food, travel

Two Days in Maryland

The swans glided across the sparkling blue water.  The long branches of the white birches reached upward, standing out against the deep blue sky and their neighboring bare trees.  The day was cold but clear as my companion and I explored Patapsco Valley State Park.  I had returned to Maryland the night before for a quick… Read More Two Days in Maryland


A Sparkling Afternoon in Boston

It was like returning to France and Italy, via Boston, but without having to go through Logan Airport. Carolina Wine & Spirits last Tuesday sponsored its Season’s Best Sparkling Wine and Totally Tuscany wine tasting at Lucca Back Bay restaurant.  The event blended the highlights of both countries, with around 200 wines to sample and generous amounts… Read More A Sparkling Afternoon in Boston


A Spring Weekend in Newport

Plastic-covered white boats rocked in the driving rain as my travel companion and I watched from our table for four overlooking the small marina.  We were in Newport for another weekend break from the on-going renovation of my house.  Still thrilled with my wonderful birthday stay at the Hotel on North, we had reserved a… Read More A Spring Weekend in Newport