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Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

September 1, 2017 No Comments   Upon passing through the main entrance to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, one is greeted by tall palms flanking the drive like sentinels at attention. I couldn’t help whispering aloud, Ah… the avenue of palm trees, for I was reminded of the Avenue of Sphinxes leading to a grand temple in the desert ...

 

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

August 1, 2017 No Comments   The first thing that came to mind when I visited Alderbrook Resort & Spa was a dearly loved poem by Robert Frost: “The Road Not Taken.”  Two roads diverged in a yellow wood… begins the famous poem. Only this particular wood is green and lies along the Hood Canal, and it led us to ...

 

Island Boy Adventures: Great Exuma, Bahamas

Island Boy Adventures: Great Exuma, Bahamas

May 23, 2017 No Comments The best way to explore the many cays in the Exumas is by boat, and Island Boy Adventures made the experience wonderful.   We chartered a private half-day tour so that we could visit the cays at our leisure. This was led by Jeffrey and  Quentin who were very friendly and knowledgeable. They made us ...

 

Grand Isle Resort & Spa: Great Exuma, Bahamas

Grand Isle Resort & Spa: Great Exuma, Bahamas

May 8, 2017 No Comments Nestled on a gently sloping hill overlooking the powdery-sand beach of Emerald Bay on Great Exuma, Grand Isle Resort & Spa captures all the magic of the Exumas in the Bahamas. This resort is truly in a class of its own. It offers the best, most family-friendly accommodations on the island. These aren’t your standard ...

 

WTF?? No, It Doesn’t Mean What You Think it Means…Welcome To Finland!!

WTF?? No, It Doesn’t Mean What You Think it Means…Welcome To Finland!!

May 4, 2017 No Comments   If you’ve been bitten (or at least nibbled on) by the travel bug, you’re probably already daydreaming about where you and your family would like to go on your next vacation. The idea of traveling to Europe sounds pretty chic to most Americans. But maybe it seems like London, Paris and Rome are a ...

 

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Great Exuma: Paradise Found

Great Exuma: Paradise Found

May 2, 2017 No Comments I had few expectations before visiting the Exumas in the Bahamas. I was more concerned about safe flights and staying healthy. Even the prospect of rain did not trouble me. I actually love the rain, especially on a tropical island. Anything from a gentle shower, heady with the fragrance of rich vegetation and the salty ...

 

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Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

February 22, 2017 No Comments Hearst Castle was once a vacation home belonging to newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. It sits high atop a hill in San Simeon, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Its location is certainly beautiful, and was aptly named “La Cuesta Encantada,” The Enchanted Hill, for the views are simply enchanting. It was first opened to the ...

 

Telluride, Colorado

Telluride, Colorado

January 16, 2017 No Comments John Muir once said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” He was right. Who can resist the call of the great outdoors? Nature pulls at the soul, floods the senses, and rejoices the heart. Telluride, Colorado is such a place. The steep forested mountains of the Rocky Mountain high country do something to ...

 

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Skamania Lodge – A Wooded Sanctuary in Washington State

Skamania Lodge – A Wooded Sanctuary in Washington State

December 19, 2016 No Comments Nestled in a glade near the Columbia River Gorge in the beautiful state of Washington, Skamania Lodge makes for a lovely escape to the Pacific Northwest. While the Lodge itself is charming and handsomely appointed with luxurious guestrooms, spa, indoor pool, delicious dining and more, the lush wooded grounds are what captivated me most.   ...

 

The Passion of Pompeii

The Passion of Pompeii

November 30, 2016 No Comments Seldom have ancient ruins stirred one as do those of Pompeii. The catastrophic eruption that buried this seaside resort town in AD 79 preserved it with remarkable detail. So much so in fact, that it is this town which has provided much evidence of life in ancient Rome for historians to study. The region of Campania by ...

 

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