Save Money on Lodging With University Rates

Over the weekend I booked a hotel with a new (to me) discount rate. Using my typical process for finding discounted lodging rates when I am on a road trip, I asked about AAA and other discounts. The agent would not budge from the $58 walk up rate. The property was not at full capacity so … Continue reading

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Twitter Friday Fun: #FriFotos

One of my Friday activities—besides taking garbage and recycles to the curb—is participating in #FriFotos. Not exactly a Twitter chat, #FriFotos is called a forum by the founder, Jonathan Epstein. #FriFotos is a worldwide Twitter activity with a different theme each week. Twitter users submit photos matching the theme, whatever their personal interpretation is. A … Continue reading

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Travel Deals for St. John, USVI

Originally posted on McCool Travel:
St. John is the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands (the others are St. Thomas and St. Croix). 2/3 of the island is a National Park, making St. John a desired destination for nature lovers and people wanting to get away from it all (for a few days or…

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Wine Tasting Around Charlottesville Virginia

Although more popular wine regions are in California, wine was found earlier elsewhere in America. The history of wine in Virginia can be traced to Thomas Jefferson in the early 1800s and even to Jamestown in 1607. The number of Virginia wineries has exponentially increased in the past few years, along with vino-tourism. Central Virginia has several popular wine trails. I recently made several … Continue reading

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Along the South Florida Waterfront

When you visit South Florida, there is a high likelihood you will find yourself near the ocean at some point. While there are no beach pictures in this post (sorry), here are some things to do on or very close to the water. In South Beach (Miami Beach) interesting art deco architecture intermingles with modernness. If you … Continue reading

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In Search of Glowing Recommendations

Between Yelp, Chowhound, asking the right questions, and exploring, I feel that I have a knack for finding great places to eat in unfamiliar towns. Yesterday, I had lunch with Anne. She operates Regali Jewelry (check it out). Our conversation included Charlottesville, Virginia. Anne mentioned my recents posts (including Ace BBQ) and said I probably have been to … Continue reading

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Ace Biscuit and Barbecue, Charlottesville, Virginia

A line of customers out the front door and this homey sign inside  greeted me at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue on a sunny Saturday last month in gorgeous Charlottesville, Virginia. It was only 11am and I planned on a small sausage biscuit (based on Yelp reviews) before some scenic drives. While waiting to order, I saw that the biscuits … Continue reading

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