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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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Discovering Iberia

It was a beautiful day as we began our ascent up the coastal mountains from the Costa Brava city of Roses near the border with France. We were on a mission.
We had eaten our way from Portugal across...

Steam Dreams: a Reality for Railway Fans in Wales

Progress has taken a few steps back to yesteryear in Porthmadog, the Welsh town that has become one of the world’s top steam-railway centers. Each year about 300,000 steam-locomotive enthusiasts and...

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...

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...

A Most Excellent Cuban Adventure

By Kitty Morse Last December, my friend Susan and I bucked conventional wisdom, and headed for Cuba on the spur of the moment. Planning our custom itinerary was a breeze thanks to Vermont-based...

A Walk on the Wild Side: Hiking Lake Lucerne

“When I got lost, as I knew I would, could I surmount the Swiss/German language barrier to ask for help getting back on track? Would somebody send out a search party if I failed to show up at the...

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....

10 of the best Irish glamping and camping getaways

For little adventurers and adult explorers alike, the glamping and camping options around the island of Ireland are nothing short of endless Whether you’re looking for an intimate high-end luxury...

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...

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...

Airstream Launches Pottery Barn Special Edition Travel Trailer

JACKSON CENTER,  Airstream, Inc., maker of the iconic "silver bullet" travel trailer, today announced the launch of its new Pottery Barn Special Edition Travel Trailer – a 28-foot Airstream designed in partnership with Pottery Barn, a portfolio brand of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM), the...

United Airlines to Operate More than 40 Weekly Flights as England Re-Opens to U.S. Travelers

CHICAGO -- With today's announcement of England reopening to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. beginning Aug 2, United Airlines is making it easier for business and leisure customers to jet across the pond with the addition of flights to London. In August, United will have six daily flights...

Fear of Delta Variant Impacting Some Travel Plans

According to the latest Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, a quarter are postponing travel because of the recent increased spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19. With coronavirus case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths on the rise again, support among travelers for...

U.S. Travel Endorses Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

WASHINGTON - U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the bipartisan infrastructure framework: “The travel industry is not just focused on recovery from the pandemic—we're setting our sights on how we can...

WINE DINE & TRAVEL’S BEST OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS

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 dining list. Located in...

Little River Inn Restaurant

The well-organized Little River Inn staff handled pandemic restrictions without sacrificing the joy of restaurant dining. Seating was by reservation only, so there was no waiting when we arrived at our appointed time. Except for masks and table distancing, you...

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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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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