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The Must-See
Museums of Bentonville

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The Must-See Museums of Bentonville

Children’s Museum of Bentonville The city of Bentonville, Arkansas creates a hometown feel with all the perks of a metropolis but with way less traffic. Bentonville has numerous museums ranging from American art to indigenous culture to children’s hands-on imagination and I got the pleasure to see them all! These museums are only a few short miles apart from each other. Crystal Bridges displays American art from colonial times to the present. It gets its name from the natural spring water in the area. The buildings are resting on two...

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Spring Bloom
in the Desert

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Spring Bloom in the Desert

Desert in “Superbloom”. Subtle – the word best describing this. I grew up in SoCal and trust me, even a subtle “Superbloom” is a rare and noteworthy sight. The same rains that soaked San Diego, make that all of California, gave Anza-Borrego Desert State Park nearly twice its average yearly rainfall this winter. All this led to an explosion of color. Although this year’s display is now beyond its peak, I ventured there to check it out. These are a subset of the images I returned with to share… Written by Steve Smith Photos...

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The Provincetown Welcome

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The Provincetown Welcome

A Welcoming B&B in Provincetown Excellent times benefited Cape Cod in the early 19th century, and by the late 1800’s Provincetown was the richest port in Massachusetts. Huge incomes were made by hardy men harvesting whales and salting the abundant codfish from which the peninsula got its name. However, fishing brought more than affluence to Provincetown. Early on it brought the employment of Azorean’s to crew fishing vessels, and established a diverse community that was no longer populated solely by descendants of English...

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Engaging Hands-on Science Museum

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Engaging Hands-on Science Museum

There is something to be said about hands-on exploring. I find information easier to follow when there is a visual or display of the explanation. The Mid-America Science Museum contains over 100 hands-on exhibits. These exhibits help to produce curiosity about science education by exploring life’s elements. The engaging museum can be found tucked away west of downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas. As I stood on the front property of the museum, I was taken back by the building nestled in the fall foliage. It was surrounded by massive trees standing...

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Arriving at Land’s End –
A Road Trip to Provincetown

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Arriving at Land’s End –  A Road Trip to Provincetown

A unique destination, discovered by Vikings and home to descendants of Pilgrims, Provincetown has long been a safe harbor for Portuguese fishermen, American artists and bohemian freethinkers. Known today simply as P’town, it continues to attract those seeking the outdoor, artistic and outside-the-box lifestyles. The Map Embedded above is the intersection between a story and earth orbiting satellites, an interactive Google Map Mashup. As with all Google Maps this is scalable. and drilling down to your destination will reveal a mashup that’s...

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Peli Peli, Houston’s South African Sunset

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Peli Peli, Houston’s South African Sunset

Enjoy South African Cuisine in Houston Peli Peli for South African Fusion My husband and I traveled into the Uptown District of the city of Houston for an exotic tasting experience at a local restaurant called Peli Peli, which specializes in South African fusion. Under a dome-shaped room with warm LED lights accentuating waves, like the soft South Africa sands, I took in the ambiance. The hue of comfortable colors had me imagining a South African sunset while illuminated figures encompassed the dreamy room, including the strong, husky...

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Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

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Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

WAIKIKI, Hawaii, April 28, 2016 — The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach is now accepting reservations, offering guests a new horizon of luxury in world-renowned Waikiki. This new residential resort is the latest addition to the Waikiki skyline, featuring the ultimate in resort-style living with expansive ocean views from every residence, global culinary experiences, exceptional amenities and legendary service. Perfectly positioned at the gateway to Waikiki, fronted by Luxury Row shopping, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach...

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Dali Exhibit in Beverly Hills

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Dali Exhibit in Beverly Hills

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills has unveiled Dali Exhibit at Two Rodeo Drive, which marks the first and largest outdoor showcase of Dali’s sculptures in the United States. This world class exhibition of 12 iconic Salvador Dali sculptures is presented by Two Rodeo Drive and Galerie Michael, with a sponsorship from Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau. Drawing visitors locally and internationally, the collection will be free to the public and on display at Two...

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Mt. Rainier’s World Famous Wildflowers

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Mt. Rainier’s World Famous Wildflowers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mt. Rainier, WA.- Mid-July means Mt. Rainier’s world-famous wildflowers are making their colorful debut, a vibrant display, welcoming park visitors during the Centennial of the National Park Service. “Wildflower season is a busy and breathtaking time at Mt. Rainier,” said Mary Kay Nelson, Executive Director of Visit Rainier. “Part of what makes wildflower season so exciting is different flowers bloom at different elevations around the mountain at different times. A person could make several trips throughout the season...

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Cook Street Inn – Provincetown, Massachusetts

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Cook Street Inn – Provincetown, Massachusetts

Provincetown, Massachusetts In this hectic, fast-paced world, it’s good to know that a charming, personable, haven with a white picket fence exists to get away from it all – The Inn at Cook Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts, a diverse fishing village and America’s oldest continuous arts colony. Located amidst beautiful gardens, steps from the beach one direction, and nearby restaurants and shops the other way, The Inn is an ideal getaway to relax, unplug and enjoy. The Inn at Cook Street recently reopened to launch their 2016...

