Viewing: Romantic Getaways

Z New York City Hotel, Long Island City NY

If I ever feel the need to hide out for a few days in a place with the ultimate New York City views right outside my window, this, the Z NYC Hotel in Long Island City, Queens NY, is where you’ll find me. Yes. I said Queens. From this perspective, I can gaze out on iconic Midtown Manhattan […] Read More

Narragansett RI in Winter

WHY GO: Those who believe that New England beach resort towns are dead in the wintertime must visit Narragansett RI – a popular Atlantic Ocean beach community – in the coldest months. For starters, January is the best month for surfing (who knew?), down-filled outerwear is made for brisk strolls on snow-covered sand, favorite restaurants […] Read More

The Break Hotel, Narragansett RI

This winter,  The Break Hotel in Narragansett RI is the perfect refuge for shell-shocked East Coasters who wish to unplug from the crazy campaign hoopla, unruly weather, and crowds. On a side street in a residential neighborhood a couple of blocks from the steely Atlantic Ocean, this beautifully designed 16-room boutique hotel is a respite […] Read More

Upper Bucks County, PA: Hammers, Bells, and Songs to Sing All Over This Land

WHY GO: New Hope and Doylestown seem to get all the glory in Bucks County PA, but there are other cool, praiseworthy spots in both the Upper and north-central regions. “Upper Bucks” is home to several very quirky attractions (hint: handbells and “ringing” rocks), and an inordinate number of antique covered bridges. You’ll be surprised […] Read More

Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

The Beresheet Hotel is truly heaven on earth. Set on the rim of the non-impact Ramon Crater in the Negev (mid-southern Israel), this is probably one of the most beautifully stark and surprisingly alive places in the world. I stayed here for two nights in February 2015, and wished it were longer. Look at these photos […] Read More

The Historical Romance of Quebec City

If ever a place looked like a movie set, it’s Quebec City in springtime. Pristine stone walls brightened by jewel-tone doors and kaleidoscope window boxes seem to have been plucked from a historical romance. Buildings don’t appear to have withstood a day in the elements, let alone hundreds of years. In reality, Quebec City was established in […] Read More

Love and Crepes In Mont Tremblant

When a Parisian vacation is not in the budget, consider a road trip to Quebec, Canada. Just a five-hour drive from Albany, NY along the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87,) Mont-Tremblant is well-known for its challenging ski runs and European-style village. Less well-known is that year-round it’s an ideal destination for couples seeking the romance of France, and its […] Read More

Beat the Empty Nest Blues at the Madonna Inn

I recognized a few of the pale-faced empty nesters huddled at the shallow beach entry of the Madonna Inn’s cerulean pool. Earlier that week I had seen them among the families lugging pillows and plastic crates during Moving In Day at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Now those shell-shocked eyes were […] Read More

Woods Hole MA: The Perfect Blend of Science, Stunning Seascapes and Succulent Cuisine

WHY GO: Smithsonian Magazine named Woods Hole MA one of the top ten Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014. A world center for Marine Biomedical and Environmental Science, Woods Hole MA draws island hoppers and brainy scientists to its almost-too-perfect-to-be-true fishing village environs. Research offices, labs and ships sprawl throughout this tiny section of […] Read More

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