Linda Kissam is a professional travel, food, and wine writer based out of Southern California. She specializes in easy, breezy destination stories focusing on what makes each destination special through its culinary, wine, and spirit scene and the soft adventures that surround those pursuits. She never travels without a notebook, camera and a great pair of Brighton flats. She has an addiction to personable people, interesting wines, gourmet coffee, fabulous chocolate and spicy foods. Anyone who knows her will tell you that she loves traveling anywhere, by any means, and is somewhat obsessive about jewelry, success, and a good taco.
Occasionally, we need to pause – step away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. One way to do this is to get away from our daily life and go on a getaway that is a mixture of retreat and vacation.
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Many of us think we need to travel to Paris or Champagne to experience what France has to offer in the way of wine travel. I’ve been to both, and they were great, but I find the small, less known wine regions featuring family owned wineries to be much more intriguing.
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The Lake of the Ozarks (Lake) is a lake resort destination in Missouri. Ahhh, I see I have your attention. It offers world-class boating, golfing, shopping and fishing, and a wide variety of lodging, culinary innovation, state parks, and other recreational activities to suit any budget and taste.
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You won’t often find me and my $250 shoes in the midst of alligators, marsh and power walkers. Nor are you likely to find me in an open golf cart with the wind and elements blowing through my carefully coiffed hair.
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Phrases such as , “Rise Up” is on one truck, and “Freedom Isn’t Lost” is on another. A school bus is buried nose-down in front of a ragged concrete tombstone titled, “Truth.” Art? Dissention? Standoff?
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