Ephemeral Spring Whisper Lilac Cocktail Recipe

Ever since I was a child, the nighttime rains of May always meant one thing: dewy, luscious, lilac scented air come the dawn. I grew up in Lombard, Illinois: self-proclaimed Lilac Capitol of the [...]


Rome Walking Tours Through the Eternal City with under 36 Hours in Rome

The turbulence strikes just a few minutes before landing -African winds off the Tyhrenean Sea challenge even the largest of planes making their morning landings. Some deft maneuvering by the [...]


Italy Day Trips to Bagno Vignoni in Tuscany

A tiny hamlet in the center of the incomparably beautiful UNESCO heritage Orcia Valley, Bagno Vignoni is accessed  from Montepulciano by a small road that offers ridiculously gorgeous views of [...]

History, Wine and Adventure for all ages in Sonoma California

Sonoma, California is a historically significant town at the southern edge of the Sonoma Valley, a short drive north of San Francisco yet seemingly worlds away. It is the social and political [...]


The Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa: family friendly, budget aware and in the heart of wine country!

So you had a kid…. That is absolutely no reason to shun wine country. In fact, quite the opposite – Sonoma is incredibly family friendly, and we were thrilled to explore it! Let me [...]


Where to eat in Italy: a dining options guide for food lovers

Art, history, vineyards, hikes, tours, delightful wanders – all that exploring works up an appetite! One of the best parts of traveling through Italy is the variety of fabulous dining [...]


Where to eat in New Orleans – barely scratching the surface of the greatest food city in North America

New Orleans – birthplace of Oysters Rockefeller and Bananas Foster, home to gumbo, jambalaya and beignets – the names alone sing, and when the flavors land on your tongue – ooo [...]


New Orleans Mardi Gras for Kids – Family Style!

If you’re not from New Orleans, you may not realize that Mardi Gras is an entire season of festivities, and it’s incredibly kid friendly. I had heard that from NOLA natives for years – and [...]


Find a Family Hotel in Rome at Hotel Massimo d’Azeglio: unpretentious luxury in Italy

We landed in Rome after a 4 hour departure delay – tired, hungry, jet lagged, one over-packed mom toting a toddler, a suitcase, a backpack and a traveling crib. Stepping off the crowded [...]


Montepulciano with kids: the heart of wine country, toddler approved

The bells peal softly each morning, echoing across ancient hills – dawn blue sky, the birds circling the forests and fields in the valley below. As the sun crests the far Appenine [...]