Cruising Solo

By Judy Colbert


Cruising Solo

By Judy Colbert Among the choices one has to consider when taking a cruise—ship size, itinerary, cost, departure date, and length of cruise being the first that come to mind—another one is now included. Do you want to travel solo? The answer is, increasingly, yes. Okay, it sounds funny saying you’re alone when there may […]

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Two of Oregon’s “Seven Wonders” – just minutes from Portland

By Jeff and Stephanie Sylva


Two of Oregon’s “Seven Wonders” – just minutes from Portland

Story and photos by Jeff and Stephanie Sylva We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the World. But did you know that the state of Oregon has its own Seven Wonders? And did you know that two of these “wonders” are within an hour’s drive of the City of Portland? We were amazed to […]

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Swimming with the Fishes in Charm City

By Andrew Der


Swimming with the Fishes in Charm City

While air bubbles gently rippled past my ears from the scuba tank regulator, I exchanged glances with a curious eel, and wide-eyed children stared at me through the aquarium glass, reminding me I was still in the National Aquarium in Baltimore rather than the Caribbean. It’s not the Caribbean, but with its teeming sea life, […]

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Richmond: Rising Star of New South

By Terry Conway


Richmond: Rising Star of New South

by Terry Conway They ain’t whistling Dixie so much anymore. Long revered as the heart of the Old Confederacy, Richmond stubbornly has earned its reputation as being mired in the past. No more. Today, it’s a robust destination, one of the cultural pillars of the “New South.”  Century-old tobacco warehouses have been transformed into lofts […]

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Helsinki, Finland, Summertime Fun in the Land of the Midnight Sun

By Ron Stern


While Helsinki may be one of the coldest destinations in the world in winter, summertime, with its long days of sunshine, brings out the crowds to this Finnish city located on the shores of the Baltic Sea. With 150 miles of coastline, more than 300 islands, trendy shops and restaurants, as well as loads of […]

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Discovering Whitstable

By Claudia Santino


Discovering Whitstable

  Text and photos by Claudia Santino It is an odd thing to travel to another country when it hasn’t figured into your vacation plans. Even if it’s business, you can typically generate a bit of a thrill by tacking on a side trip before or after your stay. Here I was in England but […]

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Santa Fe: Expect the Unexpected in Offbeat Southwestern Town

By Ron Stern


Just when you think you have defined Santa Fe, it does something to surprise you. After all, this is a city with a rich Southwestern heritage, eclectic boutiques and shops, sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Behind the obvious though, Santa Fe is a town that thrives on quirkiness and individuality. Santa Fe: Expect the Unexpected in […]

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Nova Scotia Road Trip: The Northumberland Coast

By Ron Stern


Your first stop will be in Truro at the 40- foot statue of Glooscap. This imposing figure can be seen from the highway and is dedicated to the Mi’kmaw. While here, visit the Glooscap Heritage Center and its displays, exhibits and gift shop celebrating the culture of the Mi’kmaw people.

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In Aruba, Life’s a Beach!

By Barbara Barton Sloane


In Aruba, Life’s a Beach!

By Barbara Barton Sloane In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth. –Rachel Carson Some people love a parade, some love a rainy night.  I love a beach. After a long, hard winter, I was so ready for the beach.  Aruba, here I […]

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The Best of Maui in Seven Days

By Ron Stern


The Best of Maui in Seven Days

Maui is a perennial favorite among those who find themselves captivated after a first visit. From then on, Maui becomes a love affair whenever the Aloha Spirit beckons. If a week is all you have for a visit, you can pack an incredible amount of food, fun and attractions into your tropical island escape. Day […]

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Maui: Tropical Island of Love

By Ron Stern


Maui: Tropical Island of Love

How many ways are there to express your affection? Whether you are planning a perfect destination wedding, celebrating a milestone anniversary or just searching for a romantic tropical island escape, Maui has more than enough ways to say I love you. Aloha wau ia `oe is but one. Your own love story may start here […]

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Finding the Sweet Spot in Las Vegas

By Deborah Grossman


Finding the Sweet Spot in Las Vegas

By Deborah Grossman Location, location, location. This mantra applies to real estate and to vacation spots, too. Las Vegas is the ultimate destination where you can be seen or where you can disappear from the glitzy scene and relax. To be in the heart of what’s happening in Las Vegas, you can stop by the […]

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The Other Side of Delaware’s Seashore

By Andrew Der


The Other Side of Delaware’s Seashore

by Andrew Der At the seashore without a cloud in the sky and hot, I found myself forgoing the popular Atlantic beaches of Rehoboth, Dewey, and Bethany of Delaware in lieu of sipping a 300 year-old sample of local shipwreck rum offered by the gracious owner of a modest second floor maritime and artifact museum […]

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Beyond Spring Break: Five Reasons to Love South Padre Island, Texas

By Ron Stern


South Padre Island, Texas is probably best known as being an idyllic spring breakers’ paradise. While it is true that there are more people in town, there is still plenty of space and attractions, making this small island the perfect destination for laid-back island living. If I had to limit my choices, here are five […]

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Corpus Christi: City of Delicious Secrets

By Ron Stern


Corpus Christi, the Sparkling City by the Sea, is known for many things: beautiful stretches of white sand beaches, world class fishing and outdoor activities and mega attractions such as the Texas State Aquarium and USS Lexington. Lesser known, however, is its sweet and savory side, influenced by a melting pot of cultures. If you […]

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A Little Bird Told Me…South Texas is Fun!

By Ron Stern


A Little Bird Told Me…South Texas is Fun!

The glowing orange sun slowly rises over the Lower Rio Grande Valley as the music of songbirds greets me with the morning dew. I steady my camera and telephoto lens as a Green Jay, one of the specialty birds of the area, lands on a nearby branch. As I focus, his brilliant blue and black […]

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An Epicurean Journey

By Terry Conway


An Epicurean Journey

 by Terry Conway Over the past decade the pop culture prestige of chefs has risen dramatically, evolving them into the rock stars that have foodies buzzing. They celebrate the indulgence in, and accessibility of, delicious and inventive dishes.  Along the way some have built vast empires that include hit TV shows and far-flung restaurants. Dining […]

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El Dorado: Golden wine country in the Sierra Foothills

By Deborah Grossman


El Dorado: Golden wine country in the Sierra Foothills

by Deborah Grossman El Dorado wine country is a gem. Set in Calif.’s historic Gold Rush country, the area is poised to become the next jackpot for those seeking fun wine tasting experiences and affordable, well-crafted wines. The El Dorado wine region borders the birthplace of the Gold Rush at Sutter’s Mill in the Marshall […]

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Cruising Solo

By Judy Colbert Among the choices one has to consider when taking a cruise—ship size, itinerary, cost, departure date, and length of cruise being the first that come to mind—another one is now included. Do you want to travel solo? The answer is, increasingly, yes. Okay, it sounds funny saying you’re alone when there may […]