Dirty Dancing, Pembroke, Va



Mountain Lake Lodge 115 Hotel Cir, Pembroke, VA 24136

Stay for a weekend and take Dirty Dancing lessons at the actual Mountain Lake Lodge where Dirty Dancing, the iconic movie was filmed!

 Nobody Puts Baby In the Corner


Dirty Dancing spirit very much alive every summer.


 On select dates every summer, experience Mountain Lake Lodge’s transformation back into Kellerman’s Mountain House for a weekend. Walk in the same footsteps as Baby and Johnny for a weekend where we provide the ideal setting for you and your closest friends, family or someone special to have the time of your lives.


 On select dates every summer, experience Mountain Lake Lodge’s transformation back into Kellerman’s Mountain House for a weekend.

Walk in the same footsteps as Baby and Johnny for a weekend where we provide the ideal setting for you and your closest friends, family or someone special to have the time of your lives.

What’s Included in a Dirty Dancing Themed Weekend Package?The Dirty Dancing Themed Weekend Package includes everything during your stay with usFull Weekend Itinerary of Dirty Dancing Themed ActivitiesAll Meals for All Members In Your PartyGroup Dance LesDance Party in Mary’s Barn (Friday & Saturday Night) p.s. Friday night is a Costume Contest!*alcoholic beverages and additional food/drink items not scheduled on weekend itinerary are not included2021 Dirty Dancing Themed WeekendApril 23 – 25, 2021June 25 – 27, 2021July 30 – Aug 1, 2021August 27 – 29, 2021September 17 – 19, 2021

Click Here to Book Today!

Or Call Us At: 540-626-7121 ext 8

Email Now! events@mtnlakelodge.com

Who could’ve imagined this would be the legacy of a movie whose initial test screenings were so bleak that it almost went straight to video? After producers took a gamble with a theatrical release, Dirty Dancing became one of the highest-grossing movies of 1987, producing a Grammy-winning original song and overnight stars in Patrick Swayze (as sultry Johnny Castle) and Jennifer Grey (as idealistic Baby Houseman).

Now people flock each summer to see the lake where Johnny and Baby practiced their lift—and the Mountain Lake Lodge is all too happy to welcome their devotees.

“At last night’s party, we got to dirty dance a little without being judged and looked at,” Lori said the next day. “I actually went into the hotel room afterwards and just cried. It was so freeing, oh my gosh.”

The Roxbury In The Catskills, NY



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The Catskill Mountains are located in southeast New York State, between Albany and New York City. …

In addition to breathtaking natural attractions like waterfalls and scenic vistas.  

The Catskill Mountains are also famous for its number of maintained hiking trails, ski resorts, lakes, and rivers for visitors to explore.

 The Catskills served as the setting for Baby and Johnny’s memorable summer in Dirty Dancing, but the Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia, was the actual filming location for the resort.


Looks Like Once Again BOOKING.COM is Offering the best year round values on these properties. The Roxbury Motel / The Roxbury at Stratton Falls

History of The Roxbury Motel


The breathtaking beauty of the region and their close proximity to New York City have made the Catskill Mountains a popular destination for travelers since the nineteenth century.  The first major wave of visitors began when railroads were built, connecting the Catskills with steamships and trains that ran between New York City and Rondout (near Kington, New York). The rails reached Stratton Falls in 1871 and were extended to Roxbury the next year. Following the Great Depression and mirroring the ease of travel by automobile, a second wave tourism began after the Second World War and extending into the 1960s. The latter was primarily to the “Borscht Belt,” where luxury resorts spawned a generation of famous comedians and entertainers.


History of Stratton Falls


For generations the waterfall has cast its spell. The glistening cascade flowing past millennia-old rock formations never fails to transport visitors into another world: the realm of The Roxbury at Stratton Falls.

Enjoy Both Properties During Your Stay

The Roxbury breaks the mold a bit.

 The colonial house might put you in mind of a bed and breakfast, and the adjoining motel building is a low-profile pre-modernist classic.

Rooms, however, are anything but traditional, with design themes that range from the vibrant and contemporary to the flamboyantly retro.

The idea here, clearly, is not minimalism but a sort of maximalism, throwing the usual boutique clichés out the window.

Plenty of hotels call themselves “playful,” but few have anything that even begins to approach something like the Roxbury’s Archeologist’s Digs suite, with its secret passageways,

its Mayan Temple–inspired bedroom, its fish swimming in a saltwater aquarium alongside the glass-walled shower, and more than a few details that are simply beyond description.

At the same time, the Roxbury honors the boutique-hotel conventions that really matter.

Bathrooms are stocked with top-shelf bath products and Egyptian cotton towels, while the bedrooms are fitted with all the proper technology.


And no country escape these days is complete without a spa, in this case a need that’s more than adequately fulfilled by the Shimmer Spa.

It’s a perfect country bolthole for a weekend in, or a base for exploring the outdoors of upstate New York — one thing it’s not is a traditional old-style Catskills resort.


Trip Advisor’s Recommendations While in the Catskills



– The Roxbury at Stratton Falls –

The entire property, from the Crooked Cabana Spa to the smaller, unexpected nooks, is adorned with textured wall paper and intricate tile work, all begging you to feel your way around each corner.

From the furniture to the fixtures, the bedspreads to the bathrooms, the Roxbury Experience is taken to the next level in rooms called The Pampered Postmaster, The Superhero Incognito, and Cinderella’s Gown.

In the room called Dracula’s Fangs, there is a chandelier that contains actual dried bats, an example of the types of details guests have come to know and love from this team.

Their commitment to the theme is palpable, and makes staying in these rooms a true adventure with details to discover and appreciate throughout the entire stay.


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Imagine if Alice in Wonderland married Willy Wonka and set up residence in Oz. THAT’s what we want The Roxbury Experience to be.

The Catskill Mountains are located in southeast New York State, between Albany and New York City. The region is a mixture of public and private land that lies within the 700,000 acres of the Catskill Park and occupies parts of four counties: Sullivan, Delaware, Greene, and Ulster.

The mountains, streams, lakes, and valleys of the Catskills contain a virtual plethora of both outdoor and indoor activities and attractions.

 just relaxing in a tranquil setting, the Catskills are being re-discovered as one of the country’s premiere four-season retreats. And The Roxbury Motel and The Roxbury at Stratton Falls are located in the heart of where it is all happening.




Spa & Pool at the Crooked Cabana


The idea behind the Crooked Cabana came from taking the architecture of the 1848 Italianate Mansion on the property and literally “skewing” and “twisting” it to create a whimsical experience for our guests to look at while lounging by the swimming pool or strolling around the property.

A much larger building than it looks like on the outside, it is not only a pool cabana, but it also boasts an 8-person hot tub, a dry sauna, a spa relaxation area, two spa treatment rooms, three bathroom/changing rooms, and a large recreation room with TV area, conference table for 14, gaming area, and bar.

We had so many big dreams for the grand opening of this building and its facilities, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are forced to limit its facilities for everyone’s safety. 

Hours of operation and guidelines for our Stratton Falls pool and spa facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic are as follows (PLEASE NOTE THE SWIMMING POOL IS CLOSED FOR WINTER AND WILL RE-OPEN IN MAY 2021):





Perhaps the days will return again when they can offer their extensive continental breakfast buffets in our lobbies. Breakfast Bags are available from 8:00 – 11:00am. At the Motel, they can be picked up in the Breakfast room with the orange floor next to the front office in The Roxbury South. At Stratton Falls, they can be picked up in the front office lobby. Or they can deliver them directly to your room. 

Please note for bags not delivered to rooms, guests can obtain cold items directly from the refrigerator located at the bag pick-up area, e.g. beverages, yogurt, milk, butter, etc. (Please respect the honor system).

Boozy Beverages

Are you a wine person or a beer person?
Sipper or a chugger? Sniffer or savorer?
Cocktails or neat or straight-up?

Doesn’t matter because we’ve gotcha covered.

We’ve put some of our absolute fave wine, beer, and bubbly selections in your room and in the fridge. If you open a bottle, the cost will be added to your room charge.

And if there is something else you would prefer, check out our selections below or just ask in case we have some new deliveries!

And please remember you must be 21-years-old or older to partake!


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Trails & Falls

Two years in the making by the expert trailblazing team at Tahawus Trails (who have pioneered new trails at locations like Niagara Falls, NY and the Appalachian Trail), the trail system of The Roxbury at Stratton Falls allows its hikers to easily access the base of the Stratton Falls waterfall.

But it is so much more than just that. Viewing the video and photos on this page will give you an idea of the many adventures one encounters while walking this easy pathway and its two waterfall observation decks, sitting and lounging areas, beautiful rustic black locust, cedar, and stone staircases, high mossy walls of multiple-millenia-old rock formations, forested nooks, and fairy-tale-esque tree groupings.

It was actually this area of the property that was the total inspiration for building our Tower Cottages with their architectural homage to fairy tale villages.

Top 10 Campgrounds and RV Parks The Catskills





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World’s Largest Fishing Pier – Cars and Campers Welcome!

