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Have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.

For as long as I can remember, I've yearned to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece Fallingwater. I remember first hearing about it on a children's show as a kid (Sesame Street, perhaps?) and the concept of a house built over a stream, perfectly integrated with the surrounding environment has intrigued me ever since. It

This week's photos for the Snapshot of the Week feature are generously provided by the newly hitched Melissa Rustong. Thanks Melissa, and congratulations!Hilton Moorea Lagoon and Spa Tahiti: the ultimate honeymoon destination. With huts dotting the gleaming South Pacific Ocean, crystal clear water and both black AND white sand beaches,

Welcome back to Where in the World Wednesday! The concept is simple: We: Provide a riddle in the form of a haiku. You: Try to guess the place described. Post your guess in the comments section. Easy, right? Later this week, the answer will be posted. Whoever guesses first gets a special shout out. And, here

Originally posted on Go! Girl Guides on May 17, 2011. When you plan a trip, you never expect that you may have to spend time in a place that turns out to be less than mind-blowing. After all, to travel is to explore, to immerse yourself in another culture and taking

  To some, the Grand Canyon is simply a "hole in the ground." To others, it's one of the most magnificant spots on the planet. (And, rightly so.) However, I think to truly appreciate the splendor of this water-carved canyon, you need to get up close and personal with it. Hike

Welcome back to Where in the World Wednesday! The concept is simple: We: Provide a riddle in the form of a haiku. You: Try to guess the place described. Post your guess in the comments section. Easy, right? Later this week, the answer will be posted. Whoever guesses first gets a special shout out. And, here

Who hasn't wondered what it would be like to be on the Amazing Race? The idea of racing through some unknown land, uncovering clues and having a rip-roaring time along the way is enough to entice anyone to apply for the show.Luckily, I didn't have to go quite to that

I went to Chile's Torres del Paine National Park in October 2009. It was right before the tourist season started, so I practically had the park to myself. This photo of the Cuernos del Paine (the "Horns") was taken on the shores of Lake Pehoe. I was barely able to stand

  Are you stuck in a travel rut? Escape and get inspired by watching a movie perfectly suited to quench your thirst for something new. Just answer the following 10 questions and keep track of your answers until the end of the quiz, then your hand-picked movie selection will be revealed! Let's get

I was drawn to New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy region with stories of dramatically shifting tides... my aunt and uncle are rumored to have gotten caught offguard by the tides and left stranded on a rock in the bay on their honeymoon 30+ years ago! After witnessing the tides and exploring the nearby town

Welcome back to Where in the World Wednesday! The concept is simple: We: Provide a riddle in the form of a haiku. You: Try to guess the city or town described. Post your guess in the comments section. Easy, right? Later this week, the answer will be posted. Whoever guesses first gets a special

Dupont Circle is one of my favorite DC neighborhoods to wander around, eat and window shop. (Plus, they have a killer farmer's market on Sundays!) Here are some of my favorite restaurants and shops in this historic neighborhood. [caption id="attachment_5239" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo via popville.com[/caption] Top Food Picks Pizzeria Paradiso This spot is arguably DC's top