Fredericksburg, TX | April 2-6
Experience the bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, and red poppies with a spring visit to the Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg! This authentic Texas-German community, just an hour’s drive northwest of San Antonio, is renowned for its upscale boutiques and art galleries, burgeoning wine industry, upscale lodging, lush wildflower landscape, world-class museums, and Hill Country cuisine.
Chattanooga, TN | April 30-May4
Situated at the southeastern edge of Tennessee, Chattanooga derives the first part of its name from Muskogean word cvto /chắtȯ/, the latter part, nuga, is a regional suffix meaning dwelling. Chattanooga, with its scenic backdrop of Lookout Mountain (link here) and Walden’s Ridge (link here). But, over the next two decades a concentrated revitalization effort occurred throughout Chattanooga, leading to districts like Bluff View Art District (link here) and the Riverfront District becoming prime locations to see just how much the city has changed its image from the once decadent to a vibrant cultivation for all native Chattanoogans and travelers alike to see.
Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium (link here), a major waterfront initiative to spur neighborhood development, and the historic Walnut Street Bridge (link here) which was used during the running portion of the Ironman World Championships (link here) in 2017, are must see whenever visiting Chattanooga.
Outdoor activities have grown over the past decade: Chattanooga Segway & Bike Tours (link here) having guided tours of downtown Chattanooga, hiking the Little Cedar Mountain Trail (link here), and Canoe Kayak Chattanooga (link here) providing kayaking on the Tennessee River, with all these showcasing the beautiful lush greens of the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians.
Chicago by Train | May 10-12
I’ll visit Chicago for a travel industry panel and stay to enjoy The Art Institute, the new American Writer’s Museum, plus enjoy a History on Tap tour.
Kansas City, KS | June 2-4
An outdoor and sporting FAM trip in my hometown.
Door County, WI | June 24-28This is perhaps the most splendid time of year to experience Door County – you’ll find over 300 miles of shoreline jetting out into Lake Michigan and Green Bay dotted by charming communities with big personalities (picture…Egg Harbor, Sister Bay, Fish Creek). Enjoy epic sunsets glowing through your camera lens and a Midwestern friendliness reminiscent of days gone by. Here’s a glance at the itinerary:
Kayak along limestone bluffs and through protected estuaries
Hike through Whitefish Dunes State Park and bike the Sunset Trail
Step back in time as you visit one of the county’s 11 lighthouses
Tour the peninsula by trolley and learn about the area’s maritime history
Sample locally made cheese, wines, beer, and spirits
Peruse art galleries then create some art of your own
Indian Beach, NC | July 30-August 3
Traveling to Emerald Isle in North Carolina for a week at the beach.
Niagara Falls, New York | September 11-14
Travel Media Showcase conference.
Eco-Adventure in Mobile Bay, Alabama | October 3-7
Mobile Bay’s diverse ecology offers outstanding outdoor recreation – Just ten minutes from downtown Mobile, find yourself kayaking the country’s second largest river delta (also designated one of Alabama’s Ten Natural Wonders.) Cruise with a naturalist to spot alligators and local flora & fauna through the five rivers that converge into the bay. Hover over swamp lands on an exhilarating airboat ride. Explore the quiet coastline of Dauphin Island – home to an Audubon Bird Sanctuary, learning sea lab and historic Civil War era Fort. Travel the Coastal Alabama Birding Trail to scenic Fairhope of the Eastern Shore.
Upper Cumberland Tennessee | October 16-21
This region of Tennessee, west of the Appalachian Mountains, is rich in history, culture and outdoor adventures perfect for solo travelers, couples or the whole family. Here sights range from Dale Hollow Lake, the high bluffs of Black Mountain, or the calming waters of the Byrd Lake, creating adventures that can only be “Made in Tennessee.”
In Upper Cumberland Tennessee, you can taste Appalachian-infused foods, explore the oldest winery in Tennessee, Highland Manor Winery, or taste locally distilled moonshine at Tennessee Legend Distillery.
From caverns to impressive greenways, waterfalls and rivers, Upper Cumberland Tennessee has an incredible world of nature that travelers and locals alike flock to. Explore Cumberland Caverns, hike Edgar Evins State Park and experience Fall in the Falls at Fall Creek Falls State Park.
The Sunset Marina offers a relaxing and picturesque experience on Dale Hollow Lake while maintaining a “clean and green” facility, being awarded in 2015 with the Clean Maria Certification.
Highland Lakes Region, Texas | October 29-November 1
Lake Buchanan, Lake LBJ and Inks Lake are the trio of lakes that define this unusual place. And so many of its wonders are best observed from the water. The Vanishing Texas River Cruise meanders through Lake Buchanan (the largest lake in Texas) up the Colorado River past waterfalls, pink granite cliffs and the Garrett Island wildlife sanctuary.
Canyon of the Eagles eco-lodge resort has 62 lakefront rooms in cottages patterned on 1920’s-era Hill Country cottages. There are 14 miles of designated hiking trails on the resort’s 940-acre private nature park. The 70-foot Vanishing Texas River Cruise boat offers excursions on Lake Buchanan and the Colorado River from the dock on the property.
Haven Riviera Cancun | December
Additional destinations will be added as they’re scheduled.