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  • pinitbutton Beyond Riesling: Travels in Southern Germanys Wine Country
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Rotenberg Village near Stuttgart


A Toast to Wine and Food in Southern Germany

by John and Sandra Nowlan


When people think German wine, they think Riesling. But the sun-soaked hillsides of central Germany produce an astonishing variety of grapes that are carefully turned into flavorful wines. And while German staples like Riesling (the easiest to find in American stores) are plentiful, we discovered several lesser-known, quality wines with a fresh, fruity acidity that could very well become hits on the other side of the Atlantic, too.

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  • pinitbutton Satechi Smart Travel Router & Adapter – Review

One Travel Router to Rule Them All

buynow Satechi Smart Travel Router & Adapter – Review

 

 

 

 

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Nothing can put an early damper on a vacation quite like realizing your electronics just aren’t going to fit into international electrical outlets, no matter how hard you try to jam them in. (We advise against this method; fate has been cruel to you, yes, but spare your gadgets.) Instead, turn to Satechi, which has unveiled its new Smart Travel Router & Adapter just for situations like this. Continue reading “Satechi Smart Travel Router & Adapter – Review” »



  • pinitbutton La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico   Review
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The exterior of La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico


by Jill Becker

 

Much has changed at the historic La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since it debuted in 1922. Lucky for us, though, since its 2013 multi-million-dollar renovation, much has also stayed the same here on the Plaza.
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  • pinitbutton The Woodstock of Europe: Isle of Wight Attracts Thousands of Sail Boats, Musicians & Garlic Lovers

 

How Garlic Flew on the Wings of War

 

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Artist Liz Sydenham captures scenes of the life on the Isle. Here, a yacht in the harbor of Yarmouth.

 

 

by André Gayot

 

Garlic is not usually associated with England. However, the small Isle of Wight, a sentinel of Great Britain off its southeastern coast in the English Channel, produces a surprising amount of the fragrant bulbs. One would think the Romans introduced garlic to their former 1st century colony, but it was not them. In fact, it was much much later and due to an unbelievable combination of circumstances.

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  • pinitbutton Abercrombie & Kent Offers Luxury at Altitude with First of its Kind Lie Flat Seats
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A&K’s fully lie-flat seats allow passengers to travel in comfort


Starting in the Fall of 2014, Abercrombie & Kent Private Jet Journeys will be the first luxury private jet line to offer fully lie-flat seats.


Offering personalized trips for small groups, Abercrombie & Kent has been a leader in luxury travel since 1962. Whether it’s an Arctic cruise, a tour through the vineyards of France or an excursion across the vibrant Indian subcontinent, Abercrombie & Kent will design an elaborate adventure customized for any group.

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  • pinitbutton Wine & Roses Hotel, Lodi   Review
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The exterior of Wine & Roses Hotel in Lodi, California


by Becky Sue Epstein


Surrounded by greenery and stone-clad architectural details, the verdant Wine & Roses hotel resides on seven acres in the middle of one of California’s newest wine regions. Seventy wineries under the burgeoning Lodi appellation near Sacramento are just minutes from this property, which takes full advantage of its location — particularly at its modern, high-end Towne House Restaurant, which features dozens of good local wines and draws both travelers and locals alike.

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  • pinitbutton Top 5 Things to Do in Montana During the Summer
flathead lake Top 5 Things to Do in Montana During the Summer

Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River


by Jenna Heberden


While Montana may not be on people’s radar as a typical summer vacation destination, more folks than ever before are visiting the Treasure State, perhaps best known for its fly-fishing and big, open skies. Continue reading “Top 5 Things to Do in Montana During the Summer” »



  • pinitbutton Crossing the North Atlantic in Style on the Queen Mary 2

 

With her 151,400 tons,
her mighty majesty indeed rules the waves

 

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The majestic Queen Mary 2 sets sail beneath the expansive Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

by André Gayot

The Statue of Liberty fades away in the mist as we just slip underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the lapping strengthens, the breeze broadens out and the sky darkens. Continue reading “Crossing the North Atlantic in Style on the Queen Mary 2” »



  • pinitbutton Gourmet Glamping: a Chef, a Meal and a Whole Lot of Fun
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A multi-course meal with an emphasis on foraged ingredients prepared by chef Kyle Nicholson

 

Glamping on San Juan Island

by Foodista.com


Add this to your summertime bucket list: Gourmet Glamping. If you’re wondering what “glamping” is, think camping but without actually roughing it. Sleep in a comfortable bed in a wood-floored canvas tent and eat really, really good food that you cook over an open fire with a guest chef as your guide. Food truly does taste better when it’s cooked outdoors, especially when paired with exceptional wines and an amazing group of people.

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  • pinitbutton Etihad Airways Adds Los Angeles Route   Travel News
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A model of an Etihad Airways Dreamliner


Joining Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., Los Angeles has become the fourth U.S. destination for Etihad Airways.


The national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways started a daily service between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles on June 1. Renowned for their customer service, Etihad Airways has eliminated the hassle of going through customs upon arrival in the U.S. by processing all travelers and their checked baggage through U.S. immigration, customs and agriculture inspections before boarding the aircraft in Abu Dhabi.

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