3 Days in Hot Springs, Arkansas — Itinerary

Hot Springs is known for its healing springs of course, but this historic city also has an eclectic shopping scene and gangster history, set amidst a row of bathhouses. Check in at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. Evening boat cruise on Lake Hamilton. Dinner at Taco Mama. All food at Taco Mama is hand prepared and…

Cancun, Mexico — 3-Day Itinerary

Next week I visit Cancun, Mexico for my first Caribbean getaway. Follow along or plan your vacation using this itinerary as a suggestion. We’ll stay at Hotel Xcaret Mexico but also tour the new Hotel Xcaret Arte that opens this summer. Learn more about both properties: Hotel Xcaret Mexico is an oceanfront haven where thrilling…

Coastal Mississippi: 4-Day Itinerary

Follow along for four days of discovery along the Mississippi Coast that includes beachside bonfires, a dolphin sighting cruise, shrimp boating, an oyster farm, and of course, loads of fresh seafood. • Coastal Mississippi is comprised of three coastal counties including Jackson, Harrison andHancock. Twelve cities make up these three coastal counties.• Coastal Mississippi spans…

Celebrating Amtrak’s 50th: 8 Incredible Small Town Stops

Train travel may be the most leisurely, scenic, and affordable way to visit small towns in the U.S. Since 1971, when the first Amtrak train departed New York City on its way to Philadelphia, Amtrak, known as America’s Railroad, has taken eager travelers, lulled by the clickety-clack of the tracks and enamored by the sense…

How To Spend A Perfect Long Weekend In Scenic McCall, Idaho

There is only one U.S. destination I’ve considered moving to after my visit: McCall, Idaho. For someone who loves the vibrancy of the mountains as well as the relaxing aspects of water equally, McCall has it all. There was a cabin for rent, located right across the street from Payette Lake that had the Payette…

Getting Outside Is The New 10,000 Steps

Author and fitness expert says hiking is the ‘fountain of youth’ – physically and cognitively  In new book Secrets of Aging Well: Get Outside, globetrotting mountaineer and fitness entrepreneur Martin Pazzani reveals how walking outdoors is the key to a happier, healthier, longer life. Says ‘it’s the fitness you can’t get in a gym.’  For the…

6 ‘Ratched’ Filming Locations You Can Visit In Real Life

The film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, released in 1975, featured Louise Fletcher as the antagonistic character of Nurse Ratched. The tyrannical nurse, rigid and focused on order, left many of us wondering about this fictional character’s life before McMurphy’s fate intertwined with Ratched’s. Where did she come from, and what might possibly have led…

Our 8 Favorite Places For Stargazing

Stargazing is a luxury in itself. Busy lives may keep us from stepping outdoors to observe the night sky, but locale can be a deterrent, too — without darkness and clear skies, many city dwellers miss the special sights of the night sky. That’s where astrotourism comes in. Read Jill’s story at Travel Awaits.