Hidden Treasures in the Black Hills

When we planned a trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota, I was not eagerly anticipating it. It turned out to be a fantastic place to vacation with excellent shopping (my thing!), awe-inspiring monuments, and incredibly nature. Read all about the great things to do in my piece for GoGirlfriend.

Guest Post: New Mexico Travel

Please welcome my friend Donna Hull, who blogs at My Itchy Travel Feet and has just published an ebook called New Mexico Backroads Adventure. I eagerly bought and read this ebook since we’ve been to NM and plan to go again. It’s the perfect little guide for a weekend trip and Donna tells you where to … Read more

The Gluten-Free Guide to Travel

Today I’m announcing the publication of my Kindle book, The Gluten-Free Guide to Travel. To the point (28 pp) and nicely priced, this is a complete guide to traveling on a gluten-free diet, whether you are celiac, gluten intolerant, or simply choose not to eat gluten. Based on my travels in the US and abroad, … Read more

Hotel Review: Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda

I’m a little stunned to return from our stay at the Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda and discover there is no daily free breakfast, afternoon tea, appetizer, and dessert being set out for me at home. There’s no private concierge down the hall. No heated outdoor pool and restaurant on the water just down the hill. … Read more

Overrated Travel Destinations

I recently stumbled on this quick little online piece about the 10 Most Disappointing Travel Destinations.  I started to write a Facebook post about it but realized I had far too much to say. First, I agree that some destinations are overrated, but travel is always what you make of it.  I think that when … Read more

7 Reasons to Love St. Thomas, USVI

My daughter and I recently enjoyed a girls’ getaway to St. Thomas and after years of traveling to the Caribbean for spring breaks, it wins my favorite island award. Here are 7 reasons why you should consider St. Thomas for your next spring getaway. 1. Comfortably Foreign. While I love the Caribbean, you usually are … Read more

Hotel Review: Marriott Frenchman’s Reef St. Thomas

A trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands seemed like just the thing to thaw my daughter and me from the polar vortex, so a girl’s getaway was in order. In researching hotels, I soon realized there weren’t a lot of options on this tiny island. The Ritz is the most expensive and the next step … Read more

The Rock of Cashel and a Night of Irish Music and Dance

Today is the fifth post in my five part series about Ireland, leading up to St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  A week about Ireland wouldn’t be complete without mention of Irish music and dance.  My daughter grew up watching videos of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, so we certainly couldn’t go to Ireland without seeing … Read more

The Magic of Kilkenny

By this point in my week-long series about Ireland, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, you’re getting the hint that I loved Ireland. I certainly did. Ireland has almost everything I look for in a vacation spot: good food, friendly people, stunning scenery, lots of things to see and do, and of course, excellent shopping. … Read more

The Best View in Ireland

I recently posted about Adare, called the prettiest town in Ireland. My assessment didn’t quite match the moniker. However, to offset that disappointment, we were lucky enough to stay someplace that had the most beautiful view we came across.  If you go to Ireland, you will be told that you must “do” the Ring of … Read more