Christine Tibbetts, Cultural Heritage TMOM

Christine Tibbetts, Cultural Heritage TMOM

Christine Tibbetts believes family travel is shared discovery -- almost like having a secret among generations who travel together. She's Destinations Editor and writing coach for TravelingMom. The matriarch of a big blended clan with many adventuresome traveling members, she is a classically-trained journalist. Christine handled PR and marketing accounts for four decades, specializing in tourism, the arts, education, politics and community development.  She builds travel features with depth interviews and abundant musing to uncover the soul of each place.


Best Things To Do (And Eat) In Birmingham, AL

  The history of Birmingham, Alabama, is complex, so it’s no wonder following the Civil Rights Trail reveals many new possibilities.  Cultural Heritage TravelingMom found as many culinary and artistic surprises as vital American history stories. People with personal ties to the history still live here, and so do newcomers. Find out the things to do to immerse in all of the flavors of historic downtown Birmingham. For decades, I thought the things to do in Birmingham, Alabama meant civil rights history.  Start and finish.  Only stories with pain. I know better now after a three-day visit loaded with...

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Southeast Holiday Lights Celebrate Gardens, Regional Traditions Too

Where you are geographically makes a difference looking at dazzling holiday light shows. In the Southeast, many displays pay homage to the temperate region with LED bulbs and intricate scenes recreating the gardens, waterways and animals of the South. Sure you’ll find traditions and the stories that define the holidays, but here a traveling family can also  immerse in holiday lights that tell a story of treasures particularly southern too. There’s always a chance the weather will be easy-breezy for viewing holiday lights in the U.S. Southeast. It might even be warm enough to unbutton your sweater. Perhaps that’s why...

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Nobody’s Coming Home This Holiday: Empty Nest Tips

  When going to Grandma’s for the holidays loses its luster, how’s she supposed to cope with empty nest blues?  Can a nagging sense of rejection be diverted? Surviving the first empty nest holiday season might feel rocky, but doesn’t need to. The home of Cultural Heritage TravelingMom used to be holiday central, overflowing with many generations, but not this year. What’s the holiday cheer (or blues) prognosis when traditions change?  Empty Nest Survival Tips Go to their houses, cautiously Claim your memories, then change the traditions Eat holiday favorites before traveling Volunteer to fill empty nest loneliness Redirect...

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6 Ways To Find Old Florida in DeLand, And Why

Famous Florida attractions create great vacations, but why not try something different? Like swim in crystal blue waters.  Cruise the St. Johns River spotting birds and ’gators. Cook pancakes in an old sugar mill. Cultural Heritage TravelingMom loves modern Daytona but set out for nearby DeLand instead to find out if Old Florida is still there, and where new vibes fit in. Gotta go there images never used to pop in my head for Florida vacations in a town named DeLand and a county called West Volusia. That’s  Old Florida and my friends talk about new stuff. So I set...

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Tips Toward Gentle Sports in Door County, Wisconsin

Outdoorsy vacation places can discourage not-so-athletic travelers like our Cultural Heritage TravelingMom. In Door County, Wisconsin, however, she found just the right activities to engage with dense northern woods and abundant lake waters. Extreme-sports families can get their adrenaline rush, too, on paths that intersect with those of modest athletes when desired. Early autumn was a good time for me to explore Wisconsin’s long narrow peninsula named Door County. Joy finding the first whisper of fall temperatures with blue skies and bright sunshine. I wanted to match my modest hiking, biking, and boating skills in a place with a...

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3 Tips To Pinpoint St. Augustine Lodging Via Casa de Suenos

Sometimes staying in a kid-free, no-pets historic inn feels like escaping from the family. Cultural Heritage TravelingMom discovered just the opposite in St. Augustine, Florida, at Casa de Suenos. Luxury, yes, in the adults-only historic district property she stayed in, but also abundant, solid tips about the Inn’s sister properties, which are kid-friendly. Easy research for future trips over a lingering, luxurious breakfast. A girlfriend getaway to St. Augustine, Florida, begged for adult-only accommodations with luxury amenities. Found that but kept my eye on tips for multi-generational traveling families like mine that need to scout tips for later trips....

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9 Reasons To Follow The Pink Marble Trail in Knoxville, Tennessee

Pink marble is more than pretty, especially when you pay attention to it in Knoxville. This East Tennessee city offers plenty of reasons for a visit and Cultural Heritage TravelingMom recommends following the Pink Marble Trail for extra pleasures. The Pink Marble Trail, Knoxville, Tennessee I’m in a bit of a rush to return to New York City and the public library now that I followed Knoxville, Tennessee’s Pink Marble Trail.  This is a real-deal 34-mile loop with a brochure and website. Why New York? I’m pretty sure those majestic library lions will wink at me.  They’ll know I experienced...

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Practice French Dining Skills With Preschoolers at Disney

If taking your little kids to other countries feels daunting, try the route Cultural Heritage TravelingMom traveled – French dining at Epcot World Showcase to practice Parisian table manners. Wish I had invited my mother to dinner at the Epcot World Showcase before I took her to Paris. French dining at Disney would have provided much-needed cultural understanding. Instead, decades later I took her great-granddaughter to Les Chefs de France at Walt Disney World for an evening of French dining immersion. Mother was 80 when we went to Paris for her birthday. My granddaughter was five for our 2017...

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Hotel Review: Expect SOHO-style Chic Hotel Vandivort, Springfield, Missouri

When you need lodging in a place you’ve not spent much, if any, time thinking about, can expectations be high for a stunning boutique hotel experience? Cultural Heritage TravelingMom discovered a resounding “yes” in Springfield, Missouri. Vandivort – A Springfield Missouri Hotel Inconvenient flight schedules gave me the gift of discovering a glorious hotel in Springfield, Missouri, a city of 165,000 people.  With 50 guest rooms and alluring design, the Hotel Vandivort raises the bar for travel expectations. Masons built themselves a temple in 1906 where they followed their rites and rituals for 75 years. Performers turned it into...

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Cook Some History With Iron Skillet Cooking

Cooking classes shape the intention for lots of culinary travel trips worldwide, but could you also care about time-travel cooking? The head-back-in-time kind of foodways. Cultural Heritage TravelingMom checked out iron skillet cooking in a circa 1845 farmhouse at Georgia’s living history museum. Iron Skillet Cooking Class Strength training composes part of iron skillet cooking in my house. Grandmother’s pans are heavy. Maybe new skillets are miraculously lighter, but my kitchen-loving, lard-loving husband and I have only the old heavy black ones with history. We cook by instinct, and sometimes with recipes, but mostly conjuring what the dearly departed...

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