Pack Your Bags and Visit Some ‘Novel Destinations’ [REVIEW]

Heather in Concord MA

We love traveling to “novel destinations,” just like we did on this excursion to Concord, Massachusetts, former home to the Alcott sisters, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Greg Iles’ Natchez. Mark Twain’s Mississippi River. John Steinbeck’s Salinas. Heather and I love to travel, and oftentimes our wanderlust takes us to places we have only encountered in books. There is something inspiring about walking in a favorite writer’s footsteps, seeing where he lived, or exploring a place that ignited his creative spark and ultimately fueled the imaginations of countless readers. If this type of travel appeals to you, then you’re going to love National Geographic’s new book, Novel Destinations!   Read more of this post

Six Literary Haunts Every Bibliophile Should Visit [PHOTOS]

Shannon Mckenna Schmidt

Shannon Mckenna Schmidt, co-author of National Geographic’s Novel Destinations, shares six of her favorite literary haunts.

Warning: Novel Destinations may inspire wanderlust. But rest assured, whether or not taking to the road is in the cards right now, the book offers an entertaining armchair journey. Rather than simply guiding readers to famous writers’ homes and haunts, Novel Destinations shares intriguing, little-known stories about the wordsmiths and the places where they lived, wrote, drew inspiration, and ventured themselves. Here are some of my favorite literary travel tales. Read more of this post

Unplug in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains [PHOTOS]

Heather relaxes on a beautiful Ozark morning

The Ozark mountains are a restful destination where we love to reconnect with nature and good friends.
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

We love our friends in Texas, but sometimes the chaos of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is enough to drive anyone batty. That’s when we know it is time to escape to the mountains. Read more of this post

10 of the Best Places to Eat and Drink in New Orleans [VIDEOS]

Heather drinks a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's

Visit Pat O’Brien’s to enjoy a delicious Hurricane, the rum-based drink that has become synonymous with New Orleans. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

When friends tell us that they’re visiting New Orleans, it is almost as if they lit the gas lights on Decatur Street, because brilliant smiles spontaneously brighten our faces, illuminating our jazz-tinged memories of the Crescent City. For us, New Orleans is our happy place, that special community which wins our hearts every time we visit with its amazing smells, unforgettable sights, and mouthwatering cuisine, not to mention a soundtrack that envelopes you and seems to throb in your very soul.  Read more of this post

Our First Time On The Cape

Jathan at Falmouth Harbor

Jathan at Falmouth Harbor (Photo by Heather Fink/Jadeworks Entertainment)

Now that Spring has arrived, we are taking advantage of the longer and warmer days by venturing out and exploring the terrain. Yesterday, we headed east, crossed the Cape Cod Canal and drove to Falmouth, a charming, picturesque seaside village with great shopping, delicious food and an absolutely stunning view! Read more of this post