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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 3:35 PM
— As “Game of Thrones” fans would say, winter is coming. And while the snow and ice won't hit most of the South as hard as other parts of the country (and the White Walkers are almost certain not to be a threat), it's about time to start planning for the season.
If you're thinking about a winter ski trip, instead of heading west to Colorado, why not consider trekking east? Whether your'e a novice or a skilled skier, there are lots of great resorts providing the perfect place to hit the eastern slopes this season.
Phone: (207) 237-2000
As the East Rockies largest ski resort, Sugarloaf Ski Resort is a paradise for snowboarders and skiers alike. With 146 total runs and a 2,820 feet vertical drop, you're sure to find fun and adventure.
For daredevils, the resort features three terrain parks, a super-pipe and a snowboardcross course designed by Seth Wescot, an Olympic gold medalist.
Rates: One-day lift tickets range from $85 to $95 (adults), $75 to $79 (teens) and $65 to $69 (juniors/seniors), depending on the date. The daily price goes down with each additional day booked (up to seven days).
Phone: (518) 946-2223
Situated in the Adirondacks, Whiteface Mountain boasts the Northeast's tallest mountain. In addition to 87 ski trails (a third of which are reserved for experts), you can enjoy bobsledding with a professional brakeman or check out the Olympic ski-jumping complex.
Rates: The ski resort has numerous lift ticket deals if you book online, with one day passes available for less than $40. Five to seven day tickets can be booked for less than $200.
Phone: (877) 441-4386
Snowshoe Moutain Ski Resort is located in the Alleghenies and offers skiers and boarders a rugged terrain to enjoy. For the experienced (and brave), Shay's Revenge has previously been named the region's most challenging run. In February, the resorts host the Cupp Run Challenge, a giant slalom race for expert skiers and snowboarders.
But don't worry, there are also plenty of slopes for novice and intermediate skiers.
Rates: One-day lift tickets range from $79 to $99 (adults), $66 to $82 (teens) and $10 to $30 (juniors/seniors), depending on the day.
Phone: (888) 253-4849
Stowe Mountain Resort is home to Vermont's tallest peak, Mount Mansfield. The resort offers skiers six distinct zones, including a freestyle terrain park, which includes rails, jumps, bonks and ramps.
For the less adventurous (or for those who wish to relax at the end of a long day), the resort's Cliff House restaurant at the summit offers a range of regional cuisine. Enjoy your meal while taking in the incredible view!
Rates: One-day lift tickets range from $94 to $99 (adults) and $80 to $84 (children 5-12), depending on the date. The daily price goes down with each additional day booked (up to seven days).
Phone: (603) 823-8800
Calling itself "the living legend", Cannon Mountain Ski Resort boasts 87 acres of back country as well as New Hampshire's highest vertical slope. Considered a classic alternative to the mega resorts, Cannon Mountain promises some truly incredible vistas from the top.
Rates: One-day lift tickets cost $77 (adults), $64 (teens 13-17) and $55 (children 6-12). Multiple day deals are available as well.
Published: Sunday, June 10, 2018 @ 8:47 AM
WALLAND, Tenn. — Southern Living recently polled its readers to discover their picks for the top places to visit in the South. Blackberry Farm, in Walland, Tennessee, south of Knoxville, took home the top prize.
There is a spa, brewery and working farm on the property. The resort offers plenty of wine and dining options, musical entertainment, workshops and more.
Activities include horseback riding, archery, fly fishing, hiking and paintball.
One Facebook reviewer noted, "Have traveled quite well in my 50+ years, but Blackberry Farm stands out as the BEST of all. They anticipate your every wish and deliver it with cordial efficiency. Understated, approachable elegance. Go there, go there, go there! It is transforming."
Southern Living honored The Barn at Blackberry Farm by awarding it the best restaurant in Tennessee, too.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:57 AM
— A Florida beach has been named the nation's best in TripAdvisor's annual Travelers' Choice awards.
