Fabulous Fall Getaways
Escaping from the everyday during fall is one of travel's greatest secret pleasures: the perfect climate, right ratio of visitors to locals, meals that celebrate the harvest bounty, and off season prices that make it truly affordable. The harvest is also a good reminder that not every family is as fortunate. During September, you can help...
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Kids Discovering
Forget a wig. Real spies know there are a lot better ways to disguise your looks-like putting cheek pads in your mouth to change the shape of your appearance. At the Imperial War Museum in London, kids gave a thumbs up to the Horrible Histories Spies exhibit. "Horrible Histories" is a very popular British kids' TV series; This interactive...
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New Orleans Plantation Country
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It's easy to see how Oak Alley Plantation got its name when you look at the approach to the majestic home surrounded by oak trees.
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A Historic Tour of Lake Charles, Louisiana #Travel
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If you take the time to walk or even drive down the streets of Lake Charles, the history is plain to see on the storefronts of shops in the downtown square, the towering clock tower of the City Hall building, and the fine wood worked details of the homes in the Charpentier District. With roots dating back to the 1760's when the French fir...
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Discover Birding in Southwest Louisiana
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It's still early as we board the small boat that will take us out into the marshes. As we move away from the dock we are surrounded by the peacefulness of nature. Before long we start spotting a variety of birds and the shutter noise of cameras breaks the quiet calm. I'm surprised at the number and variety of birds we spot and realize tha...
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Explore Lake Charles, Louisiana in luxurious style!
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When most people travel to Louisiana it usually goes something like this: 1. head straight to New Orleans; 2. eat (at overpriced, touristy spots) and drink (way too many watered-down Hurricane cocktails) alongside swarms of other tourists on Bourbon Street; 3. stay wherever you can get reservations in the French Quarter and never leave th...
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TMS 2013 Rockford, IL
The 2013 Travel Media Showcase conference was held in Rockford, IL from August 20-23. The 70 travel writers and 82 exhibitors networked, went on local area attraction tours, and experienced the best of what Rockford has to offer!
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Discover Birding in Southwest Louisiana
September 11, 2014
It's still early as we board the small boat that will take us out into the marshes. As we move away from the dock we are surrounded by the peacefulness of nature. Before long we start spotting a variety of birds and the shutter noise of cameras breaks the quiet calm. I'm surprised at the number and variety of birds we spot and realize that this is birding in Southwest Louisiana at it's finest.
Exploring the Natural Wildlife of Southwest Louisiana
September 9, 2014
Along the coast of southwest Louisiana lie 180 miles of wild nature that are perfect for birding, fishing, beach combing and wildlife spotting. Pack your binoculars, camera, sunscreen, and fishing gear because the Creole Nature Trail is waiting to show you the best nature crawl in the state.
A Historic Tour of Lake Charles, Louisiana #Travel
September 12, 2014
If you take the time to walk or even drive down the streets of Lake Charles, the history is plain to see on the storefronts of shops in the downtown square, the towering clock tower of the City Hall building, and the fine wood worked details of the homes in the Charpentier District. With roots dating back to the 1760's when the French first came to settle here, it wasn't until the 1800's that Lake Charles truly started to boom with the rise of the lumber industry, and come into its own as the fine cultural and dining center it is today.
When the Kids Aren't in School Yet This Fall, Get Out and Play
September 11, 2014
For once, be glad you're toting a stroller and safety seat. When everyone else has headed back to school, you can head off on vacation with your toddlers and preschoolers. Congratulate yourselves for avoiding the summer crowds and grabbing a great deal in the process. Invite grandma and grandpa along. Just don't expect them to baby sit every night! Invite friends or family with kids of a similar age and you can split child-care chores - and expenses.
Kids Discovering
September 16, 2014
Forget a wig. Real spies know there are a lot better ways to disguise your looks-like putting cheek pads in your mouth to change the shape of your appearance. At the Imperial War Museum in London, kids gave a thumbs up to the Horrible Histories Spies exhibit. "Horrible Histories" is a very popular British kids' TV series; This interactive exhibit enables kids to set out on their own secret mission, create their own disguises, even find out how "exploding" rats were used to sabotage German factories-all the while learning the integral role spies played in World War II.
New Orleans Plantation Country
September 14, 2014
It's easy to see how Oak Alley Plantation got its name when you look at the approach to the majestic home surrounded by oak trees.
Lake Charles Louisiana Knows How To Party
September 15, 2014
Given a limited budget, an unlimited appetite and an interest in local culture, you can't go wrong with a weekend escape to Southwest Louisiana, the South's party capital. I recently spent three days in a Lake Charles casino for the annual Travel Media Showcase - the best conference to learn about new destinations and what they offer travelers. Joanne Vero, TMS producer, welcomed us saying, "This is the best combination of everything Vegas offers: the food, the shows, the nightlife, with real Southern hospitality... and I love it!" While there, I met many parents and grandparents who enjoyed (or tolerated) the booze, slot machines and vocal revelers to show their kids a great time.
Fabulous Fall Getaways
September 15, 2014
Escaping from the everyday during fall is one of travel's greatest secret pleasures: the perfect climate, right ratio of visitors to locals, meals that celebrate the harvest bounty, and off season prices that make it truly affordable. The harvest is also a good reminder that not every family is as fortunate. During September, you can help feed others with the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry campaign, which is collecting donations from more than 7,000 nationwide chain restaurants including Tommy Bahama, Baja Fresh, Arby's, Applebee's as well as local eateries.
Old South's legacy looms large
September 12, 2014
Many of the historic homes were built by slaves and are National Historic Landmarks, available for tours in New Orleans Plantation Country. - NEW ORLEANS - About a dozen grand Southern mansions remain intact in New Orleans Plantation Country, within an hour's drive from the French Quarter. Many are National Historic Landmarks and available for tours that reveal the lifestyle, customs and even the decadence of the Old South.
Lake Charles: Boudin and gumbo
September 12, 2014
Lake Charles, Louisiana - I was in a penny-pinching mode after a major condo remodel this summer. So, I decided to hop a Greyhound bus to Lake Charles and leave the driving to someone else. It was a good decision - an affordable alternative to flying, relaxing and no hassle. My bus even had Wi-Fi onboard.
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