Thursday, May 17, 2012

Three Best Places For Fall Foliage In Wisconsin

Whether it's on a country drive, out camping with your friends, or a calm canoe ride on flat waters, the peace and tranquility of Wisconsin's countryside lit in autumnal splendor shouldn't be missed. Here's 3 of the top places for fall colors in Wisconsin.

1) Bayfield

Bayfield is a fun and quirky town in the far-North of the state. Situated on the slopes of Lake Superior and just beside the picturesque Apostle Islands, Bayfield is home to many of Wisconsin's ex-urban bohemians and active outdoorsy types.

Take a sea-kayak out on the big lake or take the ferry over to Madeline Island and be rewarded with great shots of the trees lining the bluffs.

2) Door County

Door County is a mixed bag these days; yes, it's still the "Martha's Vineyard of the Midwest" and yes, it is still unspeakably beautiful when the weather turns chilly at night and the leaves just begin to drop from the trees, but there is an unfortunate set of circumstances that comes with it. The secret's out, and everybody in Chicago, Wisconsin, and Minnesota know how beautiful it is, and it's getting crowded.

That said, as long as you don't actually go up on the weekend of the fall festival, it's not too busy and still very enjoyable. If you don't know about Door County, just know this: it's an old-school agrarian community that inspired artists, artisans, writers and all sorts of other slightly whacky but altogether enjoyable people. It's surrounded on all sides by water and is situated on top of a massive limestone deposit. This makes for beautiful boreal forests not normally seen until you get up to central Canada or Scandinavia.

For the fall colors, there are plenty of great options. One of my favorites is to take the ferry up to Washington Island, rent a bike, and cruise around the island. Stop at the petting zoo, check out the Norwegian church, and grab a bite to eat at any of the places along County Rd W.

Another great option is to head to Peninsula State Park, climb up Eagle Tower and get shots of blazing red and gold islands in Green Bay.

3) Lapham Peak

Due West of Milwaukee just off I-94 is a great state park, Lapham Peak. This is one of my favorite parks not just because it's close to my home, but because of the range of activities here. Hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, x-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter... the list goes on.

In the fall, you can climb to the top of the lookout tower and get amazing views of the surrounding countryside. And when standing at the bottom of one of the deep bowls carved out by the glaciers, it can make you feel like there is nothing else in the world but you and the brightly-colored trees.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Seven Facts About This Philippine Province

While the province is not on the top of many travelers' list as a holiday destination, it holds wonders that will surely entice you to visit for a day or more. Here are some things about Guimaras that you should know:

1. It is an island province located in the Western Visayas region in the Philippines. Guimaras can be found in the Panay Gulf, flanked by Panay and Negros. It used to be part of a bigger province - Iloilo - before becoming one on May 22, 1997. This fact makes it the youngest province in this Philippine region.

2. Iloilo is the main point of entry to Guimaras. From the Parola and Ortiz Wharf downtown, you can take a 15-minute ride via a motorboat to get to Jordan, Guimaras' capital.

3. Hiligaynon is the dialect mainly used by the locals. Not to worry, though, as the people here also speak and understand English.

4. Guimaras is primarily known for its mango industry. The island has about 8,000 hectares of mango orchards, which are run and supervised by either individual growers or big corporations. These orchards are said to produce the best export quality mangoes, considered as one of the sweetest varieties in the world and certified pest-free by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They are sold in its fruit form or made into delicacies like dried mangoes or mango jams.

5. Tourism is also big in Guimaras. Aside from its mango orchards, the province is also known for being a tropical holiday destination. It boasts white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, a bountiful marine life, and even secluded islets. These features make Guimaras an ideal choice for travelers who wish to enjoy water sports or simply soak up the sun.

6. Dry land activities can be enjoyed here, too. For guests who wish to opt out on the usual swimming or diving, Guimaras' rugged terrain offers them something else to do. The more adventurous tourists can go mountain climbing or biking, rappelling, or island hopping.

7. Visitors can find a slew of top-notch hotels and resorts in Guimaras. Costa Aguada Island Resort is one of them, found in Inampulugan Island. This Class AA resort is one of the properties that promote eco-tourism in the province, being set in an island covered with virgin forests and inhabited by various species of wild life. This factor provides travelers not only with a beautiful place for their vacation, but a tranquil and private retreat as well. Similar lodgings abound as well - you can ask the staff at the Tourism Center near Jordan Port for information on where to stay in Guimaras.

Now that you've learned something about this Philippine province, it's high time that you make your reservations at a resort in Guimaras and enjoy what the island has to offer.

Michelle Roldan has extensive experience in writing, having created print advertisements and press releases for various clients in the past. On the side, she is an active blogger who posts about myriad topics ranging from current events, pop culture, and even weddings. She presently works as a web copywriter for DirectWithHotels, a company based in the Philippines that specializes on assisting accommodation providers to increase their direct bookings online.