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Discovering Mendocino's Wild Coast

By Ron & Mary James

During our week-long visit, Mendocino surprised and delighted us with its rugged beauty as only few other destinations have.

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Exploring  the Golden State’s Hiking Trails
Exploring the Golden State’s Hiking Trails

Where redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean, hike to a waterfall that empties onto a sandy beach cove. Under the canopy of Monterey cypress trees, those twisting, wind-shaped evergreens will lead you to turquoise coastal waters pounding against the rocks.
In ancient storied...

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Sampling Germany

Sampling Germany

I had little idea what to expect as I awaited my flight to Frankfurt, way back during my traveling days in 2019. To begin my education, I stopped at an airport bar for a beer and soft pretzel—a duo I planned on sampling frequently while in Germany. I'd never been to...

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Oregon Coast Retreat

Oregon Coast Retreat

Head Lighthouse. The 93-foot-tall brick tower sits at the crest of a narrow windswept bluff that juts nearly a mile into the thrashing ocean. In the wrought iron cradle atop the tower, oil-burning wicks have given way to commercially powered LED bulbs. They light the...

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Searching for the James Family in Ireland

There’s no doubt that searching for your family roots is much like a detective novel, only you know that there’s going to be a case solved at the end of the novel… not always the case in genealogy. ...

The Corona Corridore

The world is a much different place than it was when our last edition published. Since then, the Covid-19 pandemic has turned life upside down. Chances are, travel as we have known it will never be...

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...

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...

JEFF BORMES: THE COOLINARY ARTIST

By Ron James So far, I've gushed about all of the great dining Spanish and Portuguese establishments reviewed in this feature. And no wonder – these are the best of the best we experienced in the...

Home Sweet Home

We’re getting ready for our next travel adventure, flying out in two days for Hawaii and then on to New Zealand and Australia. It seems as if we just got back from our last outing – six weeks of...

NOEL MCMEEL: IRELAND’S CULINARY EVANGELIST

By Ron James It’s been more than three decades since I last set foot on Irish soil. I have many fond memories of that visit; however hard as I try, I can’t remember what I ate – although I do...

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....

For Foodies and Gardener’s: Petersham Nurseries Café

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...

NORWAY: FANTASTIC FJORDS, HISTORIC VILLAGES & SCRUMPTIOUS SEAFOOD

Picture a dark blue crystalline sea that winds through narrow passages flanked by virtually vertical rocky cliffs rising some 4,000 feet high, where isolated, historic wooden farmhouses dot...

Dominica Rolls Out “Work in Nature” Extended Stay Visa

Roseau, Dominica – Dominica has officially launched its extended-stay visa program dubbed Work in Nature (WIN), which provides the opportunity to work remotely for up to 18 months on the island. Dominica is well positioned to welcome professionals and entrepreneurs as part of the WIN program,...

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad’s Engines Warm-Up

BASS LAKE, CA – Located 14-miles from the south gate entrance of Yosemite National Park, Bass Lake is known for sparkling warm water, boating, fishing, hiking, and majestic Bald Eagles. Many visitors return year after year, making this destination a family tradition. Locals know, and newbies soon...

Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement Opens June 5

Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement in rural Montgomery County, Tennessee, celebrates its 2021 season-opening weekend June 5-6. The 40-acre, open-air property showcases pioneer life from 1840-1900 with 16 authentically furnished buildings. One new feature that visitors will enjoy this year is...

Stay in a Conestoga Wagon in 25 States

(BLOOMINGTON, IDAHO) With the network of Resorts offering stays in the comfort of a modern Conestoga® Wagon, built by Conestoga Wagon Company®, it is possible for vacationers to create their own pioneer trail across the United States. Travelers have the option of embarking from the east as the...

Tuscany Now & More Launches New Culinary Experiences

Celebrate Italian Cooking from the Comfort of your Luxury Villa Tuscany Now & More is delighted launch new culinary experiences for summer 2021. These gourmet adventures have been designed to bring Italian food to life and provide guests with an immersive holiday centred around the joys of...

U.S. Travel Calls for Path to Restart Cruising

WASHINGTON - U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement: “The standard of evidence should be exceptionally high for rules that effectively single out certain industries as other parts of the economy are allowed to reopen. Restrictions have taken a...

Longest Head-First Racing Zipline Course in USA 

New 10-story Soar Like an Eagle attraction plunges riders into the forests along the Wisconsin River WISCONSIN DELLS, Wi. March 2021: Chula Vista Resort announced today it is adding Soar Like an Eagle, the Midwest's first racing prone zipline course, to Dells Zipline Adventures, the outdoor aerial...

What’s New in Sonoma County April 2021

  SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, April 1, 2021 – After hitting pause on world travel for a whole year, the rolling hills of Sonoma County burst with color and wildflowers emerge with a revitalized energy. Local orchards and vineyards beckon with rejuvenating farm tours and vineyard hikes, new...

U.S. Travel Lauds New CDC Travel Guidance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on Friday's announcement that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will substantially relax the guidance on travel for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID: “The...

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....

WINE DINE & TRAVEL’S FAVORITE DESTINATION ACCOMODATIONS

INN AT NEWPORT RANCH

It’s funny how fate waves its magic wand to grant a pleasant surprise. Veteran travelers delight in these serendipitous moments, ones never forgotten. Our stay at the Inn at Newport Ranch was one of those. A few days before our road trip began, we received an...

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...

EXPLORING THE WORLD SINCE 2013

READ ANY OF OUR LASTEST EDITIONS BELOW AND WE THINK YOU’LL AGREE WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHER TRAVEL ENTHUSIASTS THAT WINE DINE & TRAVEL MAGAZINE IS NOT ONLY THE “BEST FREE MAGAZINE IN THE WORLD.” BUT ONE OF THE GREAT TRAVEL MAGAZINES PERIOD.

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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.

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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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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