Travel 201: When Things Go Wrong (and How to Fix Them)

Champagne is always a good way to start a vacation.

Forrest Gump may have said it best: sh*t happens. Don’t let a small (or large) mishap ruin your vacation. Things happen. That is simply a fact of travel (and life), but it is how you respond to those things that can be the difference . . . → Read More: Travel 201: When Things Go Wrong (and How to Fix Them)

10 Tips for a Better Vacation

Travel tip (and random picture of the Duomo in Florence. Go visit. It is better in person.)

Americans are the worst. We are terrible at using up all of our vacation time, and then some people are not too good at maximizing the time they have taken off. SAD! As a travel professional, I . . . → Read More: 10 Tips for a Better Vacation

Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting at Isle Cook, Key West

Eden Brown Co-Owner of Isle Cook, Key West, and one of the only people I know who can successfully pull off that lipstick.

I have been trying to get to one of the fantastic wine and food tastings held weekly at Isle Cook. For one reason (I had too many mimosas at brunch!) or . . . → Read More: Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting at Isle Cook, Key West

Papa’s Pilar Rum: Distilled In Key West

Papa’s Pilar Distillery, Key West

Local distilleries are popping up everywhere, it seems. We now have three rum distilleries on our tiny island. The latest addition is Papa’s Pilar. When Hemingway Rum Company launched the Papa’s Pilar brand several years ago, I went to launch party expecting, well, rum. I was not expecting to . . . → Read More: Papa’s Pilar Rum: Distilled In Key West

New York City, Part II: Veni, Vidi, Edi

Cheddar cheese fritters make any day better.

May in New York City should be sunny, crisp, and delightful. Instead, we woke up to a gray, cold, rain-soaked Manhattan, while still kind of in a meat coma. Fortunately, our friends had picked the perfect, indoor brunch spot. We made our way, via subway, to the . . . → Read More: New York City, Part II: Veni, Vidi, Edi

Costa Rica: Above Sea Level

Our week in Panama and Costa Rica was mostly at sea level. We were on boats, hiking, viewing wildlife, and lounging in the warm water. After disembarking the cruise ship, we met our driver and guide and headed to Poas Volcano. It is neither warm nor at sea level. It was quite a shock . . . → Read More: Costa Rica: Above Sea Level

Costa Rica: Monkeys, Sloths, and Chocolate

The highlight of our visit to Costa Rica was the wildlife. We saw four species of monkeys, scarlet macaws, sloths, and coati. There was evidence that a puma may have been enjoying the beach before us. Our first stop in Costa Rica, Golfo Dulce, brought us to the Finca Kobo . . . → Read More: Costa Rica: Monkeys, Sloths, and Chocolate

Windstar Cruises Star Breeze: The Ship, The Food, The Ambiance

The embarkation process.

In June 2010 we were last aboard the ship now known as the Star Breeze. Then, she was named the Seabourn Spirit. Although a lot has changed since that week in the Mediterranean, the ship is still beautiful and charming.

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Cruising the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal

The day after boarding the beautiful Windstar Star Breeze in Colon, we were cruising the Panama Canal. Completed in 1914, this marvel of engineering continues to amaze over a hundred years later. The Panama Canal is about fifty miles long, and transiting the canal is an all day affair.

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24 Hours In Panama City, Part II

Day one, Panama City, part two. After a much-needed nap (FKGuy), and an adventure in purchasing two toothbrushes (me) we headed downstairs, straight to the Champagne bar. Because every evening should start at a Champagne bar, and yet so few do.

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