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A  Table Rendezvous with Italy’s Chef Ottavio Bellesi on the Golden Princess 
Asia / Australia / California / Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Food / United States

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 […]

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 […]

Take Amtrak for a Car Free Holiday in Santa Barbara
California / Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / United States / Wines & Spirits

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 […]

The Inn's guestrooms combine modern comfort with historic charm
Destinations / Food / United States / Vermont

Finally, a Bed-and-Breakfast for Foodies

A new culinary standard has been set by the best-kept secret in New England at the Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, Vermont, a rustic yet refined bed-and-breakfast originally built in 1792 as a stagecoach stop, tucked off the road down a maple-lined drive just minutes away from Woodstock and Ludlow, […]

Long Beach, California: The Renaissance is Complete
California / Chronological / Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Long Beach, California: The Renaissance is Complete

Recently we had an opportunity to experience Long Beach, California, in depth; the transformation of this city over the decades is nothing less than astonishing. What was an unremarkable middle class town has magically morphed into an exciting convention and vacation destination that rivals the best of what other Southern California […]

Grilled Oysters on the Alabama River
Alabama / Chronological / Destinations / United States

Montgomery, Alabama: On the Move from Past to Present

Hi Y’All, come on over here and enjoy tasty Gulf seafood and sweet tea before boarding the riverboat. It was my first time to Alabama and I already felt southern hospitality flowing along the banks of the Alabama River where we gathered to take in the sunset. Oysters, Shrimp and […]

A dragonfly rests atop an alligator on the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.
Chronological / Destinations / Louisiana / United States

Photo Essay: Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail

Southwest Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail, known as “Louisiana’s outback,” consists of 180 miles of wetlands, beaches, and more that are ripe for boating, fishing, crabbing, hunting and wildlife and bird watching. I photographed the serene area of the Trail near Lake Charles.

Manhattan’s High Line Opens Final Section
Chronological / Destinations / New York / United States

Manhattan’s High Line Opens Final Section

By the 1930s, Manhattan’s congested West Side had far too many accidents caused by freight trains sharing the street with street traffic. That problem was solved when the 22-block “High Line” train tracks were built 30 feet above ground. They ran from W. 34th Street south to St. John’s Park Terminal […]