TALKING: SMOKY MOUNTAINS WORK-CAMPERS ARE PAID TO TRAVEL

One way to see the world is by work-camping, sometimes called work-kamping. Work-campers tour the country in motorhomes and recreational vehicles, stopping along the way to earn money to supplement their lifestyles. Some jobs pay dollars, and some pay in free campsites and utility hook-ups. Irene and Jimmie Ray of Columbia, MS, have been dedicated […]

SLEEP: PARK VISTA HOTEL IN GATLINBURG RISES FROM THE ASHES

On panoramic photographs of mountain playground Gatlinburg, TN, a rotund structure emerges from the dense leafy backdrop. It’s the Park Vista, a hotel as iconic as the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City or the Bellagio, with its thrilling dancing fountains, in Las Vegas. You surely heard the hotel was severely damaged during the multi-day wildfires […]

FLY: NEW UNITED NONSTOP CHICAGO-BROWNSVILLE SPI, TX

Chicagoans headed to South Texas this winter will be strolling the beaches hours sooner. That’s because United Airlines launched a new nonstop route between O’Hare International Airport and Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport. The inaugural flight took off Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. I was thrilled to be invited for the ride.   So was […]

VOTE FOR THE BEST UPCYCLED FASHIONS AT O’HARE!

(NOTE: The 2018 Fashion Packed Challenge at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago has concluded. Congratulations to the winners–and thanks to everyone who voted!)   Fashion design students launched their creative energies to transform airline discards into wearable chic–and travelers at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago get to vote for their fave! It’s a fun and […]

CRUISING THE FOODIE TRAIL ALONG VIRGINIA’S BLUE RIDGE

The culinary scene in Virginia’s Blue Ridge is both varied and inventive. Look for Americana favorites, Southern flavors and ethnic influences. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in Roanoke and beyond:     Fortunato, 104 Kirk Ave., SW, Roanoke VA 24011 Fortunato is the region’s only traditional Italian kitchen and Neapolitan-style pizzaria, and it’s right […]