Ever wonder why your garden doesn’t look as wonderful as the professionals? Well then, you won’t want to miss the 23rd Annual Tour des Fleurs Festival in Half Moon Bay, California, where professional gardeners and farmers share their secrets of success and gardening tips with festival participants.
Every summer, garden enthusiasts throughout Northern California wait with anticipation for the Annual Tour des Fleurs festival in Half Moon Bay, California. Located just over a half-hour drive from San Fransisco Bay, the Half Moon Bay area has been known for it’s dramatic beaches, redwood forests, robust ocean fisheries, and verdant growing fields.
Every year, on April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has been a time to honor the natural beauty of our planet, to demonstrate support for green movements around the globe, and to raise awareness about environmental protection. Today, 44 years after the first Earth Day was celebrated, the “eco” lifestyle has had a beneficial influence on just about every market, including the travel market. Here are some particularly great ‘green’ eco getaway spots.
French Holiday Ideas For Wine Lovers
If you’re fond of the odd tipple or two, you might want to indulge your passion for spirits by taking a French Wine Holiday. What could be better than the chance to sample local foods and wines in a breathtakingly beautiful part of the French countryside? You don’t have to worry about hours of sightseeing or cycling up the side of a mountain, because wine holidays are all about indulgence.
Ghosts are like a fine wine; their boo only gets better with age. The same can be said for the historic homes where they reside. These houses have seen people come and go, while some guests have decided to stay forever. They spend their days and nights walking up and down creaky stairs, crossing rooms in a shadowy veil, and floating objects in mid-air. It’s probably because they have endless time on their translucent hands. You might slam a few doors, too.
On your next getaway to a haunted bed and breakfast, you can raise a toast with your fellow guests before listening to the innkeepers tell bone-chilling stories of past guests who never left.
Think you need to go to Napa, Long Island or Washington State to tour a winery and sample locally made wine? Think again, because you can find wineries producing their own wine in some well traveled but not-so-obvious places.
It was while living in New York City that I first had the opportunity to learn about wine, and it was there that I fell in love with it. Combine the city’s wine and food with its history, architecture and culture and it’s easy to see why the Big Apple is a place like no other. You wouldn’t expect New York, a city known for busy streets and skyscrapers, to have a winery — but it actually has three!
Many visitors to Adelaide are lured by its unique architecture, clean city beaches, and lush gardens. Yet Adelaide is also located in the centre of one of Australia’s most notable wine producing regions, thanks to the cool climate and abundant greenery. If you’re a Shiraz lover like me, this is reason enough to book a flight and start exploring the popular wine regions just a short distance from Adelaide.
One of Australia’s most famous wine-producing regions, Barossa Valley is particularly well-known for its bold, robust Shiraz. There are over 150 wineries to visit, so you may want to extend your day trip and stay overnight in one of the quaint regional bed and breakfasts.
I am so happy to be back in Alsace, especially here in Strasbourg. I have not been here since the 90’s when while teaching at Boston Latin Academy, I was part of a French teacher exchange hosted by the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Strasbourg Sister City Association of which I am a trustee. This […]
Too often, visitors to Australia see only the main attractions, missing the amazing views of the more rural countryside. One of the best ways to truly experience the sights, sounds, and flavors Australia has to offer, is to go on a vineyard themed road trip across the outback. Over the last decade, Australian wines have […]
The World’s Five Most Beautiful Vineyards A holiday to a wine resort is one sure-fire way of guaranteeing a good time. Wine inexplicably tastes better when you’re drinking it whilst admiring the vines that created it. Of course, with good wine, comes good food and luxurious accommodation. And then there’s the educational aspect of […]
An Introduction To The Prosecco Road in Northeast Italy. There was a time when Prosecco wine would be the drink of choice of only a few fortunate Italian northerners, a common presence at the end of their meals or to celebrate special occasions. But with exports of this sparkling white continuously on the rise, it’s […]
Field to Fork: The Food of Nova Scotia is Experiencing a Farm Renaissance Following the trend of farm to table restaurants in the US, Nova Scotia is having a renaissance of its own agricultural tradition. As a province, Nova Scotia produces a surprising number of agricultural products for a province of its size. For example, […]
Dating from colonial times, New Zealand produces a diverse array of wine styles due to the range of climates that the grapes are grown in. The most popular and successful wines in New Zealand are arguably Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and it would be a shame to not sample some of these fine drops when visiting Kiwi land.
How I wish I was writing to you from a verdant Tuscan hillside surrounded by laughing friends, plucking sun-ripened olives from low hanging branches, tasting freshly pressed olive oil and sipping a bold Brunello… sigh. But alas, like you, I’ll just have to plan a future Mediterranean adventure to celebrate the season of abondanza. So with the glories of fresh pressed olive oils in mind, I’ve gathered together a sampling of wonderful Olive Harvest Tours to stir your inner artisanal spirit.
Picture a location with miles of handsomely tended vineyards, fabulous artisan farm to table restaurants, a beautiful waterfront setting, charming historic village, delightful luxury inns, grand estate wineries, active arts community and world renown theater performances. You might be imagining that I flew off to Napa or Sonoma, Bordeaux, or perhaps Argentina, but my fabulous getaway was a very short flight away…. to Ontario Canada…. just a bit west of Toronto on the north side of Niagara Falls, and a short drive from Buffalo New York. Who knew that Ontario boasts one of the finest wine growing regions in the world?!!
Mobility is no longer a barrier to experiencing the romance of soaring above the picturesque valleys and vineyards of Sonoma County California on a majestic hot air balloon ride. Up & Away Ballooning has recently acquired a state-of-the-art balloon basket that was custom crafted in England, and accommodates one passenger in a wheelchair and up […]
What could be more sensuous and hilarious than participating in the age old tradition of crushing grapes in your bare feet – doing the squishy grape stomp? Lucy loved it, and so may you. It’s time to let your gypsy soul dance at one of the wonderful Wine Harvest Festivals across the country in September […]
Learn the tricks of the wine trade by crafting your own signature blend and creating an exclusive private label at Folio Enoteca’s ‘Winemaker For A Day’ program in the Napa Valley, California. Brought to you by the Michael Mondavi family, the ‘Winemaker For a Day’ program is designed to introduce wine enthusiasts to all levels […]
Summer grasses are sprouting a vibrant green carpet across the countryside, making it a perfect time to head out with your picnic basket filled with spicy sausage, aged cheese and a good crusty bread in search of a meandering scenic wine trail. What could be better than sipping the day away as you follow a […]