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As soon as I open the car door, it hits me. A delightfully humid whiff of briny ocean air. The man in front of me’s unloading his car and I see a boogie board and black mesh bag filled with neon-colored shovels and buckets. It becomes obvious to me: people

After my time with the bears in Katmai National Park, I wasn't sure how anything else could possibly come close to topping that experience. But Alaska kept showing me her best, and the second half of my trip was filled with stunning scenery, diverse wildlife and amazing experiences. A real highlight was

Every July, the largest sockeye salmon migration in the entire world occurs on the Brooks River in Alaska's Katmai National Park and Preserve. The guarantee of a bountiful food source draws many of the park's 2,300 brown bears-- which are like grizzlies, but 100-150 pounds heavier!-- and around 10,000 tourists

I’ve been in Alaska for just over 4 days now. I arrived on Saturday after a very long day of flying, exhausted but eager to explore the “Last Frontier.” The first part of my trip, and my main reason for making the trip to Alaska, was to visit Katmai National Park,

I sit in a stone nook inside a very warm, dimly-lit room. In my nook, I'm secluded as I stare, transfixed, at the glittering walls that surround me. Blue mosaics sparkle as tiny overhead lights slowly change from white, to blue, to green. The scent of lavender dances all around me, pulling

Earlier this year, my grandmother gave me a stack of her already-read Southern Living magazines. As I leafed through them, glancing at the recipes and decorating tips, I was stopped in my tracks by one article, The South's Grand Resorts, Revisited. The article highlighted four of the South's most historic and luxurious

I created my 55 Places Bucket List in 2008, long before I heard of Volt Restaurant and chef Bryan Voltaggio. Like many others, I jumped on the Volt bandwagon after Voltaggio's successful 2009 run on Top Chef, where he was runner-up to his younger brother, Michael. Both supremely talented, Bryan's thoughtful precision battling

This 4th of July, I was lucky enough to have a 4 day weekend. That meant there was plenty of time for local travel adventuring! Here are a few photo highlights from my holiday... THURSDAY, JULY 4 [caption id="attachment_4154" align="aligncenter" width="360"] The view from Old Rag - an 8 mile hike in Shenandoah

A few weeks ago, I waxed poetic about the wonders of Ottawa after my very first visit to Canada's capital city. Today, the sheen still hasn't worn off. I dream of returning and revisiting some of the places that I discovered on my trip. Thankfully, Ottawa's just a brief plan ride from many

Last Saturday night, I had the opportunity to take a cruise from Alexandria out on the Potomac to enjoy the DC sights. It was a balmy, June night and the breeze from the boat's movement kept me cool despite the seemingly inescapable DC humidity. The night was special for another reason:

Growing up, I visited Maryland's Calvert County beaches just one time each summer. My great-Uncle Tip and great-Aunt Ann would host dozens of guests to celebrate summer in a most traditional Maryland way: a crab feast! It was so long ago that my memories are hazy. Images float to mind, of picnic