Postcard from Germany: A Bavarian Home Base Amid Alpine Splendor

Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden‘s striking surroundings are the first thing you will notice on arrival. Nestled in the Bavarian Alps, the area is a hikers’ paradise in summer and a ski haven in winter, and the proximity to tons of family activities is one of the biggest draws for both the hotel and the region. We…

Postcard from Vietnam: Exploring the Mekong Delta Waterways

Tucked into Vietnam‘s southern tail, the lush Mekong River Delta layers one iconic scene upon another: rice paddies glassy with standing water; orchards laden with exotic fruits; farmers and fishermen in classic conical hats. The mighty river defines life here in every conceivable fashion, and the only way to see the Mekong at its most…

Puerto Rico Beach Vacation

Postcard from Puerto Rico: A Perfect Morning on Condado Beach

The sun had already called it a day when we arrived at Puerto Rico’s Condado Beach. Lined up on the balcony of our room at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, my family of four listened to the surf with anticipation, without realizing the surprise morning would bring. Just a 15-minute drive from San…

Postcard from New Mexico: Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta

Usually kids and pre-sunrise wakeup times don’t mix, but the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, each October is a notable exception. Yes, it requires awakening while on vacation when it’s still dark. But the reward is being able to witness the glow of flames as the hundreds of balloons begin to go from…

Things to Do in Assisi, Italy

Postcard from Italy: Enchanting Assisi

Amid the green-velvet hills of Umbria, spilling down the gentle slope of Mt. Subasio, lies one of Italy‘s most beguiling destinations: the ancient town of Assisi. Religious pilgrims have made the trek here for many centuries in honor of St. Francis, whose namesake basilica is Assisi’s crown jewel, but it’s a wonderful place to spend…

Postcard from California: The Magical Monterey Peninsula

California might be the most dynamic of the 50 states, with deserts, valleys, dramatic coastlines, winding rivers, world-class skiing and so much more. Yet nowhere shows off the state’s epic beauty quite like the Monterey Peninsula. Stretching from Santa Cruz through Big Sur, a drive along this unforgettable coastline is the perfect family getaway. Whether you choose to…

Charleston Walking Tour

Postcard from South Carolina: Stroll Back in Time Through Historic Charleston

Stunningly pretty and drenched in Lowcountry charm, Charleston, South Carolina, is the grandest of urban grande dames. While this coastal gem feels vibrant and fresh, it also flaunts its past with pride — nowhere more so than in the historic district at the very heart of town. This is Charleston as you’ve always pictured it,…

Napa Silverados

Postcard from California: Root, Root, Root for the Home Team in Napa Valley

For fans of America’s favorite pastime and idyllic wine country scenery, the perfect pairing is at bat in Napa, California, thanks to a new professional baseball team, the Napa Silverados. With 80 games each summer and 40 at their home field at Napa Valley College, just south of downtown Napa, there’s plenty of good baseball to…