Articles written by: Wayne Bayliff

Wayne Bayliff

Travel and Lifestyle photojournalists Wayne and Judy Bayliff explore the world of exceptional vacation getaways. Their syndicated articles appear on several prominent Travel, Lifestyle, and Information websites. Their work also appears in newspapers, magazines, and they edit the Best Vacations Journal. Story topics include romantic destinations, unique resorts, best airlines and cruises, luxury lodgings, and delightful eateries. They feature attractions and places that travel readers will enjoy visiting - sometimes out of the ordinary - and always fun!

Cruising with an Inspiration Named Julia
California / Central & South America / Cruises / Florida

Cruising with an Inspiration Named Julia

On a recent Panama Canal cruise on the Holland America ms Amsterdam, we met a most extraordinary passenger with a remarkable past. Her name is Julia.  We do not usually write about fellow travelers, but Julia is exceptional for several reasons that stirred our interest and imagination. Julia’s most noteworthy […]

Exploring the Luxurious Naples Bay Resort
Destinations / Florida / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Exploring the Luxurious Naples Bay Resort

Some luxury hotels like to be considered “destination resorts,” but few actually fit the bill. The elegant Naples Bay Resort in Florida is the exception that proves the rule – it is a self-contained destination of choice for upscale vacationers. Situated in Naples, on Florida’s Paradise Southwest Gulf Coast, the […]

Sherlock Holmes Built a Castle in Connecticut
Chronological / Connecticut / Destinations / United States

Sherlock Holmes Built a Castle in Connecticut

We arrived at Gillette’s Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut, just as the staff had put the final touches on the holiday trimmings. We were almost alone in the vast castle, and as we photographed each room, we sensed an aura of serenity and contentment about the place, possibly actuated by […]

Celebrate the Holidays at the Elegant San Francisco Hyatt Regency
California / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Celebrate the Holidays at the Elegant San Francisco Hyatt Regency

San Francisco is always a great place to spend any holiday. Among the city’s legendary hotels, the Hyatt Regency stands out for spirited yuletide activities. Here’s a little history and some good reasons to plan a stay at this famous hotel during this merriest of seasons. The hotel is just […]

Sailing the High Seas Aboard the Majestic Schooner Heritage
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Maine / United States

Sailing the High Seas Aboard the Majestic Schooner Heritage

The wind roars through the sails and the sea sweeps the decks and all would-be mariners get the thrill of a lifetime racing the waves in the open ocean. For a truly unique vacation that the entire family will enjoy, try a tall ship adventure. Boarding any great sailing ship […]

Beach at Cheeca Lodge and Spa © Judy Bayliff
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / Food / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Cheeca Lodge and Spa: The Jewel of Islamorada

The Cheeca Lodge and Spa has welcomed guests to the sunny isle of Islamorada in the Florida Keys since 1946. Through the years, it has earned a reputation as a world-class oceanfront resort with breathtaking views and extraordinary luxury amenities and service. Here’s what we discovered. We were about one […]

Celebrating 50 Years of the Magnificent Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Destinations / Food / Hawaii / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Celebrating 50 Years of the Magnificent Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Those of you who have frequented the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui over the years will remember the queen of Ka‘anapali Beach: the Sheraton Maui. The hotel was new and glamorous in 1963. Back then, it was sitting quietly alone near the legendary and now famous lava jetty called Black […]

A rainy day on Anna Maria Island, Florida
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / Hotels & Resorts / United States

A Beachy Keen Hideaway on Florida’s Gulf Coast

The cottages at the Bungalow Beach Resort on Anna Maria Island on the west coast of  Florida are special for several reasons. Here’s what we found one rainy day on the fabulous Gulf Coast. Seeking Old Florida It was raining when we made a left turn off Highway 64 in […]

The Grand Princess sails round-trip from San Francisco to Hawaii
California / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Hawaii / United States

Luxury Cruising from San Francisco to Hawaii on Princess Cruise Lines

In a recent article entitled Three Reasons to Book Your Next Cruise out of San Francisco, we wrote about the fun of spending part of a vacation in the famous City by the Bay, and part of it cruising to exciting destinations like Hawaii, Alaska, and the South Pacific. This […]

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel Elegantly Preserves its Heritage on Waikiki Beach
Destinations / Hawaii / Hotels & Resorts / United States

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel Elegantly Preserves its Heritage on Waikiki Beach

Capitalists are often vilified in modern times, but the story of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach, on the beautiful island of Oahu is one example of how creative capitalism can benefit the masses. In the early 20th century, a group of executives with substantial interests in Hawaii had […]