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March 24, 2009

My Trip to Austin, Texas: Highlight #3

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by Wendy Perrin

Remember I was saying that the best part of my trip to Austin was the people I got to hang out with?  One of the coolest moments was breakfast with Clay Shirky, the author of my favorite book of 2008, a wake-up call entitled Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. It's a riveting read about how the Internet is changing society. Its relevance to the world of travel?  New technological tools are enabling travelers to share more information with other travelers than ever before, faster than ever before, thus empowering us all (well, those of us who are using the tools).

That's why I'll be talking about Clay's book, as well as two other seminal works I've devoured lately--Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff, and What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis--when I head to Washington, D.C., this weekend to speak at the conference of the Editors Council of the Society of American Travel Writers.  They've asked me to talk about how I balance my print and online responsibilities, how I use social media in my work, what the future holds for travel journalism. . . .  Piece of cake! (Kidding.)

If you're interested in tuning in to my talk in real time and you're on Twitter (one of those aforementioned technological tools), you'll be able to read what's being said by twitterers at the conference here. Wish me luck!

And, if you have any recommendations for D.C., of course I'd love to hear those too. Just click on "Comments" below, and, if you like, include your URL in the text of your comment so we can all click to learn more about you.

August 28, 2008

The Top Five Things We Loved About St. Michaels, Maryland

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by Wendy Perrin

If you were following my vacation escapades on Twitter last week, then you know I was on the Chesapeake Bay, based in the quaint vintage port of St. Michaels ("The Town That Fooled The British"), sailing, sightseeing, scarfing down steamed blue crabs by day, roasting marshmallows for s'mores by night, and generally trying to unwind despite two trips to the E.R. with my hyperkinetic 6- and 4-year-old boys.  Here's a quick-and-dirty photo essay on the five things we loved most:

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1. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, one of those hidden-gem finds that manages to be both kid-friendly and adult-interesting at the same time. Love that screwpile lighthouse from 1879!

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The Museum has 10 exhibit buildings on 18 gorgeous waterfront acres, including a Working Boat Yard where people can take boat-building classes. "I could have spent a couple of hours in the Boat Yard alone," says my husband Tim. "And I mean that both ways." :)

The museum's director of education, Robert Forloney (pictured above)--a friend of a friend--gave us a guided tour and had the kids rapt from start to finish. Lucky us!

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Don't you love all those old signs from ship prows of a bygone era?

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November 11, 2006

Shopping In Washington, D.C.

By Wendy Perrin

If you live in Washington, D.C., you have one day left to attend this year's Museum Shop Around at the Strathmore Mansion. It's a nifty idea: 19 museums in the D.C. area bring the unique merchandise from their gift shops to one central location and set up shop. Today I found art books and apparel from the Corcoran Gallery, music-oriented toys and books from the Kennedy Center, funky scarves and mittens from the Textile Museum, train games from the B&O Railroad Museum, political books from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, cool necklaces from the Bead Museum, contemporary gadgets from the National Building Museum, amber jewelry from the Hillwood Museum & Gardens, holiday knick-knacks from the National Museum of Women in the Arts . . . . And I managed to get all my Christmas shopping done in an hour and a half!

 

November 11, 2006

Children's Museum in Baltimore

By Wendy Perrin

En route to Washington, D.C.--where Tim and the kids and I are visiting friends this weekend--we discovered Port Discovery, the children's museum in Baltimore. It's easy to reach off I-95, and boy was it an excellent mid-drive pitstop.  We ended up spending 4 hours there . . . and hated to leave!  Whoever designed this museum had restless, athletic young boys in mind.  There are countless ways to work off random excess energy, what with three stories filled with contraptions for climbing on, crawling through, jumping in, running around, sliding down, and pulling yourself up in.
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Doug, 2, on a rope bridge 3 stories high. Charlie, 4, on Clifford the Big Red Dog's conveyor belt.

Tim remarked that this kids' museum really should be called a Daddy Museum.  There are no weight or height limits for the equipment, which means Dads get to climb and pull and jump too. 

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