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Fun in the Sun: The Allure of the Riviera Maya

Once a compilation of small fishing villages, Riviera Maya, stretching along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, has since been developed into a modern tourist corridor. White, seashell-less sand connects resort after resort—and is just as beautiful as the pictures you see while surfing the Internet. The beaches are pristine—the water, turquoise. And with just those natural features, it’s ... Read More »

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Cottage Living — Cozy up on the Coast

By Jamie Penn. Previously published in the 2015 Spring Issue. Cottage Living – Cozy up on the Coast. A less-is-more, downsizing trend among homebuyers has sent developers, builders, and architects to the cottage-style drawing board. The term “cottage” fits neatly into the box of vernacular architecture, with roots in the late Anglo-Saxon, early Norman era when it was used to ... Read More »

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A Pennsylvania State of Mind

Traditions of America gives retirees set on the Northeast even more reason to escape to the Keystone State.   Those accustomed to life in the northeastern U.S. tend to want to stay there. While the Northeast is best known for some of the most bustling cities in the country, much of it is fairly rural, spotted with quaint small towns ... Read More »

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Carolina Living: From the Coast to the Mountains

Carolina Living: From the Coast to the Mountains — Life in the Carolinas offers excitement and culture for all The Carolinas (both North and South) are welcoming an influx of new residents these days and who are discovering a way of life that’s about more than just warmer weather. But there’s not a single “Carolina lifestyle,” because each of the ... Read More »

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Get Your Fanny in the Kitchen

From cooking demos to catering, rising cooking star, Fanny Slater, shares her love of creative cooking. Wilmington, NC’s Fanny Slater made it to the big time when she won Rachael Ray’s Great American Cookbook competition last May with her “Tastes Like Childhood” theme. Out of 1,000 entries from around the nation, months later, Fanny’s demonstration video and recipes landed her ... Read More »

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Destinations of Luxury

“Luxury” by one dictionary definition is “something adding to pleasure or comfort, but not absolutely necessary.” Luxury real estate gives “pleasure or comfort” to the purchaser by providing that comforting value found in a location, lifestyle or an amenity — or something else entirely. Schooner Bay Set on spectacular Great Abaco island in the Bahamas, Schooner Bay is a one-of-a-kind ... Read More »

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A Crown Jewel of Nature: Explore Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Years ago, I traveled with my family to the new and intriguing Mexican resort of Cancún, a collection of a mere dozen hotels along the Atlantic coast. The attraction for us as North American visitors was a warm, hospitable vacation at affordable prices. Once there, we took a rickety ferry to Isla Mujeres, the Island of Women, and wandered the ... Read More »

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Southern Routes 2015

Get On the Ground and Out of the Fast Lane We’ve all been frequent flyers or interstate road warriors at different times in our lives. Those may be efficient ways to get to business meetings and family vacation destinations, but you can miss a lot when vaulting over or zipping through entire regions as if they otherwise didn’t exist. With ... Read More »

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Red Rock Living

Often, when looking for something different, we search for a place that meets our vision of how we would like to spend our retirement years. Many of us want a near-perfect, dry climate, 300 days of sunshine a year, surrounded by natural beauty where we can live and play with people of similar interests. Deep in the Southwest amidst an ... Read More »

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