February 2010 Issue
Cures for Cabin Fever
Winter seems shorter when you get out and about.
Snow starts piling up against your door and it feels like the walls are closing in. Yes, you’ve got a full-blown case of cabin fever. Relax — we’ve got just what the doctor ordered: day trips and getaways so fun you’ll wish winter never ended.
For the Love of Art
If you haven’t seen the new Akron Art Museum yet, a trip to this art lovers’ paradise is a great excuse to get out of the house. The stunning glass and steel building by contemporary architecture firm COOP HIMMELB(L)AU expanded on the museum’s 19th-century building and opened in 2007 to much acclaim. The new building is emblematic of the museum’s mission of presenting contemporary and modern art and has become a downtown Akron icon.
Once inside, art lovers can feast their eyes on the museum’s newest exhibit, “Pattern ID.” The show examines how patterns, fabric and clothes have historically been a reflection of cultural identity. Rather than displaying traditional garments, however, the museum gives the concept a contemporary twist, focusing on how modern identity is now a melting pot of cultures. The works, by 15 artists, include paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media and video. The vibrant tableau includes hip-hop youth depicted in Japanese-style woodblock prints, tribal-style blankets woven from sports jerseys and mannequins dressed in Afro-Victorian apparel. The diverse combinations will leave you pondering what your own Pattern ID might look like. The exhibit runs through May 9.
For more information, visit akronartmuseum.org.
Looking to commune with nature without venturing too far from indoor comforts? Head to one of eight Ohio State Park Lodges & Conference Centers. The lodges — Burr Oak, Deer Creek, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson, Salt Fork and Shawnee — offer a range of accommodations sure to please everyone. Families, couples hoping for a romantic escape, and adventure seekers will find everything from luxurious rooms to rustic cottages and cabins. Each lodge and park has its own unique selection of outdoor activities including hiking, cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating and more. Those not willing to brave the cold will find indoor pools, saunas, massage therapy and game rooms to keep them busy.
Sounds great, but you think you just can’t afford it in these tough times? The Ohio State Park Lodges offer plenty of special rates and discounts through the winter months to make a stay affordable to all. Police officers, fire fighters or anyone else who works weekends can take advantage of “Weekend Workforce” rates, starting at $69 and available Sunday through Thursday, through April 30. Use promo code “WEEKDAY” when making reservations.
Don’t throw away that losing lottery ticket — March brings the “Ohio Lottery” discount with two opportunities to cash in. First, guests present their losing tickets for a $25 discount off their room. Then, guests staying for both Friday and Saturday night of any weekend put their ticket into a bowl. On Sunday, one ticket is pulled and the winner gets their room rental fee waived. Use promo code “OHLOTTO” when making reservations.
Just in time for spring break, the lodges offer the “Stays For A’s” discount. For every “A” a student receives on their current report card, their family gets $10 off their room rate up to $50 off. Guests must present the report card and use promo code “Stay4A” when making reservations, through June 7. Frequent visitors to the lodges will want to take advantage of their new “Passport Program.” Collect a stamp for each night spent at a lodge and get a free night’s stay after you’ve amassed three stamps (stays do not need to be concurrent or at the same lodge).
All special rates are subject to availability and may have exclusions. Visit atapark.com for more information and reservations.
For those feeling the need to bundle up and head outside for some snowy fun, plan a trip to Wisp Resort in western Maryland. Tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains, Wisp is the state’s only four-season ski, golf and recreational destination. With more than 100 inches of annual snowfall in the Deep Creek Lake region and a wonderland of activity, Wisp is the ideal destination for a family winter getaway. Ski down 32 slopes, take in a tour of the countryside on Nordic skis or snowshoes, race across fields of snow on a guided snowmobile tour or head to the Bear Claw Adventure Park for snow tubing, ice skating and the ever-popular Mountain Coaster. After a hard day of play, relax in the spa or heated indoor pool and hot tub at the Wisp
Resort Hotel and Conference Center, which offers special lodging packages, Wi-Fi, and fitness and business centers. Enjoy your winter stay at Wisp? Pay a visit throughout the year for just as much adventure and relaxation. Wisp has facilities for groups, families, weddings and conferences.
For more information, visit wispresort.com.
Cold Weather Fun
Sporty types will love a trip to Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Davis, West Virginia. Nestled in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains, the resort lies in an area known for its extended season of snow and 150 to 190 inches of annual snowfall. Combine this with high-tech snowmaking equipment on the resort’s Herz Mountain and you’ve got a virtual paradise for winter sport enthusiasts. In fact, the resort offers snowboarding, as well as telemark, cross-country and mountain skiing. Guests can stay close to the action in the new slopeside Timberline Resort Hotel and Suites. Boasting spectacular views of the mountain, retail and rental shops, a restaurant and a pub, the hotel offers comfortable accommodations for when you need a break from the slopes.
Adding to the adventure are fun events taking place at Timberline this winter. St. Patrick’s Day comes early with the Winter Celtic Music Festival, February 27–28, when guests can dance the night away to traditional Irish and Scottish music by Pete Tenney and Blaine Stevens. The weekend of March 19–21 brings a long-standing Timberline tradition — the Snowy Luau Festival. The festival brings tropical flair to the resort with authentic Hawaiian music, Polynesian dancers, a pig roast, bonfire and fireworks. Regardless of when you visit Timberline, you’ll be sure to see why it was named best ski area in the region for five consecutive years.
For more information, call 800/SNOWING or visit timberlineresort.com.