A sailing escape in NYC…and Florida, and the BVI, and…

NYC sail

Today, on a dreary Thursday, on the Hudson River beside Tribeca, I joined the Offshore Sailing School for a quick two-hour sail. And it was great. The views were insane—with the top of the Freedom Tower lost to the clouds—and the air was salty and fresh(er). The school’s special edition 50th-anniversary sails snapped blue and red and white […]

Fort Lauderdale: Miami’s Fun Aunt

View from B Ocean Fort Lauderdale

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale Views, views and more views. The B Ocean Fort Lauderdale is aimed at large parties and families at a reasonable cost, but it doesn’t feel like it. The hip interior, well-appointed clean rooms and beachside location are ideal for couples, girls/guys getaways and families. Not only does it saddle up to miles […]

Top Five Urban Adventures in Toronto

Toronto -050

My first trip ever on an airplane was when I was six months old to meet my mom’s family in Toronto. Since then I’ve visited the city about once a year. It was my home away from home and I have fond memories of white Christmases during my childhood, seeing the Nutcracker, making snowmen, and […]

An Interview With John J Curtin, My Dad, The Cape Horner: His Journey Sailing Around South America

John Curtin sails around the Horn on a 50 foot sailboat.

I wanted to interview my dad, John Curtin about his 16,000 mile sailing excursion in 2002-2003 because even though it is almost ten years later, he still talks about this adventure as one of the best experiences of his life. There were still so many questions I wondered about, even after talking with him about […]

History cruises into San Pedro – The USS Iowa’s final stop

USS Iowa (66)

San Pedro, California has added to its historic appeal with the addition to its docks of the naval ship USS Iowa. The Iowa made its way through Los Angeles Harbor on Saturday, June 9th with a ship full of celebrants ranging from sailors who had served on board to dignitaries, military families, lots of media and […]

Visiting the Saguenay Fjord, Quebec: Where to Play and Stay

Saguenay Fjord - view from Parc National du Fjord

When we hear the word “fjord” most people think of Scandinavia or Norway. Few think of Canada. The Saguenay Fjord is a relatively unknown, unexplored region in Northern Quebec, with exception to tourists from the more urban areas of the province. With 2,130 known Fjords around the world, only 38 are 100 or more kilometers […]

Maine Sailing Adventure


Meandering along the jagged coast of Maine in a two-masted schooner is my idea of a great getaway. However, I was apprehensive about going in the autumn. In the end I decided to go for it, and I am glad I did! This was going to be my second time on the Mary Day. The […]

Twitter Cruise In The Bahamas


A few weeks ago I was invited to partake in the first-ever Twitter-only press trip. It was hosted by Princess Cruises and they invited ten fairly popular travel tweeters (@Galavanting,@Cajun_Mama, @CruiseCritic, @EveryWhereTrip, @ARoadRetraveled, @NancyDBrown, @ExpertCruiser, @BrilliantTips, @Trazzler) and their guests. I signed up not only because I’m all about the Internet and wanting to be […]