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Recommendations for a Romantic Getaway

Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but keeping a list of ideas for romantic getaways close at hand for other special occasions – anniversaries, proposals, birthdays, or just to show a loved one a little special appreciation. What makes a destination romantic is as different as every person is. Whether your idea of […]

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The Bikini Has a Birthday

July is a month of birthdays:  Canada (July 1st), the United States (July 4th), and today, July 5th, the bikini turns 69 years old. For most women, the selection of the “just perfect” bikini begins well before its time to hit the beach during vacation, and it may very well be the first to-do item […]

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Postcard from Roses

beach in Roses, Spain

On rainy Seattle days, I enjoy thinking about how lovely the coast of Spain is. Roses, located on the north end of the Bay of Roses, is a great beach getaway spot. And the Hotel Vistabella, where I stayed, provides a lovely view of the sand and surf.

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10 Essentials to Pack for Your Beach Vacation

10 Essentials to Pack for Your Beach Vacation

Beach vacations are a popular choice, whether you’re flying to an exotic location or hitting the shore close to home.  But you can’t just head out to the beach — it can actually be one of the vacation destinations that is complicated to pack for. Here are 10 items that I consider essential for a […]

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lotus at Kenilworth Gardens, DC

I’m working on the May newsletter (it comes out on the first Sunday of the month) – have you subscribed? […]

Books to Read on Your Next Flight

In honor of World Book Day, I’m updating my progress in the 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge – and in […]

A Dozen Gardens From Around the World

Since the flowers in my garden are not terribly impressive yet - things will be in full color in another few weeks - I turned to some of my blogger friends to get a take on some of their favorite gardens around the world. I selected a dozen of them, one for each month of the year, and hope you can work a visit into one of them during your next vacation.

The days are getting longer, and with flowers blooming in the yard along with a few peeks of the sun […]

Celebrate World Wildlife Day

Today, March 3rd, is UN World Wildlife Day. The UN General Assembly made this proclamation four years ago as a […]