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Sure the majority of the holidays have come and gone, but that just means we need something new to entertain us until the summer warmth returns. There's still plenty of special winter beers and brews to sample, so here’s our picks for three festivals from which to take a sip or two this January.
· Denver’s Winter Brew Fest 2011:
Citizens of Denver know their beer, and they’re ready to celebrate their love of the sudsy stuff at the end of January. On Friday, January 28 the annual Winter Brew Fest is ready to welcome both craft brewers and mega breweries to Mile High Station to celebrate ales, lagers, and stouts. Expect at least 35 breweries from around the state, country, and world to bring over 90 different varieties of beverages to share. Best of all, some of the proceeds of your admission go to benefit the Swallow Hill Music Association.
Tickets are still available, but we’d act quickly, as we’re sure a beer festival in Colorado is guaranteed to sell out. Tickets are $30 in advance and include unlimited tastings of the festival’s best brews. You’ll even get a souvenir tasting glass that you’re free to stumble out the door with once you’ve had your fill. Of course there will be plenty of live music, great food, and other stuff for sale to help balance all the delicious beer samples.
Stuff dropping from the sky to ring in 2011 isn’t for everyone, so that’s why we’re suggesting a sports travel alternative in chilly Pittsburgh. The NHL is bringing together two of its best teams—the Penguins and Capitals—in this year’s outdoor game during the 2011 Winter Classic.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are borrowing Heinz Field from the NFL’s Steelers for the weekend, as the football stadium is being transformed into a hockey rink as you read this. The only issue with this year’s game is that it might be a little too warm—and rainy—so there is a chance that things might get postponed until January 2. So just keep an eye on the weather if you plan on making the road trip to the left side of Pennsylvania.
Your local mall gets decked out for the holidays, but to get a different feel for the festivities, pay a visit to Peddler's Village in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The shopping spot turns into a winter wonderland when December rolls around.
It's an especially good time to travel to Peddler's Village because it will hold its Christmas Festival December 4 and 5. The fest will feature a Christmas Parade, Santa and more. But more importantly, it signals the time of the year that the village gets illuminated in colored bulbs and Victorian-style holiday decor.
Yes yes YES! As quick as we've been to add Foursquare into our travel lives, it's been a bit of job nudging the rest of the travel community along. When the city of Chicago became the first city to introduce a Foursquare campaign, we hoped that soon, our check-ins around the world would yield special badges and continue giving us firsthand, indispensable trips from fellow travelers.
And we're happy to report that it is catching on; Pennsylvania has just become the first state to join Foursquare. And yes, badges are involved, as you'll no doubt be happy to hear. The only issue is that, to earn them, you've go to get out into the backroads of Pennsylvania on agasproad trip.
If you've ever wanted to tour Pennsylvania's historic Civil War sites but can't imagine navigating the perennially-unfinished death trap that is the Turnpike, we've got good news! A new project spearheaded by the Pennsylvania Tourism Office aims to deliver the state's Civil War Trails right to your desktop, blending Google Earth technology, historical information, and incredible high-def GigaPan panoramic photos. The images are so detailed that you can literally zoom in on gravestone inscriptions, to say nothing of the centuries-old houses and towns that users are able to navigate.
The projecta collaborative effort mixing the talents of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth, Google, Carnegie Mellon, NASA, and the National Civil War Museumaims both to educate the public and to promote Pennsylvania's many historical tourist destinations. It's part of the state's broader Civil War Trails site, which catalogs everything Civil War-esque that has to do with Pennsylvania.
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Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Parade
The United State's biggest and oldest St. Patrick's Day celebration takes place on the streets of New York, but there are tons of other cities that throw similarly huge parades, complete with floats, bagpipes and tons of revelers decked out in green. It just goes to show that you don't always have to jump the Atlantic Ocean to celebrate St. Patrick's Day properly in Ireland; in fact, some US cities make a bigger deal out of the holiday than the homeland does, and we've found the Top 3.
Crack open a Guinness and see the Top 3 Cities for St. Patrick's Day (that aren't New York or Boston), after the jump!
