It’s an undeniable truth that going against the tide — and sometimes, doing the right thing requires just that — … Continue reading Wine, burgers, art and a lesson in fierce perseverance: Finger Lake’s Bully Hill Vineyards
When Pleasant Valley Wine Company was founded in 1860, our country was a very different place. Founded not even “four … Continue reading The heritage of Pleasant Valley Wine Co.: Taylor, Great Western and all of America!
Sitting in the screened-in back porch of Stonecat Cafe’ in New York’s Finger Lakes, you can see the whole valley … Continue reading Gourmet localvore cuisine of the Finger Lakes: Stonecat Cafe’
It’s a funny thing that you wouldn’t guess: New York’s Finger Lakes region loves their barbeque! Everywhere you go — … Continue reading The hottest ‘que joint in the Finger Lakes: Nickel’s Pit BBQ
Our scent is our most ancient, primitive tool of attraction. It’s important to smell good, special, unique. Quite frankly, you’re … Continue reading The intellectual’s sexy French fragrance line: Fleur de Point
Do you somehow believe that if you head out to the country while traveling — maybe alone — there might … Continue reading Suds ‘n’ socializing like at an English pub: Seneca Lake Brewing and The Beerocracy
No matter how cool a store or restaurant you go to in town, there’s always a filter. The store has … Continue reading Artisan cheese straight from the source in NY’s Finger Lakes: Sunset View Creamery
When you’re alone and out of town, are you sometimes a little intimidated eat at the hot place in town? … Continue reading Where the “cool kids” gather to nosh and sip: Corning, NY’s Hand + Foot
A few years ago, several family members behind the Golden Age Cheese company in the Finger Lakes region of New … Continue reading Cheese lovers in the Finger Lakes are right when they say Cugini Cafe’: Eat.Drink.Shop.Learn.
I’ll admit it: I’m a little different from most travelers, even most travel writers. I always want to know the … Continue reading Like stepping back in time: Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes
It’s funny . . . some adults have stayed away from bakeries for years because of sugar. You probably think … Continue reading Sweetie, breakfast doesn’t have to be sweet at Corning, NY’s Poppleton Bakery
When you travel, do you ever have a moment when you just want to relax, take it down a notch, … Continue reading Eat well – like a local – in NY’s Finger Lakes region: Charlie’s Cafe’
When you’re traveling alone — maybe for business — sometimes, it can be hard to know where you could or … Continue reading The place locals in NY’s Finger Lakes hang out: Elmira’s Upstate Brewing Company
It’s not widely — or wasn’t, at any rate — known that I spent a fine month in Air Force … Continue reading Off we go, into the wild blue yonder: National Soaring Museum at Harris Hill, Elmira, NY
When traveling, it feels good to enjoy a clean, healthy repast. It gives you energy without feeling loggy. Turtle Leaf … Continue reading Light & healthy lunch before immersion in Mark Twain Country + Jewish heritage exhibit: Elmira, NY’s Turtle Leaf Cafe’
In all the classic movies about families and summer, there’s always the gorgeous scenery framing the center of the action … Continue reading All of your favorites in a stunning setting: Elmira, NY’s Hill Top Inn
On a quiet, elegant Edwardian residential street in Elmira, New York — where Mark Twain wrote his treasured books, in … Continue reading If you had a cool bar in a pretty home, it’d be Finger Lakes House
It’s a rough and tough world out there. Whether you’re feeling stress at work, with family, watching the news or … Continue reading Go for the gold! Geo glasses by Root7
I was very excited to attend Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s Buy Local Cookout, kicking off Buy Local Week here in … Continue reading Hey, Maryland! Take the Buy Local Challenge: July 21-29, 2018 (recipes here!) #BuyLocalCookout #BuyLocalChallenge
I am a Kentucky Colonel. Back when he was Governor, Paul Patton awarded me the Commonwealth’s highest honor for service … Continue reading The new way to cool off: Cherry Ale-8-One
Sometimes, it can be hard to get the perfect gift. What if you don’t know the person that well? What … Continue reading Get that Prosecco party going with Shimmer Bubbles Party Pack!
Call it “post Paleo”: it’s agriculture that built civilization and modern human strength. I’m a firm believer in heirloom produce … Continue reading Pereg’s cornucopia of ancient grains
Several years ago, I was a VIP media guest to watch Green Day induct Guns ‘n’ Roses into the Rock … Continue reading Drink coffee like a rock star! Green Day-founded Oakland Coffee
As one gets older, the type of products you used in the past to clear your complexion and body can … Continue reading Handcrafted in Vermont: Truly Clear anti-acne soap
On a dangerously rainy day across the Potomac in Berkeley Springs, WV, I found myself — as Johnny Cash sang … Continue reading You could happily spend half the day at Hancock, MD’s Buddy Lou’s Eats Drinks & Antiques!
