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Save the Date: From Spokes to Stained Glass, June = Fun on San Juan Island!
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Written by San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau   
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 09:00 AM

Friday Harbor, WA… See San Juan artists’ studios from a set of skinny tires! The 29th Annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour and the Friday Harbor Bike Fest are coming June 1st! Pedal your way down hidden drives and island backroads and discover why the San Juans are an Artists’ Hot Spot* in Washington.  

The Bike Fest is being held at San Juan Island Brewing in downtown Friday Harbor. Breakfast (no host) will be available starting at 8:00 am from the local Cutthroat Pirates. Supported rides will be from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, but you can start and finish any time you wish. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Salish Sea and lush farmland and perhaps catch a glimpse of a fox or two. The fee includes a Tri-Tip BBQ meal, featuring local BBQ aficionado Billy Grewohd (vegan burgers will also be available), at the end of the ride. Live music provided by local musicians will start at 3:00 pm at San Juan Island Brewing Company. Enjoy a pint of locally crafted ale or lager or sip a glass of wine from award-winning estate-grown San Juan Vineyards, at an additional cost.

View the many artistic works inspired by the San Juan Islands natural world during the San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. Find many new studios on the tour this year; 22 mutually supportive island art studios will host over 60 artists. Find glass blowing, etchings, handmade knives, kaleidoscopes, jewelry, wearable art, fiber art, sculpture, fused glass and more. Take the self-guided tour (maps available on the website) to seldom-open-to-the-public studios and watch art in the making. This will be the largest, most fun-filled annual tour event yetand a once-a-year chance to buy fine art at its source. Sign up for a raffle at each studio for a chance to win local fine art.

Reserve your regular or electric assist bike here today!

*According to the Washington State Arts Commission for per capita number of art galleries and individual artist sales

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Media Contact:
Barbara Marrett
Communications Manager

Unbound Book Festival Kicks Off This Week
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Written by Columbia, MO CVB   
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 09:00 AM

 COLUMBIA, MO - Nationally and internationally renowned authors will gather in Columbia April 19 and 20 for the fourth annual Unbound Book Festival, celebrating literature in all its forms.

Another ‘layer’ of the 1886 Crescent Hotel’s days as a hospital surfaces
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Written by Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism   
Monday, April 15, 2019 08:30 AM

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) -- The 1886 Crescent Hotel, well known today as being a mountaintop spa resort in the Arkansas Ozarks, was once used as a cancer curing hospital which was under the control of the hospital’s owner, charlatan Norman Baker from Muscatine, Iowa.  Baker operated his Eureka Springs’ facility from 1937 until December 1940.

Branson Named a Top 25 U.S. Destination by TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards
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Written by Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau   
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 06:00 AM

Branson, Mo., has been named a top U.S. destination by the reviewers of the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor. The winners of the 2014 top spots were announced April 8 when the website released the results of the 6th Annual Travelers' Choice™ awards for Destinations.

‘Richard Tsao: Accidental Designer,’ Haunted History Tour and River District History Tour, and more!
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Written by Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel   
Monday, April 08, 2019 08:00 AM

April Happenings in Lee County:

  •  Kayak Tour with GAEA Guides
  •  'Richard Tsao: Accidental Designer'
  •  Haunted History Tour and River District History Tour
  •  'Andorra'
  •  Pasta for a Purpose

 ...and so much more!

Community-wide Clean-up Day Planned
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Written by Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau   
Thursday, April 04, 2019 08:00 AM

In support of Catalina Island exemplifying sustainable tourism practices, the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau has launched several consumer and community-based initiatives.  At, visitors and potential visitors are invited to learn about visiting the island with details and links to the Catalina Island Conservancy, Catalina Island Marine Protection Areas and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, from which inspiration was found for many of the new programs.

Dogwood Festival Ushers In Spring Season at the Lake of the Ozarks
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Written by Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks   
Thursday, April 04, 2019 08:00 AM

Lake of the Ozarks, MO - As sure as the coming of spring at the Lake of the Ozarks is the annual Dogwood Festival in Camdenton, which takes place April 25-27.

While the Lake of the Ozarks was recently voted one of the top two destinations in the nation for viewing colorful fall foliage by readers of USA Today, springtime in the Ozarks is a sight to behold as well.

The hardwood forests that line the winding roads and the 1,150 miles of shoreline along the Lake of the Ozarks become a palette of soft green with pops of white and pinks from the Flowering Dogwoods and Redbud trees.

Arkansas a prime golfing destination for all levels
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Written by Arkansas Tourism Media Room   
Monday, April 01, 2019 06:34 PM

By Zoie Clift
Photos available here.

Arkansas is a great location for golfing at all levels, from beginner to pro. The scenic beauty of the state is a natural complement to the game of golf. The Arkansas Golf Trail was created to showcase the variety of scenic courses across the state and has diverse options for golfers, both residents and visitors alike. The trail is home to 12 public and private courses in 11 locations across Arkansas, and highlights the varied landscape of The Natural State from hardwood forests to mountain views to rolling hills to lakes to the Delta. 

Orage Slices- A weekly Update of News of our North Carolina Communities
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Written by Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau   
Monday, April 01, 2019 05:41 PM

Go Outside and Play

Orange County is so beautiful it could be an advertisement for nature itself. Museums, great shopping, sports teams, and fancy hotels bring visitors here by the thousands, as well they should. But it’s what’s outside that sustains us. And it’s rare to find a bucolic wonderland so close to a cultural mecca. It’s not just the best of both worlds here — it’s the best of all worlds.

A recent University of Georgia study asked Southerners why they valued wilderness areas. Protecting water and air quality, safeguarding wildlife and rare species habitats, providing scenic beauty, and preserving areas for future generations were the most important benefits of wilderness. Hiking was the most common use of wilderness areas, (84%), followed by photography, swimming, and camping – all of which can be found right here, minutes from home or your cushy hotel room.

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