Miami Beach

Finding My Zen (Again and Again) in Miami Beach

I grew up in Florida, but never wandered southeast down the 268 miles to Miami Beach. I didn’t see the point: my hometown, St. Petersburg, is a peninsula, so I was never far from the beach, fresh seafood, and sun-kissed skin. Besides, my vision of Miami included bronzed bodies in Brazilian bikinis, convertibles blasting obnoxious music, sweaty clubs full of seizure-inducing strobe lights and […]

Rancho-la-Puerta

Rancho La Puerta

Nourishing Body, Mind & Spirit at the World’s First Destination Spa & Fitness Ranch Crisp mountain air fills up my lungs as I breathe heavily in the light of the early morning. As I make my final ascent to the summit of the rocky mountain, my legs burn in the best possible way. I follow the narrow path around prickly shrubs and […]

Napa

Napa, California

There are a lot of reasons to love Napa, California: the stunning vistas, the glorious California weather, the relaxed atmosphere, world class dining (yes, even gluten-free), and of course the wine. When most people speak of Napa, they are actually referring to the Napa Valley – a world famous 30-mile wine region located just an […]

Margaret River

Margaret River, Australia

I ’ve been visiting Margaret River since before I was born. The surf town, a three hour drive south of Perth in Western Australia, has changed a lot since my father purchased a block of land in the late 70’s. Since then the wine industry in the South West has boomed and Perth families want […]

Marche-de-Noel

Le Marche de Noel

Living abroad is an exhilarating adventure. Since moving to Switzerland, I have had the opportunity to learn a new language, experience a new culture, taste and cook new recipes, and of course make new friends. However, as wonderfully exciting as all of it has been, the holiday season always presents a challenge. The reality of […]

Switzerland

La Gruyère, Switzerland

If I were to recommend any region of Switzerland to visit, it would be La Gruyère in the canton of Fribourg in the French- speaking Suisse-Romande. The charming historic village of Gruyères-Ville and the surrounding area are not only famous for its namesake – Gruyère cheese – but also a number of sights to see […]