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Hope Philbrick

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NOLA, Revisited

Story by Hope S. Philbrick
With new destinations awaiting exploration, some places get tossed into the “been there, done that” pile. But New Orleans, Louisiana lures me back again and again.
New Orleans feeds the soul like nowhere else. The…

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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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On Carnival, Affordable Way to Refresh and Rejuvenate

By Hope S. Philbrick
When I recently stepped aboard the Carnival Fantasy for a six-day cruise sailing from Charleston, South Carolina to the Bahamas and Key West, Florida, I was exhausted. I’d been traveling for 12 weeks, returning home only…

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Baltimore’s Neighborhoods Are Made for Food Lovers

By Hope S. Philbrick
Baltimore, Maryland is a place that deserves to be explored over the leisurely course of a week or longer. Which is not to say it wouldn’t make a great weekend getaway—it definitely would—but in that case…

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A Scenic Driving Tour of Northern New Mexico

By Hope S. Philbrick
If you fight traffic as part of your daily commute, it may be difficult to imagine that a driving vacation could be stress-free, relaxing, and, yes, even fun. But New Mexico offers all that with its…

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Bring the Flavors of New Mexico Home With a Cooking Class in Santa Fe

By Hope S. Philbrick
Red or green? Order most anything off a menu in Santa Fe, New Mexico and that’s the inevitable follow-up question. Translation: Do you prefer green or red chile sauce with your meal? If you aren’t well-versed…

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The Food of Lake Charles, La. – Alligators, Boudin, Cajun/Creole & More

By Hope S. Philbrick
For a place that boasts of its history as a “no man’s land,” Lake Charles has much to offer its visitors—most especially to those who are hungry. Located in a section of Southwest Louisiana that was…

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Ski Utah…or Don’t

By Hope S. Philbrick
What are couples to do if one partner loves to ski but the other person doesn’t? Of course separate vacations are one option (and, until this year, what Dean and I chose), but Ski Utah has…

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Avoiding Comparisons Best Way to Visit Charleston

By Hope S. Philbrick
In one episode of Seinfeld, Elaine befriends three guys similar to Jerry, George and Kramer except they’re much nicer and well mannered. The eerie coincidences convince her she’s stepped into a “Bizzaro World.” At first she’s…

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