Family-Friendly Mardi Gras
Feb16

Family-Friendly Mardi Gras

Celebrate Mardi Gras with Family-Friendly Events on the Louisiana Coast Parades, costumes, and king cake are just a few elements that mark the Mardi Gras season in Louisiana. Though New Orleans typically comes to mind as the Mardi Gras capital, parishes all across the Louisiana coast celebrate carnival season with an array of special events. But what sets Mardi Gras in coastal Louisiana apart from the New Orleans version is that the...

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Cocktails in Santa Fe
Oct29

Cocktails in Santa Fe

A Drink in Santa Fe, New Mexico The bitters, on my pale hand, are dark like blackberry juice and sorghum molasses. I rub my sticky palms together and smell them. Cinnamon, willowbark, coffee. For an instant I step into another world. Flashing back to the present, I race after my bartender as he beckons me to his dim-lit kingdom filled with hiss and foam, fruit and flame. My cocktail, when it comes, is a flashy deep purple. Chris...

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Carmel by the Sea
Aug08

Carmel by the Sea

“A village among the trees,” is how Carmel-by-the-Sea was described to me by Carrie Theis, long-time resident and owner of Hofsas House, a family-run boutique inn that was started by her grandmother in the heart of Carmel. Hofsas House, with its European elegance and rich family history is just one example of the unique and familial style of this town that fills only one square mile. In Carmel, the houses are named, not numbered, and...

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Morelli’s Trattoria, Ellensburg
Jul31

Morelli’s Trattoria, Ellensburg

Ellensburg Washington Ellensburg Washington will always be my small sleepy town with a stomach made for southern hospitality, and a heart made for the mountaineer. Located in a valley surrounded by steep rolling hills, dangerous-looking ridges and dissected by rivers and streams; this town is known for being minutes from hiking, biking, climbing and river rafting. And once my, and everyone else’s, adventures are over, it’s nice to...

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The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
May04

The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works

The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works   Traveling to me means discovering the gems of nature and history around the world. You know, like looking up to the whimsical spires of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or admiring the iron cherub lamps in Paris next to the River Seine. The visions can take my breath away and the stay locked in my memory forever. This is a story about the Moravian Tile Works near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I...

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Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, Louisiana
Apr10

Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, Louisiana Heading to Lake Charles, Louisiana Flash floods saturated nearby fields as my plane slammed onto the runway. Disappointment flooded my soul. Maybe my friends knew something I didn’t? See – my friends’ faces lit up at the mention of Mardi Gras but dimmed when I announced I was celebrating in Lake Charles, Louisiana, instead of New Orleans. Arriving shaken but safe, squeaky sounds of wet feet...

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