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A Great Summer Read, “Radio Shangri-La” – Book Review

I've just completed a journey to 'The Happiest Kingdom on Earth" (Bhutan in the Himalaya mountains) courtesy of Radio Shangri-La, a terrific book to add  to your summer reading list. Lisa Napoli, a public radio broadcaster in Los Angeles, is rescued from an unfulfilled life by...

Amsterdam Slams a Ban on Tourists – No Pot For You!

Say it ain't so.  The Netherlands who have led the way in tolerance for drug use in public places have taken the first step toward curbing the ever-growing pilgrimage of (young) travelers to the infamous 'coffee shops' of Amsterdam. A judge today upheld the government's plan...

Free Golf in Maine on May 3rd

Hey what are you doing next weekend? It's about time that you dusted off your golf clubs and headed out of some a crisp clear morning to play a round.  We have good news - it's opening day at the Bethel Inn Country Club in...

Guy Fieri
Tours Inspired By Your Favorite TV Shows

Have you ever watched an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and wished you were sitting in that red Camaro riding along with Guy Fieri, nibbling and chatting your way down the road?  Or perhaps you've  watched a PBS special and fantasized about exploring a...

Make A Perfect Cocktail Right In Your Hotel Room

The James Hotel New York, Soho's latest urban chic hotel, is bringing in-room amenities to a whole new level!  The James wants you to be able to sip a delicious designer cocktail right in the privacy of your own room while you gaze out at...

Star Clipper Cruise Review – Antigua and St. Barts

As we pull close to Antigua, here finally are the aquamarine waters that I associate with Caribbean waters. We're supposed to be docking in the port of Falmouth, known for the multimillion dollar yachts anchored in the gorgeous bay, but the swell is too high and...

Star Clipper Cruise Review – Guadeloupe

We've all had a great day in Iles des Saintes and are looking forward to the short sail over to Guadeloupe.  Guadeloupe is a volcanic island shaped like a butterfly.  The larger western side has high peaks and dense rainforests and is an important agricultural...

Star Clipper Review – Lovely Port of Iles des Saintes

We had a blissfully calm sail from Dominica to Ile des Saintes, a collection of 8 small islands off the coast of Guadeloupe.  All hands were on deck to watch our approach into the beautiful protected bay.   I had no familiarity with this destination, and...

Star Clipper Review – Ports of Nevis & Dominica

Anchored off Charlestown early on Sunday morning, we were thrilled to see Nevis' peak was in full view and not wreathed in clouds as is so often the case. Phillip, our cruise director, cautioned that Nevis is a sleepy little community on an average...

Surf and Turf Vacations – Championship Golf Plus Luxury Beach Club

The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine Florida has a great promotion offering wonderfully affordable rates with access to several championship golf courses plus an exclusive luxury oceanfront resort.  As of February 1st, the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort has partnered with the...

Best Backpacker Digs For Surfing in Australia

The backpackers you choose to stay at in Australia will have a big effect on the amount of partying and surfing you manage to fit in. These backpackers in Sydney, Brisbane, Byron Bay and on the Gold Coast have all been carefully selected for...

Magdalena Grand Beach Resort
Intriguing New Resort Hotels For 2012

There's nothing like taking a ride in a brand new car or vacationing at a glittering new hotel that's been primped and polished to impress all who enter.  While the slow economy has diminished the number of new hotel construction projects in recent years, the...