More than 550 wineries scale the bountiful hillsides of Oregon Wine Country, known worldwide for its premium pinot noir. But the region’s culture and heritage range far beyond the vineyards. Read about my autumn road trip between Eugene and Albany in Journal & Topics Media.
Wisconsin’s favorite cocktail, the Old-Fashioned, is made with brandy, not whiskey. Most job descriptions don’t entail drinking hard booze in the morning, but it can happen when you’re a travel journalist. While on a media trip to Janesville, the itinerary included a 9 a.m. mixology class, “How to Make a Wisconsin Old-Fashioned.” Good thing I’d […]
A beachside lesson in decorating a pineapple with a happy face and filling it with a tropical drink.
Grenada’s oldest rum distillery runs on a waterwheel and hand-stoked furnace. One of the joys of travel, for me, is sampling the local cuisine and intoxicants–and learning the stories behind them. A recent media visit brought me to River Antoine Estate, the oldest rum distillery in the island nation of Grenada. The privately owned distillery, […]
The Caribbean country of Grenada is seeing a strong surge of tourists and cruise ships these days. Why? The sunny skies and laid-back ambiance are givens, but there’s so much more to embrace. Here are 9 reasons for you to love the legendary “Spice Isle” right now: (Many thanks to Mount Cinnamon Resort and Beach […]
Mount Cinnamon Resort and Beach Club in Grenada is a luxury boutique hotel overlooking Grand Anse Bay. The Caribbean island of Grenada beckons with velvety soft beaches, lush rainforest, scrumptious culinary scene, and historic sites galore. And rum. There’s much to discover about Grenada, but first you’ll need a place to stay. I was recently […]
2018 Côtes de Provence Rosé is an affair to remember. I have adored many French wines in my past–but that was before Barton & Guestier. I have now found my true love, and look forward to a long and mutually satisfying romance. “Where do I begin?” is the theme song for the 1970 blockbuster film, […]
Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a gorgeous mountain playground with a vibrant mix of cultural arts and historic treasures. The photo above is the towering Roanoke Star, which beams atop Mill Mountain as a symbol of the city’s progressive spirit. Check out my story in Urban Matter Chicago here.
Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood is even richer now that Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House has moved in. The Texas-based, white-tablecloth eatery is renowned for dining excellence and environmental stewardship. That, and Florida stone crab flown straight from the company’s own fisheries. “Our specialty is primarily seafood with an emphasis on crab,” says Brian Wubbena, […]
Ann Arbor is home to the prestigious University of Michigan, a fierce Big 10 Conference athletics competitor. But it’s also rich in cultural attractions, boutique shopping and fine arts. The dining possibilities are outstanding–from local favorites to international cuisine.