How I Found the Best Restaurants and Hotels on a Desert Southwest Road Trip

Table Mountain at sunset

In the fall of 2023, I was on a road trip through the desert Southwest. My mission included Executive Chef interviews, chef-tasting menus, and luxury accommodations reviews. At every destination, I found a multitude of exciting things to do. From broad vistas at the Flatirons in Boulder and the canyons between buildings in Downtown Denver […]

Embrace the Spirit of Golden, Colorado at Table Mountain Inn

Table Mountain Inn in Downtown Golden, Colorado

This article first appeared on SheBuysTravel on November 9, 2023 If you’ve been to Golden, Colorado, home to Coors Brewery, you undoubtedly know about the historic hotel with outstanding service and views of Table Mountain to go with it. Read more from the article… “The warm Southwest hospitality of Table Mountain Inn was my introduction […]

Immerse Yourself in the Rich History of Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado

Hotel Boulderado at the corner of Spruce and 13th Streets

This Hotel Boulderado article first appeared at She Buys Travel on November 25, 2023 “Hotel Boulderado, a cherished landmark in the heart of downtown Boulder, welcomed me with Victorian-era charm. This 119-year-old iconic hotel uniquely blends Victorian (with a little Spanish Revival) architecture and modern amenities. With its stunning stained-glass ceiling and cherrywood grand staircase, […]

Why the Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix Are Unforgettable

luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden with Papago Park in background

Luminarias are a Christmas tradition in Mexico and the Southwest states in America. Learn more with the link below. This article first appeared on Extended Weekend Getaways on December 1, 2023. Start on Page 94 of Extended Weekend Getaways December issue to learn why the luminaries at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, are […]

Uncovering a Rustic Gem: An Unusual Place to Stay in Benson, North Carolina

Rustic gem Baccer Barn side porch at Broadslab Distillery

When it comes to planning a vacation or retreat, most people tend to opt for the usual hotel or resort experience. However, whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway for two or a cozy solo retreat like me, the Baccer Barn in Benson, North Carolina, promises a unique experience and an unusual place to stay. You’ll […]

Why we are celebrating Ava Gardner in Smithfield, NC

Celebrating Ava Gardner at the Ava Gardner Museum mural

Celebrating Ava Garner ends in October 2023 – The Final “Toast to Ava” Centennial Event. Smithfield, North Carolina, hosted a year-long Centennial celebration in honor of the legendary actress, humanitarian, and fashion icon Ava Gardner. Ava was a beloved North Carolina native who grew up just seven miles east of Smithfield in a rural community […]

Why Redneck BBQ Lab in Benson, North Carolina, is the best

The Redneck BBQ Lab storefront in Benson, North Carolina

The Redneck BBQ Lab in Benson, North Carolina, offers the best BBQ. The Carolinas are famous for BBQ. You’re missing out if you haven’t given it a try yet. Learn more about it in my restaurant review published at Savory Traveler on July 28, 2023. Here’s another article you might like about Benson, North Carolina…

Learn why Belton Chalet was Good for the Great Northern Railway

Belton Chalet and lodge in West Glacier, Montana

Known for its modern hospitality when it opened in 1910, the Belton Chalet is a charming destination in the breathtaking Montana landscape. It was the first chalet built in Glacier National Park and was the first Park headquarters. Learn more here… This article was first published at on July 14, 2023 Here’s a story about […]

Looking for a great experience at the Prince of Wales Hotel?

Prince of Wales Hotel on Upper Waterton Lake, in Alberta, Canada.

Built as a luxury destination by the Great Northern Railway in 1927 to lure thirsty Americans during Prohibition, the Prince of Wales Hotel is surrounded by Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. Learn more here… This article was first published at on July 6, 2023 Here’s another article that has historic significance.

Glacier Park Lodge was a Showpiece in East Glacier, Montana

Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier, Montana

Glacier Park Lodge was the Showpiece for the Great Northern Railway Check out why Glacier Park Lodge was the Showpiece for the Great Northern Railway This article was originally published at on July 7, 2023 Here’s another historic story you might like…