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The Charms of Hilton Head Are All Outdoors

Story and photos by Cindy Murphy-Tofig
Is it possible to go to Hilton Head and not play one of the islands 24 golf courses?
Yes, and you can still have a fantastic trip.
While still a popular golf vacation spot,…

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Some of My Favorite Things in Switzerland’s Lake Geneva Region

By Hope S. Philbrick
“The hills are alive with the sound of music” sounded silly to me. While I appreciate a good musical and just about anything Julie Andrews belts out, the words didn’t make sense: It’s not the Alps…

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Winter Wunderlands: Northern Germany’s Christmas Markets

By Hope S. Philbrick
The best antidote for fighting off feelings of “bah-humbug” would have to be a trip to Hamburg, Germany for an infusion of genuine Christmas cheer. The festive atmosphere there, emanating from numerous Christmas Markets, is sure…

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Family Fun in the OC Without the Mouse

Story and photos by Clint Williams
Orange County in Southern California is a place you don’t know much about and that’s too bad. Los Angeles County to the north has, well, Los Angeles and all the cultural icons associated with…

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Well Traveled – Canada’s Wine Country is in Native Territory

By Pamela Irving
I swirl the NK’MIP Reisling ice wine around my teeth, nibble on local artisan Carmelli’s goat cheese, my feet up on the balcony at Spirit Ridge Resort with a white fleecy robe wrapped against the evening chill.…

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In the Shenandoah Valley: Wineries, History and Some Drama on the Zip-Line

Story and photos by John Griffin
When I was a child, my father would occasionally sing that old ballad, “Shenandoah, I long to see you …” I could hear the words again echoing across the years when a friend invited…

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Well Traveled – Man Meets Nature at Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies

Story and photos by Ken Irving
Two thousand feet above the valley floor, my right foot grips a quarter-inch ledge above nine pitches of exposed vertical rock. My left foot searches the hard grey wall for a blemish, anything to…

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Southern Hodgepodge of Activities and Sites Keep the Ozarks Interesting

Story and photos by Bobby L. Hickman
Whether you want to spend some time with Mother Nature or just drive through the mountains and investigate the view your windshield offers, the Arkansas Ozarks will appeal to many, especially those who…

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The Capital With Kids – Part 2

By Cindy Murphy-Tofig
Vacations with kids can be mellow, like a walk along a nature path. Or they can be packed with one adventure after another.
In Washington, D.C. vacations can be both. And if you have older kids, you…

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The Capital with Kids – Part 1

By Cindy Murphy-Tofig
Summer in Washington D.C. means steam rising from the sidewalks and tourists standing on the wrong side of the Metro escalators (stand on the right, walk on the left).
But it also means that many of the…

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