Walla Walla, WA, Pt. 2: Where to drink wine

L'Ecole No 41

Walla Walla, WA is emerging (and now has a Courtyard Marriott). That much was covered in the first part of this series. But once you’ve unpacked and refreshed at the Courtyard Walla Walla, you’re officially on the wine-tasting clock. The rolling earth of Walla Walla, USA Today wine mecca, is cut unevenly into more than 160 wineries, all of which […]

Walla Walla, WA, Pt. 1: A hidden gem emerging (now with a Courtyard Marriott)

1000th Courtyard Marriott celebration

The call of the American west was for a time our country’s dominant narrative. Grand opportunities awaited, stretched across big country and vast landscapes—grand, big, vast—and in 2015, the impressive scale that made the west remains—in the Rockies, in the plains, in the rest. Walla Walla, Washington, a town within a county sitting flush with the Oregon border, is in its […]

10 things to do in historic Koblenz, Germany

Koblenz Christmas Market

Historic Koblenz, Germany is a treasure for the historian, the wine connoisseur and the nature lover. Koblenz lies where the west flowing Mosel River meets the Rhine River, which flows north. It’s surrounded by three low mountain ranges: the Hunsrück, the Eifel and the Westerwald. The name Koblenz comes from the Roman Confluentes, which is Latin for confluence, or “where […]

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


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


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 […]