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Smack dab in the middle of Texas, Part Two: Music and Culture

Back on track! Wondering a bit more about Fredericksburg, Texas? Get ready: Fredericksburg has such a vibrant and successful community that they represent a wide rainbow of faiths with beautiful places of worship. We took a peek inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church, which was built out of the popular and special stonework seen on many buildings downtown. The stone is seen here too at the cute Pioneer Museum. You can stroll through the complex and hang out in some wonderfully re-created and restored period houses full of antiques and charm. I…

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Smack dab in the middle of Texas, Part One: Food and Art

I’ll be doing a brief three-part series on the culture of Fredericksburg, Texas, getting into the real nitty-gritty when the spring issue of Canadian World Traveller is released! You think by now I would get used to be blowing away by new places but it really never gets old. Like many Yanks, I had plenty of predispositions about Texas in my head before I ever stepped foot in the state. Luckily, all these ideas were totally smashed by such a hospitable, humble group of people. Texans really are a rare…

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VIP in Fort Lauderdale: The Tame First Half of Bach Madness

A flock of females waltzed into a bumping, colorful club and were immediately offered champagne, VIP seating and a few winks from the attractive cocktail servers. We had arrived. It was bachelorette time. As one of the first to take the plunge, I really had no clue how one of these events worked. I knew there was debauchery, drinks and dancing…right? So with all that, why not have it in a new city where we could really let loose? I often take trips solo or with my husband. Unless there’s…

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Travel Musings and Discussing Forever in Boston

Although I held on with my perfectly manicured talons as long as I could, the summer escaped me. I hopped on planes and schmoozed and maybe even got married (hence the nails). It’s been a wild ride. But back to work. To begin picking up the pieces and getting back into the game, I met up with a fellow travel lover at the Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square. Although I have a little adventure/mini-moon squared away for this weekend in Nova Scotia, beyond that my state of satisfying wanderlust…

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Independent, Classy & Strong: The Breakers, Palm Beach

There’s brunch, and then there’s brunch on the beach. It’s little details like this that make The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida stand the test of time – in fact, it has been an iconic hotel for more than one hundred years. A bow and smile from all the staff, fresh flowers everyday and perfectly crafted cocktails all set the tone for a glamorous and indulgent experience. As far as Palm Beach hotels go, this is the only one right on the water and near downtown. Check out this lineup:…

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The Beautiful La Bellasera – Paso Robles, CA

Does driving all day for hours and hours seem like a nightmare to you? No way Jose. Any chance I get I’m all about the open road, wind in my hair, cheesy music on full blast. Bring it. Even better when the destination is a high class hotel with a hot tub in the living room. After an adventure of a day sightseeing, exploring the Pacific Coast Highway and oh, getting engaged, I needed an epic nap to end all naps. Our stop next was Paso Robles, halfway between Monterey…

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A Cultural Uprise in Arkansas

I know very little of the South. Or, I was unaware until my venture into Arkansas – a deeply welcoming and passionate place I never thought would delight and fascinate me as a native northerner. Instead of being met with dusty streets and wary stares, my time spent there was totally opposite – everything is bright, cheerful, green; people love newcomers and I was never left wanting for great food and incredible art. Right away I look a liking to North Little Rock. With a fierce pride and so many…

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Shauna’s Up a Volcano in New Mexico!

Shauna’s back to share her New Mexico travel adventure at the state’s coolest volcano. You can read more about Shauna’s family excursions over at Pure Wander. There’s nothing like road tripping on a bright, blue, beautiful, clear day. Our latest road trip took us to the northeastern tip of New Mexico on Route 325 where we drove past Capulin Volcano with a car load of household items, two furry friends and a 4-year-old who had been confined for days. Luckily for us, the best trips you have are sometimes the…

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Unrivaled Hospitality at the Kingsfield Bed and Breakfast

  Trees covered in a rainbow of fall leaves surrounding an empty, open highway is the best thing to experience on a New England road trip. I’ll hop on a plane anywhere, but I love being home and driving José (he’s my car) all over the place. This time I ventured to Connecticut for the Free Like Birdie launch party – a fun business partner we’ve grown to love with the Pure Wander family. Growing up in New England, we all get close to a few old homes. However, the…

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Childhood Dreams: Seeing the Lipizzaner Stallions Perform in Essex, MA

Lipizzaner Stallion - Crooked Flight

Not too long ago I was a freak about horses. Before the internet went viral, I clipped photos of the Kentucky Derby out of the newspaper and snipped apart horse-themed magazines I had saved all my allowance to buy. One of my fondest memories was the Lipizzaner Stallions – a pale gray and white horse breed hailing from Austria used in the military for centuries. They are based in the elegant and breathtaking Spanish Riding School while they train for special dressage moves, like moving in rhythm to music, jumping…

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