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Five Favorites: Events

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on December 13, 2012

 
 

Courtesy CMA If I had to choose, here are my five favorite events that I would recommend to anyone. Fiesta San Antonio During Fiesta, several large parades take place in locations throughout the city. There are flower parades, pet parades, the Fiesta Flambeau and more. My favorite memory of Fiesta is attending the Texas Cavaliers…

 
 
 

Forbidden fruit has always had a particular appeal to me. Tell me not to do something, and I have an irresistible urge to do just that thing. Ask me to close my eyes for a moment, and you’re practically begging me to peek. Prohibit me from going somewhere, and that place takes first priority on…

 
 

The four hardest-working days of my year are coming up this month. But they don’t take place here at the office; in fact, they have nothing at all to do with my job. I spend four hot, sweaty days each June on a farm in Wilmore, Kentucky, for the Ichthus Music Festival. This contemporary Christian…

 

River Walks and Runs

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Southwest on June 01, 2012

 
 

The San Antonio River Walk is saving me from obesity. I’ve been eating my way across the city for four days now, enjoying the best of San Antonio’s food during the annual Culinaria celebration. The events have included elaborate lunch and dinner affairs, a Mexican tasting event and a fancy soiree that featured some of…

 

Ceviche and the CIA

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Southwest on May 31, 2012

 
 

Today I donned an apron, toque and rubber gloves for an intense training session at the CIA. The mission: South American ceviche. I’m not at Langley, but in San Antonio, at the ‘other’ CIA — the Culinary Institute of America. The organization is recognized as one of the foremust culinary schools in the United States….

 

A Border Brunch

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Southwest on May 30, 2012

 
 

Sometimes a good meal can take you places. Today, brunch transported me from Texas into the colonial heart of Mexico. I’m in San Antonio for a few days doing research for an upcoming magazine article. It just so happens that my trip coincides with Culinaria, a four-day foodie event that highlights some of the best…

 
 

Silver Dollar City’s greatest treasure may be lie 300 feet below its surface. Branson’s pre-eminent theme park is best known for its rides, entertainment and 100 artisans who demonstrate Ozark Mountain crafts for visitors. But the park got its start because of Marvel Cave, a limestone cave that was first discovered by Osage Indians around…

 

Branson Scenic Railway

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Midwest on April 18, 2012

 
 

One hundred years ago, Branson was a newly incorporated town growing around a stop in the White River Line railway that connected Arkansas and Missouri. Today, visitors can experience a taste of historic transportation — as well as the scenery of the unspoiled Ozark mountains — during a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway. When…

 

A Canyon Sanctuary

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Midwest on April 17, 2012

 
 

Branson may be known as the Music Show Capital of the World, but it also enjoys a wonderful natural setting in the Ozark Mountains. Visitors see two mountain lakes as they make their way around town; further away from the famous Highway 76, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a welcome respite for nature lovers. It…

 

Macon Rocks

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on April 10, 2012

 
 

Macon sits at Georgia’s intersectoin of history and music. There are plenty of great attractions to visit duirng a tour of the city, but my favorite during my short visit was The Big House: The Allman Brothers Band Museum. The Allman Brothers were one of the pioneering bands in the music today called Southern Rock,…