Events & Festivals

Taking in 9 Unusual Wine Experiences Throughout North America

Taking in 9 Unusual Wine Experiences Throughout North America

by Jessica Festa on Aug 29, 2014

Do you love wine but are tired of traditional wine tastings? Bored of dry crackers, stiff stools at wine bars and snobbish sommeliers? Spice up the way you experience wine with the world’s top unusual experiences centered around fermented grapes. ...

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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Over Labor Day

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Over Labor Day

by Susan McKee on Aug 29, 2014

Any plans to go to the West Coast over Labor Day Weekend? The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is August 29 through 31, 2014, with winemaker events county-wide. For three delicious, decadent days, you can experience, up close and personal, Sonoma’s full ...

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The Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival in Mid-September

The Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival in Mid-September

by Susan McKee on Aug 27, 2014

  The seventh annual Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival is set for September 19 through 21 in Dover and Wilmington, Vermont, and will include winemakers, distillers, brewers and food and craft artisans from all over the Green Mountain State. The long weekend ...

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Apple Butter Weekend in West Virginia

Apple Butter Weekend in West Virginia

by Susan McKee on Aug 26, 2014

  If your Labor Day Weekend driving plans take you near Parkersburg, West Virginia, you might want to detour to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. Not only ca you watch members of the Stillwell 4-H group, dressed in colonial-style attire, make apple ...

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Hit Australia in January for a (Second) Summer of Sport

Hit Australia in January for a (Second) Summer of Sport

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 20, 2014

With the FIFA World Cup underway and two major sporting events - the Tour de France and Wimbledon - set to kick off soon in the UK, Brits are in for an exciting sporting summer. However, if you just can’t ...

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North America

What You’ll Find at the Brooklyn Flea Market

What You'll Find at the Brooklyn Flea Market

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on Aug 29, 2014

  Recently during a move, I suggested we check out the Brooklyn Flea Market with the ...

Taking in 9 Unusual Wine Experiences Throughout North America

Taking in 9 Unusual Wine Experiences Throughout North America

by Jessica Festa on Aug 29, 2014

Do you love wine but are tired of traditional wine tastings? Bored of dry ...

Europe

The Mafia’s Control Of The Italian Food System

The Mafia’s Control Of The Italian Food System

by Jessica Festa on Aug 28, 2014

    ‘Leave the gun, take the cannoli’, the iconic quote from The Godfather reflecting the ...

I Think His Name Was Remi…

I Think His Name Was Remi...

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 17, 2014

Or it was something like that. He was nearly bald although i think on ...

Lodging

Soak up Luxury & Top Notch Service at Tokyo’s New Otani Hotel

Soak up Luxury & Top Notch Service at Tokyo's New Otani Hotel

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 16, 2014

In July, I had a unique opportunity to stay the incredible 5 star New Otani Hotel in Tokyo Japan, which is part of the Otani chain of hotels headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. New Otani Hotels operates 18 hotels in ...

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Five Star Luxury at Bali’s Grand Mirage Resort

Five Star Luxury at Bali's Grand Mirage Resort

by Robert Schrader on Aug 15, 2014

  The five-star Bali resort, Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali, is exquisitely situated on the beige powdery sand-beach pointing the azure Indian Ocean. It is renowned as a leading resort that delivers unbeatable all-inclusive experiences. Once you book the all-inclusive ...

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Long Island Summer Stay: The Garden City Hotel

Long Island Summer Stay: The Garden City Hotel

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 12, 2014

Unless you're familiar with greater New York, you may not necessarily think of beaches and summer fun when you think of Long Island New York. If you want to explore beaches in Long Island, but don't want to deal with ...

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The Marriott Westchester, a Stone’s Throw from Historic Hudson Valley

The Marriott Westchester, a Stone's Throw from Historic Hudson Valley

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 10, 2014

If you don't know Tarrytown New York, it's worth checking out next time you're in the New York City area. An hour or so north of the city near Elmsford New York lies quaint Tarrytown, which is oozing with history ...

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New York City’s Mansfield Hotel in the Big Apple

New York City's Mansfield Hotel in the Big Apple

by Cheryl Lock on Aug 09, 2014

  I recently met friends at The Mansfield Hotel bar (aptly named M Bar) in midtown (drinks here are expensive, but the atmosphere is laid back and subdued, which can be really nice (and hard to find) in the hubbub of midtown. ...

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Arts

What You’ll Find at the Brooklyn Flea Market

What You'll Find at the Brooklyn Flea Market

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on Aug 29, 2014

  Recently during a move, I suggested we check out the Brooklyn Flea Market with the ...

Preparing For Your Trip To Vietnam, From Culture to Food & Adventure

Preparing For Your Trip To Vietnam, From Culture to Food & Adventure

by Jessica Festa on Aug 29, 2014

Locals at a Vietnam market. Photo courtesy of Lucas Jans. Looking to travel to Vietnam? ...

Food/Wine

Taking in 9 Unusual Wine Experiences Throughout North America

Taking in 9 Unusual Wine Experiences Throughout North America

by Jessica Festa on Aug 29, 2014

Do you love wine but are tired of traditional wine tastings? Bored of dry ...

Preparing For Your Trip To Vietnam, From Culture to Food & Adventure

Preparing For Your Trip To Vietnam, From Culture to Food & Adventure

by Jessica Festa on Aug 29, 2014

Locals at a Vietnam market. Photo courtesy of Lucas Jans. Looking to travel to Vietnam? ...

