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Sonoma Valley Romantic Getaway at Applewood Inn

I believe with all my heart that parents should leave the children behind once per year for a romantic getaway. It’s good for your relationship, your soul, and, therefore, your kids. If you and your partner are in need of parental rest and like delicious food, great wine and incredible scenery, you’ll love Sonoma Valley, […]

10 Ways to Find Romance in New Orleans

It’s easy to find romance in New Orleans. The jazz sets the tone…mellifluous and ever present. Toast your honey with one of the city’s famous or not-so-famous cocktails. Then dig into bowls of sensuous cuisine like shrimp n’ grits or crawfish etouffe. The music is the muse of New Orleans, begging couples to swing onto the dance […]

Hotel Spa Pools that Will Make You Swoon

Hotel pools with slides, waterfalls and cabanas are divine. But the best luxury hotel spas take swimming pools to a whole new and decadent level. A day of pampering followed by time relaxing in a dreamy hotel spa pool can elevate your vacation from good to great. Selected by top travel bloggers, these six hotel spa pools will inspire you to book a spa […]

How to Spend a Perfect Day in Dublin, Ireland

So you’ve only got one day in Dublin? With a little planning, you can still get a taste for this fabulous city. No doubt you will be craving a return visit by the end of your day in Dublin. Luckily, the main tourist area of the city is relatively small and easily walkable. This introduction to […]

Geek’s Guide to San Francisco and Beyond for Star Wars Fans and Comics Lovers

San Francisco may be primarily known for its cable cars, historical landmarks, and cuisine culture. But it’s also a friendly refuge for geeks seeking adventure inspired by film and cartoons. (Think Star Wars, the Peanuts comic strip, and all things Disney!) My husband, Jeff, and I first started traveling as a couple in San Francisco. […]

What It’s Like to Tour Paisley Park Where Prince Lived, Worked and Recorded

I was shocked and saddened when Prince died on April 26, 2016. I bet you were, too. An incredible talent like his is rare indeed and the world cried purple tears that day. As a former Minnesotan and huge Prince fan, I am sorry to say I never got a chance to see him in concert. […]

Edmonton Girlfriend Getaway Tips for a Hip Trip in Alberta, Canada

Looking for the perfect trifecta of shopping, spa and splurge-worthy restaurants for your next girlfriend getaway? You’ll find all this and more in Edmonton ~ Canada’s most Northern provincial capital. I went to University in Edmonton, but since I graduated oh-so-many years ago, I haven’t made it back much. There’s a bit of rivalry between […]

Milwaukee Guys Weekend – A Destination for Manly Men

Guy getaways tend to follow the same broken record of trips – a bachelor party in Vegas, a golf trip somewhere, or a weekend of debauchery in Mexico. Put on repeat. Over and over again. Men, I’m here to tell you that there are better options than unsuccessfully trying to relive your youth in an […]

Cornell Hotel de France ~ San Francisco with a French Accent

Savor a taste of la belle pays at Cornell Hotel de France in San Francisco and its on-site restaurant, Jeanne d’Arc. Located just a couple of blocks from Union Square, and easily within walking distance to San Francisco’s iconic Chinatown, the hotel is ideally situated to stay in European style while exploring the Golden City. A hotel for […]

5 Reasons to Choose a Virginia Beach Romantic Getaway

Yearly vacations with just my husband and me (no kids!), keeps our relationship strong during the downs and ups of life as a married couple. Dreaming about where to go on our next couple’s retreat is part of the joy. This year we did a city escape. For next year, I’m craving a beach vacation. After […]

Rhine Getaway with Viking River Cruises ~ Ports and Excursions

Choosing a Viking River Cruise from their enticing itineraries is like choosing the only chocolate you’ll ever eat for the rest of your life. Dark chocolate or milk? Butter cream or caramel? Lyon & Provence, or Danube Waltz? Imperial Jewels of China, or Waterways of the Tsars in Russia? When Viking River Cruises invited me to sail […]

Why Visit Windmills in Holland at Kinderdijk

Holland is renowned for its wooden shoes, tulips and windmills. But do you know why windmills are such a big deal there? Much of the Netherlands, the region of Holland in particular, is located below sea level. Given the its position along the North Sea and with three major rivers crossing the country, this means about 20 percent […]

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. 1. […]