Monthly Archives: July, 2013

A Beachy Keen Hideaway on Florida’s Gulf Coast

The cottages at the Bungalow Beach Resort on Anna Maria Island on the west coast of Florida are special for several reasons. Here’s what we found one rainy day on the fabulous Gulf Coast. Seeking Old Florida It was already raining when we made a left turn off Highway 64 in Bradenton and onto Highway …


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Vacationing Aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam

The ms Nieuw Amsterdam is first and foremost a high-caliber floating resort. It was designed to appeal to both first time cruisers and well-seasoned cruise veterans – it has everything the sea faring vacationer could desire.  We booked a 20-day passage on the Nieuw Amsterdam. The itinerary included ports in Italy, Monaco, Spain, and Portugal …

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Exploring the Amenities Aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam

Holland America has been building  great ships for cruise vacations for 138 years. The ms Nieuw Amsterdam is no exception. In our last article, we wrote about the four ships that have proudly borne the name ms Nieuw Amsterdam. We also reviewed the many on-board dining options available to passengers. Today, we complete our story by …

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The Best of Connecticut Resorts and Spas

In one way, writing about New England’s unparalleled Mayflower Inn and Spa is probably the easiest assignment of our literary careers. However, finding the right superlatives to describe this extraordinary property was no easy task. Let us start with the first one that comes to mind – incredible! Nestled in a pastoral setting in rural Connecticut …

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By Land or Sea the Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel is the Place to Be

If you owned a multi-million dollar yacht, what would induce you to tie up and sleep at a seaside hotel? We found the answer when we visited the fabulous Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel located along the picturesque Connecticut shoreline of Long Island Sound. Entering the Delamar demesne, we parked our rental auto a scant few …

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