An Epicurean Journey

By Terry Conway


An Epicurean Journey

 by Terry Conway Over the past decade the pop culture prestige of chefs has risen dramatically, evolving them into the rock stars that have foodies buzzing. They celebrate the indulgence in, and accessibility of, delicious and inventive dishes.  Along the way some have built vast empires that include hit TV shows and far-flung restaurants. Dining […]

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El Dorado: Golden wine country in the Sierra Foothills

By Deborah Grossman


El Dorado: Golden wine country in the Sierra Foothills

by Deborah Grossman El Dorado wine country is a gem. Set in Calif.’s historic Gold Rush country, the area is poised to become the next jackpot for those seeking fun wine tasting experiences and affordable, well-crafted wines. The El Dorado wine region borders the birthplace of the Gold Rush at Sutter’s Mill in the Marshall […]

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A Peek Inside Longwood’s “Orchid Extravaganza”

By Terry Conway


A Peek Inside Longwood’s “Orchid Extravaganza”

by Terry Conway Had enough of winter’s Arctic blasts? Need a taste of spring to cure it? This winter at Longwood Gardens, your escape is “Orchid Extravaganza”– a world filled with the beautiful, sometimes bizarre, often fragrant flowers that come in almost every color, shape, and size. One of the largest groups of flowering plants […]

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One Day in Pompeii

By Terry Conway


One Day in Pompeii

by Terry Conway Daybreak, August 25, A.D. 79. Pompeii is a thriving commercial center with a population of 20,000 people a few miles from the Bay of Naples. Its narrow streets, made narrower by vendors and shops, teem with market goers, slaves, and vacationers. At 8 a.m. the ground begins to rumble. At noon Mount […]

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Delicious stopovers in Hong Kong and Tokyo

By Deborah Grossman


Delicious stopovers in Hong Kong and Tokyo

by Deborah Grossman Say you only have a few days to spend in Hong Kong and Tokyo. What’s the best way to maximize your time for an exciting and appetizing trip? Selecting a top hotel is a key to a short yet satisfying visit. The Peninsula hotels in Hong Kong and Tokyo are both excellent […]

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Walla Walla Wonderful Wine Country

By Deborah Grossman


Walla Walla Wonderful Wine Country

Walking down tree-lined Main Street in Walla Walla is like entering a time warp. There are no box stores, no garish neon nor bland architecture. Tallman’s Pharmacy is straight out of the 1950s, and even the Macy’s retained elegant façade and wood floors from the original tenant. Across from Tallman’s is the Walla Walla Wine […]

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Take a Ride Into Yesteryear Aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

By Ron Stern


Growing up as a city boy, my childhood memories of riding an old fashioned steam locomotive were confined to riding around the amusement park at Knotts Berry Farm in Anaheim, California. Sure it was fun but nothing that could compare to my recent journey through the San Juan Mountains in Colorado and New Mexico aboard […]

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Where History and Healing Converge

By Jeff and Stephanie Sylva


Where History and Healing Converge

  A natural springs spa on Tampa Bay “Where healing waters flow.” This trademarked slogan for Safety Harbor Resort and Spa on Tampa Bay, Florida embodies much of the history and attraction for this distinctive resort. For centuries aboriginal Indians believed the waters to hold mystical powers to help perpetuate youth and heal the sick. […]

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London: Cutty Sark’s Collection of Figureheads

By Vivienne Mackie


London: Cutty Sark and Long John Silver By Vivienne Mackie One of the most famous ships in the world also holds the largest collection of ships figureheads in the world, a fitting “marriage” I think. A marriage, not “made in heaven”, but on the sea. What are figureheads? Figureheads are carved wooden sculptures that decorate […]

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Britain’s Historic Cutty Sark Tea Clipper

By Vivienne Mackie


Sutty Sark: Part of Britain’s Maritime History By Vivienne Mackie Whether you arrive in Greenwich by train or by boat on the River Thames, what immediately catches your eye is the Cutty Sark. Her graceful rigging and masts dominate the skyline on this section of the river and draw us closer. We are intrigued and […]

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Touring and Eating Well in Colorado Springs

By Deborah Grossman


Touring and Eating Well in Colorado Springs

by Deborah Grossman There’s a plethora of good eats in Colorado Springs. Even the residents of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo get fed well. The giraffes’ long tongues eagerly grasp healthy romaine stalks in addition to crackers. When Lucky, Jambo, and Malaika behave well in their new elephant digs, they get yummy treats of bread, their […]

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Sailing In The Greek Isles

By Phyllis Steinberg


Sailing In The Greek Isles

The Greek Isles and Turkey is a voyage that is best experienced on a sailing ship. I had visited the Greek Islands and Turkey before, but never on a yacht with sails. This was also my first experience on Wind Star, a 148 passenger, four deck vessel with six self-furling, bridge-operated sails. It seemed as […]

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Five HOT Summertime Activities

By Ron Stern


Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Five HOT Summertime Activities

Steamboat Springs, Colorado Five HOT Summertime Activities   This charming resort town, also known as Ski Town, U.S.A.®, was originally just a summer destination, owing much of its allure to the 150 natural hot springs that dot the landscape.  Travelers as far back as 1880 came here to partake of the waters as well as […]

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The rainbow rocks of eastern Colorado

By Deb Schaffer


The rainbow rocks of eastern Colorado

An easy day hike on the eastern plains The sun shines in Colorado almost every day, and this was no exception. The morning was clear, and watching the antelope sway across the prairie and the horseback rider move cleanly up the ridge in the distance was worth the hour in the car. I was headed […]

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Best Kept Secret: Harper’s Ferry, Sheperdstown, and More

By Dan Collins


Best Kept Secret: Harper’s Ferry, Sheperdstown, and More

When I was a boy, one of my Dad’s favorite weekend jaunts involved piling the family into the Dodge for a trip to West Virginia. We’d stop at the “Hilltop Inn” in Harper’s Ferry (actually, the Historic Hilltop House, currently closed due to property management issues,http://www.hilltophousehotel.com/) for the best fried chicken I ever had, and […]

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FINLAND: Land of Attractions both Ancient and Modern

By Barbara Barton Sloane


FINLAND: Land of Attractions both Ancient and Modern

Design should never say “Look at me.” It should always say, “Look at this.” And so it does in Finland.

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Berlin: City of Contrasts

By Ron Stern


Berlin: City of Contrasts

Berlin is a phoenix rising from the ashes and reinventing itself. Decades of war and oppression are being replaced by trendy boutiques, sidewalk cafes, retail shopping areas, and renovated historical monuments and museums.

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Fun Filled Weekend Getaway to Houston,TX

By Sonia Laflamme


Fun Filled Weekend Getaway to Houston,TX

We recently found out just how much fun you can pack into one weekend. My husband, our 7 year old son Zakaria and I visited Houston, TX to catch Houston’s 26th Annual Art Car Parade and discovered that Houston has lots of family fun to offer. Each year the parade attracts 250 plus vehicles and […]

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An Epicurean Journey

 by Terry Conway Over the past decade the pop culture prestige of chefs has risen dramatically, evolving them into the rock stars that have foodies buzzing. They celebrate the indulgence in, and accessibility of, delicious and inventive dishes.  Along the way some have built vast empires that include hit TV shows and far-flung restaurants. Dining […]