Once (or Twice, or Third Time’s a charm) In a Lifetime Wedding Planning Advice

Congratulations,  you’re engaged! What’s next? Every year in the United States, there are approximately 2.5 million weddings, and the wedding industry has grown to an empire of 40 billion dollars per year—that’s a lot of starry-eyed lovers tying themselves up in knots!         As a much-married woman myself , I’m a wedding […]

Christmas Market River Cruising

The Christmas markets of Europe have been around long before international tourism turned them into a “thing.” The long dark days of winter in Northern climates bring out the need for socializing, conviviality, celebration, and (let’s face it) alcohol. Think about this: back when people worked during every daylight hour to keep themselves sheltered, fed, […]

Spa Getaways—For Health and Wellness From the Inside Out

I’ll confess—it’s been a hectic couple of months for Ross and me. One antidote for the “busy” we get ourselves into so joyfully, but which wears us out nevertheless, is a trip to the sunny Southwest. We arrived at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, bringing with us a cold snap blowing down from the Arctic and […]

Rushing River Retreat: For Mind, Body and Spirit

“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” ― Laura Gilpin Do you find yourself desperately in need of a getaway? Someplace to relax and unwind, even if only for a a day or two? I found a fabulous retreat just an hour from Salem, Oregon, where you can leave […]