Author: Jan Ross

Indianapolis, Indiana: A Luxury Getaway to the Crossroads of America

My husband and I have passed by Indianapolis numerous times over the years as we traveled north from Lexington, Kentucky to ski resorts in Michigan or getaways to Chicago. We often remarked how we were passing a city that looked very intriguing, was only three hours away from our home, and that we should make time to visit the city affectionately known as the Crossroad of American because it is the hub for several major interstate highways which crisscross the state. We finally made plans to visit on our way back home from a trip to Wisconsin in the...

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Kringle Capitol of the World: Racine, Wisconsin

A Kringle is a Scandinavian pastry, a sort of Nordic pretzel, which can be filled with a variety of sweet options. From strawberry cheesecake to apple to pecan, this pastry is available in just about every flavor. Hand rolled from Danish pastry dough which has rested overnight, the sheets of flaky dough are layered, then shaped into an oval, filled with fruit or nuts, and then baked and iced. A typical Kringle is a large, flat oval measuring approximately 14 inches by 10 inches and weighs about 1.5 pounds. Wisconsin has historically been a center of Danish-American culture, so...

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A Scenic Trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad

I have traveled First Class on a plane exactly once, but it was the experience of a lifetime. Who knew airline seats could be so big and cushy? And that First Class passengers get much better food than the peons in the back? Aaah…that was the life and I have been hoping to be upgraded to First Class ever since. In the meantime, my husband and I recently found that First Class on a train trip is pretty fabulous as well. Heading to Arizona to explore the state in order to write several articles, I found information about a...

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Pampered at the Henderson Park Inn

The Gulf Coast of Florida, with its gorgeous, sugar-white sand and warm, Gulf of Mexico water, which can vary in color from the darkest aquamarine to the palest peridot, will not only provide you with amazingly beautiful photos, but is also a wonderful vacation destination. The area runs all along the Gulf coast, through several southern states, is truly lovely and offers a wide array of lodging options, entertainment choices and great local dining. One of my favorite places is Destin, Florida. Because I have visited Destin several times, I am familiar with many of the various accommodations, from...

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Cruising Southern France with Viking River Cruises

I read the email aloud to my husband with growing dismay. Staying in Avignon, France, on our own as a prelude to boarding the Viking Delling with Viking River Cruises and cruising the Rhone River for their Portraits of Southern France cruise, we learned that we would not be cruising anywhere anytime soon. River cruising in Europe is one of the most wonderful ways to see the individual countries but, sometimes, when the snow in the Alps is especially deep and melts into the Rhone River in the spring, it means the river is too high for cruising. Because...

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