Ride the Cardinal Train to Discover West Virginia by Rail

West Virginia offers up a bounty of such intimacy. There’s the sweet beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, a quiet resilience to its people, and a chance to visit the past while watching its residents move surely to the future.

Colorado by Rail (Itinerary)

Two days until I depart for Colorado. I’ll take the long way there and leave Kansas City Union Station Sunday morning heading East to arrive in Galesburg, Il. in the afternoon. Then I’ll catch the California Zephyr heading West on one of the most stunning routes in the U.S. to arrive in Winter Park the…

Hotel Maison de Ville in New Orleans

The Hotel Maison de Ville is located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Built in 1783, the three-story building was at one time home to Tennessee Williams. My room had antique and period furnishings and a full-size canopy bed topped with a voodoo doll.

Haunted New Orleans Hotel…Aka, a Rainy Night in NOLA

They say some of the hotels in New Orleans are haunted. As soon as I checked into my hotel I started hearing creaking doors opening and a tapping at the window. Never did figure out the creaky doors, but part of the ghost mystery is solved.

The Southern Locavore

While the term “eating local” is a buzz phrase these days, I’ve found in my travels that it has different expressions in various areas of the U.S. So during my rail trip south, in each city I’ll take readers step-by-step through a journey of eating local. From a visit to the farmers’ market, a farm-to-table restaurant and interviews with farmers and…