Deep Sea Fishing from a  Camper or Car  on The World’s Longest Fishing Pier

Welcome to Skyway Fishing Pier State Park

When the new Sunshine Skyway Bridge was built over Tampa Bay, connecting St. Petersburg with Sarasota, the old bridge was turned into the world’s longest fishing pier.

Anglers love being able to park their cars or campers within a few feet of their favorite fishing spot.

The bridge is lighted at night, so anglers can see to rig a line, bait the hook, and get a good look at their catch.

The light also attracts many species of fish after sundown.

Common catches include snook, tarpon, grouper, black sea bass, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, sheepshead, red snapper, pompano and many more. Snacks, drinks, bait and fishing supplies are available for purchase.




Welcome to Terra Ceia Preserve State Park


This park’s 2,000 acres encompass mangrove forests, freshwater and saltwater wetlands, and uplands communities.

Much of the preserve is in various stages of habitat restoration that is intended to return agricultural land to its natural and ecologically diverse condition. Park trails are open to foot traffic only and accessible from park gates. 

Currently, kayaking, fishing and hiking are the primary activities within the preserve. 


Other Terra Ceia Attractions






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1. Fort Desoto Campground 9.6

3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Saint Petersburg (3.4 miles away)
Camp site


2. Fishermans Cove RV Resort 8.6

100 61st St E, Palmetto (7.7 miles away)
Caravan parkCamp site
“This is our fifth season at The Cove and we love it! Friendly, down-to-earth people – RVers and Mgt. alike. We are a big family. Lots of new faces…”

3. Frog Creek RV Resort 8.2

closed for the day
8515 Bayshore Rd, Palmetto (7.8 miles away)
Caravan parkCamp site
“Friendly, great and convenient location. Great people working there. Home to many repeat couples every year. Great social events thar encourage new…”

4. Winterset RV Resort 7.2

open now, until 16:00
8515 US Highway 41 N, Palmetto (8.1 miles away)
Camp site

5. Fort Desoto County Park And Beach 5.9

(4.7 miles away) ParkCamp site

6. Frog Creek Kayaking 6

8515 Bayshore Rd, Palmetto (7.8 miles away)
Sport & recreationEco tour agencyCamp site

7. Frog Creek RV Campground 5.9

8515 Bayshore Rd, Palmetto (7.8 miles away)
Camp siteCaravan park

8. Ft. Desoto State Campground 5.5

3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Saint Petersburg (3.5 miles away)
Camp Site Beach

9. Fort DeSoto Park Camp Ground 5.6

3500 pinellas bayway, Saint Petersburg (7.8 miles away)
Camp sSte

10. Skeets Key 5.2

(5.3 miles away) IslandCamp site




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Stay Lazy! Heavenly HILL, Lake Tahoe


Heavenly  Hill is one of the best Skiing Destinations in the US.  But lets talk about everything else.

Heavenly  Hill Tubing

4080 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Everyone loves the thrill and excitement of snow tubing, if you’ve never experienced it, this is a must.
The only drawback for years was once you slide down to the bottom of the mountain side you would find yourself having to trek back up on foot carrying you’re tube. This can get quite exhausting in the extreme elevation and cold temps.
Why not ride back up the mountain side in a temperature controlled tube on a electric people mover. Many fun lovers actually sit in their tubes kick back and simply enjoy the ride back up.
A perfect adventure for non-skiers or just basically for the intentionally lazy! 

A perfect adventure for non-skiers or just basically for the intentionally lazy!
Why put any effort forward when gravity hurls you down the mountain side. 
Overlooking the sapphire-blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is one of the most unique year round outdoor recreation destinations on the planet.
The summer activities at Heavenly Mountain Resort are a must-do during your trip to Lake Tahoe. Start with a scenic ride up the gondola, then choose from one of many other adventures!
Tour through the trees on a zip line tour, a thrilling ride on one of our zip lines,
Challenge yourself on one of three ropes course,
Cruise on a 4X4 tour,
Choose from over 12 climbing routes on our 30 foot climbing wall or slide down the hill on our summer tubing hill.
There’s the perfect activity for every member of your group. 



Sledding is a fun an easily accessible winter sport that’s festive and fun for the whole family.

But what’s also great about sledding compared to other winter sports is that it’s inexpensive and can be done anywhere where there’s a hill and some snow!

Overlooking the sapphire-blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is one of the most unique year round outdoor recreation destinations on the planet. 

The summer activities at Heavenly Mountain Resort are a must-do during your trip to Lake Tahoe. choose from one of many other adventures!






This gravity-powered alpine coaster will exhilarate you and your family as it coasts through forest and natural rock formations.
As always the views are incredible and the memories will be too! The coaster sleds fit up to two riders, so you can enjoy this activity with others.
Activity Restrictions: Drivers must be at least 16 years old (if accompanied by a passenger), between 54 – 84″ tall. Closed-toed athletic shoes are required for all activities.




Yes, tickets are required and they’re not really cheap, but they are worth it.  (you can get a $15 food & beverage voucher for $10 when you buy your gondola ticket.





9 Best Campgrounds at South Lake Tahoe, CA


Water sports, hiking trails, and the glorious stretches of beach that line the cobalt blue waters and turquoise bays of Lake Tahoe make it a dream destination for summer camping in California. Daytime temperatures are not oppressively hot, and nights are wonderful for sitting around a campfire.

South Lake Tahoe is one of the most popular areas around the lake. You can find private, city-operated, and government-run campgrounds. Some have only a dozen campsites or less; others can accommodate 200 to 300 tents and RVs.

Campgrounds only operate from spring until fall, usually from mid-May to mid-October, but some campgrounds may have a more limited season depending on the year and conditions.

Pets and camping in the Lake Tahoe area don’t mix well. Many of the commercial operations do not accept pets. In the state parks, dogs are not allowed on any of the trails or beaches, but they are allowed in some of the campgrounds on a leash.


D.L Bliss State Park Campground


D.L. Bliss State Park has one of the most scenic locations on Lake Tahoe. A beautiful stretch of golden sand, bounded by impressive rock outcroppings, lines the waterfront. The water is crystal clear, and in the distance, you can see the mountains on the opposite shore.

Kayakers can put in from the beach and explore the shores, children can play in the shallow water, and hikers can access the popular Rubicon hiking trail directly from the park.

The park’s campground is set high up above the lake, with sites closest to the lake offering glimpses of the water through the pine trees. Sites are set in a heavily wooded area and are generally well-spaced and private.

The campground is divided into five loops, all of which are more than acceptable. The Beach Camp Loop, which includes sites 142 to 165, is closest to the beach and is the most desirable camping area in the park.

Sites can be reserved online up to six months in advance. Note that the campground is not designed for large RVs. The maximum size is 18 feet, and the maximum size for a trailer is 15 feet. Showers and a dump station are available.

All food must be stored in the storage lockers provided, as black bears are prevalent.

Meeks Bay Resort and Marina

If you are looking for more amenities and a summer camp or resort type of atmosphere, Meeks Bay Resort and Marina is the perfect choice. Along the waterfront of Meeks Bay is a large, crescent-shaped beach with shallow water, perfect for young children.

The resort backing the beach is a large-scale operation, with cabins overlooking the lake, a beachside restaurant, and a campground.

This is a big campground with spacious sites, towering pine trees, and easy access to the beach. The campground offers tent and RV sites, full hookups, some pull-through sites, and restrooms and showers. Pets of any kind are not accepted at this resort.

Reservations should be made as far out as possible and are accepted online the first week of May for the following summer.

Official site: https://meeksbayresort.com/



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Travertine Hot Springs, Ca

Travertine Hot Springs, Ca

If you’re  a nature lover and want a truly amazing off the beaten path affordable vacation. Look no further.

Shangri la is here.

Considering there is no fee to enjoy the hot springs and the camping is free on both sides of the approaching road. Where can you find another destination like this.

After you’ve bagged an Eastern Sierra peak, you deserve a little soaking to soothe your aching feet and tired muscles. Luckily, our great Mother Earth provides what you need.

Travertine Hot Springs sits only a few dirt miles from highway 395. Before you head out, grab some local brews from the general store in the quiet valley town of Bridgeport.

You can drive straight in to the first pools. Walk a short distance to take in majestic views of the jagged Sawtooth Ridge as you relax into thermal bliss.

There are pools of all temperatures, the hottest being right at the parking area. By hot, we mean do a toe dunk before stepping in; you could cook in that first one. Literally.

We used the spring as free fuel for our camping pot. Above the magma-heated ground, we heated water to a bubbling boil for two cups of hot tea.

If the first pools are all occupied, don’t fear. There are typically enough “tubs” to go around. Head out east through the slick maze of travertine rock and you will find four small, private pools in a grassy meadow.

The biggest perk of this front country spring is that that floor of the pools are mud; no concrete orderliness here.

We believe in the healing power of the springs, and direct contact with the earth is crucial to the magic it can work. Rub the earth over your skin and get grounded in the steady vibrations.

