THE WHITE BARN INN

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One of the interesting features of East Coast vacation spots from New York northward is the number of historic farmhouses that have been restored and converted to lodgings. An example of this is the White Barn Inn which is situated between woodlands and the rugged shoreline of Maine.

The original hardwood floors of the Inn, built in 1840, are still in place, particularly in the lobby, which is also graced by 19th-century antiques. Color-coordinated fabrics and wall coverings have been used in the guest rooms as well as in the suites. Suites also have king-size, four-poster beds, working fireplaces, over-sized marble bathrooms, whirlpool baths, televisions, armoires, phones, period furnishings, fresh flowers, and a complimentary basket of fresh fruit. Among the amenities are twice-daily maid service and thick robes.

The restaurant is in a carefully restored three-story barn, with large picture windows at either end. Tables are set with Villeroy and Boch China, crystal stemware and fresh flowers. Guests dine by candlelight and are entertained by a pianist as they wait for their choices from the menu which promises to live up to the elegant surroundings. Dinner might begin with Foie Gras. The entree of choice is–what else–a steamed Maine Lobster on fresh fettucine, with carrots and ginger in a spicy honey sherry vinegar sauce. For dessert there is a rich chocolate mousse in a thin pastry crust with toasted hazelnuts and Frangelico whipped cream. There is a wine list as well as one of liqueurs, ports and cognacs.

Complimentary afternoon tea with fresh patisseries is served daily to hotel guests. Outdoor activities available are: riding one of the Inn’s bicycles along a stunning stretch of coast line, sailing, deep sea fishing, ocean swimming, whale watching, monastery tours, or a five-minute walk to the heart of Kennebunkport with its antique shops, theater and galleries.

The White Barn Inn was named one of the top “Inns of the Year” for 1993 by Country Inns Magazine and their restaurant was rated 5 diamonds by AAA.

P.O. Box 560C
Beach Street
Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
207-967-2321
207-967-1100

SERVICES & AMENITIES: Parking, Laundry, TV lounge, Fireplaces, Complimentary newspaper, Cable TV, suites have whirlpool baths, twice-daily maid service, Complimentary toiletries, Robes, Complimentary breakfast
RESTAURANT: White Barn Inn, 5:30-9:30pm, Jackets required
BAR: Piano Bar, 6:30pm-Midnight
BUSINESS FACILITIES: Message center, Secretarial service, Copiers, Audio-visual
CONFERENCE ROOMS: 2, capacity 40
SPORTS FACILITIES: Two 18-hole golf courses, sailing, riding, deep-sea fishing, whale watching, tennis, all minutes away
ATTRACTIONS: Boutiques, galleries, antique shops, trolley tours, local theater, woodland, ocean

THE WHITE BARN INN

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One of the interesting features of East Coast vacation spots from New York northward is the number of historic farm houses that have been restored and converted to lodgings. An example of this is the White Barn Inn which is situated between woodlands and the rugged shoreline of Maine.

The original hardwood floors of the Inn, built in 1840, are still in place, particularly in the lobby, which is also graced by 19th-century antiques. Color-coordinated fabrics and wall coverings have been used in the guest rooms as well as in the suites. Suites also have king-size, four-poster beds, working fireplaces, over-sized marble bathrooms, whirlpool baths, televisions, armoires, phones, period furnishings, fresh flowers, and a complimentary basket of fresh fruit. Among the amenities are twice-daily maid service and thick robes.

The restaurant is in a carefully restored three-story barn, with large picture windows at either end. Tables are set with Villeroy and Boch China, crystal stemware and fresh flowers. Guests dine by candle light and are entertained by a pianist as they wait for their choices from the menu which promises to live up to the elegant surroundings. Dinner might begin with Foie Gras. The entree of choice is–what else–a steamed Maine Lobster on fresh fettucine, with carrots and ginger in a spicy honey sherry vinegar sauce. For dessert there is a rich chocolate mousse in a thin pastry crust with toasted hazelnuts and Frangelico whipped cream. There is a wine list as well as one of liqueurs, ports and cognacs.

