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Friday, November 27, 2020

Near & Far

Near & Far: Verdant Vancouver

Near & Far: Verdant Vancouver

If your Alaskan cruise itinerary includes Vancouver, spend a few days exploring one of the world’s greenest cities. Photos: Mary Ann and Tony DeSantis and provided by Tourism Vancouver, Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver, British Columbia, is the port city where some…
Near and Far: Visions of Bavaria

Near and Far: Visions of Bavaria

Creating an alpine village in Georgia may have sounded ludicrous in 1969, but 50 years later, Alpine Helen is one of the hottest—and coolest—travel destinations.  Story: Mary Ann DeSantisPhotos: Mary Ann DeSantis and provided by the Alpine Helen & White…
Near & Far: A memorial for the living

Near & Far: A memorial for the living

Visiting the 9/11 museum is an emotional experience, delivering the message that our resilient nation rises from the ashes.  The sky was a vivid blue canvas as I sat on a bench outside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum…
Family plans from babies to boomers

Family plans from babies to boomers

Resorts in Florida offer amenities for all generations. Here are suggestions for a summer getaway or a holiday vacation for the entire family. Before school resumes, families may be looking for one last getaway that includes grandparents, parents, teens, ’tweens,…
Near & Far: Rockets’ red glare around the South

Near & Far: Rockets’ red glare around the South

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and space centers around the South are launching special programs and events to mark the occasion. Story: Mary Ann Desantis // Photos Courtesy of the Kennedy Space Center…
Near & Far: Style, suites, and secrets

Near & Far: Style, suites, and secrets

Not only is St. Ermin’s a unique London hotel, it also has an intriguing history. Driving under the beautiful arch in front of St. Ermin’s Hotel in Westminster in London is like stepping back in time. However, when you walk…
Near & Far: Women of vision

Near & Far: Women of vision

The phrase ‘ordinary women doing extraordinary things’ is repeated at each of the historical sites where two women who changed the world are honored and memorialized.  Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks could not have been more different. One was…
Near & Far: At the end of the road

Near & Far: At the end of the road

Historic Cedar Key stands where State Road 24 reaches the Gulf of Mexico, the perfect destination for a daycation or a weekend getaway. Every time a hurricane makes a trek up the Gulf of Mexico, my worries often turn to…
Near & Far: Presidential journeys

Near & Far: Presidential journeys

As Presidents Day approaches, it’s a good time to explore the homes, museums, and libraries that honor our nation’s leaders. Located on quiet corners of small towns, stretching for blocks in large cities, or simply tucked into corners of university…
Dreamy hotels

Dreamy hotels

At grand and luxurious hotels, rates are pricey and bookings can be difficult, but it’s still fun to dream of laying your head on a pillow at one of these properties.   If I had a hotel bucket list for…
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