Category: Travel

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Estes Park for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day became a national holiday in 1863 when Civil War President Abraham Lincoln made an effort to unite the nation by proclaiming it as such. It is now officially celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, remember what the important things in life are, show gratitude …

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Haunted Hotels for Halloween Travelers

October is here again and so are Halloween activities. For the Halloween enthusiast or wannabe paranormal investigator, nothing is quite as exciting as the chance to travel and stay at a haunted hotel to see what transpires through the night. Here are three options for hotels that are purportedly some of the most haunted in …

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The Scarecrows of Halloweentown!

One of my favorite things about living in Halloweentown (AKA St. Helens, OR) are the scarecrows you will see around town.  The month long celebration of Halloween stemmed from the movie Halloweentown, which was filmed in the sleepy town of St. Helens, Oregon. Each year, starting on October 1st, the town comes alive with all different …

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Halloweentown is St. Helens, Oregon!

Many people are familiar with the movie Halloweentown, which is a 1998 Disney Channel movie about a 13 year old girl named Marnie Cromwell, which is a must-see kid and family friendly watch.  In the movie, the main character, Marni learns that she is a witch.  After finding this out, she helps save a town full of other …

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The Castle Ghosts of Wales: Real Life Welsh Hauntings

There are many castles in Wales that have acquired a reputation for being haunted. These castles were often the settings for terrible crimes and immense suffering, their long and troubled histories inevitably providing fertile ground for paranormal phenomena. The following looks at some of the hauntings associated with these castles, including Margam Castle, Powis Castle …

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The Haunted Places of St Augustine, Florida

There are many haunted places in St. Augustine, Florida. This city is often referred to as the “Ancient City” or as “The Nation’s Oldest City”. There is good reason too! This is, in all actuality, is the oldest city in the United States of America. In the year of 1565, a man by the name …

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Island In The Sun – The Other Palm Beach

In the famous misquote, F. Scott Fitzgerald says: “The rich are different from you and me.” Ernest Hemingway replies: “Yes. They have more money.” The sedate island of Palm Beach thumbs its Worth Avenue nose at Miami’s flamboyant South Beach. Winter elite never carry cash and party on yachts the size of RMS Queen Mary …

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Get Outside This Summer With a Trip to a National Park

The National Parks offer some of the greatest opportunities in the United States to experience the extremes in raw terrain, flora, and fauna, that the country has to offer. There are 60 national parks spanning 28 states, from the volcanoes of Hawaii to the seaside mountains of Maine and the glaciers of Alaska. Take the …

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Art and Vegetables for Everyone at Tomato Art Fest

the tomato,star of earth, recurrentand fertilestar,displaysits convolutions,its canals,its remarkable amplitudeand abundance,no pit,no husk,no leaves or thorns,the tomato offersits giftof fiery colorand cool completeness. -from Ode to Tomatoes, Pablo Neruda Neruda understood the suggestive majesty of the tomato, that culinary conundrum – both a fruit and a vegetable!, omnipresent and visually intriguing, memorialized as much on Warhol’s soup can as …

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Discovering Hemingway’s Cuba

I fell in love with Cuba, or at least the idea of Hemingway’s Cuba, in my mid teens. I read an article about the writer and delighted in the romance of a bygone age, salsa and adventure preserved in time. Maybe the idea of vintage cars made the historic more tangible. I determined that one …

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