Michael Billheimer hands me a jar of strawberry preserves as I leave his Lighthouse Cafe. "It's just a little taste of our island for you to take home," he said. Now THAT'S hospitality. The Lighthouse Cafe on Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island is reputedly home to the best whole wheat blueberry pancakes in Southwest Florida. The cafe is small and cozy, and every available wall space is clad with framed photos or drawings of lighthouses from around the world, most of them sent by fulfilled customers. Just down the road, and by the beach fronting the Gulf of Mexico, is the beacon of Sanibel, an authentic lighthouse - a landmark since 1884 when the entire island was a nature preserve.
The outfitter calls this the "Everest of sea kayaking," but as I paddle through a sea cave on the Na Pali coast of Kauai I quickly realize the day's peak experience will have nothing to do with a high mountain.
With today's information onslaught, smartphone appendages and retail profiling, getting off the grid may seem like a uniquely 21st century desire. But the northern New Mexico town of Taos has been a go-to physical and spiritual oasis for people looking to escape since the early 1900s.
If you've seen the "Gone Girl" movie trailers, you've already glimpsed some sights around Cape Girardeau, Mo. A recent one has a great shot of the Mississippi River bridge. The first-released trailers closed with a shot of the river. Then there are the houses, the courthouse gazebo and the "Bar," which was recently purchased and will soon be opened as, you guessed it, a bar.
Max Johnson is founder of the Great Canadian Travel Company (www.greatcanadiantravel.com), which specializes in unusual trips. He recently developed a trip offered year-round to Suriname and French Guiana, on the north coast of South America. Johnson, 58, lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
As fall begins, the light is as golden as the prairie. The sky is big and blue. This year, with lots of rain, the hills of ponderosa pines undulate in a deep, thick green carpet so solid that the hills really do look black.
The Methow Valley town of Winthrop, Wash., has long been known for its Old West theme, with false-front stores and wooden sidewalks, the perfect place to practice your bowlegged walk and wear that Stetson you always fancied.
Christmas, anyone? Book a holiday-themed trip aboard the Grand Canyon Railway's Polar Express. Tickets are on sale now for evening or overnight excursions, running Nov. 7 through Jan. 3, out of Williams, Ariz., to a destination dressed like the North Pole. Williams is about 30 miles west of Flagstaff along Interstate 40
St. Paul, the oldest street in one of North America's oldest cities, runs through the heart of Old Montreal. It's barely a mile long, but its first cobblestones predated American democracy, and its restaurants, shops and galleries are tucked into some great old buildings.
You can, in fact, go through the hundreds of pictures on your digital camera and not go into photo overload. Organization and editing are key to helping you sort through them and — yes, it’s possible! — put them on display.
Spotty Wi-Fi is a frequent complaint of those who pass through KCI, which began offering the service a decade ago. Since then, there have been upgrades, but not enough to keep up with demand. Now the city’s Aviation Department says upgrades to the system will be complete in early 2015.
Nestled in the middle of Iowa, surrounded by miles of rolling hills green with corn and soybeans, is the capital city Des Moines. A metropolis that’s experienced a popularity surge in recent years thanks to new businesses and housing opportunities, Des Moines has plenty of activities that will be kind to your wallet.
Namibia is the first African country to protect the environment in its constitution. As a result, many communities, including Damaraland Camp in the Torra Conservancy, participate in the Communal Conservancy Tourism Sector, which is designed to give locals a stake in conservation and development.