Because the land surrounding the thermal springs is Forest Service Land, you can legally camp for free in any of the pullouts along the back roads. It is primitive camping, with no facilities of any kind, so be prepared to be self-contained.

 Arrive late afternoon, set up camp, and walk a half-mile for a sunset soak. Then, rise before daybreak to enjoy the empty pool of your choice before anyone has even turned over in bed. It’ll be all yours for those precious few hours.

Heading south from Bridgeport on Highway 395, make a left onto an unmarked paved road just before the Forest Service Office.

Follow straight road between a quarry work site for a very short distance till it reaches a dirt road that curves first right, then left up into the hills. Keep on this well graded dirt track up to the parking lot. There is a pit toilet in the parking lot for your convenience. Please be sure to be courteous to others and pack out all trash you brought in. The locals here are incredibly kind and friendly, and this can only continue through good stewardship on the part of all of us. 



A Historic California town with a vast recreational playground.


Backed by the jagged spires of the Sawtooth range, Bridgeport is the center of a summer-to-winter recreational playground. It is popular with fishing, hiking and outdoor enthusiasts as a gateway to High Sierra canyons, peaks, lakes, streams, and hot springs.

Located Between Mammoth and Tahoe

Bridgeport is located on Hwy. 395 in the heart of the Eastern Sierra, north of Mammoth Lakes,  and south of Lake Tahoe. Within an easy drive to Yosemite National Park, Bodie, and Mono Lake, Bridgeport has restaurants, hotels, campgrounds and services for all kinds of California adventure trips.






Twin Lakes


How to get there

Located just 10 miles out of Bridgeport, Twin Lakes offers Trophy Fishing.

These 2 lakes hold the top 2 spots for the largest Brown Trouts caught in California, weighing in at 26 lb 8 oz and 26 lb 5oz.  

Fishing Tips

Trolling is always great in these lakes.  Depending on the season you can always use Rapalas, Wolly bugger flies, Thomas Boyants or any bait resembling smaller trout or Kokanee Salmon.

Still Fishing from boat or shore using Power Bait, Worms or Mouse Tails is also very successful.

Please note the special reg’s from Robinson Creek, between the lakes, fishing is illegal from September 15ht through the following opener for spawning season of the Kokanee Salmon and the Brown Trout.

Great pictures can be taken at these locations, just leave your poles and gear in the vehicle. 





Bridgeport Reservoir

How to get there

At the East end of town, take Highway 182 following the signs to Bridgeport Lake / Yerington.

Fishing Tips

This Reservoir is most commonly fished from boats.  You can launch your boat at Bridgeport Reservoir Marina and the Public Boat Launch.  

Both are located on Highway 182 and can be identified by signs.

Bait Fishing with Power Bait, Night Crawlers or Mouse Tails and trolling with Speedy Shiners, Thomas Boyants and Rapalas.



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ROBINSON Creek / Buckeye Creek

How to get there

Up Twin Lakes Road out of Bridgeport you can access Robsinson Creek and Buckeye Creek.  7 miles up Twin Lakes Road you will see Buckeye Road.  Turn right here and travel about 3 miles.  

You will approach a bridge which is Buckeye Creek.  Follow this creek up or down from there. 

If you stay on Twin Lakes Road just past Buckeye Road, you will see Robsinson Creek.  This creek flows out of Lower Twin and can be caught on any dirt road on your left hand side going up towards the lakes.

Fishing Tips


These creeks offer some great deep holes where the fish love to hide.  Try a small Split shot with some salmon eggs.  You can also toss your favorite lure out here to get some action.

East/West Walker River

How to get there

West Walker River – Travel up HWY 395 North of Bridgeport about 16 miles.  This River winds through the Walker Canyon offering great terrain for Fly Fishing, Bait Fishing and throwing some lures.

East Walker River – Travel on Highway 182 just East of town. Follow this Highway past the Reservoir and you will reach the River just beyond the dam.  This is also a favorite spot for Fly Fishing.

Under special regulations, these rivers are open to fishing Year Round! Please read your current fishing reg’s

Fishing Tips

Fishing these waters offers a little something for all anglers, Fly, Bait & Lures.

Virgina Creek & Lakes


How to get there

Take HWY 395 12 miles South of Bridgeport and you will see Virginia Lakes Rd.  Turn Right here and you will cross the creek.  Continue up the road about 5 miles and you will approach the Lakes.

Fishing Tips

These Lakes are fished from shore and are also popular for Float Tubing.  Use your Night Crawlers, Power Bait and Mice Tails.  If your using a lure, try a Kastmaster or small Rapalas.




The Bridgeport Trout Tournament – June

Join the Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation for their annual fishing tournament held in June every year.  This event includes a fishing tournament followed by a wonderful benefit dinner including raffles, auctions and prizes.


Bridgeport Fish Fest

July 31st & August 1st

Join Twin Lakes Resort for a weekend of fun.  This event includes live music, great food, Raffle prizes, drinks and a $1,000 grand prize.




Bridgeport offers some of the most beautiful camping spots in the world.  Whether you are tent camping, in your RV or renting a travel trailer, Bridgeport has what your looking for. 

Hook Up RV Sites

There are 3 resorts in the area which offer hookup RV Sites, including Water Sewer and Electric.  

Bridgeport Reservoir

Paradise Shores RV Park and Bridgeport Reservoir and Marina.  Both resorts offer spectacular views of the Bridgeport Valley along with the services you need to be comfortable in your RV or Trailer while in Bridgeport.  Check out their websites for more information.

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes Resort offers full Hookup sites on Lower Twin located just 11 miles out of Bridgeport.

Travel Trailer Rentals

Don’t have a rig of your own or don’t feel like towing?  Enjoy a beautiful camping experience without the hassle of towing and hooking up.  Rent a travel trailer from CRUISE AMERICA

They offer many packages from Spring to Fall in their beautiful and clean Travel trailers.  They will park the trailer for you and all you have to do is show up.


Ready to make camping memories and have a hassle free stay? Paradise shore rents travel has rental trailers ready to go! Find out more at Paradise Shores.


International airports near Bridgeport, CA

108 miles: Reno, NV (RNO / KRNO) Reno-Tahoe International Airport
156 miles: Oakland, CA (OAK / KOAK) Oakland International Airport
182 miles: San Jose, CA (SJC / KSJC) Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
193 miles: Sacramento, CA (SMF / KSMF) Sacramento International Airport

Domestic airports near Bridgeport, CA

56 miles: Mammoth Lakes, CA (MMH / KMMH) Mammoth Yosemite Airport
108 miles: Reno, NV (RNO / KRNO) Reno-Tahoe International Airport
124 miles: Stockton, CA (SCK / KSCK) Stockton Metropolitan Airport
155 miles: Merced, CA (MCE / KMCE) Merced Regional Airport
156 miles: Oakland, CA (OAK / KOAK) Oakland International Airport
182 miles: San Jose, CA (SJC / KSJC) Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
193 miles: Sacramento, CA (SMF / KSMF) Sacramento International Airport

Local airports near Bridgeport, CA

58 miles: Groveland, CA (OYS) Pine Mountain Lake
59 miles: Minden, NV (MEV / KMEV) Minden-Tahoe Airport
61 miles: South Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL / KTVL) Lake Tahoe Airport
66 miles: Columbia, CA (COA) Columbia Airport
70 miles: Dayton, NV (A34) Dayton Valley Airpark
70 miles: Carson City, NV (WWB) Carson
75 miles: Hawthorne, NV (HTH / KHTH) Hawthorne Industrial Airport
77 miles: Bishop, CA (BIH / KBIH) Eastern Sierra Regional Airport
83 miles: Gabbs, NV (GAB / KGAB) Gabbs Airport
85 miles: Carson City, NV (CSN) Carson City Nv



Looking for the perfect base camp? Check out Twin Lake Resort, they’ll help you enjoy the fun of camping and a cozy bed ad night! 




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The Peabody Ducks, Elvis and Beale Street


Next weekend take an affordable and memorable trip to magnificent

-Memphis, Tennessee-









At first glance this downtown Memphis institution would appear very much out of place on a list of offbeat accommodations. That is until you learn about its most famous custom – the marching of its ducks.

Each day at 11 a.m., one drake and four hens waddle across the lobby on a specially laid red carpet to the tune of the “King Cotton March,” making their way from the main elevator to an ornate marble fountain in the center of the room.

The ducks spend every day leisurely splashing about in the fountain until 5 p.m., when they are ceremonially marched back out of the lobby to the elevator en route to their overnight residence.

When not on duty, the ducks live in a $200,000 granite-floored coup on the hotel’s roof.

While the hotel’s human residents may not consider it the height of luxury, it’s positively penthouse by domesticated avian standards.

That isn’t where the four-star service ends for the ducks. Their daily snack of cracked corn is delivered on a silver platter – literally – by the hotel’s Duckmaster.

The Peabody’s quackers (sorry…couldn’t resist) custom dates back to 1933.





