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Moving to a New Beat in Lausanne

June 16th, 2014

Moving to a New Beat in Lausanne By Carol Sorgen NABBW’s Travel Associate at whim  Read More

Walking Vacations

June 5th, 2012

Walking Vacations By Carol Sorgen NABBW’s Travel Expert  Read More

Travel to A Fairy-Tale Chateau in the French Countryside

November 29th, 2010

Travel to A Fairy-Tale Chateau in the French Countryside By Carol Sorgen, NABBW’s Travel Expert  Read More

A Fairy-Tale Chateau in the French Countryside

May 28th, 2010

Who hasn\’t had thoughts that in a previous life she was, if not a princess, perhaps a countess, a duchess, at the very least a mere lady of the manor? So when my friend, Nan, and I drove up the long approachway to the fairytale-like Chateau d\’Esclimont outside the pocket-size French village of Saint Symphorien-le-Chateau, is it any wonder I thought, “I am home!” (Nan, by the way, harbors no such illusions herself; I, on the other hand, am a semi-permanent resident of “Fantasy Island.”) Tucked away in the midst of a 150-acre park just 60 kilometers from Paris is the 16th century... Read More

A Growing Arts Scene in Lancaster

May 28th, 2010

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is justifiably famous for its picturesque countryside, its Amish farms, its Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, and more. But this quaint—yet growing—small city is turning into a thriving arts center, which is drawing both tourists and new residents alike who want to be part of the scene. On a recent trip to Lancaster, which coincided with the American Quilt Society’s national quilt show (held in the recently unveiled Lancaster County Convention Center, attached to the new Lancaster Marriott), I took the opportunity to stroll along Lancaster’s aptly named Gallery Row.... Read More

The Garden as Work of Art

November 11th, 2009

“Respect the site; do not impose your will on it.” –From The Winterthur Garden: Henry Francis du Pont\’s Romance with the Land, by Denise Magnani Visit the Winterthur Garden in the heart of the picturesque Brandywine Valley and the artistic vision of its creator cannot fail to impress—and inspire. Scion of Delaware\’s industrialist du Pont family, Henry Francis du Pont enjoyed a lifelong passion for horticulture and the principles of garden design, reflected throughout the 60-acre garden, with its year-round succession of blooms that enhance the natural setting of the family\’s... Read More

National Harbor Showcases Nation\’s Capital

October 13th, 2009

New York has its South Street Seaport. Baltimore has its Inner Harbor. Philadelphia its Penn\’s Landing. San Francisco its Ghirardelli Square. And now the nation\’s capital region has its own waterfront destination, the National Harbor. I loved it on my first trip there and you will too. Billed as a “lifestyle destination,” the National Harbor (actually located in National Harbor, Maryland, not the District of Columbia, per se) is a well-thought-out blend of hotels, restaurants, shopping, office space, a convention center, and upscale residences. Its prime location on the scenic... Read More

Life is Sweet in Hershey

September 14th, 2009

It should come as no surprise that a family vacation to Hershey, Pennsylvania, will meet with an enthusiastic thumbs up from the entire clan. What you may not realize is that you can have a fantastic time sans kids as well, as I did on a recent girlfriend getaway to the home of the chocolate bar. My former college roommate and I were sorely in need of a little R&R. A stressful couple of years involving injuries and illnesses for both of us had left us a bit worn out. Our “prize,” we promised ourselves, would be a few days of pampering when we were both completely back on our feet. That... Read More

Wandering Maryland’s Eastern Shore

August 14th, 2009

Whether you’re attending the springtime Food and Wine Festival, the annual “Christmas in St. Michaels” celebration, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, Maryland’s Eastern Shore is a year-round picture-postcard destination. The pocket-sized Chesapeake Bay village of St. Michaels makes a good home base for your visit, with its abundance of unique accommodations, restaurants, shops, attractions, and proximity to towns like Easton and Oxford, well worth a day trip—or even overnight stay–themselves. On my most recent visit to St. Michaels, I tried something different in terms... Read More

From the Traveler?s Bookshelf

December 11th, 2007

“Stylish, brutally frank, and sometimes, frankly brutal.” That\’s how LUXE City Guides describes their accordion-pleated travel guides that are just the right size to pop into a pocket or purse. LUXE City Guides, headquartered in Hong Kong, first came out in 2002 with a series on-not surprisingly, Asian cities. Now there are 19 in the series featuring such tourist-friendly locations as Hong Kong, Melbourne, Phuket, Shanghai, Sydney, and most recently Istanbul, Madrid, and Paris. The recommendations for each city guide are gathered from 25 residents of that particular city, and... Read More