WINE/BEER/COCKTAILS

Best Fall Cocktail Recipes from Across the USA

All over the United States, as summer slips into her fall sweaters and wraps up against the coming chill, bartenders create tasty libations to warm us from the inside. Join us on a tour of the country’s nine best fall cocktail recipes you can make any time of year. Autumn’s Ambrosia Crimson & Rye in New […]

Munich with Kids ~ Beyond Beer and Pretzels in Bavaria’s Capital

Ninety minutes after our flight touched down in Munich from LAX, my husband was downing a liter of beer at a picturesque beer garden. Meanwhile my children stuffed hunks of giant pretzel in their mouths and I gazed at swans floating in a nearby lake. This scene sums up our glorious week in Munich with […]

6 Halloween Cocktail Recipes To Die For

There’s something in the air, and we don’t just mean the leaves blowing off the trees. Spirits seem to swirl around us in October. Or maybe it’s the spirits we’re stirring up here, in our roundup of Halloween cocktail recipes. We asked bartenders to tell us about their favorite cocktails for the spookiest time of year. Replicate them if […]

How to Host a March Madness Beer Tasting Tournament

March Madness is that time of year when you get to slip on that old college sweatshirt, invite some friends over to watch the big game, and cheer on your alma mater. If your team has made it to the big dance, that is. You already have the food down – wings, chips and dip, […]

10 Tips for Visiting a Brewery with Kids

Should you visit a brewery with kids? As a beer enthusiast and dad, I answer that question with an emphatic, “Yes!” At the same time, I understand why children in breweries could annoy some patrons. But I believe we can all get along and enjoy a pint (or sippy cup) together. This is why I […]

Thoughtfully Themed Gift Boxes Review and Giveaway

Why wrack your brain and waste your time trying to find the perfectly themed gift? Thoughtfully.com will do the work for you! Choose from gift boxes for men, women, and families. This new website offers gifts for Christmas, New Years, birthdays, or any time of year. Plus, now you can enter to win your choice from their Thoughtfully […]

Fun and Tasty Things to Do in Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany is known for its gothic cathedral and its unique Kölsch beer. It’s also the birthplace of the world’s first eau de cologne and home to some of the best shopping in the country. Bring a big appetite and good walking shoes when visiting this German city because there’s lots to eat and explore. […]

Rudesheim am Rhein in Germany with Viking River Cruises – A Love Story

I learned unexpected lessons about love, agelessness and acceptance in Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany during my Viking River Cruise last spring. I must admit that I was hoping some of the “younger” cruisers (in their 50s or 60s) would join us for our dinner excursion. My 40-something husband, Phil, and I were among the youngest people aboard […]

Fun for Couples along the Wine Road in Sonoma County

What’s not to like about rolling hills, towering redwoods, and flowing wine? That’s right, absolutely nothing. Combine all of those things and you’ve got a glorious getaway in Sonoma, California. Read on to learn what’s fun for couples along the Wine Road in Sonoma County. Lodging Options along the Wine Road In some destinations, your […]

Remy Disney Cruise Line Review ~ Fancy Schmancy Dining At Sea

Disney Cruise Line and France are two of my favorite things in the world. So when I learned that Disney had added a French-themed dining option to its two newest ships, I  knew sans doute I wanted to eat at Remy during my cruise aboard Fantasy. I’d previously dined at Disney’s other adult-only at-sea restaurant, Palo, which serves upscale Northern Italian cuisine. While […]

Napa Valley Getaway Tips

California Wine Country is a wonderful destination for any type of vacation: mancation (a la the movie Sideways), kids trip (we had a ball on our family wine country vacation a few years ago), romantic retreat (it’s where my husband and I made the decision to start a family once upon a time), a girlfriends getaway, or, as the case […]