Articles written by: Jeff Corydon

Jeff Corydon

After three decades in the State Department's Foreign Service -- much of it posted abroad -- Jeff Corydon has moved onto a second career as a freelance travel writer and columnist. His stories have appeared in newspapers ranging from the St. Petersburg Times to the Washington Post; and magazines as diverse as the Florida Monthly, the Rotarian, Chile Pepper and the Robb Report. Mr. Corydon has resided in Tampa, Florida since his retirement as a diplomat; he is a longtime IFWTWA member.

Chateau Ste. Michelle:  Wine and Food for Thought
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / IFWTWA Trips / United States / Washington / Wines & Spirits

Chateau Ste. Michelle: Wine and Food for Thought

We were entering the iron-gated drive into Chateau Sainte Michelle’s scenic acreage in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of downtown Seattle. No budding vineyards stretched off toward the horizon, but the estate’s historic reception center echoes the elegance of Old World wineries. As Washington state’s founding winery, now marketing more than two million cases a year of white wine alone, how could it not merit reckoning as a peer of Europe’s leading chateaus?

Knoxville’s Unique Appeal is Three-Dimensional
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Tennessee / United States

Knoxville’s Unique Appeal is Three-Dimensional

I first met Knoxville two years ago following a family junket to the Great Smoky Mountains, America’s most visited nature preserve, and the fringe towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Before flying home from Knoxville, we spent a few hours vetting this unique East Tennessee anchor city and, well before plane-time, I was hankering for a longer look.

Browsing Spain’s Andalusian Attic
Chronological / Destinations / Europe

Browsing Spain’s Andalusian Attic

The problem with Spain for tourists is– there’s too much to do and view in less than, well, a lifetime. All told, I’ve made five extended visits to Spain, but it took until last September before I finally sampled the lesser-known charms of “upstairs” Andalusia.

Albuquerque’s High-Flying, Reality-Based Museums
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / New Mexico / United States

Albuquerque’s High-Flying, Reality-Based Museums

A recent week of museum-hopping in Albuquerque left me greatly impressed with how original and refreshing a lineup of museums this quirky town has for a metro area its size.

Vetting Holland America’s Hot New Flagship
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations

Vetting Holland America’s Hot New Flagship

Caribbean cruise fans can rejoice that the Eurodam, Holland America’s new flagship inaugurated by Queen Beatrix in Rotterdam on July 1, 2009 is now maiden-cruising the Eastern Caribbean waters out of Fort Lauderdale.

Island of Mauritius Beckons Upscale Foreign Guests Who May Want To Stay
Chronological / Destinations / Island Nation

Island of Mauritius Beckons Upscale Foreign Guests Who May Want To Stay

A remote sub-tropical island state in the Indian Ocean, it could be the ultimate tourist getaway abroad that’s not already teeming with Americans.

Reflections On A Tennessee Road Trip
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Tennessee / United States

Reflections On A Tennessee Road Trip

…my wife and I embarked on a ten-day motor tour through Tennessee mountain country.