Entries by Candyce H. Stapen

Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown: Fall Adventures

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

Turning Food into Flowers and Cooking Oil into Fuel

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

Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown in 48 hours

Where Colonial history and urban adventures meet Your parents may have brought you to Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown years ago to learn about the nation’s history, but now as an adult get even more from your getaway by sampling craft beers, tasting wines, gliding on ziplines and kayaking in creeks.Use this flexible itinerary to mix… Read More

Bespoke Boots that Dazzle

Pull on a pair of bespoke cowboy boots and the swagger comes naturally. Icons of America’s Old West, the boots, like the wranglers who once roped wild stallions, evoke a sense of rugged individualism. You select the leathers and personalize the design. After multiple measurements of your feet and calves, craftspeople build the boots by… Read More

Profile: Richmond, VA

This Southern city proves that ‘historic’ and ‘hip’ are not opposites. The Virginia capital played pivotal roles in America’s past, but also has an overflow of trendy restaurants and shops. CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS AND MUSEUMS draw many history buffs to Richmond, 105 miles south of Washington, DC. But like any Southern belle worth her petticoats,… Read More

8 Balmy Beach Locales

Retiree says: ‘I need the smell of the ocean’. Bill and Debby Keese can’t wait to get to the beach for their daily uplift. After Bill’s retirement in July, they will relocate across Texas from Austin to Galveston, heading 215 miles southeast – not stopping until they see the Gulf Coast. “When I drive across… Read More

Best States for Affordable Summer Road Trips

Road trips make for great family vacations. WalletHub’s 2017 Best Road Trip Destinations for Summer crunches data to come up with the best and the worst states for road trips that lead you to diverse activities at reasonable prices. Colorado features the highest number of scenic byways, while Connecticut has the fewest. Find out where… Read More

5 More Lake Vacations at State and National Parks

Not everyone is a beach lover, and that’s OK! Boat, kayak, canoe, fish and swim — all while saving money — by heading to a state or national park. Enjoy the lakes and the natural scenery in Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, Oregon and Kentucky. Come on in — the water is fine and the parks are… Read More

Dr. Beach Prescribes the Perfect Sand and Sun Getaway

Beach aficionados wait each year for Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, to release his list of the U.S.’s best sands. This year Florida has three beaches in the top 10 and Hawaii has two. You can find the best of the rest in North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, California and South Carolina. Siesta Key… Read More