All’s Whale in Massachusetts *** By Andrew T. Der

Waving pectoral flippers in the air while floating on its back for its amazed ocean audience, this magnificent Humpback Whale was the real thing – and only an hour after I left Gloucester Harbor under the watchful gaze of the Gorton’s Fishermen’s Memorial......more

Summer in the City

Cosmopolitan \koz-muh-pol-i-tn\ adj  1: glamorous 2: sophisticated 3: culturally diverse A charismatic city that’s oh-so-chic any time of year, Naples is west coast Florida’s prestigious answer to Palm Beach. Dining venues that delight gourmands, haute couture boutiques, championship golf courses and performing arts that please even the......more

Beach Tails

Sand between our toes, wet noses and wagging tails… oh and lobster tails… these are a few of our favorite things. So there was no doubt in our minds that we would celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary at the beach with our kids. Since they happen......more

There’s No Place Like Here

Roaring waves are a rarity when you live on Florida’s Gulf Coast. But a short drive across the state renders a different reality. Perched on the wide, sandy shores of Riviera Beach in northern Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa offers......more

Finding Nemo

If you liked Finding Nemo, you’ll love finding Mote. It delivers all the drama and color that captured your imagination in the fun fish tale, but here, it’s real. Colorful reef fish, toothy sharks and sensational sea turtles swim right before your eyes.......more

Eagle Island, Georgia – The Naked Truth

There are no less than seven mirrors gracing the walls of my tiny home. Not due to vanity, but rather, insecurity – and – to create the illusion of space. Eagle Island Lodge has but one mirror. The expansive structure certainly holds its......more

VIDEO: Five Basics of Puerto Rican Music and Dance *** By Mark Chesnut

Puerto Rico is a hotspot for music lovers, thanks to its diverse musical and dance traditions. An excellent place to sample five important aspects in one night is at the Le Lo Lei Festival, a weekly performance, sponsored by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. This VIDEO......more

Send us your Trip Clips!

Share your travels with us! Videos that are 30 seconds or less. Here's one from Michael Flanagan at the Grand Canyon, one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites that he has visited. Michael, this is simply, well, grand! ......more

Stars of the Silicon Valley

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are a few from a recent visit to some Silicon Valley icons. I've got a special "in" - as my brother-in-law was Apple's first Director of Operations and has the inside scoop on all things......more

Celebrate the New Year in America’s Oldest City

Thanks to Vacation Rental Pros for sharing the really cool infographic below about some of the fun things to do in St. Augustine. It's displayed as an image; you can also view (and share!) the live source here: Things to do in St. Augustine. ......more

Welcome to Charleston

Elegant and edgy, Charleston is sure to capture your attention… and your heart. Less than 300 miles from Ocala, it’s a short trek to a magical getaway. Think gardenia-scented antebellum charm, toss in windswept shoreline, culinary delights and lively......more

Condé Nast Traveler Votes for Paradise Coast

The readers of Condé Nast Traveler recently heralded Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades as a winning combination, placing three area properties in the Top 100 Reader’s Choice for Mainland U.S. Resorts. Naples’ Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort and its sister, Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, ranked 14th......more

Bradenton has Something to Brag About

Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Longboat Key, Florida, as the No. 2 island in all of North America, for its blend of wild, natural beauty and manicured elegance. Visit Florida reports.......more

Cruise Alaska, The Land of the Midnight Sun

Caribou, Moose and Bears, oh my! Alaska is a naturalist’s wonderland. It’s a place where glaciers thunder, whales breach and eagles soar. There’s no better way to discover the breathtaking beauty of Alaska than on a cruise vacation. You’ll have captivating on-board......more

Pet Friendly Resorts in Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota has not only earned its moniker as the "Cultural Capital of Florida," it could easily lay claim to the "Canine Capital," as well. This city by the bay on the west Florida coast is replete with pet friendly parks, restaurants and resorts,......more

In the Lap of Luxury at Sonoma Wine Country Inns *** By Emma and Yuri Krasov

The Pacific was not pacified. Between the strong wind and the deafening sound of rushing waves there was no place for a peaceful stroll on a beach or a picnic under a rock. I had to scramble the initial plan and resort......more

