop serves breakfast, lunch, drinks and baked goods.  The shop is a friendly, wonderful spot to hang out, gather with friends and feel like you’ve stepped back in time! The name “Springerle House” read more...

Gordonville Book Store

Shows the VERY plain front of a brown and beige cinderblock building. In the window is an "open" sign and the business's hours of operation.

Posted by on April 29, 2014

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The Gordonville Book Store is located in a nondescript, brown and beige cinder block building, along a winding back road in southern Lancaster County.  The store is open Monday – Thursday from 7 am – 5 pm, Friday from 7 am – 8 pm and Saturday from 7 am – 4 pm.  Closed Sundays. The Gordonville Book Store is an read more...

Garden Path Soap

A shelf with a collection of blocks of hand-crafted soaps, all square and identical excpet for differences in color and labels

Posted by on April 29, 2014

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Garden Path Soap is an Amish-owned, homemade, natural soap, candle and herbal products shop in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.  They’re located in the northern-Lancaster County town of New Holland, nestled among rolling hills and Amish farms.  Garden Path doesn’t list specific hours, but they are always closed on Sundays and religious holidays. This tiny shop which opened in read more...

The Lil Country Store and Miniature Horse Farm

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Posted by on April 29, 2014

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The Lil Country Store and Miniature Horse Farm is open Monday thru Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm.  Closed Sundays and religious holidays. This Amish-owned business gives visitors a little bit of everything… there are things to SEE like  a barn full of adorable miniature horses; pristine Amish buggies you can see parked in the barn; and a wood read more...

Farmhouse Memories

Shows one of the shop walls where there's a graphic that reads "Spend more time creating the memory than preserving it". A collection of quilted crafts are hung round the quote.

Posted by on April 29, 2014

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The first time I visited this store I thought I was going to a “Scrap-booking shop” but I wasn’t quite right.  While they do sell scrap-booking and stamping items, they’re so much more than that!  Farmhouse Memories is part “craft shop”: they sell fabrics, papers, stickers, stamps, materials, tools and decorative items to make an assortment of unique handmade stuff; part read more...

Stoltzfus Carpet Shop

A photo of the shop floor where brooms are being made by Amish workers. No workers are shown, just machinery and materials & a few of the finished products.

Posted by on April 29, 2014

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Located 3 miles southeast of Intercourse, the Stoltzfus Carpet Shop isn’t JUST a carpet shop, they also sell other woven items like placemats, table runners and coasters, plus they make and sell an assortment of brooms (6 types to be exact!).  The shop does not list specific hours of operation, but they are DEFINITELY closed on Sunday. The owners and read more...

Soft As A Grape

Sweat Shirts Woods Hole Shopping

Posted by on April 28, 2014

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A T-shirt and sweat shirt retailer called Soft As A Grape has opened a new store in Woods Hole with great logo-wear to commemorate your trip to Cape Cod, Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard.  With retail outlets all over Cape Cod, Soft As A Grape is known as a quality purveyor of insignia-wear and other memorabilia. When traveling to Martha’s read more...

Tanana Valley Farmer’s Market

People browsing the market wares

Posted by on April 28, 2014

May 10, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014
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Get ready for fresh produce and plants. The 2014 season at Tanana Valley’s Farmer’s Market begins May 10th. It is the oldest established farmers market in Alaska and it is the only one located within its own permanent building. The Farmer’s Market here in Fairbanks has become a staple on the list of things to do here in the summer. read more...

Falmouth Village Blooming

White sign reading Falmouth Village Blooming

Posted by on April 25, 2014

May 1, 2014 - May 11, 2014
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Falmouth Village Blooming takes place during the first two weeks of May and includes a variety of events. The kickoff is on May 1st when local businesses put their May baskets on display. This year in addition to the panel of judges and awards there will be a people’s choice award which will be selected based on votes submitted by read more...

The River Store

Exterior of The River Store with its sign and deck with standing kayaks

Posted by on April 25, 2014

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Locally owned for over 25 years, this is “the” local paddling shop that is open year-round, providing visitors and locals alike with literature, information, equipment, sundries and cold drinks for your day out (and ice cream for when you come back!). They sell and teach about gear and items for playing on the water whether it be inflatable kayaks, hardshell read more...

Meyer the Mad Hatter

Glassed in showcase of an assortment of men's hats

Posted by on April 25, 2014

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In the last few years, hats have made a comeback. All self-respecting New Orleans Bywater hipsters, not to mention the Williamsburg versions, sport fedoras. At our spring music festivals like Jazz Fest, every other head is topped by a straw hat. In New Orleans, we’ve got a history with hats going way back. Meyer the Hatter, the store a block read more...

Lewiston Garden Festival

purple flowers on stalks, galvanized bucket in back ground

Posted by on April 24, 2014

Jun 21, 2014 - Jun 22, 2014
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Lewiston’s Garden Festival is held in June so that local gardens have had time to recover from winter and flowers are blooming.  Between seven and ten area gardens are opened for public viewing.  These can range from formal gardens to wildflower gardens to xeroscape. Along with a map of gardens in Lewiston that are open for public viewing on these days, read more...

