TOP TEN SUMMER HOT-SPOTS by Ann Montclair
I’ve traveled quite a bit over the years, although pretty exclusively in the United States. Where have you gone? Maybe you’ll agree with my picks or want to add your own!
- San Diego, California: Sun and surf and rarely too hot to enjoy the beach. The zoo there is world class and Sea World is fun, too.
- Redwood National Park, Humboldt County, California. Nearly half of all old-growth redwoods live in this park. Some are even taller than the Empire State building in NYC. The word awesome was probably invented at the foot of one of these beauties.
- Austin, Texas. It’s hot, but seeing the bats swoop out from under Congress Avenue Bridge is spectacular. Then listen to some music and eat the best Tex-Mex on the planet!
- Sedona, Arizona. Swanky, spiritual, natural, and other-worldly. Sedona is like stepping onto another planet where a traveler can find great spas and restaurants.
- Fairbanks, Alaska. 70 degrees and twenty hours of sunshine? Get it in June and July in Fairbanks. It’s near Denali National Park where you can fish for salmon or watch grizzly bears do it! (Fish for salmon, that is.)
- Mackinac Island, Michigan. Step back in time and visit a town replete with Victorian charm and a lifestyle seemingly untouched by modernity. Everyone walks, bikes, or rides in horse drawn buggies. Surrounded by lakes, Mackinac feels seaside but is pure Great Lake fun.
- Kennebunkport, Maine. Cool ocean breezes, lobster and clam bakes, whale watching, antiquing, and art galleries. Need I say more?
- Adirondacks, Upstate New York. What can be better than snuggling up with your sweetheart under a starlit sky on top of a mountain you hiked that day? Or maybe you’d rather canoe alone on a lake as clean and clear as one you’d find in untouched Canada. The largest state park in the country with enough lakes to rival Minnesota, the Adirondacks are simply stunning any time of year.
- Chincoteague Island, Virginia. See the wild ponies that still roam this pristine island. They actually swim in the ocean! Watch a spectacular sunset and attend a blueberry festival. July is perfection in this sleepy little Virginian gem..
- Savannah, Georgia. Sexy, sultry, sweet Savannah—it provides the setting for my latest romance novel.
One Wet Summer…
Questioning her life plans and risking her heart to the hotelier and his motherless daughter weren’t on the vacationing teacher’s to do list—funny how things can change in a heartbeat.
Maura Fields loves her uncomplicated, independent, single life, but things quickly change when a summer vacation opens the door to an unexpected world of passion and desire. Wealthy Savannah hotelier Ben Driscoll had his playboy lifestyle upended when his ex-wife died, entrusting him to care for their daughter—a child he sequesters and vows to protect from future heartache and disappointment. Can the wall Ben has built around his heart withstand the assault from the intriguing, beguiling Maura, or will it crumble, leaving him vulnerable to the undeniable attraction and unbridled need to make her his own?
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Callie: Thanks for being with us, Ann. I love your ten top spots. I have a couple of my own, in particular Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Bar in Jamaica. Spent a fantastic afternoon there a couple of years ago. Also love Key West, Florida.
As Ann said, what is your favorite place?