Bradenton Beach, Then and Now

On Bradenton Beach at Anna Maria Island, this is a segment of the "Gulf Beaches Story". Watch the entire video of Bradenton Beach at videoofannamariaisland.com with host Lisa Codianne Fowler; produced by Charles Robert Neuf.......more

Anna Maria Island

History and Travel on Anna Maria Island, Florida, narrated by Lisa Codianne Fowler. "Video of Anna Maria Island.com" is a Rich Media site exploring the old and the new on Anna Maria Island. The video is produced by Charles Robert Neuf and is part of the......more

Sarasota’s Golf Resorts Entertain Non-Golfers

Gracious greens, softly undulating fairways, tranquil waters… it’s no secret that Sarasota’s resorts boast some of the lushest links in the country. Longboat Key Club and Resort, The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota and The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort offer gorgeous championship courses that challenge golfers from novice......more

Worship On Water… A Different Kind of Trip

The Novelty The inaugural Worship On Water (WOW) departed from Cortez Village, Florida, last Sunday. It was an historical event. Little did I know when I guiltily packed my tiny camera – leaving behind my larger conspicuous one (it is church, after all) – that there would......more

Without Prior Notice: Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country *** By Stacey Wittig

Do you like surprises? I do. When driving past the golf course at night, I am pleasantly surprised when dark, humped shadows turn into elk cows and calves grazing peacefully. I like the unpredictably of our Arizona sunsets. Would we so admire the hot reds, fuchsias and......more

Enchanting Sedona

Your Truth may not lie in crystals, astrology or past life regression, purveyors of which you’ll find in abundance in the quirky, New Age capital of Sedona, Arizona. But you are guaranteed to experience an overwhelming, maybe even mystical sense of exhilaration in the presence of......more

Sailing Sarasota

Sarasota is a sailor’s delight. Dolphins leap along side starboard and port, and manatees lumber in our tepid waters; exotic birds nest on mangrove islands and scamper along sandy beaches. Our picturesque gulf, bays and inlets are perfect for dropping anchor, and reveal the secrets of......more

Forgotten Florida

Nestled amid the glitzy high-rises on Longboat Key lies Forgotten Florida; The Sandpiper Inn. An anachronistic single-story resort perched on the Gulf, the intimate enclave is a step back in time… to when innocence prevailed and nature ruled. I have a passion for wildlife, but also for......more

Palm Beach, Florida

The minute you cross the bridge to Palm Beach you know you've entered another world, one of European-styled mansions, spotless palm-lined streets, long sandy beaches, and Worth Avenue. The rich and famous live and play in this exclusive city that oozes wealth, privilege and high-octane glamour......more

St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine is rich in history, and in the late 1800s, "rich" was the operative word. It was a grand time of magnates, marvels and magnificent monuments... theatrical resorts, lavish architecture and conspicuous luxury.......more

Hot Dog Digs

The hot trend in travel is for resorts to cater to pets as well as their owners, and Sarasota overlooks no "de-tail" while leading the pack. In this pet-friendly paradise, every dog has its day, whether it's uptown, downtown, beachside or bayfront. Here's the scoop on......more

Eagle Island, Georgia

If your idea of Paradise is an uninhabited island with fishing, crabbing, boating and bonfires, you’ll be in hog heaven at private Eagle Island. Just 15 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and 10 minutes from the Intercoastal Waterway, the island is accessible only by boat, ensuring......more

Forgotten Florida

Perched amid the glitzy high-rises on Longboat Key lies Forgotten Florida. The Sandpiper Inn is reminiscent of "the good old days" - when the only sounds heard were laughing gulls and lapping waves. You can do as much or as little as you please. We opted......more

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Who’s the Boss?

“You've always got to remember, rock and roll's never been about giving up. For me, for a lot of kids, it was a totally positive force... not optimistic all the time, but positive. It was never, never about surrender.” ~ Bruce Springsteen DANCING IN THE DARK Live music......more

Beautiful St. Augustine Beachfront Vacation Rentals

Click here for beachfront vacation rental options in scenic and historic St. Augustine. St. Augustine Beachfront Vacation Rentals......more