Australia & New Zealand

It is a 30 hour trip from NYC to Perth, Australia—probably the farthest that you could go from one place to another and one of the most difficult places to reach. Once you set foot in Perth, you’ll feel like you’re in California but the air, breeze, sky is somehow different, and wonderfully so. Olive groves, eucalyptus trees and kangaroos surround you as you drive down the main highway south to Bunker Bay. Splurge and stay at your own private beach house, like the Bunker Bay Beach House, or stay at the Yallingup Caves House Hotel nearby in Margaret River – there’s prime wine country and a beautiful botanic garden attached as well. The beach is amazing, if you’re not too afraid of great whites! Read More ›

Cape Town

I traveled to South Africa in late February to celebrate my birthday with my mother. We began our visit in Cape Town, and spent several days taking in all the beautiful differences around us at one of the most southern tips of the world. Read More ›

Tuscan Cooking Class

Since Under the Tuscan Sun was released in 2003, my Aunt has wanted to rent a house in Tuscany. She wanted the whole family to come along so that we could reconvene as a family, eat food, drink some amazing local wine and experience everything that Tuscany had to offer. And as the loving niece that I try to be, who was I to deny her that? So, last June, my aunt, my cousin, my sister, her fiancee, my husband and I made the trek to Cortona for a week of soaking up the Tuscan sun. It was an incredible vacation and I am so happy she had this dream! Read More ›

Historic Charleston

From the quaint historic district to the booming foodie scene to the beaches of Isle of Palms, Charleston is a city like none other. To walk through downtown Charleston is to take a step back in time—down cobblestone streets with horse-drawn carriages, past lovely gated courtyards and centuries-old mansions. The lovely historic district and Mount Pleasant’s Boone Hall Plantation, with its stately Avenue of the Oaks, are not to be missed, and neither is a stay in one of Charleston’s charming inns. Charleston is a true jewel of the South! Read More ›

A Local’s Guide to Portland

I’m a rare native Portlander. I lived here before The New York Times ever wrote a travel story about us, and way before the days of Portlandia. The cool part about living here for 30 years is that I’ve been able to watch as the city’s districts have grown and evolved. In the small town where my husband’s from, no one stays around after high school. But I’m proud to be living in my hometown full of ridiculously delicious food and well-curated shops. Read More ›