Spa Lovers: Go to Highlands. You’ll Thank Me Later

highlands spa

“It’s a surprise,” he said with twinkling green eyes as he tucked me into the passenger seat and gently closed the door. My ridiculously huge grin gave away my glee… I do love surprises! We drove for an hour and a half, winding our way across the state border and into the Blue Ridge Mountains of … [Read more...]

Best Ever Resorts for Baby Boomers in the Keys

Best ever resorts for baby boomers in the Keys

Overflowing with its own blend of bohemian-tropical charm, the Florida Keys are one of the few U.S. destinations that wield a magnetic appeal on the Baby Boomer generation. The Florida Keys is a string of small islands floating in an ideal seaside location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf … [Read more...]

At the King and Prince, You’re Treated Like Royalty

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If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that will leave you wanting more time, look no further than the Golden Isles of the state of Georgia. St. Simons Island, 18 miles long and just a mile and a half wide, the landmass rests amicably on the Atlantic seaboard, beckoning visitors through its … [Read more...]

Moroxican Cuisine Crushing It in Baja

Mi Casa Supper Club at sunset

Growing up in Casablanca, Bo Bendana was warned that every girl had to learn how to cook or no one will marry her. “But I don’t want to get married!” 12 year-old Bo told her mother. In spite of her resistance, Bo’s mother taught her to cook. That early introduction to savory ingredients and exotic … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day: Dinner, Diamonds or Destination?


Full disclosure, I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day.  It’s just too forced and commercial for my liking.  But for many, the dilemma of a Valentine's Day gift can be stressful. Dinner? Too impersonal. Diamonds? Too committal.  Roses?  Meh. But what about… DESTINATION?  Now that’s what I’m … [Read more...]

Why Marriott Became My Brand of Choice


As 2014 ended, I found myself thinking about accommodations that I’ve favored over the years.  It didn’t take very long for me to come to the realization that Marriott has been my brand of choice more than any other hotel – JW and Casa Magna luxury resorts, full-service Marriott hotels, Courtyards, … [Read more...]

Spring Break at the Rosarito Beach Hotel

Rosarito Beach at spring break. ©Baja Tourism

Looking for a last-minute spring break destination?  The Rosarito Beach Hotel in Baja California, Mexico, offers students and families everything they’d want in an affordable beach getaway. This iconic hotel was made popular mid-century as a retreat that catered to Mexican presidents, … [Read more...]

Showboat Branson Belle: Don’t Miss the Boat

Showboat Branson Belle

I laughed. I cried. I ate too much. If you’re looking for an authentically fun way to spend a few hours in the sometimes overly touristy Branson, Missouri, this is the place. Read my review of the Showboat Branson Belle in TripAdvisor, November 10, 2013. … [Read more...]

Women Traveling Solo: Are Cruise Ships a Good Venue?

Carnival Cruise Triumph

  I recently set out to get some answers by booking a 5-day cruise on the Carnival ship Triumph (yes, that Triumph – the embattled ship that was plastered all over the news due to an extended breakdown) departing from the Port of Galveston for the Mexican Caribbean. Read my conclusion … [Read more...]

Baja Studios Adds Redford Film to Repertoire

Robert Redford Rosarito Beach Hotel

Less than an hour’s drive from San Diego, standing sentry over 3,000 feet of craggy Pacific coast, is Baja Studios, best known for filming epic blockbuster hits like Titanic, Pearl Harbor, and Master and Commander. The self-contained production facility covers sets distributed over 46 acres, … [Read more...]

The Great Boston Cannoli Challenge: Mike’s vs. Modern

Cannoli challenge, Boston MA

Boston’s North End, aka “Little Italy,” is always a sensory stimulating event - the sumptuous smells of homemade pasta dishes wafting from the bistros, vibrant New England-accented banter of the pedestrians,  the festive façade of the shops and bars... Read the Great Boston Cannoli Challenge in … [Read more...]

One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, FLOOR

Tequila tasting tour Santa Fe NM

  "This is so smooth, it would be a sin to disguise it in a margarita," said Nick, our tour guide as we were served our last taster, a Don Julio 70. "Bottoms up!" Ever the good student, I did as instructed. Surprisingly, the shot of Don Julio 70 went down without the usual crash and … [Read more...]

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Renaissance Festival girl

Jousting knights, kings, queens, wenches, fairies, and even pirates, the Carolina Renaissance Festival is considered one of the best in America.  The faire takes place every weekend in October and November on a permanent a 20-acre 16th century theme park that Disney would be proud of, offering … [Read more...]

Las Gaviotas, Baja Mexico

Las Gaviotas Rosarito Mexico

The gate-guarded Mexican beach resort of Las Gaviotas is in Rosarito Beach is a mere 35-minute drive from the border of California. It is a well-planned community with three layers of single-family, detached homes, each level having an unobstructed view of the cascading Pacific coast. Residents … [Read more...]

Rosarito Beach Hotel, Baja California, Mexico

Rosarito Beach Hotel

Located just an hour’s drive south of San Diego are the white sandy beaches of Rosarito, a friendly and laid-back beach town.  Quiet, nonviolent Rosarito has suffered unfairly from the reputation of mainland Mexico’s troubled border cities and from the decline in the U.S. economy and is jut … [Read more...]

For the Best Lobsters Ever, Go to Puerto Nuevo, Baja, Mexico

The famous deep fried lobster

Puerto Nuevo, 10 miles south of Rosarito is a must-do on any Rosarito itinerary.  This small fishing village began in the 1950’s as a small stand near a Newport cigarette billboard (Newport translates to Puerto Nuevo in Spanish). The billboard is long gone but more than 30 restaurants and shops now … [Read more...]

Westin La Paloma, Tucson AZ

Tuscon Westin Hotel

Looking for a great place for a girlfriend's getaway?  Try the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Arizona. ​Located in the foothills of the beautiful Catalina Mountains, the La Paloma offers something for everyone.  In addition to incredible views of the mountains, desert, and city below, the location … [Read more...]

Casa Ybel, Sanibel, FL

Sanibel FL

Looking for a great place to kick back and escape that icky-yicky not-quite-winter, not-quite-spring time of year?  Try Casa Ybel on beautiful Sanibel Island. Located off the southwestern coast of Florida, the Casa is an all-suite beachfront hotel in southern plantation style with updated, … [Read more...]

CostaBaja, La Paz, Mexico

Stunning tropical pool view from a ground-floor room at the resort.

Located on the azure Sea of Cortez, CostaBaja Resort and Spa enjoys the distinction of being the only 5-star resort in the city of La Paz, on Mexico’s Baja peninsula. La Paz means “the peace” – a feeling that is transformed throughout CostaBaja, nestled between the serene desert and the majestic … [Read more...]

Sea4Two, Baja Mexico


From its prime location overlooking the crashing aquamarine Pacific, Sea4Two offers stunning views and a convenient home base for everything from relaxation to revelry. Just a 10-minute drive from the California border with Baja, Mexico, and 30-minute drive  from San Diego, this charming villa in … [Read more...]