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Smooth Traveler: Luxury at Sea, Regent Seven Seas Navigator

December 5, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: View from Bar Harbor, Maine (Photos: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon The Hamburg-America Line launched the Princess Victoria Louise, the first ship built solely for luxury cruising, on June 29, 1900. Prior ships were ocean liners created to transport passengers and cargo on transatlantic journeys as expeditiously as possible but the…

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Smooth Traveler: Gaylord Resorts’ Christmas on the Potomac

November 29, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Some of the many elaborate lobby decorations   (Photos: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon A recipe for a sensational winter holiday is based on creating the best gifts of all, lasting memories of family, camaraderie, mirth and unrestrained joy.  Add to this mixture a surprising blend of seasonal activities, thematic interactive…

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Smooth Traveler: Punta Gorda, Florida

November 22, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Anne Spencer House (Photos: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León is credited as being the first non-indigenous European to explore Florida, although earlier expeditions reached the region seeking slaves for export to Spain. He set sail in 1513 on a quest for gold and new lands,…

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Smooth Traveler: Central Virginia, Lynchburg (Part One)

November 15, 2019

By Renée S. Gordon Contrary to what some might believe, Lynchburg was named after John Lynch, who took over the family’s James River ferry service in 1757. In 1786, 45 acres of John Lynch’s land was used to found the town that was chartered 29 years later. The location of the ferry service was memorialized…

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Smooth Traveler: Cleveland Living with Legends

November 8, 2019

By Renée S. Gordon In 1669, the French explorer, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle — the first recorded European in the Ohio region — was met by the Iroquois Indians, who migrated there in the early 1600s. The river and the state would both eventually be named Ohio, which is the Iroquois word for…

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Guide to Experiencing Halloween in Philadelphia in 2019

October 24, 2019

Visit Philadelphia Beware! Some of the country’s best spooky events and biggest fright factories are here… Philadelphia embraces the spooky spirit each fall with haunted houses, creepy ghost tours and fun fall fests in celebration of Halloween. For those who dare, some of the top-ranked haunted attractions in the country are in the Philadelphia region….

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Smooth Traveler: Experience Saint Lucia

October 18, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Anse La Raye bay in St. Lucia   (Photo: shutterstock) by Renée S. Gordon Saint Lucia was possibly inhabited 3,000 years ago by the Ciboney.  Based on archaeological research and artifacts, it has been proven that “Iouanalao” island — “land of the iguanas” — was settled by the Arawaks around 2,000 years ago….

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The country’s favorite fair foods, region by region

October 11, 2019

BPT Perhaps the main reason most people go to the fair is for the food — delicious, over-the-top savory and sweet items you just can’t get anywhere else, whether on a stick or not. In fact, most people are willing to put up with the heat, crowds, expense, and even long lines just for a…

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Smooth Traveler: Wilmington, Delaware’s “Chateau Country”

October 4, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Hagley Mansion  (Photos: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon “…my most sincere respects, and accept yourself assurances of my constant affection, and my prayers that a genial sky and propitious gales may place you after a pleasant voyage in the midst of your friends.”       –Thomas Jefferson to Pierre du…

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Smooth Traveler: Wilmington’s Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

September 26, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Willingtown Square  (Photos: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon On Monday, September 17, 1849, Araminta “Minty” Ross set out from Poplar Neck Plantation, located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, to freedom in the North. Prior to her escape, she changed her name to Harriet, after her mother, and took her husband’s last name….

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