Happy Meals: Upscale Dining at Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World may be a kid’s paradise, but the dining options extend far beyond chicken fingers and fries. Grown-ups looking for a little culinary indulgence can choose from a variety of upscale restaurants. Here are a handful of our favorites.

Article appears in West Jet Air’s in-flight magazine. Read full article here: Disney Eats-up-Oct copy

 

Beer City, USA

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Hidden in the mountains of western North Carolina, Asheville is famous for its scenic views, local artists and culinary creations. Its newest claim to fame is being named “Beer City, USA” by Examiner.com four years running. With more breweries per capita than any other city in the country, Asheville has become the craft-brewing center of the Southeast.

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My Favorite Luxury Spas

Spa at Travaasa Hana, Maui, HI

Spa at Travaasa Hana, Maui, HI

As a freelance travel writer, I’ve had the opportunity to experience quite a few luxury spas during my travels. In this article that appears in the January 2016 issue of Blend Radio & TV Magazine, I highlight my three all-time favorite luxury spas.  Read the story at: My Favorite Luxury Spas and listen to the radio interview at Big Blend Radio. (Scroll to the third one down on page.)

 

 

 

Seasonal Splendor at The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn is wrapped in luxury for the holidays.

The Omni Grove Park Inn is wrapped in luxury for the holidays.

Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains, this 100+ year- old, AAA Four-Diamond resort hotel is known for its elegance and southern charm. While every season is spectacular at the Omni Grove Park Inn, the winter holidays kick it up a notch with special events such as the National Gingerbread House Competition, delicious holiday dining, live music and festive decorations. Read entire article originally published in the November 2015 issue of Luxe Beat Magazine.

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Luxury and History at Quebec’s Auberge Saint-Antonine Hotel

Quebec’s Auberge Saint- Antonine Hotel

Quebec’s Auberge Saint- Antonine Hotel

Located on one of Quebec City’s richest archeological sites, the Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel literally sits atop centuries of history. This luxury hotel seeks to preserve history, provide luxurious accommodations and provide outstanding cuisine at its famous Panache Restaurant.

Check our full story from the November issue of Luxebeatmag.com.

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Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia

“Southern-Traveller Heads North” chronicles my recent trip to Maine, Nova Scotia, Quebec & Montreal. Today’s post continues with my third adventure in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia. Because of high seas and winds we were not able to dock in Sydney the previous day.)

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There’s so much to see on this tiny island of Nova Scotia that I had to make some difficult decisions since our time ashore was limited. Since I am a photographer, the ship’s shore excursions usually frustrate me because they only make one or two stops for photos. For that reason I arranged a tour with Tours by Locals, which I discovered is a worldwide network of independent local guides. (I highly recommend checking them out before your next trip–very reasonable prices also.) Continue reading

NC Woolly Worm Festival

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The 38th Woolly Worm Festival takes place Oct. 17-18 in Banner Elk, NC (Photo by Todd Bush).

The 38th Woolly Worm Festival takes place Oct. 17-18 in Banner Elk, NC (Photo by Todd Bush).

Thought you knew about most of the festivals in North Carolina? Bet you never heard of this one–the  Woolly Worm Festival in downtown Banner Elk, NC. During this festival the weather prognosticating skills of the woolly bear caterpillar take center stage. Continue reading