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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Napa & Sonoma: Stronger than Ever!

Did you know that the United States is the world's 4th largest wine producer? California is the heartbeat of US production with wines competing among the world's best! This visit took me back to the North Coast to see what was happening following the horrific fires of fall 2017.  I can say that Napa and …

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London, Always Calling! A Family Adventure.

London has two dozen FABULOUS hotels and they are all completely unique. I always try to stay some place different than my last visit so I can determine which hotels best suit each client. We started at the classic Dorchester built in 1931 overlooking Hyde Park in Mayfair. What an exceptionally comfortable hotel with beautifully …

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Crystal Mozart: Cruising the Danube River

Crystal has been wowing ocean cruisers for years, but now with the launch of the Crystal Mozart on the Danube River, they are setting a new standard for service on the riverways! The Crystal Mozart was stripped to the steel and completely rebuilt before debuting as Crystal's first river vessel. It is the widest ship …

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New Zealand – Luxury Lodges, Food, Wine, & Adventure

New Zealand has long been on my must do list! Each year, I send many clients to the North and South islands to explore beaches and mountains, quirky towns, the ancient Maori culture, breathtaking golf courses, and to experience dart boating, bungee jumping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, glacier climbs, heli-rides, and skiing. There are countless incredible, cozy …

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