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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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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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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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Pleasure House Oysters

Pleasure House Oysters: The Making Of An Ostreaphile

“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” -Jonathan Swift My agreement with that statement made me somewhat of an outcast among my trendy Baby Boomer friends. I’d watched them shuck open some unsuspecting barnacle-laden shell, tip it up, and let a pulpy, slimy mass of flesh slide down their throat. No thanks, […]

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11 Fun Atlantic Coastal Escapes for Winter

Now that winter is upon us and an end to the frenzy of the holidays in sight, visions of escape routes to warmer climates are starting to dance in our heads.  Coastal and beach towns along the southern Atlantic seaboard are offering off-season rates and special weekend packages making their charming destinations and temperate winter […]

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The Sauce Boss of St. Augustine

The most provocative portion of the interior of the Hot Shot Bakery is their “Wall of Flame.” The entire premise for the wall came about as an accident. Stoppelbein dipped some of the datils in chocolate as a garnish for a birthday cake for someone she knew. The next day, party attendees came to the bakery […]

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Three Hands Fish: Hands Down, the Keys’ Best Seafood Resource

Three Hands Fish: Hands Down, The Keys’ Best Seafood

“Cooking with my grandmother was my alibi,” said Paul Menta. Curly-haired, charismatic, with an easy smile and sporting his beloved Liberty Bell tattoo, Paul is one third of the dynamic trio behind Key West’s runaway concept Three Hands Fish. Read why Three Hands Fish is taking Key West by storm in Epicure and Culture.

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Jacksonville Beach - when you just want to chill

Jacksonville Beach: When You Just Want to Chill

I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy.  So when I decided to take a “chill weekend” to recharge, I decided to try someplace new:  Jacksonville Beach – a relatively small beach community on Florida’s northeast coast.   And we were not disappointed. The Hotel Hands down, the best place to stay is at the utterly […]

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