Elegant new Inn near Georgia’s southern coast                                       August 21, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

WAVERLY, Georgia — Since I don’t have a horse to ride—or to board in the barn--at the luxurious new bed and breakfast inn near Georgia’s coast, I pleased myself swinging.  Three swings for grownups...


Eating in Alabama: a journey of good health

August 14, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

MONTGOMERY, Alabama —  What to eat before I die?  That’s what Alabama wants me to consider. You too. They already recommended a hundred places for chowing down and for fine...


Choose Vidalia, Ga., for an onion holiday

June 21, 2012

By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Onions just might trigger new vacation planning and Vidalia, Ga., would be the place. Rural America.  Since five million 40-pound boxes of these specific sweet onions...


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Saint Paul: Discoveries in fun ways

May 17, 2012

By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Research is fine but couple it with actors to grasp some science in fun ways on a holiday in Minnesota.  That’s what happens in Saint Paul at the Science Museum of Minnesota...

Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park

April 25, 2012

By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Contemplating the eons of time, and my place in them. That’s how I started a visit in southwest Colorado’s Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park.  Surprised me since I was simply taking a 90-minute pontoon ...

Downtown, outdoors blend in Tempe

April 17, 2012

By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

A desert in downtown. The fragile and famous Sonoran Desert. Aquarium inside a shopping mall. Paddle boarding on a city lake.  This is Tempe, Arizona....

Children not mandatory for grand Disney cruising                                  April 10, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Children not required for a grand vacation on a Disney cruise.  Really. I tried it.  Alone, all by my grown-up self. Totally pleased with the results.  And surprised.  “Very Disney but very adult.”

Raleigh is a 'feel good' city

March 28, 2012

By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Raleigh helped me feel superb. Feeling good seems a purpose behind what happens in this North Carolina city.  Chef Chad McIntyre of Market Restaurant says, “The yin and yang of a meal is taste,...

New York City in new ways

March 20, 2012

By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

New York City without Broadway? No musical show? Barbecue for lunch?  Great fun to skip the obvious in famous cities. Looking around the corners to see what else was happening suited me ...

Snow plentiful on North Carolina slopes

March 7, 2012

By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Snow’s acting cantankerous in America this winter, but the slopes in some charming North Carolina towns have some.  They also have solid connections to families, the kind who like to do things together...

Jefferson's escape: Beauty and history

March 2, 2012

By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

BEDFORD, Va. -- Thomas Jefferson would love the high tech tour I took of a getaway place he named Poplar Forest, a three-day carriage ride 93 miles south of Monticello...

Fossils, fine lodging found in East Tennessee

November 10, 2010

By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — I changed my mind about being cremated after visiting the Gray Fossil Museum in East Tennessee.  Everybody digging in the dirt was so excited when they found ...

Eco-travel is an experience like none other

June 5, 2012

By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Machu Picchu might be Peru’s headliner, but there’s an eco-lodge you can visit in the Amazon jungle just named an international Sustainable Standard-Setter for 2012...


Dunham Farms: Big view of coastal Georgia                                     June 28, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Imagine exquisite dining and restful sleeping
on a plantation loved by the same family since 1755.  Dunham Farms in Sunbury, Ga., is the place...


Minnesota History Center explores
big issues
                                    July 3, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Thank goodness light-hearted art forms pop up throughout the Minnesota History Center in downtown Saint Paul because they balance deep, thoughtful exhibitions...


Independence, Mo. --- Head west
or linger longer?
                         July 25, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Off they went, going west, and I imagined myself going along, blazing a trail west from Independence, Missouri.  For me, this was a 2012 holiday...


Kansas City overflows with things to do and see                                    July 18, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Spectacularly unlimited. I’d like that to be me, but in the meantime I’m content it seems to be so for a heartland-of-America city.  Kansas City. Western edge of Missouri...


Celebrate America’s roots music on Georgia coast                                         August 2, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

DARIEN —  The Smithsonian’s coming to town was the hue and cry in Darien, Ga. last weekend.  Truth is – you didn’t miss everything. Just opening day. Lots ahead. Saturday music and...


Faith for a journey in Independence, Mo.

                                September 5, 2012

By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

INDEPENDENCE, Missouri — Church on Sunday is one thing; a holiday in Missouri religious centers with history is quite another.  New bucket list perhaps? Journeys to glimpse what drives other people’s faith...


Mobile: World premieres in Alabama                                

September 19, 2012

By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

MOBILE, Alabama — Next time I’m in Mobile, Ala., I’m changing careers. Going back to try my hand as a crane operator as soon as Gulf Quest opens.  This is going to be a National Maritime Museum about...


North Georgia mountain resort
is a relaxing escape
        September 27, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

DAHLONEGA, Georgia — Morning tea on the porch of a cottage in the forest, watching deer and birds, sensing the changing seasons.  Good as an antidote to busy days?

Since the co-owner of this North...


Dynamic music, history in the

Lehigh Valley                       October 16, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

BETHLEHEM, PennsylvaniaTalk about time travel. Just the word – Bethlehem – conjures up images of a baby in a manger and modern-day Israel.  Go to the Bethlehem in Pennsylvania and become...


Gettysburg and the 150th: Civilians, not just soldiers                       October 23, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

GETTYSBURG, PennsylvaniaNo disrespect intended, but the battles of Gettysburg and their strategies elude me. Re-enactments too.  I’ve skirted Gettysburg for a lifetime...