Having returned drunk from a weekend hunting trip with his buddy, the general manager of the time decided to release some of his live decoy ducks into the fountain.

Needless to say, the drunken prank also happened to be a stroke of marketing genius.

The Peabody Ducks are raised on a local farm. Selected ducks go to the hotel at age one and undergo only one week of training. Each team lives in the hotel for only three months before retiring and returning to the farm to live out the remainder of their days.





Relax with Luxurious & Rejuvenating Treatments from Feathers the  Spa at the Peabody Hotel


Indulge yourself at The Peabody’s rejuvenated spa and salon. Transformed spaces. Inspired services. 

Named number 6 among the Top 100 Spas of 2019 by Spas of America, Feathers Spa at The Peabody offers a variety of luxurious spa and salon treatments, including massages, body wraps, facials and facial enhancements, wax treatments, manicures and pedicures, hair styling, and make-up application.

A highlight among the Feathers’ treatments is Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage, including a treatment for couples that is a first in Memphis.

Feathers Spa at The Peabody also offers a full line of high-end spa and salon products from Zents, Dr. Dennis Gross, Goldwell Kerasilk, Sorella Apothecary, Patchology,




Beale Street was built on memories – good and bad.

Beale Street’s heyday was in the roaring 20′s, when it took on a carnival atmosphere. The booming nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, stores, pawnshops and hot music thrived alongside gambling, drinking, prostitution, murder and voodoo.

In the early evenings, boxback suits and Stetson hats mingled with overalls.

Young ladies sashayed down Beale Street and inside the bars, gamblers waited for an easy mark to stroll in. If the mark escaped from the dice or the cards, maybe he would fall victim to Little Ora – always ready to prove her reputation as the best pickpocket between New Orleans and St. Louis. Maybe he’d just stop over at PeeWee’s and visit with the musicians, play a little pool, or secure the voodoo protection of Mary the Wonder.

By mid-evening, the street would be packed. A one block walk could mean a detour around the medicine show set up in a little hole in the wall, as much as stopping and listening to the wandering bluesmen playing for pennies and nickels.

One club, The Monarch, was known as The Castle of Missing Men due to the fact that gunshot victims and dead gamblers could be easily disposed of at the undertaker sharing their back alley.

Machine Gun Kelly peddled bottled whiskey from a clothes basket back before moving into the ranks of big-time crime. Numerous gamblers set a box next to the card table and slid a share of the take into it for the church down the street.

There were big vaudeville shows at the Palace and the Daisy, hot snoot sandwiches at the corner café, Memphis jug bands playing down at the park, and one block over on Gayoso, the red-light district rivaled New Orleans’ Storyville.

Beale Street – come down and see a Memphis jug band, Memphis blues or W.C. Handy Blues!


We are so excited to welcome you back to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, 100+ acres dedicated to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll!  We are committed to the health and safety of our guests and associates and have been diligently working to ensure your visit is everything you’re dreaming of!

With Mansion tours greatly reduced, you will have the unique opportunity to walk in Elvis’ footsteps like never before – in your own personal tour space spread out from other touring guests. Social distancing at its best!

Due to reduced tour capacities, it is highly encouraged that you purchase your tour tickets well in advance of your visit.


The second most-visited home in the United States (behind only the White House), Graceland was home to Elvis Presley during the height of his career.

Although the  rock ’n’ roll singer and pop culture icon died in the white-columned mansion in 1977 at the age of 42, touring the wacky rooms of this 17,552-square-foot (1,630-square-meter) estate offers insight into the mind of The King, who is buried in the estate’s Meditation Gardens.

Memphis is a city on the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, famous for the influential strains of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll that originated there. Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Johnny Cash recorded albums at the legendary Sun Studio, and Presley’s Graceland mansion is a popular attraction. Other music landmarks include the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Blues Hall of Fame and Stax Museum of American Soul Music

The Magical Traveling Stones Of Death Valley

Sailing Stones in Death Valley

Racetrack Playa is home to one of Death Valley’s most enduring mysteries. Littered across the flat, dry surface of this dry lake, also called a “playa’, are hundreds of rocks –some weighing as much as 320 kilograms (700 pounds) –that seem to have been dragged across the ground, often leaving synchronized trails that can stretch for hundreds of meters.

What powerful force could be moving them? Researchers have investigated this question since the 1940s, but no one has ever seen the process in action –until now.




What and where  is Racetrack Playa?

Death Valley National Park is located approximately 130 miles from Las Vegas, it is about a 2 hour drive from the Strip



Death Valley National Park wants to remind people that the Racetrack is located in a remote area of the park and road conditions are variable at best, requiring high clearance vehicles and heavy duty tires.

Do not attempt a trip to the Racetrack without a plenty of fuel and water. There is no cell phone service in the area. Be prepared for the possibility of spending the night if your vehicle becomes disabled.




A more easily-accessible location to observe the tracks of sliding stones is the Bonnie Claire playa east of Scotty’s Castle–

between the park boundary and Highway 95. The south shore of the playa runs right along the north side of Highway 72.

The area is administered by the Bureau of Land Management. There is abundant evidence of sliding stones at this playa, which is believed to experience the same rock-moving conditions as the Racetrack.



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Racetrack Playa is a large, dry lakebed located in Death Valley National Park. It is fairly large, about 3 miles long (north to south) and 2 miles wide (east to west).

It is extremely flat, with the northern end only being 1.5 inches higher than the southern end





Though the closest airport to Death Valley is McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, you’ll be driving a lot no matter what. Located 120 miles from the airport, Death Valley is easy to reach — there are just four main roads to follow — but it can be desolate.




Why is it called Death Valley?

Death Valley was given its forbidding name by a group of pioneers lost here in the winter of 1849-1850.

Even though, as far as we know, only one of the group died here, they all assumed that this valley would be their grave.

Sailing stones (also called sliding rocks, walking rocks, rolling stones, and moving rocks) are part of the geological phenomenon in which rocks move and inscribe long tracks along a smooth valley floor without animal intervention.




Great Company but as expected a bit pricey due to the operation is within the State Park



The movement of the rocks occurs when large sheets of ice a few millimeters thick and floating in an ephemeral winter pond break up on sunny days. Frozen during cold winter nights, these thin, floating ice panels are driven by wind and shove rocks at speeds up to 5 meters per minute.


Trails of sliding rocks have been observed and studied in various locations, including Little Bonnie Claire Playa, in Nevada,[1] and most famously at Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, where the number and length of tracks are notable.



Mystery of Death Valley’s ‘Sailing Stones’ Solved


sailing stones
Heavy rocks like these seem to slide across the surface of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park.

For years, scientists have been puzzled by the mysterious “sailing stones” of Death Valley.


Located in a remote area of California’s Death Valley National Park, the heavy stones appear to move across the dried lake bed known as Racetrack Playa, leaving a trail behind them in the cracked mud.

Muddy footprints will disrupt the rocks’ movements and leave unsightly scars for years.


The rocks’ apparent movement has been blamed on everything from space aliens and magnetic fields to pranksters. But no one has actually seen the rocks move, which only adds to the mystery.

“It’s very quiet out there, and it’s very open — and you tend to have the playa to yourself,” park ranger Alan van Valkenburg told Smithsonian.com. “And the longer you stay out there, it just takes on this incredible sense of mystery.”




The dry lake of sailing stones

Death Valley, California

When no one is looking, the rocks on the dry lake bed of Racetrack Playa move. Some have only traveled a few inches. Others have journeyed half a mile. All of them leave telltale trails — some straight; some curved; others erratic and jerky, as if the rock changed its mind along the way.

Until December 2013, no one had ever witnessed the rocks in motion, but plenty had offered theories to explain their movement. A 2010 NASA study concluded that melted snow had streamed from the surrounding mountains and flooded the playa. At night, according to NASA, the water froze around the bottom of the rocks, creating an “ice collar.”

Over the next month, more water from the mountains arrived, creating a slippery surface and allowing the ice-collared rocks to float on the playa. Fierce winds of up to 90mph sent the stones skidding across the plain.


It was a sound enough theory, but actual evidence was hard to come by. No one is allowed on the playa when it is wet, as their footprints would scar the ground, and research must be noninvasive — meaning rocks can’t be disturbed and cameras must be hidden in the landscape.

Then in 2013, paleobiologist Richard Norris and his cousin, research engineer James Norris, happened to be in the right place at the right time. In front of their eyes, wind pushed an ice floe across the playa, causing one of the rocks to slide along the slick surface of the lake bed. From their position on the mountainside next to the playa, the Norris cousins began taking photos. The evidence was in and the mystery solved.







Last updated: November 29, 2020


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P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


(760) 786-3200

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Vacation with the Chimps in Chimp Haven, Louisiana

Chimp Haven, the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, is a non-profit facility in the U.S. providing a home for chimpanzees retired from laboratory research, formerly kept as pets, and used in entertainment.


If you love animals, you might try to squeeze in trips to local zoos when you travel. But another option to see and support the animals you love is to visit wildlife sanctuaries that emphasize education and conservation. While some sanctuaries aren’t open to the public, there are many others that welcome guests. These are some of the best animal sanctuaries that you can visit in the U.S.

