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The bucolic region of Umbria
Chronological / Destinations / Europe / Wines & Spirits

Discover Umbria’s Top Wines and Wineries

Umbria is giving Tuscany a run for its money. I hate to even tell you about the spectacular Umbrian views and exciting wines because it’s the unspoiled nature of the region that keeps me going back. Personally, I find the Umbrian wines to be much more complex and I love […]

A  Table Rendezvous with Italy’s Chef Ottavio Bellesi on the Golden Princess 
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A  Table Rendezvous with Italy’s Chef Ottavio Bellesi on the Golden Princess 

Dining at a Chef’s Table should always be a titillating treat of tantalizing tastes. Traditionally, a Chef’s Table is located in the kitchen – where the guests can watch, and “ooh” and “ahh” as the Chef and his/her team work their culinary magic. That was not how it was at […]

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California / Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Destinations / Food / United States

Interview with Chef Jaime Chavez, Sirena Latin Seafood Restaurant San Diego

Amid a renaissance underway in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood, one new restaurant—Sirena—promises to bring Latin flair to the fare served up in this burgeoning community. This South American inspired seafood restaurant, which opened up to the public in October of 2014, dishes up a creative, sustainable and fresh-forward menu […]

With Record-Breaking Exports of Provence Rosés to the U.S., Marcell Ott Comes to Mind
Destinations / Europe / IFWTWA Scholarship Award Winners / Wines & Spirits

With Record-Breaking Exports of Provence Rosés to the U.S., Marcell Ott Comes to Mind

by Susan Newman Manfull, winner of the IFWTWA 2014 Emerging Writer Scholarship Award When I read the news earlier this month [October 2014] about the continued dramatic growth of exports of Provence rosé to the United States, I couldn’t help but think of Marcel Ott, the brilliant founder of Domaines […]

Virginia is Making a Name for Itself as a Wine Destination, with Hundreds of New Vineyards
Destinations / Virginia / Wines & Spirits

Virginia is Making a Name for Itself as a Wine Destination, with Hundreds of New Vineyards

Story and photos by Alex Palmer, winner of IFWTWA 2014 Professional Journalism Scholarship Award   There are wine trails and nine distinct wine regions with companies like New Kent, Saude Creek, Dog and Oyster, and Philip Carter. Virginia is well-known for its wealth of U.S. history, but the reds and […]

One of the pools with view of the Caribbean
Caribbean / Central & South America / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts

Barefoot Luxury in Tropical Placencia, Belize – Chabil Mar Villas

Chabil Mar Villas, Placencia, Belize The driver took us a short way along this narrow peninsula that is Placencia, through the heavy, expertly carved, gigantic wooden gates and into this eye-popping lush tropical paradise. We had arrived at Chabil Mar Villas. The first thing I noticed was the verdant, tropical […]

View from our room
Caribbean / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Mexico

A Mexican Spirit. A Mayan Soul. Nizuc Resort and Spa, Luxury in Cancun Mexico

“A Mexican Spirit. A Mayan Soul.” To Nizuc’s exquisitely expressed description, I would only offer “an experience in beauty.” The location was originally a vacation home for one of the previous presidents of the Republic of Mexico during the early days of development on the small but breathtakingly beautiful peninsula […]

Panda Bear Keeper for a Day in Chengdu, China
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Panda Bear Keeper for a Day in Chengdu, China

Panda Bear keeper for a day in Chengdu China. As we were driving to the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding, north of the city of Chengdu, I noticed there were four lights rather than the usual three — red, yellow and green. The fourth light was a bicycle […]

Take Amtrak for a Car Free Holiday in Santa Barbara
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Take Amtrak for a Car Free Holiday in Santa Barbara

We had not been on a train in years, so when invited to experience a weekend getaway on the rails that was “drive free,” we jumped at the opportunity. The adventure entailed making our way to the Diridon Train Station in San Jose, California, and boarding the southbound Amtrak Coast […]

Visit the Poconos Anytime of Year
Chronological / Destinations / Pennsylvania / United States

Visit the Poconos Anytime of Year

Poconos: A River Between Two Mountains Any time of year is a good time to visit the Pocono Mountains. Located within a few hours driving distance of most East Coast cities, the Pocono region is home to rolling mountains, beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands, 170 miles of winding rivers and 163 […]