Complimentary afternoon tea with fresh patisseries is served daily to hotel guests. Outdoor activities available are: riding one of the Inn’s bicycles along a stunning stretch of coast line, sailing, deep sea fishing, ocean swimming, whale watching, monastery tours, or a five-minute walk to the heart of Kennebunkport with its antique shops, theater and galleries.

The White Barn Inn was named one of the top “Inns of the Year” for 1993 by Country Inns Magazine and their restaurant was rated 5 diamonds by AAA.

P.O. Box 560C
Beach Street
Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
207-967-2321
207-967-1100

SERVICES & AMENITIES: Parking, Laundry, TV lounge, Fireplaces, Complimentary newspaper, Cable TV, suites have whirlpool baths, twice-daily maid service, Complimentary toiletries, Robes, Complimentary breakfast
RESTAURANT: White Barn Inn, 5:30-9:30pm, Jackets required
BAR: Piano Bar, 6:30pm-Midnight
BUSINESS FACILITIES: Message center, Secretarial service, Copiers, Audio-visual
CONFERENCE ROOMS: 2, capacity 40
SPORTS FACILITIES: Two 18-hole golf courses, sailing, riding, deep-sea fishing, whale watching, tennis, all minutes away
ATTRACTIONS: Boutiques, galleries, antique shops, trolley tours, local theater, woodland, ocean

WHITNEYS’ INN

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Whitneys’ Inn welcomes families! On Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the summer, Whitneys’ offers a children’s program which allows the kids to meet and play with the rest of the younger kids staying at the inn. During the evenings, a children’s dinner table is available just for those under 12. A children’s supervisor will sit with the children, introduce them to one another and after dinner the children are free to go to their rooms or stay with the supervisor and use the facilities or watch a movie from our free video library.

Whitneys’ Inn is a 29-room country inn consisting of the Main Inn, an 1842 farm house, the Brookside building (rumored to have once been a dance hall), two cottages and the Chalet building. Each room is individually decorated and each room has a private bath with a tub and a shower. Whitneys’ offers a full-service restaurant and lounge in the Main Inn and an Apres Ski Pub, named the Shovel Handle after the first overhead ski lift in the East used on Whitneys’ Hill, during Ski Season.

 

WILDERNESS TRAILS RANCH DURANGO CO

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Wilderness Trails Ranch is a very special place and offers a very special vacation. Our family and our staff are dedicated to making this your finest vacation ever. We are located 35 miles northeast of Durango, at 7600 feet, in spectacular southwestern Colorado, next to the state’s largest wilderness area, the Weminuche. Unsurpassed beauty, seclusion, crisp mountain air and friendliness await your arrival.

The ranch accommodates approximately 50 guests in cozy, clean log cabins which are nestled among pines, spruce and aspen. King, queen and single beds plus shower-tub combinations make your stay pleasant and comfortable. Family units with two, three or five bedrooms are available, plus duplex cabins for couples or singles. The cook nighttime temperatures assure a good night’s sleep.

In the Trading Post, our ranch store, we carry hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, candy, ice cream, fishing equipment and sundries. We even rent western boots for your convenience with sizes available for both children and adults.

The Guest Laundry helps to keep your packing of clothes to a minimum. The washers and dryers are coin operated and detergent is available at the Trading Post.

The Watering Hole is a great place to sit down and read a magazine in front of the crackling fire. You might also enjoy a card game or some conversation with friends. Every evening before dinner, we have a get-together where we serve chips and dips or hors d’oeuvres.

KIDS & TEENS

Families definitely love Wilderness Trails! The kids and teens have special programs to see that they have a busy, fun-filled week. Mom and dad needn’t worry about the kids. We’ll take very special care of them. You’ll never hear your kids say “I’m bored” and you won’t have to coax the little ones to get into bed at night.