St. Marys is a Georgia gateway                     

November 6, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

ST. MARYS, GeorgiaQuite fine visiting a gateway city without going through the gate.  That’s what I figured out in St. Marys, Ga. This community on three rivers is the entry to....


Discover art, history, fine flavors
in Wichita
                          November 13, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

WICHITA, KansasOpinionated, harboring no agenda. If that’s a community of people in America today, sounds like a place I want to visit.  Kansas seems to be the location, Wichita the destination...


Arts, design excel in small Georgia Community                      November 30, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

LAGRANGE, GeorgiaGuess who’ll cook your lunch on a jaunt to LaGrange, Ga.? The great-great grandson of the legendary town philanthropist, that’s who.

It happens at a stylish downtown Main Street restaurant...


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Dunham Farms: Big view of coastal Georgia                            December 10, 2012


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

SUNBURY, GeorgiaImagine exquisite dining and restful sleeping on a plantation loved by the same family since 1755.  Dunham Farms in Sunbury, Ga. is the place: 10,000 lush acres of live oaks, ...


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Cave Spring: Water, passion, and preservation                      February 26, 2013


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

CAVE SPRING, GeorgiaEmpty milk jugs travel to Cave Spring with people who plan. Now that I know how pure and delicious the water is in this northwest Georgia community ...


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St. Augustine: Quincentennial approaches

                           January 14, 2013


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

ST. AUGUSTINE, FloridaFull moon is the time I’m going back to St. Augustine, though any time seems right for this romantic Florida city.  Take your lover or your children. Or both. Go with your in-laws or ...


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Approach Washington, D.C., with a specific plan, or none at all                       June 3, 2008


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dutiful is not necessary behavior in Washington, D.C. Call home every night on a six-day holiday and answer "no" to every "Did you see such-and-such?" question. ...


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Shreveport's an outdoor city, but the insides are interesting too                  March 27, 2008


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana. — Shreveport celebrated Mardi Gras without me this year but I wore the green and gold and purple beads I caught there a few years ago in a frenzy during their family-friendly, ...


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Winter in North Carolina: Snowy escapades at Blowing Rock                   January 28, 2008


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

BLOWING ROCK, North Carolina. — My wobbly knee style of skiing’s not pretty like the fast swoops of Red Cross trainees, Army Green Berets and Secret Service agents, but we trained on the same snowy slopes in North Carolina....


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Central Florida: Land of lakes, lush gardens and lots of airplanes            January 24, 2008


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

POLK COUNTY, Florida. — Two pairs of sand hill cranes standing around in an open field, red heads on the males, convinced me that the middle of Florida is a great place ...


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Hunting and so much more in two Georgia locations                                      June 13, 2008


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

SWAINSBORO, Georgia — Finally I bit the bullet. Checked myself into a handsome hunting lodge and made sure I also had a reservation a few nights later at a genteel-looking country resort ...


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St. Augustine displays its rich, varied history                                     March 19, 2013


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

ST. AUGUSTINE, FloridaThree centuries of history just joined forces as St. Augustine, Fla. opened the gates to the Colonial Quarter.

“Think Epcot meets Williamsburg,” suggested ...


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Rome, Ga.: Trendy, historic, inviting                              

March 4, 2013


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

ROME, GeorgiaTrendy historic cemetery in Rome -- name’s Myrtle Hill. That’s Georgia’s Rome, not Italy’s and the cemetery just launched a spectacular and very modern App....


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Atlanta vacation tip: Visit the monastery                                    

September 17, 2013


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

ATLANTA, GeorgiaThe Braves aren’t the only men in Atlanta attracting travelers’ attention; monks are too.

While joyous noise defines the baseball stadium, silence permeates the Monastery...


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St. Simons Island: A jewel in Georgia’s Golden Isles                         August 22, 2013


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

ST. SIMONS, GeorgiaThe perfect shade of yellow changed my notion of royalty at the beach and golf resort on Georgia's barrier island of St. Simons.

Purple's no longer as regal ...


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Music travelers immerse in Macon                                    

July 17, 2013


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

MACON, GeorgiaMacon, Ga., opens doors to multiple opportunities; immerse yourself in music you know for some of them.

Rock Candy Tours is one way, and ...


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Columbus, Ga., readies for urban whitewater experience              April 2, 2013


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Columbus, GeorgiaA wave shaper is hiding under the Chattahoochee River in Columbus and here’s what that means to visitors on Georgia’s border with Alabama:

Kayaking downtown on the world’s longest ...


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Morganton, N.C., highlights outdoors, plus wine, ale and art                   October 2, 2013


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

MORGANTON, North CarolinaChemists with a zest for the outdoors seem to be creating soft adventures for travelers in western North Carolina.

I swapped my notion of science limited to ...


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Peer into antebellum homes and lifestyles in Georgia                              March 26, 2013


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

MACON, GeorgiaYankee me following the Antebellum Trail in middle Georgia got goose bumps.

Something powerful about visiting homes where families grappled with big passions ...


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Vidalia a trademark and a competition                                    

April 29, 2013


By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

VIDALIA, GeorgiaConsider rural Georgia for a tasting holiday, especially when the sweet onions are ready in Vidalia.

Five million 40-pound boxes ship ...


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