The Group Travel Leader

JUL-AUG 2017

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T 2 0 1 7 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E C I D E R R E VO L U T I O N Hard cider is surging in popularity across the United States as consumers discover it as a sweet and gluten-free alternative to beer. Since fall is prime season for apple harvesting in general, it is a good time to visit some orchards that produce hard ciders from apples grown on-site, in addition to apple cider doughnuts and other traditional fall apple fare. WESTERN MICHIGAN: Groups traveling in the Grand Rapids area will find a number of local orchards growing apples and making cider prod- ucts. Sietsema's Orchard in Ada has been in the same family since 1934 and has a cider-tasting bar, apple cider doughnuts and a you-pick area where guests can gather their own Honeycrisp or Macintosh apples. Robinette's, another local orchard, has a cider mill in addition to a bakery, a restaurant, a winery, a fresh fruit market and an ice cream bar. WILLAMETTE VALLEY: The Willamette Valley area of Oregon is famous for its abundant wine and stunning scenery. In addition to enjoying fall color in the area, groups can get in on the region's growing cider scene. A good place to start is E.Z. Orchards, which produces "heirloom cidre" from apples specially bred in France and England to produce a signature, crisp cider f lavor. Groups can learn about the cul- tivation and harvesting techniques and can sample the beverages. BASQUE REGION, SPAIN: Though cider is on the rise in the United States, it has been a staple of the Basque region since the 11th century. Groups that tour Spain in the fall can visit various cider houses in the area, where they'll learn about the tradition of Spanish "sidra" and enjoy typical Basque tapas such as cod, cheese, quince jelly and nuts. A HISTORIC BASQUE CIDER HOUSE Tour SOUTHEAST INDIANA KENTUCKY OHIO INDIANA Cincinnati Indianapolis Louisville Lexington 1 South of I-74 & west of I-275, 20 minutes west of Cincinnati 800-322-8198 Aurora and Lawrenceburg HANDS ON FUN! GIRLFRIEND Getaways Basket Weaving Fused Glass "Arty Party" Finger Painted Garden Courtesy Basque Cider Tours ROBINETTE'S ORCHARD IN GRAND RAPIDS Courtesy Basque Cider Tours Courtesy Basque Cider Tours Courtesy Basque Cider Tours TRADITIONAL OLD WORLD CIDER IN THE BASQUE REGION SAMPLING BASQUE CIDER TOURING A BASQUE CIDERY Courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

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