• Guide to Maui

    Guide to Maui


    Getting to know the Valley Isle before your first trip. I already had traveled to the other Hawaiian Islands a dozen times before I finally made it to Maui. This struck me as strange, considering the number of direct flights from my hometown of Seattle and the fact that many of my friends and fellow travel colleagues make this their go-to island.

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  • Baur au Lac Hotel Zurich, Switzerland

    Baur au Lac Hotel Zurich, Switzerland


    Zurich’s venerable hotel, Baur au Lac, boasts a history as breathtaking as its Alp and lakeside setting. Opened in 1844 by Johannes Baur, the property hosted the world-premiere of Wagner’s Die Walküre, with Richard himself performing, and Alfred Nobel’s former secretary, Bertha von Suttner, conceived of the Nobel Peace Prize in one of the hotel’s salons.

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  • Walkable Washington DC

    Walkable Washington DC


     Strolling through history in the nation’s capital. You don’t need a lot of time to cover a lot of ground in Washington, D.C., and if you enjoy walking (and we do), […]

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  • Summer solstice events 2015

    Summer solstice events 2015


    Revealing summer solstice traditions from the past and present. Get out those sunnies, cause the solstice is almost upon us. This year summer solstice falls on June 21, 2015 and is the official start of summer. It’s appropriate, considering the word “solstice” is derived from the Latin term “solstitium,” meaning “sun stands still.” You may have big plans to celebrate this year, but will they compare to what went down on previous summer solstices?

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  • 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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