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Lysa Allman-Badwin

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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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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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Ebony Escapes! to Hannibal, Mo.

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.

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Ebony Escapes! into February

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.

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Twenty-four hours in Montreal

A one-part article is not nearly long enough to capture the essence of the Canadian jewel that is Montreal.

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Ten best budget destinations for 2014

“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!”

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Ebony Escapes! Year in review

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.

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Essential elements: Great travel finds for the person on the go

Travel isn’t all about where you are going and how you get there, but also what you take with you.

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Dogs, forks, New York and cruises—great travel reads to delight and inspire

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.

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Good eats, drinks and outdoor adventures in Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Texas has quite a reputation for wonderful accommodations, fantastic culinary adventures, great beer and wine exploration, and exciting recreational spots.

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Ebony Escapes! to Fredericksburg, Texas

first impressions of Fredericksburg, Texas

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Ebony Escapes! to do ‘The Bucket List’

Places this travel writer wants to jet off to.

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Let the food frenzy begin!

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.

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Ebony Escapes! into November

From Afrocentric films to significant art exhibitions, circus performances and food, November is a great month to celebrate

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Deep history, great cuisine and of course Lincoln

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.

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Lincoln is still a commanding force in Springfield

Somehow, just about everything in Springfield, Ill., dovetails back to Abraham Lincoln

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Ebony Escapes to Springfield, Ill.

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

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