Claire Murray

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Posted by on April 22, 2014

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The Claire Murray store in West Barnstable, MA is housed in an antique barn along the Old King’s Highway that was recently recognized for its beautiful restoration work by the local historical society. Specializing in hand-hooked rugs, Claire Murray has been a well-recognized name in New England for more than 20 years. Having relocated from New York to Nantucket to read more...

Mad Hatter Antique Mall

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Posted by on April 22, 2014

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The Mad Hatter is open Thursday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm.  Located in a former hat factory, they offer 15,000 square foot of space and over 100 different dealers for a crazy-good shopping experience. The Mad Hatter places a premium on shopping convenience.  They have plenty of parking, new/clean rest rooms, wide aisles and well lit space, read more...

Black Walnut Winery

Posted by on April 22, 2014

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The Black Walnut Winery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon – 6 pm, or by appointment. Black Walnut Winery is the result of four friends following their passion!  Starting out making wine in their own home, their wine-making operation grew to the point where the only way to “get their home back” was to set up a “real” winery!  read more...

Hope Springs Farm

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Posted by on April 22, 2014

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Hope Spring Farm is a Mennonite-Owned, organic cheese maker in northern Lancaster County.  Their cheese and whole-foods shop is open six days a week:  Monday – Friday 7 am – 8 pm, Saturday 7 am – noon, Closed Sunday (and religious holidays). The owner of Hope Springs Farm, Lauren Weaver, is a strong proponent of organic practices for every aspect read more...

General Heath’s Antiques

A brown clapboard 1-story building with a sign that reads "General Heath Antiques"

Posted by on April 22, 2014

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General Heath’s is a relatively small multi-dealer shop in the heart of Adamstown (Antique Capital), PA, but what they lack in size they make up for in quality and service.  The shop is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.  Saturday and Sunday they’re open from 9 am – 5 pm.  They’re closed Tuesdays. The read more...

Stoudtburg Village

Large sign that reads Stoudtburg Village with "German" looking buildings behind it.

Posted by on April 22, 2014

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Stoudtburg Village is a unique collection of shops, restaurants, and residences in the heart of Adamstown (Antique Capital), PA.  Built to feel like a small German hamlet, most of the buildings in the village have a shop of some sort downstairs and the proprietor’s residence upstairs.  Each building faces a pedestrian stone walkway… no car traffic!  There’s a cute town read more...

Wonderful Good Market

A serving counter for a market/bakery. A customer is being waited on. Lots of fresh goodies are on the counter

Posted by on April 22, 2014

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As the name suggests, this market IS wonderful, starting with the absolutely amazing smells and progressing from there!  The market is open Wed. from 11 am to 7 pm, Thurs. – Sat. 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Sunday 7:30 am to 3:00 pm (perfect for the antiquers!).  The location is behind the Stoudts Pub/Restaurant/Brewery complex and antique mall… basically read more...

Dave’s Diner

A white, 1950s looking diner with red trim and a red sign out front

Posted by on April 22, 2014

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Dave’s diner is open seven days a week, but only for breakfast and lunch.  They open at 6 am every morning.  Mid-week they close at 2 pm, on weekends (Friday & Saturday nights) they close at 3:00 pm!! Dave’s is an old-school, small, no-frills diner located right on the main thoroughfare (272) of Adamstown… also known as “Antiques Capital USA”.  read more...

German Trading Post

A large red warehouse wtih snow on the roof and cars parked out front. A round sign on the roof reads German Trading Post

Posted by on April 22, 2014

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The German Trading Post is open seven days a week from 10 am – 5 pm.  It’s one of the first antique malls you come to in Antiques Capital, located basically at the intersection of 272 (North Reading Road) and 76 (the PA Turnpike).  The German Trading Post is set back off the road, behind the Black Horse Restaurant. Take read more...

Stoudts Brewing Company

Grey building with lime green trim. Big glass window showing brewing equipment behind. Sign that reads Stoudts Brewing Company

Posted by on April 22, 2014

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Stoudts Brewing Company is an award winning micro-brewery started by Ed Stoudt back in 1987, well before micro-brews were all the rage they are today! The brewery is connected to a restaurant, pub and antique mall that’s only open on Sundays. If you’re interested in touring the brewery, they typically offer three tours on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  Most days read more...

Stoudt’s Black Angus Restaurant and Brew Pub

One story restaurant with parking lot out front and sign to the left that reads "Black Angus Restaurant and Brew Pub"

Posted by on April 22, 2014

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Stoudt’s Black Angus Pub and Restaurant are open seven days a week.  Monday – Thursday from 4 – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday from noon – 10 pm and Sunday from 11:30 – 8:00 pm. As you can see by the outside of the building, this place has CHARACTER!   Inside is just as eclectic, beginning with an antique car right read more...

