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Information Highway

Want to visit fun places but you are not sure what to see there? How about taking a tour that is like having a friend along who knows that city well to guide you. You can do that for under $5 now. Here's some fun and informative tours at Tours4Mobile.
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Charming Charleston

Renee S. Gordon

Travel + Leisure magazine, for the 6th year in a row, designated Charleston, SC the number one city in the US as well as the 10th best city worldwide. The city is a traveler’s dream with a complete range of dining experiences, entertainment venues, superior architecture, historic sites and blended cultures. The city was thriving years prior to the founding of the country and as one of the 13 original colonies the area has participated in every one of the nation’s pivotal historic events. Read more

Along the Hammock Coast:
St. Helena Island to Charlston, SC

By Renee S. Gordon

The majority of South Carolina’s 16 barrier Islands were formed during the Ice Age along with nearly 200-miles of Atlantic Ocean shoreline.  The Hammock Coast (HC), ... Read more

Fort Caroline: Where Jacksonville Began

Kathleen Walls

Jacksonville is fast making a mark on the tourism market. People come to see the art museums, like Cummer and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). They visit TIAA Bank Field to see the Jaguars play football.  Read More

Bountiful Beauford, SC

Renee S. Gordon


Beaufort, established in 1711, is the second oldest city in South Carolina and predates the founding of the US by sixty-five years. It is situated in the Lowcountry on Port Royal Island along the Atlantic shore.  Read more

Revolutionary War Field Days
at Historic Camden

By Tom Straka

By 1778 the American Revolutionary War had stalemated, with the French joining the war to aid the Americans. With the northern campaign at an impasse, the British had decided on a southern strategy of focusing their efforts on the colonies of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.  Read more

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort:
Something for Everyone

Kathleen Walls

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort located on 200,000 scenic acres in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania can fulfill all of your dreams.  We stayed there last year for a Mid-Atlantic Travel Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) Convention. This is far beyond its five-star rating. It's more than a hotel. It's a resort in the broadest sense of the word. Read more

 

Butterflies Versus The Wall

 by Kathleen Walls

National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, a small town near the southern border, is a modern day Garden of Eden. It is a favorite spot not only for butterflies but birds and other wildlife species. This 100-acre preserve is the largest native plant botanical garden in the country.  Read more.

A Portuguese Odyssey:
Óbidos, Alcobaça, Batalha, Nazaré and Fatima
  

Renée S. Gordon

Lisbon is so filled with activities, fine cuisine and wines that it is difficult for visitors to tear themselves away from the city but I assure you there are wonders throughout the country.  Some of Portugal’s most historic sites and monuments, as well as unique experiences, are to be found within a day’s drive of Lisbon and the small cities and quaint villages provide glimpses into the heart of the country. You can opt to rent a vehicle or book a Gray Line tour to one or more of these destinations. Read more

The Great New Mexico Green Chili Cheeseburger

Anne Jenkins

Travel with a purpose makes it more exciting, fun and interesting, whether you're on an antique junket, looking for art or exploring local food. If you ask a group of New Mexicans where to find the best green chile cheese burger, you better have time for a long discussion. Read more

Moorish Influences in Lisbon, Portugal 

Renée S. Gordon  

Portugal is the westernmost country in Europe and, along with Spain, makes up the Iberian Peninsula. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the south and west, with 500-miles of ocean coastline and is the approximate size of Maine. The country’s geography shaped its more than 800-year history and culture and continues to affect tourism.
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Becker Farms: Agri Fun for All

by Kathleen Walls

Becker Farms in Gasport, New York, just a short drive from Niagara Falls is the kind of place every community needs. Imagine farm fresh and U-pick produce coupled with locally produced beer and wine. Add to that rental cabin for a romantic weekend and all kinds of events and you have a perfect agri tourism spot. Read more

 

Washington DC, America's Pulse

Renee S. Gordon

President George Washington surveyed and chose a location on the Potomac River to become the permanent site of the nation's capital and the 1790 Residence Act made his dream a reality. He commissioned Pierre L'Enfant to design the city. L'Enfant  tired for one-year then he abandoned the project taking his plans with him. Benjamin Banneker, a free African American, recreated those plans from memory so that the work could continue.  Read more

Asbury Park, New Jersey Rocks On!

