My palate has come a long way from my "Europe through the gutter" days, when my travel diet consisted of peanut butter and strawberry jam on cheap baguettes. Now one of my favorite parts of travel is sampling local specialties. From horse meat in France to pig's ears in Spain, I make it a point to try dishes that make a place unique -- no matter...Read more
Nancy O'Dell is best known as the host of "Entertainment Tonight." She has traveled worldwide interviewing everyone from President Obama to Angelina Jolie and, if she can make it happen, she'll bring her children (Ashby, Carson and Tyler) with her.
"My favorite memories are of my children and my husband walking along the beaches searching for ...Read more
Have you noticed lately that when theme parks add new attractions they add entire lands, not just one ride or show?
That was the case again recently when Disney Parks announced megawatt additions to Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. -- whole new lands with multiple attractions designed around the "Star Wars" and "Toy Story" movie franchises.
IF YOU GO
WHERE TO STAY
La Bellasera Hotel & Suites, 206 Alexa Court, Paso Robles; (805) 238-2834, www.labellasera.com. This hotel is convenient for those visiting wineries and distilleries off California 46. It's a short drive or Uber ride to downtown Paso Robles. Doubles from $199.
Paso Robles Inn, 1103 Spring St.; (805) 238-2660 or (800) ...Read more
My designated driver deserved to have just as much fun as I did. This can only mean one thing: shopping. Here are some options offering antiques, clothing and even artisanal soaps.
Reminisce Antiques Etc., 1344 Pine St., Paso Robles; (805) 239-1001, www.reminiscepasorobles.blogspot.com. You'll find multiple vendors in one large space, so you ...Read more
The key to keeping upright during a day of spirit tastings is to stay hydrated and well fed. That's also the key to keeping your designated driver happy. It's easy to see -- and taste -- a lot in Paso Robles' compact downtown. And unlike upscale restaurants in Napa Valley, here they have white tablecloths -- without the attitude. You can sit ...Read more
PASO ROBLES, Calif. -- I frantically flipped through pages of handwritten directions, unable to tell my designated driver the way to the next winery. The repeating scenery -- rolling golden hills dotted with grapevines growing in straight rows -- made it difficult to tell one dirt road from the next. With little to no cell reception, GPS was not...Read more
You want to get in on the Paso Robles craft distillery movement before the hipsters take over. Here are five distilleries offering tastes.
KroBar: This tasting room is as cozy as it gets, with a vintage bar handed down through generations of co-owner Stephen Kroener's family, an antique piano and furniture. I visited the distillery, behind the ...Read more
The Promise of ProvencePatricia Sands
Fifty, suddenly divorced and alone, can be an opportunity to begin something better than you ever dreamed … see for yourself … Life often changes when we least expect it and that’s what this story is all about. After a year of heartbreak, Katherine Price impulsively agrees to a home ...
If you’re looking for a great getaway that has a big ‘do not disturb’ sign attached to it, sign up for a seasonal repositioning cruise.
At this time of year, cruise lines are moving their ships from one shining sea to another to prepare for their winter itineraries in warm waters, and they offer passengers really good deals on voyages ...Read more
Q: My 18-year-old daughter recently flew from Portland, Oregon, to Jacksonville, Florida, connecting through Atlanta. Her flight on Delta Air Lines was delayed more than three hours into the wee hours of the morning.
When she arrived home, a book with sentimental value, which she had been given for graduation, was gone from her luggage. Also ...Read more
Forget the latest theme park attractions. How about a farm tour or cooking lesson on your next trip to Orlando?
OK, maybe not, though Grande Lakes Orlando, home to the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott, does both and JW Marriott Executive Chef Jadan Sheive points to the popularity of the resort's new ...Read more
Europe is a treasure chest of great cultural monuments. But it's also a continent filled with natural beauty -- often overlooked by tourists sprinting from sight to sight, or searching for the perfect souvenir. I've found that a day biking in the great outdoors can be just as culturally fulfilling as time spent in a great church or art gallery. ...Read more
Former "Top Chef" winner Kristen Kish was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Michigan, by her adoptive parents and has called Boston, Massachusetts home for the past decade. In the new Travel Channel series "36 Hours," she and former pro soccer player Kyle Martino explore culinary experiences in cities such as Berlin, Barcelona and ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Walk the floor of the D23 Disney fan expo, which was held this month in Anaheim, and the biggest storyline was clear. Two of the largest exhibits were dedicated to the Disney parks -- one a look back at 60 years of Disney history and one a look forward, a preview of the Shanghai Disneyland in development and an "Avatar"-...Read more
Lancaster isn't the only place you can sleep in a train car. There's also the Caboose Motel at the Titusville and Oil Creek Railroad in Northwest Pennsylvania, converted Pullman cars in Chattanooga, Tenn., and a clutch of caboose motels in the Pacific Northwest.
The website railfanmotels.com offers lodging tips for train buffs (motels located ...Read more
STRASBURG, Lancaster County -- Parents instinctively want to re-create their favorite childhood memories for their own children. When we adopted our son, now 5, he arrived with an innate love of trains that reflected and even outpaced my own childhood devotion to all things railroad. It was only a matter of time before we retraced my childhood ...Read more
In the heart of Santa Barbara's wine country, the California town of Los Alamos is slow to awaken in the mornings. It's quiet along Bell Street, the main drag lined with vintage storefronts clustered around a flagpole. But at lunchtime, doors swing open, corks pop and local eateries come to life.
You might think this quirky spot was once a cow ...Read more
If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way, take the highway that's the best,
Get your kicks on Route 66.
-- Bobby Troup
I'm rocketing down a two-lane country road outside Amarillo, Texas, in the sidecar of a Russian army motorcycle. It's nearly midnight, and we're blasting through the hot, dry Panhandle darkness in search of a man named ...Read more
Whether you take to the skies to get to a much anticipated once in a lifetime vacation destination or flight is a required and routine component of your professional commitments, air travel is taxing on your body.
Of course, the most common complaint from travelers is jet lag. But a disrupted sleep cycle isn’t the only change your body ...Read more
Q: Our son William died in an automobile accident in May. The time following this tragedy was taken up with grief, with us attempting to reconcile and resolve his personal affairs. In June, I found evidence that our son and his girlfriend had airline reservations with Allegiant for round-trip travel from Orlando to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky ...Read more