The travel website announced Tuesday that Clearwater Beach was the best in the U.S. in 2018, climbing from No. 4 in 2017. The beach also topped the national list in 2016.
Meanwhile, Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, took the award for the best beach worldwide.
Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 2:59 PM
Are you planning your ideal summer getaway? You don’t have to fly to the Caribbean to have your perfect summer trip. This news organization has chosen several destinations that are easy to get to for a long weekend trip. From Hocking Hills to Cincinnati, we’ve got the best places to eat, see and visit on a budget this summer.
— Spend a weekend tucked away in the mountains. Asheville, located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is a funky town with amazing art galleries, live music and a thriving foodie scene. The drive from Ohio to Asheville is a little more than six hours.
Here’s what to do in Asheville:
1. Go for a hike
Hiking in Asheville is the perfect way to spend a morning. Head to Chimney Rock State Park, where you’ll walk up flights of stairs to see a stunning view of the mountains. You can also hike to the summit of Table Rock Mountain, catching panoramic views of the soaring mountaintop in Linville Gorge. Another option is the 1.5-mile round-trip hike to the summit of Hawksbill Mountain. The hike climbs about 700 ft. in elevation.
2. Browse a bookstore
Pick out a book from Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe. The independent bookstore has organic coffee, author events and a cozy vibe. Battery Park Book Exchange is another perfect place for bibliophiles. Readers can browse thousands of books while sipping on fine wine or Champagne. The used bookstore and Champagne bar is located in the heart of Asheville.
3. Visit the Biltmore Estate
Explore the 8,000-acre beautiful Biltmore Estate built by George Vanderbilt. Take a rooftop tour of the grounds to see a birds-eye view of the estate for $25. The Biltmore also has special wine, cheese and chocolate tastings, or experience an elegant dining experience. The Biltmore has special food events like the “Biltmore Brewing Beer Dinner” or the “Enchanted Tea at Vanderbilt Room at The Inn.”
4. Drink a beer
Asheville is packed with breweries. Grab a beer at Wedge Brewing or sip on a cherry stout at The Lab. The Amazing Pubcycle, Asheville’s pedal wagon, will take you on a tour of some of the city’s best breweries. You can even get beer ice cream at The Hope Ice Cream Cafe.
5. Treat your taste buds
Asheville is a foodie paradise. Order some light Caribbean food and a margarita at Salsa’s and sit outside in the sun. Some other best restaurants: Buxton Hall Barbeque and Red Ginger Dim Sum. For brunch, head over the Mayfel’s for Louisiana-inspired fare or Biscuit Head for house-made jams, killer biscuits and amazing
grit bowl specials. Don’t forget to grab some sugary goodness at Vortex Donuts before you go.
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Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 6:59 PM
COLUMBUS — The Fort Ancient Earthworks in Warren County and other sites comprising Ohio’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks are a big step closer to being designated as World Heritage sites.
“The U.S. Department of the Interior is scheduled to publish a notice in the Federal Register tomorrow inviting Ohio’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks as the United States’ next nomination to be prepared for World Heritage List consideration by the World Heritage Committee,” according to a press release issued Thursday by the Ohio History Connection.
This is the next step in the process through which officials with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decide the sites deserve the designation making them international tourist attractions.
“The final decision on inclusion on the list will be made by the World heritage Committee, composed of representatives from 21 nations elected from the members of the World Heritage Convention, and advised by the International Council on Monuments and Sites,” according to an announcement by the Department of the Interior.
Other sites include in the Ohio application are the Earthworks at Newark, the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park near Chillicothe, along with the Hopewell Mound Group and Seip, Hopeton and High Bank earthworks.
Area lawmakers had joined an effort to win the designation for the sites. The bid had been placed on hold during the transition to the Trump administration, as the appointee to the U.S. Park Service was being made and the department’s direction determined.