Renee S. Gordon

The thing about Icons is that we somehow expect them to be arrested in time and evoke our feelings In the same way forever.  They do not disappoint and they certainly do not succumb to the lure of changing times.  This can prove daunting for artists, structures and, most of all, cities. Asbury Park, New Jersey has managed to strike the perfect balance between memory and modernization, retro and revitalization and is a wonderful destination for families, group or solo getaways, beach lovers and music aficionados.Read more

The Day Jacksonville's Skyline Changed Forever

KathleenWalls

Jacksonville's skyline is changed forever. The old city hall imploded this morning. No, it wasn't terrorists. It was done to make way for new improvements coming to Jacksonville. Story has a link to the actual implosion from one of our local stations.
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Love's Labor Lost

Kathleen Walls

When fickle sixteen year old Agnes Scuffs jilted her fiancee on the eve of their wedding, she set in motion a series of events that would lead to the construction of a monument comparable to Stonehenge. She informed Ed Leedskalnin that he was too old and too poor for her. Broken hearted, Ed left his native Latvia and settled near Florida City. He began carving a memorial to his lost love who he always referred to as "Sweet Sixteen".
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Detroit Foundation Hotel:
Something Old, Something New

by Kathleen Walls

You know a city has come of age when they repurpose a classic piece of their history. Detroit has done just that with the new Foundation Hotel. It opened the 100-room boutique hotel in May 2017 in what was once in the Detroit Fire Department headquarters. The building that is now the hotel was built in 1929, but this location housed fire equipment from 1840 until the Detroit Fire Department abandoned it in 2013. The end result is a blend of museum, art gallery, upscale dining and lodging with a touch of a local hangout.  Read more

Road Tripping Georgia's I-75 Corridor

by Kathleen Walls

gas station with car and welcome to Georgia signA road trip down Georgia’s I-75 from Tennessee to Florida offers lots of fun stops along the way. Navigating I-75 through Georgia can be a nightmare. Or it can be fun.  The difference is in finding good food and interesting attractions with convenient stops en-route. Read more

Shotskis, Winter Olympics and Art, oh my!

by Anne Jenkins

Early in October you're standing among hundreds on a historic Main Street watching two long lines of enthusiatic citizens, in groups of three. Each group is holding up a ski with three attached shot glasses topped up with whisky, all trying to drink it at the same time. Pinch yourself, you're in Utah. Park City, to be exact, and they're engaged in a friendly rivalry with Breckenridge, Colorado to see who can get in to the Guiness Book of Records in 2018 for the “Shotski Challenge”. Park City won. Breckenridge swears to rise to the challenge in 2019. Everyone has a grand time and lots of money is raised for local charities. Read more

Craft a Classic Experience in Southwest Louisiana

By Renee S. Gordon

Louisiana is internationally famous for its Cajun and Creole cuisine and generally Chef Paul Prudhomme is credited for its introduction and popularization into the American mainstream. You can literally find great food everywhere in the state but ground zero for fresh, locally sourced, regional dishes is the Lake Charles area in Southwest Louisiana (SWLA). Here visitors can craft a special experience and soak up the history that led to this unique culture as well as dive into the adventure, music, art, festival, beverage and dining scenes. Read more

Cave in Rock Revisited

by Tom Straka Photographs by Pat Straka

Back in the Fall 2014 we visited Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, on the edge of the Ohio River where a free ferry crosses over to Kentucky. It is a favorite route of ours and an especially fun alternative that avoids the interstate, facilitating a cross-state route (the long way) on mainly U.S. highways. We’ve covered the history and geology of the location in the past issue, but missed a key aspect that makes the stop even more attractive.  So attractive, we’ve revisited it. Read more

Drury Plaza Hotel:
It's More Than a Place to Lay Your Head

by Kathleen Walls

It's so nice when a historic building gets refurbished for a new use. Such is the case in Pittsburgh. The Drury Plaza Hotel was once the Federal Reserve Bank of Pittsburgh.  The Georgia marble faced Art Deco building began life in 1931 and was bought by the hotel in 2013 and began renovations in 2014. The Drury has kept many of the historic features. Read more

Turpentining in Georgia

Story by Tom Straka
Photos by Pat Straka

My spell checker tells me I have two suspicious words in the title. It has not heard of turpentining or a catface. Many of the readers can probably figure out what the former means, but I bet they don’t know what the latter is. There are lots of festivals across the country which provide a travel adventure immersed in local history and folk culture. The CatfaceTurpentine Festival held annually in early October in Portal, Georgia is one of those. Read more

Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas

by Renee S. Gordon

Musical symphonies are composed of individual movements, distinct sections, written to be played by a large orchestra. Haydn and Mozart are credited with creating the classical symphonic arrangement and later composers have layered the form with creativity and innovations. Royal Caribbean’s  newest cruise ship, the aptly named Symphony of the Seas, has deftly blended all aspects of the perfect cruise into one awesome experience much like an orchestral arrangement. Read more

Chuckwagon Roundup

Cajun Food: A Way of Life in Lafayette

by Kathleen Walls     11-29-2018

Food is an intricate part of Cajun culture. Café Vermillionville, (circa 1835) was built as an inn for salesmen in Lafayette then named Vermillionville. During a Union occupation during the Civil war supposedly a Cajun shot a Union soldier for making advances at the man's wife. Rumors claim the old building is still haunted by the soldier as well a young female ghost. Read more

War Roads

Fort Ligonier

by Kathleen Walls     11-29-2018

Long before United States was born, there was a world war. It started in the American colonies and spread across Europe. There it was called the Seven Years' War.Read more

