Asheville for the Rest of Us

My favorite memory of visiting Asheville, North Carolina, isn’t sipping a remarkable local beer or conquering a challenging mountain hike. The thing I remember most about my recent stay is the hotel turn-down service. I should have known when I was offered a glass of local cuvée at check-in that more nice things were about to happen to me. Later that…

Bravo for the Royalton Bavaro

There’s just something about the color Caribbean blue... The sight of it fills my soul and recharges my entire body instantaneously, especially when lucky enough to view it in person, toes in sand, waves slowly rolling up on the beach while lounging in a private cabana.  Being a mom, most of my vacations are go, go, go instead of slow,…

Seaside in any Season

Sitting on the front porch in sweet Seaside this month, only the call of an occasional gull or crunching under the wheels of a passing biker will break the solitude that comes in the off-season months here along Highway 30a, in Florida’s panhandle. 

A Cricket Lullaby

I have 2,831 downloaded songs in my iTunes library and without internet, I thought I’d start listening to my own personal soundtrack from A to Z. I’d just checked into my super swank deluxe tent at Under Canvas, the new glamping camp outside Gatlinburg, Tenn., where the sight of NO SERVICE on my phone shook me to the core. I…

Redefining a Family Vacation to Orlando

If your family is anything like mine, going to Orlando, Florida, doesn’t always spell “relaxing.”  It’s normally days of non-stop, sunrise to past sunset, go go go to Disney, Universal, and all the numerous family attractions.  And although it’s fun, and filled with a memory-making opportunities, well… it’s a whirlwind that sometimes leaves me more tired than when we arrived. …

The Perfect Saturday

When the first of the football games started on Saturday during our stay at Cohutta King outside Blue Ridge, I didn’t cringe, dreading the hullabaloo of crashing helmets and babble of network announcers for rest of the weekend. Instead, I grabbed my Eno hammock, a book and a drink and walked down through the woods to the creek. I’d wander…

Hong Kong’s Alluring Aberdeen

The hustle and bustle of Hong Kong is nearly inescapable. Organized chaos lives along the elevated walkways of Central Hong Kong and the neon-hued streets of Lan Kwai Fong. A moment to oneself seems a rarity, as does avoiding the onslaught of rush hour traffic. On the other side of Hong Kong Island, away from the skyscrapers and malls laced…