Italian-style car tour in … Paso Robles? Of course, there’s wine

Noble Horvath

Drivers, start your engines. With many tours and events canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canossa Grand Tours is launching Italian-style car tour in the Paso Robles area during harvest. Four-day luxury road trips, called Grand Tour California, take travelers to Paso’s wineries and California 1. Tours will be offered weekly and are limited to 20 guests and/or 10 cars.

a large green field with trees in the background: Experience wine-growing areas around Paso Robles, Calif., on an Italian-style car rally. (Travel Paso)

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Experience wine-growing areas around Paso Robles, Calif., on an Italian-style car rally. (Travel Paso)

The Grand Tour costs $3,950 per couple per car, offering a safe way to travel in the age of COVID-19. Drivers take their own cars — yes, you can bring your Ferrari or Maserati, or rent one when you arrive — to take off-the-beaten-track vineyard drives, visit with winemakers and eat farm-to-table food along the way.

fireworks in the sky over a body of water: Bruce Munro's Field of Light at Sensorio, a field in Paso Robles, Calif. (Serena Munro / From Bruce Munro)

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Bruce Munro’s Field of Light at Sensorio,

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Jennifer Weiner on Virtual Book Tours and the Toxic Side of Social Media

Noble Horvath


The Queen Village-based writer is one of America’s most popular novelists. Here, she talks Big Summer, her New York Times op-eds, and getting political with her fans.

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Philly-based writer Jennifer Weiner is one of America’s most popular novelists. Photograph by Maarten de Boer/The Licensing Project

Philadelphians first saw Jennifer Weiner’s name when she was a young Inquirer staffer in the 1990s. More than two decades later, the Philly-based writer is one of America’s most popular novelists, with a slew of best-sellers that include her debut, Good In Bed; In Her Shoes (which became a movie in 2005); and 2019’s Mrs. Everything. Weiner talked via Zoom about her latest novel, Big Summer; her regular op-eds for the New York Times; and her conflicted feelings about social

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Explore Eastern State Penitentiary after dark with ‘Night Tours’

Noble Horvath

a clock tower lit up at night

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a clock tower lit up at night

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Typically, the fall season is quite eventful for the famous historical site in Fairmount, the Eastern State Penitentiary. For three decades, the now-empty prison and infamous incarceration home of mobster Al Capone has been transformed into a haunted house experience unlike any other in the area, having interactive elements that put visitors right in with the action. 

For obvious reasons, this year’s Terror Behind the Walls has been canceled for what would have been its 30th anniversary. However, the ESP has figured out a way to still give Philadelphians looking for something unique this fall a way to still enjoy a one of a kind experience.  The cultural institution recently announced the addition of self-guided night tours beginning next month on September 18th that will run through November 15th. 

“Although it was difficult to cancel what would have been our 30th season

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Werner Herzog’s Mystical Memory Tour

Noble Horvath

Bruce Chatwin, the author-adventurer who gave us The Songlines and In Patagonia before dying at age 49, was “a writer like no other,” says Werner Herzog. “He would craft mythical tales into voyages of the mind. In this respect we found out we were kindred spirits, he as a writer, I as a filmmaker.” In his latest documentary, Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, the German director-narrator vows at the outset to “follow a similar erratic quest for wild characters, strange dreamers and big ideas about the nature of human existence. These were the themes Chatwin was obsessed with.” Sounds irresistible. Count me in.

a man standing in front of a graffiti covered wall: Filmmaker Werner Herzog

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Filmmaker Werner Herzog

Alas, few films could live up to that billing, and this one doesn’t either. Herzog has made a lumpy and rambling visual companion piece to Chatwin’s books, veering from airy mystical talk to biographical snippets

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the Flats, Rock Hall, walking tour and more in overnight staycation

Noble Horvath

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Walking down Old River Road in the Flats, I could almost pretend this was a normal summer night. I glanced inside the restaurants along the route, filled with diners, and lingered along the riverfront to admire the sunset.

people walking on a city street: A quiet East Fourth Street on a summer Saturday night in downtown Cleveland.

