Articles written by: Joe Hilbers

Joe Hilbers

Editor/publisher of "Vittles, Vintages & Voyages" for the past 16 years, Joe Hilbers has been a member of the IFWTWA since its earliest beginnings in the U.S. His newsletter is devoted food, wine and travel writing. Mr. Hilbers resides in Los Angeles, California. www.vittlesvoyages.com

Rocheport, Missouri: Small in Size, But With a Lot to Offer
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Missouri / United States

Rocheport, Missouri: Small in Size, But With a Lot to Offer

In our Missouri explorations we discovered Rocheport, only a fifteen-minute drive from Columbia. Rocheport was founded on the banks of the Missouri in 1825. It now has a population of 240 people. With its well-kept houses and quiet streets, it appears that time has stood still here. But that is deceptive, for it offers much for the visitor.

A Cruise That Became a Voyage of Discovery
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations

A Cruise That Became a Voyage of Discovery

Our most recent cruise was a voyage of discovery. The discovery was not the ports of call, but rather a unique group of passengers that shared the Carnival Paradise with us. They were musicians and devotees of Bluegrass Music. To us their jam sessions and style of music offered a look at something truly Americana.

Nova Scotia’s Flourishing Wine Industry
Canada / Chronological / Destinations / Wines & Spirits

Nova Scotia’s Flourishing Wine Industry

When we first visited Jost Vineyards 16 years ago winemaking with grapes was a new concept in Nova Scotia. Jost was one of only two vintners producing grape wines in the province. When we returned to Nova Scotia recently, we discovered vast changes, not only at Jost, but in the wine industry as a whole.

Seaside, Oregon—For a Century it Has Been the State’s Playland At the Beach
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Oregon / United States

Seaside, Oregon—For a Century it Has Been the State’s Playland At the Beach

For over a century Seaside has been Oregon’s playland at the beach. Certainly as a resort city, Seaside had much to keep us busy. It abounds in restaurants and over three thousand hotel and motel rooms that make living easy for visitors.

Astoria, Oregon—This City at the mouth of the Columbia River is planning a Bicentennial celebration…
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Oregon / United States

Astoria, Oregon—This City at the mouth of the Columbia River is planning a Bicentennial celebration…

The first settlement west of the Mississippi to fly the American flag was a trading post at the mouth of the Columbia River. It later was named Astoria, Oregon after New Yorker John Jacob Astor who established the settlement for the fur trade. That was in 1810. Now in 2010 Astoria is celebrating its Bicentennial and it will be quite a party.

Wine Tasting on the MS Eurodam: IFWTWA’s Conference at Sea
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / IFWTWA Trips

Wine Tasting on the MS Eurodam: IFWTWA’s Conference at Sea

No group of sailors or adventurers ever set sail for the Caribbean without a bountiful wine supply. So, too, it was with the members of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers on their “Conference at Sea” event aboard the MS Eurodam.

Wining and Dining in Charlottesville and Albermarle County
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States / Virginia / Wines & Spirits

Wining and Dining in Charlottesville and Albermarle County

We found wine and food a way of life in Charlottesville and Alemarle County, located in one of the seven appellations in Virginia.

The Copper Canyon Wine Adventure: A Visit to Sierra Madre’s Only Winery
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / IFWTWA Trips / Mexico / Wines & Spirits

The Copper Canyon Wine Adventure: A Visit to Sierra Madre’s Only Winery

We are never sure whether we go to wineries or they come to us. Completely unexpected was finding Vino Mison de Cerochuhui in the heart of the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico. It was yet another surprise on IFWTWA’s Copper Canyon Railroad adventure.

California / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / IFWTWA Trips / United States

Desert Hot Springs — Here, It Is the Water

"Spoil thyself" was our aim on our recent visit to California’s desert wonderland. Like Roman senators on a holiday to the baths…