Quebec’s Saguenay Fjord Park & Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park

Bistro in Tadoussac

This is the second part of my journey into Quebec. Check out part one here. Sleeping under the stars and getting out on the Saguenay Fjord was exactly what I was longing for, so, after spending the previous day in La Baie and St. Rose du Nord (story here), I board the morning Maritime shuttle to Parc […]

Quebec’s tranquil and breathtaking Saguenay Fjord

Saguenay Fjord, Quebec

Two short hours after leaving NY’s JFK, I am in the Montreal airport and people are already speaking French. Next, I board an Air Canada flight to an airport even Johnny Jet has never heard of—Bagotville, Quebec—to explore the Saguenay province and its magical fjord. Saguenay is a First Nations word for “where the water is […]

Santo Domingo and Dominican Chocolate

Hostal Nicolas de Ovando

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is a city of culture and history. It is the oldest city in the New World, founded by Bartholomew Columbus (son of Christopher) in 1496. The historic Spanish architecture in the Zona Colonial with tropical flora and hot humid nights are uniquely Caribbean. I explored the Zona Colonial—the old Santo Domingo—with Tequia […]

Pet-Friendly: Along the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail with our Chocolate Lab Baci


In the northeastern corner of New York state, a perfect weather weekend made the charming vineyards set along the Lake Champlain valley sparkle. And so did being able to take the pets along—including our chocolate lab Baci. Pet-friendly La Quinta hotel Finding a truly “pet-friendly” accommodation is not easy, as “pet-friendly” most often means small dogs only, […]

The Black Point Inn, Prout’s Neck, Maine: An Inn to Come Home to

Black Point Inn

From the moment Cam and I stepped up onto the landing of the 135-year-old Black Point Inn, and Mike opened the door with a warm hello, there was a familiar—almost familial—feeling. Wanda smiled above the reception desk and Cathy (Mike’s wife) said “Good afternoon,” and offered us a cup of tea or coffee. It was […]

Dominican Republic – The Wild North

DR's Los Haitises

When I look at a map of the Dominican Republic  it looks like a sea turtle facing east, with a small “flipper” at the northeast corner. That “flipper” is the peninsula known as Samaná.  As I continue from Punta Cana to Samaná from last week’s post, I find myself cruising on a 16-passenger skiff across […]

The Real Dominican Republic

Sublime Samaná Beach

The Dominican Republic  holds the distinction as the most popular Caribbean destination, with Punta Cana, on the southeast part of the island, the number one choice. Tourists go for the countless hotels, the sun, the white fairy sand, turquoise water, limitless rum drinks.  Most go for their all-inclusive resorts, and some go to explore the […]

Northern Vermont’s Phineas Swann

Phineas Swann

By Highroad Cam The words “charming” and “quaint”, used to the degree of overkill in travel writing, actually apply to my next statement. The Phineas Swann, a dog-friendly Bed and Breakfast Inn in Montgomery Center, VT, is both charming and quaint-quintessentially so.  It is a beautifully restored Victorian farmhouse, with gardens, set halfway down Main Street, just […]