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Douro Valley Harvest Wine Tour/Grape Stomping

Douro Valley Harvest In mid-September, my husband, our two adult children, and I boarded a train in Campanhã, Portugal, and headed west. We had made a reservation at Quinta da Pacheca for a Douro Valley harvest wine tour. It included a tour of the wine cellar; breakfast and lunch with wine pairings; grape harvesting; and grape stomping. I was most excited about treading grapes. My … Continue reading Douro Valley Harvest Wine Tour/Grape Stomping

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Rolf’s German Restaurant: Beware Long Lines

Rolf’s German Restaurant Rolf’s Restaurant Address Three of us stood in line to get into Rolf’s German Restaurant at 281 Third Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010, in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan. We were not only there to see our friends, but we had also heard that Rolf’s is renowned for their Christmas decorations and “October Fest” spectacle. Rolf’s New York City Christmas Inside, about … Continue reading Rolf’s German Restaurant: Beware Long Lines

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The Inn at Virginia Tech: Elegant and Upscale

The Inn at Virginia Tech If you are looking for deluxe hotels near Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, look no further. The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center is an upscale hotel and meeting venue. Though I wouldn’t say it’s a luxury hotel, it offers additional amenities and it is more refined than most hotels in the area. Plus, you can find it … Continue reading The Inn at Virginia Tech: Elegant and Upscale

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First Flight to St. Barths, I was the Co-Pilot

St. Barths When my husband and I had visited St Martin, our friend invited us to stay with him on St. Barths, that is a quick flight or boat ride away. Two cultures French and Dutch split St Martin, and we flew from the French side because we wanted to avoid standing in line in customs. We had hired a pilot who owned a small … Continue reading First Flight to St. Barths, I was the Co-Pilot