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
Additional destinations will be added as they’re scheduled.