Stoudtburg Antiques

Large, grey one story warehouse structure with blue sign over top that reads Stoutburg Antiques

Posted by on April 22, 2014

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Stoudtburg Antiques…or Stoudts Black Angus Antique Mall as they refer to themselves on their website… is ONLY open on Sundays from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.  Seasonally (summer/fall) they have an outdoor pavilion that’s open from 4:30 am – noon. This large antique complex is a series of warehouse-type structures that stretch from the beer garden located behind Stoudts brewery read more...

Antique Extravaganza Weekend

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Posted by on April 22, 2014

Jun 26, 2014 - Jun 29, 2014
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Extravaganza Weekend in Adamstown, PA (aka: Antique Capital USA) is an event to behold.  Adamstown already has an incredible concentration of Antique shops and malls lining the “strip” along 272.  But for Extravaganza Weekend, it’s just “more-so”!!!  There are more vendors than usual, shops are open for longer hours, and there are more deals to be had.  Extravaganza happens three read more...

Spring Migration Celebration

Creamer's Field Bird Migration arrival

Posted by on April 21, 2014

May 3, 2014 - May 3, 2014
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The birds are coming! The birds are coming! The birds are coming in by the millions! Celebrate our warm weather coming back and enjoy the amazing variety of migratory fowl right here in Fairbanks, Alaska. This event focuses on the incoming flocks that flood the fields of Creamer’s Wildlife Refuge. Take a leisurely walk along the wonderful nature trails through read more...

Mother’s Day Tea

Posted by on April 18, 2014

May 9, 2014 - May 10, 2014
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Treat your Mom,Grandmother, Aunt, Sister, Cousin or just spend some fun time with your girlfriends at a Mother’s Day Tea.  Along with a delicious three course lunch and trying new tea flavors, two spring make-it, take-it crafts are included in the fare.  Not crafty you say, not to fear you will be guided through the process and will be amazed read more...

Common Wheel Artists Co-op 40th Anniversary

store front for commonwheel artists

Posted by on April 18, 2014

Apr 18, 2014 - May 18, 2014
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“The  Old Spokes” opening reception, on April 18, will be in conjunction with the 3rd Friday Art walk in Manitou Springs. More than 40 artists  that have been involved with the Common Wheel Artists Co-op over the years have been asked to share one or two of their favorite or newest pieces of art. Featured artists in the show will read more...

Stone’s Throw

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Posted by on April 18, 2014

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When I walk through the door of Stone’s Throw, I immediately feel happy. Yes, this is one of the numerous galleries in Bayfield. Yes, the owner is one of a number of very talented artists in the area. But there is simply something about the place, the building, the displays that make me happy. This shop is obviously a focal read more...

Nobska Light House

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Posted by on April 18, 2014

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Nobska Light is an iconic lighthouse on the Cape Cod coastline, walking distance from the village of Woods Hole and facing the island of Martha’s Vineyard.  This lighthouse is much visited in the summer and for good reason — it is the best view around!  Sunrises and sunsets here are just breathtaking as the pinks, oranges, and yellows paint the read more...

Lincoln Canoe & Kayak

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Posted by on April 18, 2014

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For over 50 years, Lincoln Canoe & Kayak has been building custom kayaks and canoes, and has recently broadened their offerings to include paddleboards, accessories, as well as Yakima racks. Lincoln is not a mass production shop, but purely a custom manufacturer, specializing in composite construction (kevlar and carbon fiber, as well as fiberglass), as well as offering their hulls read more...

Fire Street Food

Yellow Lettering Fire with Turquoise Lines and Grey Street Food

Posted by on April 18, 2014

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It’s hard to find decent Asian food in the heart of the south, sometimes, but look no further! Fire Street Food’s take on Asian-fusion American contemporary food will dash away any doubts you may have. The atmosphere of this fine establishment reeks of color, opportunity, and creativity; it’s hard to guess that Fire Street serves primarily Asian food. The neo-modern read more...

The Farm at Walnut Creek

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Posted by on April 18, 2014

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The Farm at Walnut Creek is a unique adventure enjoyable for all ages.  A working farm that includes exotic animals exposes one to country living and farm life!  Take a one hour wagon ride over 120 acres of rolling farmland and woods.  During your wagon ride you will see the animals in their natural habitat. The animals will approach the read more...

Stoney Beach in Woods Hole

Woods Hole Inn easy walking distance to Stoney Beach

Posted by on April 17, 2014

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Stoney Beach is a hidden gem, tucked on the back side of Woods Hole Massachusetts on Cape Cod, facing towards Buzzards Bay.  Stoney is known as the place to go when the wind blows from the southwest (the prevailing wind) which makes it a great spot to know about in the shoulder seasons when you want to swim but the read more...

Cafe Brio

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Posted by on April 13, 2014

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Every city has one – a restaurant loved by locals and visitors alike. A restaurant that stands the test of time by delivering the total experience again and again. A restaurant you just keep wanting to return to each time you visit or celebrate. In Victoria this is Cafe Brio, an 85 seat eatery serving “West Coast Cuisine” with a read more...

