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Eccentric Philadelphia: A Day of History, Art and Culture

Valley Forge Park in King of Prussia, PA

While Philadelphia is internationally known as an ideal city for exploring the history of the United States, many visitors overlook some of the lesser known sites that await on the outskirts of town. Plenty of guides have been written about popular cultural destinations within Philadelphia’s city limits, but few venture to the surrounding towns. Here you’ll find historic and cultural gems that you never knew existed. Begin your day with… Read More

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Exploring the History and Culture of Fairbanks, Alaska


Visitors to the Northern Alaska city of Fairbanks are often surprised at the rich tourist offerings this former gold mining boomtown has to offer. Here’s a two-day tour of Fairbank’s best tourist attractions. Riverboat Discovery If you name the quintessential Alaskan activities, the Riverboat Discovery cruise offers it. From a bush pilot taking off and landing on the river beside the boat to Siberian Husky sled dog demonstrations, to reindeer… Read More

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Hotel Review: CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort

View of pool and beach at CasaMagna Cancun

CasaMagna is a 450-room beachfront resort and is ranked by U.S. News as one of the Best Hotels in Cancun for 2015. I recently visited the hotel with my son Roland, who writes the Kids Corner section and not only did we experience a relaxing two day visit, but also happened to arrive during turtle hatching season. The resort is located directly on the Hotel Zone’s white powder-sand beaches. As you enter the… Read More

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The Feast Serves up a Banquet in Portland


In 2012, Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch founded Feast Portland with a mission to combat childhood hunger in Oregon. Over the past five years, “Bon Appétit presents Feast Portland: A Celebration Of Oregon Bounty” has emerged as not only a food and drink festival but also a movement designed to showcase Oregon’s culinary bounty. Net proceeds from Feast Portland are donated to Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our… Read More

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Why Kansas City, Missouri Should Be On Your Bucket List


As far as destinations, Kansas City, Missouri may not be at the top of your bucket list.  It never was on mine.  But I was there recently with my daughter who was dancing in a show, and found it had a lot to offer. We stayed at the Hotel Phillips, two blocks away from the theater where she would be performing.  Built in 1931, the 20 story, 450 room hotel… Read More

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Explore Austin by Mercedes or Duck with Noble Pig for Lunch


    Austin Overtures Mercedes-Benz City Tour The next time you find yourself in the capital of Texas consider soaking in some of Austin’s history. Get your bearings by hoping on board one of Austin Overtures’ air conditioned Mercedes-Benz vans for a 90 minute tour of city highlights. Start the tour at the Austin Visitor’s Center (209 East 6th Street) where your guide will point out the historical highlights of… Read More

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Texas Hospitality: Massages, BBQ, Wine Tasting and the Kimber Modern


The next time you find yourself in Austin, Texas consider taking a day off from sightseeing or business and unwind courtesy of some Texas style Southern hospitality. Start your day off by driving outside of central Austin and heading toward the hills dotted with Texas wildflowers that comprise the Hill Country. milk + honey spa Your first stop is Bee Cave, Texas where you can treat your body at the… Read More

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Bodie: A Wild West Ghost Town


It’s a long bleak road to Bodie, a ghost town left abandoned in the arid high desert plains of the Eastern Sierras, California. It’s a day trip out of Mammoth Lakes on the Scenic Highway 395 North. The lonely 13-mile stretch of dirt road to Bodie clings to the edge of the dreary desert ridge, as you climb to 8,375 feet. The landscape is dry, barren and feels hostile. There… Read More

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Raleigh: A Museum Mecca


Raleigh is often called the Smithsonian of the south, for good reason. The city has world class museums and the admission for a number of them is rather reasonable as in free! Downtown Raleigh is a city center easily made for walking and most of the major museums are easily within walking distance of each other. In addition, a free bus service runs daily (the R-Line). Three museums we visited… Read More

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