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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Exploring the NASCAR World of Cabarrus County, North Carolina
North Carolina is the birthplace of NASCAR and home to 90 percent of race team shops. It is also home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and has bred some of the sport's biggest legends such as Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Petty (widely considered the top two NASCAR drivers of all time). Cabarrus County, North Carolina is the epicenter of NASCA...
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How To Maximize Fun At The Great Wolf Lodge
I know from my children that I tuck more into a few day vacation than most do in a full week or even a month and I am proud of this! Vacation to new destinations is about learning all about it and then enjoying everything it offers. Our recent trip to Great Wolf Lodge was no different in my 'get er' done' way as we capitalized on ultimate...
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Enjoying the Historic Charm of Wilmington, NC on a Girls' Weekend Getaway
If I asked you to think of a girls' weekend getaway destination on the East Coast that offers historic charm, good food, and is near the beach, what would you suggest? Charleston? Savannah maybe? Would Wilmington, North Carolina have crossed your mind? Well, I was invited to explore the Wilmington Coast last month after the Travel Media S...
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Charlotte's Art and Culinary Scene is the Perfect Spot for Solo Travel
As a travel writer, I often take trips with other journalists, a girlfriend, a significant other or perhaps it's just little ol' me. Each has its own set of pros and cons, however, more and more I've come to appreciate the freedom of traveling alone. It's blissful to be the only decision maker. You can skip breakfast and sleep in 'till no...
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Allergen Friendly Dining At The Great Wolf Lodge
October 3, 2017
The Great Wolf Lodge will provide you with an outstanding place to lodge at, play at and dine in. From dairy intolerances to Gluten Free dining and all food allergies in between, the Lodge surpasses my test of allergen-friendly dining. This is our story on how to lavishly live allergen friendly dining out loud at the Great Wolf Lodge.
A Weekend Getaway At The Great Wolf Lodge Poconos
October 2, 2017
The adventure I thought we would take versus the adventure we were on was bigger than anything I had imagined and the magic of a getaway to the Great Wolf Lodge happens the minute you get into the car and set your GPS coordinates to your favorite Great Wolf Lodge location.
Close Encounters: Roswell offers UFO seekers a unique experience
October 1, 2017
Lights flash, aliens speak and a flying saucer takes a foggy spin as adults and kids stand transfixed at the extraterrestrial experience, wondering if this is what happened here 70 years ago. On that famous day in the summer of 1947, an alien spaceship reportedly crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. Known as "The Roswell Incident," the mystery is why the International UFO Museum and Research Center is here where folks can see a spooky spacecraft takeoff and a scary alien autopsy scene.
Getting the Ultimate Charlotte Motor Speedway Driving Experience
September 14, 2017
I'm the first to admit that I have a wee bit of a lead foot. The older I get, the more cautious of a driver I've become, but there was a time when I dreamed of doing a race car driving experience. Of course, I also dreamed of owning a Corvette but that dream isn't going to happen (although I did have a lot of fun driving one at the Chevy factory.) The race car dream came pretty close to coming true last month at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Having the
September 12, 2017
Shout out to all Dirty Dancing film fans: Mark Your Calendars now for the August 18-19th Dirty Dancing Festival held in Lake Lure, North Carolina. If you're thinking, "But wait, aren't we in September now?" you'd be right. However, I'm giving you advance notice for 2018 because you're not the only one who's down for "having the time of your life". There are well over 1,000 other fans who want to relive Dirty Dancing alfresco on the big screen, humming, singing or dancing along to the timeless songs.
Believe in aliens? Even if you don't, here's why you should visit Roswell
September 9, 2017
Lights flash, aliens speak and a flying saucer takes a foggy spin as adults and kids stand transfixed at the extraterrestrial experience, wondering if this is what happened here 70 years ago. On that famous day in summer 1947, an alien spaceship reportedly crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. Known as "The Roswell Incident," that mystery is why the International UFO Museum and Research Center is here, where folks can see a spooky spacecraft takeoff and a scary alien autopsy scene.
Hands in the Air! We're Going to Whiskey Prison!
September 8, 2017
What! Whiskey Prison! I had no idea what the heck that could mean! I had no idea what to expect! I couldn't imagine what whiskey had to do with prison!
Wanderlust: Charlotte's All About Craft Beer, Cool Nabes, Creative Shops, Culinary Delights, and Culture Galore!
September 5, 2017
You know how people who've met President Bill Clinton often say he has a way of making you feel as though you're the only one in the room. I feel the same way about Charlotte, NC. Its Southern charm is palpable and whenever I visit I'm treated like royalty. I suspect it's not just me, but everyone who visits this hospitable town will leave slightly besotted by "The Queen City".
Six NASCAR Sites You Must Visit in Charlotte North Carolina - Where Racing Lives
September 3, 2017
Visiting a favorite stadium, birthplace, or hall of fame is something that most sports fans dream of doing at some point in their lives. For most sports though, there is an inherent challenge with that since everything is so spread out. For instance, while Cooperstown might be a great place for baseball fans - it's nowhere near a major league stadium. With NASCAR in particular, Charlotte is THAT PLACE.
Start Your Engines and Head to Cabarrus County, North Carolina
September 1, 2017
On a recent trip to Cabarrus County, North Carolina, I found out all sorts of really neat and cool things to do in the area. I'm embarrassed to say I was surprised. Why? Because I live a mere 3 hours away by car, and I had no idea! I think that we often take for granted some of what is nearby while we plan trips to far and remote spots. It's also a great place to visit that won't put a huge strain on your purse.
Modern, Columbus: Architectural wonders await in Columbus, Indiana
September 1, 2017
Local lore has it that the Bartholomew County Jail in Columbus, Indiana, looks so good that a visitor once tried to check in. "I don't know about that," Joyce Orwin said with a laugh, leading a Columbus tour. "But I do know that this town is not like anyplace you will find anywhere else."
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