In warm weather, there’s something just so festive about fresh seafood! Whether fried, broiled or steamed, the light, fresh flavor … Continue reading Start summer with the tastiest seafood: Costas Inn
According to the New York Times, the cuisine of the Italian region of Liguria — whose capital is Genoa — … Continue reading Do good, eat well: support traditional Italian olive oil with Nudo Adopt
Budapest is a popular docking point for luxury riverboats, and here, it seems, the Danube has a beach of … Continue reading Never Forget — Budapest: a guest post by Carol Stigger
I’ll admit it: I didn’t get the unicorn craze. Even when Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld would play with a little … Continue reading Brighten your day with a unicorn!
North Myrtle Beach, SC is the location for a great way to celebrate the seventh day of the week. Whether … Continue reading Tasty, fun and meaningful: House of Blues Myrtle Beach Sunday brunch
Elevated. Whether you’re staying at Antrim 1844 or coming for dinner, you’ll instantly realize that this isn’t the typical inn … Continue reading Sophisticated American cuisine, fireside: Antrim 1844’s Smokehouse Restaurant
What’s even more chic and intimate than a glamorous hotel bar? A grand inn’s bar! Carroll County, Maryland’s Antrim 1844 … Continue reading A secret Maryland get-together spot: Antrim 1844’s Pickwick Pub
As Americans, we’re supremely blessed with our food resources, especially with the bounty provided by Florida. We have access to … Continue reading Give your food luscious, low-sugar, tropical fruit flavor with The Royal Gourmet
Those of us who have sensitive skin have no trouble finding products for our condition — it’s a booming business … Continue reading Soothe your skin to beauty with Institut’ DERMEd
True BBQ isn’t made in an oven. It’s slow-smoked for hours and hours in an outdoor smoker. That’s labor-intensive, time-intensive … Continue reading Authentic ‘que for the beach: Cherry Grove Beach, SC’s Old South BBQ Co.
Way back when we were a British colony, before the American Revolution . . . and in fact, before 1750, … Continue reading Thoughtfully prepared food, deep Carolinas history: Calabash, NC’s Boundary House restaurant
For several years, I served as an editor at GI Money magazine and a contributor to Military Money. I also … Continue reading Ten-hut! Order The General’s Hot Sauce!
Recently, I visited my friend, fellow travel writer Carol Stigger, at her home in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. It’s a … Continue reading Secret gourmet find in North Myrtle Beach: Italian Kitchen Rapone
Julian Serrano Tapas incorporates the vivacity of the Aria Resort and Casino right into its restaurant: the construction is open, … Continue reading Lively tastes of Spanish this and that in Las Vegas: Julian Serrano Tapas
Sometimes, you want to get away from it all and sometimes you need to get away from it all. I … Continue reading Serious chill out time in Las Vegas: The Spa at Aria
Even approaching the entrance of Bardot, one tends to forget one is in a Las Vegas casino. The portico is … Continue reading In Las Vegas? Transport yourself to French brasserie Bardot
Back in the Midwest, I grew up with a kid who became a famous movie director. I don’t really like … Continue reading Heightened artistry of Mediterranean ingredients: Alain Ducasse’s Rivea Las Vegas
I have a hand-written letter that sits on top of my desk. It was written by my late father, many … Continue reading Lively and fun gourmet lunch at Las Vegas’ Lago by Julian Serrano
I get a kick reading that globally admired chef and restauranteur Jean-Georges Vongerichten first became enchanted with gourmet dining when … Continue reading Luxurious, world-class cuisine: Las Vegas’ Jean Georges Steakhouse
Okay, let’s put this out there right now: your office’s holiday party should be at Miss Shirley’s. I don’t even … Continue reading Fantastic brunch during the holidays: Maryland’s Miss Shirley’s Cafe
They say that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different … Continue reading Get youthful skin for the holidays with Karin Herzog
Are you like I am: you’ve got that well-used pie fork in your hand when you suddenly remember that fun … Continue reading A holiday gift you may want to give yourself: body firming with Palmer’s
Number 4 High Performance Hair Care combines Californian needs — active lifestyle, unabashedly coloring hair — with influence from the … Continue reading Perfect holiday gift sets for everyone from Number 4 High Performance Hair Care
Ever since the time of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and his exacting standards at Versailles, the French has mastered … Continue reading Get a beautiful complexion for the holidays with Phytomer