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Hotel Love: Vintage Americana at Bedford Springs Resort

July 8, 2013 • By
Gallery Wall in the Lobby of Pennsylvania's Bedford Springs Resort

Gallery Wall in the Lobby of Pennsylvania’s Bedford Springs Resort

Nothing’s more American than a vintage health spa nestled into the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.  Complete with seven ancient mineral springs, a golf course, waterfalls and hiking trails, and a first-rate spa, this is a glamorous way to experience the lives of the social elite who visited to ‘take the waters’ around the turn of the century.


Art & Design, Country, Road, Unique Stays, Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rental of the Week: True Americana in an Airstream

July 4, 2013 • By

GLAMPING - vintage Airstream SAFARI
This photo of GLAMPING – vintage Airstream SAFARI is courtesy of TripAdvisor

What better way to celebrate your independence than to get away from it all in a stylish Airstream Safair?  This is vintage Americana at its best — AND you’ll be staying in Big Sur, no less.  What’s more classic, more ruggedly American, more hippie chic than that?


Art & Design, Country, Destinations, Events, Experiences, Interiors, Road

Shining Brow: My Evening with Frank Lloyd Wright

June 9, 2013 • By
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Last night, my husband and I had the amazing good fortune (and foresight of planning on our cross-country road trip) to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday at his masterpiece, Fallingwater. The brilliance of our planning is completely overshadowed, not only by the place, but by the shear genius of the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in producing an opera about Mr. Wright, and staging it at Fallingwater, on the day of his birthday!



Travel Theme: Pathways

May 24, 2013 • By

Rose Castle Cottage

In England’s Lake District, pathways lead past stacked stone walls grown over with moss and ferns.  Past flocks of sheep. Over wooden turn-styles and mud puddles.  Past the occasional stone house.


Country, Hotels, Interiors

Hotel Love: Keswick Hall, Virginia

April 27, 2013 • By
Keswick Hall in Virgina - on Rover@Home

Keswick Hall in Virgina – on Rover@Home

Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia is one of my all-time favorite hotels. I have great memories of being snowed in here once, years ago. There were only a few other guests and it seemed like just one or two staff. Most people were spending their holidays at home, but READ MORE

Country, Interiors, Vacation Rentals

Do You Know the Trullo?

January 18, 2013 • By

Castles, windmills, yurts and renovated churches were all mentioned in the email I received yesterday from Holiday Lettings, a Tripadvisor company.   So were tree houses and house boats.  I’m a big fan of the quirky stay – and I spent the day dealing with my husband’s dental surgery and an impending snow storm — so the idea of planning a trip to somewhere sunny for a unique stay seemed appealing.

One of the possibilities promoted was a holiday stay in a trullo.  Hmmmm…something new to me!  What’s a trullo?