Meet Our Featured Members

Meet Our Featured Members

Get to know our monthly Featured Members! 

2019 February Featured Journalist of the Month: Clark Norton
Friday, February 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Clark Norton:

Clark Norton is a veteran freelance writer who has specialized in travel for 25 years – ever since realizing that his forays into newspaper work and Hollywood screenwriting, while more lucrative, didn’t get him out of the office enough. His work has appeared in many major national and regional publications including The Washington Post Magazine, Outside, Rolling Stone, Health, Family Fun, Parenting, Hemispheres, Reader’s Digest, EnCompass, and Porthole Cruise Magazine (where his theme cruise columns garnered two straight NATJA gold awards for best magazine travel series). Clark is also the author of 17 guidebooks to California, Alaska, the Dominican Republic, and Tucson, Arizona, where he now lives. Having chronicled the travels of baby boomers since his early days backpacking in Europe, he now blogs about baby boomer travel at clarknorton.com. And despite having traveled to 120 countries, 50 states, and seven continents, his bucket list just keeps getting longer.

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2019 February Featured Destination of the Month: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB
Friday, February 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB:

Floridas Paradise Coast
A natural and cultural gem tucked away in Southwest Florida, the Paradise Coast is where the Gulf of Mexico's turquoise water meets white sand, wild islands and downtowns filled with artful treasures, culinary delights and countless other discoveries. Explore Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City, Immokalee and Ave Maria and find your most idyllic Florida vacation.

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2019 January Featured Journalist of the Month: Linda Aksomitis
Tuesday, January 01, 2019 12:00 AM

Linda Aksomitis

Linda Aksomitis is an award winning author of 30+ books, both traditionally published in five countries, and indie-published, including three travel guides as well as fiction and nonfiction for adults and children. She has a Master of Vocational Technical Education degree and works part of the year as an instructional designer for Saskatchewan Polytechnic, as well as teaching three writing courses worldwide through the Education To Go network. Her travels have included many adventures from walking 20 feet under the South China Sea with a "fishbowl" on her head, to climbing Canyon Sainte-Anne's via Ferrata, to packing her laptop on a snowmobile for five days across the Chic-Choc Mountains on the Gaspe Peninsula. 

She lives in Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, with her husband of 45 years, David Aksomitis, who often shares her travel adventures. 

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2019 January Featured Journalist of the Month: Douglas Peebles
Tuesday, January 01, 2019 12:00 AM

Douglas Peebles

Douglas Peebles works out of Kaneohe, Oahu. He has been photographing Hawaii and the South Pacific for over 30 years. His distinctive images appear regularly in magazines, ads, annual reports, and other publications. Douglas has done 50 photo books on Hawaii. including "Hawaii", "Kauai", "Maui" "Oahu" and "Island of Hawaii” a series panoramic images of the islands.

 

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2019 January Featured Destination of the Month: Visit Frederick
Tuesday, January 01, 2019 12:00 AM

 Visit Frederick:

Here, museums meet martini bars, scenic landscapes provide thrill seekers with adventure, and cutting edge cuisine is served up in Civil War-era buildings alongside unique specialty shops, galleries, museums, and theaters. Located less than one hour from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Gettysburg, the city of Frederick, Maryland is surrounded by mountain views, wineries, orchards and vibrant Main Street communities. Visitors can hike the Appalachian Trail, visit Maryland's largest brewery, and tour a battlefield all in one day.

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2018 December Featured Journalist of the Month: Bob Lindsey
Saturday, December 01, 2018 04:41 PM

Bob Lindsey:

Bob Lindsey grew up in North St. Louis, graduated from the old Central High School, served in the Marine Reserves and attended mostly night classes at St. Louis Community College. He transferred to University of Missouri-St. Louis earning a B.A. in 1968.

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2018 December Featured Journalist of the Month: Suzanne Corbett
Saturday, December 01, 2018 01:19 PM

Suzanne Corbett

Suzanne Corbett is a national award-winning writer and media producer. She contributes to St Louis Post-Dispatch, West NewsMagazine, StLouisSportsPage.com, AAA Traveler and AAA World Magazines, Gazelle STL Magazine and RealFoodTravler.com.

Past credits include travel/food editor St Louis Globe Democrat.com, food editor PrimeLife Media, Better Homes & Gardens, Sauce, Victoria Magazine, St. Louis At Home, St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles, St. Louis Town & Style and Midwest Living, and host and producer of Hot Plates that aired on KSLG 103O. In addition, she serves as a food historian/living history foodways interpreter The Gateway Arch National Park.

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2018 November Featured Destination of the Month: Visit Tillamook Coast
Thursday, November 01, 2018 12:42 PM

Visit Tillamook Coast:

Oregon’s Tillamook Coast is one of the state’s natural wonders. Picturesque bays, inland waterways, forests, farmlands, rivers and ocean beaches offer visitors a wide range of nature-based activities from kayaking, fishing and surfing to beachcombing and hiking. Fresh seafood is abundant, as is world-famous cheese and award-winning beer. The Tillamook Coast’s villages, from Manzanita to Neskowin, each have their own unique heritage, personality and charm. For more information and to plan your getaway, visit www.tillamookcoast.com.

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2018 November Featured Journalist of the Month: Lynn Gagnon
Thursday, November 01, 2018 12:31 PM

Lynn Gagnon:

Joie de Vivre with an Accent on Camaraderie

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” - Mark Twain

Focusing on life’s pleasures didn’t come naturally to me.  A graduate of Wellesley College, I was raised to strive for achievement.  But when Denis first took me to Quebec the spring of my senior year, I experienced a delightful taste of “joie de vivre” and my outlook on life changed forever.  We married and moved to France where new friends taught me French along with the art of finding great pleasure in daily life … Joie de Vivre. 

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