Pickup Locations

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    A Taste of Freedom Country Inn

    24 Mill St W, Tottenham, ON, L0G 1W0
     
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    Foodland - Shelburne

    226 First Ave E, Shelburne, ON, L0N 1S2
     
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    Happy Dragon

    226 First Ave, Shelburne, ON, L0N 1S2
     
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    Lloyds Mennonite Furniture

    1 Proctor Road Hwy. 9 & Hwy. 27 SE, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0
     
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    Sobeys

    500 Riddell Rd, Orangeville , ON, L9W 5L1
     
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    The Barley Vine Rail Co

    35 Armstrong Street, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3H6
     
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    Lot's O Fun

    10 Centennial Rd, Unit # 1, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1P9
     
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    Orangeville Home Hardware

    60 4th Avenue, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3Z7
     
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    Rustik Local Bistro

    199 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1K2
     
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    Soulyve Caribbean Kitchen

    34 Mill Street, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2M3
     
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    Freshco

    286 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L1
     
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    The Body Bar

    279 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L1
     
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    Johnny's Pizza

    283 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L2
     
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    Angel's Diner

    33 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1J7
     
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    Philadelphia Kitchen

    281 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L2
     
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    Black Birch Restaurant

    307388 Hockley Rd, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2Y8
     
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    Fifth Avenue Family Dental Centre

    75 Fifth Ave, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1G3
     
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    RBC Bank - Orangeville

    489 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 0A4
     
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    Pizzaville - Orangeville

    47 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 4N8
     
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    iPro Realty - Orangeville

    41 Broadway Unit 3, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1J7
     
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    Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre

    6 Northmen Way, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3B2
     
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    Alder Street Arena

    275 Alder St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 5H6
     
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    New Wave Pool & Spa

    308 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L3
     
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    Zehrs - Orangeville

    50 Fourth Ave, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L0
     
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    Kelsey's Restaurant

    115 Fifth Ave, Orangeville, ON, L9W 5B7
     
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    Mad Hatter / Ruby Pier

    101 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3J8
     
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    Boston Pizza - Orangeville

    5 Buena Vista Dr, Orangeville, ON, L9W 0A2
     
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    Secure Insurance

    685 Riddell Rd Unit # 101, Orangeville, ON, L9W 4Z5
     
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    Lucky Lime Clinic

    299 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L4
     
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    D&D Pools & Spas

    78 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2E4
     
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    Blighty's Tuck Store

    88 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3J6
     
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    Quest For Cakes

    48 Centennial Rd #4, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3T4
     
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    Barb's Country Kitchen

    634041 ON-10, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2Z1
     
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    Dufferin Garden Centre

    250 C Line, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3Z8
     
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    Meridian Credit Union

    190 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1K3
     
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    Orangeville Tourism Visitors Center

    200 Lakeview Court, Orangeville, ON, L9W 5J7
     
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    Deja Vu Diner

    318 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L3
     
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    Fromage

    23 Mill St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1J9
     
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    Staples

    88 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2N5
     
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    Orangeville Flowers & Greenhouses Ltd

    78 John St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2P8
     
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    The Cutting Crew

    88 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3J6
     
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    Suzanne Gardner Flowers

    131 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1K2
     
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    Framed X Design Custom Picture Framing & Art

    75 Broadway #201, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1K1
     
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    Mrs. Mitchell's Restaurant

    887395 Mono Mulmur Townline, Mulmur, ON, L9V 2W1
     
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    Bliss Tropical Cuisine

    506195 Hwy 89, Mulmur, ON, L9V 0N7
     
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    Nifty Nook Restaurant

    633432 ON-10, Mono, ON, L9W 5P3
     
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    Ken Young Aluminum

    633395 Hwy 10, Mono, ON, L9W 3M1
     
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    Harry Stone's Pizza Burger

    19 Elora St S, Minto, ON, N0G 1Z0
     
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    Harriston Home Hardware

    18 Elora Street, Box 10, Harriston, ON, N0G 1Z0
     
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    Food Basics

    222 Silvercreek Pkwy N, Guelph, ON, N1H 8E8
     
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    Food Basics

    380 Eramosa Rd, Guelph, ON, N1E 6R2
     
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    Hanlon Convention Centre

    340 Woodlawn Rd West, Guelph, ON, N1H 7K6
     
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    Associated Billiard Companies Canada

    120 Regal Rd, Guelph, ON, N1K 1B9
     
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    Merit Glass Ltd.

