Travel and Leisure

  • More Fun Things To See and Do In Portland Hopefully by now you read my post about my first day visiting popular places in Portland, Oregon. Could my Day Two top it? Yep, yep, yep. Long time friends S and her sister B, who were tour guides for my stay in the Rose City (S has lived in Portland for 35+ years and B is from ...
  • A Glorious Day Exploring Popular Places In Portland I promised I would tell you more about my trip to Portland, Oregon and I’m staying true to my word. If you read my previous post about the 10 reasons you need to visit hip and cool Portland, you know how much I loved my recent visit. As I share my first day exploring below, I think you’ll ...
  • 10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Hip and Cool Portland Having arrived in Portland following three wonderful days in The Tualatin Valley (Oregon’s wine country), I knew I was going to love this city from the minute I stepped into the artsy Inn at Northrup Station Hotel in the Northwest part of town. The team from Travel Portland Tourism* had secured my complimentary accommodations and provided a list of activities to see and ...
  • A Beautiful Cycling Adventure on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail It was my last day in The Tualatin Valley of Oregon, courtesy of The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA),* and I was looking forward to a cycling adventure on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. The Banks-Vernonia State Trail is one of Oregon’s Regional Trails and runs 21 miles through open glades of green, pine-scented forests and babbling streams.   Breakfast At ...
  • Enjoying A Day of Tasting and Touring In The Tualatin Valley The sun was shining for day two in The Tualatin Valley, during my visit to Oregon’s Wine Country last month. My trip was courtesy of The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA).* Jackie, a member of the WCVA team, picked me up early at my lodging at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, to begin a full sunrise-to-sunset of tasting and ...
  • Exploring The Great Outdoors In The Tualatin Valley Do you know where the Tualatin Valley is located? I bet you don’t, but you should. It’s right outside of Portland’s backyard. That’s Portland, Oregon. And it’s one of the most beautiful places to vacation in the USA if you like the great outdoors. I had a chance to visit this month, courtesy of The Washington County Visitors Association, ...
  • It’s Nice To Be Recognized As A Boomer Blogger When I started blogging 10 years ago, I never thought much about where it would lead or what type of opportunities it would bring. I just wanted to capture my feelings as I approached my milestone 50th birthday. As many of you know, losing my husband two weeks shy of my 50th, broke my heart and turned ...
  • My First Visit To Greece: Sea-Worthy Adventures in Santorini   My first trip to Greece with my sister N and daughter A would soon be coming to an end. Thankfully, we saved our sea-worthy adventures in Santorini for the later part of the week, including a trip to the Perissa black beach and a sunset catamaran cruise around the island. Breakfast and a Visit to the Black ...
  • My First Visit To Greece: Enjoying A Wine and Food Tour In Santorini Are you ready to hear about my culinary explorations and libations in Santorini? While a few months have passed since returning from my first-ever trip to Greece with my daughter A and sister N, I so love reminiscing about our travels. A Fabulous Wine and Food Tour in Santorini It was mid-week in Santorini and A and I were ...
  • My First Visit To Greece: Soaking In The Splendors of Santorini Now that the weekend was behind us and we had experienced city life in Athens, it was time to spend a week soaking in the splendors of Santorini. My first trip to Greece with my sister N and daughter A was about to get even better. We packed our bags and headed for the Athens airport for a ...