Destination Winter: Snowmass, a fitting name for this powdery wonderland

Aspen/Snowmass Winter 13/14

You’re so lucky!” I listened to at least the twentieth person tell me during my visit to Snowmass, Colorado. The subject of my fortune? More than 2 feet of pure, powdery snow in just 24 hours conditions that made it quite challenging to arrive in the Rockies from Atlanta. Though the journey was fraught with delays, the rewards of a Colorado whiteout were worth […]

Into Africa: A thrilling two stop exploration of Kenya’s abundant wildlife

STORY: Giannina Smith Bedford

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In my 30 years, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to more places than most people can claim in a lifetime. But I’d never been to Africa. I always wondered about the world’s second largest continent the people, the wildlife and the culture so different from my own. When the opportunity arose to explore a small part of this vast land with […]

The jewel of SoCal

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Experience La Jolla’s alluring beauty with a stay at La Valencia Hotel

FEATURE: Giannina Smith Bedford


La Valencia Hotel-15La Jolla. It means “the jewel.” A hilly seaside community with sparkling ocean vistas, glowing sunsets and dreamy temperatures (typically topping off in the mid to upper 70s), this affluent San Diego enclave truly depicts the beauty of a flawless […]

SIMPLY NOW | TRAVEL FAR: Mallorca, Spain

Mallorcan reverie

A visit to this Spanish island delights all the senses

 By Giannina Smith Bedford

Phototastic-2014-07-07-11-44-25Mallorca is a 360-degree canvas of visually arresting panoramas. Look one way to admire limestone cliffs cascading into the vast blue sea; look another to survey fertile landscapes blossoming with olive, orange and lemon trees. Its mountainous terrain offers trekking and cycling adventures galore while its coastal villages preserve history and culture with […]