FINDING COLOMBIA

FINDING COLOMBIA

Written & Photographed by Lisa Whalen Though Colombia was not at the top of my incredibly long list of places to visit, an invitation to the wedding of close friends presented a wonderful opportunity for my husband and me to discover this exciting and beautiful country. Because Colombia was not a destination I had previously planned on visiting, […]

GETAWAY TO SUNNY SAN DIEGO

GETAWAY TO SUNNY SAN DIEGO

An easy family getaway San Diego has to be one of the best places anywhere to visit with kids. There’s so much to see and do and, with almost always perfect weather, you can be out and about every day enjoying the beautiful beaches and the endless array of family-friendly amusements in the area. Only […]

6 Days in Paradise: French Polynesia

6 Days in Paradise: French Polynesia

It is dark when we finally arrive in Bora Bora. We spent the previous night in the sky, flying from LAX to Papeete, and then the entire morning and afternoon shaking off the jet lag on one of Archipels Croisières’ luxurious catamarans, sailing and snorkeling in the lagoon off the island of Raiatea, just a short commuter flight from the airport in Tahiti. Not a bad way to jump start our trip to French Polynesia.

Once on the catamaran, we are refreshed with ice-cold Tahitian beer and a delicious lunch of exotic fruits and freshly prepared Poisson Cru, French Polynesia’s national dish, a tasty concoction of fresh raw tuna, marinated in citrus juice and coconut milk and tossed with diced vegetables—usually cucumber tossed with a variation of scallions, peppers and tomatoes, depending on the chef. Lunch is followed by a leisurely nap, a welcome reprieve from a long night and day of traveling. We are awestruck by the luminous turquoise water and the views of the surrounding atoll—it would be a shame to miss a second of the breathtaking view—but sated from the delicious meal and lulled by the gentle waves, an hour nap on the boat’s bow is irresistible. We awake for another quick snorkel with the sting rays and then a tour of a small vanilla farm on nearby Taha’a where we buy jumbo-sized vanilla pods to take home, visions of homemade vanilla vodka brewing in our heads.

Weekend Getaway The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Weekend Getaway The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

The Hotel Escape to the earthy splendor and inspiring mountain surroundings of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Rising majestically on Northstar Mountain, this year-round destination is the ideal place to experience the beauty of the California wilderness in a true mountain resort setting, enhanced by the premier accommodations and the world-renowned personal service of The Ritz-Carlton. […]

The Thanksgiving Table

The Thanksgiving Table

A Thanksgiving menu inspired by the growing fascination with the local food movement in America’s heartland. Recipes by Beth Dooley author of IN WINTER’S KITCHEN: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland TURKEY Early European settlers chose turkey for Thanksgiving for reasons that still make sense today. These birds are big enough to […]

ESCAPE TO MENDOCINO

ESCAPE TO MENDOCINO

Spring means renewal and the options for rebooting mind and body in Mendocino County are plentiful. Offering the ultimate landscape for recharging, the region boasts equal parts wine, waves and wilderness making a getaway to this Northern California destination the ideal escape hatch. Linger on the Lost Coast, hike among the wild flowers or celebrate the season […]