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Organ Stop Pizza

Organ Stop Pizza: A must-see Arizona attraction

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to visit Organ Stop Pizza and, to be honest, my first thought was “Why didn’t I come sooner?” I grew up in the East Valley, yet this was my first time at the famous “home of the mighty Wurlitzer”—and I definitely regret not coming sooner! This entertainment attraction is the whole package, and …

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Porte Cochere at Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Profile: Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Valley Ho, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright-trained architect Edward Varney, opened to much fanfare in 1956. At the time, it was one of the most innovative hotels anywhere. The hotel cost $1.5 million to build (about $13 million in today’s dollars) and even had air conditioning (the first for a Scottsdale hotel) so it could remain open year-round. The Valley …

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Recipes from the road: Flavors of Louisiana

There is something almost magical about Louisiana food. It’s such a combination of flavors resulting from the blending of several distinct cultures. Of course, the big debate in Louisiana is “Cajun or Creole”? Just what is the difference? Asking that of a Louisiana native can be the start of a lengthy conversation but, according to Jay Ducote of, the simplest way to determine the …

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Elephants In South Luangwa NP By Susan Lanier Graham

Top travel experience: Leopards in Zambia

One of the most amazing travel experiences of my life was during a visit to Zambia a couple of years ago. I stayed at several camps, but some of my most memorable moments were during my stay at Luwi Bush Camp, one of the Norman Carr Safari camps, in the South Luangwa National Park. Luwi Camp is under a grove …

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The Buried Sneak Peek Blitz

Shelley Coriell thrills with sneak peek of THE BURIED

Back in April 2014, Shelley Coriell thrilled fans with THE BROKEN, the first book in her dark and gritty Apostles series from Grand Central Publishing. Book number 2, THE BURIED, is coming out October 28, 2014. To celebrate this great release by my dear friend Shelley, I’ve paired up with Grand Central Publishing to give you a sneak peek of …

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Black Point Inn Front

Hotel profile: Maine’s Black Point Inn

Black Point Inn is one of my favorite hotels, located on Prout’s Neck, just a few minutes outside Portland, Maine. This luxury hotel is a classic inn perched on the rugged Maine coast. The hotel, which was built in 1878, is surrounded by water and my two nights there were quite magical—though not nearly long enough. Flying into the Portland …

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Travelon bags: safety and style create the perfect bag

I recently tested two bags from Travelon, a Chicago-based company that makes travel accessories. I tested the RFID-blocking boarding bag and the anti-theft classic backpack. Hands down, the boarding bag is the best camera bag I’ve ever used and the backpack is great for a carry-on or to hold my necessary items for an afternoon working at a local coffee …

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Flat Tops Wilderness Area by Lee Duerksen

Top travel experience: Hiking the Devil’s Causeway

Hiking the Devil’s Causeway in northwestern Colorado’s Flat Tops Wilderness Area is one of those experiences in life that makes you say, “Wow!” This is one of the most notorious hikes in Colorado and remains not just one of my favorite Colorado memories, but one of my all-time favorite travel memories. Before making the trek up the mountain, I had …

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South Pool

Summer at The Princess

There are some great places to spend summer weekend in Arizona—definitely involving some pool time. One of my favorite hot spots to chill during the summer is the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Below are some of the exciting family activities they have planned for summer. You can also read my full resort profile here. If you hang out at the AAA Five …

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Vegan-Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes by Michelle N

Living gluten-free: Review of Gluten Freedom by Dr. Fasano

As an avid researcher since my diagnosis with celiac disease almost eight years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to learn some valuable points I had not known before reading Gluten Freedom by Dr. Alessio Fasano, founder and director of the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital.  I had been told that celiac’s developed in childhood, and that my late-developing …

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