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Mississippi 'Golf' Coast is par for the course

Mississippi 'Golf' Coast is par for the course

BILOXI, MS — He’s a lifelong resident of the area, a well-known businessman, and current mayor of Biloxi. So, there aren’t too many people more qualified to speak to the tremendous growth and popularity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast than Andrew Gilich.
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The world is Virginia's oyster

The world is Virginia's oyster

TOPPING, VA. — Travis Croxton sticks out his meaty, calloused hand and welcomes me with an enthusiastic emoji smile. His ruddy, boyish face makes him look much younger than his 40-something years. His attire — untucked pink and grey plaid shirt, faded blue jeans and worn sneakers — is not the usual uniform of a business tycoon. But then again, Travis Croxton is not your usual titan of business.
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Marathoners get street view of Chicago

Marathoners get street view of Chicago

CHICAGO — My love for for this Windy City started more than a decade ago. The Magnificent Mile wooed me with its shiny, multi-level flagship boutiques and I was giddy with finds at Nordstrom Rack.
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Chicago's Wrigley is a Field of dreams

Chicago's Wrigley is a Field of dreams

CHICAGO — During my inglorious days as a player in the Toronto Men’s Press League (women were welcome, by the way), I can’t recall ever being stationed out in left field.
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Foodies find fun and fitness in Napa

Foodies find fun and fitness in Napa

SAINT HELENA, CA. — Visiting the Napa Valley just weeks after the October 2017 wildfires, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The news stories and footage still haunt me. People lost their lives. Wineries and homes had burned to the ground.
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Exploring the explorers in Washington State

Exploring the explorers in Washington State

Long Beach, Wa. — We stand on a windswept grassy dune breathing in the heavy sent of saltwater. To our left, the Pacific Ocean crashes in a rhythmic drum against the long stretch of beach. In front of us is a wooden sculpture of three gray whales, carved barnacles and all. Perched above the ground, they seem to float into the grassy dunes, swimming northward to their feeding grounds.
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Toy Story Land open in June at Walt Disney World

Toy Story Land open in June at Walt Disney World

ORLANDO, FLA. — Thanks to movie magic, we found out what toys do when the lights go out nightly — Pixar’s 1995 blockbuster film Toy Story spotlighted that for us. And now, thanks to Disney magic, we’re about to find out what it’s like to be a toy.
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Visiting Africa at Walt Disney World in Orlando

Visiting Africa at Walt Disney World in Orlando

I look out on the savanna that spreads out below my balcony and admire the morning sun shimmering in the small pools created by an overnight rain.
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Texas wine town puts accent on hospitality

Texas wine town puts accent on hospitality

FREDERICKSBURG, TX — In a room filled with Texas twang, Richard Beaupre’s lyrical French accent stands out like a ballerina at a rodeo. “Mon dieu, it’s so good to speak French with someone,” says Beaupre, the former Montréaler.
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Cycling around Georgia's peachy keen island

Cycling around Georgia's peachy keen island

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA - When I visited St. Simons Island, I had no idea how charmed I’d be by the Golden Isles. Its idyllic setting with live oak trees strung with Spanish moss, long stretches of beaches, marshlands and historic sites that date back to the 1700s, was most appealing. And, of course, I had plenty of its famous Wild Georgia Shrimp.
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