Our children’s program is for ages 2 through 11. The youngest ones, or the PONY EXPRESS, are from 2 to 5 years old. They enjoy their special counselor who takes them on a horse ride every morning and afternoon. This is closely supervised to make it a safe and fun experience. They also play in the tree house, sandbox and in the playground. Other activities include a hay ride with a marshmallow roast, hikes, picnics and crafts.

The 6 to 11 year olds are the SADDLE TRAMPS. They receive riding instructions daily and go out on carefully supervised trail rides with counselors skilled in teaching and handling young riders. They also have picnics, a hayride, crafts, games, fishing, archery, hiking and many other activities to keep them entertained and pleased.

FRONTIER DAY is for all the Pony Express and Saddle Tramps who become Indians for a day. Complete with headbands and warpaint, they travel to a secluded area for a cookout and tales of Indian lore.

One day each week, the TEENS visit Vallecity Lake for a special day of waterskiing, swimming, tubing, kneeboarding and enjoying the sunshine. Even if they choose to just relax on the ski dock, they love it!

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT

You won’t have more fun anywhere than you’ll have during the evenings at Wilderness Trails Ranch. You might just like to relax around the fireplace in the Watering Hole, or join in our foot-stomping Square Dance. If you have never done a Do-Si-Do or a Grand Right-and-Left, don’t worry, we’ll show you how.

The Staff Show is a highlight of the week, with our crew changing into entertainers for the evening. Singing, dancing and a few surprises are sure to bring smiles, applause and laughter from the audience.

Bill Magic performs weekly and it’s definitely an evening you can’t miss. Bill has been entertaining longer than he cares to admit!

This only begins to explore the great vacation fun available at Wilderness Trails Ranch.

WILLIAMSBURG SAMPLER LAZY CHOCOLATE COOKIES

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2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup cocoa
4 Tbsp butter (margarine substitute OK)
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups uncooked quick oats

Combine sugar, water, cocoa, butter and salt in saucepan. Boil for about one minute. Add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Cool slightly. Drop by spoonfuls.

 

VISTA VERDE GUEST RANCH SKI TOURING

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The Vista Verde is a dude and guest ranch and by definition provides an inclusive package price for all meals, accommodations and activities. However, it sets itself apart in that while the experience and setting are authentically “western,” its feel is more upscale in terms of its horse program (for all ages), an opportunity to participate with (or without) children and have the ability to tailor a vacation to individual needs.
There is a great deal to do a Vista Verde. Here’s just a sample.
Cattle Drives are your chance to experience an authentic cattle drive. Challenge yourself during one of two special weeks at the ranch, when we ask you to ride herd on our cattle. Enjoy the excitement of a cattle drive without all the hardships.
Explore the natural wonders surrounding Vista Verde on spectacular all-day and half-day hikes in the Rocky Mountains. Ranch guides are available during your stay to lead numerous hikes matched to your abilities and interests – photography, history, wildlife, fishing.
Every trip offers stunning panoramas, informative guides, clear, fresh air and the possibility of finding deer, elk, fox, coyote, beaver, ermine and multiple species of birds in their native habitat.
Learn or polish your fly fishing technique under the complimentary tutelage of our experienced (and patient) guides and instructors. Rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout will provide the competition in nearby rivers and streams, as well as our stocked ponds. First-class rental equipment and access to prized private waters are available as an option.

