Spiritual Luxury

Five ways Allison and Deb at The Divine Destination Collection mingle pampering with transformation.  by Travel journalist Liz Beatty  1. Smart Indulgence Our hotels were spectacular, but did not insulate us from local culture. Rather, they illuminated it — like the herb talk at the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa that revealed Mayan secrets of herbal […]

5 Unbelievable Accommodations in North Carolina

North Carolina is a great destination that offers something for everyone with its three distinct regions: the Appalachian Mountains, formed mostly by the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains; the middle or Piedmont plateau; and the coast. Whether your trip is organized around outdoor activities or great food and drinks, you can plan on a […]

Stop, Eat, Stay, Enjoy — San Francisco to Northern Sonoma

Travel journalist Liz Beatty shares these tips for exploring like a local from San Francisco to Northern Sonoma (and back). Stop, Eat, Stay, Enjoy — San Francisco to Northern Sonoma In San Francisco: Escape all the tourists by renting your own spot in the edgy Mission District, home to all the SF tech hipsters. Try […]

Celebrating our Birthday Girl!

It took weeks and weeks of plotting and planning to surprise our birthday girl but we did it! On May 20th our youthful host turned 60 and with the help of her sisters Anna & Josie and bff Jo we pulled it off. The party was held at The Vue, a hidden gem with incredible views of […]

Baked Custard

This recipe is fast, easy and versatile. Kick it up by adding a dash of brandy or port and a tablespoon of hot espresso to the scalded milk. 1 cup (250 ml) whole milk 1/2 cup (125 ml) light cream 3 eggs 1/4 cup (60 ml) sugar Dash salt 1 tsp. (5 ml) pure vanilla […]

Spanish Tortilla

Let’s savour the gems of the earth — potatoes! These delightful potato cubes are reminiscent of a frittata. Delicious when served warm or cold. 4 medium-size Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 -inch (1 cm) slices 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) olive oil 1 large onion, roughly chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 1/2 […]