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A Northern Adventure

They say timing is everything. Regarding travel planning, this saying is especially true in order to maximize a destination’s essence. Plan now for a unique experience: celebrate New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik, Iceland. The northernmost capital of the world is the quirky yet chic city where a historic tradition becomes the place where two years meet (called Amaratabrennur). It...

England’s Glamorous Art Deco Island Hotel

Step back in time with me. It’s the late ’30s. Mickey Mouse is about to battle an army of brooms carrying water buckets in Fantasia; Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis are luring us into “air-chilled” movie theaters; the number one song is Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine” by Artie Shaw; and Agatha Christie is writing Evil Under the Sun,...

Much to Smile About

Whether a person’s interest is shopping, fishing, scenery, wildlife, local history or just something delicious to eat, Tishomingo and the southeastern Oklahoma hills that surround Johnston County beckon. Throw in some live country music and your journey will surely be memorable. Tishomingo is one of the oldest towns in Oklahoma, with its first post office established in 1857. It was...

The Rock (and Roll) of Gibraltar

When you think of Gibraltar, you might envision the emblematic rock. The monolithic limestone promontory on the Iberian Peninsula is steeped in history. However, this British enclave is much more than its significant landmark. Gibraltar is the southernmost tip of Spain, but also the southernmost point of Europe. When people refer to something being “like the rock of Gibraltar,”...

Autumn Colors Road Trip

The season of changing colors is upon us again, and now is the perfect time to take in the sights. With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing, a road trip around the states to take in the beautiful views of nature – plenty far away from anyone else – is an excellent way to get out of that...

Cowboy Country

While COVID-19 remains a significant health threat, the travel industry is nevertheless showing a pulse – and Stillwater should be high on anyone’s list of weekend or day-trip destinations in Oklahoma. The Payne County seat of just over 45,000 is brimming with activity, says Cristy Morrison, longtime president and CEO of Visit Stillwater, the city’s official tourism promoter. She says...

Dynamic and Historic

While travel may be in flux due to the pandemic, this time can be used to ponder and plan your next international trip. If you’re contemplating a sojourn to Peru, visit Cusco. Meaning “navel of the world,” Cusco was the sacred city of the Incas. With excitement as high as the elevation –11,200 feet – the sepia-toned splendor of the...

Sights Around the Region

All signs point to vacations closer to home this summer. Oklahoma and its neighboring states offer scenic beauty, culture, history and even some quirky attractions just a few mini-van hours away. We explore some high points in Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and Kansas, as well as gems along Route 66 and some tourist spots to hit right here at home....

Capturing la Vida Pura

When you find yourself eating juicy starfruit plucked from a tree after a midday rain has lulled you into a misty trance, you’ve embraced the pace of Costa Rica. Go during shoulder season – late September is often ideal – which is the temperate period between distinct dry and wet times of year. Following is a suggested itinerary for a...

Ayuh, Get the Lobstah

Get some fresh Maine lobster, straight from the cold waters of the North Atlantic, add melted butter and you have the recognized king of seafood. Just as we go to New Orleans for gumbo and Philadelphia for cheesesteak, it’s only right to go to Maine for lobster. And when GetMaineLobster.com offers a tour of Portland and its environs at a...