If you’ve been huddled inside all winter waiting for better weather, then it’s time to get out again and rediscover the outdoors near our community. As you prepare to head out into nature, we offer our top three choices for helping you get out and gear up for the spring season.
Find a Trail Nearby
We’re fortunate to have a wide range of trails, from biking to hiking, and from in-town to near town, that can give you an outdoor fix. Not sure where to start? Try the AllTrails.com website and app! You can rank routes on length, difficulty, and distance from our community.
Gear Up for Success
One of the most popular sites for outdoor gear-loving die-hards is Backcountry.com. They offer a no-questions-asked return policy, so if you don’t like something – no problem! What’s more, they have a built-in community of reviewers that test their products in every type of condition; they’re very detailed in letting you know how each product works and if it’d be right for you.
If you’re bringing your furry best friend along for the trek, don’t forget to also pack the essentials! The folks at GearJunkie.com will give you the need-to-know necessities – from doggy first aid kits, to snacks and feeding bowls.
February’s chilly weather provides the best time to cuddle up with a good book! Browse our catalog of our favorite ways to take your reading to the next level.
Local Literature: Keep your reading selection fresh without the costs by heading to your local library. Already have a collection of your own? Find a Little Free Library and donate your old titles.
Book Smart: Find it hard to hang on to every last detail in a novel? Get the most out of your reads with Blinkist, a helpful summary tool that will keep you savvy on the details of your books.
Listening on the Go: If you don’t always have time to settle down to read, but still want to enjoy classic novels, new works, and more, we recommend Audible. Hear your favorite stories brought to life through this top-rated audiobook app.
With busy schedules, gifts to buy, and an abundance of treats to enjoy, the holidays can hit like an avalanche. Use our helpful ideas to keep yourself happier this holiday season!
Exercise, Eat, Repeat: From hot cocoa and pumpkin pie to truffles and eggnog, the holidays are filled with goodies galore. Maintain your healthy goals by starting each day with the 7-Minute Workout app, available for Apple and Android, and then have an extra treat for us!
Say No to Stress: December is full of all kinds of activities, from ice skating, holiday concerts, family visits, and trips to the store, all on top of work and school! Don’t let the hectic holidays stress you out. Stay sane with these 9 ways to keep the holidays stress-free.
Give and Save: Between family and friends, the list of people to buy gifts for can seem endless. Save money with these inexpensive gift ideas. Looking to do some good through your gifts? Give a present that gives back, like Toms or (Red).
With Thanksgiving coming up soon, November inspires us to help others. You don’t have to travel far or spend money to give back to the community around us. The best gift you can give is to share your time, donate unused items, and create memorable moments while helping others.
Share Your Time
Spend a few hours of your time doing something good for someone else, like feeding the hungry. Local soup kitchens are always looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve food, or clean up after a busy meal.
Give Away Unneeded Items
Many of us have clothes we don’t use anymore or household items we don’t need. Don’t let these things go to waste; instead, give them to someone who can use them! The Salvation Army is the perfect place to donate to the less fortunate.
Provide a Memorable Moment
Want to involve your friends and family in the giving? Many places offer activities for a cause. Find an organization nearby and help others while you share memorable times with those you love!
With fall’s tricks and treats upon us, October brings tons of spooky excitement all month long. From haunted houses to family-friendly events, we have the best ways to celebrate Halloween near our community!
A big part of Halloween is the scary movies, costumes, and events. Head to one of the local haunted houses to get in on all the freaky fun.
Looking for something less intense on the spook-o-meter? Look through local community events to find the perfect outing to attend. Use this handy calendar to see what’s coming up soon.
You can’t get truly into the Halloween spirit without a cute or creepy costume to wear. Whether you are preparing early or shopping last minute, Amazon’s Halloween Shop is the perfect place to snag a fun and unique costume.
Why go to Germany when you can celebrate Oktoberfest right here in our neck of the woods. Every September, Germany continues this 16- to 18-day Bavarian culture celebration with traditional foods, costumes, games, parades, and of course, lots and lots of beer! So grab your lederhosen and get ready to party!
Discover the Drinks
Do as the Germans and grab yourself an Oktoberfest bier, which is a specialty beer made for the festival. Find local breweries nearby to see who is selling the golden lager!
Eat the Treats
Half of the fun of Oktoberfest is the delicious traditional food, including sausages, potato pancakes, cheese spreads, and pretzels. You can easily make an Oktoberfest feast with these fun recipes.
Experience the Tradition
Enjoy your beer and snacks in true Oktoberfest spirit by donning a traditional festival outfit. Learn about the culture and traditions behind clothing, and all things Oktoberfest, with this helpful guide.
Summer is winding down, but you can keep your social media hot with flawless selfies in fresh locations. Explore some of our favorite ideas on how to take that #SummerGoals worthy snap.
Location, Location, Location: Get a fresh take on your regular selfie by changing up the location. Find some of the most Instagram worthy places nearby using Sightsmap.
Picture Perfect: Don’t let the moment get away from you! Use a tripod or lens set made for your phone to take a professional level picture no matter when the moment strikes. See the latest and greatest photo gear here.
Old School: Get nostalgic and snag a waterproof disposable camera and take pictures in the pool, lake, or at the beach. Not being able to see the picture until it develops makes it all the more fun!
One week a year, we dedicate ourselves to the scary excitement that is sharks. Shark Week 2017 is airing July 23rd – 30th with a full schedule of shark themed entertainment. Check out some of our favorite ways to get the most out of Shark Week.
Thrilling Shows: We recommend watching these programs on dry land. Don’t miss any of the action, get the full schedule now from Discovery Channel.
Snack Attack: All those shark bites are making us want to bite into something delicious. Try a Shark Week themed snack like the delicious Shark Marshmallow Pops.
Dressed for the Occasion: True fans know the only way to watch Shark Week is in shark themed pajamas. Grab a shark onesie for yourself and one for your four-legged friends, and cuddle up in style.
Give Back: One way to keep the summer productive and fulfilling is to find somewhere to give back. We recommend Volunteer Match as a great place to match local needs in our area with your interests and skills.
Hit the Open Road: Whether the road calls you for biking, hiking, or camping, we’re big fans of RoadTrippers.com’s easy itinerary builder for just about any adventure you are dreaming of this summer.
Get Outside: Get a little dirt on your shoes and get in tune with nature with AllTrails.com, which suggests any number of nearby trails or routes to hike, walk, and explore.
Wherever you decide to give back or get outside, share your summer stories with your neighbors here by tagging our community Facebook or Instagram.