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A quiet East Fourth Street on a summer Saturday night in downtown Cleveland.

Granted, I was wearing a face mask, as were most of the people strolling the street. And I gave an extra-wide berth to anyone who came too close.

But I was outside in the city on a glorious summer evening — eating, drinking, walking, people watching. And it felt terrific.

I’ve missed downtown – summer baseball games, meeting friends for lunch, a drink after work. And work! I haven’t been to my office in months, stuck in front of a computer in my dining room since mid-March.

I set out

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Second-Grader Creates Kid’s Historical Bike Tour Through Marion

Noble Horvath

MARION (CBS) – Greta Agnew, a second-grader from Pennsylvania, visits her grandparents in Marion every summer.

After biking around town, seeing the unique homes in Marion, summer after summer, Agnew started researching their history.

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Greta Agnew, a second-grader from Pennsylvania, loves Marion, Massachusetts, so much, she created her own bike tour. (Photo credit: Julia Agnew)

Now, she’s created the Kid’s Historical Bike Tour of Marion, Massachusetts. The tour lets kids – or adults – bike around the historic town learning about local landmarks and unique facts at each stop.

Agnew has created a printable guide and an interactive website with photos, description and facts about each stop.

The tour begins in the garden next to the Sippican Historical Society on Main Street and includes 19 stops at historical homes, the site of the Sippican Hotel, Marion Art Center, Marion Town House, Elizabeth Taber Library, the

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Explore beautiful Bruges on this photo tour

Noble Horvath

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Welcome to Bruges

Walking the streets of Bruges feels a bit like stepping into a Gothic fairy tale thanks to the well-preserved architecture, stunning canals and cobbled streets. Get a glimpse at what makes this Belgian city so special as we take a virtual tour to some of its most scenic spots.

a group of people riding on the back of a horse drawn carriage: Markt

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The Market Square (Markt)

Markt, or Market Square, has long been a gathering place in the city, whether for markets, festivals, demonstrations or jousting tournaments. These days you’re more likely to see tourists than knights in this plaza dominated by the Belfry.

an empty sidewalk in front of a tree: Beguinage

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The Beguinage

This former beguinage in the heart of the city center was once home to a community of lay religious women, called beguines, who lived together without taking formal vows. These days, the

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You now can take a boat tour to see all the empty cruise ships

Noble Horvath

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Cruising fans don’t have many options these days for getting aboard a cruise ship. But now they at least can get up close to one — assuming they can get themselves to the U.K.

A ferry company based near the cruise hub of Southampton, England, has started up “ghost ship tours” to take tourists to see all the empty cruise vessels that have been anchored offshore during the cruising shutdown.

Christchurch, England-based Mudeford Ferry is offering the two-and-a-half-hour outings on days when the weather isn’t too windy. The trips begin at Mudeford Quay in Christchurch and take place on a 20-person vessel that’s normally used for ferry service in the area.

For more cruise news, reviews and tips,

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The Best Road Trips in America: The Bourbon Country Tour

Noble Horvath

Stop Locations: Purcellville, VA to Maxwelton, WV

Total Travel Time: 5 hours 20 minutes

Total Miles: 320 miles

Recommended Route: Head a bit further east today before looping back westward toward your origin in Kentucky. You’ll make it just about halfway, stopping in West Virginia for a little more whiskey and a good night’s sleep.

Along the Way:

Town: Alexandria, Virginia. Your first whiskey stop today may be a surprising one. An hour east of Purcellville, stop at George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon in Alexandria to tour a re-creation of one of the nation’s earliest large-scale whiskey distilleries, and one of the most profitable ventures on Washington’s estate. Washington’s recipe is once again being produced, in very limited batches, since the distillery’s reopening in 2007.

Town: Sample one last taste of Virginia whiskey at KO Distilling in Manassas, about 45 minutes west of Alexandria. Try a flight of Bare

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A literary tour of writers’ home museums

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