Driving the California Coast

So many travelers each year fly from the east coast to San Francisco or San Diego or L.A. for business and/or pleasure.  They fly in, enjoy themselves and fly home, but I am here to point out how very short-sided that is! Would you intentionally miss Florence when traveling to Italy or Lyon when traveling […]

The Historic Asticou Inn: Northeast Harbor, Maine

Acadia National Park is a National Park located in northern Maine. It reserves much of Mount Desert Island and smaller islands off the New England Atlantic coast. Northeast Harbor, Bar Harbor and Acadia are not quick jaunts from our area, but with so many great places to stop along the Maine seacoast as you travel north and east, it is a must-do for […]

Budapest, Hungary

Beautiful, inspiring and warm, Budapest, Hungary is certainly worth an investment of time and expense to visit. Hungary’s capital city is full of vast contradictions. Perhaps it comes from being split in half by a natural boundary (the Danube River) or perhaps it is because it has survived two brutal occupations, but for whatever reason, […]

Step Back in Time at Blantyre: The Berkshires

The list of accolades written on the wonderful Relais & Chateaux Berkshire country house/hotel could fill pages of this magazine, and it is worth every morsel of the praise. This beautiful establishment is impeccably staffed, maintained and decorated. It is a treasure located within an hour’s drive of the Capital Region, making it the perfect […]

Homemade Sangria

Ivo Tzankov’s Grandmother’s Homemade Sangria Recipe MS Beatrice Bartender, Danube River Cruise   Recipe for 1 Jug (approx. 2 Liter)   Ingredients: 1.5 liter expensive red wine 1 lime 1 orange 1 lemon 1 green apple Cinnamon (generous pinch) 1 shot limoncello or Amaretto (optional) Directions: • Cut the citrus fruits in small pieces. Place in […]

River Cruising on The Beautiful Danube

Last November, I wrote about a wonderful river cruise trip that did not cruise. With record rains in France affecting the medieval bridges on the Rhone River, the cruise was relegated to bus excursions throughout the South of France. You can read the story in its entirety in the February 2011 issue found on www.crlmag.com […]

The Vanderbilt Grace: Newport, Rhode Island

Someone recently asked me what season I thought was the best to visit Newport, Rhode Island. That is like asking a person which child they like better. Every day, every month and every season is a great one to visit this historical seaside city. Now where to stay…that is the real question to ask. With so […]

The Bee and Thistle Inn & Spa: Old Lyme, CT

Many ship captains built grand houses in Old Lyme, which is on the Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Connecticut River. The community hosted one of the nation’s first art colonies, from 1899 to 1937 and today, the town remains committed to supporting the arts and preserving its quiet charm. The Bee and […]

River Cruising on the Rhone in France

Waiting for my Cleopatra Moment I will openly admit to being fascinated by Cleopatra, her power, her reported beauty and her lifestyle. Having admitted this, you can understand that when I had the opportunity to travel to France for a Rhone River Cruise, the mental image of lying on a sumptuous bed, relaxing and watching […]