Gayle Hart

US Pride Events 2011

Pride parades and events celebrating queer life have sprung up all over the country, spreading joy and love across the land. Most pride events occur annually in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in the modern LGBT rights movement, though it is possible to find pride events throughout the summer months and even into October.

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Thanksgiving Weekend Getaways

If you’re not going home for Thanksgiving this year, or your family has decided to eschew tradition for a destination-based holiday, you still have time to book an escape for the long holiday weekend.

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Spirits in the City

Now that we’ve made sure the little ones have had their holiday fun with some great Halloween theme park events and Boo at the Zoo activities, it’s time to move on to the big kids with something a little more spooky. Many US cities have ghost tours, which range from serious paranormal investigations to decidedly campy entertainment.

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Boo at the Zoo

If your kids love trick or treating but are too young for gory zombies, vampires, and ghouls, consider planning a trip to the zoo! With options like sleepovers, train rides, spooky stories, and costume parades, zoos across the country focus on fun instead of fright.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.