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Fredericksburg Virginia

12 Reasons Why You’ll Fall For Fredericksburg

Resting on the banks of the Rappahannock River, Fredericksburg, Virginia is a quintessentially charming historic city, with an appealing and lively downtown area brimming with shops, cafes and restaurants.  Sporting a mild autumn climate that can only be described as perfect, there’s no better time to visit this gem of a city. Within hours of […]

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Great Smoky Mountains

Unlock the Secrets to the Great Smoky Mountains in a Weekend

With 520,000 acres spanning North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest protected land area east of the Rockies and the most visited park in the American Park System. The park preserves the history of the Appalachian Mountains from the prehistoric Paleo Indians to the European settlers of the 18th century […]

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amelia island florida

11 Winter Activities on Amelia Island, Florida

A barrier island stretching along the northeast coast of Florida, Amelia Island is the perfect place for a relaxing romantic weekend during the chilly shoulder season. The island, named for Princess Amelia, daughter of George II of Great Britain, has a laid-back vibe, reminiscent of “old Florida.” When we booked our discounted hotel stay at […]

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Alaska

Alaska: Disconnect. Explore. Learn. Eat. Repeat

“You have to disconnect, there is no choice,” said Lucila. “That was one of my favorite things about this adventure cruise.” Lucila Lancaster, her husband Girish Nair and their two children Isabel (Izzy) 21, a senior at John Hopkins University studying neuroscience, and Sam, a 6’1” water polo playing 16-year-old, were planning their yearly family […]

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small ship Alaska

15 Reasons to Take a Small Ship Cruise in Alaska. The Last One is Life Changing.

“Oh, come on…let’s do it!” pleaded Alison, my travel buddy and co-founder of Boomer Travel Media. “Alaska is at the top of my bucket list.” I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical. For one thing, I’m more of a “tropical adventure” kind of girl vs. a “glacial eco-nature” type. But perhaps more importantly, I knew […]

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highlands spa

Spa Lovers: Go to Highlands. You’ll Thank Me Later

“It’s a surprise,” he said with twinkling green eyes as he tucked me into the passenger seat and gently closed the door. My ridiculously huge grin gave away my glee… I do love surprises! We drove for an hour and a half, winding our way across the state border and into the Blue Ridge Mountains […]

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Alaska

Amazing Food Experience on Alaska Adventure Cruise

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ~Matsuo Basho Tracie Triolo thought her life would be that of a musician. And it was…for a while. But her roots in the love of food and the pull of the ocean proved irresistible, and she found herself on an entirely different path. One […]

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Baranof Island

Seeking Adventure? Try Alaska’s Baranof Island

A land where the population of bears exceeds that of humans, few places on earth can satisfy the wanderlust of the off-the-beaten-path adventurer in search of the wild nature and the cultural richness of the Tlingit Indians like Baranof Island. Baranof Island, along with Admiralty and Chicagof, compromise the ABC Islands on southern Alaska’s panhandle, […]

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Naples houseboat

Chillin’ on a Houseboat in Naples

It seems to be on everyone’s bucket list. Just mention the word “houseboat” and you’re sure to evoke romanticized images of a buoyant home floating in some exotic paradise. The marriage of a water-bound “hotel” to a gorgeous tropical setting can be found right here in the United States. I recently stayed on a magnificent […]

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Alaska's Wild Coast

Responsible Observation of Wild Bears in Alaska

Observing bears in their natural habitat in Alaska is a privilege and life-long memorable experience. While there are always risks with wild animals, these can be mitigated greatly if you follow well-established guidelines. On August 10th, I had the opportunity to travel with AdventureSmith Explorations on the historic ship Westward to view brown bears, also known under […]

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