Why We Love Summer

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Let the countdown begin! Summer is just around the corner and we’re counting down a few of our favorite things to do during those glorious summer months. Which ones will you be doing this summer?

Don't forget to check out what's new and airing this Countdown to Summer, starting May 1 only on Hallmark Channel.

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Explore Gardening and Nature

Dig into your green thumb like Sara in Aloha Heart! The conservationist, played by Taylor Cole, travels to Hawaii for her best friend's wedding. Despite some busy wedding antics, she manages to see Hawaiian greenery and nature first hand. Whether it's gardening, enjoying flora and fauna, or just going for a walk, see what nature has to offer you this season!

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Beach Activities

Are you ready to have some fun on the beach this summer? Just like Elli (Aly Michalka) and Brody (Chad Michael Murray) in Sand Dollar Cove, explore everything there is to do in the sand like building sand castles or finding seashells! All you need is your creativity and some sunscreen.

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Curl Up with a Great Book

Pass the days with a good book that can take you exploring, have you fall in love, or solve a murder mystery. In Pearl in Paradise, Alex (Jill Wagner) takes a break from searching for the pearl for an afternoon reading on the beach. Have you made your summer reading list yet?

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Throw a BBQ

Season the meat and dust off the grill, because nothing says summertime like a great BBQ with friends and family. In Season for Love, Tyler (Autumn Reeser) and Corey (Marc Blucas) reconnect during a BBQ competition which they are both involved in.

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Have a 'Blind Date with a Book'

Kick off summer with a 'Blind Date with a Book'! Just like Meg (Erin Krakow) in Blind Date Book Club, spice up your book club a bit by wrapping a handful of books in paper wrapping. Describe them briefly with a few words or sentences; then, you, friends and/or family 'blind pick' one of the books to have a date with, without judging the book by its cover!

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Hone Your Photography Skills

Late spring into summer provides gorgeous scenery and greenery to photograph! Channel your inner Jake (Tyler Hynes) from A Picture of Her and dust off your camera to capture something gorgeous. Who knows - your picture could become the subject of an award-winning magazine’s cover, just like Beth (Rhiannon Fish) experienced!

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Go on a Hike

Too much fun in the sun? Grab your sneakers and head off on a hike, explore the great outdoors, do a little bird watching, or find the perfect waterfall. The possibilities are endless! In Sun, Sand and Romance, Kate (Tricia Helfer) vacations at a resort with her boyfriend but ends up spending a lot of time with an old friend Shep (Paul Campbell), who now works at the resort. As the resort’s activity director he makes it his mission for Kate to try everything the resort has to offer, including a guided hike!

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Relax in the Pool

On that perfect warm summer day, there is nothing better than taking a dip in the pool. If you don’t feel like swimming around, get out your favorite float and let it do all the work. Kick back and relax like Matthew (Victor Webster) in Summer Villa. After working nonstop in his kitchen making delicious meals, a dip in the pool is just what the doctor ordered to relax and rest up.

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Try A New Recipe in the Kitchen

In A Taste of Love, Taylor (Erin Cahill) works to help rekindle her father's (Martin Kove) passion for cooking. Whether you're trying a new recipe for yourself or cooking with family, get creative this season! To challenge yourself, head to a local Farmer's market and experiment with in-season fruits and vegetables.

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