A day at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

A day at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to stop by Epcot during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Much like the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival held each year in the fall, the Flower & Garden Festival gives guests a chance to wander around the World Showcase enjoying tastes, sips, sights and events that are exclusive to the festival. Having visited Walt Disney World–and more specifically, Epcot–several times during special events … Continue reading A day at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Paso Robles dining :: 5 must-try menu items

Special thanks to TravelPaso for hosting our stay and dining experiences. During our recent visit to Paso Robles, we had the opportunity to dine at some of the area’s best restaurants–from fast casual to gourmet–and I’m here today to share an inside glimpse at Paso’s culinary scene. But rather than wax poetic about every last detail, I’m instead opting to share my picks for the five menu items you’ve simply got to try the next time … Continue reading Paso Robles dining :: 5 must-try menu items

Sonoita, Arizona wine trail :: tips from a frequent visitor

Sonoita, Arizona wine trail :: tips from a frequent visitor

Visitors to southeast Arizona can count on us for two things: plentiful sunshine and really, really good authentic Mexican food. It may come as a surprise, then, that we can also boast being home to several wineries that produce award-winning wines. Arizona’s only official American Viticulture Area is located about an hour south and east of Tucson in what would otherwise be strictly a ranch town. The Sonoita/Elgin area is home to ten tasting rooms–some … Continue reading Sonoita, Arizona wine trail :: tips from a frequent visitor

Weekend getaway :: Paso Robles

Best bets for dining, accommodations & activities in Paso Robles

Special thanks to TravelPaso for hosting our Paso Robles getaway, including accommodations, dining and activities. All opinions shared here reflect my genuine experience. There are certain destinations that every traveler must visit at least once. For instance, is there anybody who argues that sooner than later you’ve simply got to try a hot dog on the streets of New York? Or drink champagne under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel tower? These are the cities expected … Continue reading Weekend getaway :: Paso Robles

10 Best U.S. family vacation destinations

I have a thing for travel.  So much so that a significant portion of my free time is spent researching various travel destinations and dreaming up itineraries.  So that my time spent travel planning isn’t entirely wasted, I thought I’d put together a post with my top ten picks for domestic family travel destinations.  I’ve had the pleasure of visiting several of these spots, but I’m also including a few places that are still on … Continue reading 10 Best U.S. family vacation destinations

European Travel :: tips for teens

The moment a teen discovers that he or she is going to Europe, I suspect there come dreams of basking in the sun on one of Spain’s beaches or strolling along the streets of Paris.  The logistics of European travel are easy to overlook.  It is, after all, much more fun to concentrate on the dreamy stuff.  Not to worry–I’m here to help with a list of tips to ensure that the trip goes off … Continue reading European Travel :: tips for teens

Five things you must experience in London

Just over four months from now, Torri and I will be embarking on a mother/daughter trip across the pond in celebration of her high school graduation.  We’re both beside ourselves with excitement; the itinerary for our trip is chock-full of life list must dos.  Given the catalog of Adventures by Disney trips to choose from, Torri settled on the Cities of Knights and Lights itinerary with very little indecision.  Because Adventures by Disney has already … Continue reading Five things you must experience in London

Family Travel: Disney Cruise to Alaska

Our family set sail to Alaska aboard the beautiful Disney Wonder on their inaugural cruise from Seattle.  Our seven-night voyage called on three Alaskan ports: Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  I’ve already given you some ideas for cute outfits for an Alaskan cruise.  And I told you about our cruise pre-stay in Seattle.  Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing the details of our cruise and excursions through sporadic posts.  This post, in particular, … Continue reading Family Travel: Disney Cruise to Alaska