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Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Accommodations, Destinations, Italy, Wine Travel | 10 comments

Why Go To Barolo –  Piedmont, Italy

Why Go To Barolo – Piedmont, Italy

Most people go to Barolo to sample the wine for which the village and municipality of the same name are famous. When I was there I did, of course, enjoy the wine, but what I really loved about Barolo was being immersed in the beautiful scenery everywhere I turned. Each morning, as I started my day, the first thing I saw were the Alps in the distance and a very clear view of Monviso; it is said that Paramount Pictures designed their logo based on this mountain. I’m not sure about that, but even if it’s not true, it’s believable.     But wait…where is Barolo and why should you care? Barolo is a small village located in the municipality of Barolo in the province of Cuneo, in the region of Piemonte (Piedmont), in far northwest Italy. To complicate it a bit further, it is located in the wine country referred to as the Langhe. But collectively, the wine country is called Langhe – Roero – Monferrato. I spent...

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Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Accommodations, California, Destinations, USA | 21 comments

Lodging Options: Cambria to Carmel, California

Lodging Options: Cambria to Carmel, California

The United States has many scenic destinations to offer travelers, and California is definitely one of the most popular. And why not? California has it all – beaches, mountains, wildlife, culture, and a world-renowned food and wine scene. California is simply stunning. I’ve not yet traveled every mile of the state, but I’m working on it. In the past thirteen months I’ve covered a lot of ground. The more I see, the more I love California. In January, I packed the car and headed north to discover California’s Central Coast and drive iconic Highway 1 from Los Angeles to Monterey County, staying in Cambria, Big Sur and Carmel. If driving the serpentine highway hugging the mountains on one side and plunging to the sea on the other doesn’t leave you breathless, the scenery will – it’s that beautiful. The 90 mile stretch from Cambria to Carmel will bring to mind songs like California Dreamin’ by the Mama’s and the Papa’s, and Wilco’s California Stars. The landscape varies from rugged and wild, ...

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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Accommodations, Cultural Exploration, Destinations, Museums, Texas, USA, Wine Travel | 33 comments

36 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas: Willkommen!

36 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas: Willkommen!

There are very few places you can go for a weekend getaway that truly have it all. Want to go gallery hopping, wine tasting or rock climbing? Do you love history, architecture and culture? In Fredericksburg, Texas you can have all of that with a ruggedly beautiful landscape and Texas hospitality. Located deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, this charming German town has become a top destination with visitors from all over the world. It’s the ideal place for travelers who wish to commune with nature, rest their eyes on a star-filled sky, or history buffs wishing to delve deeper into the legendary state of Texas. And it’s easily accessible. In Fredericksburg you truly can experience living history and feel as if you’ve “gotten away from it all.”   Why now? Southern Living, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, and Texas Highways are just a few of the publications that have featured the Texas Hill Country in the past year. Go now —...

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Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Accommodations, New York, USA | 23 comments

The Rhinecliff: Rooms With A View On The Hudson River, New York

The Rhinecliff: Rooms With A View On The Hudson River, New York

I fell for The Rhinecliff the minute I arrived. I don’t know if it was because I was absolutely ready to settle somewhere for a couple of days or my room with the gorgeous view of the mighty Hudson River. Perhaps the owners imbued the place with their British charm, thus fulfilling my vision of what a warm, welcoming, sophisticated destination should be. Maybe it was all of those things…and more. Many noteworthy personalities have graced the area, among them author Edith Wharton, for whom I feel a certain affinity because of her self-proclaimed inability to tolerate ugliness. Edith would have been quite content at the Rhinecliff.   The original Rhinecliff was built in 1854. It was a simple roadhouse for travelers to rest, eat and feed their horses. It also serviced travelers arriving by ferry or the Hudson River Railroad. Flash forward to the 1990s and early 2000s and it had become a bit infamous for the rock bands that played in the bar, and the rowdy crowd...

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Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Accommodations, Architectural Travel, Churches, Destinations, Food and Drink, New York | 90 comments

Cazenovia, New York: One of America’s Coolest Small Towns

Cazenovia, New York: One of America’s Coolest Small Towns

Where in the world is Cazenovia? Never heard of it? I hadn’t either, until serendipity stepped in…and next thing I knew I was booking a flight to New York (that’s a good story for another time). Since being nominated in Budget Traveler’s “Coolest Small Town in America” contest, I suspect a lot more people know about Cazenovia now. Don’t worry though, Cazenovia welcomes tourists, but the essence of what makes it cool won’t change for tourism. Besides, it’s not the easiest place to get to – you have to want to go there. Cazenovia, New York: One of America’s Coolest Small Towns   So, what makes Cazenovia, New York one of America’s coolest small towns? To visit Cazenovia is to step back in time. Though the people and lifestyle are completely modern, the architecture and rural landscape provide a sense of time and place that I’ve found to be uncommon in the United States. What else makes Cazenovia cool? Lake Cazenovia is pretty cool – surrounded by woods, there...

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