Travel

Grapes, Giggles, and Girlfriends: The Perfect Getaway in Napa Valley

Book clubs, cooking clubs, bunco, bridge…what is the unifying theme to most women’s gatherings? Wine! If you can add in the opportunity to do lots of talking, while sipping wine, in beautiful surroundings—even better. So when a group of girlfriends and I decided to look for a getaway destination, Napa Valley was an ideal choice. […]

On cruises, the journey is the destination

Traveling by sea has come a long way. For many, the idea of being stuck on a boat for several days was far from appealing. The attractions and activities on today’s cruise lines, however, have turned ocean voyages into resort vacations in transit. Where ship passengers once passed the time playing cards in stuffy cabins, they now enjoy the excitement of table games and slots at onboard casinos. Taking in beautiful ocean views remains a favorite activity, but now you can do so from the top of a rock-climbing wall. From shopping and relaxation to thrills and Vegas-style entertainment, the range of activities on some cruise ships is borderline ridiculous.

The final sprint: Top 5 hotels for the Chicago Marathon

On Oct. 9, I’ll be running the 2011 Chicago Marathon — that’s just four weeks away, but whose counting? I’ve trained, woke up bleary-eyed to run in the dark, iced ‘till my skin was numb and stretched, even while reading to my kids. I’m a native Chicagoan who has run and volunteered for this race before, so I know the 29-neighborhood course like the back of my hand. I am ready. Heck, I’ve even done the one thing I seem to forget year after year: made a hotel reservation.

8 Perks of Staying at a Vacation Rental

If you want to experience unparalleled comfort anywhere in the world, then rent a vacation home! With extra space, privacy, and amenities, it’s by far the smartest way to travel.  What better way to spend your vacation than relaxing in the comforts of your own home? Stay in a quaint cottage in the mountains, a […]

Tips for a Great Amalfi Coast Honeymoon

By Lisa Fantino What makes the perfect honeymoon is as individual as the two people who have just professed never-ending love to each other in matrimony. Perhaps it was a trek up Everest that first drew you together or a passion for fly-fishing (hey, it happens!).  The point is that passion happens to each of […]