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Hello, Manhattan!

I dashed up the stairs from my office. “I was thinking, how would you like to spend a few days in Manhattan?” I asked, trying to sound composed and nonchalant. My husband’s eyes sparkled. “Absolutely,” he nodded. A pyramid of red, white and blue lights at the Rockefeller Center attracts crowds. (V&V Hospitality & Media Services) Just moments before I had received an unexpected offer from a dear friend who had invited us to spend …

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Delightful Berea, Kentucky

Often road trips are the best way to get from A to B, especially if they involve an overnight stay or two along the way. There’s no guessing what gems you’ll discover. Such was the case when my husband and I undertook a trip from southern Ontario to Florida to conduct research for the annual Travel Guide to Florida. I had allowed for an overnight stay at the halfway point of our trip. I knew …

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Racing to the DAYTONA 500

The excitement is palpable. Racing fans of all ages, sporting their favourite driver’s colours, line up outside the gate. And it’s only 6:50 a.m.! There’s no other sport quite like NASCAR and the DAYTONA 500 is the grandaddy of them all. Every February, the scene repeats itself at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach and organizers always promise this hive of relentless movement and energy will be a great experience. Within sight and easy …

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Live it up in Grand Style

Think of Mont-Tremblant, Québec, and snow and ski slopes immediately come to mind. However this destination offers a variety of enjoyable activities and events year-round. As bed-and-breakfast owners in Niagara-on-the-Lake, it was a rare treat to realize to have four free days to ourselves during our summer peak season. Eager to spend time with family members from Montréal, we couldn’t resist an escape to Mont-Tremblant—the perfect place for our family gathering. The challenge: find comfortable …

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Florida Vibes

Like many Canadians, I had visited different areas of Florida over the years. However I never truly appreciated its diversity until my husband and I embarked on a 35-day road trip through the Sunshine State. We started in Monticello and Tallahassee, the state capital, then headed west over to Pensacola on the Gulf coast and drove south all the way to Key West along the west coast, then north again up the Atlantic Coast to …

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Off the Beaten Path in Florida

According to TripAdvisor, Florida is the state with the most things to see and do. Add in hundreds of miles of beaches and the Everglades, and it’s easy to see why the Sunshine State continues to draw visitors to its sandy shores year-round. Every year introduces new attractions, museums and experiences—especially in the Orlando area, the nation’s top destination for fun and adventure. While Disney, SeaWorld and other amusement parks throughout Florida deliver endless excitement, …

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Cruise Our Canadian Waters

I must admit that when I think of cruising, depending on the season, my mind immediately drifts toward Caribbean or European—perhaps even Asian and South Pacific—destinations. Let’s face it. Cruise companies have done a fabulous job of promoting cruises that take us away from Canada. But what about the wonderful cruising opportunities that exist closer to home? Adventure Canada (adventurecanada.com) operates ships that may take you to Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Sable Island, New …

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