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 […]

ALLURING ARCHIPELAGO

THE BERT SHOW’S NAMESAKE SHARES HOW HE FELL IN LOVE WITH MALTA.

The view from Valletta overlooking Grand Harbor.

The view from Valletta overlooking Grand Harbor.

img_3965When people asked me why I was going to Malta for a vacation, they were, in fact, answering their own question. The archipelago is one that few people visit, making […]

CARIBBEAN ESCAPE

There is no wet or dry season so weather conditions are pretty much gorgeous all year round at Caneel Bay Resort.

There is no wet or dry season so weather conditions are pretty much gorgeous all year round at Caneel Bay Resort.

UNPLUG FROM LIFE AT CANEEL BAY RESORT IN ST. JOHN

Oftentimes one of the joys of traveling someplace new is in the arrival […]