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  • Exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    Are you a fan of Harry Potter?  If the answer is YES you may want to check out Universal Studios in Orlando Florida.  Universal Studios is located less than 30 miles away from Disney World, and only a couple miles from Sea World so many people visit Universal Studios and Island of Adventure.

  • Valentine & Midwinter Escapes in Harrodsburg, KY

    Two of Kentucky’s most famous inns are giving couples a reason to venture out into the cold this winter. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the country’s largest private collection of original 19th century buildings and Kentucky’s largest National Historic Landmark, and Beaumont Inn, Kentucky’s oldest family-operated Country Inn and recipient of a James Beard America’s Classic Award, are offering Valentine’s Day and Midwinter Escape packages.

  • Encounters with Mexico's Flavors and Landscapes in Yucatan, Baja California, and Oaxaca

    Mexico’s cuisine is far more than tacos and burritos. It’s full of flavor from indigenous plants and grains, and regionally distinctive. Tia Stephanie Tours, a premier operator of cultural and culinary tours to Mexico, has now created three geographically-targeted gastronomic itineraries to Mexico, specifically: Yucatan, Baja California, and Oaxaca. Each tour offers unique experiences emerging from the vibrant food culture, landscape, personality, and community of the particular locality. Notes Stephanie Schneiderman, Founder of Tia Stephanie Tours, “As a specialist in cultural travel to Mexico, we can’t think of a more important expression of Mexico’s culture, than its culinary heritage; its food.  We are delighted to expand our culinary immersion offerings beyond our original Culture and Cuisine of Mexico, which we launched in 2009.”

  • Valentine Destinations From Coast to Coast

    Out of the 365 days of the year, February 14th is the one day where you can show the person you love exactly how much you care about them.

  • Sedona in the Springtime

    Sedona, Arizona is always a treasure to discover, but the city bursts into life during the springtime. With average high temperatures between the mid-60s and low 80s, visitors enjoy comfortably warm days and cool evenings. This weather is ideal for experiencing Sedona’s endless array of activities, from hiking to art walks to a diverse event calendar

  • Brussels, Belgium: Capital of Europe

    Brussels in Belgium is often considered the de facto capital of the European Union, though the EU has no official capital.  Brussels hosts however, the official seats of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, and European Council and European Parliament.

  • Chuck Wagon Cook-Off in Pigeon Forge

    Saddle up, cowpokes. It’s time to head to south for a taste of the American West. The annual Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cook-off – held at Clabough’s Campground on Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, 2017 – features a meat-and-potatoes throw-down, Tennessee’s tribute to the wild, Wild West, when men were cowboys, women were ladies and dinner was rustled up over an open flame.

  • Looking Forward to a Cultural, Culinary, and Jewish Heritage Tour to Georgia and Armenia with My 80-year-old Mother – Part II: Armenia

    Last week, I shared the Georgia part of a culinary, cultural, and heritage tour that I will be taking Mary 27-June 9, to Georgia and Armenia with my 80-year-old mother. This week, I want to highlight what we will experience in Armenia, June 5-9, 2017. This portion of the trip is just $1420!

  • Packing Hacks

    Whether adventuring to a weekend getaway, across the country or around the world, travelers need luggage and accessories. These should be built with a goal of lessening stress and hassles by providing smart solutions to a host of packing and travel scenarios. Here are several new travel goods that I like to have with me.

  • Hotel for Book Lovers: Portland, Oregon

    It's always a good idea to read a book – do people even do that anymore? I think the Baby Boomers still do! If you fit that bill, then I have a great place for you to check out. It's the Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon. Located a few blocks from the Riverfront, 2 blocks from the Max Light Rail Train and darn near all the great shops, restaurants and galleries that this city has to offer, this hotel has 150 rooms and something else that is quite unique – a library, and not just any library. They house a “collection of 2,700 books signed by authors who have been guests at the hotel including past presidents, poet laurites and Pulitzer Prize winners.” The Library is open 24 hours a day and every Monday-Thursday from 5:00-6:00PM, you can attend an evening social for reading and complimentary wine.

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