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Best Spring Trips for 2013

Best Spring Trips for 2013


Waikato, North Island, New Zealand

From Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, it’s about an hour’s drive south to the northern reaches of the Waikato region—a 25,000-square-mile mix of rolling farmland, black-sand beaches, volcanic mountains, and glowworm-laden caves. Fans of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey flock here to tour the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. Read more..

Tulpenfestival, Noordoostpolder, Netherlands

Late March through mid-May, precise rows of blooming tulips unfurl like crayon-colored ribbons across the flat Dutch landscape. While not as famous as North and South Holland’s Bollenstreek (Bulb District), central Flevoland is home to about 5,000 acres of bulb fields—tops in the country. Most of the fields are located in Noordoostpolder—the Netherlands’ youngest tulip-growing area—located about an hour’s drive northeast of Amsterdam. Read more…

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour, Lexington to Louisville, Kentucky

All bourbon is whiskey, but only U.S.-distilled corn whiskey meeting exacting standards (like being aged in new, charred white oak barrels) can be called bourbon. The seven distilleries comprising the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour—Four RosesHeaven Hill DistilleriesJim BeamMaker’s MarkWild Turkey BourbonWoodford Reserve, and Town Branch—produce about 95 percent of the world’s bourbon. Read more…

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Fawn Weaver is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of Happy Wives Club: One Woman's Worldwide Search for the Secrets of a Great Marriage, adopting the same name as the Club she founded in 2010. The Happy Wives Club community has grown to include more than 1 million women in over 110 countries around the world. She’s an investor in real estate, tech sector and lifestyle brands. When she’s not writing or working, she's happily doting over her husband of twelve years, Keith (and sometimes manages to do all three simultaneously).

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