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Warning: A visit to Maine might turn you into a lobster snob

5 ways Portland, Maine raises the lobster bar Even before my recent visit to Portland Maine, the words “Maine” and “lobster” were inseparable for me – kind of like Idaho potatoes or Wisconsin cheese. And it didn’t take… Read More

6 cool traits that set Scottsdale, AZ, apart

Western chic meets outdoor splendor Think of your coolest friend. You know the one. She’s out running a desert trail in the morning, taking in a hip art festival in the afternoon, and then ready for a night… Read More

1 rainy weekend = 11 Los Angeles lessons

After years of taking an annual trip on my birthday, I’m well aware that travel in February comes with some built-in pluses and minuses. A major plus: Cheaper airfares and hotel rates. And the obvious minus: The weather… Read More

‘The red lands and the gray lands’ of Arizona’s Mother Road

“Over the red lands and the gray lands, twisting up into the mountains, crossing the Divide and down into the bright and terrible desert, and across the desert to the mountains again, and into the rich California valleys.”… Read More

A desert Christmas: Cooler than you might think

When I moved from the upper plains of North Dakota to the desert southwest of Arizona years ago, one of the questions I frequently got from friends back home went something like this: “How do you get into… Read More

Seasoned and solo: 12 tips for the not-so-young single traveler

No doubt you’ve heard a lot about the young, adventurous solo travelers out there taking fabulous trips to remote spots all over the world, and blogging about it as they go. I applaud them and love to read… Read More

Třebíč: UNESCO tale of two cultures

Narrow your eyes a bit as you walk along the winding streets and alleys of Třebíč’s Jewish Quarter, and you could be back in 1930s Czechoslavakia. Rising on each side of the rough cobblestone walkways are the interconnected… Read More

On the Green-Chile Trail

Before my road trip to Hatch, New Mexico, in early October, I wasn’t even aware that “Hatch-heads” existed. Now, after spending a few days exploring the area, I have to admit that I’ve joined the ranks of those… Read More

My perfect day of dining, Czech style

If I could snap my fingers and ensure that all of my travel-dining experiences would be as delicious and delightful as the one I happened upon at Prague’s Restaurant U Sádlů on my first evening in the Czech… Read More

Czech Charm: 7 sweet surprises

There are a few things you’ll probably know before heading to the Czech Republic. The beer will be plentiful, delicious, and inexpensive. Prague’s Charles Bridge will make your jaw drop. And the castles will be splendid. All of… Read More

Faces & flavors, Quebec City

For me, Jocelyne Belleau perfectly summed up the Quebecois’ passion for their home. “My blood is maple!” the petite dynamo said dramatically, hand on her heart. With that, I knew I was in good hands for my first… Read More

Coronado Island – a little slice of beach heaven

The Spanish explorers obviously knew a good thing when they saw it. When 17th century explorer Sebastian Vizcaino happened upon the sandy strand that juts into the Pacific Ocean off the southern-California coast, he promptly named it Coronado,… Read More