Behind-the-scenes stories from history

By: Zinie Chen Sampson

Thomas Jefferson’s clothes and linens didn’t get pressed on their own, and the meals for his lavish parties didn’t cook themselves.Jefferson’s Monticello estate, in Charlottesville, Va., is expanding efforts to depict the lives and activities of the people who worked behind the scenes, allowing visitors to see that Jefferson had a lot of support for his... READ MORE

Reconnecting with the ancients in Athens

By: Glenda C. Booth

On top of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, the wind was gusting so hard that parents grasped their children’s wrists to anchor the little ones, as jackets billowed and hats sailed away.When the dust swirling around the ruins made me “achoo” loudly, a woman nearby responded, “Zeus bless you!” Zeus blessed me many times over in Athens, as I peeled away layers of... READ MORE

Experience the sweet life in Hershey, Pa.

By: Carol Sorgen

It should come as no surprise that a vacation to Hershey, Pa., will meet with an enthusiastic thumbs-up from your grandchildren. What you may not realize is that you can have a fantastic time without kids as well, as I did on a recent girlfriend getaway to the home of the chocolate bar.My former college roommate and I were sorely in need of a little R&R. A stressful couple of years... READ MORE

Experience the sweet life in Hershey, Pa.

By: Carol Sorgen

It should come as no surprise that a vacation to Hershey, Pa., will meet with an enthusiastic thumbs-up from your grandchildren. What you may not realize is that you can have a fantastic time without kids as well, as I did on a recent girlfriend getaway to the home of the chocolate bar.My former college roommate and I were sorely in need of a little R&R. A stressful couple of years... READ MORE

Reconnecting with the ancients in Athens

By: Glenda C. Booth

On top of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, the wind was gusting so hard that parents grasped their children's wrists to anchor the little ones, as jackets billowed and hats sailed away.When the dust swirling around the ruins made me "achoo" loudly, a woman nearby responded, "Zeus bless you!" Zeus blessed me many times over in Athens, as I peeled away layers of... READ MORE

Branson, Mo. has something for everyone

By: Tina Calligas

At first glance, Branson, Mo., looks like any other small town in the scenic Ozark Mountains. The downtown area features a main street that is lined with quaint shops like Dick’s Oldtime 5 & 10 and the House of 1000 Clocks.But take a closer look, and you will find one of the most popular family vacation destinations in the country. Billed as the Live Music Capital of the World,... READ MORE