Experience the Glow of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights

In its 28th season, the St. Augustine Nights of Lights is considered a ‘must see’ event for the holiday season. In fact, National Geographic named it one of the top ten holiday light displays in the world. With millions of white lights decorating the Nation’s Oldest City, the festivities take place every night between November 20, 2021 to January 31, 2022.  The Nights of […]

Explore Beautiful Berchtesgaden

There’s nothing quite like a Bavarian mountain getaway Once notorious as a 1930’s getaway for the Nazi elite, Berchtesgaden, Germany nowadays provides a captivating Alpine alternative to Banff or Aspen. The Bavarian mountain town of 8,000 lies less than three hours southeast of Munich by train, attracting aficionados of nature and history alike. For snow […]

Night at the Museum: Cleveland’s ‘A Christmas Story’ House

Want to spend Christmas reliving the classic holiday film ‘A Christmas Story?’ You could catch the 24-marathon of the movie on TBS or TNT on Christmas Eve. Better yet, pack your bags (and your pink bunny pajamas), head to Cleveland, Ohio, and stay overnight in the house featured in the iconic film. Here’s a peek […]

Santa’s North Pole: Not Fake News!

The rumors start earlier every year, now well before Thanksgiving, just like the ads for diamonds, drones, and dolls. I guess they are an improvement over the rumors and attack ads whenever we have an election, but these seemed just, well, mean-spirited. I was hearing it rumored that Santa wasn’t real, and the North Pole workshop was just an urban legend. Perhaps it was the Grinch and his boys, or Scrooge and his social media team. “Fake News!” they said. “BS” (as in Bushido Samurai) I said. […]

Welcoming the New Year Immersed in Snow

For 360 degrees it was a winter wonderland. It was like being in the middle of the Sierra with mountains as far as the eye could see. What a glorious way to welcome in the New Year; a snowshoe just outside of the Lake Tahoe Basin in Alpine County, California. While this is the state’s smallest […]

A Norman Rockwell Christmas in Rangeley, Maine

Some people prefer to spend the holiday season lying on a sun-drenched beach beneath the shadow of palm trees.  Others take to the seas on a cruise ship or check into a resort to gorge on food and festivities. Then there are those for whom nothing exemplifies the holidays as much as a tiny, snow-covered […]

Winter Wellness and Adventure in Costa Rica

Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before. Dalai Lama I took this advice and went someplace new, which was also a bucket list destination, Costa Rica. You’ve likely heard “Pura Vida” in relation to Costa Rica – it’s a way of life – and evident with just about everyone you meet.  I, for one, needed […]

Off the Beaten Path: Holiday Escapes in Puerto Rico

My SCUBA diver instructor Captain Cachi checks my gear one last time, and we start slowly descending into the waves of La Parguera Bay in Puerto Rico. This is my first dive ever, and I’m both thrilled and nervous. I have done the basic diving exercises a few dozen times while still on the boat: Learning how to […]

Movie lovers rejoice! The Academy Museum is now open in Los Angeles!

Discover everything you ever wanted to know about films here! After years in the making, the Academy of Motion Pictures has achieved the longtime dream of the movie industry of completing a 300,000 square-foot Museum Complex. While Los Angeles is already popular with tourism, this museum undoubtedly is destined to become a world-renowned tourist destination! An architectural masterpiece, it was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and is a must-see attraction that promises to be an exciting movie experience for all who […]