Archives for 2012

St.George Island, FL

Island Monday:  St. George Island, Florida Happy Island Monday!  Today we’re taking a quick trip to St. George Island, a 22 mile long barrier island off the Northwest Florida coast near Tallahassee with quiet beaches and fresh oysters. Stay:  Serendipity As soon as I saw the bright red chairs overlooking the pristine gulf beaches, I […]

Island Monday: Grenada

Picture this:  You are sipping your morning coffee, on a tropical balcony overlooking a turquoise bay with sweeping views of the most picturesque village in the West Indies. The elusive scent of nutmeg fills the air.  Grenada, “The Spice Island,” is quite off the beaten path, particularly for Americans for whom the island calls to […]

Island Monday: Great Guana Cay, Out Islands, Bahamas

Introducing a new feature to get you through the rest of the week:  “Island Monday” featuring…(you’ll never  guess)…  an island! First up, is Great Guana Cay, in the Out Islands of the Bahamas.  Guana Cay is a mere 7 miles long, with few people, few cars, and some roosters.  It is the type of place […]

Agenda: Wine Weekend in Carneros & The Carneros Inn

At the base of Napa and Sonoma Counties, is the Carneros wine region, specializing in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and home to the most luxurious and resort I’ve yet to experience, The Carneros Inn.  It is difficult to imagine a more picture perfect place for a fabulous weekend in wine country.  The location makes it […]

WaterColor Inn and Resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast

There’s a reason why the Gulf Coast of Florida is known as the Emerald Coast. This will become very clear the second you lay your eyes on the crystal clear turquoise water and sparkly white sand.  But the stunning beaches are only one of many reasons why the WaterColor Inn and Resort near Santa Rosa Beach, […]

Agenda: NC’s Crystal Coast and Beaufort

The Crystal Coast on North Carolina’s Southern Coast includes Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Indian Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Morehead City, and the small southern town of Beaufort.  This area has so much cool stuff to do: Plethoras of history, an awesome aquarium, lighthouse tours, yacht watching, quiet beaches, and  fantastic restaurants (two of which made […]

Top 5 places for an afternoon libation in Key West

There is nothing that says, “I’m on vacation” quite like the decadence of settling in for relaxing mid-day cocktails.   These lovely spots are my favorites for whiling away a long afternoon in Key West… #5… The After Deck at Louie’s Backyard You’d be hard pressed to find a more “waterfront” spot than this.  The After […]

Awesome Vacation Rental: Idyll-by-the-Sea on Topsail Island, NC

When four families were searching for a last minute New Year’s getaway, we couldn’t believe our luck to have found this jaw-dropping oceanfront gem of a vacation rental on North Topsail Island, North Carolina, available at a relatively affordable price. Right after the Christmas holidays, three nights were open before the next weekly renter was […]

A Sunday Drive through Dry Creek Valley

Although, it is just a couple of hours drive from Napa Valley, the Dry Creek Valley Wine Region feels worlds away.  The smaller, predominately family-owned wineries are a far more intimate experience than the large, crowded tasting rooms typically found along the Napa Valley strip.  The curvy roads cary you through the rolling hills of […]

Wine Country Weekend in Healdsburg, California Sonoma County

Having heard many wine  and wine-country loving friends proclaim the superiority of Sonoma over Napa Valley, and having previously visited the later twice, it was time to finally check out Sonoma County.  So glad we did.  Sonoma is oh-so-different from the Napa region.  I love them both. But, I must declare Healdsburg my favorite wine […]