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When you get the opportunity to get away, what’s your favorite destination? An isolated beach, such as Ocracoke, NC? Or where history lives – Gettysburg, maybe? Perhaps you’re energized by city attractions, such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Lots more ideas are just a click away.


Travel: Biltmore House

Posted by on Jul 6, 2009 in Travel | Comments Off on Travel: Biltmore House

Suppose you visited a remote town, and you thought, “I like the view here. I think I’ll buy an acre or 125,000 and build myself...

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Travel: Lancaster

Posted by on Jun 26, 2009 in Travel | 1 comment

Lancaster has become a sort of hybrid community – part cultural and religious artifact, part Gatlinburg-like tourist...

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Travel: Blue Ridge Parkway

Posted by on Jun 23, 2009 in Americana, Travel | 2 comments

Now, this is what a stimulus project is supposed to be. Authorized by Congress during the Great Depression, much of the early work on the...

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Travel: Lanikai Beach, Oahu

Posted by on Jun 18, 2009 in Travel | Comments Off on Travel: Lanikai Beach, Oahu

Lanikai means “heavenly sea” in the Hawaiian language, and I think we can all agree it’s an appropriate name. Waikiki,...

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Travel: Alaska's Inside Passage

Posted by on Jun 10, 2009 in Travel | Comments Off on Travel: Alaska's Inside Passage

Everyone has a personal list of “1000 places to see before you die.” Frankly, a thousand is a lot of places. I’m not sure...

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Travel: Charleston

Posted by on Jun 7, 2009 in Travel | 2 comments

Charleston may be the most historically rich city in the South. It began its existence in the 17th Century as Charles Towne, the oldest...

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Food: Patsy's Pizza

Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Food, Travel | 1 comment

The American pizza community is basically divided into three camps. First, those who like thin crust pizza (let’s call them the...

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Travel: Ocracoke Island

Posted by on May 26, 2009 in Travel | Comments Off on Travel: Ocracoke Island

Except for the village, Ocracoke Island is owned completely by the National Park Service as part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore....

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Travel: St. John, USVI

Posted by on Apr 30, 2009 in Travel | 1 comment

The marketing theme for the U.S. Virgin Islands used to be “America’s Caribbean.” So while at first blush it may seem odd...

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Americana: The Smithsonian

Posted by on Apr 15, 2009 in Americana, Travel | Comments Off on Americana: The Smithsonian

If you like BIG museums, you’ll love the Smithsonian Institution. It’s composed of 19 museums and nine research centers. Oh,...

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