 

Renee's Road    

California Coast  Town and Gown College Tour

by Renee S. Gordon     11-29-2018

While academic programming may be considered the most important factor in selecting a college, also essential to success are both the campus and local culture. College tours are an excellent way to experience a slice...Read more

Saxonburg:
Best Pennsylvania Town You Never Heard of

by Kathleen Walls          11-29-2018

Saxonburg, Pennsylvania is a beautiful example of what one immigrant can do for this country. John Roebling and his brother, Carl, came here in 1832 to escape totalitarian conditions in Germany.
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Civil Rights Trail

From Slavery to Freedom:
Pittsburgh's Contribution

by Kathleen Walls      11-29-2018

Pittsburgh has so much history related to the Underground Railroad. Senator John Heinz History Center has an exhibit, From Slavery to Freedom, that tells the story...read more

Fork in the Road

Primanti Translates to Sandwich in Pittsburgh

by Kathleen Walls         11-29-2018

Say “sandwich” in Pittsburgh and it conjures up a different image than anywhere else in the world. In Pittsburgh, a sandwich is often a Primanti created by Joe Primanti during the depression. ... read more

Renee's Road

Hampton Four Centuries on the Bay

By Renee S. Gordon                     11-29-2018

At the end of August in 1619 the White Lion landed at Old Point Comfort, in what is now Hampton, Virginia, and exchanged “20 and odd negroes” for food and supplies. These Angolan ... Read more

Innroads

History Lives at First Colony Inn

By Kathleen Walls             11-29-2018

First Colony Inn is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Outer Banks history while enjoying all the modern conveniences. Lost Colony Inn is not luxurious but it is comfortable and so welcoming. ... Read more

Renee's Road

Western New York's Famed Corrider:
Buffalo to Niagara

By Renee S. Gordon        11-29-2018

The Buffalo-Niagara Corridor in Western New York has the distinction of having always been both a permanent sanctuary and a reliable embarkation point. Geography, accessibility to  the Falls and ... Read more


Happy Trails

The Natural Bridge of Virginia

By Thomas Straka            9-1-2018

Natural Bridge of VirginiaOne of the best attractions along Interstate 81 is the Natural Bridge of Virginia. Early in the nation’s history, Hudson River School artists painted the landscapes of America’s most iconic natural scenes. These are the large landscapes that hang in the U.S. and state capitols. The Natural Bridge, Virginia, painted by Frederic Edwin Church, is one of them. That landscape is little-changed from 1852 when he painted it... Read more

Historical Trails

America's Oldest Unsolved Mystery

By Kathleen Walls              9-1-2018

Cast of The Lost colony play on stageAmerican's oldest mystery has never been solved.The story began with the settlement of Roanoke in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The prelude was the earlier all-male expeditions. The first led by Arthur Barlowe and Philip Amadas, in 1584 was more of an exploratory one. One thing they did had a profound on the final settlement; they brought two young natives, Manteo and Wanchese, back to England. Read more

Off the Beaten Path

Enchanted Mountains of New York

By Renee S. Gordon and Kathleen Walls          9-1-2018

Cattaraugus County New York is known as the Enchanted Mountains for good reason. It may be a lesser known destination but there is so much to see and do among those picturesque mountains you will be enchanted.Read More

North Carolina's Newest Treasure:
Carvers Creek State Park
 

By Kathleen Walls            9-1-2018

Rockefeller House at Carvers Creek State ParkIt's always exciting to watch a new state park develop. North Carolina's newest is Carvers Creek State Park. It was authorized in 2005 and opened the first stage in September 2013. Park Superintend Jane Connolly, told us about the park's background. In the mid 1700s Scottish immigrants began moving into the area. Read more

Louisiana's Plantation Country River Road

by Renee S. Gordon            9-1-2018

No experience has so impacted the United States as profoundly and lastingly as the years of black enslavement from 1619 to the end of the Civil War. “The peculiar institution” remains a defining characteristic of who we were, are and will become as a nation. How do we align the events of the past with the view of ourselves that we are a country founded on the principles of liberty for all and malice toward none? Read more



Auburn: A Sanctuary City

 by Renee S. Gordon        9-1-2018

Monument to Jerry Rescuers in Auburn
In 1793 when Revolutionary War veteran Colonel John Hardenbergh, the first documented white settler in the Finger Lakes area, arrived in the Auburn, NY region it was home of the Haudenosaunee and was called 
Ahskuby.” Read more

Mother Earth's Powerhouse: Niagara Falls

by Kathleen Walls           9-1-2018

Niagara Falls There is nothing more beautiful than Mother Nature's most powerful places. Niagara Falls is one of those special places. I just returned from a visit there and was literally blown away. At the top of Cave of the Winds as I stood on Hurricane Deck I felt as if I was experiencing the most powerful storm ever.Read more


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