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Oh, My Gourd! The Best Pumpkin Events Across The United States.

Some places around this great country take celebrating the pumpkin to new levels with these unbelievable pumpkin related events.

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It’s Halloween season which means it is time to celebrate all things pumpkin. Pumpkin spiced products of all shapes and sizes are being pumped out in every direction. Jack-o-lanterns are being carved and pumpkin pies are being doled out left and right. The pumpkin is a magical gourd that really gives off the feeling of fall. You will celebrate the season every time you see a jack-o’-lantern and when it comes to pumpkins there really is so much to enjoy. Some places around this great country take celebrating the orange gourd to new levels with these unbelievable pumpkin related events.

 

The Great Jack-O’-Lantern Blaze
This fantastic event is held at the Van Cortlandt Manor, a historic place in New York. Here you will find thousands of jack-o’-lanterns made up into some absolutely breathtaking figures. Each jack-o’-lantern has its own face but is also a part of something much bigger. Here you will find a statue of liberty made out of jack-o’-lanterns, dinosaurs and even a carousel that somehow spins. You can enjoy a walk across a pumpkin bridge and hang out in a planetarium that will seriously flip you out.

 

World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
The beautiful Half Moon Bay is the scene of this insane competition. The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off brings farmers from around the country together to show off who can grow the biggest gourd in the world. The only way they can move these giant gourds around is with forklifts and special straps and you will be astounded by just how big these things can get. Last year’s winner was a pumpkin that weighed 2,363 lbs. Now that is a lot of pumpkin pies!

 

The Pumpkin Festival
Now, this festival might not have the most creative name, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an unbelievable site worth seeing. This fest has set the record 8 different times for having the most jack-o’-lanterns lit at one time. That is pretty unbelievable. ONce you check out all of the jack-o-lanterns then be sure to give the children’s costume parade a look. There is nothing cuter than a bunch of children marching around in their little costumes. You can also see some super fun dance performances that are dedicated to the awesome season of Autumn.

 

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta
If you’ve ever seen a pumpkin catapult then you know it is something that has to be seen to be believed. You get to see these giant gourds launched high into the air only to come slamming down onto the ground and breaking into a million slimy pieces. There is also a pumpkin derby as well which is definitely a crackup. The last event is the best though, it is called the Pumpkin Regatta. In this race, competitors make boats out of giant pumpkins and race around an obstacle course. There is one race for paddleboats and one for powerboats. Both races are a true crackup to witness.

 

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Falling For These Seasonal Resorts

The best fall resorts are astoundingly beautiful – enjoy the harvest season surrounded by nature’s beauty.

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     Going on vacation in the midst of Fall is a mesmerizing idea. Leaves change color and the gluttony of Summer has finally tapered off. You can cool off and relax while living amongst absolute beauty. At these specific locations, you can appreciate the best reds, oranges, and yellows that this world has to offer and do it in style. The best fall escapes are astoundingly beautiful so you can enjoy the harvest season the way it was meant to be enjoyed, surrounded by nature’s beauty.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa: Highlands, North Carolina
     This Inn and Spa are located in North Carolina but you will feel like you’re across the Atlantic, deep in Europe when you enjoy your bliss-filled trip to the Old Edwards Inn and Spa. The spa is absolutely glorious in this beautiful resort. You can go to the saunas, steam rooms, and even a solarium. If you’re staying in the hotel you can roll straight from the Inn to the Spa. Now that’s what I call convenience. The Inn is also spectacular, as it has some great clay tennis courts, spectacular golf course and an unbelievable restaurant that has fantastic farm-to-table meals. When you stay here you should really experience the beauty that you are surrounded by. Go off grounds and hit one of the many hiking trails that go through the beautiful destination that is Highlands, North Carolina.

Lake Placid Lodge: Lake Placid, New York
     If you’re looking for the absolute finest in the color-changing experience, head to Lake Placid Lodge, located… on Lake Placid in New York. If you’re going to watch leaves change color then you might as well do it while also enjoying a wonderful lake. Here you will be amidst the Adirondacks which is an unbelievable protected area that is seriously big.
The best part about this lodge is it is the only hotel on the shore of Lake Placid which means it is exclusive. You can hit the lake in a boat super easily or just enjoy some brilliant hiking that surrounds the scenic body of water.

Lumière Hotel: Telluride, Colorado
     This is a fantastic option for pet lovers. Here is a spectacular resort that allows you to bring all your furry friends along as well. You can take advantage not only of the pretty sites but the hundreds of hiking trails all over the Telluride Ski Resort. Your dog will get it’s own bed, bowls and treats so you know they will enjoy their stay almost as much as you do. There are 11 rooms in this resort, but if you’re more than one family you can get one of the “residences” which can have up to 5 bedrooms inside. Now you’re not only traveling with your dogs, but you’re traveling with your dawgs as well. Nice.