Living History at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Living HIstory Mountain Man in his rustic camp in Coloma

Posted by on April 10, 2014

Jul 11, 2015 - Jul 9, 2016
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History comes alive in the park on second Saturdays, from 10am to 3pm. Volunteer docents in period dress demonstrate aspects of pioneer life, such as rope making, candle dipping, and old-fashioned log sawing. All those and other activities are hands-on, with kids getting a special kick out of doing these activities themselves. You can also see and learn about spinning, read more...

Music from the Movies!

Posted by on April 9, 2014

May 3, 2014 - May 4, 2014
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Whether diamonds really are your best friend or you’re stuck working 9-5 to make a living, you’re sure to love this fantastic show, put on by a phenomenal community choir! The Great Rivers Choral Society breaks choral monotony yet again, presenting their concert Music from the Movies! The concert will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm and read more...

Mansion in May

Outside of a brick mansion

Posted by on April 4, 2014

May 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014
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From May 1st through May 31st, 2014, Blairsden, 17th in the “Mansion in May” series, will be open to the public. The signature fundraiser of the Women’s Association of Morristown (NJ) Medical Center, the series has attracted thousands of visitors and raised millions of dollars to support the hospital’s programs. Every two years since 1974 some of the most elegant read more...

Dry Hill General Store

Counters with lots of things you need at home

Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Started about 10 ten years ago after Richard retired, this little “deli” of Carolyn’s has grown into a full fledged old fashioned country store and restaurant!  Now the locals come for good food, everything needed to keep a family in food, flowers and flour and live music on Saturday nights! Expanded to the side with more tables for enjoying Carolyn’s read more...

Pahoa Fresh Fish

Sign reading Pahoa Fresh Fish in green and beige

Posted by on April 1, 2014

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Whether you are staying in and/or around Pahoa, Hawaii or just passing through on a sight seeing venture be sure to stop into the Malama Market Place shopping center, just off of Highway 130 as you enter the town Pahoa. On your left just past Subway Sandwich is a little local spot, “Pahoa Fresh Fish”. Always made fresh at the read more...

Oley Architectural Antiques

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Posted by on April 1, 2014

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Oley Architectural Antiques is open Monday and Thursday – Sunday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, closed Monday & Tuesday. If you’re looking for large, unique antiques, focal points for a room, fireplace surrounds, amazing doors, pillars, wrought iron, stained glass, hand-carved bars and the like, this is where you’re likely to find it in Lancaster County.  This is NOT read more...

Woodstock Writer’s Festival April 3 – 6, 2014

Posted by on April 1, 2014

Mar 31, 2014 - Apr 8, 2014
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It may be called a writer’s festival, but this event is for anyone who loves words – and a good time. The four-day event begins with a participatory Story Slam on Thursday night, with selected members of the public sharing a short piece of writing on a shared topic. On Friday, day-long workshops delve into topics as diverse as building read more...

Northeast Tennessee Quilt Trail

Purple iris on Dry Hill Road

Posted by on April 1, 2014

Apr 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
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As you travel throughout NE Tennessee you may notice large 8×8′ quilt patterns painted on the sides of barns, buildings and stores.  These are part of the Appalachian Quilt Trail which goes from  Johnson County Mountain City on the far eastern edge of the state the Celtic Quilt Trail in Houston County, TN. The Quilt Trail idea was started in read more...

Free Tours By Foot

Group of people standing and listening to tour guide in front of White House

Posted by on April 1, 2014

Mar 1, 2014 - Mar 1, 2014
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DC by Foot offers a name-your-own-price Washington, DC tours.  Our tours have no upfront costs, allowing you to pay what you think a tour was worth or what you could afford once the tour is finished. This encourages our guides to be at their very best on your tour.  In addition to walking tours, we also offer food, bike, bus read more...

Race Point Lighthouse

Posted by on March 30, 2014

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Race Point Lighthouse is located at the elbow between Herring Cove Beach and Race Point Beach in the Cape Cod National Seashore Provincelands. The surrounding body of water is known as the “the Race” by locals and is a popular fishing spot. This is also where Cape Cod Bay meets the open Atlantic. The Lighthouse was built in 1876 and read more...

The Argonaut Farm to Fork Café

Small round wood tables on an outside deck of a wood shingled building, with a couple sitting at the far table

Posted by on March 30, 2014

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This cute café is nestled under shady trees and overlooks Coloma’s American River. Owner Brigette Faieta and her team make delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, and snack plates, with vegan, gluten-free, and raw options. Even their shelf snacks are healthy. They offer breakfast and lunch year-round. Feel hungry? Try a gorgeous salad or smoked turkey sandwich. Thirsty? They will make you a read more...

Dametra Cafe

Posted by on March 27, 2014

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The name Dametra stems from a combination of Bashar Sneeh’s and Faisal Nimri’s  homelands: Damascus plus Petra, the ancient Jordanian city near the Dead Sea.   They became friends when they discovered they both played the oud, a stringed instrument similar to a mandolin, and wanted to create a restaurant setting like people were in their own home.  Their genuine friendly attitude and hugs read more...

