The Ultimate No-Football Getaway to Ann Arbor, MI

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.

Vera Bradley: High Style for Women Who Travel Well

I hadn’t shopped a full-fledged all-Vera-Bradley-all-the-time store since, well, never. I knew it as an accessories brand, having seen the perky prints in boutiques and gift shops, but I generally associated it with sorority girls and soccer moms. As a Baby Boomer, I don’t fit either of those demographics. Then the nice corporate folks invited […]


One thing I love about flight delays is having plenty of time to browse the airport shops. But at O’Hare International Airport, you’re not limited to the concourse merchants. Take a shuttle to nearby Fashion Outlets of Chicago and you’ll find more than 130 designer outlet stores, an impressive art collection and high-end amenities. The […]

Christmas Markets Enchant Along the Rhine River

(My story, “Christmas Enchants Along the Rhine River,” was originally published by Journal & Topics Media Group on September 11, 2015. The photos are also mine.) By Pamela Dittmer McKuen Christmas is a magical time everywhere, but especially so in Europe’s grand cities and medieval villages. Gaily lit, open-air holiday markets pop up in public […]