Gotta Crush; Wine adventures to swirl, sniff and sip! Once fields planted with potatoes, cauliflower and sod, Long Island wine country has blossomed from a petite single 17-acre vineyard established in 1973, to over 5,000 acres of trellised verdant vineyards. Averaging 230-day growing season annually, it’s not only ideal for nifty wine, but a fantastic outdoors destination and weekend getaway. Located about 75-miles east of New York City, the majority of…
Invisible Children is a program that helps the kids in Uganda.  It is co-founded by Jason Russell, a guy who cares about the small things in life.  The problem in Uganda is Joseph Rao Kony, he rapes, kidnaps, and murders kids. Invisible Children has four parts; media, mobilization, recovery, and protection.   First, the media helps by making films for the kids in Uganda. They show the films to people…
When people think of San Diego, they generally imagine lying out with the crowds on large white sand beaches, watching wild animals at the World Famous San Diego Zoo or spending an evening in the thriving Gaslamp Quarter. Big name tourist attractions like SeaWorld San Diego and Balboa Park stick out in their minds, but there is a different side of San Diego - A side that is mellow, relaxed…
Like most people, when I started planning my trip to Door County, Wisconsin, all I could think about was delicious cheese. What I didn’t realize until I arrived was that Door County is an incredible vacation destination with majestic state parks, beautiful Bays, wonderful art and culture experiences, lots of outdoor recreational opportunities and mouth watering cuisine. Another notable was the friendly, welcoming atmosphere that everyone exuded, and while I…
Puerto Vallarta’s mountainous terrain drops steeply to the beaches and azure waters of the protective bay of Banderas creating the perfect spot to relax, sip poolside pina coladas, and forget the stresses of everyday life. There are doses of culture, however, beyond the bounds of those posh resorts and expansive Pacific views. One such opportunity is the local Charro Festival, which takes place each winter just inland from Puerto Vallarta’s…
Let you come on now, I’m saying, to the lands of Iveragh and the Reeks of Cork, where you won’t set down the width of your two feet and not be crushing fine flowers, and making sweet smells in the air.” (The Well of Saints, J.M. Synge) I stepped out into the mist of the front porch, shivering in the cold damp air. Despite the morning stretches in my room,…
Paddle to the Hooch ~ A romantic river trip to a distillery! After a long week in the office, what could be more refreshing and fun than kicking off shoes and taking your date on a kayaking river trip that ends at a local distillery? If you live in the Washington DC-Virginia-West Virginia areas or are planning a visit, check out River & Trail Outfitter’s Paddle to the Hooch tour.…
Topping out at over 10,000 feet, Winter Park, Colorado holds the title of highest incorporated town in the United States. Snow covers the region six months out of the year, and skiing and snowboarding is the area's tourist bread and butter. But it may surprise you that when the snow melts, a different side of Winter Park is revealed. Dubbed “Mountain Bike Capital USA,” they boast over 600 miles of…
Palau - Remote, Beautiful, and Not Just for DiversWhen Palau is mentioned in conversation, the first questions generally asked are, "Where is Palau?" and "How far is that?" The questions are understandable; the country consists of an isolated cluster of small islands huddled together over 500 miles from the nearest major land mass. Still, Palau routinely ranks among the top dive spots in the world. Throngs of mask-wearing and tank-toting…
With the economy in a state of flux determined travelers have become quite conscientious as to how they select, plan, and pay for their trips. Smart preparation and budget friendly travel options seem the best way to keep global trekkers on the go. The challenge can be where to start the planning process. Enter the Travel & Adventure Show; this consumer based travel expo has become the largest and longest…

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