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Lysa Allman-Badwin

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Mexican love at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort

In the first part of our Mexico getaway, we had just begun to explore beautiful Los Cabos, situated approximately 1,030 miles south of San Diego at the southern tip of Baja Mexico (sometimes called Baja California), hugging the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) to the east.

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Vacation rentals increasingly replacing hotel stays

When I was growing up, vacation accommodations encompassed a handful of options: a hotel or motel, camping or staying at a friend or relative’s house

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Ebony Escapes! into May 2015

You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, I don’t know about the shower part, but May is definitely “blooming” with an abundance of insightful, delightful, creative, fun and fascinating events.

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More to Macon than meets the eye

African-Americans have played a significant role in the history of Macon, Ga., since its early founding. Although many people identify the city with two of its most famous native sons—Otis Redding and Little Richard—there were numerous other African-Americans and institutions that helped make the city what it is today.

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Macon, Georgia: ‘The Song and Soul of the South’

In the first part of this feature series, we had just begun to grasp the overall “lay of the land” of Macon, Ga., a boutique town of approximately 90,000 residents situated a little more than an hour northwest of Atlanta.

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Welcome to Macon, Georgia!

Located a little over an hour’s drive north from Atlanta, Macon is a boutique town (approximately 90,000 people in the entire county) that offers a bigger city punch.

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For the love of travel (guides)

This week, Lysa Allman-Baldwin discusses travel guides for travelers of all kinds.

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Great finds for the traveler on the go

One of the benefits of being a travel writer is that you often find out about many of the latest travel accessories, gadgets, clothing, books and so forth as soon as they come on the market, each offering its own unique features for those on the go.

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Mayan history and culture in Mexico

One of the most beautiful areas of Mexico, the Riviera Maya possesses a deep, rich Mayan history—the people who were thought to have risen to prominence around 250 A.D. and were eventually dominated and almost wiped out in the 16th century by the Spanish conquistadors.

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Exploring the Riviera Maya

If you were to look at a map of Mexico, which looks like the lower portion of a mermaid, you would find the Riviera Maya, where her delicate fin curls northward at the tip.

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Ebony Escapes! into March 2015

Hello, (almost) spring! It won’t be long before we’ll be shedding those heavy coats, taking out our lighter sweaters and getting ready to take advantage of the warmer weather to explore the many happenings going on this month. Here are just a few to get your March travel plans underway.

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72 hours in Denver

So your spouse has a series of business meetings, one of your best friends is attending a conference or its time to take one of the kids for a college campus visit. For whatever reason, you’ll be in the beautiful “Mile High City,” Denver.

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Hot travel destinations for 2015

2015 is going to be a great year for travel! Numerous A-List travel publications are spreading the travel gospel to new adventurers, seasonal voyagers and travel junkies alike.

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Music and culinary thrills in San Francisco

Whether you’re into a chaotic bar scene, mellow speakeasy vibes, classical music, artistic dance performances, the opera, DF-infused dance beats, intimate live ensembles, piano bars or anything in between, you’ll find something to fit your musical temperament in San Francisco.

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San Francisco, the ‘City by the Bay’

Whether you’re a first-timer or repeat visitor in San Francisco, you’ll be amazed at the amazing number of sites and attractions peppered throughout this city, encompassing only about 49 square miles.

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Wanderlust guides for the adventurous traveler

To help you in your quest to explore the vast expanse of this beautiful country, the folks at Bella Terra Publishing have created “Rail U.S.A.: Museums & Trips,” three unique regional guide maps featuring more than 1,200 railroad points of interest.

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Ebony Escapes! into January 2015

Well, although it may seem like time is just flying by, it also marks the beginning of a whole new year of exciting events, exhibits and more celebrating African-American culture all over the Diaspora. Happy New Year and enjoy!

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Welcome to Ann Arbor, Michigan

Sooner or later, almost every place has its day in the sun—the time when the outside world learns what most of the locals have known and been nurturing for years.

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Travel to celebrate the New Year

It’s hard to believe, but 2015 is just around the corner.

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Delightful lodging and the fine arts in and around Monterey

In the first part of our exploration of Monterey, Calif., we had just started delving into the early history, historic sites and attractions found in this beautiful region located along California’s beautiful Central Coast region just 120 miles south of San Francisco, 70 miles south of San Jose and 345 miles north of Los Angeles.

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The wonder and beauty of Monterey, California

Located along California’s beautiful Central Coast region just 120 miles south of San Francisco, 70 miles south of San Jose and 345 miles north of Los Angeles, Monterey is one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations, playing host to just over 8 million annual visitors from across the U.S. and abroad.

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Take me with you: Must-have travel necessities

There are so many great travel-related clothing and accessories, gadgets, products and more on the market today that it is often hard to know which ones would be of benefit, whether sojourning to faraway lands or close to home.

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Escape to beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea

Situated along California’s Central Coast region just 249 miles north of Santa Barbara, five miles south of Monterey and about 120 miles south of San Francisco, Carmel is a spectacular vacation gem.

Ebony Escapes! into October

Fall is here already, and that just opens the door to a bevy of cool and exciting events, attractions and so forth that feed our souls and inspire us to get out and explore all the world has to offer.

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Arts, entertainment and culinary delights in Buffalo

There are so many wonderful layers to all there is to see, do and experience in and around Buffalo, as we’ve seen in the previous two parts of this feature series.

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A wealth of Black history in Buffalo

In part one of this series, we started our exploration of Buffalo, located in the far west region of New York along the shore of Lake Erie and the bank of the Niagara River.

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Ebony Escapes! to Buffalo

Often when people think of traveling to the Empire State, New York City comes to mind. But as multifaceted as it is, it’s not the only fascinating city in the state.

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In search of the best

In a culture where being “the best” this, and “the most” that often takes center stage, it’s easy to find just about any subtopic that fits the bill.

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Unique travel adventures for beer, blood, capes, Uganda and homelessness

It seems like everywhere you look these days in blogs and websites, the craft brewery industry is taking center stage.

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The best of Santa Barbara

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.

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Exploring ‘The American Riviera’

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.

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Ebony Escapes! to Santa Barbara

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.

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Ebony Escapes! into August

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!

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Santa Monica: Beauty and the beach

Last time around we had just barely scratched the surface of Santa Monica, Calif., a unique, beachside community known around the world.

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Ebony Escapes! to Santa Monica

The beaches. An iconic pier. Miles of picturesque bike paths. Beautiful toned Southern California bodies.

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Taking a ‘JUCY’ road trip!

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!

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Remembering the Great War

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.

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Philly: More than meets the eye

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.

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Exploring the ‘City of Brotherly Love’

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.

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Ebony Escapes! to the best of the Caribbean

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!

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NYC: Beyond the ‘Apple’ of your eye

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.

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Rest and rejuvenation in Quebec

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.

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Respites for the mind, body and soul in Quebec

Our next spa stop was Spa Natur’Eau, an oasis that far exceeds your wildest expectations.

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For rest and rejuvenation in the beauty of Canada

Ebony Escapes!

I was thrilled to be invited to participate in a spa-themed travel writing trip to enjoy four spas in as many days.

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Ebony Escapes! Along Route 66

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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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