Breakout to Breckenridge

A winter getaway to Colorado is a fit for the whole family

Breckenridge’s stunning vistas and laid-back vibe will not disappoint

She clicks into her 30-inch skis, and my entire body tenses. I see the concentration on her face as the instructor talks her through the ride up the “magic carpet” and how to shuffle her feet to get in place. Without skipping a beat, […]

PACIFIED IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Pack up all your cares and woes and escape to the idyllic Mahekal Beach Resort

Sunsets in Playa del Carmen call for a stroll along the beach.

The scene at the Cancun airport once you go through Customs is chaotic. You have to dodge a barrage of uniformed, seemingly legitimate greeters asking where you’re going, the majority of whom are just trying to get you […]

ISLAND TIME

A multi generational escape to Aruba

When my grandchildren turn 16—the year before the craziness of the SATs and college visits—I take them on a trip of their choice. Previous journeys have included a visit to NYC and a Caribbean cruise. This year, my granddaughter Jenna requested an island vacation where she could relax and read by the beach but still find adventure. We chose Aruba, south […]

PURE MAGIC

Iceland enchants with its otherworldly scenery and adventure

The Land of Fire and Ice juxtaposes several active volcanoes with sheets of icy glaciers. Don’t miss a guided glacier hike or ice cave excursion in the winter to experience this rare beauty.

It’s apparent why mythical figures like elves, trolls and more originated within Icelandic folklore. The land, which is considered part of Europe but sits […]

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOMENTS

A weekend of alpine indulgence, Vail-style

Get your adrenaline pumping and take in the view while ziplining through the mountains.

As I hitched the harness up over my waist and buckled the chin strap of my helmet, I looked up at the ziplining platform and out at the Rocky Mountains surrounding me. The thought running through my mind? “No regrets!”

From the mountaintop yoga class I […]

VIRGINIA IS FOR WINE LOVERS

Charlottesville offers a tantalizing cluster of grapes and history

Barboursville Vineyards offers a copious taste of wine and history

Thomas Jefferson was a master of many things, but making wine from European grapes grown on Virginia soil eluded him. And yet, nearly 200 years after the death of America’s third president and our nation’s founding oenophile, Jefferson’s home state cuts an impressive figure in the […]

HORSING AROUND IN VIRGINIA

Salamander Resort & Spa affords the idyllic countryside for equestrian pursuits and relaxed elegance

Discover the Virginia countryside on horseback with one of the resort’s trail rides, or take a riding lesson in its riding arena.

The Salamander’s luxe accommodations reflect a fine Virginia estate and overlook a manicured lawn, where playing lawn games […]

A TOWN FOR ALL SEASONS

Snow or sun, head for year-round fun in Telluride, Colorado

A ride on the free gondola lifts riders high above the Telluride valley.

Back in the late 1870s, the rush was on to Colorado for the gold, silver, copper and zinc running in rich veins beneath the snow-capped mountains. Those days are long gone, but the majestic ranges remain as alluring as ever for visitors […]

WELL TRAVELED

Food and wine rival the sand and sea on the Mayan Riviera…

Rosewood Mayakoba’s lagoon offers a dramatic welcome

In her seminal essay A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf wrote, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” I’m inclined to agree. Fortunately, at the first annual Masters of Food Wine and Golf Festival at the spectacular Mayakoba […]

SAILING THE BALTIC SEA

A 5-day cruise on the Silver Whisper.

The sleek Silver Whisper glides silently through the open waters of the Baltic.

Travel is as much about the journey as the destination. My travel buddy, Patty Ellis, and I remembered that mantra as we dragged our jet-lagged selves aboard the Silversea Cruise Line’s Silver Whisper after a 15-hour flight from Atlanta to Stockholm. To our delight, we […]