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The Path To Hood River And The Columbia Gorge

Heading east from Portland, one travels along the lush green treelined landscape of the Columbia Gorge. The beauty that engulfs is filled with waterfalls and Mount Hood looming in the background. This journey takes you to the Hood River, a city that abounds with days of yore. Nestled along the Columbia River in the heart … Read more

Aerial View Palm Springs

Best of Palm Springs

Palm Springs, the desert resort mecca for relaxation and fun, is also where the arts come alive through the fine arts and architecture. For the golfer, it is the golf capital of the world. The city is known as a retirement community for some and, during the winter, a snowbird destination. For others, it’s the … Read more

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McMinnville, Oregon: 15 Best Things To Do

McMinnville, Oregon, lies in the heart of the Willamette Valley in Yamhill County, halfway between Portland and Salem. As a wine lover, the town is in the heart of wine country, so the area boasts excellent wine, especially Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Although Pinot Geeks love to visit, there are many other things to do. … Read more

Virtual Travel

Virtual Travel 2020: A Journey to Eleven Destinations

The year 2020 took on a different role when it came to travel. Any travel that existed came to a halt in March. Local travel was acceptable, but the bulk of traveling took place virtually. I thought I would share my 2020 virtual travel year as I discovered many places I hope to visit in … Read more

View from the Terenzi to Scansano

Terenzi: A Family affair with Maremma and Morellino Di Scansano

The saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” aptly fits the Terenzi winery. Beauty has been part of the Terenzi legacy for some time. It began with cosmetics and eventually turned into the beauty of the land the family owns near Scansano in Maremma. It is also the beauty of the grapes and … Read more

The View from Villa Beatrice dEste

Colli Euganei: Discovering the wines of the Venetian Hills

In the hills above Padua within a thirty-minute drive from Venice lies the small wine appellation known as Colli Euganei. Colli Euganie is well worth mentioning because not only is the countryside exquisite, but unlike its neighbor, Soave, that only produces white wines, they produce some pretty spectacular reds. The History The region is known … Read more

Balcony View Hofsas House

Escape to the enchanting charm of Carmel by the Sea

Thinking about a summer weekend getaway, the California Coast offers some wonderful escapes. If you are looking for that idyllic locale with charm and quaintness that lives up to its name, Carmel by the Sea is the place to go. Around every nook and cranny, there is something to be found. From its fairytale cottages … Read more

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Rome Hotel Mediterraneo: A fusion of the past and present

From ancient times to today Rome is full of history. Discover the Pantheon, Colosseum, the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica and much more. There is something around every corner for travelers to see and learn. Even the hotels have a legacy, making their impression on the city’s overall character. One … Read more

Touring Rome - Palazzo Della Cancelleria

Context Travel: Touring Rome in a different light

There are many ways of touring Rome, Italy but if you are not one who wants to be part of the herd mentality so often found in city tours, Context Travel can be the answer. It is not about numbers or cramming many sites in a couple of hours. It is about education and delving … Read more

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Car free and foot loose in Santa Barbara

There is something to be said about visiting a city car free. Hoofing it, breathing in the local culture and taking local transportation can get you right into the spirit of the location you are visiting. Santa Barbara has made it easy for you to discover the city without having to get yourself behind the … Read more