Photo - Hermann Hill Vineyard Inn in Hermann -
Jumping Rocks Photography
town of Hermann, MO., in scenic Missouri Wine
Country, is the Napa of the Heartland. Situated
on the Missouri River 70 miles west of St.
Louis, it's an old German town where everyone
knows one another and welcomes visitors to their
antique shops, B&Bs and wineries.
perfect for a weekend getaway, with seven
wineries and over 300 bed and breakfast rooms in
the area. Beer lovers should also visit the Tin
Mill Brewery, which follows traditional German
methods of beer making. The historic downtown
district off of the riverfront is full of
antique and handmade gift shops, art shops,
museums and unique restaurants. The nearby Katy
trail draws bicyclers from all over the Midwest.
Hermann’s comfortable B&Bs provide rest, great
breakfasts and unique lodging experiences.
Hermann Hill Vineyard Inn & Riverbluff Cottages
serves up some of the best views in town. Its
eight-room Inn overlooks Hermann from the
highest hilltop, with a Norton grape vineyard
laid out on the hillside below the guest room
its Riverbluff Cottages feature private decks
over the river with hot tubs and barbecue
grills. The suites at both the Inn and the
Cottages boast king-sized beds, Jacuzzi tubs,
fireplaces and flat-screen TVs. A modern wedding
chapel and event pavilion adjacent to the
Cottages are a stunning venue for a wine country
wedding, and the white gazebo at the crest of
the bluff is perfect to enjoy a glass of wine
and watch the sun set over the water.
www.hermannhill.com for more information.
Sonoma Valley, California
gateway to Northern California’s Wine Country,
is located just 45 miles northeast of San
Francisco in the southern section of Sonoma
County. Approximately a one-hour drive north of
the Golden Gate Bridge, the valley is home to
the historic City of Sonoma and the communities
of Glen Ellen, and Kenwood. A prime grape
growing region it offers a rare blend of
renowned wineries and unique historic sites
reminiscent of the Old West. Today many of the
world's finest wineries make this region their
country casual and bringing layers (even in the
summer) can be very helpful due to the variety
of temperatures in Sonoma’s micro-climate.
Wineries are open-year round and most wineries
offer shipping services and wine clubs. If you
plan on shipping wine to your home state, first
find out if your state allows for direct
shipment of wine from California. If you plan a
summer visit be sure to make lodging
reservations well in advance especially for
weekends and most importantly for festival
weekend celebrations. Visit during the winter
months or during the week for your best lodging
www.bestinsonoma.com for more information.
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Breakfast Association of Coeur d'Alene Area
Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association welcomes you
to beautiful North Idaho. If you desire peaceful
solitude of the countryside, stunning views of
our lakes and mountains, or small-town
friendliness, bustle and convenience – whatever
lodging you desire can be found in a variety of
bed and breakfasts, inns, private guest suites
and cottages. Our organization consists of 20
bed and breakfasts. Each is unique in design and
amenities and awaits the traveler with a
North Idaho is
rich in cultural history, art and entertainment.
The opportunity to participate in outdoor
activities in the Northwest like skiing,
golfing, hiking, biking and water sports make
this an ideal location for year around fun!
"Provide the best that North Idaho has to
offer". They have lake-side, mountain-top,
river-front and in-town homes;- some built in
the early 1900s, others built from then until
now. Each has something unique to make your stay
one you will always remember. Find your heart in
North Idaho and come visit often!!!
for more information.
Dancer from the
Nuvatukya’ovi Sinom Dance Group
Photo © 2008 Michele Mountain/MNA
FESTIVAL BRINGS THE HOPI PEOPLE TO FLAGSTAFF
Summer is the
time of ceremonial dances, growing corn, and
monsoon rains to the Hopi people. And for the
last 75 years, summer has also been the time
that this hardworking and spiritual people come
to Flagstaff to share their art and culture.
This July 4 and 5, the Museum of Northern
Arizona will open its doors for its 76th Annual
Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture, “the Oldest
Hopi Art Show in the World”.
comes alive with the sights, sounds, and tastes
of the Hopi people—evoking the very spirit of
this Colorado Plateau culture.
Making Hopi Basketry
Acoustic Guitar and Native Flute
Katsina Doll Carving
Lectures on Hopi Culture
Casper and the 602 Band
Traditional Hopi Foods-yeasted bread baked in an
outside wood-fired bread oven
Creative Corner Outside for Kids
Hopi Fashion Show of Native Inspired Creations.
Traditional Hopi Songs,
Hopi Quilt Display
In addition to
the 75 booth artists, the Museum staff has made
several trips to the Hopi Reservation to collect
one-of-a-kind consignment items for sale from
individual artists. The collecting trips have
always been an important part of the Hopi
festivals, allowing artists who produce only a
few items per year, or who might not have
transportation to Flagstaff, a chance to market
their work. Hundreds of distinctive art pieces
such as quilts, rattles, pottery, katsinas
dolls, paintings, and baskets are for sale at
this year’s festival.
Nuvatukya’ovi Sinom Dance Group will perform the
Polhikmana or water maiden dance, and the
koshari or clown dance, a Supai dance
celebrating the Havasupai people.
for more information.