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'Beyonce' Made the Internet Explode Today

The hilarious, honest and hysterical online reaction to the album's surprise arrival<p>With so many year-end lists already written, queued, or …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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5 Winter Wonderland Getaways With Kids

(photo: Gaylord Hotels)<p>Are you longing for a place where sleigh bells ring and snow glistens? Nothing puts the ho-ho-ho in the holiday season faster than a family getaway with a winter wonderland vibe, and you don't necessarily have to head up north to find it. These five getaways are guaranteed to …

10 Towns That Go Big For Christmas

Oh, so <i>your</i> town has a Christmas tree? That's cute, but it doesn't compare to the 600-ton one made of sand in Florida.<p>This season, make a plan to visit these 10 U.S. cities that commemorate Christmas with something more creative than your standard evergreen.<p><b>A 600-ton sand tree</b><p><i>West Palm Beach, Florida</i><p>…

8 Reasons to Visit Philadelphia for the Holidays

Through the New Year, history-rich, foodie-friendly Philadelphia‘s calendar is chockablock with special events, attractions, and distinctly Philly …

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Family Time: Doing the Charleston

South Carolina’s Charleston offers a kid-pleasing combination of history and fun.<p><b>Here’s a look at four ways to enjoy some quality family time in this charming Southern city:</b><p><b>1. The Battery</b><p>This is the cherry on the Charleston sundae of history and architecture, and it’s best experienced early, before …

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5 Hotels To Literally Be Surrounded By Nature

Sometimes you just feel the desire to be immersed in the natural world.<p>If camping isn't your cup of tea, these gorgeous hotels will let you experience both luxury and the zen wonder of being totally surrounded by nature.<p><b>Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway</b><p><b>Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Finland</b><p>Can you even</i> …

California's other wine countries

Everybody knows the justifiably famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys. If you're looking to take the next step, venture into California’s less-famous wine regions, where family-owned wineries welcome novices and experts alike, and tasting fees are low to non-existent. Most of these well-hidden wine …

Viva Las Vegas (on a low-roller's budget)

Hey, big spender - think a weekend in Vegas means blowing your life savings at the blackjack table? The glittering Strip may conjure up images of slick card dealers, Dom Perignon, and Demi Moore rolling around on a hotel bed covered with hundred-dollar bills, but you can live it up in Sin City on a …

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