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Surf’s Up In Morocco

I grew up hearing stories about Morocco from my father, a World War II Army veteran whose unit helped push German General Erwin Rommel - the “Desert Fox” - and his soldiers out of North Africa. Several maps of the country - showing U.S. troop positions - decorated my...

England’s Petersham Nurseries Café: Michelin Worthy Dining in a Nursery.

It’s rare in our journalistic family when we venture out together to cover a story focused on both of our areas of interest–wine and food in my case and gardening for Mary. Granted, gardening and food and wine are very much related; but how often do you visit a...

India’s Exotic Pushkar Camel Fair

We had been traveling with our trusted Indian driver for more than a week on our 17-day odyssey through India and Nepal. He weaved expertly through the Pushkar Pass (Ghati), a twisty 30-mile road that connected the city of Ajmer to our destination, Pushkar, on the...

Breathtaking Blend: Tokara Wine Estate

By Mary James South Africa -- Art and architecture, vineyards and gardens, wine-making and fine cuisine - all are equals in the stellar blend that is Tokara Wine Estate, the first of the area’s wineries we visited. A half-hour Uber drive from Franschhoek (only 3 miles...

Postcards from Vietnam

      Dear Ron, Traffic in Vietnam is famous. Maybe not tourist-attraction famous, but definitely a phenomenon. We’re talking about motorbike traffic. Motorbikes swarm Vietnam like monster bees. Buzzing, roaring, put-putting down every street, along...

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ADVENTURE ON THE KASBAH TRAIL

ADVENTURE ON THE KASBAH TRAIL

BY KITTY MORSE I first travelled as a child with my parents along Morocco”s mythical Kasbah Trail, the narrow ribbon of asphalt that links a string of crenelated kasbahs (fortified Berber villages) in the shadow of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. In the...

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The Fear of Travel

In today’s world, fear is rampant in almost every aspect of our lives - global warming, the economy, healthcare, international politics, and yes, even travel. Even the unintended consequences of...

Our Award-Winning Magazine

This issue will mark the first full year of publication of Wine Dine & Travel Magazine. Little did we imagine when we decided to venture into travel publishing that we would come so far so...

Europe’s King River: A River Cruise Down the Rhine

While floating quietly and seamlessly down “Europe’s King River,” we wandered through castles, Christmas markets and classic cathedrals; we ambled through picture-perfect riverfront cities whose...

Postcards from Vietnam

      Dear Ron, Traffic in Vietnam is famous. Maybe not tourist-attraction famous, but definitely a phenomenon. We’re talking about motorbike traffic. Motorbikes swarm Vietnam like...

Postcards from John & Jody : Austin, Texas

Dear Ron, You can’t go to Texas without buying cowboy boots. Well at least one of us can’t. We’d just scored the perfect pair — cherry red boots with broncos bucking down the shins — when we heard a...

Lanzarote: Spain’s Out of this World Island

By Amy Laughinghouse As my airplane swoops down towards Lanzarote, the scene growing ever larger outside the cabin windows isn’t really what I was expecting. With its barren, brownish-red surface...

Celebrating German Christmas Markets

Envision yourself snuggled in woolens, meandering the cobbled streets of a snow-dusted medieval fairytale village. With a steaming mug of glühwein in hand, you’re browsing festive stalls decked with...

Dancing through the Panama Canal

By Maribeth Mellin Dancing was foremost on my mind while planning a recent Panama Canal Cruise. I needed a ship with at least one great music venue where my husband and I could let loose—and it had...

England’s Petersham Nurseries Café: Michelin Worthy Dining in a Nursery.

It’s rare in our journalistic family when we venture out together to cover a story focused on both of our areas of interest–wine and food in my case and gardening for Mary. Granted, gardening and...

Coimbra: One of the Oldest College Towns

We’ve always been high on college towns in our travels. We can always count on an interesting and lively community, big on culture and the arts, and overflowing with interesting eateries that...

Are Change Fees Really Gone for Good?

Last week, four airlines—United, Delta, American, and Alaska—announced they were permanently axing change fees, which for domestic flights had typically been $200 (plus any fare difference). Hooray! Sort of. On balance, this is a positive move for travelers, but it’s not nearly the panacea that...

Walla Walla ‘America’s Best Wine Region

WALLA WALLA, Wash., Aug. 21, 2020 The Walla Walla Valley has been named America's Best Wine Region in the 2020 USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice awards following a month-long nationwide public vote. Walla Walla Valley has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious award three consecutive...

Costa Crociere suspends 2020-2021 season in South America

SÃO PAULO, Sept. 7, 2020 -- Costa Crociere, the leading cruise line in Europe and a part of Carnival Corporation, today announced the cancellation of the arrival of its ships for the 2020-2021 season in South America. All cruises aboard the Costa Fascinosa, Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica ships...

Enchanted Princess Officially Joins Princess Cruises Fleet

The newly completed Enchanted Princess was delivered to Princess Cruises today in an official handover ceremony presented via live streaming video from the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. With the arrival of this 145,000-ton, 3,660-guest ship, Enchanted Princess expands the Princess...

