Category Archives: Destinations

Hudson Valley Foie Gras

I stopped by Hudson Valley Foie Gras to write about the award winning producers of Foie Gras as well as other amazing Duck products.  I was treated to an amazing tasting by Chef Jenny. Pictured: The Grateful Traveler and Jenny Chamberlain, Chef of Product Development, Hudson Valley Foie Gras —>Read what Anthony Bourdain had to say after […]

My Bootlegger 21 New York Vodka Tour

On a recent weekend in Sullivan County, I stopped by to taste a super-premium vodka, “Bootlegger 21 New York Vodka”.  Excellent!  Spoke to one of the owners about his business and his wonderful Vodka.  I also picked some up for a few special Christmas drinks! The tasting Room and Tour Hours: 12:00pm to 6:00pm Monday through Sunday. Prohibition Distillery USA […]

What do American Girl Dolls and Aurora, New York have in common: Aurora, New York

What do American Girl Dolls and Aurora, New York have in common?  The answer is Pleasant Rowland. The founder and original owner of the American Girl Company. Rowland donated $40 million to her alma mater, Wells College, to revitalize Aurora and thus help with college enrollment. The premise being, if you like an area you will […]

The Inn at Stockbridge – Beauty in the Berkshires

In Western Massachusetts one finds the Berkshires – a resort center of mountains, beautiful vistas, cultural events, fine dining and of course, fine accommodations. The Inn at Stockbridge, a Fodor’s Choice selection, is one of those special places you visit that you will remember always. Innkeepers Alice & Len Schiller great guests year round at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]