P.J. Thomas is editor and co-publisher of Pathfinders Travel Magazine for People of Color, a nationally distributed publication founded in 1997, and co-host of "Travel with Pathfinders" on WPGC-AM in Washington, D.C. Contact her at pjthomas@pathfinderstravel.com.

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P.J. Thomas: Food options add to Allure of new cruise ship

WHEN THE OASIS of the Seas sailed into Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2009, it did so under the spotlight of the world media, which ogled and, yes, even fawned over the largest ship at sea.

P.J. Thomas: Get out of Philadelphia for the holidays

OLD-FASHIONED CAROLING, twinkling lights, beautifully decorated trees and window displays are the scenes and sounds of Christmas that make the holidays special. Spectacular displays and events at Longwood Gardens, the Cape May House Tours and the Camden Children's Garden are among many events that will soften hearts and ignite the holiday spark in our area.

P.J. Thomas: Enjoy the arts at bargain prices in New Haven, Conn.

A GOOD WEEKEND getaway should be like a blind date. It should tantalize with you with possibilities, string you along with interest and ultimately deliver on your expectations.

P.J. Thomas: Venture to Virginia's bay country for vacation

CARS FILLED with vacationers whiz along U.S. Route 13, destined for Virginia Beach, North Carolina's barrier islands and other places known for the very thing they are passing by - an easygoing region with natural beauty, pristine beaches, outdoor recreation and some of the freshest seafood you will find anywhere.

P.J. Thomas: Children's Museum of Indianapolis: Fun for the whole family

YOUR CHILDREN have lazed away the summer, but now it's time to start thinking of educational-enrichment activities. Most summer camps will close in mid-August, leaving parents wondering how to stimulate learning and fill the two-week gap until school begins after Labor Day.

P.J. Thomas: Indulge in kayaking close to home in the Delaware Valley

AFTER YEARS of stops and starts, enterprising businesses may accomplish what a legion of politicians and task forces could not: increase recreational use of Penn's Landing and the Delaware River.

P.J. Thomas: All things 'Piney' feted at blueberry fest in New Jersey

IN NEW JERSEY, where open land is disappearing faster than water ice on a summer day, the Pine Barrens stand out as the largest national reserve east of the Mississippi River, stretching roughly from Lakehurst to Cape May County.

P.J. Thomas: The amazing Harlem, from the ground up

IN A magnificently restored, four-story brownstone in Harlem, N.Y., the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association was hosting a wine-tasting social to help fund one of the organization's numerous projects.

P.J. Thomas: At the Kentucky Derby, tradition wins year after year

IT'S BEEN CALLED the most exciting two minutes in sports and it ranks near the top of many sports enthusiasts' "bucket lists."

P.J. Thomas: New York's lakes are a natural & culinary paradise

THE FINGER Lakes region in upstate New York is as beautiful as Italy's Tuscany or the Loire Valley, in France.