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.


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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Save Critical Habitats: Watch Sandhill Crane Migration

Grand migrations of astonishing numbers of animals trigger excitement through books and movies, but what about in person? Cultural Heritage TravelingMom took a look at the Sandhill crane migration that Jane Goodall calls one of the world’s 10 best. Check it out in Nebraska’s Platte River Valley. Where to Go for the World’s Best Sandhill Crane Migration? Seeking Sandhill cranes in big numbers pointed me to Nebraska. World-class migration was my goal, but travel to Africa for the wildebeests is daunting. I found the elegant birds, and enough rare and critical habitats to fill a year with ecotourism travel....

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Northwoods of Wisconsin: Cranberries, Supper Clubs & Art Classes

Leaf peeping and hiking in the Northwoods of Wisconsin is an obvious autumn travel goal, and so are snow sports in the winter. But what about some unexpected, maybe quirky options? That’s what Cultural Heritage TravelingMom headed north to experience, discovering towns with charming names–Manitowish Waters, Land O’Lakes and St. Germain, and cranberries, supper clubs and art classes. Discovering the Supper Club in Northwoods of Wisconsin Seems a bit extreme going to the Northwoods of Wisconsin for supper, but when the reason are as full of cultural history as culinary curiosity, why not? SUPPER CLUB is the specific force driving...

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Tips To Energize Your Mexico City Vacation

City vacations generally include iconic stops like the Eiffel Tower or Charles Bridge, Westminster Palace or St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Cultural Heritage TravelingMom set out to find what the icons might undergird Mexico City energies. Cultural Heritage in Mexico City Manhattan’s my idea of a metropolitan holiday. London, Paris, Prague, Chicago too. Never did I picture me in Mexico City. Mexico’s for beaches with side trips to Mayan archeology for diversity. Until I went to Mexico City. Now I think differently. This change of heart happened with an invitation to dinner. Do your travels ever launch in unlikely ways? Essence of Mexico...

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Christmas Tips To Love Roanoke in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

    Heading to the Blue Ridge Mountains for summer family fun is a no-brainer.  Hike, camp, picnic, kayak, swim. Outdoors stuff. Choosing the Blue Ridge area around Roanoke, Virginia, in winter calls for some tips. Cultural Heritage TravelingMom took a look at the metro and mountain ways to jump start her 2016 Christmas season. Each idea will fit for 2017 travels too.   Christmas Tips To Love Roanoke in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Knowing a little about some outdoorsy places in Virginia’s Blue Ridge cities named Roanoke and Salem, I wondered about indoors options for brisk winter days. Could...

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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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Wisconsin Northwoods More Than Autumn Leaves

When the Deep South is home base, travel to the Wisconsin Northwoods opens up vast new experiences. In the Fall, Cultural Heritage TravelingMom checked out one Wisconsin county with a dozen communities. Deep-snow winter would be another adventure. Expect the Unexpected at Wisconsin Northwoods Autumn leaves failed as my reason to travel to the Wisconsin Northwoods in late September. Nothing wrong with the leafy color wheel. But I couldn’t stay focused on gold, red, orange and green because of other unexpected pleasures. Water dominated my activities, as did the woods, in ways richer than the leaf palette I sought. I wonder...

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Going Back: 5 Reasons To Revisit Travel to Jordan

The peaceful kingdom of Jordan enticed Cultural Heritage TravelingMom to a first visit just because she could. Intent to delve deeper, perhaps listen more carefully, and connect more of the dots of history propelled her back to Jordan. Read on for five reasons to revisit travel to Jordan. Why Travel to Jordan…Again? Friends and family raised an eyebrow or two when I announced I was returning to Jordan. Easy to tell they were thinking, “Any reason travel to Jordan AGAIN?” Instinct told me to go back, travel to Jordan for the second time, to delve more deeply in what...

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