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Popular vacation spot on Lake Granby destroyed in East Troublesome Fire

GRANBY, Colo. (KDVR) — For the first time since fleeing with three T-shirts and a pair of jeans, Paul Hedgecock and his son walked the campground that has been in his family for decades.

The Highland Marina on Lake Granby has been a prime spot for vacationers, boaters and fisherman. Now it’s reduced to twisted metal and ash after the East Troublesome Fire blew through the area last week.

“This is the only place it crossed the highway,” Hedgecock said. “It just jumped around. It’s like a tornado or something.”

The East Troublesome Fire pummeled the bait and tackle shop at the entrance, leaving just a hole in the ground.

Hedgecock lost his home, as did his daughter. By his count, 43 other structures including RVs and mobile homes were destroyed.

“They were all places where people came up to have fun, and they loved their places,” Hedgecock said. 

Despite the devastation, Hedgecock remains optimistic they’ll still be able to hold boats this spring.

“We still have docks and we can still house people, we just got a lot of cleaning up to do,” Hedgecock said. “It’ll be different. There won’t be any trees, but that’ll make the view better from the top of the hill. Look at that view. Makes it all good.”

Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe to help the Hedgecocks pay for rebuilding the marina.

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Westerville Parks and Recreation finds bright spot in beloved event amid pandemic

pumpkins making an octopus

The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow will continue through Nov. 1 and will take place from 7-11 p.m. at Heritage Park. Credit: Courtesy of Randy Auler

After a successful start in 2019, the Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow has returned with a new kind of experience. 

Hosted by the Westerville Parks and Recreation, the Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow kicked off Oct. 21 and will continue through Sunday. The event is held at Heritage Park and features a drive-thru trail lined with thousands of glowing carved pumpkins, according to the program’s website. 

Randy Auler, director of the Westerville Parks and Recreation, said the first Pumpkin Glow was a five-day event that included a half-mile walking trail. He said the change from having a walking trail to a drive-thru was made to adhere to social distancing guidelines and ensure the safety of patrons. 

“Last year we had three- to five-thousand carved pumpkins etched into designs and we had scenes,” Auler said. “It was a huge success. We had over 12,000 people from 82 counties in the state of Ohio and (visitors from) six different states attend the event last year. So we had planned to do that again this year, and then COVID hit and we had to pivot.” 

Auler said the Westerville Parks and Recreation is thrilled to be able to provide Pumpkin Glow to the community. 

“We’ve had people come through from Kentucky, Indiana and Chicago, so it’s getting to be more of a central Ohio draw, and we’re excited about that,” Auler said. “It’s cool to see all of the positive comments, and when people see the quality of the display, they’re just very impressed.” 

Terri Nalli, a resident from Cambridge, Ohio, said she heard about the Pumpkin Glow from friends in the area and made the trip down with her 5-year-old daughter to see the display Oct. 22. 

“An array of lit-up pumpkins, it’s something that I personally have never seen in my life,” Nalli said. “It was just a very magical experience and the pumpkins themselves were very — it looked very artistic, like it took somebody a long time to do them.” 

Nalli did not attend the event in 2019, so she was unable to compare it to this year, but she said her friends spoke glowingly about this year’s experience.

“They said that compared to last year, this was out of the park for a virtual type of drive-thru, that the parks and rec did an amazing job for what they could do now with COVID and all,” Nalli said. 

Nalli said she and her daughter enjoyed the show and found some of the larger pumpkins to be her favorite, with designs including a jellyfish and an octopus. 

One particular section even made Nalli feel like she was in a movie, she said. 

“Under this row of lights that was like a bridge, they had all these lit up mushrooms with a caterpillar, and it kind of felt like you were in almost like ‘Alice in Wonderland.’

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DoubleTree hotel not typical trouble spot for police

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The suspect shot by federal agents during Wednesday’s warrant arrest had checked in to a Nanuet hotel without a reservation the night before, the facility’s general manager said Thursday.

The man didn’t leave his room until Wednesday and had not checked out when the shooting occurred as the suspect was getting into his car, Jeff Weinberger of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nanuet said Thursday.

“We never had anything like this, never,” Weinberger said of the shooting. “I was just the unlucky hotel that he chose to stay at Tuesday night. He just came in as walk-in with no reservation.”

NANUET: DEA agent shoots suspect at DoubleTree hotel in gun investigation

A suspect was shot Wednesday night outside the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nanuet as the federal Drug Enforcement Administration was executing an arrest warrant. Thursday, October 29, 2020. (Photo: John Meore/USA Today Network)

On Wednesday evening, federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents converged on the hotel at 425 East W. Route 59 to serve a warrant on gun-related charges after surveilling a suspect who was shot in the shoulder and leg in the parking lot, according to authorities. He was hospitalized in stable condition Wednesday.

