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Empty Nest Travel: Elkhart Lake’s Vintage Charm

Elkhart Lake Inn

Whether you’re empty nesters celebrating your newfound freedom or someone just looking for a great destination where you can plug and while away the afternoons together, I may have found the Holy Grail in an Elkhart Lake vacation. As we drove past vast, wide open spaces on the one hour drive from Milwaukee airport, I could literally feel my shoulders drop and my breaths lengthen. Within minutes of arriving on the lakefront, I knew this place was going to be…

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My Costa Mesa staycation: 8 simple tips to plan your ultimate staycation

Costa Mesa Staycation

I recently enjoyed an amazing Costa Mesa staycation, making the one hour drive south of LA. I was invited by the Costa Mesa tourism folks to explore the “City of the Arts.” I wasn’t really sure what to expect, thinking it was just another suburb of LA, but as I would soon see, I was pleasantly surprised by this surprising upscale, arts enclave.   My Costa Mesa staycation For my Costa Mesa staycation, I stayed at the Avenue of the Arts…

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What To Do In Nashville if You’re Not a Country Music Fan

Nashville is known for two things – country music and barbecue. But I am NOT a country music fan. I was a fan when I lived in Texas (it would have been quite the travesty if I had not been – there’s two things Texans are serious about, their barbecue and their country music). I digress…   So when I head to Nashville to visit my son, I’m always on the lookout for something to do that doesn’t involve country…

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Kayaking North Florida

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This time of year, the afternoons in North Florida can be rather hot and steamy. But the outdoors are calling so forget the indoor air conditioning and experience nature’s cool breezes and tranquil waters with a kayak tour. Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach are filled with great kayaking destinations where you can cool down, sit on a deserted sandy beach and take in some wildlife. Sunset kayak tours are a great way to enjoy the evening sea breezes as well. If you want to learn a…

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St. Augustine Luxury Hotel: Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection

As America’s oldest city filled with historic charm, St. Augustine, is known for its romantic getaways. Couples flock to the city to get married, celebrate anniversaries, and just rekindle the romance. From the quaint cobblestone streets to the charming shops and cafes to tourist attractions that showcase the city’s history, St. Augustine has something for everyone.   St. Augustine, America’s Oldest City Located just 30 minutes south of Jacksonville, St. Augustine was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de…

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North Florida Luxury Oceanfront Resort: One Ocean Resort & Spa

I’ve always thought that North Florida has the most beautiful beaches in all of the state. Perhaps in all of the U.S.  I’m talking wide, powdery, white sand beaches. And Atlantic Beach, just north of Jacksonville, has one of the best Florida hotels offering a truly luxurious beach vacation experience. Despite living just a few miles inland, my husband and I would often just sneak away for a night or two to enjoy a luxury oceanfront getaway (fortunately, we could…

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