Flamenco Lessons Online

The National Institute of Flamenco, a partner of Visit Albuquerque, offers online after school programs for middle and high school students ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., -- Enrollment is now open for the National Institute of Flamenco's Conservatory of Flamenco Arts online After School Program. The...

Ready for a Road Trip? Here’s COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Restrictions By State

COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Restrictions By State Last updated on 09/03/2020 Like many elements of travel, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on domestic travel. Constantly changing restrictions and guidelines leave many travelers unsure about...

Game Changer? $5 COVID-19 test gives results in 15 Minutes

A new portable $5 COVID-19 test that gives results in 15 minutes may be a fundamental change for the travel industry. Combined with a free mobile app, NAVICA, which acts as digital health pass, could be the silver bullet the travel and hospitality industry has been looking for. Cruise lines can...

Belize Opens for American Tourism

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE – The Prime Minister of Belize, the Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow, made the official announcement that Belize’s international airport (BZE), the Philip Goldson International Airport will be opened on Oct. 1, 2020, as part of the country’s five-phase re-opening strategy for tourism....

100,000 Restaurants Closed Six Months into Pandemic

Washington, D.C. — Six months following the first shutdown of restaurants for the coronavirus pandemic, the restaurant industry is in limbo. According to a new survey released today by the National Restaurant Association, nearly 1 in 6 restaurants (representing nearly 100,000 restaurants) is...

Oaxaca, Mexico, is No. 1 City in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

NEW YORK, July 8, 2020  -- Meredith Corporation's (NYSE: MDP) Travel + Leisure announces the results of the World's Best Awards 2020 readers' survey, revealing the top travel destinations and companies in the U.S. and around the globe. This year marks the 25th edition of this annual readers'...

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The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe: Country Comfort at a Timeless Retreat

I love a hotel with character. When we travel, we avoid the ubiquitous chain, whether or not it’s five-star. So we were very excited as we drove the winding eucalyptus-lined two lane road into Rancho Santa Fe to check into the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, a Southern...

Auberge Saint-Antoine: where history meets hospitality

Perfect is a pretty high bar, and I suppose that one person's perfect is another's pretty good. This hotel made us feel good! Located in the heart of the Old Port in Quebec City, Auberge Saint-Antoine offers guests a historic decor and atmosphere, coupled with...

The Grove Park Inn

Imagine you had a rich aunt with exquisite taste in fabrics, antiques and food. And she owned 19 acres on the banks of an agate green lake. Then imagine a comforting (and elegant) lake house furnished with deeply cushioned sofas fronted by stacks of coffee-table...

THE ARCH LONDON

Before boarding a cruise ship in Southampton earlier this year, we opted to stay in London for a couple of days to shake off jet lag, relax and enjoy one of the great cities of the world. Our search for an upscale but affordable hotel within walking distance of some...

INTRODUCING WINE DINE & TRAVEL’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Meet Wine Dine & Travel Magazine’s newest YouTube channel. The video series, produced by our team of veteran travel writers as they explore the world. Many of our Wine Dine & Travel YouTube videos are integrated into the new interactive editions of the magazine. 

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FIRST PLACE FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FEATURE 2019

26 first place awards in 2018-19. Since 2013, our first year, Wine Dine & Travel has earned nearly a hundred awards for everything that makes a great magazine. We’ve won top awards in every key category, including editorial, design, humor, photography, and columns. We’re proud we continue to receive these accolades year in and out from the most respected journalism organizations in the nation, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.

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FIRST PLACE FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FEATURE (SATWA) 2019

26 first place awards in 2018-19. Since 2013, our first year, Wine Dine & Travel has earned nearly a hundred awards for everything that makes a great magazine. We’ve won top awards in every key category, including editorial, design, humor, photography, and columns. We’re proud we continue to receive these accolades year in and out from the most respected journalism organizations in the nation, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.

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FIRST PLACE FOR DOMESTIC TRAVEL FEATURE  2019

26 first place awards in 2018-19. Since 2013, our first year, Wine Dine & Travel has earned nearly a hundred awards for everything that makes a great magazine. We’ve won top awards in every key category, including editorial, design, humor, photography, and columns. We’re proud we continue to receive these accolades year in and out from the most respected journalism organizations in the nation, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.

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FIRST PLACE FOR FEATURE STORY LAYOUT 2019

26 first place awards in 2018-19. Since 2013, our first year, Wine Dine & Travel has earned nearly a hundred awards for everything that makes a great magazine. We’ve won top awards in every key category, including editorial, design, humor, photography, and columns. We’re proud we continue to receive these accolades year in and out from the most respected journalism organizations in the nation, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.

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FIRST PLACE MAGAZINE FOOD STORY 2019

26 first place awards in 2018-19. Since 2013, our first year, Wine Dine & Travel has earned nearly a hundred awards for everything that makes a great magazine. We’ve won top awards in every key category, including editorial, design, humor, photography, and columns. We’re proud we continue to receive these accolades year in and out from the most respected journalism organizations in the nation, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.

