The Magic of Santa: A Ride on the Polar Express

Frank and the kids on the Polar Express

For me, driving from Connecticut with four kids the weekend before Christmas to experience the Polar Express in Saratoga, New York was akin to driving to the real North Pole. Children, ages 1.5 to 11, packed with anticipation on a 3.5-hour drive from Westport, CT—it ain’t easy. But our accommodations at the Inn at Saratoga were […]

Francis Discala Jr. At The Nantucket Wine Festival


By Francis DiScala Jr and Jill Vasil: Nantucket, the fabled island almost 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, home of summertime superlatives and quaintness that’s internationally renowned, is almost still asleep in mid-May. The spring thaw has finished and silently, simultaneously opens the manicured gardens and the wildflowers. Pickup trucks stuffed with mowers and […]

Club Med Sandpiper Bay


By Francis DiScala Jr and Jill Vasil: “Is there a psychiatrist on board this plane?”, Frank asked the stewardess. Not the ideal start to what is bound to be another fun-filled family vacation, but what do you expect when traveling with four kids ranging in age from 4 months to 11 years? Most people would […]

Papua New Guinea

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By Francis DiScala Jr.: Everything is starting to feel the same. I can’t tell the difference between Disney World and Venice. Cultural adventure is harder to find. And for that very reason alone it is worth the 15-hour flight and the expense to travel to the other side of the world. But for surfers, divers, […]

Francis DiScala Jr: Lake Tahoe & Reno


Keeping it Real in Reno/Tahoe By Francis DiScala Jr Casinos, nature, and fresh snow! Now that is how I like to roll the dice… Mixing casinos and fresh air in the same sentence usually doesn’t make sense, especially if you’re talking about Vegas. In any gambling destination, the maze of blackjack tables and one-armed bandits […]

Tourism Cares: At The Gettysburg on 9/11


By Francis DiScala Jr. September 11, 2009 marks a day of remembrance and an opportunity for volunteers to participate in an event to preserve national historic sites. It is only fitting that an army of volunteers would descend upon the eroding Gettysburg farm and one-time battlefield hospital to help restore and pay homage to the […]

Mexican Riviera: Sun, Sand And Hot Sauce


By: Frank DiScala Jr. My brother Johnny Jet emails me to see if I want to spend a weekend languishing under the Mexican sun and enjoying supreme hospitality at an all-inclusive resort on the gentle beach of Banderas Bay. I can barely type the word Y-E-S fast enough on my Blackberry. I figured I was […]

Amazing Thailand Part 2: Chiang Rai & Phi Phi


By: Frank DiScala Jr. Continued From Part 1 CHIANG RAI: THE NORTH It’s just a short flight from Koh Samui to the northernmost part of Thailand. Here, the terrain completely changes and suddenly you are in farm communities, surrounded by rolling hills. Legendary for its proximity to Laos, Burma and the former heart of the opium […]