    61 Arrow Rd, Guelph, ON, N1K 1S8
     
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    Supreme Car Wash & Car Detailing Cente

    20 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON, N1H 3T9
     
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    Meadowville Garden Centre

    7767 Wellington Rd, Guelph, ON, N1H 6J2
     
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    Bigelow Flooring

    450 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1K 1A6
     
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    Sarmazian Brothers Flooring

    575 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1K 1E9
     
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    Staples

    370 Stone Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1G 4V9
     
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    Staples

    20 Woodlawn Rd E, Guelph, ON, N1H 1G7
     
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    RBC Royal Bank

    987 Gordon St, Guelph, ON, N1G 4W3
     
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    Cora

    35 Harvard Rd, Guelph, ON, N1G 3A2
     
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    Food Basics

    3 Clair Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1L 0Z6
     
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    Arthur's Fuel

    202350 County Rd 109, Grand Valley, ON, L9W 7N1
     
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    Brewed Awakenings

    17 Main St S, Grand Valley, ON, L0N 1G0
     
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    Fountain Head Health Store & Cafe

    212 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N7
     
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    Junie Moon

    133 St Andrew St West, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N6
     
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    Coldwell Banker Grand Homes

    162 St. Andrew St E, Fergus, ON, N1M 1P9
     
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    Fergus Monuments

    375 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1P1
     
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    Sew What?! Sewing Company

    208 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N7
     
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    Fergus Fireplace & Home Comfort

    967 St David St N, Fergus, ON, N1M 2W3
     
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    Grand River Outfitting & Fly Shop Inc

    105 Queen St W #6, Fergus, ON, N1M 1S6
     
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    Trenset Hair Design

    105 Queen St W # 2, Fergus, ON, N1M 1S6
     
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    Fraberts Fresh Food

    105 Queen St W # 3, Fergus, ON, N1M 1S6
     
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    I Love Chocolate

    128 St. Andrew St.W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N5
     
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    Ron Wilkin Jewellers

    109 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N6
     
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    Cover-Ups Flooring

    199 St. Andrew Street W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N6
     
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    Get Hitched RV Centre

    850 St David St N, Fergus, ON, N1M 2L2
     
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    Mosaic Spa

    830 St. David St N, Fergus, ON, N1M 2L2
     
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    The Breadalbane Inn

    487 St Andres St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1P2
     
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    Broderick's Fergus

    257 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N8
     
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    FreshCo

    753 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 3H2
     
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    Decor Solutions

    92 Main St, Erin, ON, N0B 1T0
     
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    Shoe Villa

    54 Wellington County Rd 7, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
     
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    Gorge Country Kitchen

    82 Wellington County Rd 7, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
     
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    Seasons Home Decore

    45 West Mill St.Unit 4, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
     
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    Katrina's Kloset

    3-54 Wellington Road 7, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
     
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    Sarmazian Brothers Flooring

    471 Hespeler Rd, Cambridge, ON, N1R 6J2
     
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    Highpoint Cafe & Restaurant

    20092 Hurontario St, Caledon Village, ON, L7K 1W8
     
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    Caledon Foot Clinic & Orthotics

    15955 Airport Road, Unit 202, Caledon East, ON, L7C 1H9
     
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    Rock Garden Farms

    16930 Airport Rd, Caledon East, ON, L7C 2X1
     
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    United Lumber Home Hardware Building Centre

    12833 Hwy 50 South, Caledon, ON, L7E 1M5
     
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    Caledon Tile Kitchen & Bath

    12 Fisherman Dr, # 6 , Brampton, ON, L7A 1B6
     
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    Party Magic

    60 Healey Rd, Unit 1, Bolton, ON, L7E 5A5
     
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    Zehrs - Bolton

    487 Queen St. S, Bolton, ON, L7E 2B4
     
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    Belwood Country Market

    6 George, Belwood, ON, N0B 1J0
     
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    Arthur Cash and Carry

    101 Smith St, Arthur , ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    The Plumber's Wife

    238 George Street, Arthur, ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    Sussman's For Her

    143 George Street, Arthur, ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    Arthur Home Hardware

    7580 First Line, Arthur, ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    Labelle Flowers

    270 George St, Arthur, ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    Ray's 3rd Generation Bistro Bakery

    1475 Queen St W, Alton, ON, L7K 0E4
     
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    Dream Wood Ltd

    13785 Hwy 27, Nobleton, ON, L0G 1N0
     

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Living the Life ... The "Snowbird" Lifestyle

“Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know that I would
Fly away with you” - Anne Murray

I love this song, mostly because my mother used to play it on our “hi-fi stereo system” over and over again. Truth is, she played it so much, it was one of the few songs that as a little girl I knew all the words to, and so we could sing it together. Now as an adult, it conjures up dreams of being a “snowbird”. No, not in the “feathered” sense, but in the “lifestyle” sense. So, we decided to explore what that life is really like, to be living the “snowbird life”!

