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5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Israel

Ripe with history and bursting with spiritual significance, Israel is the birthplace of two major world religions, Christianity and Judaism, and home to important religious sites for another, Islam. Before my recent visit, I had my own ideas about what this country would be like. While there, I was shocked to learn the following fascinating facts from my group’s […]

Fun Things to Do on Captiva Island and Sanibel Island When it Rains

Captiva Island and its big sister, Sanibel Island, are best known for their shell-filled beaches and Southern Florida sunshine. But what is there to do when your beach getaway gets doused with rain? There’s no need to feel gloomy on these colorful and friendly islands just because the weather is a little wet. Here are five fun […]

Marksburg Castle with Viking River Cruises

Marksburg Castle was the most fascinating castle have ever visited, and I’ve visited quite a few. It’s not because it was the most opulent or important castle I’ve ever seen. (It was neither.) It’s because our Viking River Cruises tour guide gave such an intriguing glimpse into what life was like during the time of castles, […]

German Romance, Education and Debauchery in Heidelberg with Viking River Cruises

Rich with history, Heidelberg is home to Germany’s oldest university, the ruins of a romantic Renaissance castle, and the world’s largest wine barrel. Intrigued? Come along to explore the romance, education and debauchery of Heidelberg with Viking River Cruises. Heidelberg Castle Heidelberg Castle, with its impressive red sandstone buildings and stately position above the River Neckar, evokes romantic […]

Find Vitality and Wellness at Mountain Trek Retreat, British Columbia

Signing on for a week of hiking, fitness and weight loss at Mountain Trek Retreat in British Columbia’s Kootenay Mountains may be one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself or someone you love. This realization hit me before I’d even had the chance to get out and actually experience the retreat. Whether it was the fresh […]

Exploring Germany’s Fabled Black Forest with Viking River Cruises

Land of cuckoo clocks, fruit elixirs, and its namesake hams and cakes—the Black Forest sounds like a place dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm for their fairy tales. Unlike Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood, though, the Black Forest is very real. Grab your crimson cape and a basket of goodies for […]

West Wing and Oval Office Tour – Feeling Like a VIP in DC

When I learned I could bring a guest with me on my West Wing and Oval Office Tour, I knew right away who to ask: my dad. An invitation to visit the White House enabled me to share a once-in-a-lifetime experience with my ever generous, American history buff dad. Why was I invited for a West Wing and Oval Office tour? […]

Palm Springs Romantic Getaway

Mid-way through our Palm Springs romantic getaway, I asked my husband why we hadn’t done this sooner. It had been eight years since we embarked on a grown-ups-only trip, and that’s just far too long! With great places to stay, a tasty locavore food scene, and plenty to do (or not do), Palm Springs provides a lovely retreat from […]

5 Phoenix Girlfriend Getaway Activities

In winter months, Canadians flock to Arizona like Real Housewives to Botox. Yet I, The Saucy Travel Mama and hater of Canadian winters, had never had the pleasure. I quickly remedied the situation early in the new year. I got my desert detox during a pilgrimage to this legendary region known for its restorative nature. As […]

Life Coming Full Circle at the White House Travel Blogger Summit

The White House Travel Blogger Summit brought me full circle this year. The first time I visited Washington DC, I flew there in an airplane with about 100 or so other noisy, excited eighth-graders…without our parents! We visited numerous museums, memorials and the Library of Congress. The one disappointment was not getting to visit the White House. The freedom, excitement […]

White House Christmas Tour

Everyone wants to see the White House holiday decorations, right?! As part of the White House Travel Bloggers Summit on Global Citizenship and Study Abroad, I got the chance to tour the White House all dolled up for the holidays during the Obama Administration. Cameras are only allowed in the White House during the holiday season, […]

A Southern-style Girlfriend Getaway in Sevierville, Tennessee

A Sevierville vacation with friends is all about comfort foods, shopping finds, nature’s beauty, big thrills and sweet wine. If you want to bond your besties, here’s why to book a Southern-style girlfriend getaway in Sevierville, Tennessee. Smoky Mountains There are plenty of places you could pick for your girlfriend getaway, but none with better views […]

Romance at The Hotel Wilshire – A Kimpton Hotel

Want to escape the kids for a few days of romance in Los Angeles? Take your sweetie to The Hotel Wilshire, where romantic touches combine with a boutique feel. A Kimpton Hotel, this property offers the hip design elements and offbeat extras you’d expect from this brand. My husband and I jumped at the chance […]