WEEKEND JAUNTS: First Summer Road Trips by Hampton Rhodes

WEEKEND JAUNTS: First Summer Road Trips

The beginning of summer – school is out for most, the days are long and bright, warmer weather is finally here and flip-flops have become the official seasonal footwear. This week, Z’Scoop.com helps you discover 4 of the most magical weekend getaways that might just be in your own backyard with proposed trips to the oddly beautiful Cannon Beach Oregon, the spiritual El Santuario in Chimayo, NM, the rich ARCH Historic Homes & Garden Tour in Fort Wayne, Indiana, or the vast Appalachian and Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Let’s take a look of what might be in store for you.

Cannon Beach, OR
Located on the Oregon Coast, home to 363 miles of secluded beaches, sand dunes, crashing waves, lighthouses and towering forests. Cannon Beach has its own pretty inspiring four miles of beautiful, photographic beaches. Haystack Rock towers on the shoreline. Waterfalls cascade onto the sand at Hug Point. Marine life peeks out at low tide. It’s no wonder National Geographic magazine listed Cannon Beach as one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world. 

Cannon Beach’s promise of many fantastic restaurants, fabulous shopping and boutiques, its own Rum-making distillery, regional seasonal theatre, museums, high-life zip-line adventures, tours and oceanfront lodging can easily spark your imagination. For sports there is fishing, surfing, water skiing, paddle boarding, biking, horseback riding, and many more activities.

You may have just missed the early June Sandcastle competition, but don’t miss the opportunity to visit “One of America’s Best 100 Art Towns.” Any time is the right time to visit Cannon Beach, OR.

Dates: All Year Round
Times: Day and Evening/Every day, every night
Location: Clatsop County, OR
Address: 207 N Spruce, Cannon Beach, OR 97110
Website
Phone: 503.436.2623 

Chimayó, NM
If you want to see more of Northern New Mexico along with Santa Fe, consider a day trip to nearby Chimayó. Situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the village of Chimayó, New Mexico is just 40 minutes from Santa Fe along The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway. This special place, known for its historic church, also features several weaving shops and delectable food.

Chimayó is famous for the weavings of the Ortega and Trujillo families. Many shops in Chimayó contain their work and other fine crafts from the region. Make plans to visit Centinela Traditional Weaving Arts and Ortega’s Weaving.

The “must-see” in Chimayó is The Sanctuary. El Santuario de Chimayó is a native church known for its side chapel where the dirt floor is reputed to have healing powers. You’ll want to see “el pocito,” the small pit of Holy Dirt many people claim possesses remarkable curative powers. Every Good Friday, tens of thousands of pilgrims make their way to this “Lourdes of the Southwest.” The santuario is open to visitors 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (October-April) and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (May-September). Mass Schedule: Daily at 11:00 a.m. (Mon through Sat), 10:30 a.m. and noon (Sunday).

Dates: All Year Round
Times: Day and Evening/Every day, every night
Location: Santa Fe County, NM
Address: 15 Santuario Drive, Chimayó, NM 87522
Website
Phone: 505.351.9961

ARCH Historic Home & Garden Tour, Fort Wayne, IN
Every year, ARCH features one or two of Fort Wayne’s and Northeast Indiana’s historic neighborhoods on a home and garden tour. These help to galvanize and strengthen neighborhoods by bringing neighbors together and giving them a chance to show off their homes and neighborhoods. Normally occurring in the last weekend of June, the annual summer home tour features both established neighborhoods such as Forest Park Boulevard and Southward Park, as well as lesser-known neighborhoods such as West Main Street and Indian Village.

In 2017, the tour will be held on Saturday, June 24 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (EDT). This annual event features historic homes and neighborhoods throughout the city. For updated information on the tour, please check ARCH’s website at archfw.org or call the ARCH office.

Dates: Saturday, June 24th, 2017
Times: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Address: Check website for details
Website
Phone: 260.426.5117

White Water Rafting in The Mountains of North Carolina
It’s no wonder these trees spend hundreds of years in a single spot. Let the seasons guide your way to an unforgettable vacation in the North Carolina Mountains. Fall offers spectacular color along the Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s Favorite Drive. And winter creates a snowy wonderland at High Country ski resorts. Spring brings crisp, fresh air perfect for hiking the Appalachian Trail or biking the trails at Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park.

But it’s the beginning of Summer, and Summer offers water sports ranging from kayaking tranquil rivers to rafting Class IV-V whitewater rapids.

Whitewater Rafting NC offers abundant scenic wonder, Native American history, and is loaded with adventure and fun. In 1986, High Mountain Expeditions began taking families and adventure seekers alike to some of the most spectacular places in the U.S. Our early efforts helped create a whitewater rafting industry that now shares the beautiful outdoors of the North Carolina Mountains and Tennessee Wilderness with thousands of guests every summer.

High Mountain Expeditions rafting adventures are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Exploring the wilderness by river is an experience unlike any other. Discover hidden waterfalls and scenic wonders that are accessible only by river. Discover the rush and excitement of a High Mountain Expeditions whitewater adventure. Choose from a half day, full day, or 2-day rafting adventure.

Dates: All Summer Long
Times: 4-hour, 7-hour, Full-day and Two-day Expeditions
Location: Banner Elk, Boone, Asheville, NC & More (Check website)
Phone: 828.266.RAFT

From the Mountains to the Oceans, from the Southwestern desert to the hub of the Midwest – we’ve got your number for an exciting and memorable weekend, right here on Z’Scoop.com.

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Chimayó, NM
Fort Wayne, IN
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