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Mt. Rainier National Park Geotour

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Mt. Rainier National Park Geotour

June 24, 2016, FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE Mt. Rainier, WA – Visit Rainier continues to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service by releasing the third series of its Centennial GeoTour this coming July 1. The organization has partnered with Mt. Rainier National Park and Washington State Geocaching Association to create a 100-cache educational GeoTour. Over 2015-2106, 100 new geocaches are being placed around Mt. Rainier National Park and its gateway communities to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service in 2016....

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Exploring Chelsea, New York City

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Exploring Chelsea, New York City

Meatpacking District and Chelsea For many it may be the bright lights of Times Square, perhaps the abundance of green forestry in Central Park, or maybe the steel skyscrapers perched high above Nuts4Nuts stands. Some travel to New York City seeking the experience of these popular sites, yet others are more content with an alternative view of “the big city”. For many, the industrial building that houses dozens of diverse food venues, the one and a half mile converted railroad park, and the works of art at a modern museum are much more...

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Flipping Off the Intensity Switch

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Flipping Off the Intensity Switch

On my first visit into New York City I instantly fell in love. I’d always blown through JFK with the quick connection, hurriedly moving on to other destinations. This time my itinerary gave me a full day and night layover so I caught the train into the crowded canyons of Manhattan — it’s actually very simple — to experience first-hand the things that make the material life full. The entertainment, nightlife, sights, sounds, and flavors – I found it all here. However, the colors seem garishly bright and lights sometimes...

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Whitney Plantation: A Different Kind of Tour

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Whitney Plantation: A Different Kind of Tour

The Southern Plantation   A Slave Past I’ve visited plenty of plantations in the southern states. Most are beautifully restored homes and the tours focus on the gentility of the antebellum south where the greatest discomfort is owed to corsets and multiple petticoats and no air conditioning. I was eager to visit Whitney Plantation because its focus is set squarely on the slaves who made the aforementioned gentility possible. Wealth was due to the unpaid forced labor of brutalized men and women toiling in the fields and doing the more...

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Deep Breaths, Small Steps in Breckenridge, Colorado

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Deep Breaths, Small Steps in Breckenridge, Colorado

A Cabin in the Sky in Colorado Just shy of twelve-thousand feet, surrounded by the remnants of a log cabin, and mountainsides that look as if they belonged on the Tibetan Plateau, my girlfriend and I each took a seat on adjacent rocks. Our stomachs growled, but rather than dig into our packs for the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that were waiting, we just stared at the tiny waves that rocked across Crystal Lake, just south of Breckenridge, Colorado. We left Connecticut on a whim, with only a backpack each, intending to soak in as much of...

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Geeky Portland’s Top Five

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Geeky Portland’s Top Five

Portland for Geeks Portland, Oregon, is known for many things, from craft breweries and independent eateries to its generally quirky aesthetic, embraced by locals with the slogan “Keep Portland Weird”. But that’s far from all. Portland is also one of the geekiest places on Earth. Welcome to Geeky Portland. While a love for comics, games, and old TV shows have permeated the entire city, there are a few especially geeky highlights. 1. Powell’s City of Books Nestled between downtown and the Pearl District is a massive...

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Great, Cheap Dining in L.A.

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Great, Cheap Dining in L.A.

Eating Right in Los Angeles As a lifetime Angeleno I have heard every complaint from friends – particularly New Yorkers – about Los Angeles’ great, cheap dining options. They rave about their city’s hot dogs and pizza on every corner, or the Philly cheese stake place just across the street. I suppose proximity sometimes equals delicious. I’ll admit there is more work getting into the car and dealing with L. A.’s notorious traffic. However, with over 160 languages spoken in Los Angeles, there are no shortage of great food –...

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Mofungo and Mulligans: Golfing in Puerto Rico

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Mofungo and Mulligans: Golfing in Puerto Rico

  Mofungo and Mulligans: Golfing in Puerto Rico They might as well have handed me a magic wand for all I knew what to do with a golf club. My trip to the northeast region of Puerto Rico called for a golf-centered adventure hitting up all the top courses on the island. At first the talent of the other players was overwhelming as they traded handicap stats and knowledge of the pros standings back and forth. But I diligently practiced, observed and eagerly embraced the sport – not hard to do in the palm-tree laden, spicy environment of an...

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Top 5 Things to do in Galveston, Texas in 2014

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Top 5 Things to do in Galveston, Texas in 2014

Doing it in Galveston The 32 miles of serene beaches are an allure to millions of people who visit Galveston Island each year, but the beaches only tell part of the story of this city that was once one of America’s largest ports. Trip Advisor recently named Galveston as one of the “Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the U.S.” in 2014, and it’s not hard to see why. Many refer to Galveston as the “Republic of Galveston Island” because it is remarkably different from the rest of Texas. It is reasonably close...

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Norwegian launches new routes

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Norwegian launches new routes

Norwegian launches new routes between Scandinavia and Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland-San Francisco (OAK) and Orlando (MCO) in spring 2014. Norwegian will operate the 787 Dreamliner on the routes. At the same time Norwegian launches a new route between New York (JFK) and Copenhagen. Norwegian continues to launch new intercontinental routes as it takes delivery of more 787 Dreamliners. Los Angeles, Oakland-San Francisco and Orlando are the newest additions to the airline’s intercontinental route map. “I’m very happy to announce the launch of three...

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