Dec 14, 2020
Stretch your legs or relax to the max.
Getting the most out of life in your American Coach means doing what you desire, when you want and doing it with the utmost in style and ease. You're in the driver's seat.
Where it's at: December destinations.
Despite a pandemic, there's still numerous destinations filled with festive things to see and do all over this great land to celebrate the holiday spirit, so dash away to your heart's desire this December! While you're at it, let us in on the fun by posting a picture on our socials with the hashtag #ACholidays!
Operation: Holiday getaways.
It's the most-wonderful time of the year anywhere you go in your American Coach, but for that extra-special dose of holiday magic, we've picked a few destinations full of holiday character and festive flavor. Here's a quick tour of the places we've found.
While most think first of The Big Easy as home to Mardi Gras, New Orleans also puts on a first-class holiday celebration as well, with spectacular lighting displays and celebratory bonfires. Of particular interest is New Orleans City Parks Celebration in The Oaks, now in its 34th year. Billed as the most-spectacular holiday lights festival in the country, the event goes on all month and features more than a million lights!
Combining the best in both chocolate and Christmastime, we have to ask, is there any better place to visit for the holidays? At Hersheypark Christmas Candylane you can enjoy the holidays with a rapture of Christmas lights and displays while indulging in decadent Hershey's world-famous chocolate. Bring a cup of hot cocoa with you as you visit Santa's Reindeer Stables and make sure you let the big guy know your favorite Christmas wish!
Taos, New Mexico
In the Southwest, there's plenty of holiday spirit to go around, especially in this beautiful village town, nestled in Taos ski valley. This favorite destination celebrates the holidays with a uniquely New Mexico flair, hosting the CAV Taos Holiday Market Arts and Crafts Fair with jewelry, pottery, paintings, crafts, food and more, along with the local shops in the Taos community. There's also lighting festivals, bonfires, ethnic displays and more. It's an amazing place.
Got a festive photo to share? Post it to one of our American Coach social sites with the tag #ACholidays!
Climate changes: Tips on staying comfy in cooler temps.
Making your American Coach as comfortable as possible when the temperature dips is made easier with a few tips and tricks. Wherever you are right now, chances are, you're running the furnace at night, and it's a good idea to add in some humidity as well, to moisturize the air. There are plenty of small humidifiers available for purchase that distribute water vapor back into the air, making breathing easier. Most have an automatic humidistat as well, so you only need to fill it and forget it until fill up time again.
Another tip is programing your thermostat. If you haven't done so yet, now's a good time to set it up. Some learning thermostats will follow your lead in making adjustments and start doing it for you. Still others feature phone app control, so you never have to leave the comfort of your cozy bed to set the temperature exactly how you want it. It's also a good idea to turn the heat down a few degrees at night as it helps most sleep better. Your perfect temp may be different, but that's the point of having an American Coach—luxury as you like it.
The Magnificent Mixer: Maple Nut Goodie Cocktail
With a slight nuttiness and robust coffee palate, this warm and creamy confection is a unique departure from ordinary hot cocoa and hot chocolate. While requiring more Ingredients and prep, when done right, the goodie will get ya. Try it and find out for yourself with this recipe for one, then double the ingredients to have a friend join in next time!
Butterscotch syrup ingredients:
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup butterscotch chips
Heat cream, corn syrup and salt in a medium saucepan until just boiling, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, add vanilla and butterscotch chips. Swirl pan to completely cover chips in liquid.
Allow chips to sit in cooling liquid, undisturbed for 5 minutes. Whisk to fully blend melted chips and warm cream. Use a squirt bottle or piping bag to drizzle on drinks.
1 oz whiskey
1-1/2 oz hazelnut liqueur (e.g., Frangelico)
1-1/2 teaspoons real maple syrup
4 oz hot, robust coffee
2 oz milk
Bringing it all together:
Pour whisky, liqueur and syrup into a large mug. Fill remainder with the coffee and stir to blend. Then froth the milk with a frother or French press. Spoon the frothed milk gently on top and accent with a drizzle of butterscotch syrup. Enjoy but remember to do so responsibly.
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