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National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC-2023 Events and History

The National Cherry Blossom Festival attracts a worldwide audience to celebrate the blooming of nearly 3,700 cherry blossom trees planted around the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park. The festival events attracts millions of visitors and creates billions of social media impressions. Here’s what you should know about Washington’s pink petal party.  How did the trees…

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Golden Isles of the Georgia Coast

Seafood, beaches and history are on the menu on these quiet islands on the Georgia coast Many Americans are traveling domestically but are looking for lesser known, nature-focused vacations. The Golden Isles check all those boxes. Georgia’s Golden Isles are located on the Atlantic coast, just south of Savannah and north of Jacksonville, Florida. The…

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Summer Getaways in Coastal Virginia

Jamestown, Virginia Kingsmill Resort is a four season, AAA Diamond hotel in historic Jamestown, scene of the first English settlement in 1607. What makes Kingsmill an ideal place to visit in in any season is its scenic location overlooking the James River. The resort offers the plethora of recreational activities, such as indoor and outdoor pools,…

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Washington DC Vacation Plans

Stay in Washington’s Penn Quarter Neighborhood for your next DC Getaway. When you check into the stunning Conrad Washington DC in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood, you’ll be astonished by the eclectic design elements from the soaring atrium to the apres ski-style terrace overlooking the city. What I love are the guest rooms with floor to ceiling…

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Four American Castles Fit for a Queen

If you missed Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, you can still tour impressive castles on this side of the pond.  The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC Few real castles rival the regal mansion built by George and Edith Vanderbilt in Asheville. Constructed against a backdrop of Blue Ridge Mountains, the design was inspired by two Renaissance chateaux…

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