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The Mandarin Oriental in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia

I have traveled the world, I have stayed in many places, many boutique hotels, many bed and breakfasts, and many resorts. All have their charm and uniqueness. The Mandarin Oriental in Buckhead, Atlanta is in the category of “Ivy League”… Continue Reading →

Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock, North Carolina

A fun return to the “wild west” is the best way to describe Tweetsie Railroad.  Let me be the first to welcome you to this enchanting experience! Most of us know the cliche “fun for the entire family”.  I am… Continue Reading →

The Castle on Silver Lake, Outerbanks, North Carolina

I was so looking forward to this long drive that was going to take me to this famous OuterBanks. I was familiar, like most people, with Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head Island.  Last year I had discovered Manteo, which… Continue Reading →

Savannah Riverboat Cruises, Savannah, Georgia

We were so happy to finally be able to experience a riverboat cruise in the United States.  We have been on many sunset cruises, dinner cruises and sailing cruises in many other countries, but Savanah Riverboat Cruises is our first… Continue Reading →

The Mast Farm Inn, Valle Crucis, North Carolina

I love the United States, and have a soft spot for the old fashion villages that have rediscovered and redefined themselves. Valle Crusis, North Carolina is just that! The famous Mast General Store is here, where there is not a thing you could ask for and not… Continue Reading →

Farm to Fork 2016

As I am pulling in to Saxapahaw, North Carolina I am amazed one more time about how busy this little town, tucked in on the Haw River, is located.

The Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Just before you arrive at the Craddock Terry Hotel, you are welcomed by the historic downtown Lynchburg, VA. I felt like I was transported back to Europe. Cobblestone streets and brick buildings lead the way to this incredible hotel.

The Grace Hotel: an incredible rural boutique hotel in Panama City, Panama

After a couple of days in Bocas del Toro at the Red Frog Beach Resort , we flew back to Panama to discover the magnificent city.

The Ballantyne Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Ballantyne Hotel has it all, beautifully appointed guest rooms, luxury spa, excellent golf, amazing restaurants (be on the look out for my Chef of the Month, Chef Tilman), large banquet rooms and perfect location on the southern side of… Continue Reading →

Mimslynn Inn, Luray, Virginia

Arriving at the Historic Hotel of America in Luray, Virginia, the Mimslynn Inn, is like a beautiful, romantic and classic movie unfolding in front of your eyes.

The Spa at Ballantyne Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Ballantyne is a beautiful resort located on the southern side of Charlotte.  It has a world class golf course located on the property and an equally exceptional spa!  The Ballantyne has something for everyone. I was invited to The… Continue Reading →

Historic Hotels of America

So many questions came up after I was invited to visit several inns and sophisticated hotels that were a part of the label: Historic Hotels of America.

June 2016: Executive Chef Andrew Long

Chef Andrew Long was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. So how did he make his way to the mountains of North Carolina?

Over Yonder Restaurant, Valle Crucis, North Carolina

Over Yonder is located in this charming historic little town of Valle Crucis, in western, North Carolina. The restaurant is about fifteen minutes west of Boone and right across the street from the famous and original, Mast General Store. The… Continue Reading →

The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

When you pull in the gorgeous entrance of the Biltmore Estate, Ashville, North Carolina, all you see are tulips in bloom. You guessed right, Spring is here, flowers are in bloom at the Estate!

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