Located just southwest of Shreveport, Louisiana, Chimp Haven is dedicated to the care of chimpanzees, many of which that have been used for research. The facility is located on 200 acres of forested land and has about 50 people on staff to help care for around 300 chimpanzees. The chimps have lots of room to make sleeping nests, climb trees, and play on large structures. You can visit Chimp Haven on Chimpanzee Discovery Days, which happen about three times per year.


The admission fee is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages six to 12, and free for kids under five years old. These events typically run from 9am to noon. Chip Chat & Chew Events give visitors a more intimate look into the chimps’ lives and includes breakfast or lunch. These popular events are $50 for adults and $25 for children.

Chimpanzee Discovery Day events are designed to offer the public an opportunity to visit the Chimp Haven sanctuary, which is not normally open to the public. 2015 Chimpanzee Discovery Days Dates are March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, October 17 and November 21.

Discovery Days are held from 9 a.m. to noon except for festival events, which are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Festivals will be held on April 18 and October 17. Admission prices are $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children ages 5 and under.

“This year’s Discovery Day events and festivals promise to be exciting and fun for the entire family,” Chimp Haven President and CEO Cathy Willis Spraetz said. “As we celebrate the 20th year of our founding, we invite the public to visit the sanctuary to see its remarkable work and growth.”

Guests are encouraged to bring a contribution for the chimpanzees. Among the items needed are fresh or canned fruits and vegetables, unshelled nuts, peanut butter, sugar-free cereals, pretzels, sugar-free gelatin, pudding mixes, juice, syrup and Flintstones multivitamins.

Visitors, separated by a water moat from Chimp Haven’s residents, are able to view more than 50 chimpanzees, including seven youngsters, in natural wooded habitats.

Staff members are available as interpreters to help guests identify the chimpanzees and their behaviors as they forage for food and interact with one another. Other activities during Chimpanzee Discovery Days are:

Creative Station – Children are invited to make and take home a craft highlighting the theme for the event as a souvenir.

Enrichment Station – Discover what enrichment means for a chimpanzee. Enrichment could be in the form of a novel fruit or something more unique like the rhythms of an African drum group. Individuals can help staff and volunteers make the day’s enrichment.

Greenhouse Exhibit – Learn about Chimp Haven’s sustainability efforts and the chimpanzee diet by taking a tour of the sanctuary’s greenhouse.

Behind-the-Scenes Hayride – Explore Chimp Haven on a 30-minute, staff-led tour.

The tour offers two in-depth demonstrations and presentations and allows riders to see parts of the sanctuary that normally are not open to the public. Cost to take part in the tour is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Following Chimpanzee Discovery Days, visitors are invited to attend Chimp Chat and Chew. This event includes lunch, a behind-the-scenes tour of the sanctuary and a presentation by a staff member.

The 2021 Chimp Chat and Chew dates are May 16, June 20, September 19 and November 21, beginning at noon. Prices are $50 for adults and $25 for children. Reservations are required.

To RSVP for Chimp Chat and Chew or for sanctuary directions, call (318) 925-9575. For more information on Chimp Haven, please visit http://www.chimphaven.org. For more information on things to do in Shreveport-Bossier, visit http://www.sbfunguide.com.




Cherry Blossom

Birthday: 3/2/1993 | Member of Slim’s Family

We love a strong, bossy lady, and Cherry Blossom is one of the best. She uses her big, boisterous personality to live life to the fullest. Food is one of her great passions in life, and she always makes sure she gets the bananas she’s entitled to.

Jeff Lebowski

Birth Month: September

Jeff Lebowski is known around the sanctuary for his handsome good looks. Since arriving at Chimp Haven in 2014, he’s charmed staff and chimps alike with his funny, laid-back personality. He tends to move around friend groups, hanging out with whoever seems to need a pal that day.


Birth Month: October

If Mason had a nickname, it would probably be “squirrel.” He’s always on the move but is easily distracted by the opportunity to prank someone – human or chimp. His most distinguishing feature (his solid light brown face) has darkened with age, but it doesn’t take too long to recognize him: he’s the guy who’s always looking for a good time.


Birth Month: November

Flora was named “Chimp You’d Most like to Have as a Mom” and it’s no mystery why: She’s a wonderful, nurturing mother and group mate. She’s very in-tune with her daughter, Valentina Rose, and never likes to be too far away from her. She’s attentive, smart, and a great teacher during enrichment, but she’s also quick to discipline when Rosie gets out of line!


Birth Month: May

Flora was named “Chimp You’d Most like to Have as a Mom” and it’s no mystery why: She’s a wonderful, nurturing mother and group mate. She’s very in-tune with her daughter, Valentina Rose, and never likes to be too far away from her. She’s attentive, smart, and a great teacher during enrichment, but she’s also quick to discipline when Rosie gets out of line!

Cherry Blossom

Birth Month: March

We love a strong, bossy lady, and Cherry Blossom is one of the best. She uses her big, boisterous personality to live life to the fullest. Food is one of her great passions in life, and she always makes sure she gets the bananas she’s entitled to.

Visiting Chimp Haven

As a sanctuary, Chimp Haven is primarily focused on providing an enriching life at sanctuary for the chimps, therefore we are not open to the public year-round. However, throughout the year, Chimp Haven holds special events and opportunities for visitors to experience the sanctuary.

Learn more below and plan your visit today!


Chimpanzee Discovery Days


Chimpanzee Discovery Days take place four Saturdays each year from 9 a.m. – noon

No need to RSVP in advance, but tickets may be purchased online

Accessible and fun for all ages!



Chimp Chat & Chew

Chimp Chat & Chew is a special tour for an exclusive group of chimp lovers, with a behind-the-scenes look at life at the sanctuary and in-depth conversation with the experts on the Chimp Haven staff.

Exclusive behind-the-scenes experience for ages 8+

Spots are limited and fill quickly, RSVP in advance!



Sanctuary Tours

Chimp Haven offers exclusive opportunities for private sanctuary tours on a limited basis throughout the year.

Tours are booked by request only

Brunch in the Wild

New for 2020, Brunch in the Wild is an unforgettable way to experience life at Chimp Haven.


In addition to behind-the-scenes sanctuary access, guests will enjoy a beautiful seated brunch with views of Chimp Haven’s forested habitats and the chimps who call them home.

Chimp Life Photography Experience

Join us for a one-of-a-kind photography experience at Chimp Haven’s beautiful 200-acre sanctuary!

This experience, led by Chimp Haven’s resident photographer, is open to professional and amateur photographers interested in photographing the chimps.


Birth Month: July

TJ is a sweet boy who loves a good game of chase. He’s also a master nest-builder, and especially likes using plastic toys to make himself a nice nest. He’s very fond of his caregivers, specifically the ones he knows well. If you’re new, TJ needs a little time to feel you out, and if you try to get familiar too quickly he’s been known to throw a little poo to let you know he’s not feeling it. (However, he’s very careful with his aim so as not to accidentally get anything on his friends!)


Birth Month: July

Rambunctious adolescent Onyx likes to act rough-and-tumble, but she’s also a total mama’s girl. She loves to play out in the rain (which makes her hair curl, so cute!), and likes even more to play pranks on her group (she once grabbed up a whole stack of fresh, dry blankets and took them all out in the rain!). Her brow ridge makes her look mischievous, but really she’s just a funny little sweetheart.


Birth Month: January

As Chimp Haven’s youngest resident, Carlee brings the fun wherever she goes. Her growing independence has her climbing up high in the trees and getting into new adventures every day. She has plenty of adolescent cousins to play with, but she still loves to spend lots of time with mom, Passion, and her favorite auntie, Sara Soda.


Birth Month: January

Ladybird retired to Chimp Haven in 2011 and is well-known for her sweet face and compassionate personality. A goofy smile from Ladybird could brighten anyone’s day! She and the other “golden oldies” in her group can often be found patrolling their habitat or exploring the forest.


Birth Month: January

Chimp Haven’s only former pet, Henry was found inside a garage where he had lived in deplorable conditions for 15 years, severely underweight and almost completely bald due to malnutrition. Today, he’s healthy and has overcome many of the struggles that came with transitioning from life as a pet to greater freedoms that Chimp Haven can provide. Not only has Henry adjusted well to living among other chimps, he’s flourished in his group with Donovan and other friends. He loves interacting with care staff, attempting (unsuccessfully) to gain Barbara’s affections, and rough-and-tumble play sessions with his boy pals.


Birth Month: January

Jacob is like the wise-cracking elder in his group of friends, and these days he’s soaking in all that life has to offer. He doesn’t get caught up in the latest batch of bananas. A nice warm bed, his favorite foods, and plenty of winks at the ladies next door are all he needs to be happy. He loves to climb up to the top of the play structures to enjoy grooming sessions and nice views with his groupmates, and he’s all all-around easygoing and loyal friend.

