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Monthly Archives: September 2014

  • Five Pine Lodge & Spa: Sisters, Oregon

    Another pet friendly property that was brought to Susie’s attention is the Five Pine Lodge & Spa in Sisters, Oregon. Five Pine is also a Conference Center with room for varying sized meetings.

  • Spotlight on Venice in the Winter

    Join Collette on a new tour for 2015 named Spotlight on Venice in Winter that features a spectacular five-night stay in Venice during the best season to experience its culture and come to know its people – winter. This tour was designed for savvy travelers who want to experience the one-of-a-kind history, culture, and cuisine Venice has to offer, but with fewer tourists and more out-of-the-way surprises. Winter is a delightful time to visit the city.

  • Shh! If the Rhino Charges, We Climb a Tree – Hiking In Nepal

    Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal, offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Asia. The park, which is situated approximately 150km southwest of Kathmandu, is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Clouded Leopard, Striped Hyena, One-Horned Indian Rhino, wild boar, deer, monkey, Gharial (crocodile), over 450 species of birdlife and can all been seen in their natural habitat.

  • Backpacking the Lost Coast

    A few years ago, in mid-August, four friends and I set off down the beach from the mouth of the Mattole River. This short hike into the Northern California coastal wilderness offers plenty of stunning scenery, wildlife watching, and no crowds. Renown for its deep sand, disappearing trails, steep climbs, and isolation, the Lost Coast would not seem a likely choice for a lazy weekend. If you pack light, though, and bring some good hearty food, and don't hike too far, the Lost Coast makes a great trip, even for first time backpackers.

  • Spotlight on Paris

    Collette has introduced a new leisure-stay tour for 2015 named Spotlight on Paris that features a five-night stay in France’s lively capital city. Come to know this city famous for its world-renowned art, food, and fashion. Its rich history will astound you while its style dazzles. Spotlight on Paris was designed with the idea that travelers should experience the best of the best of Paris. With a delicious dinner at the Eiffel Tower, a city-centered hotel, and a champagne tasting, travelers are in for a luxurious tour.

  • Alassio – Riviera di Fiori, Italy

    I love the South of France, my favorite place on earth.But, just over the French/Italian border is another piece of Heaven. The Riviera of the Flowers – they grow in wild profusion and greenhouses all over the hillsides of this area. The flower stands are places of immense delight, just to stand and smell, and see God’s miracle of color and growth illuminate our lives.

  • Sailing the Rhine: Splendor in Motion

    If you know me, or travel with me, you know I have my mobile phone and/or small laptop with me at all times.   You never know when you might get that one, fabulous, life-changing call (or email).  OK, I know it’s a bad habit, and the opposite of what I tell my clients to do when vacationing.  Slow down, soak in the sights and sounds, and immerse yourself in the moment, I tell them.

  • Villas inside Disney Can Bring Magic to a Vacation

    A couple years ago my fiancée, my daughter, and his son and father all went to Disney World to celebrate our union together before our wedding.  I already had joined the Disney Vacation Club program, and went ahead to schedule a 2 bedroom villa.  Doug’s father could not walk long distances due to a heart issue, and being 80 years old, so we rented a scooter.  We also made sure that the villa was on the first floor.  My fiancée needed to use a CPAK for oxygen at night, so a comfortable place to sleep was key.  Finally, the kitchen was Wonderful, as we had special dietary needs.

  • Fontera Grill: Chicago, Illinois

    The year was 1987 when Rick and Deann Bayliss had traveled on a long stay in Mexico and when they returned decided to open a restaurant. They started hanging bright, colorful folk art and made a vibrant kitchen. They also cook fiery foods. They have made an effort to keep all of the beginning feeling to this day. They have been called the most popular Chicago restaurant for a long time. If you go to the website, the first thing you will see is the vibrant, fun colors!

  • Cycling with Critical Mass: San Francisco

    Pedaling around Civic Center Plaza, a carousel of exotic creatures rises and falls with the landscape. Reggae and rock music blares from speakers bungied onto rear racks. Bike bells ring, car horns complain, and onlookers hoot and holler and wave as over a thousand cyclists pass by. I turn into the plaza and stop to get a better look: there’s a guy in pink bikini bottoms, a guy with a long brown braid sticking straight out, a musical fish bike with cds for scales, and a lot of Pippi Longstocking socks. I’m in the middle of a Dr. Seuss bike parade. Its rush hour on the last Friday of the month in San Francisco, and this is Critical Mass.

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