Dining in Auckland New Zealand

On a brief trip to Auckland, New Zealand, my husband and I dined at some of the city’s best restaurants, from casual to upscale. Not surprisingly, we discovered that dining in Auckland New Zealand can rival that of any major international city. The Sugar Club Since The Sugar Club is located on the 53rd floor […]

Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa: Review

Years ago, when it first opened, I stayed at the Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, VA. I wasn’t a fan, so I approached a recent visit with some trepidation. Not to worry! As the hotel has come into its own, everything about it has improved to become one of the better lodging options […]

Cascade The Restaurant: Review

If a friend had not told me about Cascade The Restaurant at Durham Springs, I would have never tried it. Without this recommendation, I would have missed out on the finest dining available in upper Bucks County, PA. Located in the country amid rolling hills, this restaurant offers innovative dishes that change weekly, perhaps even […]

Three Days in Auckland

Earlier this year, my husband and I spent three days in Auckland, New Zealand. If you think that’s too short, you’re right. The sprawling city by itself isn’t as interesting as Wellington; however, Auckland is a good jumping-off point to explore North Island. Most memorable: A day on the island Tiritiri Matangi Best Restaurant for […]

Dining in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Two and a half days in Alexandria, Virginia? For me, that’s about perfect, especially when it comes to dining in Old Town. Since the DC metro stops right at the end of King St., you can easily combine visits to both Alexandria and Washington. Below I’ve reviewed some of my favorite restaurants in Alexandria, VA. […]

Inaugural Alaskan Cruise for the Norwegian Joy

In early May, I took an Alaska cruise on the Norwegian Joy. My husband and I weren’t always cruise people. But when we decided several years ago to give it a try, we chose Norwegian Cruise Lines most because of its “freestyle dining.” We’ve been hooked ever since. Most Memorable: whale watching; cruising Glacier Bay […]

Wellington New Zealand

My husband and I traveled to Wellington New Zealand for spring break, which was, of course, the country’s early fall. We arrived exhausted but ready to explore. Most Memorable: Eating oysters and drinking champagne on the waterfront Best Food: Logan Brown Most Surprising: The intimate feel of the capitol city Most Disappointing: I wanted to […]

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