With all there is to see and do in Santa Barbara, as we learned in the first two parts of this feature series, you definitely need some downtime to relax and rejuvenate.
In our first exploration of Santa Barbara—dubbed “The American Riviera” and situated along the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline just 92 miles north of Los Angeles, 249 miles from Carmel and Monterey and 332 miles south of San Francisco—we learned about its early history, stunning Spanish architecture and the tip of the iceberg in terms of its sites and attractions.
We started this summer California road trip series in the beautiful city of Santa Monica, driving in a Jucy Rental, a New Zealand-based travel company that operates a fleet of retrofitted campervans featuring a 1950s-inspired mascot called “Jucy Lucy.” From there it was just a short one and a half hour drive north to Santa Barbara.
The heat is on, and so is the wealth of exciting, funky and fun events all across the nation. Here are just a few to add to your travel itineraries this summer. Enjoy!
Last time around we had just barely scratched the surface of Santa Monica, Calif., a unique, beachside community known around the world.
The beaches. An iconic pier. Miles of picturesque bike paths. Beautiful toned Southern California bodies.
Summer is well on its way, and if you haven’t already planned a road trip escape, I have something for you to consider: gettin’ JUCY!
Resorts and Travel
It’s hard to fathom—and in some ways it’s very disturbing—that in this generation, where Americans have been deep in the throes of numerous global military conflicts, we have also reached the 100th anniversary of World War I. Also known as the “Great War,” it raged from 1914 to 1918, with the participation of reportedly over 100 countries, including those in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and, of course, America.
It’s hard to capture the true essence of a city in one article, and even with this, the last of a three-part series on Philadelphia, there’s so much more to tell about the city’s fascinating early history, sites and attractions, Afrocentric points of interests, accommodations, culinary adventures and more.
In the first part of our exploration of Philadelphia, we were just getting the lay of the land, including the 55-acre, 20-city block Independence National Historical Park, the Liberty Bell Center, the National Constitution Center and several other sites in and around the downtown area. But all of that is just the tip of the iceberg of what Philly has to offer. Unique attractions and historically significant African-American sites are a big part of the story.
Believe it or not, the school year is fast coming to a close, and I don’t know about you, but after about 10 months of homework, science projects, soccer tournaments and everything in between, we’re all ready for a break. I really don’t care where—I just need to get outta here!
New York City is on a literary roll as of late. As one of the most fascinating cities in the world, it has been the subject of countless articles, movies and documentaries, plays and more. Discovering New York City is like pulling back the layers of an onion—the deeper you go, the more richness and flavor you find.
I really don’t like the saying, “All good things must come to an end,” because that means it’s time to wrap up this feature series in the beautiful province of Quebec, Canada—but not before I extol the virtues of two more amazing places that just must be on your Canadian travel bucket list.
Our next spa stop was Spa Natur’Eau, an oasis that far exceeds your wildest expectations.
I was thrilled to be invited to participate in a spa-themed travel writing trip to enjoy four spas in as many days.
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.
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.”
Oakland has changed dramatically in the 14 years since I left, offering so much more for denizens and visitors alike.
Peeling back the multifarious layers of Oakland, California a fusion of distinctive neighborhoods and one of the most diverse cities in the country.
It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been here, if ever—the views from the airplane window are always captivating.
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.
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.
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.
The Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort totally had me
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
I knew that Mark Twain and the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” of Titanic fame were part of the rich history in Hannibal. But as I learned, there is a great deal more to this quaint Missouri town than meets the eye.
Well, here we are, already into the second month of the year! As daunting as it may seem that time is flying by so fast, it’s equally as exciting to see the wealth of ongoing and current events taking place that are sure to delight and inspire.
A one-part article is not nearly long enough to capture the essence of the Canadian jewel that is Montreal.
“With amazing food, glorious public spaces and unparalleled museums, theme parks and beaches, the only thing ‘budget’ about these world-class vacation spots is the price tag!”
