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How to Have Fun at Northwest Trek

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a great place to view nature in a spacious, outdoor setting. You’ll see all sorts of native Northwest flora and fauna at this park in Eatonville, Washington. Read on to discover more about the touring options and the animals you’ll see at Northwest, along with our tips for making the most of your time at this wonderful place. Visiting Northwest Trek There are currently three ways to experience the magnificent Northwest Trek flora and fauna – Keeper Adventure Tours (recently reinstated), the Wild Drive. or the Wild Walk. Make the choice based on your budget and whether you want to walk, ride, or drive. All of the options allow you to see and learn more about the wildlife native to the Washington and Pacific Northwest area. Keeper Adventure Tours at Northwest Trek Keeper Adventure Tours […]

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Visiting Boulder [Interview on Travel Planners Radio Show]

This past weekend I was a guest on Travel Planners Radio Show, an opportunity to discuss travel to Boulder, Colorado, with hosts Sue and Kevin McCarthy. I’ve known Sue and Kevin for years. We often saw one another at travel shows or conferences, catching on where we’ve been, where we’re going, and sharing great destinations. Since that’s not happening in 2020, it was fun to catch up on their radio show; an opportunity for me to share a recent trip (earlier this year) to Boulder. I think Sue and Kevin would enjoy a trip to Boulder and I think you would, too. Take a listen to the show (in two parts due to a live commercial break that has been removed for this recording). You listen to the Travel Planners Radio Show on their flagship station, WCGO in Chicago as […]

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Weekend Getaway: Visiting Boulder, Colorado

If you are thinking about visiting Boulder, Colorado, and are curious about things to do there, check out our helpful weekend getaway travel guide on what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in this mountain destination. Located 20 minutes northwest of Denver,  was established in 1859 by explorers in search of gold. It’s located in Boulder Valley, the spot where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, creating a location that attracts visitors with its fun lineup of activities. Some of this content was prepared as a result of sponsored travel. Things To Do In Boulder, Colorado Whether you are an outdoor fanatic, in search of intellectual motivation, or just an individual who wishes to have a relaxing yet enjoyable value luxury vacation, Boulder is worth a visit. You’ll find outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, rock climbing, […]

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Weekend Getaway: Visit El Paso, Texas

If it’s not currently on your bucket list, put it there, because it would be a mistake not to visit El Paso, Texas. Located in the far western part of Texas, at the intersection of Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua, Mexico, El Paso is rich in history and culture. You might not initially think of visiting El Paso, but as more and more travelers are prioritizing domestic travel over international, this is a city worthy of consideration. Whether you’re lining up a Texas road trip, going in search of Tex-Mex cuisine, or just finally getting to cities that you’ve overlooked, there are plenty of things to do in El Paso. Here is my guide on how to create a terrific El Paso vacation. Things to do in El Paso, Texas Since El Paso shares a border with Mexico, it was […]

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Wine with MJ: Virtual Wine Tasting with Smoky Rose Cellars, Walla Walla

This virtual wine tasting features Jodi and Josh Rosnowski from Smoky Rose Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington. We had some technical difficulties (user error) and despite our best efforts, we are unable to resuscitate a playable video or audio version of the virtual tasting. We’re gutted about this, it was a fun conversation and tasting, and will be trying to put together a follow up recording to post here later. Smoky Rose is a family-owned and operated business. Josh, a retired Air Force meteorologist is the winemaker and vineyard manager. Jodi, a food microbiologist, runs the tasting room and events side of the business. Sister Amy, currently a Cobra Helicopter pilot wth the USMC, is poised to jump in once she retires. Mom and Dad, Jill and Bill, help out with everything from harvest, errands, retail, and anything else that’s […]

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Wine with MJ: Virtual Wine Tasting with The Wine Cafe, Fayetteville, North Carolina

On this virtual wine tasting, we feature Angie Malave from The Wine Cafe in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Angie chose two wines for the tasting from JOLO Winery in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, as she felt that these were representative of the fine wine selections made with the state’s grapes. We tasted a 2019 Golden Hallows (white) and a 2018 Jolotage (red). These wines are available at The Wine Cafe. May is North Carolina wine month, so put that on your calendar for future wine travels. Watch the episode below: (We had some sound difficulty at the beginning of the episode, but it resolves soon, and we’ve fixed the problem for future episodes.) We also have the episode available in an audio format. You can listen directly from the player below. Or, we’re also set up on the major podcast player platforms […]

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Awesome Things to Do in Mansfield, Ohio

Located in Richland County, Ohio, Mansfield may not be your first choice for a weekend getaway, but there is certainly enough here to keep you occupied. In fact, you may find that there are so many things to do in Mansfield that you’ll need to make a return trip. Mansfield has many claims to fame: it professes to be the haunted capital of Ohio, the number one movie of all time – The Shawshank Redemption – was filmed here, and America’s first working robot, Elektro, was built in the city, to name just a few. While we’re all taking a pause on international travel, and much of travel in general, I’m featuring smaller, perhaps overlooked destinations, that are perfect for a road trip, a slower getaway, or just don’t want to be sandwiched in with a throng of people. Of […]

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Silver Dollar City’s Succotash Recipe: The Comfort Food We Need Right Now

If you’ve ever been to the Ozarks, a region made up of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and the most southeastern parts of Kansas, you’ll know it’s characterized by a distinctive culture that permeates everything from the architecture to the dialect and traditional foods in the area. It’s pretty incredible. In the heart of this region, on the outskirts of Branson, Missouri, you’ll find Silver Dollar City, a theme park known for its unique rides, delicious food, and retro Ozarks theme. While you’ll find the typical hot dogs and hamburgers on the grounds, they also serve up some of the most incredible, down-home comfort food you can find anywhere. Maybe that’s why it’s the only theme park in the United States with its own culinary school!  We could spend all day looking through their impressive dining options, but today we’re going to […]

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How to Save Money on Seattle Sights with CityPASS

If you’ve decided to take a trip to Seattle, you’ve made a great choice – Seattle is a great vacation destination. It’s a city full of cool museums, it has an understated hip cafe culture, has a vibrant live music scene, plus it’s perfectly situated to enjoy the beautiful surrounding natural landscape. However, as with all major cities, the cost of a visit to Seattle can add up fast. When it comes to saving money when visiting the top Seattle attractions, you can save money with the CityPASS Seattle. How CityPASS Works You can either buy the Seattle CityPASS online or from one of the partner attractions, i.e., the first Seattle attraction that you visit. If you opt to buy them online, the tickets are then either sent to you via email for mobile download or you can opt to […]

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Weekend Getaway: All Year Round in Mammoth Lakes, California

I love it when I find a destination that’s perfect for both a summer and winter getaway. Mammoth Lakes, California, manages to tick all the boxes. It is a location with plenty of activities all year round and has an excellent infrastructure to make your stay a pleasant and convenient one. While many people think of Mammoth Lakes primarily as a ski resort  – and it is a popular one – there is so much more here to enjoy regardless of the season. Here is our guide of things to do in Mammoth Lakes and how to enjoy a Mammoth getaway weekend. Things to Do in Mammoth Lakes If you are an active person, you will find plenty to do in Mammoth Lakes. But while Mammoth Lakes is known for being an outdoor activity destination, there are also options for […]

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