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Do you need to ‘Seize the Summer’ and take a trip?

All that bad news that tops the nightly newscasts and leads the daily newspaper might be enough to make most people put off any leisure travel. But, is it time to take a trip? That’s what AAA is asking. Acknowledging that “it’s time to separate general economic anxiety from personal financial reality” and “travel decisions are not always about dollars and cents,” AAA is urging would-be travelers to take a quick quiz and “Seize the

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Swine flu, Mexico, and I’m going to the Caribbean

With swine flu and its connection to Mexico dominating the headlines, it’s no wonder a number of travelers are looking for an alternate destination this summer. Caribbean destinations may benefit, according to new trend data from TripAdvisor. According to TripAdvisor, Mexican hotels have seen an average 50 percent drop in page views between April 27 and April 30 (a Monday through Thursday) compared to the same time period a week earlier. Concurrently, Caribbean hotels saw

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Take a bite out of Marietta this weekend

MARIETTA, Ga. – The 16th Annual Taste of Marietta is scheduled for Sunday, April 26, on the Historic Marietta Square. The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Touted as Cobb County’s largest food festival, the Taste of Marietta features food from 50 restaurants and caterers and ranges in price from 50 cents to $4. In addition to the food, there will be four stages with live music. Banks and Shane will help

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RVers: Recession? What recession?

A new “Campfire Canvass” of RV owners found that more than half (55 percent) plan “to use their RVs more this spring/summer than last year.” At the same time, 45 percent of RV owners might buy another vehicle or are at least considering it, according to the survey, which is conducted bi-annually by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Interestingly, just four percent of respondents plan to use their RVs less this year. Other results include:

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Bless the fleet at Darien’s annual festival

Darien, Ga., the state’s second city, is set to celebrate the annual “Blessing of the Fleet,” a celebration of the city’s shrimping industry. “What makes this festival so great is that we pay tribute to the fishing industry,” McIntosh County Chamber of Commerce President Wally Orrel said, according to the Georgia Times-Union. “There are decades of tradition, and this year, the theme is, ‘Still Shrimping After All of These Years.’” The city of Darien was

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U.S. Embassy: Avoid Roppongi because of ‘drink-spiking incidents’

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo is urging Americans to avoid bars in the city’s Roppongi district following an uptick in “drink-spiking incidents.” “The number of reports of U.S. citizens being drugged in bars has increased significantly in recent weeks,” the Embassy said in a statement. “Typically, the victim unknowingly drinks a beverage that has been secretly mixed with a drug that renders the victim unconscious for several hours, during which time large sums of money

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Obama Effort to End Armed Pilots Program an Outrage, Says CCRKBA

PRNewswire-USNewswire BELLEVUE, Wash., March 17 — A revelation by the Washington Times that President Barack Obama is trying to quietly end the armed pilot program, making air travel more vulnerable to terrorist attack, should outrage travelers, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today. “The Washington Times nailed it,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, who proposed arming pilots just hours after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and championed the

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Unscrew the cork and try some Georgia wine

The state’s winegrowers association is hosting a “Wine Highway Weekend” in Northeast Georgia next weekend, March 20-21. There is a $20 fee to participate in the weekend. With the fee, participants will receive a souvenir wine glass, which will serve as an entry ticket into the wineries. Georgia’s reputation as a wine-producing state has increased in recent years, officials say. In the last five years, the total number of acres of vineyards in Georgia has