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Palm Springs: The Best Year-Round Destination in California

The desert city of Palm Springs is nostalgic and truly timeless. It serves as an iconic example of mid-century California living in the form of 1960s architecture, vintage cars, and palm-tree-lined streets. I have been vacationing in Palm Springs since I was a young girl, and it’s easy to see why it’s a popular, family-friendly holiday destination.

Palm Springs Desert
Palm Springs Desert © Elizabeth Orient

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A Weekend Stay at the Hotel Sagrado in Taos, New Mexico

Hotel Sagrado is Bohemian luxury at its finest, and guests are guaranteed to fall in love at first sight. Whether it is the giant 90-pound Brazilian citrine quartz that hangs above the lobby and shines on you from the moment you walk in, the beautiful black-billed magpies that fill the air, or their amazing restaurants, spa, salt-water pool, and indoor rainforest.

Balcony view from Hotel Sagrado
Hotel Sagrado balcony view © Christina Kantzavelos

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Albuquerque: Where the Creatives Roam and the Artists Play

New Mexico firmly stands by its state slogan as being the Land of Enchantment. Many people have mixed opinions about Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, but it has certainly grown on me. Each time that I visit, a new experience awaits my arrival. The city’s expressive personality keeps its culture “New Mexico True.”

Yellow, orange, pink, purple, gray sunset over Albuquerque Albuquerque Sunset © Elizabeth Orient

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Dealing With Covid-19 Through Santa Fe and Colorado Springs

Recently, in June 2020, my wife and I ventured on our first real trip in months. Our June trip to Paris had been cancelled, so we decided to take a road trip from The Woodlands, Texas to visit our son in Colorado Springs.

Historic Royal Gorge Bridge over the Arkansas River in Colorado, USAThe historic Royal Gorge Bridge over the Arkansas River in Colorado, USA 
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Join #TheGreatAmericanTakeout Tuesday 3/24

The Great American Takeout Tuesday 3/24

America's restaurants need our help! The coronavirus poses a significant threat to the future of an industry that employs more than 15 million Americans. That’s why a coalition of restaurants is asking for help. On March 24, we’re asking everyone in America to show their support for the restaurant industry by joining The Great American Takeout. Please join us and share to your social channels, tagged with #thegreatamericantakeout! Many establishments offer discount coupons, curbside pickup or free delivery. 

Couple enjoying takeout food at home

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Spring Happenings in Omaha of Culture, Beer Poking, and Gourmet Cuisine

Omaha, Nebraska: I learned from living in the Midwest that you need to grab spring quickly when it comes. The weather goes from winter to summer with but a brief interlude called spring. This makes Omaha the perfect place to visit right now. 

Lauritzen Gardens in the springtime
Lauritzen Gardens in the springtime. Photo courtesy of Lauritzen Gardens 

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A Goldmine of Fun! Who knew all this was in Flagstaff, Arizona?

Flagstaff, Arizona: I was awestruck at all there is to see and do in Flagstaff. I think readers of this blog will be intrigued to learn about all the fun things there are to see and do in Flagstaff and the surrounding area as well—the Grand Canyon is just 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff, and Phoenix is a little over 2 hours south.

Flagstaff Monument Sign with push/pull female touristsFlagstaff Arizona Monument Sign © Stacey Wittig 

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5 Reasons to visit the U.S. destination of Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado, is both a gateway to the Rockies and a vibrant arts, food and culture destination, as New Zealander Jacqui Gibson finds out on a visit to the United States. In this article Jacqui shares her top five reasons to visit Denver, Colorado, USA.

Denver Art Museum - modern angular silver buildingDenver Art Museum - Credit: Stevie Crecelius

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Relaxed Wine Country Experience in California? Yes! Visit Livermore and the Tri-Valley

The Tri-Valley is home to nearly 60 wineries, a craft beer trail with 23 stops, the first ice cream trail, California’s largest premium outlet shopping center, a world-class mall, one-of-a-kind boutique shops, hiking and incredible restaurants. From beer & wine tastings, to Dim Sum brunch, regional lunch and dinners, and a tour of the Blackhawk Museum, our media trip participants came away with an inspiring, hands-on experience and stories to share with readers.

Wente Vineyards in Livermore, CA

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Vermont's Tastemakers are Making Waves ~ IFWTWA reports on upcoming food and beverage trends

Vermont is best known for maple syrup, skiing, fall foliage, and Ben & Jerry’s. But, in the past decade agriculture and food as well as the craft beer movement have positioned Vermont as best in class for foodies and beer connoisseurs, with travelers from across the globe coming to Vermont to taste our award-winning double IPAs, cheeses, ice cream, and, well… just about everything is great in Vermont!  

Vermont Cheese Plank sampling with fresh raspberries, basil and edible flowersVermont Cheese Plank © Dana Freeman

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Juneau Eagle Farts? Feed Your Mind & Bellies in Alaska

Did you know Alaska is almost as large as the entire United States? Or that Juneau is just 2-hours from Seattle, is completely wheelchair accessible, thrives on "Juneau time," and the only way to get there is by air of ferry?  

Big Blend Magazine 2-page spread: Juneau Eagle Farts? Feed Your Mind & Bellies in AlaskaJuneau Eagle Farts? Feed Your Mind & Bellies in Alaska

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IFWTWA Absorbs Cajun and Louisiana Creole Culture

Imagine a five-day immersion trip into the heart of Louisiana. A group of eight IFWTWA journalists toured the best Lafayette has to offer. The Southern spirit was ever present as they were absorbed into the Cajun and Louisiana Creole culture. 

Captain Tucker petting an alligator Bayou Bromance © Elaine Masters, Trip Well Gal

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Tour the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with Mint Julep Tours

"For whiskey enthusiasts, a visit to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a premier trip to make. For bourbon fans, it’s Mecca. Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon is made in Kentucky where the limestone encrusted spring-fed waters contribute to the flavors of these delicious whiskeys."  ...Nancy Zaffaro

Lux Row Distillers Rick House photo by Nancy Zaffaro Lux Row Distillers Rick House © Nancy Zaffaro 

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