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 […]

For affordable, luxury lodging in Orlando, rent a condo!

It is no secret that there are ‘quite a few’ lodging options in Orlando.  And most everyone who plans a first trip to Disney looks for hotels on property.  For those of us who fall on the ‘pickier’ side, the nicest of the Disney Hotels and Resorts can be a big budget buster.   Also, […]

Agenda: Jekyll Island, GA

Off the Georgia coast, just over the Florida state line is a chain of barrier islands known as the “Golden Isles”  which include Sea Island, St. Simons Island, Little St. Simon’s Island and Jekyll Island.  Jekyll Island is packed full of cool history and tons of water fun perfect for a family getaway. The former winter […]

Trip Tips: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

If you, like me are (1) crazy about the Harry Potter books and movies and (2) get the magic of the theme park then you were no doubt over the moon at the opening of the Harry Potter Park at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure.  If, unlike me, you have not yet had a chance […]

Awesome Vacation Rental: Key West’s Pineapple Cottage

There are so many wonderful options for lodging in Key West.  But for a truly private tropical retreat, Pineapple Cottage is a great way to go. Located on Southard Street near Simonton Street, it is an odd combination of far enough off Duval Street, yet close enough at the same time.  A practically perfect location, […]

Agenda: 3 days in North Carolina’s Outerbanks

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are the perfect spot for a family vacation.  It has everything:  Beautiful beaches, luxurious  rentals, cool and unique natural pursuits, fascinating historical sites, fantastic restaurants, theater, aquarium… everything.  Roller coasters?  No. Almost everything. The only other thing the outer banks does not have is low prices in the high season summertime. […]