Some might find this surprising, but not everyone likes the snow, ice, and cold weather that accompany winter. Along with this blustery season come additional hardships; slips, falls, and shoveling to name but a few, and are just a handful of the things that we all have to contend with during the cold months.

Having the ability to escape from our cold winter climate can go a long way towards avoiding those hardships. In warmer climates, you won't have to face slips and falls on ice, driving in harsh conditions, plowing or shoveling snow. And if you’re not a big winter sports enthusiast, travelling to a warmer locale means golf and tennis can be played all year long, and no-one even owns a snow shovel! For those that just love to be outside all year long, then this is the lifestyle that should fit perfectly.

The medical benefits of staying active all year round can be tremendous, especially when compared to staying inside during those winter months. Add to this the advantage of being able to move between different locations in those warmer areas, which helps to keep both body and mind active.  Some people will spend their winters in the same location each year, while others decide to travel and change places each season through the use of a recreational vehicle (RV). With an RV, you can travel through different areas, visiting new places, things, and people all winter long. Renting an RV is a nice option, as it doesn't leave you responsible for ongoing taxes or maintenance. This is especially important during the months when not using your home, should something vital happen to break down. For more info, there are several online destination and rental websites to choose from.

Snowbirds get a taste of both climates without fully committing to either. Kind of a “best of both worlds” scenario! Everyone loves that beach vacation, but eventually the novelty might begin to wear off. As a snowbird, you have the freedom to turn around and head home whenever you choose, and if you’re renting, you can try something new the next time you head south.

Enjoying different communities and lifestyles is a wonderful benefit. In the summer months, you likely have a larger house and the maintenance that goes with it, and as well, many social commitments and responsibilities. But in your winter home, you’ll likely have fewer responsibilities, and more down-time to relax and enjoy the activities that many snowbird “neighbourhoods” have to offer.

Some things to think about:

There’s a lot of preparation to get ready for this lifestyle, on both ends to the journey. You’ll have to think about your mail delivery, your newspapers, prescriptions, doctor’s appointments, etc., just to name a few of the many things that we currently take for granted, because we’re always there to look after them.

You’ll need to think about the security of your home, as well as any requirements, paperwork, and care when it comes to your “fur-babies”. You’ll need to ensure that your home is closed-up and secured properly before leaving it for months at a time, not being lived in. Having a neighbour or a close friend checking in on things periodically is a great for peace of mind. Ask them to make sure your home looks “lived in”, so only those people you trust know you’re not there.

One of the potentially costlier things to consider is insurance. While not the most interesting topic to discuss, this one is essential to having the life you want, while being protected in every way possible.

Travel insurance for long periods can be tricky. The specifics and coverage differ significantly from short term plans, and the premiums can be expensive, so it pays to shop around. Websites like Kanetix.ca, CARP.ca and Snowbirds.org are good places to start exploring plans and pricing. In most cases, you can buy the coverage online or over the phone.

It’s also important to take a look at your auto insurance policy and specifically, it’s out of country coverage. Contact your insurance company if you are planning to use your car for an extended stay down south.

Another important element if you’re planning to go south for the winter is to make sure you’re compliant with all coverage requirements for absentee residents under your home insurance policy. Otherwise, if the power goes out and your pipes freeze and break, you could arrive home to an uninsured disaster.

Your health and safety is the number one priority when it comes to insurance. Without it, your dream lifestyle can quickly become a nightmare, so make sure you speak to a professional to get all the information you need!

While both the “pros” and “cons” lists can be lengthy, the benefits far outweigh the downside for many people. Before diving in, ask around, use online resources, find books with tips and hints on the snowbird lifestyle, and make your own lists to decide if the lifestyle is right for you. After you've done your own research, the right answer for you will become clear.

The team at Living Spaces & Lifestyles magazine want you to live the best life there is to live. Stay tuned for an upcoming article in our Spring Edition, which will focus on an exciting lifestyle choice many are living right here in our beautiful region.

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