Take time to explore Honfleur, France, a scenic town that dates to the 14th century. Cobblestone streets fan out from the historic harbor, home to centuries-old buildings, including half-timbered Medieval-era dwellings. Boutiques, galleries and cafes line the quay, and the town’s lesser-known gem, the Eugene Boudin Museum, features pre-Impressionist, Impressionist and contemporary works. Even if… Read More
About Candyce H. Stapen
Candyce H. Stapen is an award-winning travel journalist and author. As travel editor/producer at USA TODAY, Stapen launched the company’s digital travel sites. Her work appears in many outlets, including the Washington Post and Frommers.com. Candyce has written thousands of articles and 29 books about family travel, including two for National Geographic. She founded non-profit Henny’s Kids to bring solar-powered laptops and computer training to rural elementary schools in Africa.
Candyce raised her family in Washington, D.C., and currently resides there with her husband and Lily, a Newfoundland.
Entries by Candyce H. Stapen
Listening to Native legends around the campfire, taking a Jeep ride through the high mountain desert, watching the colorful swirl of dancers at a powwow – exchanges with Native peoples provide a visceral understanding of traditions and history not available in textbooks. The United States is a particularly rich destination for exploring indigenous culture. That… Read More
A fun boardwalk and miles of beaches highlight this city not far from the nation’s capital. Locals share the shoreline with millions of tourists in the summer, but reclaim it as their own special place the rest of the year. “The beach is something that gets into your blood.” – Vernon Betkey ON THE BEACH… Read More
Nearly 500 years ago, European settlers stepped onto what is now Florida’s northeastern coast and decided to stay. Those New World seekers set the stage for a flock of retirees today, who love the history, golf, restaurants and sunshine. The Gray-STONE CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS fortress keeps watch over Matanzas Bay in St. Augustine as… Read More
Some people like hosting relatives at their homes. We prefer cruising with family because it gives us time together (and apart), plus interesting ports, entertainment and meals without the hassle of shopping, cooking and housekeeping. Every summer since 2009, my cousins Wayne and Mary Jane have joined me and my husband, David, on the high… Read More
Creative initiatives are reaping big benefits for this precious resource Whether in the desert of the Grand Canyon or the snow-rich region of Oregon’s Crater Lake, conserving water means being proactive. Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the largest concessioner in the national parks, saves water with a number of creative initiatives. “Every drop of water counts,”… Read More
Tour the White House and National Mall; sample hot jazz in Georgetown and best bites in Penn Quarter Washington, D.C., unfolds as a graceful mix of monuments, memorials, museums and neighborhoods. No other city has the White House, the Capitol, and the National Archives Museum. The scores of monuments and memorials pay official homage to our… Read More
Best known for such historic national landmarks as the White House and the U.S. Capitol, Washington DC is a goldmine of kid-friendly charms. Families who visit the capital discover engaging exhibits at the 19, free Smithsonian facilities, the wide-open expanse of the National Mall; and outdoor activities from ice-skating to kayaking. To make the most… Read More
The capital’s tribute to our nation’s heroes continues in Arlington, Virginia. Across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington memorials and landmarks include the Arlington National Cemetery, the Women in Military Service for America, the Marine Corps War Memorial and the Pentagon Memorial. Combine a tour of these and other memorials with a visit to Theodore Roosevelt Island, an oasis… Read More
Sports, Spies, Art, Restaurants and Bars There’s much more to Washington, D.C., than just the Mall and its museums and monuments. Penn Quarter buzzes with day and night life. In this vibrant neighborhood sports lovers and concert-goers head to the Capital One Arena, art admirers ogle the paintings and sculpture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum… Read More
Fun for leaf-peepers, history-buffs, outdoor enthusiasts and Halloween-lovers Visiting Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown in fall brings the bonuses of crisp walking weather, dazzling foliage, and seasonal festivities from farmers’ markets to creepy creatures and creative haunted happenings at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream as well as at Colonial Williamsburg. Day 1: Williamsburg and Yorktown Morning: Paddle through wetlands… Read More
How Xanterra-managed national park lodges are reducing food waste and supporting sustainability By turning food into flowers and cooking oil into fuel, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the largest concessioner of national park lodges, performs conservation “magic.”The combined food waste diverted from landfills at five Xanterra-managed national park lodges in 2016 weighed 1,425,540 pounds — or… Read More