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Ebony Escapes! Along Route 66

Ebony Escapes

Celebrating its 88th birthday this year is one of our country’s most significant icons and an invaluable slice of Americana—Route 66. For many a traveler, Route 66 is on their bucket list of adventures, but before you set out on your own particular Route 66 adventure, you have to go back to the beginning.

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I’ll see you in court!

Reminiscing over a bygone era can take place in a variety of forms—music, art, the written word, photography—and the latter is the medium that Chris Flook, a telecommunications instructor at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., chose for a summer driving trip in which he photographed all 92 county courthouses and adjoining squares as part of his project, “Indiana Courthouse Squares.”

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Oakland: An untold story

Oakland has changed dramatically in the 14 years since I left, offering so much more for denizens and visitors alike.

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Many compelling stories, one vibrant city—this is Oakland

Peeling back the multifarious layers of Oakland, California a fusion of distinctive neighborhoods and one of the most diverse cities in the country.

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Ebony Escapes!to Oakland, the other city by the bay

It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been here, if ever—the views from the airplane window are always captivating.

Best buys for your travel buck

If you’re like me, you want a lot more simplicity in your life. So I am constantly on the lookout for great ideas, products and gadgets that can help me pare down, reduce stress and travel smarter and lighter.

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Traveling into March

Ebony Escapes!

Spring is just around the corner—yahoo! That means more pleasant temps and longer days that allow us to get out and delve into a wealth of fascinating and exciting events of interest to communities of color and others happening all across the country.

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Pampering—mind, body and soul

Thanks for joining us as we continue our pampering—mind, body and soul—at the Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort, located just 90 miles south of Chicago.

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Ebony Escapes! A resort spa experience like no other

The Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort totally had me

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Hannibal is much more than Mark Twain

In the first part of this travel series, we had just delved into this quaint, small town of just under 18,000 people. However, Hannibal’s breadth is not confined to its size or the number of its denizens. A closer look reveals rich depth and complexities that combine to make it one of Missouri’s most popular tourist attractions



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