Our authentic collection of local treasures uncovers a whole new set of fascinating finds for locals, business travelers and leisure tourists
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) October 2, 2007
Following a record-high summer season, travel enthusiasts can take a breather heading into the off-season and retreat to some of the best little-known gems in the country. Travelocity and IgoUgo members culled a list of their personal favorites near their hometowns, offering the perfect solution for a quick and distinctive fall vacation.
The Local Secrets, Big Finds SM list is an online collection of local destinations across the U.S. and Canada, submitted by locals, which reveals insider spots often overlooked by tourists. Travelocity's and IgoUgo's team of editors shows you why the best way to experience fall foliage is through the eyes of a local.
"Our authentic collection of local treasures uncovers a whole new set of fascinating finds for locals, business travelers and leisure tourists," Jennifer Gaines, Travelocity and IgoUgo contributing editor and director of Local Secrets, Big Finds, said.
Snapshot of fall getaways featured in Travelocity's and IgoUgo's Local Secrets, Big Finds:
- Terhune Orchards, Princeton, N.J.: With festivals nearly every fall weekend, pick your own apples, strawberries, pumpkins, including the best cinnamon cookies, cider doughnuts, and apple cider.
- Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.: Historic buildings, educational collections and magnificent gardens dot 32 sprawling acres. Leaf peepers head here to catch a glimpse of incredible fall colors and partake in harvest activities.
- Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, Martinsburg, W.Va.: Share the heritage of the area with a celebration of the apple including an apple pie and dessert baking contest and an apple pancake breakfast.
- Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival, Jefferson, Ohio: Celebrates 16 bridges that are considered to be engineering wonders of their time. Take a van tour from the fairgrounds to four of the main bridges, or set out on your own self-guided tour. Enjoy the historic cars, quilt show, farmer's market, and live entertainment.
- Apple Valley Country Store, Hood River, Ore.: Apple pies, dumplings, and cider doughnuts are notable specialties at this country store, located along the Hood River Valley's scenic "Fruit Loop" drive. From April through October, there's a festival going on about once a month.
- China Bend Winery, Kettle Falls, Wash.: Celebrate fall at the bed and breakfast nestled on the property; sip on wine made from organically grown grapes; and wake up to a gourmet organic breakfast.
- The Fundy Trail, St. Martins, New Brunswick: Walk or bike through the trails, drive along the coast or take a guided tour to Sea Captains Burial Grounds while viewing the fall foliage. Explore the trails and look for wildlife, marine and plant life that can be seen in their natural habitat.
- Woodland Farm Market, Shelby, Mich.: Enjoy the owner's secret cherry pie recipe and be sure to try some of the fresh apple cider. While you're there, stock up on homemade goodies such as rolls and pickled asparagus to add to your Thanksgiving feast.
- Turkey Trot, Yellville, Ark.: This community festival, held during the second Friday and Saturday of October, is comprised of North central Arkansas' largest parade, a 5K run, a beauty pageant, turkey calling contest, and a big turkey dinner and blue grass music.
- Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train, Gatineau, Quebec: The 100-year-old Swedish steam engine in Canada's Gatineau Hills takes riders on excursions from Gatineau to quaint Wakefield, manually turning around on an old turntable for the trip back. Enjoy the Sunset Dinner Train, with views of the river, live music and excellent food cooked onboard.
For more information, or to visit Travelocity and IgoUgo editors' favorite travel spots, please visit http://windowseat.travelocity.com and join Travelocity's and IgoUgo's blogosphere. To schedule an interview with a Travelocity editor, call VOLLMER PR at 972.488.4791.
About Travelocity's and IgoUgo's Local Secrets, Big Finds for 2007:
After querying Travelocity and IgoUgo members to find out about the favorite quintessential finds in their area, Travelocity's and IgoUgo's team of editors culled down more than 10,000 customer responses to unearth the best local spots in each state and is now sharing the third edition of Local Secrets, Big Finds with vacationers across the country. http://www.travelocity.com/localsecrets