Myrtle Beach’s Secret Season

The walkway to the beach from the beach house

There would be beaches. This I knew. Heading into my four-day September retreat down to Myrtle Beach, I knew very little about my destination, and the little I knew was telling me I was a season too late. There would be beaches, but they would be colder and drier as they began their descent into […]

Surprising St. Kitts


The term “authentic” gets bandied about so often these days that I hesitate to label St. Kitts, West Indies, as such; still, no term comes close to what the island offers visitors – a genuine view of how island people, past and present, live. It is the road less traveled, Caribbean-wise, so visitors will not […]

Kailua Beach, a Tropical Oasis on Oahu

On the Road in Kailua by Lisa Niver Rajna

Should you visit the Hawaiian island of Oahu, don’t miss meeting Carol, the wonderful owner at Mani Mele Bed and Breakfast, a tropical oasis steps from the beach on Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. You may remember hearing about this beach as this was the Presidential respite and winter break in December 2011 for the First Family. […]

Website of the Week: Testing the Waters


Since most of America is hitting the beach this weekend to celebrate our Independence Day, check out which beaches are the most and least polluted. We don’t want you coming home glowing now do we? For the first time this year the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) has created a searchable database of more than […]

Cartagena, Colombia: Where the Caribbean meets Latin America

The view from the roof top pool of the Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa.

Tourist Towns – we’ve all been to one. These are the places where we’re herded in groups through areas that found their way onto the well-worn tourist track. These places are recognizable by their parking lots for tourist buses, sunburnt tourists and the “local” restaurants that have menus in seven different languages. Cartagena, a picture-perfect […]

Duncan’s 10 reasons to stay at the Santa Barbara Biltmore

The Biltmore Hotel

A DOG’S EYE VIEW  When friends from the East coast recently told me that they’d be staying at Santa Barbara’s Four Seasons Biltmore, I turned to my Labrador, Duncan, and said, “Road trip.” Here are some reasons you, too, should consider taking your dog to this world-famous hotel. 1. Duncan would tell you that the […]

My LA Road Trip Escape – Just A Few Hours North


Sometimes you just want to get in the car and drive with no destination in mind. I had a little business in San Louis Obispo, about 3 hours north of Los Angeles, so I decided to stop whenever the mood struck on my journey north. What I found is there are so many  spectacular must-see […]

Virgin America’s virgin run to Puerto Vallarta


By Tom Calicchio: San Francisco is the home base and headquarters for Virgin America and they launched their newest route to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico this month … and I was lucky enough to be aboard their inaugural flight! This is the third Mexican city for the carrier along with Cancun and Cabo. Initially, there will […]