Valentina Rose

Birth Month: February

Valentina Rose brings a fun, playful personality to her group. She loves a good game of chase with Mason or Jimmy, and she’s a great tree climber. She usually grabs her morning produce and takes it straight up into the trees to eat. As she grows, her mom (Flora) still remains close by to keep a watchful eye.

Chimp Haven was founded in 1995 in order to respond to the need for long term chimpanzee care. The need for care extended to those chimpanzees no longer used in biomedical research, the entertainment industry or the pet trade.

Genetically, chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than any other species. Because of their physiological and behavioral similarities, chimpanzees have been an attractive animal model for many researchers. In the 1980s the U.S. government launched an intensive breeding program. The resulting offspring were the intended research subjects for hepatitis and HIV studies; however, with new research models and developing technologies, the use of chimpanzees in human disease research declined in the 1990s.

In 2000, the CHIMP Act (Chimpanzee Health Improvement Maintenance Protection Act) was signed into law, establishing the Federal Sanctuary System. In that same year, The Parish of Caddo, Louisiana provided 200 acres of forested land, nestled in the Eddie D. Jones Nature Park, in which to build the sanctuary. Chimp Haven was awarded the federal contract to create a sanctuary where its residents could live in large social groups in spacious, outdoor habitats and where they could live out their lives in a setting that afforded them greater freedoms and self-determination.

In 2005, the first two chimpanzee residents, Rita and Teresa, came to live at Chimp Haven. In 2007, the Chimp Haven is Home Act was passed. This law closed a loophole in the CHIMP Act and prohibited chimpanzees retired from biomedical research to be returned to laboratories.

In a landmark decision on June 22, 2013, the National Institutes of Health announced that all but 50 federally owned chimpanzees were officially retired, paving the way for more than 300 additional chimpanzees to make their way to Chimp Haven in the future.


Currently there are 60 employees who are responsible for the overall care of the chimpanzees. The organization includes administrative support; husbandry and veterinary care; chimpanzee behavior, observational research and enrichment; education and facilities and grounds maintenance.

Since our inception, we have cared for more than 400 chimpanzees and are currently home to more than 300.


Birth Month: February

Shortly after boisterous Hugo was introduced to his social group, he began rising in the ranks. Despite being younger than the more established males, his confidence and poise helped him reach alpha status. Sometimes he likes to cause a ruckus, but his sheepish grin always gives away his playful intentions.


Birth Month: December

Akeem might look like a tough guy, but he’s really an easy going soul with a cool, collected temperament. He’s always there for your friends, and knows how to enjoy the little things in life: like a fresh delivery of his favorite fruits and his prized outdoor napping spot.


Birth Month: August

Taffy is a strong girl who’s not afraid to stand her ground around rough-and-tumble boys. She’s a great friend to her groupmates, but she can rival any chimp in the sass department. If a groupmate decides to show off with a loud display a little too closely? She might toss a plastic toy shovel at their head. But then she’ll invite some pals to go on a nice patrol walk.

Queenie B

Birth Month: August

Queenie B is known as the sanctuary’s “nosy neighbor.” She always knows what’s going on with everyone in her group. She’s a master at catching fruit, and often demands rather than ask when she sees a caregiver with goodies. She extends her arm high in the air, signaling she’s ready for them to throw her a treat. If she receives something she doesn’t like, she’ll let it sail right past her, or even catch it and throw it back!


Birth Month: April

The first time Hope was introduced to her new pals, it was clear she was going to be Miss Popularity, making friends quickly and putting the whole crew at ease. She’s also a bit of a ham and loves fishing for attention from the care staff. On a nice day, you can find Hope sunbathing on her favorite platform, forever “working on her tan.”


Birth Month: April

Sweet Marie is a loyal friend to the end – her caring nature has been known to win over chimps with a tough exterior. While she’s naturally a bit reserved, if someone is messing with her buddies they better watch out! When she’s not showering her besties with affection, Marie enjoys spending quiet time outside.


Isolate the Family on a Working Farm Vacation

Give the Family and Kids an Experience to last a Lifetime!

Vacation this year on a real working farm. educational and heart warming. An amazing and affordable vacation option.


Some Of Our Top Choices To Visit

What is a Farm Vacation or Vacation Farm


Farm vacations are well known around the world but not so for many Americans. ‘Know your farmer. Know your food.’ is a current rallying cry in the U.S. as urbanites look for connections to their food and to the countryside, and farmers look for avenues to sustainability.

While farmers markets bring fresh food to the city, farm stays invite guests to stay overnight in the country and experience the lifestyle – for a night, for a weekend, or more.

Where else can you milk a goat, hold a lamb, drive cattle, see the stars, or hear a rooster crow?


But we are not all the same. Lodging ranges from rustic to luxury and from farm houses to tents. Breakfast may be prepared for you or the ingredients provided.

Some farms offer classes in cheese making, spinning, gardening, cooking, even animal photography! Most are unstructured to allow you your own discovery. None are boring.

What a farm stay is not is a bed on a non-working farm or ranch. Rather it’s about the rural experience and putting a personal face and story to farming. It’s about meeting in the middle – farmer and guest.

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Everyone benefits.



What to Expect

What’s going to happen when you get to your farm or ranch? Will it be boring? Will it be dirty? Will you have to ‘work for your supper’?


Will you be out of your comfort zone? No – no- no – and maybe at the beginning, in that order.

Following is a quick overview of the basics to this type of experiential vacation, recognizing that what you will find at each location is as varied as the farms and hosts that provide them.




The good news – that variety allows you to find a vacation that perfectly suits your group.


Some farms you can view from the main road; others are down dirt tracks, even behind closed gates.

Usually but not always there is a farm sign. Make sure you have directions before you leave your home since you can’t always rely on a satellite to get you there. So, come on in!

Hint: if the gate is closed, once you enter, close it behind you. The rule on most farms and ranches is to leave the gate how you found it because, when you don’t, it’s inevitable the livestock escape…which is why it’s never boring on a working operation.

Checking in won’t necessarily be a formal process like a hotel. If you have prearranged an arrival time, there will likely be someone to greet you and get you settled in.

If not, prior communications should include where to go and what to do for your own check-in. As many farmers rise early and go to bed early, late arrival may mean you get your welcome and tour in the morning.



The smells on a farm are unique, but we don’t think they’re offensive. No, not even the smell of manure.

Depending on when and where you go, you might also smell fresh-cut hay; fruit tree blossoms; and maybe even apple pie cooling in the farm kitchen window.



Best to check what is recommended for footwear and clothing before you arrive. At the very least, closed-toe shoes around livestock and if you intend to help with chores clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Ask if there are guest boots to borrow. And at ranches, how about cowboy hats so you don’t have to worry if yours will fit in the plane’s overhead rack?

Layers are always good and it seems kids get dirtier than grownups so extra changes of clothes.

You might ask if there are laundry facilities available for your use if you are staying multiple days.


Food is handled differently by most farms so best to again check before you arrive.

It can also vary by season in terms of what you might be able to purchase onsite. Ranch stays often include three meals, while farms may provide breakfast only. You are your own with access to a kitchen for the rest of your meals.

Your hosts should give you the full run-down on what you’ll want to bring and what you can obtain at the farm or nearby. Most of us have chickens so farm-fresh eggs will likely be available and you may even get to collect them yourself.



To work, or not to work? Unless expressly indicated as part of your stay agreement, chores are a choice, not a requirement.

We are delighted for you to show an interest in our daily work and many of us allow help with chores, such as collecting eggs, feeding chickens, brushing horses, spreading hay, milking goats, or possibly harvesting crops.

Insurance liability has a lot to do with what you are allowed to do, so driving the tractor tends to  be off limits.

While many ranch operations allow guests to ride and help with cattle, many farms aren’t able to get insurance coverage for riding. They are often just as disappointed as you.

Your hosts mostly want you to relax and have fun, so it’ll be up to you how much or how little you want to pitch in!

If you’d rather sit on the porch with a book, play in the creek or go for a hike, that’s absolutely fine too.



Don’t be surprised if you are left alone for much of your stay – these are working operations and your hosts will be busy.

That said, we likely have a routine and are available for guests who want to participate in our lifestyle.


With all the activities, sights, sounds and new experiences to be had on our farms and ranches – there’s lots to do.  Often with all the fresh air, naps are part of a stay!



This is where you will find out if you are allergic to hay and sometimes horses. It’s not an unlikely occurrence so bring along some antihistamine medicine just the same (and it’s a good idea not to rub your eyes after being in the barn until you have washed your hands).


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Make sure everyone is up on their tetanus shots just in case. Most of us have a first aid kit for minor scrapes and cuts, also tweezers for splinters.

Generally listen on your farm tour for the specifics of the flora and fauna (what stings, what bites, what to do, etc.). It’s no different than learning about traffic and city pests.



While there are quite a few farm stays where you can bring pets, it’s best to double check and be sure that this is appropriate for you and your pet.

There may be other dogs on site; large livestock; and various hazards around the property. Follow all rules laid out by the farm for safety’s sake.

