delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:18:06 +0000 Wine Talk: When in Beaune Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:38:05 +0000 By Robert Whitley Creators Syndicate The center of the village, around Place Carnot, is lined with shops pedaling gourmet food products, as well as the latest fashions from Paris, a couple of hours to the north.
From early spring through the annual Hospices de Beaune wine auction in late November, the cobblestone streets are clogged with [...]]]>
Dining with royalty: Choosing character breakfasts in Disney World Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:03:03 +0000 By Danielle Braff More Content Now Taste of Travel: Escape to Marco Island Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:59:58 +0000 By Charlene Peters More Content Now So, what does a winter-worn traveler do upon arrival? First, take a walk on the white sand beach and dip my toes in the ocean. And then take a nap on the balcony lounge chair overlooking the same water scene for [...]]]> Travel and Adventure: Cruising on the Mekong Explorer Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:58:50 +0000 By Sandra Scott Creators Syndicate I boarded [...]]]> Travel and Adventure: Good times, good deed at Arbor Day Farm Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:04:58 +0000 Creators Syndicate
It's too bad the Disney parks have laid claim to the phrase "happiest place on Earth" because I would make the argument that the title rightfully belongs to Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Neb.
This is where the Arbor Day commemoration took root, and it's also where those tiny trees in plastic tubes come from when people make donations to the cause of reforestation — the Arbor Day Foundation's No. 1 goal. There's a cheerful, wholesome feeling [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Historic villages, scrumptious seafood in Norway Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:40:17 +0000 By Priscilla Lister Creators Syndicate Travel and Adventure: Summer ball season opens in Vienna Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:22:33 +0000 Creators Syndicate
Late June is the start of the summer ball season in Vienna — not soccer, basketball, football or volleyball, but the country's national pastime, waltzing. When I was there the Vienna Boys Choir and the country's top opera tenor, Michael Schade, sang the opening introduction. Among the dignitaries who were present was Dr. Heinz Fischer, president of Austria.
Hundreds of young debutantes dressed in white gowns with red sashes and their escorts in [...]]]>
Taste of Travel: Something about The Surrey Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:22:37 +0000 By Charlene Peters More Content Now Dr. Jeff Hersh: Precautionary advice for travelers Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:39:22 +0000 By Dr. Jeff Hersh More Content Now A: Many things can be done to help ensure a traveler's health and safety. See your healthcare provider (HCP) well before your planned departure date.
Get evaluated to be sure you are in good enough health for your trip.
Your measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP), chicken pox, polio, flu and any other routine vaccinations your HCP recommends should be up to date.
Travel and Adventure: Want to know a secret? Canmore, Alberta Sun, 09 Mar 2014 23:20:52 +0000 By Jim Farber Creators Syndicate The fact is that there's [...]]]> Travel and Adventure: On safari in Hawaii Sun, 09 Mar 2014 23:10:56 +0000 Creators Syndicate
The Un-Cruise's Safari Explorer is for people like me who never had the urge to go on a cruise ship that resembles a huge floating resort village.
On my first trip to Hawaii I wanted to see as many of the islands as possible with a focus on the wildlife and culture. While I was searching for ways to do that, I happened on the website for Un-Cruise, which travels from the Big Island to Maui to Lanai and ends on Molokai with a variety of ocean [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Old Town Mazatlan has a lively pulse Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:54:53 +0000 Creators Syndicate
A lot has changed since my parents visited Mazatlan many years ago. In the 1990s it was known for the row of beach hotels in the Golden Zone and big-game fishing. There are fewer fish now due to overfishing, but travelers who desire an ocean voyage can go whale-watching. Whales pass by the coast of Mazatlan beginning in mid-December and ending in April.
About 15 years ago the folks in Mazatlan — or Mazatlecos, as they refer to themselves — [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Losing sight in Cancun with a Sense Adventure Tour Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:46:33 +0000 Creators Syndicate
When I was first blindfolded, I felt disoriented and out of control. But our Mayan guide propelled me back into the moment by explaining that when our sight — our main sense in relating to the world around us — is cut off, the other senses are expanded. Thus began our Sense Adventure Tour, part of a larger eco-oriented nature park and sustainable tourism program at the Hacienda Tres Rios Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
As part of this tour I [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Un-Cruise Adventures takes passengers on voyage through history Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:38:08 +0000 Creators Syndicate
If sailing through U.S. history sounds appealing, check out the latest offering from Un-Cruise Adventures — weeklong voyages along the Columbia and Snake rivers. Un-Cruise, which is best known for trips to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico's Sea of Cortez, has inaugurated voyages based in Portland, Ore., that blend river sailings with stops for hiking, city exploring and museum-going. They are designed for travelers who want to explore and become engrossed in [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Why take a cruise? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:29:36 +0000 Creators Syndicate
I love cruises. I have cruised the Arctic Circle, the Australian Gold Coast, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean and even crossed the Atlantic twice. My shortest cruise was five days (Greek Isles), the longest 27 nights — a Celebrity cruise from San Diego through the Panama Canal that ended in England.
And I have friends who would love to cruise if only they could talk their spouses into it. Some reluctant ones think they'd be bored floating on [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Learn about Malibu through its historic homes Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:14:50 +0000 Creators Syndicate
The mention of the name Malibu conjures up visions of the wealthy and famous, of a gated enclave where anyone without a Hollywood pedigree need not apply. But the happy surprise is that the area has a colorful history and much to offer anyone who makes time to seek it out.
I made this discovery quite by accident. While I was driving down the Pacific Coast Highway during a recent visit to Los Angeles, I saw the small sign that marked the entrance to [...]]]>
Taste of Travel: A dip in ‘Dushi’ Aruba Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:36:56 +0000 By Charlene Peters More Content Now By 9 a.m. my senses are sharp and I'm ready to select an aromatherapy that resonates with my mood: Mandara, Tranquility, Harmony and Island Spice are my options. The Bali-inspired Mandara scent beckons, and I accept it as my aromatherapy oil that pairs well with [...]]]> Travel and Adventure: Make a pig of yourself at the Bacon and Barrels Festival Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:01:09 +0000 By John Blanchette Creators Syndicate I couldn't wait to start "pigging out" in this wine country town where Santa Maria tri-tip barbecue sandwiches cooked at roadside stands in special wood-burning rigs are the best-known [...]]]> Travel and Adventure: Taking the waters at Ojo Caliente Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:49:40 +0000 By Jim Farber Creators Syndicate Now in its 145th year [...]]]> Taste of Travel: Santa Cruz: A paradox of eternal spring and surf Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:54:06 +0000 By Charlene Peters More Content Now