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Southern California's Queen Mary Ship Turned Hotel Is Open for Business

The great cruise liner Queen Mary has faced many challenges since her keel was laid in 1930. Now she is part of a new effort to beat an unprecedented enemy as she helps the world get back to business. Here's a little more of her inspiring story.

The ship has been part of southern California's treasures since the city of…


Added by Page on May 16, 2020 at 4:00am — No Comments

Armchair Travel - A Safe 'Vacation' During Coronavirus Quarantine


Are you missing the unbridled freedom of travel during these long days of lock downs? So are we. But of course for
the common good we…


Added by Page on April 3, 2020 at 2:58am — No Comments

Cruise Food: Is It As Good As It’s Reputed to Be?

Absolutely! We have been cruising for decades in all manner of ships. One thing that has been consistently good throughout is the food. Yes, we have experienced an occasional disappointment along the way, but far too few to mention among the hundreds of wonderful meals we have enjoyed at sea.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so…


Added by Page on March 4, 2020 at 10:44am — No Comments

Discovering the Historic Hopkins Inn in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills

The scenic Litchfield Hills region, covering the corner of northwest Connecticut, is home to several historic inns and restaurants. One of the very best is the Hopkins Inn in the small, picture-postcard village of…


Added by Page on January 17, 2020 at 6:54am — No Comments

After 200 Years, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, Reaches Tourism Pinnacle

There’s a little village in the heart of the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains that has seen more than its share of booms and busts during the course of its 200-year history. We recently visited the charming town for a second time. This time during its annual autumnal celebration.



Added by Page on November 14, 2019 at 4:53pm — No Comments

The Oregon Coast's Heceta Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast

Who doesn't like a lighthouse? Artistic sentinels of the past and present that conjure up thoughts of tumultuous seas and shipwrecks along craggy coasts. For some, a lighthouse may bring visions of a peaceful life with the siren call of gulls and foghorns. Adventure to some, serenity to others. Who lived such a life and how did they live…


Added by Page on October 13, 2019 at 12:20pm — No Comments

The Oregon Coast's Magnificent Overleaf Lodge

Over the last several months we have written about some wonderful places to stay along the scenic California coast (for example, here,…


Added by Page on September 3, 2019 at 9:22am — No Comments

Ancient Ephesus: A Bucket-List Destination in Turkey


was a Greek city founded approximately 3,000 years ago in Asia Minor in what is now western Turkey, near a town called Selçuk. A visit here - often during a Mediterranean cruise port call at Kuşadasi - gives the imaginative global…


Added by Page on September 1, 2019 at 5:56pm — No Comments

A Five-Star Experience At the Hayfield Manor In Cork, Ireland

Hayfield Manor is an elegant boutique hotel near the city center of Cork. When you combine a spectacular attraction like Blarney Castle with an extraordinary hotel like Hayfield Manor, you have brewed up a "must do" itinerary while visiting the Emerald Isle.

"Leave the hectic pace of city life and enter the tranquil…


Added by Page on August 3, 2019 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Best Places to Stay Along the Northern California Coast: The Unrivaled Inn at Newport Ranch

The latest subject in our series of articles about luxuriously uncommon coastal lodgings in northern California is unique in many respects. This coastal cattle ranch covers 2,000 remote acres chock-full of forests and plains. It’s the perfect location for a wedding, corporate gathering, or a romantic getaway.

The property stretches…


Added by Page on July 10, 2019 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Excellent Reasons to Cruise Mexico's West Coast on Princess Cruises

It was a rainy winter at our home on the Oregon coast, so we decided to hunt for some sun and sand on the west coast of Mexico. There’s a lot of ways to get to the famous Mexican Riviera. We decided on a Princess cruise, and we are so glad we did. Our cruise consisted of ten wonderful days of relaxation – first aboard the Grand…


Added by Page on May 23, 2019 at 10:39am — No Comments

Benbow Historic Inn is a Comfortable Oaisis Amid Northern California's Redwoods


Wherever you decide to stay, a drive along the northern California coast is visually breathtaking, and if you find a comfortable inn to lay your head, so much the better. The Benbow Historic Inn is just such a place. It is also as interesting an auberge as you will find anywhere along the great and scenic Redwood…


Added by Page on April 3, 2019 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Princess Cruise Ships: What Makes Them Sparkle

We recently took a Princess cruise to the Mexican Riviera on the Grand Princess. This was our third sailing on the Grand since she was commissioned in 1998. You might wonder, after 20 years of service and tens of thousands of passengers, how does Princess keep her looking fresh and appealing to prospective…


Added by Page on February 25, 2019 at 5:30am — No Comments

Scopa at the Sea B&B Is a Northern California Coastal Gem

Lodging preferences are so personal. With the advent of the internet, travel magazine advertisements have given way to lodging websites and individual reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp. Of course, lodging websites are no more objective than print ads – which leaves us to depend on personal reviews to help us decide on the best places to stay.…


Added by Page on February 10, 2019 at 12:08am — No Comments

Christmas Greetings from a Castle in Connecticut

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At the turn of the 20th century, William Gillette was a renowned American actor and playwright. In 1914 he purchased a scenic 184-acre plot of land that overlooked the majestic Connecticut River in East Haddam, Connecticut.

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On a ridge at the site, Gillette constructed a…


Added by Page on December 23, 2018 at 5:30am — No Comments

Estate Living in County Wicklow, Ireland

Ireland is referred to as the Emerald Isle because of its seemingly endless expanses of verdant trees, deep woods, and rolling green hills. About an hour and a half south of Dublin, County Wicklow in turn is called the…


Added by Page on October 27, 2018 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Quebec's Impressive Nautical Attractions

Favoring all destinations that involve water, when visiting Quebec this summer we were drawn to Pointe-au-Pére - at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, 3½ hours north of Quebec City - with its  nautical attractions –  the Empress of Ireland Pavilion, Pointe-au-Pére Lighthouse, and the HMCS Onondaga, a Royal…


Added by Page on August 7, 2018 at 10:37am — No Comments

An Undersea Cayman Islands Adventure on the Atlantis Submarine

If you have never been in a submarine gliding silently and effortlessly along a coral wall teeming with marine life, you are in for a big treat. The US-Coast-Guard-approved Atlantis XI is a 65-foot long battery-powered submersible specially designed for underwater sightseeing adventures in tropical waters –– and where better than the Cayman…


Added by Page on May 27, 2018 at 8:02pm — No Comments

The Ancient Treasures of Bodrum, Turkey

Nowadays better known to many as the gateway to Aegean Sea resorts, Bodrum is also a fascinating ancient port city in southern Turkey, which we recently had the pleasure of touring. Its medieval castle and underwater museum are are just two of the many attractions we found to tell you about. But first, a captivating history.

In pre-Christian and…


Added by Page on April 7, 2018 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Running a Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast


There are certain jobs that some people dream about. One frequent fancy in a troubled world is being a lighthouse innkeeper, where one can enjoy the peace and serenity of the ocean and abundant sea life.

We wanted to see if the lifestyle of a lighthouse innkeeper might be in our future. We arranged for a visit to…


Added by Page on March 16, 2018 at 8:20pm — No Comments

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