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Travel | Curious about Clearwater Beach?

By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

Travelers head to Florida for sunshine and world-class beaches. We locals enjoy the nearby Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra beaches, but TripAdvisor’s list of Top Beaches for 2019, 2018 and 2016 gives Clearwater Beach on the Gulf Coast the number one ranking. Here’s why you should consider making the four-hour drive, especially off-season. 

Travel | Cooperstown, NY and the Boys of Summer

By Debi Lander
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In 1974, Chevy reduced the essence of America to a famous jingle: “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.” Too simple for sure, and more than a bit self-serving, but it hit a home run with many. Nearly five decades later, an idyllic place in upstate New York still hits ‘em outta the park. Cooperstown draws folks with three centuries of American history and baseball. 

Travel | Escape the heat in Door County, Wisconsin

By Debi Lander
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Most days, I find the soaring temperatures in Florida push me toward air-conditioned activities. If you still feel the need to get outside, especially with children, I found a gorgeous, cool escape you may never have considered. Best of all, it’s affordable. Door County, Wisconsin, occupies the top two-thirds of the 70-mile long Door Peninsula, the part of the Wisconsin map that looks like a left-handed thumb in Lake Michigan. This location gives Door County about 300 miles of breezy ragged, rocky shoreline, dotted with lighthouses and little villages. 

Travel | Paint Bank: Discover a railroad town nearly lost to time

By Debi Lander
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On a trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I unexpectedly found myself spending a night in a “glamping” or glamour-camping tent. Here I was, nestled in ultra comfy king-size bed feeling more like a posh apartment than a large tent. This wasn’t a movie set; instead, I was in rural Paint Bank, a tiny town comprising a general store, gas station, depot lodge, fishing cabins and a herd of buffalo. The as-yet-undiscovered hamlet offers distinctive lodging escapes and outdoor adventures. 

Travel | Fort Lauderdale: Beyond Spring Break

By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

When envisioning South Florida, Miami’s South Beach, Art Deco style architecture and an enticing food scene come to mind. Always exciting, but I chose to visit Fort Lauderdale. It’s less crowded, carries a similar vibe, and sits just 45 minutes away. Many think of Fort Lauderdale as a party-haven for college students on spring break, but it is also known as the Yachting Capital of the World. The 165-mile network of boat canals crosses the area earns it the nickname, the Venice of America. More than 100 marinas berth some of the largest mega yachts.