Macedonia: Bulgaria and Greece

Macedonia today is a geographic and historical region that today includes parts of six Balkan countries including Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia and North Macedonia. I had the pleasure of traveling with Relais & Chateaux to Bulgari and Greece to two spectacular properties in areas still untouched by mass tourism. This trip was a perfect …

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Greece the Glorious: Santorini, Mykonos, Crete & Athens

As a travel advisor it is so fun to have a pulse on what is hot, and over the past year and a half, Greece is one of my most requested destinations in Europe. It checks so many boxes - history, food and wine, natural beauty, relaxation, island-hopping, friendliness, active adventures, boating, sun and fun! …

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Panama – What is Hot in Central America!

Central America is a fabulous destination for activities, food, culture, beaches, history, and nature - Panama has it all and is a hot destination for all of the above, plus a vibrant capital city full of lively restaurants and bars, music and shopping too! My daughter and I started our journey in Panama City with …

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The Inn at Little Washington, Virginia

Staying at the Inn at Little Washington has always been a dream of mine. When my mom's 75th birthday was approaching, I asked her where in the world she would like to go. She thought about it for about 30 seconds and then emphatically suggested, the Inn at Little Washington! I was equally game and …

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Blackberry Mountain: Glamping in your own Private National Park!

Many of my clients have been asking me about the new Blackberry Mountain and I just could not wait to get this recap of my recent stay published while I am still in a Blackberry state of mind!! Beautiful interiors all thoughtfully designed and with views in mind - Blackberry Mountain is inviting year round! …

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All Aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to London with Belmond

Have you ever heard that in travel it is the JOURNEY, not the destination. Join me on a train journey like no other starting in Venice and ending in London. Venice never ceases to surprise and delight! As long as you don't hit it in the height of tourist season, the city is simply stunning …

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Twin Farms: Heaven found in Vermont!

Welcome to Twin Farms - A Relais & Chateaux country estate about an hour or so from Burlington, VT in the charming town of Barnard. The Welcome at Twin Farms keeps on giving - hand crafted chocolates from the in-house pastry chef, guests of Resort to Laura Madrid are always welcomed with Dom Perginon, and …

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Ireland: A Breath of Fresh Air!

  Ireland is a spectacular country that begs to be re-visited again and again. In recent years it has been off-the charts popular for many reasons, but I am convinced that what makes people really embrace the country is that the Irish are unabashedly friendly, welcoming and gregarious! No-one forgets to greet you with sincerity. …

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Lake Austin Spa – A Wellness Retreat or a City Stay on the Lake?

Welcome to Lake Austin Spa. Just 40 rooms and 30 minutes outside of downtown Austin. Relaxed, comfortable, beautiful. What I loved about retreating at Lake Austin was that I could actually take the resort boat into Austin for dinner if I wanted - and I did for a spectacular dinner at the Eberly! But if …

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CHICAGO – Christmas in the Windy City

Chicago is a fabulous city. Some say it has replaced New York as America's most food forward city! There is a thriving restaurant and bar scene, shopping is fantastic, you can see Hamilton at a fraction of the cost of seeing it on Broadway, the architecture is gorgeous, and there is no shortage of spectacular …

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