Fabulous Fall Getaways
Escaping from the everyday during fall is one of travel's greatest secret pleasures: the perfect climate, right ratio of visitors to locals, meals that celebrate the harvest bounty, and off season prices that make it truly affordable. The harvest is also a good reminder that not every family is as fortunate. During September, you can help...
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Kids Discovering
Forget a wig. Real spies know there are a lot better ways to disguise your looks-like putting cheek pads in your mouth to change the shape of your appearance. At the Imperial War Museum in London, kids gave a thumbs up to the Horrible Histories Spies exhibit. "Horrible Histories" is a very popular British kids' TV series; This interactive...
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Photo Essay: Louisiana's Creole Nature Trail
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Southwest Louisiana's Creole Nature Trail, known as "Louisiana's outback," consists of 180 miles of wetlands, beaches, and more that are ripe for boating, fishing, crabbing, hunting and wildlife and bird watching. I photographed the serene area of the Trail near Lake Charles.
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Spirit Air: What You Need To Know About The Dollar Store of The Skies
$650, $598, $800 - those are the ticket prices I pulled up when I was searching for a direct flight from Baltimore to Wilmington airport early last month. I was traveling to the Brunswick Islands, NC and the closest NC airport to this part of the coast was Wilmington. I'm not sure why ticket prices are so expensive to this small airport b...
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10 Fun Things To Do In Lake Charles, LA
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There is so much to see and do in Lake Charles, LA. There is great weather, gorgeous landscapes, fantastic food, and wonderful places to stay. More importantly there is a fun cajun culture just waiting to be discovered.
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Lake Charles, Louisiana, Gateway to Cajun Country
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Lake Charles is the gateway to Louisiana's most culturally diverse region. It is a city where every aspect of daily life is infused with and influenced by the rich multi-ethnic heritage that makes this area so vibrant and unique. Southwest Louisiana offers the best of Southern hospitality to visitors with their own special twist on dining...
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September 21, 2014
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Taking the Kids -- to New Orleans, and beyond
August 22, 2014
Want a marshmallow? The 6-foot-long alligator, dubbed Otis by the locals, who's minus one foot and swimming alongside our boat certainly does. We're in the Honey Island Swamp in Slidell, Louisiana, on Louisiana's Northshore on the Pearl River Swamp Eco Tour. It's another world from New Orleans, though we are just 40 minutes from downtown, across Lake Pontchartrain.
Best places to go when the leaves change
October 9, 2014
Leaf peeping is so old school. These days there's a lot more to do than just look at the trees. Get out and play, and afterwards, celebrate how much fun you've had with a local brew or spirit and delicious meal—farm to table, of course. Here are 10 places guaranteed to please this fall.
Photo Essay: Louisiana's Creole Nature Trail
October 21, 2014
Southwest Louisiana's Creole Nature Trail, known as "Louisiana's outback," consists of 180 miles of wetlands, beaches, and more that are ripe for boating, fishing, crabbing, hunting and wildlife and bird watching. I photographed the serene area of the Trail near Lake Charles.
Hotels and Resorts: Hotel le Marais
October 16, 2014
I've been all over the world, but there are few places I love as much as New Orleans - especially the French Quarter. During my most recent visit, I stayed at The New Orleans Hotel Collection's small boutique 4-star property, Hotel le Marais.
10 Fun Things To Do In Lake Charles, LA
September 30, 2014
There is so much to see and do in Lake Charles, LA. There is great weather, gorgeous landscapes, fantastic food, and wonderful places to stay. More importantly there is a fun cajun culture just waiting to be discovered.
5 Ways To Enjoy Yourself Visiting The Brunswick Islands
October 6, 2014
On Sunset Beach, even on a Sunday in late September, you can smell the hickory smoke wafting from someone's barbecue. The early Fall sun and an accompanying mild breeze reinforce the laid back atmosphere on the smallest isle of the Brunswick Islands. Empty beach homes still fresh with the echoes of summer sit invitingly on the oceanfront, providing a backdrop for baby boomers still lingering, enjoying a Sunday stroll, bike ride or morning jog.
Spirit Air: What You Need To Know About The Dollar Store of The Skies
October 7, 2014
$650, $598, $800 - those are the ticket prices I pulled up when I was searching for a direct flight from Baltimore to Wilmington airport early last month. I was traveling to the Brunswick Islands, NC and the closest NC airport to this part of the coast was Wilmington. I'm not sure why ticket prices are so expensive to this small airport but they were averaging higher than what I'd pay to go further to places like Miami, Orlando, Texas and sometimes, California. The flight is only a little over an hour!
Swamp Tour at McGee's Landing in the Atchafalaya Basin - South Louisiana
September 15, 2014
Swamp tours are the #1 thing to do when you visit South Louisiana! Imagine alligators lurking in the shadows, finding shade under Spanish moss covered cypress trees on the shore. Your covered pontoon tour boat glides by as one of these "live fossils" from the Age of Reptiles, some 200 million years ago, slides into the swamp.
Garden Walks - Take a Walk on the Wild Side at the Rip Van Winkle Gardens
September 8, 2014
Garden walks often showcase carefully manicured beds of flowers, pruned shrubs, and spaced and manicured trees. New Iberia's Rip Van Winkle Gardens provided an experience of a different sort.
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September 21, 2014
When I first heard about Wisconsin's pizza farms, I had two thoughts: 1) pizza grows on trees? and 2) point me in that direction, stat.
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