Gayle Hart

Oktoberfest 2009

Traditionally, Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day celebration held each year in Munich, Germany during late-September up to (and including) the first Sunday in October. But sometimes it’s just not possible to get away to Munich. If you’re craving brats, beer, and a steady oompah beat, here’s a run down of a few upcoming U.S. Oktoberfest celebrations from coast-to-coast.

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National Public Lands Day

September 26, 2009 is National Public Lands Day and thousands of volunteers from coast-to-coast will work to enhance and improve the public lands that Americans enjoy. From planting trees and building trails, to removing trash and culling invasive species, there’s something for everyone who wants to join in.

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A Detroit Original

The family-owned and operated American Coney Island is the place where a hot dog with skin, beanless chili, onions, and mustard was first called “one with everything.” If you’d like to get a taste of Detroit at home, here’s a recipe for the beanless chili that makes Coney Dogs so delicious.

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Michigan: More than Motown

We’ve just finished putting content from our Moon Michigan guidebook, by Laura Martone, online yesterday. In addition to all the things you might expect to find in a guide to Michigan—like Detroit’s Motown Historical Museum, Ann Arbor’s Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mackinac Island, and rich ethnic enclaves like Greektown and Hamtramck—Laura includes many unexpected gems, too, like the annual late-March Sugar & Shearing Festival and the annual Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Powwow held every August.

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A Slice of Philly

Gayle Hart, our Content Editor, visited Philadelphia for the first time in 2004 and had a blast. From strolling through Independence Hall to ordering a cheesesteak on South Street, she loved the city’s seamless melding of history with culture.

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A Tennessee Story

Gayle Hart recently had the pleasure of editing Moon Tennessee, by Susanna Henighan Potter, for Moon.com. Her mother’s maternal family hails from Tennessee, and while she hasn’t had the chance to see the Volunteer State herself, it was fun to imagine how her relatives would have experienced the places featured in the book.

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Swine Flu: Get Informed

With the news of swine flu flooding the media, you may be anxious about your travel plans—or wonder whether you should even be traveling at all. In order to help you better understand swine flu, we’ve pulled together a list of websites and articles that provide the clearest, most relevant information about this outbreak.

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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 VisitNC.com, 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.