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.


Experience The Civil Rights Trail

Roaming 14 states and their significant landmarks seems a bit much for one trek along the South’s new Civil Rights Trail. That’s why Cultural Heritage TravelingMom breaks it down in some meaningful chunks. Build your journey with her tips and experiences involving museums, churches, courthouses and neighborhoods. Meeting the people in those places tells the story best. Traveling with intention to understand America’s quest for social justice just got easier. That’s the gift of the Civil Rights Trail launched in 2018 by TravelSouthUSA. Imagine the chance to talk to people in 14 states, collectively knowing thousands of real stories...

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Experience The Ancient World In Kid-Friendly LaGrange, Georgia

  If vacationing in a Biblical History Center sounds too churchy for you, follow Cultural Heritage TravelingMom’s footsteps to find why LaGrange, Georgia is an ancient world exploration with plenty of action and experiences. She has tips of other fun things to do in LaGrange too, including America’s newest Great Wolf Lodge. Digging in the dirt reveals real-deal ancient treasures, when kids become junior archaeologists in a diverse and interesting town 66 miles southwest of Atlanta. That’s where the Biblical History Center replicates the feel of family life mentioned in Bible stories. Plenty of hands-on experiences crop up on...

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11 Ways This Small Town Delivers Excellence: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

  Gotta take big city vacations to dive into fine dining, interesting conversations, distinctive lodging, right? Cultural Heritage TravelingMom tested the opposite notion in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, population touching 1,000. On a small town getaway, she found deeply contented people engaged in lively, sophisticated enterprises they share with visitors. Here’s how to access the excellence. 11 Ways This Small Town Delivers Excellence: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin Small town getaway is likely to rival road trip as a travel category, like cruising or beach bumming, after a few days in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Happened to me. Here it is easy to...

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5 Ways To Explore Roswell, GA, Atlanta’s Northern Suburb

Why bother with the suburbs when the main city is spectacular?  Cultural Heritage TravelingMom tested that question, skipping over Atlanta to seek the vibe in Roswell, Georgia, 20 miles to the north. Her results were solid, with day trips into the metro still possible. And, she found an incredible first-ever-heard history tale.   5 Ways To Explore Roswell, GA, Atlanta’s Northern Suburb Atlanta’s northern suburb, Roswell tells stories of the South in ways visitors can walk right in. That means historic homes to tour, river waters to paddle, boardwalks to stroll over fragile wetlands, and paved paths to follow...

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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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