Mac Lacy

A Big Travel Year Ahead

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on July 17, 2018

 
 

It was about this time last year that I penned a column about not having any major travel plans for the summer. I heard from several readers who wondered how a travel publisher could find himself in such a predicament. This year is shaping up more nicely for me. We’ll join three other couples in…

 
 

We asked our staff, “Who do you root for during football season?” Find out our favorite teams in this month’s Staff Sound-Off. “My team is the Florida State Seminoles and anyone playing against the Gators. There is a renewed sense of pride and excitement for Seminole fans due to our new head coach Willie Taggart,…

 
 

Eureka Springs has a mysterious effect on people.  No one seems to be able to explain quite why they love the place, secluded and peaceful with winding mountainside streets; the city has flair like no other.  This Victorian village boasts the country’s only entire downtown on the National Register of Historic Places. Nestled in the…

 
 

Faith-based travelers can examine the intersections of religion and the American Revolution at a new museum near Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Opened in spring 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution has become the logical first stop for visitors to the city. It is the unofficial “Revolutionary visitor center,” said Mark Turdo, curator. Although the…

 
 
 

Last May, I wrote a column in this magazine with some advice for tour operators and travel planners about acting professionally during familiarization (FAM) tours and professional events. Some readers in the travel industry have since asked for a follow-up article that would address FAM tours from their point of view. In 15 years of…

 
 

Inspired by his lifelong interest in architecture and gardens, world-renowned American artist Dale Chihuly has created installations for a wide variety of settings, from public spaces and museums to private homes and gardens—now including Biltmore®. Offered May 17–October 7, 2018, Chihuly at Biltmore is a monumental exhibition showcasing breathtaking large-scale glass sculptures in an equally…

 
 

A trip to Chickasaw Country promises adventure, history, culture and beautiful scenery in south-central Oklahoma. From a celebrity eatery to nationally renowned festivals, groups traveling to the area can expect adventures tailored to every interest. The largest tribal cultural center, located in Sulphur, Oklahoma, immerses guests in the story of the Chickasaw people. Nestled in…

 
 

A  few months before the birth of our daughter in 2014, my wife, Laura, and I took a “babymoon” trip to Nashville to enjoy one last weekend of freedom before becoming parents. We took it slow, sleeping in late and enjoying brunch at a local hot spot, then spent Saturday afternoon at Cheekwood Estate and…

 
 

We asked our staff, “What’s your favorite way to spend the Fourth of July?” Find out our favorite ways to celebrate the Fourth in this month’s Staff Sound-Off. “Our family starts the day off at the local neighborhood Fourth of July parade and picnic at the park. The rest of the day is spent with…

 
 
 

Every decision I have made today has been with one goal in mind: Tonight, I want to fall asleep sitting up straight. As I write this column, I’m waiting at a departure gate at New York’s Kennedy Airport. It’s about 8 p.m., and I’ve been traveling since early afternoon. Two flights down, and one more…