Asia

Preparing For Your Trip To Vietnam, From Culture to Food & Adventure

Preparing For Your Trip To Vietnam, From Culture to Food & Adventure

by Jessica Festa on Aug 29, 2014

Locals at a Vietnam market. Photo courtesy of Lucas Jans. Looking to travel to Vietnam? ...

The Growth of Indian Culture, Trends & Style

The Growth of Indian Culture, Trends & Style

by Michael Tchong on Aug 27, 2014

  They’re everywhere on American television, to the surprise of their compatriots. People of Indian ...

Pacific

Hit Australia in January for a (Second) Summer of Sport

Hit Australia in January for a (Second) Summer of Sport

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 20, 2014

With the FIFA World Cup underway and two major sporting events - the Tour ...

Ballooning: Taking in “Down Under” From “Up Above”

Ballooning: Taking in Down Under From Up Above

by Sherry Ott on Aug 15, 2014

The first time I ever went up in a hot air balloon we had ...

Products

Stylish Yakima Bike Racks, a Step Beyond Robust & Functional

Stylish Yakima Bike Racks, a Step Beyond Robust & Functional

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 14, 2014

We discovered Yakima bike racks after several hours of fishing on the web and a couple of days of researching options for travelers. Since we're doing a lot of car travel in New England this summer, we thought we'd test ...

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Meet the Fun & Comfy Arcopédico Shoe Line, Ideal for Women Travelers

Meet the Fun & Comfy Arcopédico Shoe Line, Ideal for Women Travelers

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 11, 2014

I discovered Arcopédico recently and since I'm always on the look out for great clothing, bags, accessories, shoes and technology gear for travelers, the Arcopedico shoe line jumped out. In my research for comfortable travel shoes, I kept reading comments ...

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Ztylus So You Can Shoot Better SmartPhone Photos

Ztylus So You Can Shoot Better SmartPhone Photos

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 05, 2014

I just discovered the ZTYLUS, a nifty product that adds "photographic lens" value to your Samsung Galaxy and iPhone. Essentially, the fixture brings additional quality and options to your smartphone. Imagine a professional grade camera rolled into one sleek and ...

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iStick Gives a Huge Boost to Your iPhone & iPad Memory

iStick Gives a Huge Boost to Your iPhone & iPad Memory

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 02, 2014

Meet the ever so cool iStick, a new product I discovered at CE Week early this summer, that was funded through Kickstarter in May. Designed for both the iPhone and iPad, the iStick touts its claim as the world's first USB ...

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SCOTTEVEST Travel Jackets & Vests for Men & Women Boast Up to 24 Pockets

SCOTTEVEST Travel Jackets & Vests for Men & Women Boast Up to 24 Pockets

by Renee Blodgett on Jul 16, 2014

The SCOTTEVEST SeV Lola Jacket recently arrived on my doorstep, a very soft and and lightweight jacket with 17 pockets -- yes 17. It's a great option for women travelers who want something lightweight they can pack for colder travel ...

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South America

The All Things Culture Guide to Buenos Aires

The All Things Culture Guide to Buenos Aires

by Jessica Festa on Aug 25, 2014

Empanadas. Photo courtesy of Benjamin Thompson. Interested in visiting Buenos Aires, Argentina? I caught up ...

Meandering Through Brazil One Photo at a Time

Meandering Through Brazil One Photo at a Time

by Robert Schrader on Aug 08, 2014

The World Cup. Brazil. Don't they go together? “I hope they lose,” he said, ...

Central America

Eating Your Way Through the Jungles of Guatemala

Eating Your Way Through the Jungles of Guatemala

by Jessica Festa on Aug 21, 2014

Tikal. Photo courtesy of mtsrs. On a recent trip to Guatemala, I met a woman ...

Top 5 Things To Do & See in Costa Rica

Top 5 Things To Do & See in Costa Rica

by Mariellen Ward on Jul 19, 2014

Would you love to see crocodiles up close, in the wild? Or go horseback ...

Africa

Check Out This African Bucket List

Check Out This African Bucket List

by Francis Tapon on Aug 14, 2014

Three times the size of the United States, the continent of Africa is especially ...

Tips on What to Wear to Morocco as a Woman

Tips on What to Wear to Morocco as a Woman

by Harriet Constable on Aug 12, 2014

In the ancient lanes of Morocco kittens scramble over chicken bones while Berbers nonchalantly guard ...

Green

Aspen Ideas Festival 2014: Challenging Limitations

Aspen Ideas Festival 2014: Challenging Limitations

by Sam Perry on Jul 10, 2014

The 10th anniversary Aspen Ideas Festival, produced by the Aspen Institute in collaboration with ...

The Aspen IdeasFestival Turns 10

The Aspen IdeasFestival Turns 10

by Sam Perry on Jul 03, 2014

In keeping with the spirit of "WeBlogTheWorld" and having a global perspective, I flew ...

 

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The Winners of the 2014 Travel + Leisure Smitty Awards

The Winners of the 2014 Travel + Leisure Smitty Awards

by Renee Blodgett on Jul 13, 2014

This year's Travel + Leisure Smitty Awards recently announced their ...

Celebrating the Fourth of July Fireworks in the Bronx

Celebrating the Fourth of July Fireworks in the Bronx

by Renee Blodgett on Jul 05, 2014

There are firework celebrations and there are fireworks celebrations. If ...

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A Tribute To Our Matriarchs And Our Roots

A Tribute To Our Matriarchs And Our Roots

by Renee Blodgett on Feb 06, 2014

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