From travel tips to itinerary ideas, we answer the questions: Where are the best places to eat? Where are the best places to stay? What are the exciting off the beaten track experiences for dining and destinations?

Manoir Hovey

Living Well in La Belle Province

Lounging under the stars in the percolating effervescence of a huge, heated thermal pool, we are protected from the elements by walls of natural rocks and boulders at Spa Eastman. There is wind and...
Rancho La Puerta

A Natural High at Rancho la Puerta

I may have made a terrible mistake. Walking briskly along the lantern lit path, I feel apprehension at the prospect of a four-mile mountain hike. It’s still dark and cold at 6:00 a.m. and...
Golden Door Spa

Get Out of the Winter Funk and Into One Of These Self Care Retreats

With freezing gusts of winter taking over for the past couple of months, it’s been tempting for me to regress into a depressed hibernation. This often leads to me being forgetful when it comes...
Yamagata Beef, Han No Daidokuro

Yamagata Beef at Han No Daidokoro in Tokyo

In the world of Wagyu there are so many brands worth sampling. Tokyo has them all. Restaurants specialize in sourcing the best. On a recent visit, I check off another major luxury brand from...
Ehime, Shikoku, Japan

Ehime, Where Fish Feed on Oranges and Chocolate

The sunset over Ehime is as orange as the profusion of mandarin oranges that grow there. Sunlight, direct and reflected off the sea, showers 18 different kinds of sweet and juicy fruit. As the...
Chicopee Tube Park, Waterloo

Winter Wonderland in Waterloo

Surviving winter is a calculation. Peel back the curtain, scratch the frost off the window, and peer out at the drab reality of two more months of this. The coffee percolates as I lean...

The Mystery of Magnetic Hill 

Gravity Road, Mystery Spot, Fool’s Hill. Over the years, this mysterious spot has garnered many names. All of which refer to the same bizarre natural phenomenon that is Magnetic Hill. Drive to the bottom of this...
JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

The Siren Call of the Sun

Winter has its charms, but they tend to fade after a blizzard or two, and those of us who have a low cold-weather tolerance yearn for the sun. Like moths to the flame, we...

Panama City: Between Continents and Oceans

"Move quietly. Take your time and watch the trees," whispered a guide at the compact Punta Culebra Nature Center off the Amador Causeway in Panama City. If I was lucky, I’d spot a shy...
Oak Bay, Victoria, British Columbia

Gulf Islands Adventure: Victoria

Only in Victoria, would there be a Feast Concierge. Karma Brophy leads us on a merry three hour tour of Oak Bay and its delightful gastronomy scene, one bite at a time. We taste...

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