Late last summer I had a chance to spend some time in the Willamette Valley, Oregon’s fabulous wine country. We had a great trip, visiting a few vineyards, a few more tasting rooms, and spending a couple of nights at the new Atticus hotel in McMinnville. So, I was excited when today’s email contained a … More The Oregon wine country contest I almost want to keep a secret
For those of us who live in places where winter is a burden, August signals the beginning of the end of glorious summer days and warm weather outdoor activities. Chicago, of course, is a place where summer always seems to rush right by. So here are some delights to savor in this city before the … More Savor summer in Chicago, like an insider
Here’s a little piece I wrote for the Chicago Tribune about a Chicago family taking their four-month-old baby on his first flight. They brought along gifts for fellow passengers.
Summer in Chicago is when beaches are top of mind. And it’s one of the rare world-class cities where you can spend a day on a friendly beach steps from downtown. Someone recently asked me, since I travel a lot, where my favorite beaches were. Here is a link to a story from a few … More Beaches come to mind in summer, so consider Seychelles, Curacao, Dominican Republic and Yelapa
This year marks 175 years since the first large, organized group of pioneers left Missouri on wagon trains to head out to the Great American West. It was 1843 and much of the country was still trying to recover from economic woes. But it cost a lot to make the trip out west, so it … More Oregon Trail anniversary prompts epic road trip
On a recent trip to Oregon, I had the luxury of visiting a beer spa. Yes, you read that write. My sis and I spent time soaking in cedar tubs filled with hops and other ingredients as we sipped tea (her, she was driving) and beer (me, I wasn’t.) Take a look at the story … More For the love of beer
I’ve always wanted to visit the wintering site of the Monarch butterflies in Mexico. I got a chance to do just that in February 2017. It was a magical and almost spiritual experience. Read all about it here in the Chicago Tribune.