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Seriously, Go To Cleveland!

Music has always evoked strong memories in me. When I hear a familiar song from my past, I am suddenly transported back to a distinct time in my life, and the experience is vivid and visceral. This is especially true when it comes to the rock music of my youth and early adulthood. So, you can imagine all the emotions that began flooding over me as I stepped through the doors of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. A visit to the “Rock Hall,” as it’s commonly called by locals, is a pilgrimage for many...

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Celebrate Father’s Day in Emilia-Romagna’s Historic “Motor Valley”

Celebrate Father’s Day with 350 years of Italian racing traditions through Emilia-Romagna’s Historic “Motor Valley” Luxury travel specialist  Zicasso  has developed this custom tour in recognition of 2017 being the 70th anniversary of esteemed Italian luxury car brand Ferrari producing its first vehicle, the Ferrari 125 S. Zicasso is proud to celebrate 350 collective years of the founding of the world’s most revered Italian motor brands in history: Maserati, Ducati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Pagani. Travelers can immerse themselves in the pursuit of excellence through Italy’s five most prestigious motor brands with a special tour through Emilia-Romagna’s historic “Motor Valley,” home to these...

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Chicago with Tauck and Ken Burns

In Chicago we met Al Capone, Louis Armstrong and Frank Lloyd Wright. Well, sort of. We were part of a group of 120 guests who experienced The Tauck Chicago Event, organized by North America’s oldest touring company in cooperation with famed filmmaker Ken Burns. What he calls “The Most American of Cities” has been the focus of several Emmy winning PBS documentaries: Prohibition, Frank Lloyd Wright and Jazz. All focus on Chicago and its remarkable history, architecture and music. Tauck planned the Event so guests could meet Ken Burns, experience many of the elements in those three films and...

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Asheville’s Hidden Gems

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina buzzes with a collective hum. Perhaps it’s due to the city’s membership in the Bee City USA national pollination program. More likely it’s because Asheville resonates for everyone: the rich and famous who came in the 1920s, today’s health enthusiasts who bicycle, jog or hike the mountainous roads, musicians who perform on street corners and micro-breweries that concoct the latest craft beer. Asheville is a happening crossroads where visitors, locals and honeybees thrive on diversity and natural delights. I was attracted by the elegant  and extraordinary Biltmore Estate, Asheville’s claim to fame. No wonder; it’s America’s...

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10 Great Places to Discover Art and Culture

Have you ever wondered what the best places are for art and culture experiences? This is our list of the top 10 places to visit for all you art gurus out there. 1. Fredericksburg, Texas “What makes it so special – and I’m not just talking about the folks from San Antonio and Austin who love to make Fredericksburg a weekend getaway – is that it is one of the fastest growing wine destinations in the country. And it has art galore: Over a dozen galleries with collectible art, local artists, national and international artists, and various mediums.” -Karin Leperi. Full...

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CityPASS: Luxury Two Ways

Everyone loves a bargain. CityPASS is a genuine bargain, a book of admission tickets to major tourist attractions with savings of up to 50% compared to the combined regular box office prices. But even better: CityPASS ticket holders have the luxury of saving time and the convenience by  skipping ticket lines (no matter how long they are) and heading straight for the entrance of whatever attraction they’re visiting. Some years ago, I became a hero to my family when we used my New York CityPASS booklets to visit the American Museum of Natural history during a school holiday period....

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Clementine Hunter Murals in Natchitoches, Louisiana

Have you ever driven through a city or town and immediately wanted to stop and explore? That’s how I felt when I reached Natchitoches, Louisiana, site of the town in the movie Steel Magnolias. Fortunately, I did have a few hours to spend. The brief visit only increased my desire to return as this destination has much to offer. Natchitoches (pronounced “Nack-a-tish”) is the oldest community in the Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, it’s the B&B capital of the state with many historic inns that look inviting for a girlfriend getaway or romantic escape. The lively and upscale riverfront of...

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Quintessential Québec

Story by Mary Haban,  Photos by Dale Sanders “Everyday is a fashion show and the world is the runway.” — Coco Chanel Looking our absolute best. For most of us, it doesn’t come without a good amount of effort. From making sure that favorite suit is perfectly pressed, to having shoes impeccably shined, no detail, however small it may seem, goes overlooked. In tourism circles, the same holds true. And no one wears it better than Québec City. Runway Ready If the streets that lined this fashion-forward city were runways, they’d be dressed in Dior and smell of Chanel....

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From Hemingway to Cash: Arkansas’ Literary and Musical Past

Arkansas usually is short-shifted when it comes to recognizing cultural geniuses of the past. What most Americans do not realize is that Ernest Hemingway came to Arkansas via his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer. In the 1930s, Pauline’s parent converted the barn on their property into a place where Hemingway could write while visiting. He completed parts of A Farewell to Arms and several short stories here. Johnny Cash and his family moved from Kingsland to Dyess, Arkansas in the 1935, and occupied a house in the Dyess colony through 1953. Arkansas was the influence and roots of his budding beginnings as a musician and singer.

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Chasing Lewis and Clark with Un-Cruise Adventures

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, intrepid explorers dispatched by President Thomas Jefferson in the early 1800s to find a route across the western United States, did not have an easy trip. Battling Native Americans, braving extreme heat and cold, making their way down treacherous rapids and starving, they gradually made their way to their ultimate goal: the Pacific Ocean. However, passengers on the luxurious S.S. Legacy with Un-Cruise Adventures are able to traverse part of the same route in ultimate comfort. Un-Cruise Adventures is not a typical small ship cruise company by any means. Drawing on the combined experiences...

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Downton Abbey Visits the Biltmore

Costumes from the popular TV series are on display at America’s largest home.                             Fans of the popular PBS television series Downton Abbey don’t have to travel to Highclere Castle to experience firsthand what life was like at Downton Abbey or to view original costumes of their favorite characters. The Biltmore House, the grand 250-room Vanderbilt estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is showcasing 47 costumes from the show during its exhibition: Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times, which runs from February 5th through May 25th,...

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Frankfurt’s Finest

Frankfurt, Germany is much more than its often-reputed reputation as “just a business hub”. It’s the kind of city that needs to be explored to truly be understood. Once you peel away the layers of misperception, you will uncover an eclectic city filled with culture, wonderful museums and a superb nightlife scene. It’s a city infused with its own magic that lingers past the evening skyline. Frankfurt is an extremely old city, nestled on an ancient ford along the River Main. Its history dates back to the first century. Throughout the city, surrounded by modernity, you can find old...

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