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Jai Mahal Palace, A Taj Hotel, Jaipur India

Because it is run by the venerable India-based Taj Group (93 hotels in 55 locations across India, and 16 others – including the Boston Taj and Taj Pierre in NYC – worldwide), the Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur holds bend-over-backwards service sacrosanct. As with other high-end hotel brands – Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton for example […] Read More

Hope Town Harbour Lodge: Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas

Set between gingerbread-trimmed buildings and translucent aquamarine sea, on an island too sparsely populated to merit even one traffic light, Hope Town Harbour Lodge is a delightful collection of historic buildings and charming cottages. The resort sits perched on a tiny hill in the village of Hope Town, on the northern tip of Elbow Cay, a narrow […] Read More

Choice Getaways in the Caribbean

The Farmers’ Almanac predicts record-breaking snowfall in the Northeast this winter with forecasters expecting a polar vertex. Here in Upstate New York, temperatures have dropped dramatically and we’ve already seen the first snow storms of the season. Conditions are ripe for a Caribbean getaway; here are seven great choices for an island destination vacation. Giveaway Alert […] Read More

Cabrera, Dominican Republic, the All-Inclusive Alternative

WHY GO: Not far from the popular beach town of Puerta Plata, there’s the much quieter and lesser known Cabrera, Dominican Republic. You won’t find manicured all-inclusive resorts here, but you will discover cliff divers, a blue lagoon, pristine and unpopulated beaches, and most welcome of all, small town hospitality. Things to Do in Cabrera […] Read More

5 Romantic Resorts for a Dominican Republic Destination Wedding

Imagine white lace, crisp linen, and your loved ones assembled in nature’s cathedral: a floor of white sand, looking out on translucent sapphire waters, with a canopy of lush tropical vegetation overhead. That dream can be yours at a Dominican Republic destination wedding. Carol Cain, founder of, explains why she chose to wed on […] Read More

Chicago in Five Days

WHY GO: Yes, yes, we’ve all heard the fearful statistics about crime and killings in the major Midwest city of Chicago, but having just visited I’m here to report that for the most part, those tragic events happen in specific areas where tourists don’t tend to go. The town has so much going for it […] Read More

Travel to Cuba Legally and Cheaply: What You Need to Know Now

It’s still easier than ever to travel to Cuba, even with revised restrictions in 2018. Already most U.S. citizen may visit under the educational activities license although significant restrictions apply. And now multiple U.S. airlines have been approved to schedule flights from twelve American cities to ten Cuban destinations. Here’s what you need to know to […] Read More

When An Arbitrary Incident On Photo Safari Leads to A Viral Video

Last December, this Maven’s family of four traveled to Botswana and Zimbabwe with good friends – another family of four – who have been sharing our sense of adventure and world-exploration for several years. We spent nine days on photo safari (documented here and here), from December 19-29, 2015 and returned with camera SD cards […] Read More

Douro Valley and Northern Portugal in Pictures

WHY GO: The Douro Valley in northern Portugal might not be on the mind of every wine-lover, but the way things are going, it soon will be. Home to some of the best Ports in the world (Dow’s 2007 Vintage Port, 100 Points, Wine Spectator Magazine), and a growing number of acclaimed Reds, the Douro […] Read More

Vidago Palace Hotel and Spa: Vidago Portugal

Drive up the elongated entryway to the deep coral-colored Vidago Palace, in Chaves Portugal and you can almost imagine King Carlos I, happy to escape the pressures of Lisbon and his royal duties in Sintra. But Carlos never had a chance to use Vidago as his northern getaway, as he was assassinated in 1908. And neither […] Read More

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