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Tequila Tasting in Santa Fe. Watch Out for the Floor

One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, FLOOR Move over foodie walking tours, Santa Fe’s tequila tasting is stepping in front. Top Shelf: Tequila Class & Sampling in historic downtown Santa Fe is no pub crawl. It provides thought-provoking history, tequila/food pairing, and the progression from illegal mezcal to high quality and high priced sipping tequila. […]

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San Diego to Rosarito Mexico: Take a Two Nation Vacation

During tight economic times, vacationers are looking for ways to pack the most punch into their vacation. Unfortunately for many, travel abroad seems out of reach. However, with some careful planning, there’s a way to combine two top-notch destinations for nearly the cost of one: San Diego, California, and Rosarito, Mexico. 1. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, […]

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Summer in Chicago: Top Things to Do in Chicago

Looking for a beach destination but can’t afford a jaunt to the Caribbean?  No problem. . . pack up the kids and head for. . . summer in Chicago! Ohio Street Beach on the shore of Lake Michigan is sure to please everyone in the family. Less crowded than the better-known Oak Street or North […]

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Carolina Renaissance Festival

Jousting knights, kings, queens, wenches, fairies, and even pirates, the Carolina Renaissance Festival is considered one of the best in America.  The fair comes alive every weekend in October and November on a permanent a 20-acre 16th-century theme park that Disney would be proud of. Non-stop, day-long amusements delight children and adults alike. Activities and entertainments […]

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Random TSA Searches: Some Days Are Like That, Even In the Midwest

TSA rules! Tell me…. do I look dangerous to you?  Apparently the TSA still thinks so. Rapid City Regional Airport.  Just another nondescript launching pad in the life of a travel writer.  Or so I thought. But it turned out to be a no-good, very bad, terrible day. As I’m going through security in the […]

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Kemah Boardwalk Bulletcoaster: Why It Is a Suicide Run

  The fact that I was the only one on the Kemah Boardwalk Bulletcoaster would have been a red flag to most people.  But I love roller coasters… how bad could it be?  It was one of those wooden, old school types, not the sleek high drop kind that leaves your stomach in your mouth. […]

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Westin La Paloma Tucson AZ

Looking for a great place for a girlfriend’s getaway?  Try the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Arizona. Located in the foothills of the beautiful Catalina Mountains, the La Paloma offers something for everyone.  In addition to incredible views of the mountains, desert, and city below, the location could not be better; whether you are looking for upscale shopping, […]

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Sanibel Island Vacations: Casa Ybel Resort

Looking for a great place to kick back on a fun, relaxing and romantic weekend interlude or a fun place to get away for the weekend with kiddos?  Try a Sanibel Island vacation at the Casa Ybel Resort,  just across the bay from Ft. Meyers on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Located off the southwestern coast of Florida, […]

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Kitty Hawk Kites: Hang Gliding Adventure in NC

Having already experienced and loved skydiving, I was interested in trying hang gliding to see how they compare. And what better place to try out this unique flying experience than at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, especially in August! There are two ways a novice can hang glide. One is to take a lesson and then […]

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Skydiving Hawaii: The Glicken

The small round light turned from red to green, the plane decreased speed to the point of hover (or so it seemed), and the bottom of the large side door began its slow, creaky, ominous rise.  Strapped into handsome jumpmaster as snuggly as I would allow without a marriage proposal, there was no turning back […]

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