Hawaii’s Big Island Part 1: North Kohala

We may as well have been on the moon. With no street lights at all, we could see nothing to the right or left of us – just the  smidgen of road in front of us lit by our rental car headlights. So when we pulled through the gate of Puakea Ranch, our first lodging […]

6 reasons to splurge for an onsite resort at Universal Studios Florida

During her first visit to Universal Studios Florida, my daughter was just a wee bit too short to ride the newly opened Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. I promised her that one day I’d take her back. I planned to fulfill that promise this summer since I had some available time.  However, I didn’t realize […]

Agenda: 5 Days in Key West

Something about Key West just keeps calling me back.  It could be the “come as you are” casual attitude.  It could be the eclectic, funky, quirky vibe.  Perhaps it’s the charming, colorful homes surrounded by tropical gardens.  There is an ineffable feeling the moment you glimpse the colorful buildings from your window seat. Since most […]

Family Weekend in Atlanta

Although I lived in Atlanta for a few years after college, I hadn’t spent much time exploring the city from a visitor’s perspective.  The city has changed so much since that time so very long ago so I recently set out to explore it with my family for a weekend getaway. Georgia Aquarium Our primary […]

Springfield, Illinois: Land of Lincoln

If you or your family have an interest in American History, and Abraham Lincoln in particular, a pilgrimage to the Springfield, Illinois area is in order.  Within an easy drive from St. Louis, Chicago, or Louisville, Springfield is a great place for immersion in Lincoln’s life and legacy.  There are so many Lincoln sites in […]

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, […]