International Curling Bonspiel

Curling tem

Posted by on March 27, 2014

Apr 3, 2014 - Apr 6, 2014
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This year’s International Bonspiel occurs April 3-6th, and is a great time to introduce yourself to the sport. Unique to northern climates, curling can be likened to a huge refrigerated shuffleboard, with a very heavy rock or stone that is guided down a sheet of ice, assisted by players who work hard to ensure its delivery toward the goal. A read more...

Deluxe Foods of Aptos

Array of fresh vegetables

Posted by on March 26, 2014

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Deluxe IS DELUXE!!! Everything you might wish in your local grocery, but, more. A local family owned market, that constantly improves with each passing year, over 30 and going strong. Deluxe is is my favorite place to go for meat, fish, cheese, and produce. Fresh and beautiful locally grown produce, fresh baked bread, meats and seafood of the highest quality read more...

Breakfast with the Bunny in Carmel-by-the-Sea

heads of two bunnies the one on the left is white and light brown and the one on the right is light brown. their heads are tilted together and the are standing in yellow and pink easter eggs

Posted by on March 26, 2014

Apr 19, 2014 - Apr 19, 2014
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This year will be the 19th annual, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Celebration in the heart of Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea’s on Sunday, April 19, 2014.  This is not an Easter Egg Hunt for sure.    The Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Lions Club sponsors this ever popular annual event where residents, locals from the surrounding areas and out of town tourists staying in Carmel-by-the-Sea’s forty plus charming read more...

Canterbury Place

Stoneware mugs with Lewiston NY and a fern leaf imprinted on them

Posted by on March 26, 2014

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This is your go to place for Yankee Candles in Lewiston, but candles are far from the only item they carry. Canterbury Place is also the only carrier of the Cat’s Meow Village pieces, featuring local buildings like The Little Yellow House, Frontier House, Old Stone Jug and more.  Check out the needle point pillows with local Youngstown and Lewiston read more...

Amish Farm & House

Farmhouse at the Amish Farm & House

Posted by on March 26, 2014

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This is a wonderful place to be immersed into the culture of the Amish and to learn more about them – at the Amish Farm & House located on 15 picturesque acres along the historic Lincoln Highway. Deeded in 1715, this track of land was given by William Penn. Over the years, it has been farmed by Quakers, Mennonite and read more...

The Strasburg Antique Mall

Strasburg Antique Mall, large one story brick building with name of business across the top of building in white lettering.

Posted by on March 25, 2014

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One of the best Antique stores in the Tuscarawas/Holmes county area is the Strasburg Antique Mall.  Located at 1020 North Wooster Avenue in Strasburg, the Antique Mall occupies the space that once was a grocery store.  Along with its original store the Antique Mall has now taken over two other empty spaces which brings an additional 3000 square feet.  Take read more...

Coop Market Grocery & Deli

Display cases of vegetable produce with Alaskan grown sign above displays

Posted by on March 25, 2014

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Welcome to the new Foodland! By re-purposing a long vacant building that used to house a typical grocery store 50 years ago, Coop Market has done an incredible remix of both building and product to create the largest selection of local produce in the interior. The mission of this store is to bring together regional foods, with an eye toward read more...

Quilting ‘n Cuisine Mini Shop Hop

Beautiful display of multi colored bolts of fabric from one of the Quilting and Cuisine mini shop hop

Posted by on March 25, 2014

Apr 11, 2014 - Apr 12, 2014
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Calling all quilters or anyone who has a passion for fabric!  A yearly shop hop that has become very popular in the Amish country.  This mini shop hop combines the best of both worlds, food and fabric!  So gather your friends and call today to get your ticket.  The shop hop is for one of two days in April, either read more...

Springtime at Ashokan Reservoir

body of water with mountains in the background

Posted by on March 24, 2014

Mar 20, 2014 - Jun 20, 2014
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Spring is here and one of the prettiest places near Woodstock to enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty is the Ashokan Reservoir. Home to the drinking water for New York City’s residents, this site is also home to nesting Bald Eagles and migrating loons, ducks and other birds migrating northward. Completed in 1915 the reservoir has a 255 square-mile drainage basin and read more...

Bob’s Dairyland

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Posted by on March 24, 2014

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Bob’s Dairyland in Roan Mountain, TN has been serving guests the best bbq and better burgers since 1956.  The only changes to the family friendly restaurant is a piece across the front of the original building to serve as an entrance area. Burger prices haven’t been raised for 3 years and the sizes of the meals are stupendous!  It doesn’t read more...

Louisiana Music Factory

Inside wall of store with Lousiana Music Factory written on yellow drum

Posted by on March 24, 2014

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Louisiana Music Factory was a beloved fixture on Decatur Street in the French Quarter, across from the House of Blues, since 1996.    Now it’s moved to the ever-expanding Frenchmen Street entertainment district, with its grand “re-opening” on March 8, 2014. And that makes it an integral part of the popular music scene that draws locals and tourists alike.   When read more...

