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Explore the Okanagan: Beaches, Peaches, Wine & More

If you think that Wine Country and Canada have as much in common as beaches and the Arctic Tundra, think again. In the Western Canadian province of British Columbia, the Okanagan Valley has developed into a significant wine-producing area. This … Continue reading

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Five More Must-Have Louisiana Souvenirs

In an earlier post, I detailed Five Must-Have Louisiana Souvenirs. Take a piece of Louisiana on the road with you and tuck these five additional Bayou State souvenirs into your RV. 1. Louisiana-Made Hot Sauce Since Cajuns like their food … Continue reading

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Five Must-Have Louisiana Souvenirs

Louisiana’s landscape and history create a culinary tradition unlike any place else—and that makes it the perfect RV getaway for anyone who loves to eat. But there is more to the Cajun appeal than just the food. Tuck these five … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras Defined: Speak Like a Local

It’s Mardi Gras time! Are you ready? There are a few terms you will hear throughout Mardi Gras. Familiarize these terms before you embark upon the revelry and you will understand everything going on around you and know how to … Continue reading

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Dance For a Chicken at a Cajun Country Mardi Gras

Mark Twain once wrote that a traveler “has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans.” Of the thousands of festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, none tops Mardi Gras. Spectacular parades, unbelievable costumes, … Continue reading

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Luling: Sixty-One Years of Thumpin’

Watermelons have been associated with  Luling since the 1950s, when truck farming began to take off in the area. In 1953, Luling residents held the first Watermelon Thump, a festival featuring live music and a seed spitting competition (ready to … Continue reading

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Luling: Barbecue Central

Some people dream of a “land flowing with milk and honey.” But I dream of one that’s rich with Texas barbecue…and watermelons. The good news is that such a magical place exists in the Central Texas town of Luling. And … Continue reading

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Louisiana Brewery Trail: Covington Brewhouse

Most people do not think about German heritage when they think about Louisiana. They may remember the state’s French, Spanish, or even Italian ties, but seldom do they recall the German influence. However, Germans settled in Louisiana as well, which … Continue reading

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Louisiana Brewery Trail: NOLA Brewing Company

Following Hurricane Katrina, Kirk Coco contemplated how to give back to the city he loved most. He realized that the city lacked breweries, which used to be numerous in New Orleans, and he wanted to bring at least a part … Continue reading

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It’s Crawfish Season, Come Twist Some Tails with Us

If you tour Cajun Country you’re bound to encounter crawfish. It’s as inevitable as BBQ in Texas, lobster in Maine, beans in Boston, or potatoes in Idaho. Crawfish, mudbugs, crawdads, or crayfish—call them what you will—are woven into Cajun culture. … Continue reading

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