A City Oasis at the Four Seasons Mexico City

When planning a July trip to Mexico City (aka CDMX) with some dear friends of ours, we had the usual objectives when searching for a hotel: nice accomodations, good service, great location. But because we were traveling with friends, we also looked for a hotel with common areas where we could hang out. The Four Seasons Mexico City checked all of those boxes, but it was the courtyard that really sold us… and it all totally exceeded our expectations once we arrived.

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San Francisco Travel Guide, Part 1

In the past five years, I’ve racked up a long list of “favorite” San Francisco restaurants because it’s too hard to narrow it down to just one or two.

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2017 Year in Review

Some highlights of where we traveled, what we ate, what I grew in my garden, what we watched, what we read, and the ways we worked in the last year.

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Argentine Splendor at the Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

It’s hard not to love a palace built in the 1930s, especially one that’s been meticulously restored and modernized. The Palace side of the hotel boasts crystal chandeliers, intricately carved wooden doors, and historic details. The Tower side is sleek, contemporary, and posh in a totally different way.

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A Few Stops in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Even though I spent a large part of my childhood in North Carolina, I never spent much time in Winston-Salem. The city was built around the tobacco industry, which declined decades ago. Even though a strong university and hospital presence remained, the city was left with a lot of abandoned warehouses and historical structures. But a recent renaissance has filled those spaces with cool breweries and trendy restaurants.

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Asheville Travel Guide

Asheville is a quirky little city in Western North Carolina, known for the Biltmore House, beer, hippies, and more recently, a great food scene. It’s a place to escape normal. And good news if you like traveling with your pup: many Asheville establishments are dog-friendly.

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Around the World, Around the Web

For this month’s installment of Around the World, Around the Web, the links are focused on tips for where to stay, eat, drink, shop, and play in 9 Southern cities + 1 rural resort.

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Around the World, Around the Web

Around the World, Around the Web is a monthly list of travel-related links for wanderlust inspiration. This month’s theme is Christmas in July, because it’s time to start planning a Christmas trip!

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Chicago Travel Guide

I’ve heard it’s hard to beat Chicago on a sunny summer day, and if our recent trip is any indication, then I totally agree. A stroll along the Riverwalk, down the Lakefront Trail, or through Millennium Park shows the city’s masterful marriage of nature and architecture. There are activities suited for all ages and budgets, including pro sports games, boat tours, shopping, and my activity of choice: eating. From Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza to artful fine dining to trendy food halls, there’s something for everyone.

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When Love Transcends a Language Barrier

In March of this year, I traveled to the northeastern coast of Brazil with my husband’s family. We didn’t embark on nearly 20 hours of travel (each way) for an off-the-beaten-path, exotic vacation. We went because there were two church communities in Fortaleza, Brazil that loved my late mother-in-law so much that they wanted to honor her life; and they wanted us to be there.

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