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Feel the music at the Fillmore

It's 10 minutes to showtime. Step up to the three-story Italianate brick box at Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard. Avert your eyes from the payday-loan operation that takes up much of the ground floor. Submit to a brief search by security.

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Horseback riding offers taste of Old Florida wilderness

The Sunshine State is filled with options for those seeking a nature getaway, especially in the rural middle and northern areas. However, if you want to taste Old Florida but still be within reach of bigger-city attractions, a quick getaway to a horseback-riding ranch can fit the bill.

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Enjoy a beach day in Mahahual, minutes from the cruise port in Costa Maya

A trip to the Caribbean conjures up visions of swaying palms and a watercolor palette of blues, greens and shades in between. Just 10 minutes or so from the port of Costa Maya, Mexico, a fixture on most western Caribbean cruise itineraries, lies an idyllic place that delivers in a big way: the small fishing village of Mahahual (ma-ha-wahl).

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How to plan your next trip around a 'walk-cation'

On my latest trip to Chicago, I consumed nine tacos, three doughnuts, an Indian crepe, a giant tamale, a mound of carnitas, a bowl of pasta and a table full of Vietnamese food. How did I not gain 15 pounds? Well, I also walked 8 to 10 miles per day – which is typical for me when I travel.

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Cary, N.C., offers quaint charm, quiet sophistication

Looking for a quiet couple's getaway that lets you skip the hustle and bustle? Hoping that same getaway comes with a vintage vibe and classic American experiences? An unexpected and remarkably affordable destination choice exists just outside of Raleigh, N.C. With a downtown area featuring a retro theater, subtly shaded street murals and picturesque churches, the town of Cary has a fair amount to offer the traveler searching for a more leisurely escape.

Want to see an amazing sight? 10,000-15,000 gulls Winter roost on Lake Norman

Each winter gulls flock to Lake Norman every night for a safe place to roost. Mostly they're ring-billed gulls but others like herring gulls also spend the night on the lake.
John D. Simmons jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com