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A Few Days in Portland and Willamette Valley

Loaded with hiking trails, bike paths, coffee shops, and craft breweries, Portland, Oregon is a laid-back, long-weekend getaway. Although we didn’t time our visit to coincide with the region’s fall foliage, blooming lavender fields, or bountiful tulips, we still had plenty to see. Here’s a quick roundup to exploring Portland and a couple of points beyond.

WALKING

Downtown’s Pearl District offers lots of easy walking among scattered wine and beer

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Charlie Mingus – Doughnuts and a Truck

A man smiled and handed a crisp $100 bill to the young woman doling out maple and blueberry and key lime doughnuts to the early morning risers. Nodding at the long line of folks behind him, he wanted to buy breakfast for all of them. “My eight-year-old son recently passed away,” he said quietly, “and this was his favorite place to go at the beach.” Surrounded by beautiful white homes

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Karen-Lee Ryan – Walking Food Tour

Whether exploring a new city or tracking down a coffee shop in my own town, I prefer to park my car and set out on foot. When I meander through a neighborhood, I notice flowers and window displays and people I don’t see from the backseat of an Uber or behind the steering wheel of my car. And – even more fun still? – wandering through a community while devouring

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Ben Estus – Book of Mormon Actor

Tapping my toes and laughing out loud,  I  admit – a little sheepishly – I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  The material was shocking and offensive and often not tasteful at all. But the actors, singing the catchy songs and dancing to the spirited tunes, seemed to be having a whole lot of fun on stage. According to Ben Estus, he and his fellow ensemble members ARE having an absolute ball. For

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My Favorite Things To Do Along 30A

Scenic Highway 30A, a 24-mile stretch of the Florida Panhandle between Destin and Panama City, is my happy  place. Watching dolphins play in the emerald surf, I walk for miles on the beautiful beaches. It never gets old…. Here are some of my favorite things to do along 30A—and I know my list will change every now and then. I hope you enjoy checking out a few of these ideas—leaving

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Lindsay Mican Morgan – Chicago’s Thorne Miniature Rooms

I almost missed them. Tucked downstairs, beneath the main staircase and out of the way of the crowds, I stumbled upon an assortment of tiny creations. Playful, charming, interesting, evocative, fun, and, some even say, “cute.” “They are the most powerful form of educational cuteness there is,” their caretaker laughs. In the 1930’s, Chicago artist Mrs. James Ward Thorne, and her team of exacting artisans, constructed tiny, dollhouse-like rooms depicting

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Mo Houston – Walking The Camino De Santiago

Boarding a flight to Madrid, Mo Houston shoved her one piece of luggage, a backpack weighing less than 18 pounds, in the overhead bin. It contained two sets of clothes, a pair of shoes, flip flops, a rain suit, a head lamp, bandana, and not much else. All her supplies for the next month. For hundreds of years, people have journeyed to the Apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago

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My Favorite Things To Do In Nashville

Traveling to a new city, I don’t necessarily want an overwhelming list of restaurant recommendations and tourist attractions to sort through and analyze.  Just give me a few good spots to eat and fun places to go to get me started – leaving room for impromptu exploring and spontaneity. These are my current Nashville favorites – I know my list may change periodically.  Hope you enjoy checking out a few

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Jen Lofgren – Casting For Recovery

To me, fly fishing seems difficult. Wading in chilly waters, you wait for a hungry trout to nibble on an elaborate gadget composed of hair or feathers. According to Jen Lofgren, the sport doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating.  “Besides,” she adds, “you learn to appreciate the outdoors,  the tranquility, and your beautiful surroundings. After all, trout don’t live in ugly places!” Back in 1996, a fly fishing instructor

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Matt Russo and The Gambling Stick BBQ Trailer

According to Matt Russo, “a gambling stick is an old Appalachian name for a stick used to hang a pig from the limb of a tree. Threaded through the heels of the pig, the stick supports its weight while the animal is harvested.”  The gamble, and hope, is the stick can handle the pig’s weight, and the animal will not come tumbling down. In a parking lot in trendy East

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