Holiday lights and a quick stay at southern California’s Dana Point

IlluminOcean holiday lights at Dana Point Harbor

Well, I’m totally in the Christmas spirit after seeing a fabulous holiday lights display in Orange County, California! It’s the first year of Dana Point Harbor’s IlluminOcean installation, which features 22 ocean-themed light creations. The lights began on November 26, 2014 and you can still see them through January 4, 2015 every evening starting at 5 pm. When? IlluminOcean […]

Modern-day Macau: A vibrant mix of Portuguese & Chinese cultures

Looking out from St. Francis Xavier Chapel

Thanks to its past, Macau has a unique blend of cultures and entertainment options alive here for travelers of all types. Modern-day Macau is much more than just gambling. There’s rich heritage to explore walking through old Chinese neighborhoods, and ancient ruins, temples, museums and art to see. The cuisine is to die for—Macanese, Portuguese and Chinese. […]

3 Up-and-Coming Virginia Wineries

Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

October was Virginia Wine Month! If I haven’t professed my love for Virginia enough with my last post on Norfolk and its rich and diverse downtown, let me continue with my top three picks for up-and-coming wineries in Virginia. I had the great pleasure of attending the 27th Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival in Norfolk on October […]

A look at Radisson, Part 3 — Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview, Niagara Falls

Elements on the Falls lunch view

This is part 3 of Caitlin Martin’s three-part look at three Radisson hotels. Check out the intro here, part 1 here and part 2 here. Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview (6733 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, Ontario; 905-356-1944) happens to hold great value for travelers who want a panoramic view of Niagara Falls from their room without a crazy price tag. […]

A look at Radisson, Part 2 — Radisson at Cross Keys, Baltimore (+ 5 can’t-miss Baltimore experiences)

This is part 2 of Caitlin Martin’s three-part look at three Radisson hotels. Check out the intro here, part 1 here and part 3 here. Radisson at Cross Keys, Baltimore (5100 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD; 410-532-6900) is nestled in a gated community in 72-acre Roland Park. It feels like a remote getaway surrounded by the beautiful park but it’s […]

A three-part look at Radisson—and their millennial approach

Lobby of Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront

The trend of hotels catering to millennial travelers continues to bring fresh-looking hotel lobbies and smart, functional rooms with a local flare across hotel brands. I recently spoke with Javier Rosenberg, Chief Operating Officer, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Americas, who discussed Radisson’s new brand refresh. Rosenberg pointed out an interesting way of looking at the […]

5 Reasons to Visit the Turkish Riviera

Overlooking the ancient city of Ephesus from the Terrace Houses and in the left corner you can see the Library of Celsus which once held 12,000 scrolls

This is part 3 in Caitlin Martin’s recap of her 7-day Aegean adventure with Louis Cruises. Read part one on Greece here and part two on Louis Cruises here. Turkey, a peninsula surrounded by turquoise seas and a country rich in history, is a truly unique destination full of vibrancy. Besides history and beauty, your […]

10 Greece Moments to Live For

The port of Ios

This is part 1 in Caitlin Martin’s recap of her 7-day Aegean adventure with Louis Cruises. Check out part 2 here and part 3 here. From ancient history to beaches with brightly colored tavernas at water’s edge and whitewashed houses, it’s easy to see why Greece tops bucket lists ‘round the world. A cuisine with more feta cheese, […]