“Hands-on-History” is a child’s delight at Mount Vernon

      “Hands-on-History” is more than a catch phrase, it's a kids' delight at Mount Vernon. George Washington's historic home on the Potomac comes alive for youngsters engaging them in activity the moment they arrive. If a visit to the nation's capital is on your agenda a stop at the home of George Washington is worth the price of admission for families. Gone is the stuffy old style…
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Ft. McAllister; where history and nature unite in the Georgia Low Country

A few years ago I spent a memorable Labor Day weekend camping at Fort McAllister Historic Park on the banks of the Ogeechee River south of Savannah, Georgia. A last minute decision to spend the holiday camping meant our options were limited. I discovered there were only two parks in the entire state of Georgia that had openings for the long weekend. With only two options, we chose…
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The North Carolina Museum of Art – an unexpected treasure in the Heart of Carolina

Paris, France, Florence, Italy – these are cities one typically thinks of when talking about art capitals of the world. Imagine my surprise when I discovered much of the world's art can be seen in Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina Museum of Art is one of the great cultural secrets of this southern capital city.   The museum started in 1947 with the initial acquisition of 139…
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How a girly-girl overcame fear to take vacations with a reptilian twist

I've always been a girly-girl. Even as a kid during my Tom-boy stage where I wore football jerseys, short hair and adventure meant riding my bike off of home made ramps with my brothers, I still somehow migrated towards all things feminine. I guess having grown up with only brothers I was trying to fit in and share their interests, but that was long ago. After my first…
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Temecula - California's Other Wine Country PullOverAndLetMeOut

Temecula – California’s Other Wine Country

While visiting San Diego, I ventured outside the city and took a day trip to the Temecula Wine Region.  Prior to my visit, I knew very little about this burgeoning wine region in Southern California. Napa and Sonoma are renowned, but this charming, less-traveled wine growing community was new to me.   Temecula Old Town Our day starts when the Destination Temecula coach picks us up at our…
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8 Things I learned about apple-picking

I love this time of year. The first crisp fall days make me want to get out and savor the autumnal beauty and mild temperatures. Weekends are filled with fun fall activities. In recent years I've added apple-picking to our fall activity list and it has quickly become a family favorite. If you've never been apple-picking I highly recommend giving it a try. Now that I'm no longer…
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