The calendar may say August but there's plenty of summer left to enjoy. If you haven't taken that road trip yet, I say, what are you waiting for?

We've covered a lot of ground in the last few issues with our road trip series and provided plenty of ideas on how to spend your summer vacation. And we're not done yet, as the series continues this month with our tour of the capital cities.

This road trip series got me thinking - just visiting our preserves makes for the perfect road trip. For example, you can start north in British Columbia and then head down the Pacific Coast, visiting our resorts in three different states. From the County Fair themed weekend at Leavenworth down to the Wacky Pirate Wild Water Weekend at Pio Pico, there's a whole coast of fun waiting for you.

Try an eastern-based road trip and see why people having been flocking to locations such as Bar Harbor, Cape May and the Adirondacks for years to spend summer vacation. These locations are quintessential spots for all-American family fun that features plenty of hiking, water fun and, of course, great food! Rondout Valley is hosting a pig roast the weekend of August 3-4 and Sea Pines enjoys an early Halloween during the weekend of August 23-25.

Without missing a beat, head to Pennsylvania and experience a working farm at Gettysburg Farm. You'll also be smack dab in the middle of the events honoring the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Or, plan an Amish Heritage Trip to learn all about their culture; we are conveniently located along the way. Don't miss a visit to Hersey's Chocolate World and schedule more chocolate fun with a stay at our Hershey Preserve during the weekend of August 23-25 when they host an "It's All About Chocolate” weekend complete with a pudding painting event.

Then there's the Midwest with its iconic county and state fairs scheduled in August – many of which are within "watermelon seed-spitting” distance from our resorts. Speaking of watermelon seed-spitting, Pine Country is hosting a Country Western Weekend on August 16-18 and guess what's on the menu for fun?

So, no matter which direction you take off for on your road trip, we've got the fun covered. And, we're also quite interested to know where your road trips are taking you so we've decided to have a little fun with this one! Send us your summer road trip story and/or photos and we'll print them in a future issue of TrailBlazer.

Also, make sure your road tripping coincides with our next Member Appreciation Event, which will be held "trails-wide” on August 24. Will we see you there?

See you soon,

Marguerite Nader
President and CEO