On a similar note, remember that many farm dogs are working guard or herding dogs and may not behave the same way a family pet would. Best to greet with caution, a hand down first and never a face.

Youngsters used to jumping on the family dog should be monitored closely as this is a serious worry for your hosts. And, the reality is that most barn cats will run and hide.

Traveler FAQs

What does a farm stay cost?


Costs can vary widely depending on what you are paying for with a low of $20 for camping to a high of $400 for 5-star lodging. 

An average rate for double occupancy on the Farm Stay U.S. site looks to be around $125/night, which may or may not include breakfast.  We think this is a smokin’ deal for what you get!

How can I find what dates are available for a specific farm stay?


Similar to the online booking, many farms and ranches have availability calendars linked to their websites. 






We recommend, except for the sites with online booking (handled in real time), that you check directly with the farms as sometimes it is hard to keep these calendars up-to-date when farm chores are calling.

Can I book my reservation online?

If our farms offer online booking or access to their booking calendar, we link to this through the Book It button on their Farm Stay U.S. listing. You will be dealing directly with the farm and not with us at this point…which is a good thing.

Due to these existing systems, we do not expect to offer our own booking engine anytime soon, but, please consider our Book It button to work like any other travel site’s.

How do I contact farms or ranches for a farm stay?


You can message farms directly through the ‘Contact’ tab on each farm’s listing page.  You have other options as well: phone, email, and their personal website (also listed under the Contact tab). Caveat: if the farm is a complimentary member, you best solution is to use the Contact form for further information.

Please mention where you found their listing as we would dearly love to have all our farms well represented with full information about what they offer.

Ask about children before you reserve


Not all farms and ranches allow kids. Check under the ‘Allowed’ heading to see whether children are welcome.  It is best to ask as well since sometimes there is a specific age restriction that may be less or more than 12 years old .



Sevier River Ranch & Cattle Company

Farm Stay in Hatch

216 South Sevier River Ranch Lane, Hatch, UT 84735, United States 

9.2 Superb 269 reviews

Located in Hatch, 45 km from Bryce Canyon, Sevier River Ranch & Cattle Company provides a garden and free WiFi.

The farm stay offers a terrace.

A barbecue is available on site and both hiking and fishing can be enjoyed within close proximity of Sevier River Ranch & Cattle Company.

Ranch il Sole

Farm Stay in Miami

22900 Southwest 157th Avenue, Miami, FL 33170, United States

9.0 Superb 5 reviews

Located in Miami, within 32 km of University of Miami and 33 km of Cocowalk Shopping Center, Ranch il Sole offers accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, a bar and a garden. Featuring free private parking, the farm stay is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as hiking and cycling.

Z Ranch

Farm Stay in Templeton

350 Vaquero Road, Templeton, CA 93465, United States

9.7 Exceptional 16 reviews

Set in Templeton, 39 km from San Luis Obispo, Z Ranch offers barbecue facilities and free WiFi.

Cambria is 43 km from the farm stay, while Morro Bay is 40 km from the property. The nearest airport is San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, 50 km from Z Ranch.

Panther Valley Ranch

Farm Stay in Morning Star

1942 Millcreek Road, Morning Star, AR 71901, United States

9.7 Exceptional 26 reviews

Situated in Morning Star, 11 km from Hot Springs, Panther Valley Ranch features barbecue facilities and free WiFi. The accommodation has a spa bath.

The farm stay offers a hot tub. Panther Valley Ranch also provides a business centre and free private parking.

The Britton Farmstead

Farm Stay in Gettysburg

573 Spangler School Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325, United States

9.5 Exceptional 33 reviews

Located 10 km from Little Round Top Gettysburg, The Britton Farmstead offers a garden, and air-conditioned accommodation with a patio and free WiFi.

The farm stay offers a hot tub.

Guests at The Britton Farmstead can enjoy skiing nearby, or benefit from the sun terrace.

Orr Family Farm & RR, LLC

Farm Stay in Oklahoma City

14400 S. Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73170, United States

9.3 Superb 19 reviews

Located in Oklahoma City in the Oklahoma region, Orr Family Farm & RR, LLC provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking, as well as access to an indoor swimming pool.

A barbecue is available on site and fishing can be enjoyed within close proximity of the farm stay.

Kokomo Farms

Farm Stay in Live Oak

19378 Northwest County Road 250, Live Oak, FL 32060, United States

9.5 Exceptional 79 reviews

Set 19 km from Peacock Springs State Park, Kokomo Farms offers free bikes, a shared lounge and air-conditioned accommodation with a patio and free WiFi. The accommodation has a hot tub.

The farm stay offers a hot tub.

The Old Sindelar Farm

Farm Stay in East Haddam

61 Petticoat Lane, East Haddam, CT 06423, United States

9.3 Superb 37 reviews

Boasting a DVD player, the farm stay has a kitchen with a dishwasher, a microwave and a fridge, a living room with a seating area and a dining area, 3 bedrooms, and 1 bathroom with a shower and a bath. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is offered.

Grand Canyon Western Ranch

Farm Stay in Meadview

61 Petticoat Lane, East Haddam, CT 06423, United States

8.5 Very good 728 reviews

Set on an active ranch featuring horseback riding and wagon rides, these cottages include rusticfurnishings and private entrances. Guests can book a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.

Featuring authentic western home-style cooking, the Ranch House is located at Grand Canyon Ranch. Guests can dine at a candle-lit table by an open fire. After dinner, live cowboy entertainment is featured at the Diamond Bar, which offers a full bar.

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Can you Lift your Wife

“Wife-Carrying”  It’s a thing in Finland.

Every year a small town of Sonkajaervi in Finland hosts the International Wife Carrying Championships. During this competition, husbands have to carry their wives along the track with various obstacles.

Finland is no stranger to strange sports: it has also given the world the world boot throwing, air guitar and mobile phone throwing competitions




Buy tickets

You can buy spectator tickets on the day at the venue. Competitors can sign up via their online portal on the official championship website. Meet the friendly faces at the registration desk on the day to pay your 50 Euro fee. 



If the designated ‘wife’ is lighter, she must carry a weighted rucksack, given to her by officials. For this great feat of strength, the world champions win the equivalent of the wife’s weight in beer, a bag full of wife-carrying merchandise and an official logo statue


The prize for winning the race is the wife’s weight in beer.  It’s really all very civilized. The sport — yes, it’s a sport — originated in Finland, and was most likely inspired by a duo of historical tales.




A 19th century legend has it that men stole wives from neighboring villages.


The wife clamps onto her partner, upside-down, with her front against the man’s back. She wraps her arms around his waist and her legs around his head and neck area.
This means the woman must get up close and personal with her partner’s rear end. How does one train for wife carrying?
The first modern day wife carrying event was held in Finland in 1992 and foreign contestants were admitted in 1995. This event is now held annually in Sonkajärvi, Finland as the World Championship. A North American Championship was started in 1989.

According to the rules, the participants can carry their wives or the neighbors. The wife should be at least 17 years old and weight minimum 49 kilos.





The only equipment is a helmet and a belt. Two couples start simultaneously and run as fast as they can. The winning couple is the one that completes the course in the shortest time. In addition to the main prize, the most entertaining couple, the strongest carrier, and the best costumes are awarded as well.



Wife-carrying Contest Rules and Regulations
This wife-carrying contest participant is using the Estonian carry technique to wield his load.
 If the wife is lighter, she should carry an additional rucksack. There are different types of carrying: piggyback, over the shoulder, or Estonian-style when a wife hangs upside-down with the legs around her husband’s shoulders and holds his waist.
Naturally, wife-carrying contest rules may vary from event to event, from country to country. But Finnish wife-carrying race officials assign the following rules and regulations to their wife-carrying championships: First of all, everyone involved must have fun.

No worries, unmarried men — competitors don’t have to carry their own wives. Rules state that a part icipant may carry his own wife, his neighbor’s wife or someone he found “further afield.”
The onl y stipulation is that the wife must be more than 17 years of age and weigh a minimum o f 108 pounds (49 kg). If the wife weighs less than that, she must carry a weighted rucksack to make up the difference.
The official length of the track is 831 feet (253.5 meters). The surface of the track includes sections of sand, grass and gravel. There are two obstacles to climb over, as well as a 1-meter- (3.2-feet-) deep water obstacle to wade through.

If a contestant drops his wife, he incurs a 15-second penalty. Indeed, wives are dropped all the time — that’s why they wear helmets. Officials also award special prizes for best costumes, which adds a festive element to the event.



In addition to the standard wife-carrying race, couples have the option to participate in the official wife-carrying sprint, which is only 100 meters (328 feet) but includes similar obstacles.



The Wife Carrying World Championships also features a team competition, which has the same rules as the wife-carrying contest, but the three men on each team take turns carrying one wife. The twist? Before handing off his “wife” to the next contestant, each man must chug a drink.



You’re probably wondering if, in the interest of equal rights, a wife is allowed to carry her husband, or, if two women or two men can enter the contest. Finnish rules prohibit any team that isn’t strictly male/female, and with the man as the carrier.