Veterans Park Memorial

Howitzer Canon mounted on concrete with stone wall at side

Posted by on March 24, 2014

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Shortly after the Civil war monument was moved from the Mt Pleasant cemetery to the mall behind the Abbott Memorial Library, the local Grand Army of the Republic Post (Civil War veterans) acquired two Civil war cannons. It is believed that the cannons were naval guns and one was placed on a granite base next to the Civil War monument read more...

Valley Shepherd Creamery

facade of building with sign that says "Sheep Shoppe". Decorated with hay bales and pumpkins

Posted by on March 21, 2014

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Valley Shepherd Creamery is a family-owned, self-sustaining sheep farm set on 120 pristine acres of farmland in northern New Jersey. Spending a day at the farm can be quite an adventure. Begin your visit at the Sheep Shoppe where you can nibble on a variety of artisan cheeses, buy cheese-related gadgets and sample other comestibles. Also offered are several interesting read more...

Stagecoach Inn Restaurant

barn shaped building red with white windows

Posted by on March 21, 2014

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The Stagecoach Inn, a long time local family restaurant in Manitou Springs, is said to be an old stagecoach stop. Outside the front of the restaurant sits an authentic stagecoach to climb in and experience what the ride might have been like; it is a wonderful photo opportunity with the family. The comfortable inviting Colorado family restaurant and lounge has read more...

Pere Marquette State Park

fall seasonal image of park with barren trees and picnic shelter

Posted by on March 21, 2014

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Pere Marquette State Park, located in the scenic river town of Grafton, Illinois, consists of more than 8,000 acres of magnificent scenery. There are endless options for visitors to the park: hiking, camping, biking, fishing, and even horseback riding! RV campsites have electrical hook-up, sanitary dump stations, drinking water, and a shower building. Tent camping is also available and includes read more...

The Loading Dock

collage of 3 images of a steel sided building with large open doors and outdoor dining

Posted by on March 21, 2014

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A favorite summer spot among locals as well as non-locals, The Loading Dock located in historic Grafton, Illinois is just one more extension of the town’s uniqueness. The outdoor restaurant provides a great , dining experience, especially fantastic on a beautiful, warm day. The restaurant is located just on the shore of the Mississippi River, providing a lovely view of read more...

Aerie’s Riverview Winery

low rise gray painted clapboard building with barren trees in the foreground and river in the background

Posted by on March 21, 2014

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Enjoy incredible scenery and breathtaking views any time of the year at Aerie’s Winery atop the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. Located just 50 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Aerie’s Winery is a great destination for both locals and those in town for the weekend.  Their spacious deck is not to be missed for out door dining, and some pretty read more...

Grafton Zipline

barren woods in the fall with a walk way and zip line set up

Posted by on March 21, 2014

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Feeling adventurous? Looking for something unforgettable? Check out Grafton Zipline! Grafton Zipline consists of nine ziplines, all part of a 1.75 mile course. They all vary in length and speed, so be prepared for a surprising ride! Baby Bear – 300 feet Road Runner – 700 feet Dear Hollow – 1500 feet Soaring Eagle – 2000 feet River Run – read more...

LuciAnna’s Pastries

cream and tan storefront exterior with the words luci annas pastries over the glass front door

Posted by on March 21, 2014

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Home to “out of this world” desserts and pastries, LuciAnna’s Pastries in Alton is not a place to pass by! LuciAnna’s Pastries offers nothing less than superb hand-made French pastries (unique to a small river town), hand-crafted by owner and pastry chef Alexandra, who received training in the art of French pastry-making at a school in Vancouver. Her mastery of read more...

Village of Elsah Museum

1 story white building that looks like an old school house with bell tower

Posted by on March 21, 2014

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Take a step back in time and explore the history of the quaint little river town of Elsah, Illinois. Envision what nineteenth century life was like along the Mississippi and witness the spirit of the town and of the past residents who helped to shape it. Located in the Elsah Village Hall, which was erected in 1887, the Village of read more...

Piasa Winery and Pub

Yellow and blue building with deck around it

Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Piasa Winery and Pub of Grafton, Illinois  is home not only to a huge selection of wines, but also a wide variety of beers and food items. Piasa Winery showcases award winning, signature wines made locally at the Piasa vineyards, along with over 400 varieties of Illinois wines as well as international wines. In addition, the winery flaunts over 100 read more...

Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway

Picture of roadway with water on the left, rocky hills on the right

Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Enjoy 33 magnificent miles of spectacular views of Southern Illinois, on just one stretch of the 3,000-mile Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway. This section of the byway alone stretches for miles and miles from Hartford, Illinois to Grafton, Illinois. It begins at the intersection of Illinois Route 3 and New Poag Road in Hartford, Illinois and winds west read more...

Grafton Canoe & Kayak Rental

Brown building with Grafton Kayak in yellow letters on side

Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Grafton Canoe & Kayak Rental is the best place to go for whatever you need for your outdoor fun! Grafton Canoe & Kayak offers much more than just canoes and kayaks; bicycles, wave runners, and pontoon boats are available for rent. There are many styles of canoes and kayaks to choose from, as well as all sizes of mountain bikes. read more...

