Debbie Stone

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Take your palette around the world on a Portland by Mouth food tour

Food tours are a great way to explore a city and get to know its vibe, as typically these experiences not only provide an opportunity to sample local dishes, but also offer information and insight into a community. I’ve been on a number of these forays and each time I come away with newfound knowledge and appreciation of the destination and its culinary highlights.
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Experience the coastal charms of Newport, Oregon

With a name like Cape Foulweather, I expected gusty winds and pelting rain on my early winter visit to this area of the Oregon Coast. After all, Captain Cook had coined the name for the place due to the fierce weather and rough ocean conditions he and his crew encountered back in 1778. But as I stood overlooking the scene, this situation couldn’t be further from the truth.
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See the highlights of NY Public Library’s famed Schwarzman Building on a docent-led tour

It’s hard to miss the monumental marble building lining Fifth Avenue in New York City. The one with the massive lion statues out front. You might think it’s a museum or a courthouse, or maybe government offices. But no, it’s actually the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the flagship of the New York Public Library system and a National Historic Landmark. And it’s a beaut!
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Museum of Broadway is a must-see stop on any theater lover’s visit to NYC

Whenever I visit New York City, I have to see a Broadway show, usually several. I’m a consummate theatregoer and love both musicals and plays and will attend performances wherever and whenever I can. But Broadway’s special and there’s nothing more exciting than being amid its bright lights. I’m always giddy with anticipation sitting in the audience waiting for the curtain to rise, then being treated to a few immersive hours of topnotch, inspiring entertainment.
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Lake Placid’s Olympic legacy is alive and well

I experienced a bit of height-induced anxiety as I stood atop the 128-meter Olympic Ski Jump tower in Lake Placid. Peering down from this imposing launching point that ski jumpers use when they soar through the air made me dizzy. And I was only standing there! I couldn’t begin to imagine the act of doing something like this – ever! Shaking my head in disbelief, I repeatedly muttered, “They must be insane!”
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A visit to this museum might just change your attitude towards snakes!

I don’t like snakes. Never have, never will. So, you might wonder what I was doing standing in The American International Rattlesnake Museum in Albuquerque surrounded by dozens of slithering creatures of all sizes and colors. It was mainly curiosity that drove me. I had read about this place for a number of years (it recently was voted Best Museum in Albuquerque for 2023 by Albuquerque The Magazine) and the fact that there’s nothing else like it in the country were enough reasons to motivate my visit. And though I am not a fan of these reptiles, I am oddly fascinated by them – as long as they are behind glass enclosures!
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Explore the iconic Apollo Theater on a behind-the-scenes tour

A visit to the Apollo Theater in New York City is often on many tourists’ bucket lists. This storied place is not only Harlem’s most famous historic landmark, but it’s also the birthplace for the careers of countless artists, from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Gladys Knight & the Pips to The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and even Machine Gun Kelly. This is “Where Stars are Born and Legends are Made.”
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Explore wondrous Niagara Falls with Over the Falls Tours

Niagara Falls’ unparalleled beauty and storied history is a magnet for tourists from around the world. They come to marvel at the grandeur and power of these spectacular formations, which straddle the U.S. (New York) and Canada (Ontario).
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Experience nature, art and design on NYC’s High Line

When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City, head to the High Line. This urban oasis is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It’s a pedestrian-only walkway full of art, beautiful landscaping and dynamic architecture. And it has become a global inspiration for municipalities around the world to transform unused industrial areas into vibrant spaces for everyone to enjoy.
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Discover a dynamic food scene in Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg is well known for its Civil War history and tourists come from all over to visit battlefield sites, museums, historical homes and more. What many don’t realize about this charming Pennsylvania town, however, is that it’s also a hot spot for foodies. It’s a no brainer when you notice the area around town is flourishing with agriculture. Thriving veggie and fruit farms sit alongside dairy farms and breweries, making it one of the most active agricultural regions in the country.

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