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Northern Ireland’s Coastal Causeway: one of the world’s most scenic road trips

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018

The 120 mile winding and roadway known as the Coastal Causeway hugs the coast between Belfast and Londonderry with panoramas that change with each bend in the road.

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The Royal Sonesta Boston: Where Boston meets Cambridge

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018

To enjoy Boston from another perspective, away from the tourist crowds, consider staying  on the other side of the Charles River, in Cambridge.

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Exploring Boston from the other side

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018

U.S. News & World Report named Boston the #1 Best Summer Vacation Destination in New England for its sights, culture and food. 

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The Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine

Posted by on Jul 29, 2018

The four Historic Inns of Rockland are unique bed and breakfast accommodations that offer gracious service and outstanding amenities in exceptional historic buildings

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The Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport, Maine

Posted by on Jun 24, 2018

If you are not on the guest list for the Bush family compound, then the family-owned Nonantum Resort is a next best option for a stay in Kennebunkport.

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Northern Ireland: Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018

Anyone who wants to learn more about Seamus Heaney’s poetic insights on Ireland’s past and present should not miss the exhibits at Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

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Texas Hill Country

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018

Texas Hill Country is a scenic area of farms, ranches, and wineries where urbanites go to to get away from it all.  Vacationers head here to enjoy the great outdoors and small town charm.

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Derry-Londonderry: The Walled City

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018

Called Derry or Londonderry, depending on political persuasion, this was where Ireland’s last walled city was built.

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San Antonio: The Tourism Capital of Texas

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018

As you might expect, people were taking selfies in front of the Alamo when we visited San Antonio in December. But something was a little different from usual.

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Northern Ireland: The Giant’s Causeway

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

Over 40,000 exposed vertical hexagonal basalt columns soar as high as 200’ above sea level at the Giant’s Causeway. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and nominee for the Eighth Wonder of the World.

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Carrick-a-Rede: crossing the mouth of a 60 million year old volcano 

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018

The Carrick-a-Rede Bridge is one of the top attractions along Northern Ireland’s Coastal Causeway. It crosses over the 60’ chasm formed by the mouth of a 60 million year old volcano.  Waves rage 100′ beneath the bridge and break against the rocks. The stronger the wind the more the bridge swings and sways.

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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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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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Belfast, Northern Ireland: A Titanic Adventure

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017

Belfast’s culture and heritage is seen and enjoyed in its world-class architecture, treasured traditions, abundance and range of dining options, and vibrant music and arts scene.

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The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina: a Vanderbilt Legacy

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017

George Washington Vanderbilt, grandson of steamship, railroad and shipping magnate Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, built a country retreat in Asheville that is the largest house in America

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