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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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DISCOVERING SANTA FE

DISCOVERING SANTA FE

There’s always a silver lining if you look hard enough. Santa Fe was ours. Portugal and Spain were on our spring calendar for a three-month stay, but the pandemic got in the way. After being fully vaccinated, our wanderlust kicked into high gear,...

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A Delicious Routine in Portugal

After a month in Portugal, things are becoming routine, like making Saturday and Sunday breakfasts. This morning I made us bacon, cheddar cheese, and egg sandwiches. What makes it special was that the beautiful rolls were super fresh. This morning...

Santa Fe’s Canyon Road: A Tour & History

If we had to name Santa Fe’s top draw for us, it would be Canyon Road. We have collected art from around the world as mementos of our travel adventures. Yet, compared to many other art communities we’ve visited, Canyon Road stands apart. Not only...

CRUISING ANTARCTICA

By: Margie Goldsmith You can do this, I told myself. I stripped out of my yellow expedition jacket, wool cap, gloves, fleece layers, tights, rain pants, and long underwear, down to my bathing suit. I was ready to step into the frigid South Atlantic...

Uncharted Waters: Traveling in the Time of Covid

We’re about to begin a three-month adventure in Spain and Portugal. It’s been a long time in coming, for obvious reasons. Over the past 18 months, we planned the trip three times, but Covid surges and lockdowns in the US and in Europe forced us to...

ALBION RIVER INN

For our second evening in Mendocino, we were fortunate enough to snag a reservation at the Albion River Inn, a 15-minute drive from our hotel at Little River. The highly recommended restaurant is on everyone’s best Northern California Coastal...
Jungle Fever
Jungle Fever

Last March in Medellin, Colombia, I purchased a crystal necklace for my daughter from a street vendor. The craftsman, Impushima Mauricio was from an indigenous Amazonas tribe...

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CRUISING ANTARCTICA

CRUISING ANTARCTICA

By: Margie Goldsmith You can do this, I told myself. I stripped out of my yellow expedition jacket, wool cap, gloves, fleece layers, tights, rain pants, and long underwear,...

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The Tiger

The Tiger

The jungle was quiet that evening. As I stepped out of the shower and toweled off, the only sounds I heard were the occasional distant call of a "barking" deer and the...

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WINE DINE & TRAVEL BLOGS

Rough Seas

  By Ron & Mary James Mary and I have had many chats lately about our upcoming booked cruises. We wonder if they will be cancelled as the pandemic persists. We speculate about radical changes in the cruise...

A Delicious Routine in Portugal

After a month in Portugal, things are becoming routine, like making Saturday and Sunday breakfasts. This morning I made us bacon, cheddar cheese, and egg sandwiches. What makes it special was that the beautiful rolls were...
Ron and Mary James with their new friend Daniel

A NEW WORLD OF FRIENDSHIPS

Not that long ago that friends were folks who met in your neighborhood, church, clubs or work. Most were local; long-distance relationships were rarely forged, except for relatives scattered around the country. Today,...

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 American presidential...

White-Knuckle Travel Time: Covid Vaccination Proof & Testing

International travel is never easy. But in the time of covid, it’s become a lot more difficult. Our upcoming trip in a few days to Portugal and Spain highlights all these new challenges. No wonder we’ve faced greater...

The Trouble With Tabarca Island

On our trip from the Alicante airport to our apartment of the many stairs and no elevator, our nice landlord pointed out a sleek orange catamaran docked in the marina. “That’s the Kon Tiki,” she said, “the ferry to Tabarca...

Hello Alfama, Lisbon!

Jet lag city. After our somewhat grueling journey from San Diego, we grabbed a quick bite, checked into our apartment, and flopped down on the comfy bed until we came to four hours later. Feeling human, at least for the...

Alicante’s Castle Santa Barbara

Alicante's Santa Barbara Castle, among the largest medieval fortresses in Spain, is the symbol of this historic city. It also dominates the dramatic view through the wall-to-wall glass doors in our apartment. After watching...

Villajoyosa: Spain’s Happy Beachtown

Our visit to one of the city’s chocolate factories had a sweet ending, but the genuine star of our visit to Villajoyosa was the seaside town itself. The adventure begins at the top of the old town, where the remnants of...

Sometimes Travel Adventures Can Be a Real Pain

We felt we had dodged a bullet when we missed the 48-hour strike on July 17 by airport workers in Portugal. The work stoppage caused the cancellation of some 600 flights in two days and stranded passengers who waited in...

WINE DINE & TRAVEL FAVORITE PLACES TO STAY & DINE

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...

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World-Class Dining at Sazón Sante Fe

Sazón and Sassella, restaurants owned by their respective executive chefs, and Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra, top our “Best of the Best” list. TripAdvisor reviewers agree, ranking them number one and two of the best Santa Fe restaurants. Sazón also leapfrogged to...

WINE DINE & TRAVEL AWARDS

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 AWARD-WINNING WINE DINE & TRAVEL WRITERS

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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