Some consider this rule strange, considering the country of Finland prides itself on becoming the first parliament in the world to adopt full gender equality [source: Korpela]. But the sport is all in good fun. Even feminist Finn leader Pirjo Ala-Kapee believes the event isn’t demeaning to women, calling the wife-carrying contest “uplifting” and “authentic” [source: Mattox].



With any sport comes technique, and wife carrying is no exception. There are several different tried-and-true styles for carrying a wife. Although participants are encouraged to employ any technique they choose, most wives either: ride piggyback, sit on the man’s shoulders, lay around the man’s shoulders like a snake or a boa (fireman-style), or they climb on their partner for what is dubbed the Estonian carry.



The most popular style, the Estonian carry, was named for the country that’s won the last 11 Wife Carrying World Championships. The technique works well because it distributes the wife’s weight evenly and helps the carrier to retain optimum balance while he races. But it’s a tricky move to pull off. And, some people think it looks ridiculous. The wife clamps onto her partner, upside-down, with her front against the man’s back. She wraps her arms around his waist and her legs around his head and neck area. This means the woman must get up close and personal with her partn er’s rear end.



How does one train for wife carrying? The Finns humorously advise incorporating training into daily routine, of course — carry your wife around in the bath, the supermarket, the playground or the gym. But in all seriousness, John Farra, 2006 winner of the North American Wife Carrying Championship, trained by running around his yard with an 80-pound (36-kg) bag of cement on his back.

Vytautas Kirkliauskas of Lithuania carries his wife Neringa Kirkliauskiene as they compete during the Wife Carrying World Championships 2018 in Sonkajarvi, Finland. Photo: Reuters

Fifty-three men slung their wives or partners over their shoulders and hurtled off on an hour-long race in the small Finnish town of Sonkajarvi on Saturday, as thousands of fans cheered from the stands.

The World Wife-Carrying Championship, now in its 23rd year, draws thousands of visitors to the town of 4,200 and has gained followers across the world.

There are official qualifying competitions in countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden and Estonia. On Saturday, 53 couples from 13 countries joined the competition, organisers said.

The idea of wife-carrying as a sport was inspired by the 19th century legend of Ronkainen the Robber, who tested aspiring members of his gang by forcing them to carry sacks of grain or live pigs over a similar course.

The championship is also said to stem from an even earlier practice of wife-stealing – leading many present-day contestants to compete with someone else’s wife.

Vacation Like a Millionaire


For a unique escape, put a Houseboat Vacation Rentals at the top of your plans.

Vacations on the water are the ideal choice for everyone from couples to families to groups of friends — the type of vacation where life drifts along at a tranquil pace.

Also houseboats can be a better vacation value as many of then come at prices well less than fancy, stuffy hotel rooms.

Simply a cheap, fun magical experience.

But what’s a houseboat vacation really like? And where should you go?



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Read on for a quick guide to houseboat vacation rentals and the best places to find them.

What to expect from houseboat vacation rentals


If you’re a first-time boater, you might be wondering what the fuss is about. Don’t worry, though, you won’t be on the water long before you get the picture.


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A quick lesson in boating is all you’ll need to earn those all-important captain’s credentials — along with your driver’s license, of course. In the meantime, you can explore why choosing a houseboat vacation rental for your next getaway will earn you serious brownie points from your whole gang.




What are houseboat vacations like?


That depends on where you go. A houseboat vacation rental on a lake offers a different experience to one spent cruising along a meandering river.

Sometimes, the term houseboat is also used to include floating homes and barges. In all cases, though, a stay on the water is exactly what you make it. Want to relax? Sure thing. Head to the boat’s deck for sunbathing, fishing, and gazing at starry skies. Craving adventure? In many of the most popular houseboat rental destinations in the USA, you can tag a jet ski onto your rental agreement.


Typical features of houseboat vacation rentals

We whether you opt for a cozy boat for two or rent a multi-tiered party boat with room for 20 friends, you can be sure that your houseboat will offer comfy sleeping and living spaces, as well as an outdoor deck area and cooking facilities.



Larger houseboats have more of the same, along with extras like covered captain’s flying bridges, gas grills, and water slides. And if you’re up for a bit of pampering, luxury houseboat vacation rentals often come with a personal hot tub or, at least, the option to add one to your booking.

How and when to rent a houseboat

You can check out the houseboat vacation rentals available in your chosen destination by searching online.


Keep in mind that some rentals require a minimum stay, which, in some cases, can be a month or longer, though there are plenty of short-term rental choices as well. When you enjoy your vacation will depend on your destination.

Spots like Kentucky Lake are best for summer rentals, while those lakes in steamy Arizona, and in much of California too, remain open for business all year round.

Top destinations for houseboat vacations in the USA





162 Florida  Houseboat Rentals


Enjoy, nothing quite like it!


Would You Enjoy A Swim With Aligators






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This is an absolutely amazing experience that will put you in the water behind a protective net barrier to swim with alligators in a 30,000 gallon aquatic habitat and view how this top predator maneuvers through the water.

It is thrilling to be in the water with alligators, yet somehow becomes a surreal and serene experience when you see how calm and effortlessly they glide through the water.

You  meet at the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Rescue(35601 SW 192nd Ave, Homestead, FL 33034) at 10am unless otherwise discussed. Tours are done by booking only(no walk ins), click the big red button to book!



Best Day Tour in Homestead, Florida

Full-Day Everglades Naturalist-Led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, and Airboat


Safety first!!

The experience is hands off and you are separated from the alligator by a net barrier. This is not a gator wrestling class, you will be able to be very close to the animal and observe and record it’s behavior, you can have photos of you near the gator, we just can’t allow guests to touch the animal for safety and legal reasons.

Must be 16yrs or older to participate. This experience is all done under the Everglades Outpost. Chris Gillette is with you at all times, and only one guest in the water at a time with Chris. This makes the experience very personal and safe.




Chris has been a professional crocodilian handler for over a decade and has worked with everything from gators to 16ft crocs in the wild. He will give a full safety briefing before entering the water and also provide information on alligator natural history and behavior. The briefing is extensive and educational.

You’re welcome to bring cameras/gopros to document your experience, just make sure they’re waterproof! Strobes and video lights are OK to use too. If you get cold easily we recommend that you wear a wetsuit as it can get pretty chilly pretty quickly in there, the water is just regular water from the hose and not chilled, but under the shade of a large tree and it can be considered chilly by some. 

The wetsuit is not required and many guests go in just their bathing suits, it is your choice. You’ll also need a mask, snorkel, and weight belt. If you have your own gear that’s great, but if you don’t have your own we have spare mask/snorkel/weight belts you can use. We do not have wetsuits available.

In participating in the experience you will be signing up as an official volunteer of the Everglades Outpost! We will start off with a long talk about the background of the gators, why they are here, what a nuisance gator is and how YOU can help us raise awareness about the nuisance gator issue in Florida!







We want you to walk away from the experience as an alligator advocate and to use your photos and experience to teach your friends and family about alligators! Help dispel common alligator myths, teach about their behavior, and most importantly you can teach people to not be the nuisance people that create nuisance gators!

There may be several alligators in the pond but we will be focusing on the largest individual, his name is Casper. Chris has worked with Casper for over 12 years and understands him very well. Casper is between 9-10ft and around 250lbs and is an amazingly gentle ambassador for alligators. This is also the only experience in the world that allows people to be so close with alligators in the water, truly a once in a lifetime experience.





Miami International
The nearest airport to Homestead is Miami (MIA) Airport which is 25.9 miles away. Other nearby airports include Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) (46.8 miles), West Palm Beach/Palm Beach (PBI) (88.2 miles), Key West (EYW) (102.5 miles) and Ft.


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When I stuck my my foot in the water Mr gator looked at me and I chickened out!



Miami to Key West


A Must For Everyone!

The Overseas Highway is a 113-mile (181.9 km) highway carrying U.S. Route 1 (US 1) through the Florida Keys to Key West.

A Fun and Inexpensive Vacation for the Entire Family!

The Florida Keys are a perfect place for a short trip (think 3-5 days) so for lucky Americans it would make a great weekend.  If planned correctly can make for  a very affordable  family vacation.

The Overseas Highway, Route 1, leads you from Miami south through the Florida Keys.

The route is 113-miles long and takes you from beautiful savanna lands to the tropical islands with the largest area of coral reefs in the United States.

Since the road is connecting a chain of islands, you will pass over countless bridges that have you floating above the water, and you’ll feel like a boat coasting through, including one bridge that is nearly seven miles long.

You can drive to the southernmost point in the USA near Key West, which sits closer to Cuba than to Miami,
and you can visit the Ernest Hemingway Museum and the descendants of his six-toed cats. But even beyond the overseas highway, there is still plenty to see and do on a Florida road trip.
Detour: Take a trip into Everglades National Park to explore the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi River.


Classic American road trip.


Key West is the Southernmost city in the United States, just a 4-hour drive from Miami on the scenic coastal Overseas Highway.