Need a healthy dose of Mr. Sun? Are you a sun-lover looking for more than just flopping down on a beach towel? Check out these sunshine destinations that offer more than just surf-side tanning.

Gilroy, California

Spice up your sunny California getaway
With 260+ days of sunshine each year and lots of fun family activities, plus a central Bay Area location and budget-friendly hotels, Gilroy is the ideal destination for your next California getaway!

Gilroy is also a shopper’s paradise, with extraordinary savings at 145 designer outlet stores at Gilroy Premium Outlets as well as a number of charming antique shops, boutiques, and restaurants in Historic Downtown Gilroy.

Gilroy is home to a number of award-winning wineries located along the new Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail. Nestled in the foothills overlooking the valley, the scenic vineyards provide a casual, relaxed atmosphere for wine tasting and picnics.

The area also abounds with outdoor activities, with several parks, golf courses, hiking trails, and nearby lakes for fishing and water sports.

For more information, go to www.visitgilroy.com

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Downtown Delray, Florida

Southeast coast of Florida is the perfect place to spend the winter season. In this stylish Village by the Sea, you’ll find outstanding art and music festivals, over 30 fine art galleries and artist studios, and a stylish, sophisticated blend of fashionable boutiques. Dining and entertainment fill the streets, providing a vivacious nightlife brimming with delicious cuisine and live music, making this a truly sociable city for all who live and visit.

From shopping to snorkelling in the crystal blue Atlantic Ocean, Downtown Delray has it all. The award-winning beach offers activities for all to enjoy such as surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and sailing. Tropical breezes and year-round warmth make for a perfect destination for any season.

LOCAL FAVOURITES: The Delray Beach Open by the Venetian Las Vegas February 13–22, 2014 and The 7th Annual Savor the Avenue featuring a four course culinary experience at Florida’s Longest Dining table March 26, 2015.

For more information Visit downtowndelraybeach.com

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Rehoboth, Delaware

The Resort Area of Rehoboth & Dewey Beach, Delaware offers one of the most unique year-round beach towns in the Mid-Atlantic. Stay in a cozy accommodation and enjoy attractions ranging from our white sand beaches, famous one-mile boardwalk, amusements, recreational activities, live performing arts, and tax-free shopping. Dining choices abound at top rated restaurants, making the resort area the “Culinary Capital” of Delaware.

Whether you like relaxing on the beach soaking up the sun, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, or the fun and adventure of area attractions and events, you’ll find a memorable vacation experience awaits everyone’s budget!

For more information visit www.beach-fun.com.

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Northshore, Louisiana

Known as the Northshore because of its location on Lake Pontchartrain, St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana is home to a number of captivating and distinctive communities. Interspersed by green spaces, each destination delivers its own eclectic experiences including outdoor adventures, thriving arts scenes, one-of-a-kind shopping, quirky festivals, and vibrant culinary offerings.

Year-round the Northshore plays host to an assortment of lively events. From the scores of Mardi Gras parades to the tasty delights at the Mandeville City Seafood Festival, to the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, everything is cause for celebration in St. Tammany. The parish is also known for its culinary allures. Celebrity Chef John Besh of the Food Network lives on the Northshore and operates the landmark La Provence in Lacombe. Experience a taste of Louisiana’s rich foodie scene at farmers’ markets, breweries (including the South’s largest, Abita), and restaurants; whether you’re looking for fine dining or family-friendly fare, the authentic Louisiana flavours will have you coming back for more.

For more information visit www.louisiananorthshore.com

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Jackson, Mississippi

Tired of the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Visit Jackson, MS! You’ll fall in love with Jackson’s big-city amenities and ‘small-town’ appeal. Jackson’s a place where people actually give a gentle nod and smile as you pass by, still lend ahelping hand and are passionate about life! That’s what makes Jackson the “city with soul” and why Jackson was featured in the 2014 AAA Southern Traveler Magazine’s “Best of the South.”

Plan your trip during our Season of Festivals from March to August. We kick it off with the ultimate two-week street celebration, Parti Gras! Enjoy backto- back weekends celebrating Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day and Zippity Zoo Dah, where you’ll be treated like royalty as you parade the streets of Jackson. Round off the season with the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival. Two days, over 30 artists on 5 stages for a feel-good, funky good-time!

For more information visit www.visitjackson.com

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Marshall County, Alabama

Located at the southern end of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Marshall County is a small North Alabama destination that delivers sweet surprises.

Let the water be your guide as you cruise, sail, paddle or ski along 950 miles of shoreline. Bring your own boat or rent your vessel of choice. Take a leisurely trip downriver to see foliage and fowl or head full throttle across open waters with ski rope in hand. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff or a family looking for a unique vacation, come visit Marshall County and find your sweet spot.

For more information visit www.marshallcountycvb.com

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