Get Lost in the Pines

While the Christmas ideal centers on the concepts of hearth and home, it’s hard to deny the appeal of a seasonal getaway. On the one hand, those with children can take advantage of the winter break for a vacation opportunity; also, savvy parents can present the trip as a shared gift for everyone, and lessen some of the emphasis on…

Sheepdogs and Whisky

I’ve long wished to visit Scotland, to experience the culture and to see up close the ruggedly beautiful countryside and volcanic mountains such as Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Oh yes, and to sample the whisky. Last fall my wife and I took a weeklong group tour of Scotland, and it was a low-stress, easy way to get acquainted with…

Finger Lickin’ Good

It’s an evocative symbol of southern culture, and an enticement to culinary explorers: the old BBQ stand with the faded sign, so small you wonder where they fit the smokers. Almost every town has one, and each comes with a blustering title that establishes a claim of unique superiority. After all, we’ve all sampled the “best” BBQ in Texas, often…

Hill Country Family Escape

If a mom could divide herself among the different roles she plays, she’d be able to staff a hotel: maid, chef, concierge, car service, manager and much, much more go into fulfilling the necessities of everyday motherhood. Another role, trip planner, gets added to this list throughout the year, as Spring Break and summer vacation demand getaways that can appeal…

Napa’s Best is Found at the Silverado

Located in the Napa Valley, just 50 miles northeast of San Francisco and 60 miles southwest of Sacramento, Silverado Resort and Spa should be at the top of everyone’s list for wine country getaways. The AAA Four Diamond hotel encompasses more than 1,200 acres of land in the heart of the Valley and combines endless recreational possibilities with state-of-the-art business…