On the last day of our first week in the Caribbean, our ship docked in Key West, Fla., the southernmost city of the continental United States. The Conch Republic, as its citizens prefer to call it, truly is an entity unto itself, and we were

I think it was mid-July 2016 when I decided I definitely did not feel like dealing with making New Year’s Eve plans. So after speaking with a college friend, I decided to tag along on her already-planned vacation to Orlando, Fla.,  for the holiday. At

To celebrate my birthday, my husband and I had dinner at Ralph’s in Philadelphia. Located in the Italian Market section of the city, I was surprised to discover the restaurant is not only the oldest Italian restaurant in the city but in the entire country! We

I joined some friends for a weekend trip to Starved Rock State Park, about 90 minutes southwest of Chicago. We decided to take advantage of a stretch of mild winter weather in Chicago. The 2,630 acres of land were developed as a vacation area in the

Ireland is known for a lot of great things, but weather (for at least 75 percent of the year) is not one of them. The chilly, rainy weather does, however, provide the opportunity, or perhaps excuse, to spend plenty of time in some of Ireland’s

The quintessential New England weekend is only five hours from New York in the little hamlet of Manchester Center, in southern Vermont. It is an easy drive up Route 87 North in New York State. There are many charming inns and bed and breakfasts. I

Now, usually when someone tells you they spent the holidays at "the beach," you picture them slathered in sunscreen, lounging under a palm tree on a stretch of dazzling white sand lapped by warm, brilliant blue waters. Surely, that lucky soul traded icy winds and

My sister and I began our New Year in Ireland, where we explored Dublin and the West for four busy but beautiful days. Ireland has been a dream destination of mine for a long time, so I didn’t want to waste a minute while we

Today was a rainy morning in Los Angeles, making it harder for me to get out of bed and ready for my 7 a.m. Power Cycle spin class. All week my teacher has been yelling — literally — that 2017 is the year of intentions.

As we start the New Year, reflecting on the past 12 months and thinking about the next 12, most of us have that familiar feeling. We enjoyed the holidays — eating, drinking and being merry with family, friends and colleagues. Sure, it was fun — why

One of the most pleasant shore excursions we experienced on our recent cruise was a several-hour trip to Chankanaab Park just a 10-minute ride from the cruise ship terminal in San Miguel on Cozumel. We had studied the many options we had for excursions from

This year’s theme for the world-renowned Philadelphia Flower Show will honor Holland when it comes to the Pennsylvania Convention Center March 11–19. “Holland: Flowering the World” celebrates the beauty of the Dutch culture with its vivid flower fields and eco-design. The Netherlands is well-known for the

For New Year’s Eve this year, my husband and I met friends for dinner at On Point Bistro in Philadelphia’s Point Breeze neighborhood. The new BYOB restaurant offered two dinner seatings for the holiday in its cozy dining room, with a three-course pre-fixe menu. We arrived right

Recently, I saw Tributosaurus — one of my favorite musical acts — perform as the Beatles — one of my favorite bands — at the Copernicus Center — one of my favorite venues. These three favorites came together for a great night of music. The Gateway

Seeing this week’s forecast of cold rain, snow and wind has me reminiscing about summer travel: day trips to the beach, long hikes and relaxing days spent sipping wine and exploring local wineries. Some of my favorite winery experiences have been right here in Bucks