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Smooth Traveler: Fairfax County, Virginia, George Washington walked here! (Part 2)

April 15, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Uhazy Enola Gay (Photo: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon One can trace the country’s military history through visiting sites and attractions throughout Fairfax County, Virginia, from the pre-American Revolution Era to modern contemporary times. The region has always been significant as the site of three Native American villages, a route between…

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Smooth Traveler: Fairfax County, Virginia: George Washington walked here!

March 25, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: George Washington house in Mount Vernon  (Photo: bodhichita / Shutterstock) By Renée S. Gordon When the first Europeans arrived in the region of Fairfax County, Virginia in 1608, the land had been inhabited for thousands of years by Native Americans. The Doeg, the largest tribe in the area, lived in three villages in…

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New reasons to say ‘yes’ to a Virginia Beach getaway in 2021

March 12, 2021

BPT The vibrant coastal city of Virginia Beach, where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, is where you’ll find warm, inviting waters and a cool, laid-back feel. Home to three distinct beaches, you’re bound to bump into your vibe at one of them. With a delectable seafood-centric culinary scene, rich history and a variety…

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Destination weddings: How to plan your dream celebration in uncertain times

March 5, 2021

BPT Something old, something new, masks for guests and hand sanitizer, too — weddings during COVID-19 look different than those in the past. However, love is leading the way as couples are making thoughtful adjustments to their ceremonies to reflect their personalities and commitment to each other while prioritizing health and safety. “Expect the unexpected…

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Trending vacation habits in 2021

February 19, 2021

FAMILY FEATURES For many travelers itching to go on vacation, 2021 offers plenty of opportunities to get out and go. Whether it’s heading to an outdoor escape or simply cozying up with loved ones while enjoying beautiful surroundings, vacation is on the minds of many. To identify which trends will shape travel in the coming…

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Smooth Traveler: Jackson, Mississippi Civil Rights Trail — Relentless Tenacity

February 12, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Mississippi Civil Rights Museum  (Photo: Michael Barera / Wikipedia) By Renée S. Gordon The first recorded European explorer to reach Mississippi was Hernando De Soto in 1540. At the time, Native Americans had been living there for 12,000 years and three indigenous tribes had the largest presence — the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Natchez….

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Top ways to vacation responsibly in 2021

January 14, 2021

BPT After months of cautionary travel and shelving vacation plans, people, especially those with families at home, are researching how they can indulge their wanderlust safely again in 2021. The goal is to enjoy a vacation in a responsible manner, creating memories while keeping yourself and others safe. Heading to Coastal Mississippi: The Secret Coast…

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Smooth Traveler: Daytona, Florida

January 8, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Daytona Beach (Photo: Shutterstock) By Renée Gordon Many Americans are hopeful that shortly when our lives will begin to stabilize, we will once again engage in what were ordinary activities, rebuild our economy and reestablish our unifying cultural links.  Travel has proven to be one of the most effective ways to accomplish all…

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Smooth Traveler: Maryland: Frederick Douglass in Talbot County

October 2, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Frederick Douglass statue (Photo: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon “I now resolved that, however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.” Frederick Douglass September was International Underground Railroad Month and nowhere is that history better preserved and…

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