If you’re considering a visit to England for the first time, chances are you’re only thinking about London. As much as I love the capital city, for my money, I’m going out to some of the “other” British cities. And I’m not talking small villages, even though some of my favorite places on Earth are English villages. I have lots of favorites, but if you’re thinking about a first-time visit to the United Kingdom, here are my favorite four non-London England cities to visit. When we visit the U.K. we’ve always had a car, but all of these cities are accessible via train and motorcoach.
Canyon Road is the center of the arts scene in Santa Fe. But it’s just one of several ways to experience Santa Fe arts.
When we decided to visit Santa Fe, N.M., art was at the center of the decision. We knew American artist Georgia O’Keeffe once called the region home, and that the city has a reputation for being one of the nation’s major art markets. We knew it is a city with lots of shopping, history and great food. But at the heart of it all is art. Here is how to experience Santa Fe art.
Enjoying one of the many events at the 2013 TBEX conference in Toronto, my first and only experience staying in a hostel.
I’ll be honest, I’ve only stayed in one hostel. And other than my contact lenses getting thrown out mistakenly by the cleaning crew (long story), I have no complaints about the stay. The room was clean, my roommates were pleasant and everyone in the facility was friendly. But I think we all get a feel for when something makes sense for us as travelers, and staying in hostels just isn’t my cup of tea. Here are my pros and cons of hostels.
Being from Tennessee, I’d like to think I know a little something about whiskey. My in-laws live near Lynchburg, Tenn., home of Jack Daniel’s. I’ve taken the unique distillery tour three times, and heard much about the process of making whiskey. I’ve had several Kentucky bourbons, enjoyed whisky from Scotland, and sampled my share of blends from Canada and the U.S. As I type this, I’m sipping on a Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. But on a recent visit to Fort Worth, Texas, I learned so much more about the science of whiskey making from a Kentucky-bred and Tennessee-educated distiller. I was in for a special treat learning about Fort Worth bourbon at Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.
Before traveling to Taos, N.M., I had heard the mountain town is full of character … and a few characters. Taos isn’t on the way to anywhere, unless your destination is a town with a cool vibe and beautiful mountains all around. And that’s why we were excited to spend a couple of days in this beautiful and laid-back mountain town. We wanted to discover the unique Taos character. When we arrived in Taos we quickly met our host for the evening, and one of the community’s real characters. We had arrived at the Red Cat House, where we found a carefree, artsy, cool and eccentric lady who quickly came to represent everything Taos means to me.
Those were not the words we were expecting when we arrived back in Atlanta after three weeks in the United Kingdom. But this group of three Americans and one British citizen was being stopped at the border entering the United States, and I had no idea why. I just wanted a big glass of sweet ice tea after spending my first real time out of the South. That and a nap. Yeah, a nap would have been nice.
As my new fiancée and I stood waiting on her parents who were in a back room at immigration at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, I was wondering why drug dogs suddenly were sniffing around my luggage. Turns out it was random, but at the time, with my future in-laws detained and some high-priced hounds putting their wet noses all over my luggage, I was a little confused.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and WNBA’s Indiana Fever.
Two of my favorite things are sports and travel, so it only makes sense that I would combine the two when possible. I’ve been on numerous weekend getaways that centered on a baseball or football game. I’ve traveled a few times for college basketball games, and even made a four-hour drive from Memphis to St. Louis to catch a hockey game. But I’ve never traveled for an NBA game.
Considering my son and I are regulars at FedExForum to watch our Memphis Grizzlies play, I figure the 2013-2014 season is high time to hit the road and check out a few NBA arenas. We had a taste of NBA travel in September when we spent a long weekend in Indianapolis and had our own version of an Indiana Pacers road trip thanks to a tour of the team’s palace of an arena, Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Welcome to November, when the afternoon shadows grow long, orange and red leaves turn to brown, and an unmistakable crispness enters the air. The weeks between Halloween and Thanksgiving are a time for me to catch my breath, especially after the busy October I just had that saw me traveling four out of five weekends. Whatever November means to you, the month has taken on another level of significance thanks to Movember.
In the summer of 1999 I was a recent college graduate and new resident of Dallas. I lived there for about a year, and in that time made several excursions to Fort Worth. When friends ask me what to do on a visit to Dallas I always suggest making the drive to Fort Worth to experience its authentic cowboy culture and outstanding museums, not to mention the really good food scene. I recently returned to Cowtown to get a deeper look at everything going on. It turns out Fort Worth has been busy without me.
On our recent week-long adventure in New Mexico, our time in Albuquerque was a bit odd, to say the least. We started the trip with a quick overnight in the city before heading north for several days in Taos and Santa Fe. We returned to Albuquerque for a 24-hour period, a short time but long enough to experience an art show, science museum, and a couple of awesome experiences at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. And we had a comfortable night’s sleep in the Hotel Cascada.