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Apalachacola Working Waterfront
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / United States

Forgotten Natural Florida

I am eye to eye with a bald eagle again. They seem to be everywhere in Franklin County, Florida. Forgetting how close this is to popular tourist destinations is easy, since just south of Tallahassee and east of Panama City lurks the environmentally serene and ecologically rich county bearing Benjamin […]

Yosemite Falls is at full strength, and its the second week of March!
California / Chronological / Destinations / United States

California’s Drought has a Silver Lining for Visitors to Yosemite and Sequoia National Park

What’s wrong with this picture? It’s a perfect day in Yosemite Valley. The sun is blazing, the sky is a robin’s-egg blue, the waterfalls are gushing, trees are flowering, visitors are bicycling in short sleeves, frogs are croaking and the park’s famous bears are making their presence felt. So what’s […]

Duck Master Anthony Petrina
Chronological / Destinations / Tennessee / United States

The March of the Peabody Ducks

Every day, the Peabody Ducks leave their palace on the roof of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, waddle into an elevator, descend to the main floor, and parade along a red carpet to the hotel’s grand fountain under the tutelage of Anthony Petrina, the current Duck Master. Anthony is […]

Credit Jorg Photo (Andrew Jorgenson)
California / Chronological / Destinations / United States

Culinary Prowess on Point at Kettner Exchange Restaurant San Diego

San Diego’s Little Italy section has morphed into a culinary craft hotspot, with exciting new restaurants pushing food and beverage boundaries like never before. Among the array of notable establishments that have cropped up is the hip hotspot Kettner Exchange. This lively, impeccably-designed, multi-level restaurant (boasting Little Italy’s only rooftop […]

Pineland Farms
Chronological / Destinations / Maine / United States

Maine’s Connection to the Silicon Valley

Last year my wife and I had a travel feature assignment and headed to New England to research those famous Fall season colors and soon learned why everyone should consider adding this trip to their travel bucket list. And we also discovered an amazingly interesting human interest story that connected […]

Epicure Events Aplenty at Bijou French Bistro La Jolla
California / Chefs of Distinction / Food / United States / Wine Masters of Distinction / Wines & Spirits

Epicure Events Aplenty at Bijou French Bistro La Jolla

“Bijou” is French for “jewel,” which is a fitting moniker for this enchanting eatery nestled in the heart of La Jolla, boasting a plum position on Prospect Street. While Bijou French Bistro is relatively new on the scene, celebrating its first anniversary in June 2015, Bijou’s roots extend much deeper […]

Classic Kennebunkport: The Captain Jefferds Inn
Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / Maine

Classic Kennebunkport: The Captain Jefferds Inn

This was our first visit to the Captain Jefferds Inn and the famous coastal community that is home to the Bush family retreat on Walker Point. Long before news of presidential visits put quaint little Kennebunkport on the global tourist map, it was a favorite vacation spot for local New Englanders. Pounding ocean […]

Gloucester Harbor
Chronological / Destinations / Massachusetts / United States

All’s Whale in Massachusetts

Waving pectoral flippers in the air while floating on its back for its amazed ocean audience, this magnificent Humpback Whale was the real thing – and only an hour after I left Gloucester Harbor under the watchful gaze of the Gorton’s Fishermen’s Memorial of fish stick fame (“they who go […]

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
Arizona / Destinations / United States

Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Off the 101 and up a winding, narrow two lane road lined with cacti lies the work of a 20th century master who many have called America’s greatest architect. On your next trip to Phoenix, check out the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, his 500-acre estate nestled […]

Courtesy Napa River Inn
California / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States / Wines & Spirits

What’s Old is New Again at the Napa River Inn

There’s nothing I love more than an immersive vacation experience—one that transports you to a time and place that connects you with the past in a palpable way while adhering to modern standards and expectations. This is what I encountered during my stay at the historic Napa River Inn in […]