Pack for a Purpose Offers Inspired Travel

French novelist Marcel Proust is credited with saying, “The real voyage of discovery consists in not seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Ever since my children were old enough to understand, they were exposed to travel which opened their eyes to the people, cultures and societies of the global community. Our family travel always included a lesson of giving back to the region we were visiting. Twenty years ago it was hard to find an opportunity to deliver [...]

The Wine, Food and Vibe of Paso Robles Wine Region

Wine country getaways are one of the best ways to spend a weekend together with friends and family. Finding a location with a combination of fantastic wine, food, and vibe is a bonus.  Paso Robles in Central California offers all of this and more. Paso Robles is an easy five-hour drive from the Temecula Valley, my hometown and home to its own wine region.  It's easy to stay local for a wine experience in my own backyard, but so much [...]

5 Things to Consider When Planning Multigenerational Family Travel

  Although I do not remember my first trip, I was told it was on a TWA Airlines transcontinental flight in the late 1950’s from New Jersey to sunny Southern California. This was a time known as the Golden Age of Flying, where passengers actually dressed up for a flight. I likely was dressed in pajamas.  This was my family’s first multi-generational trip, with my parents, siblings, and grandmother joining me on the plane. Throughout my childhood, memories of family [...]

Rediscovering Puerto Vallarta

At the beginning of each year my husband and I start a conversation on what part of the world we will explore for our anniversary.  There is always a negotiation between us where we should visit and in the past, it is somewhere in the world we have never been.  This year we mixed it up and both agreed to rediscover Puerto Vallarta, a place we first visited in the late 80's. We selected the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta as [...]

Mexico Revisited

Billowing clouds follow the plane en route to Puerto Vallarta. It’s my second trip to this city; the first being my honeymoon 28 years ago where my husband and I also enjoyed the city of Ixtapa.  As we get closer to landing I reminisce about Ixtapa, specifically an experience I can recall vividly 28 years later. pc: TripAdvisor While in Ixtapa we took a day trip to Isla Ixtapa, a tiny island off shore.  An available panga at [...]

A Single White Meaningful Rose In New York City

Times Square, Central Park, Broadway, Statue of Liberty, bagels, and The City That Never Sleeps. These are some of what iconic New York City has always been known for, and on September 11, 2001, the city added The Worst Terrorist Attack the World Had Ever Seen to its status.  The city didn't ask for the designation and to this day refuses to be defined by it. There is growth and renewal at Ground Zero, with the exciting and incredibly amazing architectural wonder, the new [...]