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 […]

Travel App of the Week: Vivino

Vivino

Do you love wine—especially when you travel? Then check out Vivino, which is billed as “the number #1 wine app” in the world with over five million downloads. The app came out of Copenhagen in 2010, and now offers users a way to track, discover and share their wine experiences. The most useful function: You […]

A Modern Twist on Napa

HALL Visitor Center

When Napa comes into conversation, hyper-modern isn’t usually an automatic response. Rolling vineyards, cozy bed-and-breakfast inns and intimate wine tastings are the typical images that come to mind first. The Hall family has a deep legacy and presence in Napa, California, and their latest venture is a leap into the contemporary. They’ve designed and built the HALL Visitor […]

Travel Video of the Week: How to Open a Bottle of Wine without a Corkscrew

Wine

Mirabeau—a family-run vineyard operating out of Provence, France—released this video on their website recently in which owner Stephen demonstrates how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. The video now has more than five million views, and after watching it, you too can join look like MacGyver if you’re ever stuck with wine and no […]

Not Your Grandma’s Bus Tour of Italy, with Insight Vacations

View from Rialto Bridge, Venice

I was scared. Visions of blue-haired, khaki clam-digger-clad grandmas and black-socks-in-sandals-wearing grandpas blasted through my head as I boarded my Delta flight to Rome from Los Angeles. What was I thinking saying yes to a freakin’ bus tour? Over the course of my life as a traveler, whenever I’ve heard the term “tour,” shivers have run […]

Not Your Grandma’s Bus Tour of Italy, Day VII

Flooded St. Mark's Square

This is the seventh and final installment in a seven-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Italy with Insight Vacations. Head back to the series home page for the full Italy experience—or jump straight over to Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 or Day 6 of the tour. DAY 7 More Venice (we arrived on Day […]

Not Your Grandma’s Bus Tour of Italy, Day VI

Ferarri Museum in Modena, Italy

This is the sixth installment in a seven-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Italy with Insight Vacations. Head back to the series home page for the full Italy experience—or jump straight over to Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 or Day 7 of the tour. DAY 6 Ferarri Museum On the way to Venice, we […]

Not Your Grandma’s Bus Tour of Italy, Day V

Panoramic from top of garden staircase San Gimignano

This is the fifth installment in a seven-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Italy with Insight Vacations. Head back to the series home page for the full Italy experience—or jump straight over to Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 6 or Day 7 of the tour. DAY 5 San Gimignano On the second day at the villa […]