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Sayulita: 12 Reasons to Visit Pueblo Magico

Sayulita is the Mexican village everyone tells you to visit if you vacation in Puerto Vallarta. As a Pueblo Magico (magical town), Sayulita is a mystical destination that sweeps visitors back into the folklore, history, and culture of Mexico’s past. Minus the tourists that flock to visit, Sayulita is a small town of 5000 residents located on the Pacific Coast in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Pueblo Magico You visit Sayulita to discover “cultural richness, historical relevance, cuisine, art crafts, and great…

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Top 10 FemaleSoloTrek Articles in 2023

My Top 10 FemaleSoloTrek Articles in 2023 as measured by my FemaleSoloTrek readers’ clicks focused on Washington DC places, gardens, dog-worthy venues, and small towns. My dog Parker is not surprised that any articles that include his adventures will be a favorite with my readers. Two of my posts on my international trips (Copenhagen and Sicily) also ranked in the Top 10. This research shows you don’t have to clock thousands of miles to benefit from solo treks. Eight of…

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Miracle on A Street NE

Updated December 23, 2023: There is a neighborhood in Washington DC that I nicknamed “The Miracle on A Street NE” in homage to the 20th Century Fox film called “A Miracle on 34th Street.” We all yearn to be part of those magical towns in the movies—fictional places like Bedford Falls In A Wonderful Life—where neighbors know everybody by name, watch out for each other’s kids, and notice when something is wrong. But the reality is life can be quite…

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Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe Festival in Puerto Vallarta

I will never forget celebrating the 12-day Festival of the Lady of Guadalupe (Festvas Guadelupanas) in Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. In 2023, the festival ran December 1-12. This religious holiday commemorates when the Virgin Mary (Lady of Guadalupe) appeared twice to an indigenous man in 1531 in the hills of Tepeyac near Mexico City. “No estoy yo qui soy tu madre? (Am I not here, I who am your mother?)” Our Lady of Guadalupe Juan Diego…

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7 Must-Do Activities in San Pancho in Mexico

Dive into the small-town charm of San Pancho by trying these 7 must-do activities in Mexico Riviera’s “Cultural Capital.” San Pancho, which is what the locals have christened San Francisco Mexico, is located along the 200-mile stretch of coastline in the Mexican state of Riviera Nayarit. It reminded me so much of the tight-knit community that I discovered in Isla Holbox, Mexico. This settlement dates back centuries. Originally indigenous tribes settled this region in the Pacific Coast, in the shadow of…

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Hillwood Museum: Celebrate the Holidays at Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Estate

Come home to Hillwood Estate & Museum for the holidays. For the last two years, this is what I have done since I discovered how the museum decorates Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post’s mansion. Come with me to see five fabulously-decorated Christmas trees on display at Hillwood, one of my favorite places to celebrate the holiday in Washington DC. From the second I walked into the Visitor’s Center, I was transported to Christmas Past—garlands loop over the stair banisters, and…

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Washington DC’s 2023 Christmas Activities

Washington DC’s Christmas activities will make anyone feel festive, regardless of whether you are a shopper, theatergoer, walker, or ice skater. Here is my list of the Top 13 Holiday Things to Do in the nation’s capital. Holiday magic abounds for visitors as well as residents. Georgetown GLOW One of my favorite things to do is visit the outdoor holiday light show in Georgetown. 2023 represents the 9th edition of Georgetown GLOW. Running 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly from…

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Casa Cuseni: Turning Back the Clock in Taormina

Casa Cuseni is the main character in A House in Sicily. Written by Daphne Phelps, this book is a homage to the house that she loved and tended for over 50 years. The house is located in Taormina, Sicily’s clifftop city above the Gulf of Naxos. When I traveled to Sicily in the fall of 2023, I knew that I had to visit this house, which the Belle Arte of Messina declared of “cultural and historic importance.” Madcap Adventure Since…

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