Packing for Your Trip: Pre-Vacation Drama

Before every trip, business or pleasure, my friend  Victoria used to empty her entire closet onto her bed, iron everything she owned,  and then sort  each item into “take” and “don’t take” piles. Over  a couple of weeks (!) she’d gradually pare down the “take” pile until she had the right amount of clothes for the […]

Alaska Dreams Part One

I figured I’d get to Alaska when I well past 70. People used to say the Alaska cruises are filled with the “overfed and nearly dead.” I pictured a geriatric crowd, just one click away from being set out on an ice floe with only a hunting knife, no longer viable members of the tribe. So when the […]

Honeymoon Trends

  Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in the stress and excitement of wedding planning that your honeymoon planning doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Your HONEYMOON! …  that first intimate vacation you have as husband & wife, that moment when you literally have not a care in the world, when all of […]

Destination Weddings: really quite fabulous!

The image most people have of a Destination Wedding is surf, sand and palm trees. That’s  an option, but not the only one. A destination wedding really just means having the ceremony out of town. Ideally it will be somewhere your guests will want to go–perhaps a place steeped in history or culture. You don’t […]

Fall Under the Spell of Enchanting New Orleans

New Orleans is seductive. Right away you notice the good looks, of course. But like all great seductions, it doesn’t come on too strong. It begins slowly: a smile here, a friendly word there, a knowing wink from a local. Its warmth and charm start to work their magic and before you quite realize what’s […]

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 […]

European River Cruising

River cruising is so popular that cruise companies are scrambling to build new ships fast enough to keep up with demand. New itineraries are opening up every season  and the most popular itineraries sell out a year or more in advance. What’s it all about? A river cruise, at first glance, seems like a wonderfully tranquil […]

Small Ship Cruising

Fall in Love with Small Ship Cruising Small cruise ships give you a chance to enjoy awe-inspiring destinations up close and personal, with no hassles or frustrations. What a Way to Go! Visit a new port each day and unpack only once. Sometimes it seems that traveling itself is the worst part of seeing multiple destinations. […]

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 […]