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Barbuda beach

my favorite things: BARBUDA

  Barbuda is that almost deserted desert island you have always dreamed about. 62 square miles and  about 900 residents post Hurricane Irma.  Columbus paid a fleeting visit in 1493 and likely interacted with the Carib Indians who made the island home.…

Julie-Anna Vogel, T+L ILTM Rising Star

I’m a Travel + Leisure ILTM Rising Star!

I am so proud to announce I have been chosen as one of Travel + Leisure ILTM’s RISING STAR ADVISORS for 2021. Each year the Travel + Leisure Travel Advisory Board (TAB), a panel of 27 world-class travel advisors, nominates…

The Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna

best bed: The Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna, Italy

Dream location meets amazing history at  the Grand Majestic, Bologna’s only five star property. Local born, Pope-to-be Benedict XIV built this 18th century palazzo as a seminary. It sits atop an old Roman road. In basement, near the loo, you can still…

Winnipeg

ah winnipeg… 6 things to do

Ah…Winnipeg! The Gate Way to the West, the birthplace of Winnie-the-Pooh and longtime railway hub is located at the geographical center of North America. The city is known for its sports teams, festival scene and early 20th century architecture. This is…

the balcony of the Blackcomb Suite, Four Seasons Resort & Residence, Whistler

best bed: Four Seasons Resort & Residences, Whistler, Canada

When John and I first married we aspired that all our homes would be as comfortable as a Four Seasons Hotel. My recent stay at the Four Seasons Resort, Whistler reminded me of just what a worthy goal this was!…

best bed: Villa Principe Leopoldo, Lugano, Switzerland

I grabbed a taxi at the Lugano train station for the crazy drive up a switchback road to reach the Villa Principe Leopoldo. Everyone else seemed to arrive in a Lamborghini, Porsche or Ferrari.  Suspect their drive was more exciting though…

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