Along the Rock River in Southern Wisconsin, is an energetic playground of outdoor adventure, true farm-to-table cuisine, craft brews and cocktails, and much more fun. Read my story in Urban Matter Chicago here, and plan your getaway! NOTE: The feature photo above was taken at the picturesque Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin.
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 […]
Lucky Catch Cruises promises an authentic lobstering experience. I’d been chowing down on lobster rolls for a few days in Portland, Maine, and wanted to know more about how the tasty cold-water crustaceans end up on my plate. The fine folks at Visit Portland Maine arranged for a group of travel writers to tag along […]
Ahoy, Matey! Port Isabel is a world of pirate lore and maritime culture. You have to pass through Port Isabel to get to the spectacular beaches of South Padre Island, but take your time about it. The pirate lore and maritime culture of this colorful coastal community beckon with a treasure chest of entertainment and […]
A private lesson from master sand sculptor, Lucinda “Sandy Feet” Wierenga, in South Padre Island, TX First, dig a hole. I was surprised to hear that because we would be building sandcastles, which are above the ground, not below it. Digging a hole seemed counterintuitive. My group of travel writers and I were taking a […]
The countryside is gorgeous, the eating is divine, and outdoor adventure awaits on water and land in the Highland Lakes Region of Texas. Read my story in Urban Matter Chicago here.
THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION; PHOTOS ARE COMING… Monterrey, Mexico, beckons with mountains and modernity. (The following story was published by Journal & Topics Media Group January 30, 2017. The photos also are mine.) By Pamela Dittmer McKuen As Mexico’s third-largest metropolis, Monterrey (with two r’s) has long been a global business destination. But it […]
The hotel lobby at 4:15 a.m. was soundless as I awaited pickup for a sunrise hot air balloon ride above the Sonoran Desert. A massive SUV rolled into the circular driveway to meet me. A half hour later, we arrived at the Rainbow Ryders headquarters near the Deer Valley Municipal Airport in Phoenix. The sky […]
About 25 miles off Cancun’s northeastern coast, past Isla Mujeres and far into the Caribbean waters, some of the largest known sea creatures loll their summers away. They are whale sharks, a gray-and-white spotted fish that can measure up to 40 feet long and weigh more than 15 tons. That’s bigger than many dinosaurs. On […]