This is particularly fun for me with travel—looking back on all the fascinating places I visited and experiences I shared during the past year, in addition to planning out more, sure-to-be amazing adventures to share with you all.
Travel isn’t all about where you are going and how you get there, but also what you take with you.
Although the weather has finally turned cold, and you may not be out and about as much, you can still do a little traveling, albeit from a comfy chair with a hot drink and a great book.
Fredericksburg, Texas has quite a reputation for wonderful accommodations, fantastic culinary adventures, great beer and wine exploration, and exciting recreational spots.
first impressions of Fredericksburg, Texas
Places this travel writer wants to jet off to.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, thus signaling the beginning of the food frenzy that lasts until New Year’s Day. And while every year your goal might be to not overdo it, a true foodie doesn’t even have those thoughts in their realm of consciousness.
From Afrocentric films to significant art exhibitions, circus performances and food, November is a great month to celebrate
Last time around, we had just started exploring African-American history past and present in Springfield, as it is inextricably tied to the issue of slavery in Lincoln’s day and how the city has developed since then. In addition to visiting the Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Museum and the various sites tied to the 1908 Race Riot as shown on the city’s self-guided, eight-marker tour, I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with Douglas King, a founder and board member of the museum.
Somehow, just about everything in Springfield, Ill., dovetails back to Abraham Lincoln
In the very beginning of our summer road trip to explore the “Land of Lincoln,” we embarked upon Highway 72 in Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, traveled west approximately 50 miles to Decatur, then another 39 miles into Springfield
We began the first part of this adventure to explore the “Land of Lincoln” in Decatur, Ill., located along Highway 72 in the central part of the state, approximately 46 miles from Bloomington to the north and 39 miles from Springfield to the west. Our next stop is just 50 miles to the east to visit Champaign.
Before I passed through the city of Decatur, Ill., during my summer road trip to explore the “Land of Lincoln,” I didn’t know much about it other than it being located along Highway 72 in the central part of the state, approximately 46 miles from Bloomington to the north, 39 miles from Springfield to the west and 50 miles from Urbana-Champaign to the east.
Wow! The year sure is flying by, and here is the beginning of the fall season already. But even though the cooler weather is beginning to make an appearance, and Halloween and the holidays will soon be upon us, it will not diminish the number of fantastic Afrocentric events, attractions and so forth coming our way to bring us to the end of this year and usher us into the next. Enjoy!
I know the way the world is leaning evermore toward increased technology use, including the popularity of e-readers. But for me, you’ll never be able to emulate, or replace, the feel of sitting down and curling up with a good book.
So we’ve delved into Sioux Falls’ early history and learned about the many African-Americans who greatly influenced the socioeconomic, political, business and artistic landscape here. Now, we’ve got one last look at the culinary scene, plus a wealth of great outdoor attractions.
Last time around, we had just begun our exploration of Sioux Falls, S.D., named after the Sioux Native American Tribe, who were the first inhabitants of the area, and the Big Sioux River that runs through it. With a population close to 160,000 people, it is the largest city in the state.
There are several cities that position themselves as the “Heart of America,” and Sioux Falls, S.D., is one of them.
I’m in complete denial that it is September! How can the year go by so fast? Well, whether I like it or not, time does move on, but that doesn’t mean that I have to miss out on all of the fantastic events, exhibits, travel, festivals and more happening all around the country and beyond.
One of the pleasures—and hazards—of frequent travel is all of the fantastic meals along the way. Although, foodie that I am, I enjoy every bit of it and try to eat as healthy as possible, I (willingly) succumb to a lot more calories and a lot less fruit and veggies on the road. So in addition to drinking a lot of water and taking my vitamins, I take a few Flax Paks along.
When I first got acquainted with what are today called food trucks, it was the early 1980s, when only a small handful of these rickety, off-white with rust “accents” buckets of bolts used to rumble up to certain office buildings mid-morning, filling the air with the heavy aromas of bacon grease, grill smoke and motor oil.