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BEST OF SHOW/FIRST PLACE  TRAVEL STORY 2018

26 first place awards in 2018-19. Since 2013, our first year, Wine Dine & Travel has earned nearly a hundred awards for everything that makes a great magazine. We’ve won top awards in every key category, including editorial, design, humor, photography, and columns. We’re proud we continue to receive these accolades year in and out from the most respected journalism organizations in the nation, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.

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MEET THE WINE DINE AND TRAVEL WRITING TEAM

Mary james

Mary Hellman James is an award-winning San Diego journalist and editor. After a 29-year-career with The San Diego Union-Tribune, she has been a freelance garden writer and a columnist for San Diego Home-Garden/Lifestyles magazine and co-publisher and editor of Wine Dine & Travel Magazine.

Ron James

Ron James is the “wine, food and travel guy.” He is a national award-winning print and online journalist, graphic designer, television producer and radio personality. The native Californians nationally syndicated wine and food columns have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. Ron is founder, editor and publisher of Wine Dine & Travel Magazine.

Maribeth Mellin

Maribeth Mellin is an award-winning journalist whose travel articles have appeared in Endless Vacation Magazine, U-T San Diego and Dallas Morning News among others. She also travels and writes for several websites including CNN Travel, Concierge.com and Zagat, and has authored travel books on Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii and California.

Alison Darosa

Alison DaRosa is a six-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for travel writing, the most prestigious prize in travel journalism. She served 15 years as Travel Editor of The San Diego Union-Tribune and was the award-winning editor of the San Diego News Network Travel Page. Alisonwrites a monthly Travel Deals column for the San Diego Union-Tribune and is a regular freelance contributor to the travel sections of the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and AOL Travel. Learn more about Alison on her website, www.AlisdaRosa.com.

John Muncie and jody Jaffe

Jody and John are award-winning journalists and novelists. John is a Lowell Thomas Award-Winner and was feature editor of The San Diego Union-Tribune, arts editor of The Baltimore Sun and writer-editor-columnist for the travel department of The Los Angeles Times. Jody was a journalist at the Charlotte Observer, where she was on a team that won the Pulitzer Prize. Her articles have been published in many publications including The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. They live on a farm in Lexington, Virginia.

Sharon larsen

Sharon Whitley Larsen’s work has appeared in many major publications, including Reader’s Digest (and 19 international issues), Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and Los Angeles Times Magazine. She’s the author of British Travel Tidbits (2017) and Travel Tidbits (2018), published by Sanbun Publishers in New Delhi. Sharon also had a two-year travel column “Travel Tidbits” in the Union Jack newspaper. Her favorite topic is travel (favorite destination London)..

carl larsen

Carl H. Larsen is a veteran journalist based in San Diego. He now focuses on travel writing, and is summoned to pull out his notebook whenever there’s the plaintive cry of a steam locomotive nearby. In San Diego, he is a college-extension instructor who has led courses on the Titanic and the popular TV series “Downton Abbey.”

Brian Clark

Brian Clark is a Madison, Wisconsin-based writer and photographer who likes to ski, kayak, scuba dive, bicycle and sail as often he can. A former staff writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune, he now contributes to a number of publications.

Amy Laughinghouse

London-based writer and photographer Amy Laughinghouse has attempted to overcome her fears (and sometimes basic common sense) through her adventures in 30 countries around the world. She dishes on the perks and perils of globetrotting for publications like LonelyPlanet.com, AAA Journey Magazine, Virtuoso Life, and The Dallas Morning News. Her travel tales can also be found on her website, www.amylaughinghouse.com.

Kitty morse

Kitty Morse is a Casablanca-born food and travel writer, speaker, and author of 11 cookbooks, five of them on the cuisine of her native Morocco. Her memoir, Mint Tea and Minarets: a banquet of Moroccan memories, and its French translation, Le Riad au Bord de l’Oued, are both recipients of a Gourmand World Award. https://www.kittymorse.com.

Margie Goldsmith

Margie Goldsmith is a NYC-based author, writer and photographer who has explored 140 countries on seven continents. She has won 85 awards including the prestigious Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Gold Award. She has written over 1,000 articles for Robb Report, Travel + Leisure, Business Jet Traveler, American Way, Hemispheres, Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail.

Priscilla Lister

Priscilla Lister is a longtime journalist in her native San Diego. She has covered many subjects over the years, but travel is her favorite. Her work, including photography, has appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Alaska Airlines’ magazine and numerous other publications throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is the author of “Take a Hike: San Diego County,” a comprehensive hiking guide to 260 trails in amazing San Diego County.

Diane Covington-Carter

Diane worked for the Ojai Valley news before becoming a free-lance journalist. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Hemispheres,  Reader’s Digest, The Sun, More Magazine, Sierra Alive. She has  been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Napa Valley Register, Sacramento Bee, the San Diego Union Tribune,  among other newspapers. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

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