• Santa Barbara beyond the break

    Santa Barbara beyond the break


    Checking out new trends flooding the American Riviera

    Long known for its gated estates, high-life hotels, “The Endless Summer” surf scene, and vine-covered hills, Santa Barbara quietly and confidently is adding another notch to its belt: Cultural curators, style-savvy experts who are taking the best of the seaside town and personifying it, California-style.

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  • Seattle concerts

    Summer concerts in Seattle


    Soaking up Seattle’s summer outdoor music scene. It’s early morning in Seattle and I’ve just poured myself a cup of coffee. Outside the window, the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. There is a change in the air. Spring is here and we’ve most certainly turned the corner from the long, grey days of winter. Summer is coming soon.

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  • Arches National Park with kids

    Arches National Park with kids


    I’m standing on a flat, sandy trail with my two children, then ages 8 and 10, in Utah’s Arches National Park, known for more than 2,000 arches carved by wind and water erosion over millions of years, as well as some funky-shaped rock formations with names like Parade of Elephants, Sheep Rock, The Organ, and Three Gossips.

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  • Arts in Stockholm

    Arts in Stockholm


    I arrived to the shores of Stockholm by sea. As our ship came up to the river city, the golden spires thrust up through the belly of the fog. I could hear Stockholm long before I saw her. Bells tumbled over one another and the lap of the sea along the pier called to me.

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  • A magical moment in Monaco

    A magical moment in Monaco


    Exploring Monte Carlo on any budget

    I’m inside the Saint Nicholas Cathedral of Monte Carlo, in Monaco. It is a cavernous church with tall, white stone walls, arches, and pillars. Gold-plated murals line the domed ceiling. Stained glass windows portray biblical tales. Rows of maple brown pews are adorned with red velvet cushions. And the priest’s words are echoing off the walls, making it very hard for me to understand his French.

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  • The Peninsula Chicago

    The Peninsula Chicago


    The Peninsula Chicago is an award-winning hotel that epitomizes the meaning of extravagance. In the heart of the Magnificent Mile, The Peninsula Chicago offers guests a calm retreat and the perfect starting point from which to discover the Windy City. Enjoy European style and indulge in fine dining, a first-class spa and beautiful accommodations at this sensational luxury property.

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