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12684760255?profile=RESIZE_710x©Perry Kibler

There´s an undeniable allure for travellers to embark on a cinematic pilgrimage to the locations that have captured our imaginations on screen. One such destination which promises to enchant, with sweeping vistas and rugged landscapes, is Utah, the setting for Kevin Costner's epic four-film series Horizon: An American Saga, the first of which was just released at the end of June. With a budget of $100 million, the films series a dozen years of the settlement of the U.S. West befo

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Located in south central Washington state and only a few hours from Seattle or Portland, Yakima Valley is a vibrant wine growing region and home to over 100 wineries.  About one-third of the state’s wine grapes are grown in the Yakima Valley AVA.  As a member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association, I had the privilege to sample a Cabernet Frac wine from Dineen Vineyards, while participating in a webinar sponsored by Adam Stewart, Yakima Valley Tourism; Marissa Dineen,

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6 Boston Bucket Listers


"Beantown" has just been in the headlines in recent days thanks to its hometown Celtics basketball team making history by winning a record-breaking 18th NBA championship title. But the capital of Massachusetts is also a venerable and perennial classic among U.S. cities, and a must-see destination not just for Americans but for anyone interested in U.S. history and culture, where
nearly four centuries of history has left a legacy of dozens of world-class historic sites; cultural institutions; sp

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Perched on the edge of the Kenai Peninsula, a four-hour drive south of Anchorage, this attractive little town of around 5,500 boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural splendor, including unparalleled views of Kachemak Bay, the Cook Inlet, and the Kenai Mountains, Homer also serves as a gateway to adventure and tranquility, from the rugged outdoors to the serene waters of Kachemak Bay, Homer is a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation. natural beauty, culture, with highlights inclu

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When you come to the Aloha State, go beyond the mai tais and and enjoy some divine, locally grown chocolate!

The Hawaiian islands are home a number of chocolate-making companies, and most are bean-to-bar businesses. Hawaii is the only U.S. state which grows cacao, then processes and makes it into bars and other cocoa products. I've done my share of eating chocolates on the different islands, and I find the chocolate confections not overly sweet and with

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Sometimes, all you need for an outing is some good shoes and a small bottle of water. However, for a more serious adventure that Yosemite National Park provides, you need some more serious preparation. You don’t want to end up in a pickle, stranded in the middle of nowhere, hungry, thirsty, and afraid! 

So here’s a small guide that will ensure a comfy, safe, and successful Yosemite experience for all adventurers! 

 

1. Check the Weather and Trail Conditions

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Before venturing into the vast expans

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The Walla Walla Valley's success story is a combination of ideal conditions. Warm days with cool nights allow grapes to ripen slowly, developing concentrated flavors and balanced acidity. The valley floor is covered in rich, fertile loess soil, left behind by ancient glacial floods. This unique soil composition provides excellent drainage and imparts distinctive mineral characteristics to the wines. Finally, a deep-rooted agricultural heritage and a passionate community of winemakers contribute

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The Outer Banks (OBX) is a group of picturesque barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, and is the perfect family getaway.  With its pristine beaches, iconic lighthouses, and rich history, OBX offers something for everyone.  It’s a place where families can relax and connect, take leisurely strolls along the shore, and share some stunning sunsets over the sound.  For a broad range of family-fri

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In addition to some stunning natural beauty, the Peace Garden State also has a fair amount to recommend it in terms of culture and history, though it’s most definitely off the beaten path in terms of tourism. In fact, by some accounts ND is the least visited state in the Union – though unfairly so, as the following can attest:

 

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Fargo

At 153 years of age, the state’s largest city (pop. around 126,000), located in a scenic valley on the Minnesota border (its closely as

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My trip upon the Lady Jane Shrimp Boat in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in which naturalist Jeffrey explains the whole process of commercial net trolling and the many water creatures they catch along the way — several of which became fast friends — is but one of the many adventures to be had on the American Cruise Line Historic South and Golden Isles Intra-Coastal Waterway Cruise from Amelia Island, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina.  
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Nestled in Texas's expansive landscape, Houston Lake is a testament to the remarkable evolution from a pristine natural environment to a bustling, vibrant community. Originally a secluded hideaway, the lake has transformed into a populous area, harmonizing the serenity of nature with the bustling energy of urban development. This article delves into the fascinating history of Houston Lake, charting its progression through various phases of growth and development while highlighting how this local

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Most people know of – and many people live by – the aphorism “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” but during my recent trip to Hollywood, Florida, it took on an even more special meaning. When Jimmy Buffett died in September 2023, he left behind a beloved legacy of famous songs. Such is true of many well-known musicians. But none has also left behind an empire of bars, restaurants and hotels as celebrated as the artist himself.
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Metropolis isn't just the official "Hometown of Superman"; it's a charming city nestled along the picturesque Ohio River, boasting a wealth of attractions beyond its superhero connection. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply a relaxing getaway, Metropolis has something for everyone.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the city offers an array of activities along the riverfront. Explore scenic hiking and biking trails, go fishing or boating on the Ohio River, or simply r

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Welcome to Dauphin Island, a tranquil haven nestled along Alabama's Gulf Coast. If you're seeking a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, look no further. With its pristine beaches, rich history, and abundant wildlife, Dauphin Island offers the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Join us as we explore the island's hidden gems and uncover the secrets to a memorable vacation.

Discover an array of activities that cater to every interest and age group, ensuring there's

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If you ever saw the comedy series Portlandia, which ran from 2011 to 2018, you know this city of 653,000 (metro area 2.1 million) is bike-friendly and full of food carts/trucks, indie bookstores, farm-to-table restaurants, an embarrassing number of coffee shops - and has a certain quirkiness to it (a popular local slogan goes: "Keep Portland Weird"). Most of these characterizations are pretty accurate. However, it's also a city that boasts more than 150 parks, including the largest forested pa

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California, the land of sunshine, sprawling vineyards, and world-renowned wines, often conjures images of buttery Chardonnays and bold Cabernet Sauvignons. But what if I told you there's a whole other side to the California wine story, waiting to be explored? A side where lesser-known white grape varieties whisper tales of innovation, terroir, and unique flavor profiles? Buckle up California wine lovers, because we're diving into the exciting world of California's "underdog" white grapes! 

 

Why

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