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Hildene; An original Gilded Age estate in Vermont with presidential ties

The Battenkill Valley in Vermont evokes images of winding rural roads, cozy cottages, covered bridges, maple syrup and cow-filled pastures. These images are snapshots of life in the Green Mountain State. However, tucked amongst the mountains and charming scenery there's  a great estate in Manchester, Vermont; an original home from America's Gilded Age. Robert Todd Lincoln built Hildene in Manchester, Vermont as his summer…
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8 things you’ll love about traveling alone

There was a time I couldn't have imagined taking a vacation by myself. However, one summer when I was single I decided to do just that. I wasn't angry, I wasn't lonely – I simply wanted to spread my wings and be independent. This opened my eyes and ever since I try to take at least one short trip alone each year. Sure it's fun to travel with…
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Big news; Shamu can’t fly

  Shamu is a whale so to say, “Shamu can't fly” isn't an unusual statement. It's rather intuitive. However it's a lesson I learned from a friendly TSA agent. Wait - you might be scratching your head and thinking, “a friendly TSA agent?” Yes, I did indeed meet a friendly TSA agent while flying out of San Diego a couple years back. My mother and I had attended…
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Five fabulous historic places for you to discover on the road less traveled

  Sometimes the best attractions are the ones you hadn't anticipated finding. For example the time my friend Elaine and I vacationed in Vermont. We were exploring the grounds of Old First Church in Bennington when we happened upon a small white sign with an arrow. The sign simply stated, “Robert Frost grave.” Without a word we glanced at each other and followed the sign. Robert Frost is…
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From America to the Emerald Isle

‘How long are ya home for?” This is a question visitors to Ireland often hear. Whether you have Irish roots or simply want to experience the beauty of the Emerald Isle, this country of 100,000 welcomes is a travel destination calling visitors back again and again. Binky Oswalt of Mobile, Alabama and owner of Hidden Ireland Tours fell in love with Ireland and opened her ‘soft adventure’ travel…
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