Half Moon Bay, a place for all seasons

By Deborah Grossman


Half Moon Bay, a place for all seasons

By Deborah Grossman The hunt for quintessential California coastal life leads to the Half Moon Bay area. Breathtaking vistas, intrepid surfers, talented farmers, fishermen, chef, sommeliers and brewers all reside in the small community along Route 1, aka the Pacific Coast highway. Located 35 minutes from San Francisco between the ocean and Santa Cruz Mountains,  […]

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Victoria, British Columbia: Canada’s Crown Jewel

By Ron Stern


Victoria, British Columbia: Canada’s Crown Jewel

It’s 7:30 a.m. and the 132-foot Victoria Clipper IV is departing Seattle for the 71-mile voyage to Victoria, British Columbia. At sunrise, passengers line up on the stern of the high speed catamaran just as the sun crests the horizon and breaks across the city’s skyline. The ship traverses tree-lined islands and across Admiralty Way […]

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Born from nature’s violence – Crater Lake National Park

By Jeff and Stephanie Sylva


Born from nature’s violence – Crater Lake National Park

  Story and photos by Jeff and Stephanie Sylva   Lake Tahoe, Lake Louise, MoraineLake – some of the most beautiful lakes we have seen in our travels throughout the U.S. and Canada.  And after visiting Crater Lake in Oregon this past summer, we are adding this lake to our list of “must see” destinations. […]

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Bangkok Swissotel’s Enormous Floral Display

By Mabel Yeung


Bangkok Swissotel’s Enormous Floral Display

By Hendson Quan It is officially known as the Nai Lert Park Bangkok International Flower Show and held annually at the five-star Swissotel Hotel.  In its 28th year in 2014, and happening this October 2 – 5, its proceeds go to charitable educational, mental illness, and child development causes, with recent years’ funds approaching THB 5.0 million […]

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Manhattan, Kansas: Unexpected Foodie Town in The Little Apple™

By Ron Stern


If you love good food, there’s no reason to spend the time and money flying to The Big Apple when The Little Apple™ of Manhattan, Kansas, so dubbed by a collaboration with Mayor Ed Koch and New York City, will do nicely for a prime slice of culinary heaven. The sleepy little Midwest town of Manhattan, […]

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Kansas Cities, Here We Come

By Ron Stern


Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri are often confused with each other.  Although the name Kansas ties them together, they have distinct and individual personalities as reflected in their food, culture and attractions that draw millions of visitors each year. The confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, the same spot where Lewis and […]

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Cruising Solo

By Judy Colbert


Cruising Solo

By Judy Colbert Among the choices one has to consider when taking a cruise—ship size, itinerary, cost, departure date, and length of cruise being the first that come to mind—another one is now included. Do you want to travel solo? The answer is, increasingly, yes. Okay, it sounds funny saying you’re alone when there may […]

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Two of Oregon’s “Seven Wonders” – just minutes from Portland

By Jeff and Stephanie Sylva


Two of Oregon’s “Seven Wonders” – just minutes from Portland

Story and photos by Jeff and Stephanie Sylva We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the World. But did you know that the state of Oregon has its own Seven Wonders? And did you know that two of these “wonders” are within an hour’s drive of the City of Portland? We were amazed to […]

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Swimming with the Fishes in Charm City

By Andrew Der


Swimming with the Fishes in Charm City

While air bubbles gently rippled past my ears from the scuba tank regulator, I exchanged glances with a curious eel, and wide-eyed children stared at me through the aquarium glass, reminding me I was still in the National Aquarium in Baltimore rather than the Caribbean. It’s not the Caribbean, but with its teeming sea life, […]

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Richmond: Rising Star of New South

By Terry Conway


Richmond: Rising Star of New South

by Terry Conway They ain’t whistling Dixie so much anymore. Long revered as the heart of the Old Confederacy, Richmond stubbornly has earned its reputation as being mired in the past. No more. Today, it’s a robust destination, one of the cultural pillars of the “New South.”  Century-old tobacco warehouses have been transformed into lofts […]

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Helsinki, Finland, Summertime Fun in the Land of the Midnight Sun

By Ron Stern


While Helsinki may be one of the coldest destinations in the world in winter, summertime, with its long days of sunshine, brings out the crowds to this Finnish city located on the shores of the Baltic Sea. With 150 miles of coastline, more than 300 islands, trendy shops and restaurants, as well as loads of […]

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Discovering Whitstable

By Claudia Santino


Discovering Whitstable

  Text and photos by Claudia Santino It is an odd thing to travel to another country when it hasn’t figured into your vacation plans. Even if it’s business, you can typically generate a bit of a thrill by tacking on a side trip before or after your stay. Here I was in England but […]

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Santa Fe: Expect the Unexpected in Offbeat Southwestern Town

By Ron Stern


Just when you think you have defined Santa Fe, it does something to surprise you. After all, this is a city with a rich Southwestern heritage, eclectic boutiques and shops, sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Behind the obvious though, Santa Fe is a town that thrives on quirkiness and individuality. Santa Fe: Expect the Unexpected in […]

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Nova Scotia Road Trip: The Northumberland Coast

By Ron Stern


Your first stop will be in Truro at the 40- foot statue of Glooscap. This imposing figure can be seen from the highway and is dedicated to the Mi’kmaw. While here, visit the Glooscap Heritage Center and its displays, exhibits and gift shop celebrating the culture of the Mi’kmaw people.

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In Aruba, Life’s a Beach!

By Barbara Barton Sloane


In Aruba, Life’s a Beach!

By Barbara Barton Sloane In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth. –Rachel Carson Some people love a parade, some love a rainy night.  I love a beach. After a long, hard winter, I was so ready for the beach.  Aruba, here I […]

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The Best of Maui in Seven Days

By Ron Stern


The Best of Maui in Seven Days

Maui is a perennial favorite among those who find themselves captivated after a first visit. From then on, Maui becomes a love affair whenever the Aloha Spirit beckons. If a week is all you have for a visit, you can pack an incredible amount of food, fun and attractions into your tropical island escape. Day […]

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Maui: Tropical Island of Love

By Ron Stern


Maui: Tropical Island of Love

How many ways are there to express your affection? Whether you are planning a perfect destination wedding, celebrating a milestone anniversary or just searching for a romantic tropical island escape, Maui has more than enough ways to say I love you. Aloha wau ia `oe is but one. Your own love story may start here […]

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Finding the Sweet Spot in Las Vegas

By Deborah Grossman


Finding the Sweet Spot in Las Vegas

By Deborah Grossman Location, location, location. This mantra applies to real estate and to vacation spots, too. Las Vegas is the ultimate destination where you can be seen or where you can disappear from the glitzy scene and relax. To be in the heart of what’s happening in Las Vegas, you can stop by the […]

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Half Moon Bay, a place for all seasons

By Deborah Grossman The hunt for quintessential California coastal life leads to the Half Moon Bay area. Breathtaking vistas, intrepid surfers, talented farmers, fishermen, chef, sommeliers and brewers all reside in the small community along Route 1, aka the Pacific Coast highway. Located 35 minutes from San Francisco between the ocean and Santa Cruz Mountains,  […]