WINTER JAUNTS – 1.29.2017by Hampton Rhodes

WINTER JAUNTS – 1.29.2017

1. Winter in AmericaContinuing our Winter Jaunts series, this week we’ve found four new events and locales that may tickle your fancy — depending on your location. Two of them — one in California and one in Florida — are warmer winter activities, and the other two — one in Iowa and the other in Wyoming — are for the more rugged, cold winter activities. You decide. All of them are interesting and sure to be a crowd pleaser for you and your family.

First up: Santa Barbara, CA
32nd Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival — Santa Barbara, CA

So it’s wintertime in California — what is there to do? A Film Festival! Over the past 30+ years, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States — attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums. This year, the SBIFF is sponsored by Ugg®, Belvedere Vodka®, Daniel Gibbings Jewelry®, Dom PÉRIGNON®, Hotel Santa Barbara® and Panavision® and many others, and the Festival runs from February 1st through the 11th.

Highlights of the 2017 SBIFF include the opening-night world premiere of “Charged,” chronicling the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, the Maltin Modern Master Award, Outstanding Performers of the Year Award, the Virtuosos Award, the Cinema Vanguard Award, and many others with appearances by award-winners, Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Dev Patel, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Jeff Bridges.3. SBIFF - Gosling - Stone

Location: Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara, CA
Address: 1317 State Street, SB, CA 93101
Phone: 805.952.2524
Admission: Various — check website for packages
Tickets and website:

4. Apres Ski & Wine - Jackson


Second: Jackson, WY
Après Ski & Art Event — Jackson, WY

It’s not just about snow in Wyoming in February. The Deihl Gallery in Jackson Wyoming hosts Après Ski & Art (and wine) every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 to 8 PM during ski season, December 15th through April 1st. Founded in 2001, the Deihl Gallery offers fine art and professional art collecting services for new and established collectors, both private and corporate. Diehl Gallery specializes in the acquisition and sale of contemporary art, with a focus on painting and sculpture.

5. Deihl Gallery - JacksonPlease join us in enjoying some of the best things in life: art and wine! Stop in after a day on the slopes or on your way to dinner in town for fine art and fine wine! Beer and hot chocolate will be served as well! Ski attire welcome!

Location: Diehl Gallery
155 W Broadway Ave
Jackson, Wyoming
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: Free
Phone: 307.733.0905

6. Wild Music - Des MoinesThird: Des Moines, IA
Wild Music: Sounds and Songs of Life — Des Moines, IA

Here’s another indoor winter idea for you Mid-Westerners. In Des Moines Iowa, Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life is on exhibit at the Science Center of Iowa and Blank IMAX Dome Theater now through May 28th. This extraordinary interactive exhibit explores the music of nature, and through select sound-scapes, allows visitors to orchestrate nature’s sounds to create their own music.

Whales compose, bullfrogs chorus, songbirds greet the dawn and people everywhere sing and dance. What do we all have in common? Long before the advent of Spotify or Pandora, the musical instinct ran deep. Through sensory-stimulating activities, you’ll not only hear the music that surrounds you every day, but you’ll see and even feel it, too.

7. Science Center of Iowa - Wild MusicDesigned with an eye to accessibility, the Wild Music exhibition is designed to be accessible to all visitors. All of the exhibit’s videos are narrated and captioned, and more than a dozen major components have audio descriptions for vision-impaired visitors.

Location: Science Center of Iowa — Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Address: 401 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50309
Admission: General Admission $8 to $12; Members free: Closed Mondays
Phone: 800 451.2625

8. Blackwater - NaplesAnd fourth: Naples, FL
Blackwater River/Royal Palm Hammock Paddling Trail — Naples, FL

Looking for something warmer and outdoors? Part of the Florida Park Service, the scenic Blackwater River/Royal Palm Hammock Paddling Trail winds through the mangrove estuaries and salt marsh preserves of Collier-Seminole State Park, part of the Ten Thousand Islands region just southeast of Naples and Marco Island Florida and touching the Everglades National Park. The park covers what is historically known as Royal Palm Hammock and is one of three original native stands of royal palms in the state of Florida, resembling the coastal forests of the West Indies and Yucatan.

9. BWR RPHBecause of its scenic nature, the Blackwater River/Royal Palm Hammock trail is a Florida designated paddling trail. The primitive campsite on the trail, Grocery Place, contains both a prehistoric and historic site. Pottery has been found dating 500 BC and AD 900 and was also a homestead in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

What you need to know:
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Length: Trail is 13.5 miles long

Location: Collier-Seminole State Park Boat Ramp
Address: Collier County US 41 — Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL
Contracted Tour company: Collier Seminole Nature Tours
Costs: Kayak & SUP rentals — $10/hour; $40/4-hrs.; $60/8-hrs.
Phone: 800.719.8160
Website: Collier Seminole Nature tours

Click on the names of these cities to obtain Visitor’s Guides for additional things to do, where to eat, places to stay, calendars of events, local attractions and more …
Santa Barbara, CA
Jackson, WY
Des Moines, IA
Naples, FL

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