4 Mark Twain Awards from MTJA

I’m excited to share that I took four awards in the Midwest Travel Journalists Association’s 2017 MARK TWAIN AWARDS. I wrote all contest content in 2016. Thanks to everyone who helped facilitate these adventures and contributed to my success. Special thanks to Gary Mallory for traveling with me and supporting my writing habit. NEWSPAPER ARTICLES …

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Blogger Scores 1st in Travel Writing; Weekend Getaway to Columbus, O

Award-winning story as previously printed in Northeast Ohio Boomer & Beyond magazine Writer Paris Wolfe received a First Place nod from the North American Mature Publication Association Awards for 2016 travel writing in two issues of Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond magazine. This is one of the stories deemed excellent by judges from the School of …

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Acting Like Hipsters in Pittsburgh

We spent two weekends exploring Pittsburgh this year and we plan to return for more. During the most-recent visit — in mid-July — we crashed at the Ace Hotel in the slowly gentrifying East Liberty neighborhood. There, the century-old YMCA was reimagined as the Ace Hotel not quite two years ago. A boutique hotel company, Ace is becoming known …

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Tracing Tennessee’s Southern Dozen

By Paris Wolfe East Tennessee has a 12-pack of twisty routes mapped for motorcyclists.  These Southern Dozen, created by the Johnson City Convention & Visitors Bureau, range in length from 37 miles to 157 miles. They trace Appalachian Country roads through switchbacks and scenery. In late May, four of us spent three days riding the …

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Yinz Must Visit Wigle Whiskey, Pittsburgh

By Paris Wolfe, Foodie/Traveler With an educational tour featuring spirits and history, the Wigle Whiskey distillery on Smallman in The Strip District is a must. If your GPS takes you to their Barrelhouse aging location on the Northside (closed in winter), reroute to the mothership or visit both locations in warmer weather. Tours, which require …

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Japan’s Sansho Pepper is Shocking

By Paris Wolfe, Blogger, Writer, Traveler I seek herbs when I travel, to see how they’re part of a local culture. The Jean-Talon Market in Montreal was a jackpot. My favorite store in the historic market was Epices de Cru, a colorful exotic vendor of herbs, tea and spices. The husband and wife owners travel …

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