A second suspect was detained Wednesday night and one firearm was recovered. Circumstances and charges were not being revealed pending arraignment. 

DEA Special Agent Erin Mulvey said the suspect who was shot would not be presented in court until Friday afternoon. The status of the second suspect was not immediately clear.

Weinberger said guests were concerned and some arrivals initially had trouble getting into the hotel but no one canceled their reservations. About 80 to 100 rooms were occupied at the time of the shooting.

“It was way over by the time anyone figured out what happened. Business is normal,” he said Thursday. “This is a one-off thing.”

Not a trouble spot

The scene of Wednesday’s shooting is not a trouble spot for local cops, and is better known for hosting political gatherings and film crews than a weapons suspect being pursued by the feds.

Clarkstown police responded to the DoubleTree between 70 and 80 times in the past year, with the majority of those involving medical calls, noise complaints and other non-criminal incidents, department spokesman Officer Norman Peters said. The number of responses is not unusual for a 156-room hotel, he said.

There were no weapons arrests and only one report of a fight, said Peters, whose department was not involved in Wednesday’s warrant arrest but responded to assist in securing the site.

“Situations like this obviously are not endemic to Clarkstown and not this hotel, which has a reputation as one of the better hotels in Rockland County,” Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann said Thursday.

The hotel’s proximity to the Palisades Interstate Parkway and New York State Thruway may have made it a convenient landing spot for someone laying

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A Mass. spot was just named among the best family vacation destinations

Conde Nast Traveler just named a Massachusetts destination among the best places in America for families on vacation.

The travel magazine named Cape Cod among seven of the best family vacation spots in the U.S. because it “fits every need” for families. Families have to consider many factors when planning a trip, the publication noted, such as distance, affordability, dining options, activities for all ages, and safety.

Here’s what the publication wrote about the Cape:

“For a dose of family fun, visit the historic, 48-foot-tall Nauset Lighthouse, which dates back to the 19th century and played an important role in the area’s maritime history, and spend the rest of the day communing with nature at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, where kids can learn about the area’s wildlife and habitats on a 45-minute clue-filled quest. The Villages at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, at the northern tip of the peninsula, has a massive pool, plus activities for kids of all ages, from oyster bed tours and tennis lessons to stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking on its very own Blueberry Pond.”

The other top family vacation destinations in the U.S., according to the publication, are Catalina Island, Calif., Albuquerque, N.M., Alexandria, Va., Finger Lakes, N.Y., Moab, Utah, and Hilton Head, S.C.

View the entire list of best family vacation spots in the U.S.

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Report: Poconos a top spot to buy vacation homes

The economy may be uncertain, but vacation home sales seem to be skyrocketing in the Poconos. As Newswatch 16’s Sarah Buynovsky reports, that means more jobs, too.

BLAKESLEE, Pa. — The economy may be uncertain, but vacation home sales seem to be skyrocketing in the Poconos.

A recent report listed the Poconos as a top spot to buy one.

Vacasa is a vacation rental company which it puts out an annual report of top spots to buy.

“We’ve been doing this report for three years now, and this is the first time the Poconos has shown up on the list, but I think it’s really due to the changing demand in consumer behavior, Poconos being a couple hours away from New York City in Pennsylvania. With the health pandemic, people really want drive-to markets where they can get outdoors,” said Shaun Greer of Vacasa.

The Poconos ranked third in the country for best vacation home sale spot.

Big Sky, Montana ranked number one.

Corolla, North Carolina was second on the list.

Vacasa officials said it may seem surprising that people are buying vacation homes given the economy right now, but they explained a reason for that.

“Right now, interest rates are the lowest they’ve ever been, so people can afford more,” said Greer.

Because there has been this boom, Vacasa is now looking to expand and hire people living in the Poconos.

“There’s always an economic factor that goes into play when somebody purchase a home, and a company like us manages, and we employ and invest in the professionals there to help manage the homes so it can definitely be a boost for that local economy.”

Vacasa officials said they are investing in the Poconos and expect to see demand there for years to come.

Head here to check out the report from Vacasa.

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Ludlow’s Feathers Hotel secures spot in coveted best hotels guide

The Feathers Hotel in Ludlow
The Feathers Hotel in Ludlow

The guide, published each year by The Times newspaper, has just unveiled its list of those top 80 that they believe to be the crème de la crème of best hotels in the UK, which includes everything from new openings and historic venues to swish spas and cosy pubs with rooms.

