Normandy and Hauts-de-France: A Relais & Chateaux Odyssey

Visiting Normandy is powerfully emotional and especially impactful when considering the region's role in changing the course of World War II and the countless souls who selflessly gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. What some might not now is that the region of Normandy has impossibly picturesque towns, spectacular culinary delights, and wonderfully hospitable hotels.

The Rhône Valley: From Lyon to Avignon

The Rhone valley has diverse and very high quality red and white wines that will impress any serious oenophile and satisfy more any palate. The wines can perfectly compliment most world cuisines. They can be much better values than what you will find in Bordeaux and Burgundy, yet it astounds me that many wine drinkers don't appreciate this section of the wine list as often as they should. The gastronomy, charming villages and cites, and lovely weather make the Rhone an absolute home run. Ill be back!!

Santa Fe: A Girl’s Trip to America’s Oldest Capitol

Santa Fe is a bustling melting pot of Spanish and Native American culture that attracts artists, foodies, culture-seekers, nature-lovers, wellness enthusiasts, and anyone wanting to soak up an incredibly special part of America. My fabulous group of travel companions on this trip were a bunch of besties who have remained impossibly close since working together …

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Champagne, anyone?

Champagne, the finest symbol of the French art de Vivre! The region can easily be reached in a day trip from Paris - 2 hours by road or 45 minutes by train - yet, not spending a few days staying in the region would be a scandal! 🙂 I landed in Paris from Atlanta, and …

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The Point: An Historic Great Camp on Saranac Lake

The Point is one of those legendary places known for decades of spoiling and pampering in-the-know jet setters seeking to go off the grid. The Point boasts a Forbes Five-Star setting and service, Relais & Chateaux cuisine, charm, and character, and the rustic, laid-back vibe of an Adirondacks Great Camp. The 11 cozy lake-side cabins, …

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Triple Creek Ranch: Montana’s Adult Glamping Retreat

Located in the Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies, Triple Creek is a fully-inclusive adults playground! Couples, groups of friends, or families with children over age 16 are welcome at Triple Creek! Active travelers can play as hard or as little as they please while enveloping themselves in a truly romantic setting with incomparable …

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A Mid-Atlantic Road Trip: NC, VA, WV, MD

The Summer 2020 travel trend is discovering more, just beyond your backyard, which may be finding the joys in your own state or country. Driving trips are very much in vogue, as gasoline is at an all time low and clients feel more in control of their journey behind the wheel. Resort to Laura Madrid …

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Paris – City of Light (& tres chic hotels!)

My clients always ask me what my favorite neighborhood in Paris is and where do I suggest they stay. That is like asking someone about their favorite child, which is impossible to choose. All Parisian neighborhoods offer something wonderful and it all depends on what one is seeking. The first question is RIGHT BANK (Rive …

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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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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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