The road less traveled won’t lead to Newport. In fact, just the opposite is true. For more than 375 years, Newport, Rhode Island has welcomed tourists from near and far, thus its moniker America’s First Resort.
Welcome to one of the world’s most creative and exciting urban scenes. You are within walking distance to eight centuries of unique cultural experience and you are surrounded by 24,000 islands and islets.
I recently visited Alabama and took a Cook’s tour of some of the major music sites including Muscle Shoals, Florence, Birmingham, and Montgomery, where diversity as well as African-American contributions to American music and culture are celebrated.
“Find something you’re passionate aboutand keep tremendously interested in it.” Sage words, indeed, from the illustrious late Cantabrigian Ms. Julia Child. And in the fine city of Cambridge, Massachusetts there’s oh so much to be passionate about.
That may well be, but on my sojourn through the Finger Lake and 1000 Islands Regions of New York, there were plenty of places to go exactly where I should - and what a rewarding experience that turned out to be!
Bet you didn’t know that the state of Louisiana is now a major venue for film makers. New Orleans has always been a favorite spot for filming, but Hollywood has now discovered many other spots in this state that have much to offer.
Looking for a reason to visit a spa? Known as places of healing for thousands of years, royals, Roman soldiers, native peoples and paupers have all sought out spas to bathe in warm mineral springs known for their ability to alleviate pain and heal ailments.
A Zen parable says: “When a fish swims, it swims on and on and there is no end to the water. When a bird flies, it flies on and on and there is no end to the sky.” Here on this ancient island one enters into a Blue Zone.