Grafton Harbor

Building in background with sign in front saying Grafton Harbor

Posted by on March 19, 2014

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“The Key West of the Midwest,” this harbor is one that is sure to excite! In addition to the Grafton Marina, Grafton Harbor is home to boat rentals and tours, Grafton Oyster Bar, and the Floating Winery, as well as a unique gift shop, Gift Ahoy, featuring a wide range of nautical gifts. Grafton Harbor is truly the “Harbor of read more...

Grafton Harbor Marina and Floating Winery

Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Enjoy “the Key West of the Midwest” at Grafton Harbor’s Floating Winery. This unique wine tasting experience offers much more than you’ll expect! The Floating Winery features more than 100 wines from all around the world… wine tasting at its best! The choices are practically endless! The harbor itself consists of 128 covered slips and 52 uncovered slips that can read more...

Mary Michelle Winery

Round tables, chairs inside winery with large bar area, green walls

Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Located within Pere Marquette Lodge in beautiful Grafton, Illinois, this fine winery features locally made award-winning Mary Michelle and Illinois Cellar wines handcrafted in Carrolton, Illinois. The wine can be enjoyed in any season, for Mary Michelle offers a variety of seating options. Relax and sip your wine on the patio overlooking the river, next to a roaring fire, or read more...

Grafton Winery and Brewhaus

Beige and blue sided building with Grafton Winery in black letters

Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Nestled along the scenic bluffs along the Mississippi River, Grafton Winery and Brewhaus offers great views in any season. The winery sits along the scenic Great River Road, overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Located just 45 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, Grafton Winery and Brewhaus has become one of the area’s premiere destination wineries. Grafton read more...

Grafton Country Corner Fudge

White stone house with green trim and green sign reading Grafton Fudge

Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Flaunting a very wide selection of delicious homemade fudge, Edy’s ice cream by the scoop, chocolates, old-time candies, and more, Grafton Country Corner Fudge is the best place in the area to satisfy your sweet tooth! Aside from all the countless tasty treats you will find here, Grafton Country Corner Fudge also features jewelry; scarves; Maruca Designs handbags; antiques; Minnetonka read more...

La Cuchina Italian Kitchen

White sign with red letters saying La Cucina

Posted by on March 19, 2014

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This small outstanding restaurant has a professional photographer as its chef so you know each item is a work of art! Not only are the soups unique and sooo tasty, the homemade bread to dip into the home made spicy sauces and freshly grated cheeses dips nicely into the soup. A small selection of dishes because each item is freshly read more...

The Keeter Center at the College of the Ozarks

Keeter Center of College of Ozarks restaurant staff smiling in front of food station with murals of students milking cows and other scenes

Posted by on March 18, 2014

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If you are looking for a Wow experience, go enjoy the Sunday brunch from 10 AM – 2PM at the Keeter Center at the College of the Ozarks, a short ride from the city of Branson, MO. The center is very rustic and was designed to reflect a Maine Lodge (Dobyns Hall) displayed at the 1904 World’s Fair. What’s wonderful read more...

St Patricks Day in New Orleans

crowds outside of Tracey's Bar waiting for the St. Paddy parade

Posted by on March 17, 2014

Mar 15, 2014 - Mar 17, 2014
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New Orleans is the original New World melting pot of ethnicity and race.   We got Mardi Gras from the French, beer and brass bands from German immigrants, St. Joseph’s Day altars and red gravy from the Italians, jazz from African-Americans, and wrought iron balconies from the Spanish. It would be a mistake, though, to overlook the Irish contribution. In read more...

West Barnstable Tables

Posted by on March 15, 2014

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In 1970 a couple of crafty guys who wanted to create beautiful and functional furniture from antique salvage decided to set up shop in an old barn and cranberry sorting building across the street from a railroad depot in the tiny hamlet of West Barnstable on Cape Cod. Since its inception, West Barnstable Tables has produced magnificent dining tables, sideboards, read more...

Cape May Easter Fashion Stroll

Three boys walking with Easter bunny holding numbers dressed in shirts, ties and hats. Crowd watching contestants.

Posted by on March 14, 2014

Apr 20, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
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The Cape May Washington Street Mall will be alive with activity on Easter Sunday, April 20, when participants for the Easter Fashion Stroll in their best outfits register at noon near the Rotary Clock. The stroll starts at one o’clock. There are prizes for children by age. The groups are 3 and under, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13 and up. There read more...

Atlantic Seal Cruises

Posted by on March 13, 2014

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Are you interested in enjoying time on the water while you learn your way around Casco Bay, about local history, doing a bit of lobstering and see all kinds of seals, bald eagles, and maybe porpoises and whales? Then, Captain Tom Ring and his 40’ converted lobster boat are just the ticket! A Freeport native, Captain Ring (a graduate of read more...

Cafe Chocolate

Glass covered cakeplate with chocolate desserts displayed

Posted by on March 13, 2014

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Cafe Chocolate is a must when visiting historical downtown Lititz. Located on Main Street, the small cafe boasts incredible organic eats, fair-trade coffee and espresso, as well as a plethora of decadent chocolate truffles. Our favorite drink has to be this famous “Turbo”, made up of steamed milk, rich chocolate and a shot of espresso makes this the perfect pick-me-up! read more...

