Travel Website of the Week: Fest300


A couple of weeks ago I spoke at the TBEX conference in Dublin. One of the keynote speakers was Chip Conley (read his Travel Style here) who founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality and more recently, a new site called Fest300. Fest300 is a point-of-view site that brings the world’s 300 best festivals to life in […]

Switzerland: Europe’s Jewel Box

Not a good day for a snowman

Zurich – Switzerland’s alpine peaks glisten like a magnificent tiara on top of the European continent.On this tour I opened my treasure map to explore some of the gems lying within Europe’s little jewel box: culinary destinations, vineyards, luxury hotels, the pristine lakes, and the urban treasures of preserved medieval neighborhoods, galleries and traditional festivals. […]

Win Two Tickets to Switzerland on SWISS

New York to Zurich on SWISS 2013 -009

Don’t Let Winter Weather Böögg You Down The April 15th festival known as Sechseläuten (pronounced zecks-e-loyten) which takes place in Zurich, Switzerland heralds the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Tradition holds that an effigy representing winter, known as a Böögg, be burned. The longer it takes the Böögg to burn, the colder […]

Sechseläuten – A Zurich Festival to Welcome the Summer


There are many traditions that herald the end of winter and the warming of the weather. On Groundhog Day, if a hibernating rodent awakens and sees its shadow, there will be six more months of winter. The religious holidays of Passover and Easter coincide with the first full moon of spring. Shipyard workers in Annapolis, […]

Day Trippin’ Southern California Style – Festivals, History and the Ocean

Channel Islands off of Oxnard

Vacations are often aimed at large cities and when going to California most travelers head for Los Angeles, San Francisco or San Diego.  There are so many other aspects to the golden state that have great appeal and give a taste of what comprises California as seen from a small town view. Oxnard, California is an agriculturally-based coastal […]

Fall Events in North Carolina

Performers in Autumn at Oz

There is something magical about autumn in the southern states. The lush hills are a blaze of auburn, and the crisp air feels cleansing after the hot, sticky dog days of summer. North Carolina has dozens of festive events happening over the next several months that celebrate fall Here are just a handful of events […]

Quirky Cleveland: The Duct Tape Festival

Duct Tape Fesitval

If you’ve never realized how versatile duct tape is, I’m here to tell you… think again. Every Father’s Day Weekend, the suburb of Avon, Ohio hosts The Duct Tape Parade and Festival, a three-day event that celebrates duct tape and its many wacky uses. Parade floats, sculptures, fashion, and art exhibits are crafted almost entirely […]

Top 10 Family Fun Activities In Laguna Beach

Ben at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center

When my wife, Cindy, and I traveled to what is arguably California’s #1 romantic getaway, we took along our four-year old son Ben. Much to our delight, Laguna Beach also proved to be an incredible family vacation destination. Here are 10 of our favorite family activities: 1) Dana Wharf Whale Watching Cruise: Leaving from nearby Dana Point, this two-hour […]