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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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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 site, a wild spot on an exquisite landscape to pitch...

OUR NEWEST EDITION: DISCOVERING MADRID

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR LATEST WINE DINE & TRAVEL MAGAZINE. THE SPRING SUMMER EDITION FEATURES FABULOUS MADRID SPAIN. READ THIS AND WE GUARANTEE YOU'LL PUT THIS MAGICAL CITY ON YOUR MUST-VISIT LIST. PLUS A DOZEN OTHER GREAT TRAVEL FEATURES FROM THE...

SPLENDID ISOLATION? DAY FOUR

Another rather dull day in isolation. I learned this morning that they would test me tomorrow and the next day for COVID. That’s good news, but it also creates a little anxiety. A negative result would free me to join Mary in our balcony suite on...

SPLENDID ISOLATION? DAY THREE (HUMP DAY)

Not much new here on day three. One thing of note is that I now make my bed. I learned how in the Navy many decades ago, but I’ve been spoiled for the last thirty-some years by my loving wife who takes on this chore. Evidently, my housekeeping...

SPLENDID ISOLATION? DAY TWO

I’m really not sure if this is day two or not. For me, it’s day three, but the ship’s doctor considers yesterday the first full day toward my required five days in isolation when they will test me again for Covid. I’m feeling fine and my...

SPLENDID ISOLATION? DAY ONE

It was really only a matter of time; I suppose. Traveling is a risky business to begin with, and even more so in the time of COVID, no matter how careful you are. Sometimes your luck just runs out. Mine did yesterday and I'll be alone for at least...

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...

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...

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...

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....
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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RON & MARY’S ADVENTURE IN SPAIN

SEMANA SANTA ALICANTE

Semana Santa (Holy Week) began in Alicante this morning with processions from churches around the city. We joined the throng at the city's oldest church, Basilica Santa Maria, to watch the processions dedicated to Palm Sunday. Large, hefty floats showcase venerable...

VILLENA WINE COUNTRY PART 3

The cab ride from Bodega Francisco Mendoza back to Villena was short and uneventful. We didn’t know what to expect at Casa de Felix as we opened the abbreviated wooden door into our apartment. We had left the mini-split's heat pump on since we left around lunchtime,...

VILLENA WINE COUNTRY PART 2

So there we were, alone, shivering in the rain in the middle of a magnificent winery courtyard. What to do if no one shows up for the tour we booked? With no phone service, a taxi back to town wasn’t an option. Maybe break into the cellar for shelter and very private...

VILLENA WINE COUNTRY PART 1

We try to visit local wine countries where ever we travel. Our challenge this time was to find a way to visit wine country only using public transportation. Since our last visit to Spain and Portugal, we have sworn off renting a car to get around. Mostly, because of...

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RON  &  MARY’S WINE DINE & TRAVEL BLOGS

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...

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...
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,...

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...

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...

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...

SPLENDID ISOLATION? DAY ONE

It was really only a matter of time; I suppose. Traveling is a risky business to begin with, and even more so in the time of COVID, no matter how careful you are. Sometimes your luck just runs out. Mine did yesterday...

Safe, Sated and Satisfied Mexican Riviera Cruise

  We didn’t have high expectations for our recent Mexican Riviera New Year’s cruise on Holland America’s Koningsdam–we just needed a convenient pandemic cruise fix out of our hometown port of San Diego. We had...

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...

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...

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...

SPLENDID ISOLATION? DAY FOUR

Another rather dull day in isolation. I learned this morning that they would test me tomorrow and the next day for COVID. That’s good news, but it also creates a little anxiety. A negative result would free me to join...

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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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