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Winning: Downtown Napa, Revitalized

by Chris on July 24, 2012

Downtown Napa has been on the rise for the past few years. A look at some of the restaurants and hotels that are fueling the change.
Storefronts of Downtown Napa

This week, I’m serving as a paid spokesperson for Hilton HHonors’ Seven Tickets to Paradise Sweepstakes. The contest, which is open to Hilton HHonors members, features seven prize packages and ends on Aug. 31. I previewed one of the prizes, the “Your Ticket To Dine,” in Napa Valley this past weekend.    Napa Valley has been […]


Boiling Lake, Dominica, Morne Trois Pitons National Park
Boiling Lake in Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is LAKES.  The picture above is of Dominica’s Boiling Lake, located in Morne Trois Pitons National Park. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the second largest hot springs in the world. And […]


All about my upcoming Hilton HHonors Foodie trip to Napa Valley – and how you can win one too.
Vineyards in Napa Valley

This post continues my ongoing coverage of wine country travel. This weekend, I’m heading to Napa Valley. It will be the second time that I’ve gone this year, and the third time that I’ve visited since I moved out to the West Coast in 2010. To me, wine country getaways, both down in California and closer […]


Bluegrass night at Oskar Blues – and more off-the-beaten track gems – in little Lyons, Colorado.
Bluegrass Night at Oskar Blues, Lyons

This is fifth (and probably last) post about my roadtrip through northern Colorado. Some places rarely appear in tourism brochures. Some places, you need to know the right people. Not the right people, as in the richest or the hippest or the best connected (although knowing those people is never a bad thing, by any […]


An eerie night ghost hunting at The Stanley Hotel, otherwise known as the haunted hotel that inspired The Shining. And yes, it’s creepy.
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

This is the fourth post about my Colorado roadtrip.  “The Shining” Hotel Horror movies and scary books were a real problem when I was a tween. All my friends were plowing through Stephen King novels and going to flicks such as The Amityville Horror. But whenever I would try to do the same, I’d wake […]


Touring the three corners of Fort Collins’ “Brewmuda Triangle”: New Belgium Brewery (home to Fat Tire beer), Odells and the Fort Collins Brewery.
Touring New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins

This is the third in a series of posts on my roadtrip through northern Colorado: I’ve had a love/hate relationship with beer over the years, mostly erring on hate. I remember stealing sips of my father’s beer when I was little, crinkling my nose at the sour taste.  Most people form their relationship with beer […]


Free desktop calendar wallpaper for July 2012: American flags, taken in Tennessee during a cross-country roadtrip.
July 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: American Flags in Tennessee

This is the July 2012 offering for our desktop calendar series – always free and available for iPad and iPhone too!  Get your July 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! This flag photo comes from a cross-country trip that I took in 2006 with my Jeep Wrangler. I drove from Philadelphia to Arizona and back in three weeks, […]


How I successfully avoided altitude sickness this time around in Colorado’s high altitude towns.
Loveland Pass, Colorado

This is the second in a series of posts from my roadtrip across Colorado. When I heard that TBEX was going to be held in Keystone this year, I grew nervous. I didn’t want to miss the conference, which has become a must-do for travel bloggers seeking to network and connect with companies interested in […]

A look at what it’s been like to roadtrip through northern Colorado towns, including Fort Collins, Estes Park and Lyons, as wildfires burn.
Smoke plume from High Park fire in Fort Collins, Colorado

This is the first in a series of posts on my June roadtrip through northern Colorado. My parents are avid CNN watchers, but sometimes what you see on the news doesn’t give you the full picture, especially when it comes to tourism. So went one conversation before I started my epic week-long Colorado roadtrip, which […]


A ride on Buffalo Airways, the airline featured in the Canadian television series Ice Pilots NWT
Buffalo Airways, where Ice Pilots NWT is filmed

This is the third in a series of posts about my trip to NWT, Canada’s Northwest Territories. I don’t often find myself in the outer reaches of cable, so I hadn’t kept up on the emerging popularity of the NWT as a hotbed for reality stars. On my visit, tour guides caught me up, fast. […]