Louisville Magazine

SEP 2018

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22 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 9.18 Special Advertising Section e Ohio River Scenic Byway showcases monumental history, natural and scenic splendor, heartland farming and warm and welcoming people, all within the realm of one of the nation's greatest rivers. A unique travel experience awaits you along the byway's 188 miles. e byway's lands and natural resources The Ohio River Scenic Byway Showcases the Very Best of Southern Illinois provide many scenic wonders and some of the best sightseeing and outdoor recreation opportunities in Southern Illinois. Hike, bike, boat, fish, hunt, bird watch and make your own adventures in the natural and wild lands along the byway. e Ohio River is one of the nation's most historically significant rivers. e byway's unique communities and many historic sites tell the stories of Native Americans, Lewis and Clark and other explorers, settlers, river pirates, Civil War heroes, miners, presidents and more. Explore the byway's bucolic roads and get an up-close look at crops, farm operations and livestock that feed the region and beyond. Stopping at roadside vegetable stands, pick-your-own farms and wineries will give you a true taste of the byway. Quaint riverside towns. A relaxed flow and pace to life. Community festivals and events. Diverse people and customs. Art, music, food and other products. Discover the unique culture inspired by the river and the influences it has brought to the region. It's all here: an unrivaled rural landscape, charming communities, historic sites, outdoor activities and adventures, local festivals, unique antique and artisan shops, local cuisine and wines, soul-soothing lodging and, of course, unique activities on and along the magnificent Ohio River. Visit www.orsb-illinois.com to learn more! Use the byway map to plan your own adventure and chart your own course. Discover the splendor, adventure, history and spirit of the byway as you create your own story on the Ohio River Scenic Byway! Ohio River (Illinois); Photo by Bethany Belford, Sweet Bee Photography Santa and Mrs. Claus wouldn't dream of missing their annual trip to Nashville's iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort and neither should you. e 2,888-room resort's 35th annual A Country Christmas celebration is a holiday destination with dazzling decorations, festive shows, attractions and more. e festivities — running Nov. 9 through Jan. 1 — are anchored with more than three million lights, 15,000 poinsettias, 15 miles of garland and 10 miles of hand-tied ribbon that transform the resort's exterior grounds and its nine acres of indoor gardens into a Christmas wonderland. e resort's signature holiday attraction — ICE!, presented by DEI — features Dr. Seuss' How e Grinch Stole Christmas! Experience scenes from this beloved 1957 Seuss classic in two million pounds of colorful ice sculptures. Kept at nine degrees Fahrenheit, ICE! is hand-carved by 40 master artisans from Harbin, China, and will include scenes of e Grinch, Max, Cindy Lou Who and the rest of the Whos from Whoville. If you can't get enough of the Grinch, try Feast with e Grinch or a Grinch-y themed Scavenger Hunt through the resort's nine acres of indoor gardens. Back by popular demand, Cirque Dreams Holidaze returns to the Grand Ole Opry House with its electrifying stage spectacular. Broadway Director Neil Goldberg has assembled the world's most unique cast of incomparable cirque artists, singers, dancers and theatrical talent — from candy cane contortionists, wheel-rolling engineers, jingle bell bicyclers, spiraling aerialists, intricate puppeteering and over 300 dazzling costumes. Country superstar Trace Adkins joins the festivities this year with a new Christmas dinner show featuring songs from his album, "e King's Gift." e Grammy winner will entertain fans with Christmas standards, Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas Returns With Over-the-Top Holiday Experiences Celtic classics and a few of his favorite things. e Build-A-Bear Workshop experience lets guests make their very own furry winter friend — a cuddly, cute polar bear plush designed exclusively for Gaylord Hotels — which can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories. Additional holiday festivities include an extreme ice tubing hill, toe-tapping holiday cruises on the General Jackson Showboat, carriage rides, photos with Santa and an outdoor nativity. A Country Christmas has been hailed as one of the "Ten Great Places to Catch up with Santa" by USA Today; "e Most Christmassy Hotel in the Nation" by the Travel Channel's "Extreme Christmas," one of the top 10 places to spend Christmas in the world by Travel + Leisure, and a "Nashville treasure" by Southern Living. Visit ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com or call 1-888-677-9872 to learn more.

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