24 Hours from Aspen to Vail: A One-Day Hiking and Dining Odyssey

 

You can drive between Aspen and Vail in two hours. But why would you want to? If you have time, you can take a more leisurely route. In fact, you have a choice of two such routes:

· The “express route”, northwest along Route 82 to the spa city of Glenwood [Read more ...]

Reacquainting Ourselves with Aspen

We recently had an opportunity to get back to Aspen, Colorado. After a quick walk through the town to reacquaint ourselves with the town and its many galleries, we stopped to see the wonderfully renovated Hotel Jerome  and the greatly expanded Aspen Art Museum. The renovation of the Jerome lived up to its billing and [Read more ...]

Vail Hiking and Dining

We recently enjoyed a fall week in Vail Colorado at a time share. The first two weekends of September in Vail are occupied by Octoberfest (yes, in September) celebrations, a large, open-air Farmers’ and Art Market and a small but nice display of classic cars. Although we planned to go to a restaurant for lunch, the [Read more ...]

Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park

As part of our week in Colorado, we flew into Denver and, after lunch, drove to Boulder, where we met and stayed with friends. Although we did take a little time to stroll along downtown’s fun Pearl Street pedestrian mall, most of our time was spent on hikes and exploring one of the town’s newer wine [Read more ...]

A Brief Afternoon in Denver

We try to get to the Rockies at least once a year for hiking. Most of our Colorado visits begin by flying into Denver, where we briefly catch up on restaurants (at least for lunch), favorite neighborhoods (especially LoDo and the Arts District) and sights (especially the Museum of Art and the Clifford Still Museum). [Read more ...]

Catching Up with San Francisco Museums – Summer 2014

One of the few downsides of regular travel is that it often forces you to miss or at least postpone taking advantage of things in your home city. And since so much is always happening in San Francisco, there is a lot to miss. Fortunately, our summer trips were outside of theater season, which meant [Read more ...]

Catching Up with San Francisco Museums – Summer 2014

One of the few downsides of regular travel is that it often forces you to miss or at least postpone taking advantage of things in your home city. And since so much is always happening in San Francisco, there is a lot to miss. Fortunately, our summer trips were outside of theater season, which meant [Read more ...]

Syracuse Gets its First Winery

 

Add a new stop to your New York winery tour route. Although you may have well toured the Finger Lakes, Long Island and Hudson Valley wine regions, you should now consider adding Syracuse to your to-visit list.

As we discussed in our 2013 post, Can Syracuse Become a Food and Wine Destination?, we [Read more ...]

Syracuse Restaurant Update– 2014

The best part of our annual Syracuse food experiences typically consists of explorations and selected purchases at the fabulous Fayetteville branch of Wegmans and our annual clambake (with clams, mussels and all accompaniments from Wegmans).

While we absolutely enjoyed these experiences, we also enjoyed two of the city’s restaurants:

Lemongrass. This perpetually (based on [Read more ...]

Catching Up with Chicago Restaurants – 2014

We always go to Chicago with a list of restaurants we would like to visit. This year’s list included a number of the city’s hottest new spots—spots such as Tanta, Nico Osteria, Fig and Olive and Kinmont. Unfortunately, based on limited time, the fact that many are not open for lunch and our desire to [Read more ...]