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Columbus may very well be Georgia's coolest cat

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Columbus, on the far western side of Georgia, isn't near an ocean, a sea or even the Gulf of Mexico. So, then, you might think it odd to see a tanned surfer dude -- or maybe a surfer chick -- strolling around downtown with a surfboard under one arm and a wetsuit under the other.

That's because Columbus, the second largest city in Georgia after ...Read more

From the soil to suds and spirits: Where to find creative cocktails and beer on Wisconsin farms

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DANE, Wis. -- We're ready for a bit of day drinking at 1:30 p.m. on a Monday and know where to begin.

A tree-lined driveway near Dane, 20 miles north of Madison, leads to expansive lawns and a farmhouse with pillars and shutters. Doors are locked, but on a chalkboard is this: We'll be right back. We're touring the rickhouses.

Sprinkled through...Read more

Horror film 'Us' coming to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

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Horror fans looking for a new adventure this year at Halloween Horror Nights will be happy to learn that Universal Pictures' "Us" is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort this September.

Themed after Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele's blockbuster horror film, the Us mazes in Florida and California will ...Read more

Palm Beach area spans the spectrum of art culture

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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- What do you think of when you hear Palm Beach mentioned as a travel destination -- other than that you probably can't afford it? Mar-a-Lago and the Trump clan? Worth Avenue and its phalanx of uber-expensive fashionable stores? A mecca for international jet-setters, once favored by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Kennedys...Read more

Gentle manners, strong cocktails, historic homes in Savannah

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Even before you leave the airport in Savannah, Ga., it's obvious you've landed in a more genteel place than the one you left -- "that gently mannered city by the sea," as Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone With the Wind," once described it. A bow-tied gentleman is playing Gershwin on a baby grand in the terminal's skylit atrium, a space lined ...Read more

Want to see more of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House? Now you can

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LOS ANGELES -- Visitors may finally set foot in the sunken living room, the dining room and the conservatory of Frank Lloyd Wright's famed Hollyhock House in Los Angeles' Barnsdall Park, even though they still have to cover their shoes with paper booties and keep their hands to themselves. And more rooms upstairs and down are expected to open to...Read more

Old-fashioned road trip leads to East Tennessee culinary gems

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The tastes of Tennessee are much more than its iconic confectionary delights of Goo Goo Clusters and Moon Pies and the savory taste of Bush's Baked Beans, all of which originated and are made in the Volunteer State. A Southern meal is a special thing, and finding unique places with great plates and ingredients sometimes requires the effort of ...Read more

Maine's scenic Monhegan Island is a portrait of Brigadoon mixed with L.L. Bean

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MONHEGAN ISLAND, Maine -- Eleven miles off central Maine, a duck bobs in shallow water near a rocky island shore. A 19th century lighthouse rises nearby. Three painters drag their easels onto the beach. A lobsterman tinkers in his shack.

This is Monhegan Island, cherished throughout New England for its scant size and population, weather-beaten ...Read more

Margaritaville's growing empire claims Paradise Point in San Diego

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The festive flag of Margaritaville, which might be a growing global threat if it were a true nation of pirates instead of a lifestyle brand, will soon fly over a 44-acre island resort in San Diego's Mission Bay.

The hotel and grounds, born as Vacation Village in 1962 and now known as Paradise Point, in 2020 will be reflagged as the ...Read more

The college search can be a great excuse for a family vacation — and a 57-hour train ride

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When my daughter put two California colleges on her list, I casually wondered whether it would be cool to take the train there from Chicago and maybe drive down the Pacific Coast Highway from Berkeley to Pomona. Her eyes lit up, and the decision was made.

Parenting tip: When your 17-year-old agrees to spend 57 hours on a train with you, ...Read more

Discovering the merits of solo travel through a one-woman exploration of Portland

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Solo travel is something everyone should try at least once. It doesn't have to be an elaborate backpacking trip up the Pacific Crest Trail a la Cheryl Strayed, or a whirlwind monthlong European extravaganza.

Even taking a weekend trip by yourself can be enriching and refreshing, and that's precisely what I did this spring on a spontaneous trip ...Read more

Where to find California's moon trees, grown from seeds taken aboard an Apollo mission

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You can thank Stuart Roosa for what have become known as America's moon trees. The Apollo 14 astronaut and former U.S. Forest Service smokejumper blasted off for the moon in 1971 with hundreds of seeds from different species of trees among his possessions. Those seeds were brought back, germinated on Earth, and the saplings were given away to ...Read more

First JW Marriott in Orange County, Calif., will be 9 minutes from Disneyland

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JW Marriott is coming to Anaheim, Calif., in a big way. The brand's first Orange County site set to open in February is an 18-minute walk or 9-minute drive from Disneyland, adding a luxury site to Marriott's footprint outside the Magic Kingdom.

The hotel, which is a new build, will have 466 rooms, including 19 suites with designated quiet ...Read more

Exploring Kentucky's diverse culinary heritage

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CARLISLE, Ky. -- As the server set my main luncheon course before me, I had to resist the urge to wrinkle my nose in distaste. After all, I thought of goetta the same way I thought of haggis, Rocky Mountain oysters and eel pie -- all food items I would gladly pass on. I had tried goetta once before and didn't like it.

However, since I was here ...Read more

Around the Legoland world in 13 days — father and son's epic journey ends in Florida

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If you're a certain age, the word "Lego" immediately sparks fond memories and joy. The fun brick-building toy captured the hearts and minds of a generation.

But it's quite possible that no one in the world likes Legos as much as this German father and son, who were the first to travel to every Legoland park in the world.

In a span of 13 days, ...Read more

Lubbock is smack in middle of nowhere and everywhere

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Lubbock is a long way from anywhere, and even in this West Texas town with a population of just over a quarter-million, because of its remoteness it still somehow feels uncrowded, maybe a little lonesome. Its closest neighbors of any size are a two- to three-hour drive away, give or take. Amarillo is to the north, Midland and Odessa to the south...Read more

Sweet summer trip: Where to get your blueberry fix in southwest Michigan

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Mike DeGrandchamp's boast is as big as his sprawling blueberry farm, about half a mile east of Lake Michigan.

"We were in the drive-thru business before McDonald's," he said.

In fact, in the late 1950s -- more than 15 years before Mickey D's sold its first burgers from a drive-up window -- DeGrandchamp's mom was selling blueberries to ...Read more

Marking a milestone: Where to celebrate this summer's 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing

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It was a monumental achievement that enthralled people around the world: On July 20, 1969, astronauts walked on the moon.

Fifty years later, that spellbinding milestone is being honored with events across the country. Central to the celebrations are places tied to the mission: Florida's "Space Coast," where the historic Apollo 11 expedition was...Read more

Chicago architecture river cruise ranks as one of the world's top travel experiences

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When it comes to the world's best travel experiences, an architecture cruise on the Chicago River is near the top of the list.

The kudos come from TripAdvisor's recently rolled out Travelers' Choice awards for the top experiences bookable on the world's largest travel site. That's a pool of more than 200,000 tours, attractions and experiences -...Read more

Colorado guest ranch keeps traditions alive

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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. -- I was returning from a hike up Mount Vigil, the peak you can see from the Ranch at Emerald Valley, near Colorado Springs, when a leathery-faced cowboy walked by, humming a tune and leading a horse.

At the same moment, a car pulled up and the driver, eyes masked behind dark sunglasses, leaned out and asked for ...Read more

 

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