From Shoes to Sex: 14 Intriguing Museums in North America

From Shoes to Sex: 14 Intriguing Museums in North America

While I enjoy visiting large institutions like the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to peruse their enormous collections, I have a special fondness for the smaller, and in some cases unusual or under-the-radar museums that I come across.

One for the Road: My 5 Day Nova Scotia Road Trip

One for the Road: My 5 Day Nova Scotia Road Trip

Road trip, food, wine… count me in! I love being behind the wheel heading down highways, new or familiar, and experiencing local food and wine along the way. So I was excited about a culinary trip in the South Shore and Bay of Fundy/Annapolis Valley regions of Nova Scotia

Taste of Nova Scotia Cocktail Challenge

Taste of Nova Scotia Cocktail Challenge

Many highlights of my road trip on the Nova Scotia Joy Ride involve indulging in fine food and spirits. No surprise — it was a culinary tour. But a pleasant surprise was having a chance to create my own cocktail concoction in a challenge with my three road trip rally mates — Kelsy Chauvin, Michele Sponagle, and Karen Schaler.

5 Favorite Highlights of Ferrara Italy

5 Favorite Highlights of Ferrara Italy

It was a whirlwind of a day trip to Ferrara, Italy from our base in Verucchio. We started out early for our 2-hour drive to Ferrara, 90 miles to the north (about 30 miles from Bologna). We left the driving to our Italian blogger friend, Alessandra Catania…

CabFestNV: Celebrating Napa Valley Cabernet

CabFestNV: Celebrating Napa Valley Cabernet

Cabernet Sauvignon, the red wine for which Napa Valley is especially famous, is Mr. TWS’s favorite wine. Cabernets from this famous Northern California wine region have a distinct cachet and are spoken of with respect in many of the world’s wine regions where first-class Cabernets are produced.

Bay Area Getaway at the Napa River Inn

Bay Area Getaway at the Napa River Inn

… Recently, we had a two night stay at the Napa River Inn. I’d previously heard very positive reviews of the hotel and can now understand why it gets such high marks and has the honor of being the only hotel in downtown Napa to have Michelin’s highest rating of 3 stars.

Second Date on the Napa Valley Wine Train

Second Date on the Napa Valley Wine Train

Back when Mr. TWS and I first got married in September, 1991 we were given a wedding gift certificate for a ride and lunch on the Napa Valley Wine Train. At that time, the Wine Train had been in operation for only two years. Now it was time for a second date.

Going Full Circle at Long Meadow Ranch

Going Full Circle at Long Meadow Ranch

Almost any day in California’s Napa Valley is a good day, even in the winter when the vines that cover so much of the region are bare. The scenery is still beautiful and the fresh air is rejuvenating. And if you know where to look, there are special Napa tours and experiences …