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As Americans are managing life with the Coronavirus, the travel industry is continuing to come back.  Hotels and travel destinations in many parts of the country are open in anticipation of travelers ready to throw off their cabin fever and venture out.  Your plans may be for a weekend get away to a cozy bed and breakfast, or perhaps a fishing trip to catch that “big one” that won’t get away this time. Maybe it’s a camping trip full of hiking adventures with stunning vistas, or possibly you would rather walk through America’s glorious past by taking in all the amenities offered in any of hundreds of museums?  How about a week’s stay at a ranch out west?  Whatever your travel desires are, your options are plentiful and, more importantly, clean, safe and following all CDC guidelines for Coronavirus.  Each week we will list state by state travel options to help make your vacation choices easy. Alaska: Why Knot Adventures - Fairbanks.  Fishing, sightseeing tours, river rafting, etc. ARIZONA: Keepers of the Wild – Valentine. Nature park near the Grand Canyon. CALIFORNIA: Stafford RV Park - Eureka. RV, Camping, Cabins. Florida: The Nautilus - Fort Walton Beach.  Vacation rental condos. Diane Geiger – Florida Rentals – Vacation rentals in Florida’s Panhandle. KENTUCKY: Bluegrass Country Estate – La Grange. Bed & Breakfast. LOUISIANA: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – Robert.  RV, Camping and Cabins. MAINE: Clary Lake Bed & Breakfast – Jefferson. Blueberry Fields Bed & Breakfast – Washington. MISSOURI: Treasure Lake RV Resort – Branson. Premier large RV resort. Camelot RV Campground – Poplar Bluff.  Veteran owned. Camping and RV sites. Ye Olde English Inn – Hollister.  Bed & Breakfast Inn. Hall of Fame Motel – Branson. Choices Concert Hall – Branson. Dining, dancing and live music. All Access Branson – Tickets to shows and attractions in Branson. NEW HAMPSHIRE: Shir-Roy Camping Area – Richmond. RV and campsites. NEW YORK: Cooperstown Shadow Brook Campground – Richmond. RV, campsites and cabins. SOUTH CAROLINA: Vacation Time of Hilton Head – Vacation rentals. SOUTH DAKOTA: Crazy Horse Memorial – Custer. TENNESSEE: The Olde Mill Inn – Cumberland Gap. Bed & Breakfast. Floyd Garret’s Muscle Car Museum – Sevierville. TEXAS: Alamo Rec-Veh Park  - Alamo. RV and Mobile Home Park. Armstrong County Museum – Claude. UTAH: Sky Ridge Inn Bed & Breakfast – Torrey. Broken Spur Inn & Steakhouse – Torrey. WASHINGTON: Alderwood RV Express – Mead. Full service RV spaces. WEST VIRGINIA: Huntington/Fox Fire KOA – Milton. RV & tent camping. Cabins. WISCONSIN: The Brewhouse Inn & Suites – Milwaukee. Annie’s Campground – Gresham.  RV & tent sites, cabins.   When you are ready to travel, we are here to help!  Keep checking back every week for more featured locations.  Our travel hosts are eager to see you and work with you to provide safe and clean facilities.  
By Dawn Faught   Near Hitchcock, SD, thirteen miles from the original Ringnecked Pheasant release location in South Dakota, a country road edged by fields of standing corn leads to Pheasant Phun Lodge. The impressive 15,000 sq. ft. lodge overlooks hillsides waving with tall grass and a cerulean blue pond rimmed with cattails.   Some of owner Dave Olsen’s preserve is farmland where corn and soybeans provide ample food and shelter for birds and excellent hunting opportunities. Thick tangled sorghum is left standing for food and cover from often brutal South Dakota winters.   These practices provide perfect pheasant habitat proven by the ample numbers of iridescent birds strutting about doing their rooster squawk in the glow of the rising sun.   A catastrophic summer storm in 2013 caused extensive damage to their ranch. Grapefruit-sized hail pulverized everything in its path; shredding buildings and crops and killing pheasants and deer. Rather than admit defeat, Olsen built a grand new lodge with spacious suites and cozy rooms. Desiring an authentic South Dakota flavor, he incorporated wood from blue stained Black Hills pine throughout the interior.  Relics of the historic 1903 Olsen Ranch add to the ambiance of the rustic interior.  The bar, hewn out of reclaimed wood from the Olsen’s 100-year old hip roof barn, is stocked with top shelf liquor and is the perfect place to relax after a long day of pheasant hunting.   Pheasant hunting has been an Olsen family tradition at the Olsen’s OJ Bar Ranch for over 50 years. Dave’s earliest memories are of watching his father Art guide hunters, “Hunting is a celebration of life – it’s about the relationships, the land and the memories of time with my father.” Art passed away in 2017; but Anne, Dave’s mother, enjoys sharing the history of the ranch with guests along with overseeing the intricacies of lodge operations. Amy Crane is Olsen’s fiancé and Olsen asserts, “The person behind the magic - making the lodge and all that it is special for every guest.” Olsen and his expert guides with well trained hunting dogs are there to make every excursion a pleasure. Catering to small groups, Pheasant Phun offers world class wild ringneck pheasant hunting. “Our attention to detail and commitment to creating a very personal experience puts us in the elite class of global wingshooting opportunities. We look forward to helping you plan your time in the field and customizing a perfect - and perfectly affordable - hunting package for your group.” After a day of hunting in the fresh air, hungry and thirsty guests gather at the rustic bar to enjoy scrumptious appetizers and drinks. The air reverberates with laughter as stories are swapped, reliving everyone’s favorite moments and shots of the fine day.  Soon all gather around the supper table and enjoy a wonderful feast of ribeye steaks grilled to perfection, fine wines with apple pie ala mode as desert.
A 170 year old farmhouse set between rock walls, woods, and lake.  The B &B is a highly informal and unhurried place ruled by the restorative rhythms of nature.  Nearby Clary Lake offers    opportunities for swimming, fishing, and bird watching.  The setting is a journey into quiet countryside simplicity, away from    tourist crowds, but convenient to coastal adventures.  Children are welcome as well as dogs.  Pets on leash at all times.  Charge of $15.00 for pets per reservation.  Antiques, galleries, and unique shops are located close by, and the innkeeper/custom woodworker will share his craft at onsite woodworking school. Guest Rooms:  Guest rooms are individually furnished with antiques.  Local artists and craftsmen have gallery space near the guest rooms.  A shared bath is available with upstairs rooms.  There is an additional half bath as well.  Handicap accessible room and private bath are available on the first floor.  Pets accepted on lease only. Morning Cuisine:  Wake up to a Continental Breakfast at your leisure of fresh baked blueberry muffins, breads, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and juice.  Or choose a full Country Breakfast which includes options of omelets, wild Maine blueberry pancakes or waffles, eggs benedicts, crepes, or French toast along with fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and juice.  Served between 8:00 Am and 9:00 AM Wedding & Special Events:  We will help you plan your wedding or special event on our grounds. We're OPEN for Business! Clary Lake Bed and Breakfast is having brisk business, so if you are planning to travel you might consider making reservations now.  We are able to accept visitors from Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut without 14 day quarantine in Maine.  Guests from other states will need to have 14 day quarantine or a negative COVID19 result within the 72 hours before travel.  There are more and more testing sites in Maine but that still requires quarantine until you have your test results.  Guests are asked to wear masks as they arrive and in the house except for eating.  Please are able to social distance by eating on our courtyard or inside for breakfast.  We want to let you know MAINE IS OPEN FOR TRAVEL.  We still have over six weeks of summer and September and October are beautiful in Maine.