Really get away from it all on an overnight pack trip guided by the legendary Junior Bedell. You’ll rough it while experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness up close and in person.
Hit golf balls like John Daly in the rarified air of Steamboat Springs. Tee times can be reserved at the challenging Robert Trent Jones-designed course in town with transportation provided by the ranch. Equipment can be rented at their pro shop.
When the last of the aspens have lost their leaves and the snows of Steamboat turn the ranch into “Vista Blanca,” the ranch becomes a ski touring and Nordic center. With about 30 km of groomed trails, including double-tracks and skating lanes, plus the limitless trails in the surrounding back country, it’s a skier’s fantasy. There are plenty of alternatives, too, with sleigh rides, some horseback riding, snow shoeing, dog sledding and plain old fun in the snow. And don’t forget that famous Vista Verde food and the nearby Steamboat Ski Area for exciting downhill action.
Led by our capable kids’ wranglers, our children’s program has lots to do for children of all ages -panning for gold, feeding the animals, riding in our fire engine, fishing, archery, treasure hunts, hiking, swimming in the Ol’ Swimming Hole, sleeping out in the tipi, and more. Fort Smiles offers plenty of outdoor exercise and the Hole-in-the-Wall hangout has indoor games for those occasional rainy afternoons. That’s not to mention the activities shared with Mom and Dad, like riding, rafting, rock climbing and the rodeo.
Your home on the ranch is an authentic log cabin, hewn from native pine. Accommodations are quiet, secluded and genuinely Western. Rustic on the outside, the cabins are hardly so on the inside. Each is fully carpeted and freshly decorated with antiques, comfortable chairs, and thick down comforters. The cabins contain one to 3 bedrooms, living rooms, full baths and a snack bar. There is plenty of reading on hand for quiet relaxation beside the fire or on the big front porch.
While you’ll enjoy the privacy of your cabin, you’ll feel like a part of our family when you are in the lodge. For the family-style meals, the evening entertainment or just plain meeting folks, you’ll find the Vista Verde lodge a warm and inviting place.

 

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

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Leisurely hiking, fishing and ranger programs are just a few of the activities available for families who visit Rocky Mountain National Park this summer. Since most of the park’s three million visitors enter from its eastern side, vacationers who opt to explore the park’s western side, using Grand County as a base, will encounter far less crowded roads, fewer people and more opportunities to “get away from it all.” From sitting on the beach at nearby Grand Lake to wilderness hiking, there is something to please every family member.

Hiking
Never Summer Ranch–This pleasant, level trail runs through a meadow bursting with wildflowers. The route is a half-mile in each direction and begins at the Never Summer Ranch parking area, located within the national park north of Grand Lake on U.S. Highway 34.

Coyote Valley Trail-The one-mile trail, a cool and easy walk for families, follows the Colorado River through a wetlands area. The trailhead is located five miles north of the national park’s Kawuneeche Visitor Center off U.S. Highway 34.

East Shore–The walk begins at the spillway to Shadow Mountain Lake, south of Grand Lake, and follows the shoreline north.

Colorado River Trail–Although a longer hike, this walk can easily be completed in a day. Located 10 miles north of the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, the trail is three and three-quarter miles long, culminating at the abandoned mining camp of Lulu City.

Fishing

Although water levels are higher than usual this year, fishing in Grand County is still ideal, with the best conditions found where water moves from streams and rivers into lakes. The Colorado River, whose headwaters are in Grand County, is fishable at four or five access points.

Fishermen ages 15 and up are required to have a fishing license in Colorado. Several commercial establishments in Grand Lake, located on Rocky Mountain National Park’s western boundary, sell licenses.

To update yourself on the latest fishing information, call or stop at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center and ask at the information desk.

Ranger Activities

The Kawuneeche Visitor Center hosts several informative programs daily throughout the summer. Among this year’s most popular: “Come Bug a Ranger,” when the participants learn about the insect residents of Rocky Mountain National Park and their habitats; “Visit to a Forest Home,” which includes a one and one-half mile trek into the forest with a ranger who tells where animals reside; “Skins and Things,” which educated participants on animals that live in the park; and organized tours to the Never Summer Ranch.

The Kawuneeche Visitor’s Center is open from 7am-7pm through Labor Day. Along with its ranger programs, the center has several videos on Rocky Mountain National Park that are available for public viewing.

Camping

From U.S. Forest Service campgrounds and “primitive” camping within the Arapaho National Forest to commercial campgrounds offering a wide variety of amenities, family camping opportunities in Grand County are plentiful.

Timber Creek Campground, with 100 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis, is located seven miles inside the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Backcountry permits are required for any overnight stays outside of a designated campground.