Bowl Haven Lanes

Beige cindar block building with Bowl Haven Lanes in white lettering

Posted by on March 13, 2014

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Alton IL’s own Bowl Haven Lanes is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy a day – or evening – of bowling! The alley offers bowling leagues for all ages as well as open bowl many days of the week. If you need a break from bowling, try a tasty dish from the snack bar or from Spectators read more...

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Photo of a man with suspenders and a brim hat looking down into a gold pan

Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Coloma is where gold was discovered, and it’s the perfect place to learn how to pan for the precious flakes. The Park offers gold panning lessons every day of the week from 10:00am to 3:00pm, on the hour during peak season, and by request off season. The cost is $7.00 per person for a lesson, and the use of a read more...

Alton Little Theater

Two-toned brown brick building with Alton Little Theater in gold letters

Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Alton Little Theater is a small and quaint community theater with a lot of history behind it… it is the oldest (continuous) live theater company in the state of Illinois! The company was founded in the early 1930s by Dorothy Colonius and 2 of her friends, driven by a passion for the dramatic arts. Devoted to a love of theater, read more...

Alton Square Mall

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Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Enjoy shopping at a mall but do not like the hustle and bustle of it all? Then Alton Square Mall is the place for you! Alton Square Mall is small and local, so you will not have to worry about big crowds when shopping. Alton Square Mall is home to a variety of retail stores, including Macy’s and J.C. Penney’s, read more...

Bella Italia

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Posted by on March 11, 2014

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In English “Bella Italia” means “beautiful Italy”, and this lovely restaurant is reminiscent of a Tuscan trattoria, complete with gold stucco walls and a mural of villas set on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Family-owned for nearly 20 years, the whole gang works in the restaurant; our waitress, Maria, the youngest of the clan was very knowledgeable about how read more...

Avery’s Poboys

red, white and blue AQvery po-boy sign, oval shaped hanging over front entrance

Posted by on March 10, 2014

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The Mid-City area of New Orleans is undergoing a massive physical transformation, with the new 1.2 billion dollar University Medical Center project taking over 34 acres of wide swath of land bounded by Tulane Avenue, South Claiborne, Canal Street and South Galvez. When it opens, it will bring many hungry doctors, nurses, health care staffers, and relatives of patients to read more...

Springfest Garden Show

Water spilling ovre a tier of rock

Posted by on March 10, 2014

Mar 13, 2014 - Mar 16, 2014
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I’m hanging up my snow shovel and digging out my gardening gloves. The 18th Annual Springfest Garden Show will be held this week in the Conservatory of the Sussex County Fairgrounds from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As in the past, the area’s prominent landscape companies have been busy all winter designing their displays and building their glorious gardens. Avid read more...

Sight & Sound Theater – Moses

Stage with the image of Moses parting the red sea projected to a screen on a large stage. "Moses" is writen in large font.

Posted by on March 9, 2014

Mar 8, 2014 - Feb 7, 2015
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Sight and Sound Theater is know for bringing biblical stories to life, and with their latest production, Moses, they’ve “hit it out of the park”!! Performances are held Tuesday – Saturday.  Mid-Week shows are at either 11:00 am and 2:45 pm.  Friday showings are at 2:45 pm and 6:30 pm.  On Saturday you’ve got three options:  11:00 am, 2:45 pm read more...

Graham Realty

Posted by on March 7, 2014

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Many people who visit Camden and enjoy the wonderful experiences of this area return in hopes of making Camden their home. History, Horses and Hospitality. There is so much to love about this county and there is so much to do. Those returning want to select a relocation company that offers the “whole” package. For more than 35 years, Graham read more...

It’s Personal Wine

Store sign with background pictures of a wine bottle and dancers that says "It's Personal, personalized wine labels - Wine that's mine! - Wine Lounge"

Posted by on March 6, 2014

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Paula Gendron’s comfortable, friendly wine bar is moving down the road to 414 Historic Main Street. They will be re-opened soon to continue to offer a large variety of wines and beers. It is bright and cheerful during the day, and cozy at night. Restaurants and shops are just steps away making this a great before- and after- dinner location. read more...

Lake Catherine State Park

Painted wooden sign of the park

Posted by on March 6, 2014

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The Hot Springs region provides great parks and lakes for exploring, hiking, and water activities. One of the jewels is Lake Catherine State Park, located about 15 miles from the city. This state park has it all: camping, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing boats, beach, and our favorite hiking trails. The park rangers offer cool classes and guided tours, from bald read more...

Falmouth Sports Center

Falmouth sports center fitness and tennis facility

Posted by on March 6, 2014

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The Falmouth Sports Center is a large facility with everything from indoor tennis courts and racquetball courts to a large weight room and an expansive cardio fitness room. The equipment featured in the cardio arena and strength training includes such names as Freemotion, Keiser, Hammer and Body Masters as well as all manner of free weights. The fitness center has read more...

Mountain Jam 2014