light Fests and gardens

Gardens Around the Globe Set Aglow for the Holidays

By Susan McKee   As the daylight dwindles, city centers, botanical gardens and other public outdoor venues turn on fanciful light shows to attract visitors. November and December are the prime months for such extravaganzas. Now through December 29, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland, features a one-mile winter trail with a laser garden, […]

State fairs and Festivals summer 2019

Fairs, Fests and Roadside Attractions for Summer 2019

Ah! Summer! A time to enjoy being outdoors. Festivals take advantage of the season to entice visitors with unique experiences and local food. State fairs are iconic events across the country. They’re a great stop on a road trip, especially if there are kids in the car. (It’s a good time to show the little […]

Outlander series with Diana Gabaldon on Avalon cruise

River Cruise Themes on Avalon to Quench Passionate Interests

From following in the footsteps of a favorite novel series or finding new and rare wines to praise, river cruising is not just about passing iconic scenery while sailing the great rivers of Europe. Avalon Waterways is offering, among a long menu of choices, a chance to sail with Diana Gabaldon, author of the very popular […]

March Madness Brings Maple and Blooms

By Susan McKee March gives tantalizing hints of warm weather to come. From maple festivals to daffodil shows, check out events that promise spring is just around the corner.

2019 Flower Shows: Where to Smell the Roses

By Susan McKee If it’s winter, orchids are the go-to flower for botanical exhibits. These colorful tropical blooms remind us that warmer weather soon will return. In the meantime, shows of all sizes dot the calendar in January and February. Two of the largest orchid shows are held on the coasts. San Francisco Orchid Society’s […]