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Outdoor Dining, Shopping, and Coffee – How to Day-Trip in Wilmington, NC

The great thing about a quick visit to Wilmington, North Carolina is you don't need a lot of time to see and do a lot of things. I'm not recommending rushing your visit, but I am saying it's a great place to do a lot if your time is limited. Make your way to historic downtown Wilmington and the River Walk and you'll be able to enjoy outdoor dining, shopping and great coffee all in one afternoon. Outdoor Dining Whether you're strolling the River Walk or touring downtown, there's time and place to stop along the way and enjoy a [...]

Visiting Dublin with Kids? You’ll want to become a Viking

Traveling with kids means searching for fun and entertaining options to keep the youngsters entertained.  Finding a tour or attraction that's both amusing for children and adults is a tough balance to strike.  In Dublin, Ireland, Viking Splash Tours has the winning combination. What is a Viking Splash Tour? A Viking Splash Tour is one of the most unique tours I’ve ever taken. Passengers don Viking helmets,board an amphibious vehicle from the second World War called DUKWs, and tour Dublin’s City Center on land and sea. What You’ll See The tour begins across from St. Stephen’s Green, outside of Starbucks, [...]

National Geographic is celebrating 100-years of our National Parks

"There's no place on earth like our country's National Parks." So states Ford Cochran, Director of Programming for National Geographic Expeditions. I spoke with Cochran and he filled me in on some of the special events scheduled to commemorate this monumental celebration. Though the reasons for visiting the National Parks are limitless, here are a few for planning your trip in 2016. 100 Years of History, Nature and Conservation From the moment Woodrow Wilson signed The Organic Act of 1916 creating the National Park Service, "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to [...]

Ash Lawn-Highland; Why you’ll want to visit James Monroe’s home in Mr. Jefferson’s neighborhood

If you find yourself in Charlottesville, Virginia for a trip to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, by all means, be sure to include a visit to another founding father's home a few short miles beyond the gates of Monticello.  Mr. Jefferson's lifelong friend and America's fifth president, James Monroe's home, Ash Lawn-Highland, though perhaps less famous, provides a magnificent glimpse into the life of an important American and to life in the early 19th-Century. Beautiful in its own right From the moment the car turns onto the driveway, it's apparent why Monroe chose this location for his home.  The tree-lined driveway leading [...]

October is Virginia Wine Month on the Monticello Wine Trail

Thomas Jefferson had a vision for viniferous activity in his beloved Virginia.  Though perhaps his grape-growing dreams didn't come to fruition in his life time, today the wine industry is thriving all around his historic home.  So much so, that Virginia is now a destination for wine tourism. The Monticello Wine Trail In the Blue Ridge Mountains, fall temps and brilliant foliage usher in Virginia Wine Month along the Monticello Wine Trail.  The Monticello Wine Trail is comprised of 30 magnificent wineries all within close proximity of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello.  Member wineries welcome visitors from all over the country [...]