If you have any business meetings with Michael Scott scheduled this spring, you’ll be pleased to see some of the renovations done to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, which desperately needs a name update itself. Officials have given the green light to open up the wallet to fund a couple rehab projects, and they’re looking to get things ready for a new restaurant. They already have ensured that there’s free WiFi for all throughout the Joseph M. McDade Terminal Building, so the new upgrades are just icing on the cake.
Midtown Sundries—they’ve got locations in North Carolina and Florida—is set to open at the airport this March. Despite their name they sell food and drinks, not stuff like toiletries and cosmetics. The restaurant looks like the typical steak, burger, and sandwich place, and they have big kid beverages, so it will definitely be a good option to drink away any flight delays.
Bill Murray is definitely showing his age since his appearance in the movie Groundhog Day, but the true hero of the holiday is Punxsutawney Phil; even without plastic surgery he’s looking great. Sure the holiday seems a little silly, but why not check it out in person to truly decide. We’re all for an early spring, so it might just be worth attending this year’s events on February 2.
If you want to rub elbows with Punxsutawney Phil it’s essential that you get to Gobbler’s Knob—that’s where his house is—as early as possible. Admission and parking are free, but the place opens up at 3:00am. There’s separate sections for both students and families, as we’re thinking the students probably had drink or two to help them make it through the night.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's best known as Christmas City. It really makes the most of its moniker, with a big "Star of Bethlehem" hanging high above the city and Main Street decked out with fresh garland and white lights during the winter.
But Bethlehem isn't only a holiday destination. Located in the Lehigh Valley, only about 15 minutes from Allentown, Bethlehem also offers some great attractions after Christmastime and the bonus is that you won't have to elbow your way through crowds.
This year's fest kicks off Thursday night with the British zombie film Colin, which caused quit a stir in Cannes this year. The movie, which producers claim cost a mere $70, is told from a zombie's perspective. In addition to Colin, the fest will screen more than a dozen horror movies; some are terrifying while some are kitschy, like the updated version of the classic horror flick Nosferatu in 3D.
We get a lot of uninspired "it's about time to visit XXXX" pitches here at Jaunted, so don't be surprised that we got excited when we came across a recent tourism board campaign that we actually like. And we definitely like Visit PA's latest campaign, which many of you have surely already seen, although you may not realize it.
Peter Arthur Stories is a web TV series that has been advertised all over the NYC subways recently, but the ads don't tell you much until you visit the website, where you can tune in to watch the protagonist, Peter Arthur (PA, get it?), as he journeys all across the state of Pennsylvania in search of his long-lost love, a waitress who once served him the best piece of shoo-fly pie in the world. As you might imagine, Peter stumbles into plenty of tourist traps along the way, from civil war reenactments at Gettysburg to football games at Penn State.
Jon and Kate Gosselin may be having some knock-down, drag-out fights these days, but at least they are having them in a picturesque setting. Last year, the family moved into a 1.1 million dollar estate located at 298 Heffner Rd, Wernersville, PA, about ten miles west of Reading. The house has already been featured on their hit reality show “Jon and Kate Plus Eight”, which chronicles their daily life with twins, Mady and Cara and sextuplets Collin, Leah, Joel, Hannah, Aaden and Alexis.
The couple’s new 7,000 square-foot pad features two garages and an in-ground pool on several acres of land. A recent Earth Day special depicted the family learning how to make their new digs eco-friendly by adding solar panels and solar lights.
Jon and Kate’s marital problems have been documented in the tabloids since Jon was caught out with a 23-year- old “friend” last month. Rumor has it Kate has also been unfaithful, giving her bodyguard some “special” benefits. And now her brother has hit the talk show circuit blabbing about the couple’s marriage, which he calls a “sham.”
The new (and possibly the final) season of “Jon and Kate Plus Eight” debuts on TLC on May 25th.
· Casa Verde Jon and Kate Plus 8 Go Green [Casa Sugar]
· Kate Gosselin Admits to Struggling with Her Marriage [People]
· The Gosselin Ten [Official Site]
· Television Travel [Jaunted]
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