The Perfect Romantic (free) Getaway: The Henderson Park Inn

As we all know, there’s no shortage of places to stay along the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. But even if you’ve been going to the Gulf Coast your whole life, you may not have experienced a place quite like this. A corner of heaven, the Henderson Park Inn provides the rare chance to truly relax. This intimate bed &…

Holiday Hotel Gift Guide

 Our Favorite NYC Stop  The Redbury New York, a hotel located in Manhattan’s NoMad district,  pays tribute to the worlds of art, music, fashion and media. We liked the bright rooms and convenient location for bopping around the city. Rooms have unique amenities like an old-timey gramophone that links to your smart phone and plenty of bed-side charging ports. While…

Casting with the Boys

 Article and Photography Sue G. Collins  After a productive morning in the bright classroom at the Orvis Fly Fishing School at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama, I was ready to get a fly rod in my hands and see what all the fuss was about.  

A non-stop or do nothing girlfriend’s getaway

 Article and Photography Sue G. Collins  Ever since I met the bright shiny blonde from Grosse Pointe in 1979 at college orientation, I’ve been able to count on Nancy to lean into my heartache, laugh with me when I fumble and push me gently to be the best Sue possible.   She makes me feel like I can do anything. With…

Snowy Bliss

My new best friend and I were exhausted from horseback riding and cross country skiing through most of the 15 miles of groomed and backcountry trails winding through the rolling terrain at Home Ranch that day. But Pete, one of the friendly ski guides, had pulled out the tubes buried under a few feet of new snow and the sun…

HIll Country Holiday

After German immigrant and former seaman Charles H. Nimitz opened the doors to a four-room hotel in Fredericksburg along a dusty Texas road in the 1850s, he soon earned a reputation as innkeeper of the state’s most famous hotel. His rooms offered the only hot baths between San Antonio and El Paso and perhaps that’s why travelers felt drawn, though…

A View from The Top

With an hour to go before my first class at The Swag’s cooking school, I grabbed one of the chilled water bottles thoughtfully set out for resort guests and walked 10 feet through an opening in the split rail fence to a Great Smoky Mountain National Park trail. Jake Osburn, the chipper sous chef serving the hearty and healthy breakfast…

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee

Pulling up the long welcoming driveway to the The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee after a short but taxing drive east from Atlanta, I checked my watch (for the last time, I promised myself) and bolted across the courtyard to the spa. The warm staff showed me to my locker and I changed into the thick robe and spa sandals, sinking…