In Living Color

Fall is the best season of the year. The kiddos pack their lunch boxes and head back to school, the scorching summer heat dwindles into a cool breeze and — my favorite part — the sky fills with trees that emulate flames, painted with bold reds, warm oranges and friendly yellows. Before the bitter temperatures and fresh blanket of snow take hold, lace up your walking boots and head out to one of these deciduous tree laden destinations that will take your breath away. I bet you can already hear the leaves crunching beneath your feet!

1 .Vermont

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Vermont and fall foliage go hand-in-hand. The state’s old time charm paired with views of the Green Mountains is unbeatable during the short-lived transition from summer to winter. Route 100, which winds north to south through the state, is a popular choice of transportation for travelers who prefer to take it all in from the comfort of their cars.

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Long Island Uncorked: Part 2

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As a devoted “oenophile,” one thing that piqued my interest was the fact that Long Island’s wine country was named one of the “Top Ten Wine Regions in the World” by Wine Enthusiast in 2013, and has become a well-respected wine region that has blossomed from one small vineyard to more than three-dozen world-class wineries over the past four decades.

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It’s All German to Me

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As Americans, we are proud of our ethnic diversity, culture and origin. When it comes to our love of food, we can thank Germany for doughnuts, gingerbread, bratwurst, pretzels, sauerkraut and beer. Is your mouth watering yet?

Well, what would you say if there was a place where you could savor all of the above delicacies, while experiencing Bavarian culture and German hospitality? Then we have some good news for you: Oktoberfest 2014 in Munich, Germany is right around the corner.

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Long Island Uncorked: Part 1

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One of my favorite places to visit is New York City — Broadway shows, Times Square, Central Park and some of the best food on the planet. There’s so much to see, smell and consume I can barely think about leaving the city, but my love of wine drives me to do the unthinkable — rent a car and drive in NYC. Read more »

Come play in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica, often referred to as the “Switzerland of Central America” due to its breathtaking panoramic views, is nestled in the heart of wondrous Central America. Although small, Central America’s size (equal to that of Texas) is no deterrent to the flourishing of unique cultures and access to tumultuous landscapes, or hindrance upon your list of must-do activities.

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Pick Your Paradise Sweepstakes

Pick your Paradise Sweepstakes

When it comes to travel planning, do you tend to be a procrastinator or are you more of a planner? The planners out there know the advantages of early booking which include getting the best deals, the best choices in accommodations, extra time to research your destination, but most of all, the excitement of knowing you have a vacation coming up!  All those benefits paired with dreamy destinations like Jamaica, Hawaii, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica (just to name a few), and you have all the elements of our Early Booking Sale.

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The Soul of the Caribbean

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Globetrotters from around the world travel to the Caribbean in search of a breathtaking island retreat. Although the landscape is marvelous, amidst friendly faces, lively music, colorful cuisine, and unforgettable architecture, it’s easy to fall in love with Caribbean culture. The unique personality of each island is a result of the area’s exotic setting and rich history, influenced by African tradition, a splash of Native American settlement and, of course, colonial acquisition.

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A Perfect Week in Paradise at the Azul Beach Hotel

 

When it was time to plan our family vacation, Mexico was at the top of our list of destinations to visit and we chose to stay at the luxurious Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma in beautiful Riviera Maya. A variety of in-flight options made flying into Cancun easy with two small children and (bonus!) the hotel is just 20 minutes from the Cancun airport.

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Spa Getaways for Everyone

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Are you in the mood to be pampered? Maybe you’re in need of a romantic getaway with a loved one or a refreshing family vacation.  Indulge yourself at one of a handful of prestigious and world-renowned spa resorts to enjoy a dose of royal treatment.

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Top 3 Breweries in Australia

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I’m back! Here’s part 2 of my best pics for Australia.  Everyone knows Australia has terrific wines and Victoria boasts five wine regions — Rutherglen, Beechworth, Alpine Valleys, King Valley and Glenrowan — all reflecting a distinct quality and complexity of superb wines.

What you may not know however, is that Victoria has a great microbrewery scene. Here are my top three choices for some of the best handcrafted ales and beers:

 

 

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