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Hotel profile: Maine’s Black Point Inn

Black Point Inn is one of my favorite hotels, located on Prout’s Neck, just a few minutes outside Portland, Maine. This luxury hotel is a classic inn perched on the rugged Maine coast. The hotel, which was built in 1878, is surrounded by water and my two nights there were quite magical—though not nearly long enough. Flying into the Portland …

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Travelon bags: safety and style create the perfect bag

I recently tested two bags from Travelon, a Chicago-based company that makes travel accessories. I tested the RFID-blocking boarding bag and the anti-theft classic backpack. Hands down, the boarding bag is the best camera bag I’ve ever used and the backpack is great for a carry-on or to hold my necessary items for an afternoon working at a local coffee …

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Flat Tops Wilderness Area by Lee Duerksen

Top travel experience: Hiking the Devil’s Causeway

Hiking the Devil’s Causeway in northwestern Colorado’s Flat Tops Wilderness Area is one of those experiences in life that makes you say, “Wow!” This is one of the most notorious hikes in Colorado and remains not just one of my favorite Colorado memories, but one of my all-time favorite travel memories. Before making the trek up the mountain, I had …

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South Pool

Summer at The Princess

There are some great places to spend summer weekend in Arizona—definitely involving some pool time. One of my favorite hot spots to chill during the summer is the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Below are some of the exciting family activities they have planned for summer. You can also read my full resort profile here. If you hang out at the AAA Five …

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Vegan-Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes by Michelle N

Living gluten-free: Review of Gluten Freedom by Dr. Fasano

As an avid researcher since my diagnosis with celiac disease almost eight years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to learn some valuable points I had not known before reading Gluten Freedom by Dr. Alessio Fasano, founder and director of the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital.  I had been told that celiac’s developed in childhood, and that my late-developing …

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Grand Beach Resort

Twitter Party Time! Win a vacation to Orlando Florida (and more) with #DiamondResorts

I am joining forces next week with fellow traveler Samantha of Have Sippy Will Travel to talk about travel on Twitter—and give away a 7-day vacation and some other cool prizes. Check out all the great details below and mark your calendars to join us on Twitter next week, June 19, 2014, at 9 PM ET (6 PM here in …

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Shanghai Skyline from the Bund by Wilson Hui

International travel tips: Flying into the U.S.A.

Summer is here, which means vacation time, along with long lines at customs for visitors arriving in the US or for US citizens returning home. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has streamlined much of the arrivals process with such enhancements as Automated Passport Control and known traveler programs. With those improvements and some planning on your part, you can be …

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Bing & Rainier Cherries. Photo by Eliza Adam

5 tips for eating healthy on the road

I love food and have been told I’m a bit of a “food snob”. I like to eat food that is prepared well and tastes great. If that’s being a snob, then so be it. But I know I’m not alone. I meet more and more people who want to know the origins of their food. Most of us try …

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Great summer reads: THE BROKEN by Shelley Coriell

I don’t review a lot of books here, but when I find one that goes above and beyond, I have to share it. This time it’s an extra special pleasure because I get to share the novel just released by my good friend and fellow long-time journalist Shelley Coriell. THE BROKEN, book one in Shelley’s new Apostle series, released on April 29, …

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Product review: Luxor Linens’ Egyptian Cotton Spa Robe

I am a sucker for soft, luxurious cotton and the Egyptian cotton white waffle spa robe I received from Luxor Linens is a delight. The robe, which is made in Turkey, is incredibly soft. I don’t typically use robes, but I have enjoyed this one. The Giovanni Signature Waffle Spa Robe, which the company sent me to review, is perfect …

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