PALM PERFECTION

The Palms Hotel & Spa is a boutique hotel in Miami Beach located just minutes from South Beach.

The Palms Hotel & Spa is a boutique hotel in Miami Beach located just minutes from South Beach.

A weekend of R&R at The Palms Hotel & Spa

As I crawled into the HydroCapsule pod that encased my body from the neck down, I couldn’t help but […]

TO VEG OR NOT TO VEG?

The Rock Tavern patio is a relaxing spot for a cocktail and scenic views.

The Rock Tavern patio is a relaxing spot for a cocktail and scenic views.

Options for both abound at High Hampton Inn.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that my two grown kids have the same mom. The differences between them are many but perhaps most glaring when it comes to traveling […]

FLORIDA’S MOST PERFECT PAIRING

Two hotels for the price of one in Orlando.

Many of the rooms at the Hilton Bonnet Creek offer a view of Disney's nightly fireworks display.

Many of the rooms at the Hilton Bonnet Creek offer a view of Disney’s nightly fireworks display.

The Hilton Bonnet Creek's 3-mile lazy river makes a splash with kids and adults [...]
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SARASOTA WITH A CELEBRITY

Even toting a toddler along for a weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota makes for a memorable affair.

The Ritz- Carlton, Sarasota overlooks a marina, as do many of its guest rooms.

The Ritz- Carlton, Sarasota overlooks a marina, as do many of its guest rooms.

Sporting too-cool shades, the writer's daughter exits the beach club after a [...]
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THE SARATOGA OF THE SOUTH

Horsing around in Aiken, South Carolina…

New Bridge Polo Club

Inside a nondescript-looking breakfast hangout called Track Kitchen, located along a dirt road toward the south end of town, a sharply dressed gentleman named Cot Campbell is holding court, recounting the reception he got after his horse, Palace Malice, won the Belmont Stakes in 2013. On the opposite side of the room, a craggy-faced fellow who was one […]

KEY NOTES

Laid back luxury found within the U.S.A.’s southernmost isles.

Relaxation, found on Little Palm Island's shores.

Relaxation, found on Little Palm Island’s shores.

Those who prefer luxury travel may shy away from the lower Florida Keys, known for their quaint bed and breakfasts and quirky vibe. Au contraire— whether you prefer to stay within the colorful and bustling town of Key West or a tranquil island […]

NO BLUFFING

Another foodie adventure…The Inn at Palmetto Bluff delivers on its epicurean pledge.

The "Dust on the Bottle" wine dinner was set in the Inn's candlelit cellar.

The “Dust on the Bottle” wine dinner was set in the Inn’s candlelit cellar.

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a pristine waterfront property about a four and a half hour drive from Buckhead, has gained accolades for its family friendly […]

A HIDDEN GEM NO MORE

Eat your way through Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

The snow white beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are a magnet for families who come to relax, eat and play. http://courtlandrichards.zenfolio.com/ Copyright © 2014 Courtland William Richards All Rights Reserved

The snow white beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are a magnet for families who come to relax, eat and play.

Every summer when […]

SEE THE SMOKIES

Find a new vacation base in Dolly Parton’s hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee.

This life-size bronze statue pays tribute to Sevierville’s famed former resident, Dolly Parton.

This life-size bronze statue pays tribute to Sevierville’s famed former resident, Dolly Parton.

Sevierville, Tennessee, is the type of sleepy town that has likely slipped beneath your radar. Despite being the hometown of country music legend Dolly Parton and bordering […]

FALL IN THE OUTDOORS

Head south for water sports, golf and more…

The inn and villas of Blackshear Resort look out over a lawn that sweeps down to the water’s edge.

The inn and villas of Blackshear Resort look out over a lawn that sweeps down to the water’s edge.

Before the crisp autumn nights set in for good, the days still provide enough warmth to invite a few […]