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For some, Chocolate Day is every day, but one chocoholic went the extra mile and declared October 28 as National Chocolate Day. Here are just four of the sweetest places to celebrate:

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Napa and Sonoma both offer great wines, great food, and incredible experiences, but because there’s so much to do in each county that visitors usually focus on one or the other. Which is the best option for you? Here’s a guide for how to choose.

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Jenny McCarthy is a Chicago girl at heart, but now, her heart belongs to Boston-born hubby Donnie Wahlberg. And it’s no secret she loves to eat, so we had to ask what her favorite spots are back home as well as in Donnie’s hometown. Check out Jenny’s restaurant recommendations, must-shop stops, and more in our exclusive interview.

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After shedding an unfortunate reputation for being a go-to destination for raucous spring breakers in the ‘90s and early 2000s, Daytona Beach has become a year-round destination for couples and families. And it’s more than just sand and strip malls — there’s visiting the Museum of Arts and Sciences, working on your swing at the many mini golf courses, tackling a zipline course, and getting suited up like a professional racecar driver during the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Daytona International Speedway.

As guests of the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, we recently got the chance to taste the destination’s revival for ourselves. Here are the highlights of what we found:

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The last thing you want to think about on vacation is how to eat well. But overindulging while away can mean extra work to get back in shape when you return home.

The good news? There are lots of little things you can do to minimize the damage and take advantage of your destination’s local fare at the same time. Registered dietician Cheryl Forberg — who’s the nutritionist for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and a brand nutritionist for Omni Hotels and Resorts — offers specific tips for different types of escapes.

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We have lots of love for London, but there’s much more to England. If you’re looking to explore further, consider York, less than two hours away by train. Given its proximity, this historic walled city can easily be a day trip — but with its affordable B&Bs, free activities, and other cheap thrills, we suggest thinking about an overnight.

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It seems like “green” hotels are becoming more mainstream than ever before, with properties old and new adopting an overall ethos of eco-friendliness. But to the average traveler–someone who might not self-identify as environmentally conscious–what’s the real draw? Below, check out five hotels with perks that appeal to every type of traveler.

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The Hamptons may steal the vacation spotlight during the summer season, but once autumn arrives, it’s all about the North Fork of Long Island — where farm stands and wineries offer peak-season products. If you crave fresh produce and local wines, this area is the perfect destination for a quick getaway. Weekends in October draw extra traffic, so consider a weekday stay to relax and enjoy the area like a local.

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Feasting and fearless, when it comes to curious cuisine, Andrew Zimmern has seen and eaten it all (with no regrets, he tells us). His new season of Bizarre Foods will premiere on Travel Channel October 27 at 9 p.m. EST — which means more of what we love: interesting eats in some pretty cool places. Though he’s globe-trotted near and far, there is one destination he’s dying to visit and something he’s taken home that can never be replaced.

Think you can guess where and what they are? Check out our one-on-one interview with the king of consuming suspicious snacks.

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Great news for traveling foodies: Restaurant week has been one-upped by the first-ever Airport Restaurant Month. Global restaurateur HMSHost recently announced that 20 airports in North America will participate in the inaugural event, offering specially priced menus throughout the month of October. If you’re traveling this month, arriving extra early may not be the worst idea. Fine-dining in restaurants such as Todd English’s SOHO Bistro at JFK or Beaudevin at Charlotte Douglas International Airport will make your airport experience loads more pleasant.

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george eastman house 2 - christine weiFrequently a stopover on the way to the Niagara Falls, the town of Rochester in upstate New York deserves a few days of exploration, especially in fall. The city’s history as the birthplace of the Kodak company has paved the way for an under-the-radar but robust art scene, while a wealth of college campuses keep the dining and entertainment options fresh. And in October, there are endless opportunities for foliage peeping. Here’s what to do over a weekend in town.

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Atlanta is home to tour companies that suit every interest and hobby. Whether you’re looking to stroll among the Walking Dead filming locations, sip the city’s best craft brews, or learn about Atlanta from the ground up, here are three of the city’s most unique tours.

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Tapas are an institution in Seville. Sitting down for a big meal at lunch or dinnertime is foregone for the chance to hop from bar to bar, sampling different dishes and drinks. It’s an informal affair — you’ll most likely eat standing up or perched at a small table in a noisy  bar — but that’s all part of the experience. Here, a roundup of the best places with Sevillian atmosphere and Andalusian flavors.

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Most travelers taking a weekend trip outside of Boston typically head to Cape Cod, Newport, or Provincetown. But just two hours south by car, New Bedford boasts an enthralling history for an unexpected escape. Hiding in the restored cobblestone streets of downtown — designated a national park less than ten years ago — is a trove of whaling history, a thriving art community, and an international dining scene. The diverse population is made up of 100,000 friendly locals with a strong pride in their hometown, and while they dislike the term “up-and-coming” for a city that was once one of America’s wealthiest and most progressive cities, New Bedford has all the makings of the next great weekend destination returning to its former glory.

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Move over fried foods and grits: Little Rock’s culinary scene is exploding. As Arkansas’ historical capital city, the region is these days teeming with local farms and food artisans who partner with major players — from the editors of a literary magazine to the world’s best winemakers — to execute innovative dishes and culinary experiences. Within the past few years, several new eateries have cropped up within Little Rock and its stylish sister city, North Little Rock. Here’s where to have a taste.

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