Portugal: The Alentejo, Comporta & Evora

Comporta is a village on the west coast of Portugal, about an hour's drive from Lisbon. But, when people talk about Comporta, what they really mean is the region around it. Some people may like to compare the area of Comporta to Ibiza or St. Tropez or Trancoso. However this sleepy eco-reserve reminds me of …

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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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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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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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VIK CHILE – A Wine Destination in Itself!

If you love wine, art, nature and incredibly great food, VIK Retreats are one of a kind and a destination within themselves! Vik Chile is located just over two hours outside of Santiago in the Millahue area of the Chilean Central Valley. Besides being a wonderful place to start or finish an itinerary in Chile, …

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Mas Vino: An Argentine Wine Extravaganza

Malbec is Argentina's signature grape. Nowhere else in the world does malbec rise to such heights of quality and richness as it does here. Our fun-loving group of wine enthusiasts based ourselves at the Cavas Wine Lodge in the Lujan de Cuyo wine region of Mendoza, where the majority of the country's top wines are …

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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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Tuscany: Sun-Soaked Amore!

Tuscany is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in Europe and a place that I and many of my clients eagerly return to time and again. From world heritage hill towns such as Pienza and San Gimignano, to highly regarded wine-estates like Chianti to Montalcino to Montepulciano, to seaside villages from Grosetto to …

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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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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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