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Tuesday November 18th, 2014

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Reno, NV City Guide {UPDATE}

Reno, NV City Guide {UPDATE}

The Biggest Little City has had quite the Renaissance since we last posted a guide (2010!). As more businesses flock to the area to start their restaurants, retail stores and more, the area has become a bustling desert city and local artist and photographer Sarah Stevenson knows all about it. She spent most of her professional life…

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Tuesday November 11th, 2014

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Vancouver City Guide {UPDATE}

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Katrina Stock, an encaustic artist, potter and blogger, along with her coffee roaster husband, Andrew Stock, fell in love with Vancouver 10 years ago. For a couple that loves to discover quirky neighborhoods, have food adventures and go biking, this was the perfect city. Recently they packed their bags and headed to Winnipeg, a city…

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Tuesday November 4th, 2014

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Venice, Italy City Guide

It may have recently been in the headlines for the epically gorgeous wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, but Venice has long been in the spotlight for its stunning scenery, incredible cuisine, amazing artisanship, and its all-around classic Italian loveliness – not to mention its historic value, of course. Today Skye McAlpine, a freelance writer, blogger, cook,…

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Tuesday October 28th, 2014

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Little Rock, AR City Guide

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Stephanie Maxwell is a near-native Arkansan, having moved to Little Rock with her family when she was just three. After college in Mississippi and a post-grad year in London, Stephanie moved back to her hometown, where she writes and edits for an entertainment weekly, Sync, and her local arts and entertainment blog, Off The Record….

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Tuesday October 21st, 2014

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Greek Islands City Guide

Hopping around the gorgeous Mediterranean islands of Greece doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all. So if you’re thinking of taking a cruise of your own, you are going to want to check out interior designer Sophie Carr’s amazing guide to shopping, dining and lodging around these historic island locations. Her insider tips are…

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Tuesday October 7th, 2014

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24 Hours in Philly with Free People’s BLDG 25

For our first ever multi-tiered 24-hour city guide, we have the writers behind Free People’s blog, BLDG 25, sharing their ideal 24 hours around the eclectic city of Philly. From an assortment of restaurants, boutiques, bars and even some yoga, these ladies take us on an extensive tour of the Philly area. If you have a…

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Tuesday September 30th, 2014

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Bilbao, Spain City Guide

Just the name of the region – “Basque Country” – evokes scenes of rolling hills, gorgeous people dining al fresco, and a calm serenity of the sea…among many other glamorous things. While I’ve never personally been, Basque Country native, Patricia Palacios, confirms my visions and shares the many gems the city of Bilbao (part of the Basque…

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Tuesday September 23rd, 2014

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10 Travel Instagram Feeds to Follow and Swoon Over

To say I’ve been afflicted with the travel bug in my time would be a lie – I’ve got a full blown case of travel-itis with no cure in sight. My hunger for travel often takes a precedence over my actual hunger pains (grocery shopping…what’s that?) and if my pup were allowed to travel along…

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Tuesday September 16th, 2014

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Asheville, NC City Guide

First, we spent 24 hours in the artistic town of Asheville, NC with Macon York, and today Dean and Lisa Peteet, co-founders of Atlas Branding, a creative agency based in Asheville, NC, share a more in-depth look at this mountain city. Dean moved to Asheville in the late 1980s and has enjoyed watching Asheville grow…

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Wednesday September 3rd, 2014

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24 Hours in Dayton, OH with Bethany and Jana

Bethany, a Daytonian and graphic designer, and Jana, a new (just over a year!) Daytonian and writer/teacher, met at one of the Oregon District’s monthly summer picnics. They bonded over their love of pets, farmers’ markets, and of course, Dayton. Both gals have blogs where they document their adventures as a Southern Ohio explorer and the highs…

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Tuesday August 26th, 2014

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The 24-Hour Vacation

One of the site changes I’m happiest about this year is expanding our travel section to include smaller city guides that focus on one ideal day in a town. As much as I’d love to have days on end to explore a new area, I often find myself with only a few hours to check…

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Tuesday August 19th, 2014

Tuesday August 12th, 2014

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Methow Valley, Washington City Guide

I absolutely love it when we get small-town City Guide contributions. I’m so fascinated by the quaint cities that exist around the world, so getting a brief glimpse into theses areas is always a fun treat. Today Lindsey Wayland, writer, a mail artist, a letter-writing aficionado, a self-taught calligrapher, and a ceremony facilitator, takes us around the…

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Tuesday July 29th, 2014

Tuesday July 15th, 2014

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24 Hours in Boise with Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

From sprawling local parks and gardens to the plentiful coffee houses and delicious eateries, Boise, Idaho has made it’s mark as a must-visit location. It’s a booming city with the appeal of small-town America and today Boise local, Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove shares her ideal 24 hours in and around beautiful Boise.  –Stephanie illustration by…

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Tuesday July 8th, 2014

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24 Hours in Minneapolis with Ship & Shape

As the other half of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis has quickly become a personal favorite of mine, and today the ladies of Ship & Shape (Annika Kaplan, Erin Smith, and Maddy Nye) are sharing their ideal 24 hours in the city. From small neighborhood cafes to a bit of lounging by the many lakes around the area, they show us all…

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Tuesday July 1st, 2014

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24 Hours in Madison with Emily Balsley

24 Hours in Madison

When you fall in love with a city, it’s hard to say goodbye. So that’s why illustrator Emily Balsley decided not to. Even after graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Emily chose to remain in this city of lakes to launch her career. Her love of Madison is unconditional and today she shares her…

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Tuesday June 24th, 2014

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Asbury Park, NJ City Guide

After several years away from the Shore, Kate Achille recently returned to her roots in Monmouth County. The resident marketing and creative lead for The Devon Group, Kate joined the agency in 2012. A history buff with a Master’s degree in Historical Studies, her work as a historian appears in the recently published Encyclopedia of Military Science. She is also…

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Tuesday June 17th, 2014

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24 Hours in Portland, OR with Egg Press

Illustration by David Saracino One of our favorite things about traveling – and the inspiration for this column – is that every city can look different from another person’s perspective. What one local will consider a must-visit may be unheard of to another, so for our 24 Hours In Series, we will occasionally be offering…

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Tuesday June 10th, 2014