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JAN 2017

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T H E 1 9 GROUP G G R R O U P TRAVEL LE ADER T H E Courtesy Visit San Antonio Courtesy Chattanooga CVB HOLLAND AMERICA SHIPS BEGIN SAILING TO ALASKA IN LATE SPRING. C Ch CVB WHITEWATER RAFTING ON THE OCOEE RIVER MARKS SPRING'S ARRIVAL IN SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE. FIESTA COMMEMORATES SAN ANTONIO'S LATIN HERITAGE. Courtesy Holland America Line C H I C A G O I N B L O O M After the brutal cold and snow that a Lake Michigan winter can deliver, spring is especially pleasant in Chicago. In addition to warmer weather and sunshine, the season brings displays of f loral and botanical color at several garden attractions in the Chicagoland area. The Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre site in Lisle, has thousands of trees that are beautiful all year long, but spring brings blooms of virbinium and forsythia, as well as a spring bulb sale that is popular with the public. The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe sits on 385 acres and includes six miles of lake and river shoreline, all of which bloom beautifully in spring. And the Anderson Japanese Garden in Rockford comes alive with traditional Asian plants and water features. M A J O R F O O D F E S T I VA L S With the ascendance of the culinary arts in popular culture, large-scale and star-studded food festivals have become headlining events in destinations large and small throughout the country. Many of these events take place throughout the spring, marking a delicious kickoff to warm-weather months. Arguably the most prestigious culinary event in the country, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival takes place in Miami at the end of February — still winter in many places but well into spring for southern Florida. It is followed by other popular celebrations, such as Charleston Wine + Food in South Carolina in March, California's Pebble Beach Food and Wine in early April, the Austin Food and Wine Festival in late April in Texas and the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience in May. www.cumbrestoltec.com/groups Special Summer Pricing for Groups Full-day excursions departing daily from two locations: Chama, New Mexico & Antonito, Colorado · Mid-May to Mid-October · Group Friendly Restrooms · Lunch Included · ADA Accessible · Bus Parking *URXS6DOHV2IßFH 1.877.890.2737

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