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The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017

Taste America is the James Beard Foundation’s National Epicurean Tour. This year’s ten-city tour from  September 22 to November 11, 2017 was held in Phoenix, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin, Boston, and Kansas City.

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St. Augustine, Florida: a step back to grandeur of the Gilded Age and Downton Abbey

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017

Sunbirds and vacationers heading south have a unique opportunity to step back to the Gilded Age in St. Augustine, Florida. 

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The Black Point Inn: a classic oceanfront resort at its best

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017

Even a leisurely dinner feels like a getaway at the Black Point Inn, a classic and historic oceanfront resort. This landmark on Prouts Neck is just outside Portland, Maine but feels worlds away.

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The M/V Sophie C: the mail boat on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017

Drive to Weir’s Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee for a 2-hour ride aboard the mail boat M/V Sophie C., a full service floating U. S. Post Office complete with stamps and supplies.

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Reflections on Golden Pond: the best of Squam Lake

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

This stucco and shingle estate was completed in 1907 as a summer residence for wealthy businessman Isaac Van Horn and his debutante wife, Madeline. The Van Horns employed over 100 craftsmen from around the world to build a place to relax and entertain their Boston society friends.

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Glenarm Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017

Glenarm Castle is the ancestral home of the MacDonnells, who have been Earls of Antrim for 400 years.

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Squam Lake Boat Tours, Holderness, New Hampshire

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017

Squam Lake Boat Tours are 90-minute cruises in canopied pontoon boats that feature the serenity and wildlife of the lake as well as film sites from the movie “On Golden Pond.”

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Breakfast at Ballygally Castle: farm to table at its finest

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017

A wee book on the breakfast table tells the tales of other local fare like the White’s Porridge Oats served with Waggle Dance honey and Bushmills Whiskey, yogurt from the Marchioness of Dufferin’s estate, and Guinness Wholegrain Bread.

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Belfast cuisine: pub grub to 5-star

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017

Belfast’s culinary scene has runs the gamut from pub grub to five-star dining. And it can often be enjoyed in a grand historic building that dates to Belfast  industries like linen production and ship building were the best in the world. 

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