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Boston Tea Party Martini
Three Cheers for the Boston Tea Party Martini

To kick-off the celebration of their new Boston restaurant (and with a nod to their neighbors The Tea Party Ship), Smith & Wollensky created the perfect signature cocktail for their new restaurant - The Boston Tea Party Martini....

Sydney Beach
Australia Beaches – Sydney to Melbourne

Australia is famous for its beaches and with very good reason. They are some of the most beautiful and least crowded of any country, anywhere in the world. You don't have to go far off the beaten track to get a stretch of warm golden...

Beef Pasty
Try A Ridiculously Good Pasty from Butte, Montana

 A yummy treat from my visit to Butte America: Land of Mullets and Pasties  When visiting Butte, Montana, you will quickly discover that you are not, in fact, visiting Butte, Montana, but rather: you are visiting Butte, America.  Or, so the locals here tell me.  Also,...

Ginger Choc Cookies
Gingerbread White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I was recently in Newport, RI to attend the gala Newport Winefest (see my trip report).  While there I did a bit of shopping at the Newport Mansions Gift Shop and met Cookbook Author,  Diane Perry Gardner.  Diane was doing a book signing of her...

Big Dog Bed and Breakfast
Weird and Wacky Lodgings From Around The World

If you’ve ever seen Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho you may have reservations (if you’ll pardon the pun) about staying in suspicious guest houses. If, however, you have a fond taste for the bizarre, macabre, or just downright ridiculous, then you may want to consider checking in...

Marriott Offers Stay 2 Get 1 Free Bonus Rewards

Marriott Hotels are repeating a very popular Mega Bonus Rewards program for Marriott Reward Members.  Travelers who are Marriott Rewards Members will earn one free night for every two nights stayed at a Marriott property between 9/15/11 and 1/15/12 and paid for with a VISA...

Blueberry Muffin
Susan’s Maine Blueberry Muffins

This week I'm traveling to Maine where we've just finished picking our blueberry harvest. One of the great joys of owning property in Maine is the wild blueberries that grow everywhere in profusion. Stop along any sunny roadside in mid-to-late July and you're...

It Pays To Show Your Age At Starwood Resorts

Well seasoned travelers will get bargain prices for 2 or 3 night stays at Starwood hotels for the rest of 2011!. For travel through 12/31/11, Starwood Hotels & Resorts invite you to Pay Your Age on the 2nd and 3rd night of your stay....

Europe River Cruise
A Newcomers Guide To River Cruising

A river cruise offers a very unique way of travelling. The Ships are much smaller than their ocean-bound counterparts, with an average sized river ship carrying around 150 passengers, giving you the opportunity to soak up scenery that cruise liners simply cannot access. ...

We Have Secrets To Share – A Trip Report

Secrets Wild Orchid Resort JamaicaJamaica has a new all-inclusive luxury resort that’s just opened in Montego Bay promising “Unlimited-Luxury” for their guests.  Secrets Wild Orchid and Secrets St. James sit side by side on a lovely stretch of beach just a short journey from the airport.   It’s time to let the Secrets out – these are beautiful properties!

I’m just back from the first-ever Travel Bloggers Meet-Up in Jamaica where we were hosted by Secrets Resorts and the Jamaican Tourism Board.  You can be sure we took full advantage of all the Unlimited Luxury and tested all the resort amenities – on YOUR behalf of course!  Here are some of the delights in store for you when you choose a luxurious Jamaica Holiday.

Wild Orchid Beach
Resort Amenities:  These properties are all about couples and providing romantic landscapes.  Both resorts are adults-only with plenty of waterside activities – gorgeous beaches, swim up bars, multiple pool complexes, and seaside restaurants.  The beach towels and loungers are plentiful (no need to get up a dawn and claim your lounge chair – I hate that!!)   This property has done it right with loads of areas for relaxing by the pools and beachfront. 

Dunns River Falls Jamaica – A Must-Do Adventure

Our enthusiastic group of two dozen Travel Bloggers joined hands and slipped and dipped our way upward. We were fortunate to have arrived late in the afternoon and had the climb all to ourselves. Before long we were squealing and laughing as currents twirled us...

Grand Canyon Whitewater
12 Cool Family Getaways for Hot August Days

The dog days of August are stretching out before us, and for most of the country it's been way too hot for way too long. So we've pulled together a great list of cool getaway activities across the USA that your whole family will...

Plantain Wrapped Snapper
Roasted Plantain Wrapped Snapper from Nisbet Plantation

Winner of the Best Hotel in the Caribbean for the second year in a row by the readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine, Nisbet Plantation on the Island of Nevis is a welcoming haven for relaxation and fine cuisine.  Fortunate guests enjoy fresh local ingredients...

Crescent City Cooking
Garlic Soup a New Orleans Classic

We were staying at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel on Dauphine St. just across the street from the famous Bayona Restaurant. A leafy courtyard first attracted us as we strolled past; the adjacent old stone house had been converted into a restaurant. Only later...