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The Spooky Haunted US Cities

Halloween is right around the corner, will you be able to make it through these haunted US cities alive?

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     Halloween is just around the corner which means it is time to start getting spooked. Maybe your local haunted houses just aren’t cutting it anymore. You know when the mummy is going to pop out, and it’s not just that, you actually know the mummy. His name is Frank and he works at the furniture store. You had a beer with him last night. When the mummy at the haunted house calls you by your name then you know that you need to go somewhere else to find your frights. It’s time to stop heading to Frank’s haunted “house” aka his bachelor apartment and time to take a vacation to someplace that’s really scary. But where is the scariest place to travel to? How about a place that is actually haunted? Head to a place where the unexplained continually happens, where questions are left unanswered, a place that is truly haunted. We talked to our travel team and put together a list of the most haunted cities in the United States.

New Orleans, Louisiana
     New Orleans is an obvious place to start when it comes to a truly spooky town. This is the home of voodoo magic which has been the fare of countless movies and has lead to some pretty mysterious things happening. There were also massive Civil War battles so that should make for ghosts-a-plenty. IF you talk to any New Orleans native you will quickly hear some pretty spooky tales about the goings-on of this city that is sure to shake you to your bones. You can hop on a ghost tour if you really want to get low-down and visit the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 where Marie Laveau is buried. Marie Laveau is known for being a priestess of voodoo.

Savannah, Georgia
     Here in Savannah, you don’t just have ghosts floating around from Civil War battles, but also from the Revolutionary War. The haunted tours are all over this city and you are sure to see some spooky stuff while you visit this place. Savannah is said to have been built on an Indian burial ground, which would make sense because this whole place seems eerie and we all know that building something on top of an Indian burial ground has always been bad news.

Charleston, South Carolina
     The Old City Jail in Charleston is well known as one of the most haunted places on Planet EArth. The jail held runaway slaves, pirates and Civil War prisoners. Their spirits may account for the people who have heard chains dragging on the floor and have seen doors slam. The prisoners most talked about are Lavinia and John Fisher who are said to still haunt the jail to this very day.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     Philadelphia is known for a lot, but not necessarily recognized for its unbelievably high ghost population. The Eastern State Penitentiary is a super scary place that is one of the most haunted places around. This was the prison that started solitary confinement which was sure to make the living mad and lead them to haunt this place for eternity. People have been grabbed by ghosts here so watch out on a tour and hopefully, you can come out with your pants still dry.


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Taking A Hike Into Autumn

The season of Autumn has officially begun to show its colors. We’ll show you the National Parks to admire them.

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     The kids are back in school and work is in full swing, which means you’re already planning your next vacation. Are we wrong? Therefore, why not enjoy the splendor of North America’s greatest National Parks – without all the pesky crowds and blistering heat? Autumn is nature’s gift when the leaves change while their color pallets are spectacular, especially in these glorious National Parks.


Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
     There is no better place to see the wonderful fall foliage than along Skyline Drive in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. A short two-hour drive from our nation’s capital, Shenandoah and Skyline drive are most popular between September and November for the breathtaking views of color-changing leaves as far as the eyes can see. Skyline Drive runs along the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains with views of waterfalls and the occasional wildlife.

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
     For people in the Pacific Northwest, you are already aware of the majesty of Mount airier. Just a short two-hour drive from Seattle, Mount Rainier looms large over the city’s skyline. This destination will be chilly but expectedly beautiful as you will have the hiking trails to yourself. There are over 250 miles of hiking trails that take you to the mountain’s impressive heights.

Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Tennessee
     Nine million people a year can’t be wrong – the Great Smokey Mountains National Park is a national treasure. Autumn here is simply divine – with an impressive array of fall foliage, you have to consider the experience a true joy when the weather is just perfect. The hiking is a pleasure with well-manicured trails and waterfalls all over the place.

Arches National Park, Utah
     Utah has some of the most diverse terrains and environments around and their National Parks are some of the best. Summers can be drainingly hot – avoid heatstroke and visit the Arches in the Fall. The arches are really incredible and the nighttime celestial display of stars and planets are like nowhere else. Horseback ride during the day and do some stargazing at night.

Acadia National Park, Maine
     If fall foliage is what you desire, there is nowhere else on Earth that offers these incredible views. It is about a three-hour drive from Portland, Maine but the drive is well worth it if you seek the leaf. You will see all the colors of the rainbow as the leaves slowly die and fall to the forest floor.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
     We all know about the geysers that erupt on a clock like a schedule but the crowds in the summer are terrible. Avoid the throngs of tourists and head to Yellowstone in the Autumn. The wildlife in Yellowstone at this time is very active, so expect to see elk, moose and even bears.


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