Each hotel in the list has been subject to the scrutiny of a seasoned hotel inspector who dined, stayed and used all the facilities as any other paying guest would; but they left no stone unturned in analysing and reviewing every aspect of the customer experience from the moment they walked through the door.

Under new ownership with Crest Hotels, The Feathers Hotel has secured its place despite only being fully reopened in recent months following a phased re-opening over the past year, and is described as a huge coup by the management team.

Sarah Tunnadine, group sales manager for Crest Hotels said: “We are hugely honoured to be placed in such a respected list of best places to stay. Since our £2.5m refurbishment, which was only started last year, we have been overwhelmed with the response to the restoration.

“We wanted to really reflect the history and heritage of the grade 1 listed building whilst injecting a modern twist and contemporary feel and I really do believe we have done that to rave reviews from our guests.”

Described by The Times as having “old-world charm that is paired with modern comforts”, The Feathers is also credited with “having its original beams, stained glass and Jacobean coving which have been paired with a palette of creams, coppers and a regal peacock blue, breathing light and life into the old inn”.

Operations director, Jason Hiley added: “The Feathers hotel has certainly captured the hearts of guests and the local community once more and we are delighted that this has been rewarded and recognised in this way. The customer experience is paramount to us and so to have this stamp of approval is testament to the hard work, dedication and passion that our team bring every day. It has been a labour of love over the past two years but it is wonderful to see the hotel bustling once more.”

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US To UK Travel Bubble, Social Distancing In Cabo, New Covid Hot Spot Map And More

This Cabo Resort Was Made for Social Distancing

Although it opened in 2017, Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas was practically designed for social distancing in 2020. The Cabo resort is set on 834 acres (including a private beach) and has an enormous lagoon-style pool with well-spaced seating. Other amenities including an 18-hole Greg Norman Signature golf course, hiking and biking trails, and a shopping center.

Will a New York-London Travel Corridor Open for the Holidays?

Americans who dream of spending the holidays in England may soon get a gift—the U.S. and U.K are working on a plan to open travel between New York and London later this year. While details are still being worked out, travelers would have to test negative for Covid-19 before and after a flight, with the hope that quarantine times would then be greatly reduced.

Tourist Returns ‘Cursed’ Artifacts to Pompeii

The next time you feel guilty about taking home those towels from your favorite hotel, consider the cautionary tale of a Canadian tourist who stole ancient artifacts from an archaeological site in Pompeii some 15 years ago. The woman, identified only as “Nicole,” recently returned the objects because she believed they were “cursed” and had brought “so much negative energy” into her life. “I was young and stupid,” she wrote in a letter, accompanying the items. “I wanted to have a piece of history nobody could have.”

Travel Wise

Want to plan a getaway and not find Covid-19 when you arrive? The Johns Hopkins University percent positive map is a user-friendly guide to the coronavirus rate is every state. Look for states in which the percent positive rate is below 5% (or shaded blue).

A Master List of Seating and Mask Policies for U.S. Airlines

Since most travelers still have a fear of flying, it’s important to know what to expect if you do have to board a plane. Here is an updated list of seating and mask policies for major U.S. airlines.

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The perfect spot on Hollywood Beach

Welcome To Tide Vacation Apartments

The Tide Vacation Apartments is truly a gem among the hectic high rises and giant hotel chains. The Tide is a family owned and operated apartment motel, located directly on the beautiful and tranquil Hollywood Beach and blue Atlantic Ocean. Come swim, bike, walk, sunbathe, snorkel and even fish right outside your door. Find out why our guests come back year after year. Experience “Tide Time” for yourself. Enjoy a leisurely walk, jog, skate or bike down the newly paved 2.2 mile broadwalk, a motor free zone with a decorative seawall along the beach.

Just minutes by foot from your Tides Vacation Apartment, you will discover our famous local beach front activities, world class restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Enjoy Hollywood Beach’s world attractions, theme parks, museums and deep sea fishing. If you are feeling lucky, we are only minutes away from the famous Hard Rock Casino or Dania Jai Alai.

Your Hotel on the Hollywood beach

We are located 15 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport and Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades, the busiest cruise port in the world. Our spacious 1 or 2 bedroom suites all have ocean views with a private balcony. Each Suite has a separate bedroom, daybeds, dining area and a fully equipped kitchen, eat-in or dine out, the choice is yours. Your balcony overlooks our heated fresh water pool. The patio area is equipped with BBQ grills for those who want to cook their fresh catch.

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