A map of Forest Service campgrounds is available at the Kawuneeche Visitor’s Center; the Grand Lake area also has commercial campgrounds.

Grand Lake

The resort village of Grand Lake offers an assortment of family-oriented activities, including horseback riding, mini-golf and bumper boats at the Grand Lake beach. A variety of affordable lodging is available; motels, cabins and condominiums are also found in nearby Granby, Fraser and Winter Park.

WOODLOCH PINES

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Woodloch Pines Resort is a four season, family-oriented vacation destination in the Northern Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. A Woodloch experience is like a “cruise on land”!About Woodloch Pines

Recognized by Parent Magazine and Better Homes & Gardens as “One of America’s Best Family Resorts.” The highly personal treatment of the guests… “it’s as if they are company in our own home” … is what sets Woodloch apart from the other resorts.

Woodloch offers three different plans determined by size, location and appointments of accommodations. All American plans include meals, activities, use of amenities, entertainment and most importantly, warm hospitality! Our special, all-inclusive, Senior Group Rates offer considerable savings and an affordable way to enjoy the magic of Woodloch.

A refreshing change of pace awaits your group amongst our beautiful woodland surroundings. During your visit you will enjoy delectable dining selections, immaculate accommodations, nightly entertainment, our breathtaking championship golf course and most of all, hospitality unsurpassed. Our many amenities and daytime activities guarantee an enjoyable time for all.

 

WYNDHAM CHECKERS HOTEL LOS ANGELES

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What a treat to discover a small elegant hotel in the downtown LA area. Wyndham Checkers Hotel, with 188 rooms including 15 suites, woos the guest with graciousness and service. Charm and intimacy mark the rooms, where soft hues form the background for hand-carved headboards, rose-colored duvet covers, marble tables and elegant accessories in all rooms. Marble bathrooms include phones, robes, complimentary toiletries and TV/radio with speakers in bath. 2 penthouse suites, carpeted in muted gold hues boast living room fireplaces flanked by inviting seating. Afternoon tea is available in the lounge and library. Leisure time may be spent in the lap pool, the Jacuzzi or sauna in the spa retreat. Corporate visitors will appreciate the assistance and attention of the staff in all details.

Attractions such as superb museums, landmark buildings, escorted tours, colorful Olvera Street, Chinatown and Little Tokyo dominate the scene in LA, and just a bit further away are Disneyland and Universal Studios.

 

ZION NATIONAL PARK UTAH

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Zion is a spot where the word “scenic” doesn’t do it justice. It is a backpacker’s heaven, yet the Park can be equally enjoyed from an automobile or a motorized tram. It can provide the avid outdoorsman the peaceful isolation of pure, untouched nature, or it can flaunt breathtaking views seen through a car’s windshield.

Zion is a canyon of brilliant green set against a backdrop of sheer red cliffs, with an occasional lacy waterfall fanning out from the rock. Cut by the River, the beauty of Zion is so striking, so intense, that it can easily become your favorite vacation stop.

Open year-round, Zion is readily accessible on Scenic Byway 9 from I-15 on the west about 40 miles from St. George or by way of US 89 on the east at Mt. Carmel Junction north of Kanab.

Wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes because trails such as Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools, Canyon Overlook, and Gateway to the Narrows are easy strolls. More difficult hikes such as Watchman, Kolob Arch, and Angles Landing require considerably more time and preparation. The ultimate Zion hike–The Narrows–requires a permit which must be obtained well in advance of the trip as well as significant advanced preparations.

Other popular ways to see the canyon are on horseback with one of the outfitters in the park, by bicycle, or on the guided tram tours. Park naturalists provide guided walks and evening programs during the summer.

Zion’s main visitor center one mile north of Springdale at the south entrance is open year-round from 9am-4:30pm with extended hours in the Summer. Before you leave Zion, be sure and see “Grand Circle: A Multi-Media Presentation,” at the Obert C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale. The film, projected on a 24′ x 40′ screen, gives you an impressive overview of the entire Grand Circle area and six national parks.