10 Reasons to visit the Mall of America

Riding Roller Coasters all by my lonesome

When I was invited to go to Minnesota to attend the ONE Travel Conference in late January I had one thought: “What are they crazy?!” But when the organizers informed me I would be receiving TravMedia’s Travel Journalist of the Year award, it suddenly didn’t seem so crazy—and I quickly accepted as those kinds of […]

Rancho Valencia: A Luxury Retreat in Southern California

Main pool at Rancho Valencia

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is one of the country’s premier tennis resorts, but that’s clearly not why I’m here. As I lob yet another tennis ball over the tall fence and into the adjoining court, I have no problem admitting that I’m here just for the spa and relaxation. Located about thirty minutes from […]

Website of the Week: A Nation of Wineries

A Nation of Wineries

The New York Times just released an incredible, interactive infographic on the growth and impact of wineries in the continental United States. Toggling all the way back to 1937 and up to today, you can discover how diverse landscapes and weather patterns have allowed all 48 continental states to have wineries (I had no idea) and […]

4 Days of Golf in the Tar Heel State

Carolina Club cart path

I’m a Tar Heel born I’m a Tar Heel bred And when I die I’m a Tar Heel dead. So say the later lines of “Hark the Sound,” the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s alma mater—and as a Tar Heel myself, so say I. I studied journalism and great basketball at the school […]

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler: Let the Good Times Roll!

French Quarter, New Orleans

In a city with a history as rich as its food, first-time visitors will experience why some call New Orleans “The City that Care Forgot.” When I arrived at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport after an easy flight from Baltimore, I was whisked away to the newly renovated Sheraton Hotel, whose prime location on […]

The New Legoland Hotel in Carlsbad, California

Our Kingdom themed room.

That familiar sound of plastic Lego pieces hitting each other is what you’ll hear when entering the new Legoland Hotel. The newest San Diego County hotel has brilliantly placed a big sandbox filled with thousands of lego pieces in the middle of the lobby for young guests to hop in and enjoy.  As a parent, […]

All Y’all Golfers Come Runnin’ to Mississippi

The Preserve #14

Each March, in the US and in basketball circles across the globe, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament owns the sporting world. And this year, the Ole Miss Runnin’ Rebels got in on the madness, running all the way to the SEC tournament title and a second-round upset over Wisconsin. Big news for Mississippi, but lost in […]

Northern Vermont’s Phineas Swann

Phineas Swann

By Highroad Cam The words “charming” and “quaint”, used to the degree of overkill in travel writing, actually apply to my next statement. The Phineas Swann, a dog-friendly Bed and Breakfast Inn in Montgomery Center, VT, is both charming and quaint-quintessentially so.  It is a beautifully restored Victorian farmhouse, with gardens, set halfway down Main Street, just […]