Lisbon is a great city for walking although there are some steep hills. We took a half day private guided walking tour around the central city, Baixa, and the old Moorish district, Alfama, with www.LisbonExplorer.com . Our guide was excellent, speaking perfect English and giving us a good orientation to the neighborhoods around our hotel along with a lot of insights not found in guidebooks.
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?!!
Beautiful Beaches, Intriguing History, Gorgeous Inns, Divine Food, Good Shopping – Wow What A Great Vacation Spot! I’ve just spent a completely magical long weekend on Amelia Island in Florida. If you’ve never visited this beautiful and fascinating island just off the coast of Jacksonville Florida, you’re missing a lot. When I think of what […]
Not far off the coast of Florida where pirates once roamed, there lies a secluded tropical resort that you will definitely consider a treasure! Yachtsmen who sail from the southeast coast of Florida have obviously been keeping this pristine location a secret from the rest of us! Clint and I have just spent a fabulous […]
As Turks and Caicos continues to welcome an amazing array of new upscale hotels and restaurants that attract a loyal following of celebrities and a-list vacationers, it has also become a financially challenging destination for many. It seems like yesterday when mentioning Turks and Caicos would draw quizzical looks from vacationers – where??? But word […]
The island of Nevis is perched off St. Kitts’ southern shore like an emerald punctuation point. And although this region of the Caribbean is always referred to as St. Kitts and Nevis (with Nevis taking second billing), for me Nevis is the star. While St. Kitts has embraced cruise ships, large resorts and casinos, Nevis […]
America Airlines flew us to the intriguing island of St. Kitts from Miami on a 3 hour fully booked flight – lots of vacationers had chosen the sleepy islands of St. Kitts and Nevis for their prized winter vacation. Grabbing a cab, we followed a serpentine route down to the sea from the hilltop airport; […]
We’ve just left the Dominican Republic after renting a condo in Punta Cana for 6 weeks to escape the miserable New England winter weather, and we’re happy to report is was a great success. Here’s what you need to know about vacationing in the DR. Overall Impressions of the DR: As I walked along a […]
I’m just back from Las Vegas where Clint and I took a one day excursion into Death Valley with Pink Jeep Tours. We really had a great time and Death Valley turned out to be way more interesting than I had imagined. Here’s a link to my trip report just published on the Huffington Post: […]
A bodacious seaside escape awaits you just a short drive north of Boston at the stunning Wentworth By The Sea Resort, one of America’s most inviting historic grand hotels. For 20 years or more the imposing Wentworth Hotel lay shuttered and crumbling on it’s rocky outcrop just over the New Hampshire boarder in New Castle, […]
I’ve just returned from three wonderful ‘north woods’ days spent at The Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch New Hampshire. You’re probably familiar with DIxville Notch from news broadcasts of Presidential election campaigns, and the ‘first in the nation’ voting that takes place at the notch on the eve of every Presidential election. As historic […]
The Azores – The Most Beautiful Eco-Friendly Islands That You´ve Never Heard Of I should have brought along a Thesaurus to even attempt to describe to you how incredibly beautiful the islands of the Azores are. Clint and I just hopped a short 4 1/2 hour nonstop flight from Boston to the Azores (on Azores […]
Don’t I wish! Clint and I just returned from an adventurous 3 day hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, superbly guided by folks at the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). If you’ve ever thought of going on a scenic hike in the mountains, read on…. this is a tale of ‘girl challenges mountain and […]
I’m just back from touring the 4th annual Arts in the Inns in Kennebunkport, Maine. For the unbelievable ticket price of $5 you get to visit 16 historic inns and meet some of Maine’s premier artists as they display their works. The two day festival is called a “pairing of palettes and palates” as culinary […]
One of the reasons I love Spring so much, is that all of a sudden there are dozens of house and garden tours, artist open studios and antiques festivals to temp me away from my ho hum winter routine. This year I’ve found a new offering (well new to me anyway) in beautiful Kennebunkport Maine. […]
Tales of a merry yuletide weekend at Inn Britannia in Searsport Maine. This year we decided to head north to Maine in search of a snowy Christmas instead of flying out to Denver to be with the boys. GOOD CHOICE OR WHAT? You may remember that the Denver airport was closed for days, stranding thousands […]