The Biltmore Estate, Ashville, NC

Article  by Warren Resen and photos by Jeannie O'Conner

When George Washington Vanderbilt began planning and building his home, which today is still the largest private residence ever built in America, he was a 28 year old bachelor. It took 6 years to complete this 175,000 sq. ft. French Renaissance chateau with 250 rooms, 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 66 servant’s bedrooms, 65 fireplaces and many more features under roof. When it officially opened 120 years ago on Christmas Eve 1895, Mr. Vanderbilt was 35 years old. Read more.

Wilderness Adventure

Article and photos by Kathleen Walls

There is a unique birthday celebration this year. It includes  a link to our natural past and a promise for our future. Instead of the usual cake and candles, it involves, Cracker cattle, cow hunters, lots of swamp filled with cypress knees and trees, saw palmetto and alligators.  It all began in February of 1914 with  a lumberman from  named Edward Vose Babcock.  He saw an opportunity to make money harvesting the cypress and yellow pine that were plentiful near Ponta Gorda, Florida and bought 156,000 acres and began logging the cypress and pine. You can step back in time for 90 minutes  for an in-your-face glimpse the natural world of southwest Florida on the Babcock Wilderness Tour.  Read More

Driving through India

by Warren Resen

India,as portrayed in slick travel magazines, does not exist. A trip to India is not a vacation. It is an experience and should not be viewed by the gentle traveler as a picture post card event. It is nothing like a trip to Europe. It’s too vast. Too ancient. Too complicated. India is sensory overload. The motivation for your visit is critical to what you get out of it. 
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Ecuador,  in “The Land of Eternal Spring.”

by Renée S. Gordon  

South America was conjoined with Africa as part of the supercontinent Pangaea until approximately 225 million years ago. When the continents drifted apart South America remained the continent with the largest latitudinal expanse, a land mass that goes from the Sub-Antarctic region to the Tropical Zone and the Andes Mountain Range that extends 4,350-miles. This astonishing continent has been divided into 12 countries but there is none more filled with history, culture, biodiversity and outdoor adventure than Ecuador. Read more

 

Alternate Route

By Kathleen Walls

Let's face it. No matter how much you enjoy driving, there comes a time when you wish you could relax and "Leave the Driving to us". No, I'm not suggesting you take a Greyhound. But sometimes it's fun to see a new city without having to worry about parking and traffic. That's why trolleys have caught on in a big way.  Read More

Tree Art

by Kathleen walls

Had you ever stopped to consider a beautifully decorate Christmas Tree as a work of art? Orlando Museum of Art has and each year they offer some of the most beautiful trees in their annual Festival of Trees. This year's theme is  "All That Glitters" Read More


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