Smooth ride

Cool­ing off and re­lax­ing in the Galilee Pan­han­dle

Jerusalem Post - - FRONT PAGE - • BY TALY SHARON The au­thor was a guest of the sites men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle.

This sum­mer has felt like the hottest in a decade. Even so, as we look to slight au­tumn re­lief , one can find ways to keep cool in the Galilee Pan­han­dle – whether in one of the rivers, high in the moun­tains, or in an air-con­di­tioned space.

The Vil­lage – Jor­dan River­side Trav­elHo­tel

The Jor­dan River­side Trav­elHo­tel vil­lage is lo­cated in Sde Ne­hemia on the west bank of the Jor­dan River. Be­sides af­ford­ing di­rect ac­cess to the river, the vil­lage it­self is very serene.

The en­trance to it is through a field of sun­flow­ers, and fea­tures 72 spa­cious and re­cently ren­o­vated cab­ins, a swim­ming pool, play­ground and a bar­be­cue area. A stay here also in­cludes break­fast.

While on its own the vil­lage is a great place for a va­ca­tion, by far its big­gest ad­van­tage is its ac­cess to the river. We crossed the river via a bridge on the south side of the vil­lage and walked to the beau­ti­ful nearby Jor­dan prom­e­nade, which is a lovely place for an evening stroll. The prom­e­nade leads to Kfar Blum, where there are kayak ren­tals and other at­trac­tions.

Web­site: www.trav­el­ho­tels.co.il/eng/

Kfar Blum Kayaks

The ul­ti­mate sum­mer ac­tiv­ity in this area is kayak­ing. Al­though it may not be real white wa­ter raft­ing, Kfar Blum’s “chal­leng­ing route” is still quite jumpy and ex­cit­ing.

In ad­di­tion to kayak­ing, Kfar Blum of­fers a zip wire straight into the wa­ter, a rope bridge ac­tiv­ity and a 3D movie the­ater.

Tick­ets can also be pur­chased here to many lo­cal at­trac­tions, such as the nearby Ma­nara Cliff, which fea­tures a ca­ble car, moun­tain slide, rap­pelling, bungee tram­po­line and more.

Web­site: www.kayaks.co.il/english/

Dagei Dafna (Dafna’s Fish)

Be­neath the trees and ad­ja­cent to the Dan River, is a won­der­ful fish eatery. In ad­di­tion to fan­tas­tic fish of­fer­ings, there are also a va­ri­ety of sal­ads. I en­joyed an ex­cel­lent Trout fil­let with herbs and crunchy, coarse salt. There are also beef, chicken and kid meals. The fish are raised on the premises, and there is also an af­fil­i­ated fish store near the restau­rant.

Al­though it was an ex­tremely hot day, it was still very pleas­ant to sit here. The chil­dren were run­ning and play­ing in the wa­ter. If you pre­fer, there is also an air-con­di­tioned area in­side, but in terms of am­biance, it doesn’t come close to sit­ting out­side in the fresh Galilee air.

Dagei Dafna: (04) 694-1154

Mount Her­mon

Mount Her­mon of­fers a num­ber of at­trac­tions at an el­e­va­tion of 1600 me­ters and beyond, where it is a lit­tle cooler than in the val­ley. The chair lift will take you as high as 2400 me­ters.

Free daily tours leave from the up­per sta­tion, and the views of Syria and the Golan Heights are fan­tas­tic! The tour in­cludes ex­pla­na­tions about the strate­gic im­por­tance of Mount Her­mon, bat­tles in the area, to­pog­ra­phy and fa­mil­iar­ity with the lo­cal flora.

Even on hot days the air here is much cooler. At the lower sta­tion, there are var­i­ous chil­dren’s at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing sum­mer tub­ing, cart­ing and moun­tain slides.

Web­site: www.ski­her­mon.co.il

Adir Win­ery, Dairy and Cook­ing School

Adir Win­ery cel­e­brated its 10th year this sum­mer. Sit­u­ated on the Ra­mat Dal­ton In­dus­trial Es­tate in Up­per Galilee, the win­ery pro­duces kosher wine from lo­cal vine­yards.

The ele­gant vis­i­tor cen­ter is di­vided in two: the win­ery tast­ing room and the dairy shop. It is there­fore pos­si­ble to do both wine and cheese tast­ings. The win­ery also shows a short film about its his­tory, and serves light meals in a beau­ti­ful gar­den.

An on-site cook­ing school, “Do­rina,” also of­fers cook­ing classes for the en­tire fam­ily, in­clud­ing bread, pasta, cheese and cho­co­late-mak­ing work­shops.

Web­site: www.adir-win­ery.com

Ne­hemia Mall in Kiryat Sh­mona

Ne­hemia Mall in Kiryat Sh­mona (on Road 90) is the place to stop, freshen up, have a good kosher meal and take in a bit of shop­ping while the kids bowl.

The mall is small but hosts a num­ber of well-known Is­raeli eater­ies, in­clud­ing Landwer Café, “Shipudei Hatikva” meat restau­rant, and var­i­ous fast-food of­fer­ings. There is also a bowl­ing al­ley on the lower level.

(Michael Sharon, Cour­tesy)

LEARN­ING THE ropes at the Adir Win­ery (above) and raft­ing at Kfar Blum.

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