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Family-Friendly Mardi Gras

Posted by on 11:01 am in Activities, Family, Family Travel U.S.A., Featured Destination, Featured Story, Louisiana | 0 comments

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 coastal celebrations radiate a truly family-friendly atmosphere, ensuring that participants of all ages can...

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Cocktails in Santa Fe

Posted by on 8:17 pm in Featured Story, Food & Drink, New Mexico | 0 comments

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 muddles plump local blackberries with fresh lime juice and tequila, Licor 43, and a couple dashes of homemade...

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Carmel by the Sea

Posted by on 10:09 pm in Blog, California, Family Travel U.S.A., Featured Destination, Featured Story | 1 comment

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 every restaurant, art gallery, and wine tasting room is within walking distance. Carmel by the Sea, A Sense of...

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Morelli’s Trattoria, Ellensburg

Posted by on 10:25 pm in Featured Story, Washington | 0 comments

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 lower back into the relaxing pace of a families’ town. Main Street Ellensburg Coasting slowly down University...

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The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works

Posted by on 6:18 am in Featured Story, Pennsylvania | 2 comments

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 realize that a hundred-year-old factory is not one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but the Moravian Tile...

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Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Posted by on 10:00 am in Featured Story, Louisiana | 0 comments

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 on the airport floor heckling me at baggage claim. They shouted louder as an airline official informed me my...

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Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Oregon

Posted by on 10:00 am in Featured Story, Oregon | 0 comments

Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Oregon

Jupiter Hotel – Portland, Oregon Unique Hotel in Portland “How’s the faux spring weather treating you?” the barista asked as she took my order. Like any Pacific Northwest resident I revel in the unexpected combination of warm temperatures and sunshine during late winter. “Perfect” I reply, returning her smile. Portland is a heavily caffeinated town, percolated in coffee and smiles. This mind-set is something the Jupiter Hotel is designed for; one half is ready-to-rock with a jolt while the opposite half is...

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Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon

Posted by on 10:00 am in Arizona, Featured Story, Nevada | 3 comments

Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon

Leaving Las Vegas – For the Grand Canyon The Road to Grand Canyon National Park I was jolted awake from my deep slumber when the bus hit the unpaved road. The bus driver explained that the last leg to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas was a 10 mile stretch of raw rough terrain. The bus continued to bounce along like an old covered wagon in a classic Western movie. The other adventurers on the bus laughed and smiled as they looked out upon the desert floor, which was inhabited with hundred year old cacti. These ancient plants looked like...

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Holman Ranch Review

Posted by on 7:50 pm in California, Featured Story | 0 comments

Holman Ranch Review

A Private Affair With its stunning Spanish Colonial architecture, and large, scenic atmosphere, Holman Ranch offers all the luxury of a more commercial event venue with the comfort and privacy of an estate that even Charlie Chaplin saw as the perfect getaway. First Impressions As I drove through the hills of Carmel Valley, I came to the gates of Holman Ranch.  After passing lush, green hills underneath blue and cloudy skies, a large stable appeared to my left and, on my right, down a nearby trail, I noticed a small lake that glistened in the...

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Charming, Italian, Culinary, Boston

Posted by on 11:11 am in Featured Story, Food & Drink, Massachusetts | 14 comments

Charming, Italian, Culinary, Boston

Another Great Meal in Boston Delicious Italian Pastries in Boston If anyone from outside the city knows about Boston’s Little Italy, they hear about Mike’s Pastries. A mecca of sorts for delectable desserts, people will battle it out through rain, snow and sleet to bring home one of the signature white boxes tied with blue twine. Now I adore Mike’s just as much as the next Italian pastry lover, but a memorable time can be had in this borough of Boston sans cannoli, which will also save the headache of waiting in line for an hour or more. I...

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Going on a Bike Ride to York

Posted by on 9:16 am in Featured Story, Maryland, Pennsylvania | 0 comments

Going on a Bike Ride to York

Self-Guided Bike Tour to York It’s a Long Bike Ride to Yorktown While biking along the NCR Trail in Maryland, I stopped to chat with a man who told me about a hotel in York, Pennsylvania, 35 miles away, that caters to bicyclists. “Ride up, stay overnight, and ride back again,” he told me. The trip sounded like a perfect way to finish up my summer season. I started planning right away. I started my trip at Monkton, Maryland The North Central Railroad Trail, (NCR), is a rails-to-trails pedestrian, horse, and bike-friendly path which...

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Miami Living

Posted by on 10:00 am in Featured Story, Miami | 1 comment

Miami Living

Starting New in Miami “This is Cuba with money,” Z said as he looked around the small man-made island in the middle of Miami’s Biscayne Bay. We had just arrived via a 55 mph Jet Ski ride that was way too rough for this newbie. I looked at him, the 24-year-old Miami-born Cuban entrepreneur with his stylish sunglasses, and then looked around the narrow and rocky beach with palm trees and icy blue water contrasted with the view of the gleaming buildings of downtown Miami. A tropical island with an urban view – I had never seen anything...

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Tasting Temecula

Posted by on 10:30 am in California, Featured Story | 1 comment

Tasting Temecula

On a recent weekend tour through wine country in Temecula, California, I’m pretty sure I managed to taste at least one wine from nearly every vineyard in the valley – and there are 35 of them. Needless to say, I won’t be craving any wine for a while. But it proved remarkably difficult to turn down those offers of “one more tasting,” when all the wines turned out to be so delicious. Despite being a Southern California native, I hadn’t heard a great deal of hype about Temecula wine country prior to my trip, and was therefore pleasantly...

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Hollywood’s Next Door Lounge

Posted by on 10:32 am in California, Featured Story, Food & Drink U.S.A. | 0 comments

Hollywood’s Next Door Lounge

You’ve been wishing a man in a top hat and white gloves would require a password of you before allowing you entry into a speakeasy. You want exceptional food and drink, but you want to be fooled into thinking it’s 90 years ago. You want to watch Boardwalk Empire on a giant flat screen while plucky flappers serve you beverages. Well, desist in your search! It’s time to send a quick email to Next Door Lounge, procure a reservation, and point your Model T to their door. And the 1920’s ambiance is far from the only draw...

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The A/V Club in Los Angeles

Posted by on 2:44 pm in Blog, California, Featured Story, Los Angeles | 0 comments

The A/V Club in Los Angeles

The A/V Club in Los Angeles Giant sparklers stream out of the hands of glittering bodiced hostesses who parade through the crowd with giant bottles of champagne, pausing occasionally to erupt like human welding torches. Trained dancers in faux-ballet attire cavort and twine themselves round poles in the corners of the room. One lace-encased entertainer descends from the ceiling into the crowd of perfect humans. With only 10 tables in the main room, each running $2000, The A/V Club is a pricey, yet jaw-dropping place to party. Combining their...

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