Be Treated Like a Royal at The Greenbrier in West Virginia

If you want to be treated like royalty, visit The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. The Greenbrier gives you a chance to channel your inner Princess Kate, whether you are sipping wine in one of many plush public rooms, steeping in an herbal bath at the spa, enjoying one of several gourmet restaurants, exploring its 6000 landscaped acres – or playing golf, tennis, swimming, or one of 50+ other on-site activities. Go to the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia if you want the temporary illusion of living the life of a royal. At the Greenbrier, my...

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Bridge Walk is Don’t Miss Adventure in West Virginia

Would you be tempted to walk across a narrow steel catwalk, 851 feet in the air, if your reward was panoramic views of the river, gorge, and woods below? The catwalk is part of the New River Gorge Bridge, an adventure in West Virginia. My 13-year old niece and I were excited by the adventure of walking the narrow path that stretches the length of the bridge, and eagerly put on safety straps. What do you think – yikes, or tempted? Adventure in West Virginia Stretched out over a river is the New River Gorge Bridge, a not-to-miss adventure...

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Choose Your Own Adventure at Adventures on the Gorge

Do members of your family have different appetites for adventure travel? At Adventures on the Gorge in West Virginia, you choose your own level of adventure. Adventure junkies can pilot their own whitewater rafts, tackle challenging aerial ropes courses, and zipline above the treetops. Others – like me – can let an expert guide the raft and enjoy gorgeous mountain views, nature hikes, and more. Sunset and mist on the mountains at Adventures on the Gorge (Photo Philadelphia TMOM Sarah Ricks) Adventures on the Gorge – West Virginia Choose your own level of adventure at Adventures on the Gorge,...

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Grace Under Pressure at the Greenbrier Hotel

When we arrived at the legendary Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, we did not expect to be stranded there a day later, as the worst flooding in decades engulfed the region, killing at least 26 people and leading to the  cancellation of the PGA Tour. The hotel flooded and lost power. Yet the staff kept the stately hotel running. The Greenbrier hotel staff amazed me with their true hospitality and grace under pressure. We checked in at the elegant Greenbrier Hotel on Wednesday. The next day, 10 inches of rain pounded West Virginia. Flash floods uprooted huge trees, closed...

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Why We’re Going to Europe – Despite the State Department Warning

The U.S. State Department recently warned Americans about visiting Europe this summer. Be on the alert for potential terrorist attacks, the State Department said. Possible targets include major tourist sites, sports events, restaurants, and transportation hubs, the State Department said. So why am I going to Europe with my family this summer? Why am I going to Europe with my family this summer, when the State Department just issued a warning about travel to Europe? Am I crazy? I don’t think so. Keeping Risk in Perspective It is a question of perspective. What are the odds that my family will be...

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Best 8 Views of the Philadelphia Skyline – 6 for free!

To appreciate the grandeur of a city, drink in its skyline. If you are new to a city, taking in the skyline can be a wonderful introduction to the place. Even if you have visited before, or you live nearby the city, seeing the city’s skyline can rekindle your romance. Here are my top 8 places to view the Philadelphia skyline. Bonus: six are free!   Enjoying a city’s skyline can help orient you to a new place or let you get a new perspective on a city you already know well. You’ll find your own favorite view of...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With Kids in Philadelphia

On May 5, Cinco de Mayo honors a Mexican military victory – and often is celebrated by adults drinking margaritas and beer. But Philadelphia offers plenty of kid-friendly ways to celebrate Mexican culture on Cinco de Mayo – and throughout the year. All year, Philadelphia has authentic Mexican food, a street that feels like you’re in Mexico, and Mexican artwork. And, leading up to Cinco de Mayo, Philadelphia has music and dance performances to celebrate Mexican culture. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With Kids  in Philadelphia Cinco de Mayo, May 5, is celebrated mostly in the U.S. (for why, see...

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Enjoy Free Horse Racing in Philadelphia

Who doesn’t love the Kentucky Derby? But even if you can’t travel to Kentucky, you can enjoy live horse racing closer to home. The Parx Horse Racing Track in Philadelphia is a small, family-friendly horse racing track that lets you get up close to the horses and jockeys. Only about 40 minutes from Center City Philadelphia, your family can enjoy an afternoon of watching horses race just a few feet away. And it’s free! Everyone loves the thrill of the Kentucky Derby. But if you can’t travel to Kentucky to see that horse race in person, you can enjoy...

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4 Reasons South Africa Belongs on Your Bucket List

Visit South Africa to see lions, elephants, zebra, water buffalo, and rhinos in the wild. You’ll love the stunning physical beauty of Cape Town’s mountains, beaches, and sea views. Enjoy wine tasting at South Africa vineyards. South Africa’s tragic racial history is emotionally challenging but inspiring. And the strong dollar makes it more affordable in 2016. Can these four reasons entice you to put South Africa on your bucket list? . Magical Safaris A safari to see wild animals eating, ambling, and playing in their natural habitats is unlike any other experience. My teenaged son and I loved it!...

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Johannesburg, South Africa is a City of Contrasts

Take advantage of the strong dollar to visit Johannesburg for its fascinating Apartheid Museum, the inspiring Constitutional Court, great restaurants, shopping for both luxury goods and for traditional South African crafts, and the chance to see a traditional African medicine shop. Johannesburg is a city of stark contrasts, both glittering upscale malls and townships of people living in striking poverty, which you can visit with a guide. Johannesburg, South Africa has both upscale shopping and shocking poverty, both inspiring current history and a tragic past of racial apartheid. Exploring this fascinating city of contrasts is more affordable now than...

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