Category: USA

5 Big Island food festivals to look out for 2018

5 Big Island food festivals to look out for 2018

One of the best places for food and cultural festivals is the Big Island of Hawaii. The reasons are simple – the festivals really get the community behind them so it’s a big production, and after the festival or before, the Big Island has almost endless exploring and relaxing options. And, as Hawaii is trying […]

Short stay: Nestle Inn, Indianapolis, USA

Short stay: Nestle Inn, Indianapolis, USA

The Nestle Inn is a grand Victorian home off of the artsy shopping and dining hub, Massachusetts Avenue, in Downtown Indianapolis. It’s an iconic landmark in the area, and provides a truly customized stay different from mainstream hotels, while offering more conveniences than your average Inn or Bed and Breakfast. The welcome Lush landscaping and […]

Video of the week: Epic lava 'fire hose' in Hawaii

Video of the week: Epic lava ‘fire hose’ in Hawaii

This dramatic lava flow streamed out of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. Filmed by Kalapana Cultural Tours, it was temporarily extinguished by a cliff collapse but returned with a vengeance a few days later. The lava flow, named 61g, has captured the attention of geologists since it first appeared earlier this year.

Top 6 luxury lodgings around Lake Tahoe

Top 6 luxury lodgings around Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of my favourite places on the planet. And I’m not alone. Mark Twain author of Huckleberry Finn – wrote this about that view: “…at last the Lake burst upon us—a noble sheet of blue water lifted six thousand three hundred feet above the level of the sea… As it lay there […]

Top 5 luxury ranches in North America

Top 5 luxury ranches in North America

That is quite a bold claim and of course, it is subjective, but I think these are the best. They vary in size and facilities but they all offer exemplary service, excellent food, good riding and the wonderful chance to be the cowboy of one’s childhood dreams.  A ranch holiday is a wonderful thing as […]

Recipe of the week: Eggs Benedict

Recipe of the week: Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict was invented at Delmonico’s — America’s first restaurant — in the late 1860s by Chef Charles Ranhofer. The dish, which was named for a regular Delmonico’s patron at the time, Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, consists of warm toasted brioche rounds topped with proscuitto cotto, poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, and an elegant touch of Osetra […]

Photograph of the week: Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Photograph of the week: Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Chandler Borries says he has been to a lot of places around the world, but it’s hard to beat a Mississippi sunset. For him, this photo always brings back good memories of exploring the back bayous. It’s what sparked his adventurous lifestyle and the curiosity to see what else is out there. He took this […]

10 astounding roadtrip stops in Maine

10 astounding roadtrip stops in Maine

Maine; a place where coastal towns have been preserved in time, history oozes from every home or building, and the mountains meet the sea. Autumn boasts vibrant colors, apple picking and the benefit of catching sea excursions before everything closes up for the winter, making the season an optimal time to take a roadtrip through […]

The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival

The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival

Cigar smoking as a pastime is gaining popularity compared to five years ago. The reasons are simple – a pleasant experience generally with good friends in a relaxed atmosphere with an adult beverage. And, it is an activity that cigar smokers enjoy while traveling. With over 2200 in attendance, The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival held […]

Luxury experiences in California that are not to be missed

Luxury experiences in California that are not to be missed

California, home to the stars and to some of the best natural wonders, food and wine in the world as well. You can think of Hollywood, Yosemite National Park, the Redwoods and the wineries. But how best to see and better still experience these glories.  Here are some of my favourite ways to spend a […]

Top 5 sustainable hotels around the world

Top 5 sustainable hotels around the world

Travel sees a plethora of trends which come and go, but one that’s firmly here to stay is sustainable tourism. More than ever before, travellers are seeking hotels that are fully conscious of their impact on their surroundings. From guest experiences that protect local wildlife and celebrate indigenous culture, to ‘green’ operations or fostering ties […]

5 Colorado Springs luxury experiences you won't want to miss

5 Colorado Springs luxury experiences you won’t want to miss

Famous for Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs offers pleasing and plentiful attractions for all ages. With an elevation of about 6,000 ft (Pikes Peak is over 14,000), the city rests in the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Founded in 1870, Colorado Springs became a hot tourist destination famed […]

5 new luxury hotel openings in Philadelphia

5 new luxury hotel openings in Philadelphia

By 2018, the total hotel inventory in Philadelphia is expected to grow by 20% and the last 12 months have been busy for Philadelphia’s hotel scene, with the city welcoming a host of exciting new hotels including AKA University City, Best Western Plus Philadelphia Convention Center Hotel, The Study at University City and Aloft Philadelphia […]

California - a bucket list for the Golden State

California – a bucket list for the Golden State

California, my personal favourite destination in the USA, possibly offers the widest diversity of anywhere on the planet, let alone any other US State, both in terms of its geographical make up and its man-made attractions. Where else can you find warm beaches, stunning sunsets, huge mountain ranges, visit iconic cities, harvest great wines and […]

Top 10 tastes of Banner Elk

Top 10 tastes of Banner Elk

Banner Elk is situated in North Carolina, through the Appalachian Mountains, serving not only as a picturesque getaway, but as a culinary hot spot. Local cuisine, chef created delicacies and a vast selection of flavors have been infused into the small, quaint town, paving way for a shockingly robust culinary scene. Banner Elk Cafe With multiple […]

4 unique Big Island spa experiences

4 unique Big Island spa experiences

Nothing like a beach breeze and flowing palm trees to make you relax during a spa treatment. On the Big Island of Hawaii, there are four venues that are unique in their approach, and worth your time to get the ‘aaahhhh’ factor. As our explorations revealed, sometimes bigger is not better as some of the […]