August 28, 2015

The Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson said it best, “Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.”

While JHE’s crew enjoys the last days of summer, many have flocked to the water for a little rest and relaxation. Several were willing to share their favorite summer vacation spots and childhood vacation memories with you.

Erin Nosker, sales manager for the 600 Festival Association and Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, is most passionate about Charleston as her summer destination. Founded in 1670, Charleston is the place to be for “food, wine, water and history” according to Erin.


Ben Salisbury and James Raven also recall happy memories from their childhood vacations. As a kid, Ben and his family frequented Lake George, New York, which is located at the southeast base of the Adirondack Mountains. 

James would go to the beach every summer to stay with his grandma in Cape San Blas, Florida. Bordered by the pristine waters of St. Joseph Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, there are miles of uncrowded white beaches to enjoy as a youngster.

Evelyn Stone, a member of JHE for five years, recalls one unforgettable cross-country trip when she was 12. “We take off - four kids, a station wagon and a pop-up camper and made our way to Yosemite National Park. Throughout the trip, we saw Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, the Grand Tetons, Redwood Forest, Yosemite, Death Valley, Hearst Castle, Carlsbad Caverns, Tijuana, Grand Canyon, Albuquerque, Amarillo, New Orleans and home again. It amazes me that I have been able to see so many of the historical sites in this country. Someday, I would like to take that kind of trip again, but this time maybe in a RV!”

Amy Lilly and her husband found paradise in Panama City Beach, Florida. Due to its sugar-white sandy beaches, Panama City Beach claims it has "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches."  The couple fell in love with its clear blue water.

Jacqueline Gafrarar, general manager of the 600 Festival Association, found her favorite place in the world thanks to JHE’s travel expert Michael Ann Gosby ... Turks & Caicos and the island of Providenciales!  According to Jacqueline, “The most beautiful beaches are on Grace Bay, and I’ve never seen sand so soft and water so blue. As with most Caribbean islands, the vibe is very relaxed and the food is amazing!  Speaking of food, my favorite restaurant on the island is Coco Bistro. You dine on the back patio of an old house under the palm trees.  The setting is beautiful.  You can also walk down the beach for some great snorkeling, no need for a boat trip to take you to a reef. The Princess Alexandra State Park runs along Grace Bay, and there is a protected area with buoys that you can snorkel around.  It’s definitely a place everyone should visit!!”

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