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Lancaster, PA, Surprises
In Lancaster, PA, we enjoyed a mix of urban sophistication plus comforting rural landscapes. We expected—and looked forward to-- the farmlands since Lancaster County beats as the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. What surprised us: the galleries, vintage shops, boutiques and good restaurants.
Puerto Rico Adventures, Arecibo
Puerto Rico’s Porta Atlántico stretches west from Dorado to Camuy, 63 miles from San Juan. The region’s northern coastline and inland forests and farms lure adventurers with cave explorations as well as the chance to see the world’s largest single dish radio telescope at Arecibo.
Kiteboarding, Puerto Rico
Kiteboarding: can a middle-aged woman of average athletic ability and no previous experience snowboarding or surfing fly through the waves on a kiteboard? Absolutely. I discover this in San Juan on Puerto Rico’s Isla Verde Beach during a two-hour lesson with 15 Knots.
River & Barge Cruises, Europe
When you cruise Europe’s rivers and canals, you wind through farmlands and medieval villages, past terraced vineyards, and historic castles and sometimes straight to a city’s heart. You can choose from luxury ships that accommodate 100-150 passengers to small boats and barges carrying 6-12 people.
D.C. Surprise: Mansion on O Street
What do a log cabin, 20,000 books and a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen have in common? They’re all part of the Mansion on O Street’s surprises. The Mansion not only offers hotel rooms and event space, but hosts teas, brunches, treasure hunts, blue grass jams and drag shows.
Planning a Destination Wedding
Turks & Caicos' Grace Bay Beach, on Providenciales, with its 12 miles of sugar soft sands, fulfills any bride’s dreams of a beach wedding. During a scouting trip with my son Matt and his fiancée Christina, we discovered that planning a destination wedding is its own type of adventure.
Washington, D.C.’s Hidden Gems
There’s still plenty to enjoy in Washington, D.C., even after you and your family tour the U.S. Capitol, visit the White House, see the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, take in the monuments and memorials and peruse the exhibits at Natural History, Air & Space, American History
Virginia’s Mountain Magic: Music, Crafts, Lodging
In Virginia’s southwest and its Blue Ridge Highlands, toe-tapping fiddle and banjo tunes as well as blends of folk and popular music ring out against the mountains. Along the region’s back roads and main streets, discover the other kind of mountain magic: handmade quilts and pottery plus contemporar
Italy’s Pompeii and Herculaneum
Travel back more than 2000 years by touring Pompeii and Herculaneum, ancient sites easily reachable from Naples. When the Mt.Vesuvius volcano erupted on August 24,79 A.D, it froze both towns in time, but did so differently. Here’s how cruisers and day trippers can choose which lost world to enter.
Cruise Tips: Europe and Mediterranean
A European and Mediterranean cruise comes with the excitement of exploring museums, cathedrals and ancient ruins in France, Italy and Greece while unpacking only once. What we learned early on that mars the fun: long drives from ports plus planning too much to do in one day.
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