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A guest post by Lori Aitkenhead.   If you are interested in an Outer Banks vacation this summer, now is the time to start making plans.  If you have already begun, you have probably discovered the large number of beach …

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Historic Mast Farm Inn Is it a romantic hide-away? Is it a place to escape day-to-day life? Is it a historic mountain retreat suitable for enjoying adventure, scenery, gourmet dining and Southern hospitality? The answer is a resounding yes to …

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A guest post by Michael Hepworth   What is the perception of Oxnard, a seaside town about 70 miles from Los Angeles and on the way to Ventura and Santa Barbara. Those two places are still very fashionable and Oxnard …

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It all started when my son received a kite as a Christmas present. It’s a really nice kite – too nice to end up stuck in a tree in our neighborhood. Rather than surrendering the kite to a Bradford pear …

United States Botanic Garden – D.C.’s hidden treasure in pictures

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United States Botanic Garden in pictures is a guest post by contributor Katrina Morrocco of Cary, North Carolina. Washington, D.C. is such a popular tourist destination with many things to do and see – it’s easy to overlook some of …

 

Five favorite travel discoveries of 2013

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With the passing of another year it’s always fun sitting back and reflecting on the many stops I’ve made along the way.  2013 was a year full of travel, discovery and fun. I also met a lot of wonderful people. …

 

The Winery at Bull Run – where history and fine wine converge

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As a child I visited what my father reverently referred to as the “hallowed grounds” at Manassas, Virginia. The Stone Bridge at Bull Run and the statue of Stonewall Jackson towering above left a lasting impression. Because of this I …

 

“Christmas on the Potomac” Gaylord National Harbor’s holiday spectacular

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Photo courtesy of Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Look up and admire. That’s my advice upon entering the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center during the Christmas season. The 60-foot tall glass Christmas tree hanging from the atrium is …

 

How to avoid the biggest pet-travel mistakes this holiday season

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With the holiday travel season revving up many of us will be looking down at furry, brown-eyed loved ones and considering bringing them along for the ride.   As you’re busy making plans for your four-legged friends holiday excursions the …

 

“Brother Joseph and the Grotto”

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A follow-up to a story that ran earlier this year……. In December of 2012 I visited the Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama.  The Grotto located on the grounds of Saint Bernard Abbey is the creation of one talented Benedictine …