Top 5 Multigenerational Vacations for Every Budget
According to findings from the 2015 MMGY Global Portrait of American Travelers survey, more than 40 percent of Americans reported taking a multigenerational trip in the previous year. And demand continues to rise, with MMGY Global forecasting multigenerational trips to increase by 7 percent in 2016.
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Kids Clubs - Do They Have A Future At Resorts And On Cruises?
The Driscolls' vacation every year with extended family at a family-centric resort or on a cruise line known for morning-till-night supervised kids' activities. But the five kids - all eight and under - rarely take part in organized kids' programs. "The cousins entertain each other," said Anna Driscoll, playing in a resort pool with the f...
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Chuckwagon Roundup - Bountiful Breakfast Bonanza
Last year Zagat named Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the No. 1 food city in America. Maybe that is why three of the restaurants featured here are in Pittsburgh. Then way farther south, Tallahassee, Florida has its share. As the state capital, it has to serve good food to keep politicos and visitors alike happy. Manocos Colorado may be a small t...
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Sipping Wine in Grapevine, Texas
If ever a wine destination was aptly named, it is Grapevine, Texas. This charming little town, just minutes from the sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth airport, is an unexpected throwback to a time of main streets and steam trains. Although these days, that main street is lined with cute shops, restaurants, and wineries, and the train is the Jaz...
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Old Time Charm Awaits You in Historic Downtown Grapevine Texas
The moment you catch sight of historic downtown Grapevine, TX you get caught up in the old-timey flavor and charm. It's a one-of-a-kind, friendly and walkable little town, and the heart of it all lies on Main Street. Although I only had about a half day to spend there, I managed to see quite a bit, so here are some fun ideas on what to se...
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Planning a Getaway to Grapevine, Texas
Last month I had the pleasure of attending Travel Media Showcase for the first time in the lovely city of Grapevine, Texas, which is located halfway between Dallas & Forth Worth. While I spent a good part of my first visit to the state of Texas at the actual showcase events, I did get a little time to explore the resort we were staying at...
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This Is Africa
Christopher Riley
Travel Media Showcase is proud to share "This Is Africa: A journey from Kenya to Uganda," a spectacular photo essay by New Jersey-based landscape and portrait photographer Christopher Riley. We want to encourage this talented young man to follow his dreams of being a journalist and hope that everyone enjoys this sample of his work.
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Wild Roads - Abilene Zoo
September 30, 2016
In the wild west of Abilene Texas, you expect to find a lot of wild. The Abilene Zoo doesn't disappoint. It is filled with wild life. One of the first stops in the zoo has to be Wetlands of the Americas. Here you come face to face with such a wide range of wildlife from the colorful beauty of the American Flamingo to the prehistoric looking American Alligator. The wetlands inspire a peaceful feeling as you watch the birds go about their normal routine.
American Roads and Global Highways
September 30, 2016
Mission San Luis takes you back into Florida's early history. Not just the Spanish settlers but the Native Apalachee. Museums sometimes seem to forget that long before the Europeans arrived on this continent the natives had thriving cultures. Here, the customs, sports and a sustained lifestyle. They planted corn, beans, and squash, to complement their hunting and gathering. When the Spanish came, both groups were influenced by the other.
Overseas Highways - Jordan Bakers Dozen
September 30, 2016
There are some things a first time visitor to a special place must see. Likewise there are certain things that are important to know when venturing into a strange environment. Go with an open mind and avoid stereotypes. You will have a much more enjoyable time and learn more about the culture. For my first visit to Jordan, here are my lists of the most important "Must See" and "Must Know" places and things.
Ancient Traces - Mesa Verde Country - Trail of the Ancients
September 30, 2016
Ancestral Puebloans didn't limit themselves to Mesa Verde National Park. They built dwellings throughout the four corners area. We were trying to see allof the most interesting ones so we headed for Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. It was created to protect these sites. Our guide, Jim Colleran told us to "look for sage and prickly pear cactuses growing on rubble mounds" to recognize unexcavated sites.
Museum Stroll - Andy Worhol Museum
September 30, 2016
When most Americans hear the name Andy Warhol, they think of Campbell's Soup cans. Those Campbell's Soup Cans paintings may be his most recognizable work but it is far from the entirety that was Andy Warhol. A recent visit to the Andy Warhol Museum in his home town of Pittsburgh refreshed my interest and increased my knowledge of this artist. Because his artwork spanned my coming-of-age years, much of his art and subject matter was familiar. His Elvis, Elizabeth Taylor, Jacky Kennedy and Nixon chronicled America's larger than life figures of the mid 20th century.
Inn Roads - Retro Inn
September 30, 2016
Retro Inn in Cortez, Colorado takes you back in time. You might land anywhere from the 1950s to the '80s. Well, not really but that is how it feels. If you plan to visit the Four Corners area of Colorado, Cortez is the perfect hub and Retro Inn is a fun place to set up your base camp while you explore the Ancestral Puebloans (AKA Anasazi) sites. It's about ten minutes from Mesa Verde National Park.
Historical Trails - Buffalo Gap Village
September 30, 2016
Buffalo Gap, Texas is a glimpse of the Wild West as it really was. Buffalo Gap was founded at the site of a natural pass through which bison herds traveled. It was a stop for cowboys on the Great Western Cattle Trail. In the late 1800s it was the spot where buffalo hunters camped. By 1880, it had been named county seat and had a population of 200. It had the usual businesses, hotel, blacksmith shop, a general store and a saloon. Perhaps the most important building in Buffalo Gap was the Taylor County Jail and Courthouse.
Fork in the Road - Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge
September 30, 2016
Dining at Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge in San Angelo Texas is so enjoyable it should be illegal. But since there is no such thing as too much fun it's perfectly legal. You can munch on appetizers like Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos, which are filled with cream cheese and offer just enough bite in the crisply fried bite-sized morsels to be delicious without scorching your tonsils.
Elite Street Eats - La Costanera
September 30, 2016
La Costanera, perches above Montara Beach with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. It's a modern Peruvian fusion restaurant and since its opening on October 2, 2009. La Costanera has rapidly made a name for itself. We met with Eric Canupp, Director of Marketing and events. He told us how La Costanera was born.
Civil Rights Trail - Fort Concho and the Buffalo Soldiers
September 30, 2016
After the Civil War ended newly free African American men began searching for a place they could earn a living with dignity and respect, two attributes that were in short supply for African Americans in September 21, 1866 when the first all black regiments of the peacetime army were formed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. They were the 10th Cavalry, 9th Cavalry 24th Infantry, and 25th Infantry regiments. Their main purpose was to protect America's frontier from Indians.
Jerash - Jordan's Other Treasure
September 30, 2016
Can you imagine stepping back to a civilization that flourished back in 331BC? The ancient ruins of Jerash in Jordan were founded about that date by Alexander the Great or one of his generals. When I visited, I could feel the currents of civilization that had flourished in these ancient streets and buildings.
Perini Ranch Steakhouse
September 30, 2016
Many of you may have heard of Perini Ranch Steakhouse in tiny Buffalo Gap, Texas. It is well recognized even outside its native Texas, for its many awards like Best Burger on the Today Show, 3rd Best Steakhouse in Texas by Texas Monthly, and numerous other prestigious awards. It is one of only five restaurants nationwide to be awarded the James Beard Foundation 2014 America's Classics Award.
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