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Relais Bernard Loiseau

I’m an unabashed Francophile, a former French teacher and a frequent traveler to France. After seven trips to Burgundy, traveling by car and on barge and riverboat cruises with my late husband or with friends, I returned alone, last September, to experience the vendange (grape harvest). I was in the vineyards and wine cellars at […]

Seeing Green With Seattle Dining

We are at Estates Wine Room and Double Canyon winemaker Kate Michaud just described one of her vintages as the “sensation of being in a waterbed.” It moves, it’s got a certain depth, but at the end of swirling around, you hit the bottom and are enveloped. For those not up on their sniffing and quaffing […]

Sights to See in Bologna, Italy

While it may share the same name as the Oscar Mayer-brand deli meat you put on your kid’s sandwiches, Bologna is historically known as the capital of the Northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Picture Medieval architecture, Renaissance-period art and a town square right out of a fairytale. One aspect of Bologna that makes it a […]

Winter Family Festivals in Colorado

For the second year, winter in Keystone, Colorado, means family-friendly events, kid-centric fun and a whole week of celebrations of creativity during Keystone Kidtopia Culinary Festival and the Kidtopia Music Experience. For Foodies Kidtopia kicks off Feb. 8–15, with all the foodie fun you can handle. Bring your whisks, spatulas and appetites to the event, […]

Austin’s Terrific Taco Trek

Texas is big when it comes to crowd-pleasing and family-friendly food, and while steaks, Tex-Mex dishes, chili and barbecue reign supreme in much of the state, in trendy Austin, tacos are front and center. As tacos offer something for every taste and are budget-friendly, what better way to explore Austin than with a “taco trek”? […]

Affordable Ways to Spend the Day Paso Robles

California may not be your first thought for an affordable family vacation, but there are plenty of fun, family-friendly and beautiful cities to visit — all on a budget. Paso Robles happens to be one. While the vineyards and olive groves would suggest more luxury price tags, Paso Robles, California, is actually a budget-friendly locale […]