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Charleston: The New This Trip

Whenever I visit Charleston, there are some things I look forward to doing again and again, and invariably a long list of new things to try.  For my short visit this week with an old friend and my husband here are the new-to-me things I…

NC’s Silver Fork Vineyard and Winery

A well-dressed woman tells us how Silver Fork Vineyard and Winery got its name: It is on this 32 acres of land that Silver Creek and White Fork Creek intersect. Both creeks, flowing from the Catawba River almost come together here, and then flow parallel before gracefully crossing and…
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Daytrip from Seattle to Vashon Island

How is it possible to resist celebrating the summer solstice on an island that the New York Times described as “Mayberry Meets Burning Man”? A place where sheep dog trials compete with opera productions, and art galleries thrive alongside the annual Strawberry Festival parade with the grocery cart drill team and the samba ladies?

Five Foodie Stops Chicago Travelers Won’t Want to Miss

Chicago is a food lovers' paradise. Known for deep-dish pizzas, Chicago-style hot dogs, polish foods and steaks, the restaurants in this city are all striving to be the best. On top of the heavy competition for title of “best deep-dish pizza in Chicago” though, many…
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Beaumont: My Old Kentucky Inn

I didn't know it would take over 20 years, but I always knew I'd go back to The Beaumont Inn in Kentucky. When I think the quintessential Kentucky inn, I think of its uncloying Southern hospitality. I think of its yellow legged fried chicken served with ham…
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2012: An Emotional Year of Travel in Photos

Personally and professionally 2012 has been an extremely challenging year for me. There I said it. On one hand I'm pretty good at hiding behind rosy words and photographs. But over time, eventually something has to give. Without meaning to sound either cryptic or mysterious,…
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Anchorage, Alaska’s Best Views At Flattop Mountain

When visiting Anchorage, a stop at Flattop Mountain is a must. Before the plane even lands I can tell that Anchorage is going to be a little surprising. From my window seat,I am struck by its remarkable resemblance to the SC low country. Seriously. You may also like: New Hampshire's…