Articles written by: Norman E. Hill

Norman E. Hill

An actuarial and business consultant with the acronyms, FSA, MAAA, CPA after his name, Norman Hill has written a variety of articles on both professional, as well as historical topics, his first love. He is well-published in his industry; but recently joined his wife, Maralyn in a travel-writing partnership.

View of Sedona Red Rocks Photo: Maralyn D. Hill
Arizona / Business Events / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Enchanting Enchantment in Sedona

Enchantment Resort & Spa in Sedona wakes your senses upon entering the gated grounds. One can easily see why in-the-know organizations pick this site for small meetings, incentives, or corporate retreats. It is an ideal secluded destination, self-contained, that offers everything you want and need in amenities for meetings and […]

Phillip Island—Penguins, Preserve, and Panny’s
Australia / Business Events / Chronological / Destinations

Phillip Island—Penguins, Preserve, and Panny’s

The Phillip Island side tour started off our Australian excursion. Over a brief two days, I experienced several enjoyable tour attractions. Teamed with a variety of meeting planners, our goal was to discover why Phillip Island is an ideal destination for a pre- or post-trip. Our guide was a dynamic young woman, Sara Bell.

The Hof Weissbad Hotel – Only One/Two Stops Beyond Appenzell
Chronological / Destinations / Europe / Hotels & Resorts / IFWTWA Trips

The Hof Weissbad Hotel – Only One/Two Stops Beyond Appenzell

On the outside, Hof Weissbad features the traditional, majestic gabled roof commonly found in Swiss architecture. But the inside of the hotel is decorated with a dazzling, modern decor, with attractive glass-enclosed elevators. When our group from the IFWTWA arrived, we were pleasantly surprised…

Frank Lloyd Wright—Master of Taliesin West, East, and Everywhere
Arizona / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Frank Lloyd Wright—Master of Taliesin West, East, and Everywhere

Recently I took a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Partly from observation and partly through an excellent guide, I enjoyed the trip beyond my expectations.

Portland, Maine—Today, Its Ship Has Really Come In
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / IFWTWA Trips / Maine / United States

Portland, Maine—Today, Its Ship Has Really Come In

For some years, as lobster fishing stabilized and other industries deteriorated, Portland’s fortunes deteriorated along with them. The area along its downtown coastal streets was considered quite unsafe after dark. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a son of Portland, may have turned over in his proverbial grave.

Temecula—Where Everything Old Is New Again
California / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / IFWTWA Trips / United States / Wines & Spirits

Temecula—Where Everything Old Is New Again

Even with 300+million population, the USA is so vast a country there are still fascinating areas that are relatively unknown to most other regions. One of these sites is the Temecula Valley and the town of Temecula in southwest Riverside County, California. “Temecula” means “sunshine…

Turks and Caicos Islands
Caribbean / Chronological / Destinations / Island Nation

Turks and Caicos Islands

A common shortened name for Turks and Caicos is TCI. I think the above title, with the key word “innovation”, is equally appropriate.

IFWTWA Mexico—November, 2009—The Canyon, The Carrier, and The Community
Chronological / Destinations / IFWTWA Trips / Mexico

IFWTWA Mexico—November, 2009—The Canyon, The Carrier, and The Community

Let’s face it—the Copper Canyon (Barranca del Cobre) is not listed as one of the seven (or whatever number) wonders of the world—but it should be. Actually composed of six canyons, it’s at least four times the size of the world-famous Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, and, at many points, is about 1000 feet deeper than Arizona’s Grand Canyon.

Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock Reflects All of Vermont
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / IFWTWA Trips / United States / Vermont

Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock Reflects All of Vermont

During my very pleasant experience in visiting the fascinating Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, Vermont, I somehow felt that I was on a mini-tour of the entire state.

Delights of the Oregon Chocolate Trail
Chronological / Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / IFWTWA Trips / Oregon / United States

Delights of the Oregon Chocolate Trail

"Hi, I’m Norm and I’m a chocoholic." Many times over many years, I’ve uttered something like those words. However…