There are no sufficient words for Hurricane Katrina's horrible devastation in New Orleans, Biloxi, and the rest of the Gulf Coast. Please do your part now by sending a generous donation today to the American Red Cross Hurricane 2005 Relief fund. Special thanks to everyone who is pitching in, including airlines, like United, which is awarding Mileage Plus members frequent flyer awards for their contributions through October 31.
South Beach Magazine in Miami Beach has declared the fab five top boutique hotels in its annual ratings by readers and staff. Focus on upscale, access to beach, and trendy decor. As the South Beach season begins after Thanksgiving when the hurricane threat is down, it's good to plan and book now (everyone else is) as the hot spots get taken very quickly.
As we embark on the wonderful cruise season, here's a helpful list of the luxury cruise lines, which is, dears, the only way to travel. And, trust me, there are bargains to be found to allow us hoi polloi to travel in such high style. Check out Silversea cruises carefully right now. And stay tuned, because I've done it.
Day spas in Madrid are part of Spain's new emphasis on luxury tourism, and we really like the sound of the frothy chocolate spa treatment that's promoted to make us feel delightfully mood-elevated. Can it be the pampering of caffeine???
The girlfriends took a weekend journey to Laguna Beach, with the art festivals (described in previous posts) as the focal points. But what about great shopping and dining, which are always cornerstones of a girlfriends weekend?
At first glance, Laguna Canyon Artists in Laguna Beach, California, does not fit the mental image of an artists colony. Up a driveway off Laguna Canyon Drive, the entrance initially suggests a mini-storage garage enclave -- until we get inside and see the vibrancy of artists at work in their studios.
Laguna Beach in Southern California has been an artists colony for more than a century, and its major summer arts festivals -- including the Festival of the Arts and the Sawdust Art Festival -- wrap up in two weeks. That doesn't keep womentravelers from visiting artists and their studios, such as the Laguna Canyon Artists, during the rest of the year by appointment and at special showings.
Each year at this time I start surfing the web for special cruise deals that come in the fall with repositioning cruises (moving ships from their summer to winter locations) and special fares to entice us into early holiday planning.
I recently discovered this intriguing map book that charts the imagination of the inventor as it transcends actual landscapes and treats them with artistic vision. It maps to my approach that maps are full of backstory -- and much more than lines on paper connecting geographical places.
In Chesapeake Bay high season for blue crabs, New York Times' restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton takes us to the best restaurants for blue crab adventures in Virginia Beach, Virginia.