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NORWAY: FANTASTIC FJORDS, HISTORIC VILLAGES & SCRUMPTIOUS SEAFOOD

Picture a dark blue crystalline sea that winds through narrow passages flanked by virtually vertical rocky cliffs rising some 4,000 feet high, where isolated, historic wooden farmhouses dot leaf-green meadows. magine a small coastal island city where almost all of its...

England’s Petersham Nurseries Café: Michelin Worthy Dining in a Nursery.

It’s rare in our journalistic family when we venture out together to cover a story focused on both of our areas of interest–wine and food in my case and gardening for Mary. Granted, gardening and food and wine are very much related; but how often do you visit a...

India’s Exotic Pushkar Camel Fair

We had been traveling with our trusted Indian driver for more than a week on our 17-day odyssey through India and Nepal. He weaved expertly through the Pushkar Pass (Ghati), a twisty 30-mile road that connected the city of Ajmer to our destination, Pushkar, on the...

Breathtaking Blend: Tokara Wine Estate

By Mary James South Africa -- Art and architecture, vineyards and gardens, wine-making and fine cuisine - all are equals in the stellar blend that is Tokara Wine Estate, the first of the area’s wineries we visited. A half-hour Uber drive from Franschhoek (only 3 miles...

Postcards from Vietnam

      Dear Ron, Traffic in Vietnam is famous. Maybe not tourist-attraction famous, but definitely a phenomenon. We’re talking about motorbike traffic. Motorbikes swarm Vietnam like monster bees. Buzzing, roaring, put-putting down every street, along...

Rough Seas

  By Ron & Mary James Mary and I have had many chats lately about our upcoming booked cruises. We wonder if they will be cancelled as the pandemic persists. We speculate about radical changes in the cruise experience as cruise lines focus on keeping...

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ADVENTURE ON THE KASBAH TRAIL

ADVENTURE ON THE KASBAH TRAIL

BY KITTY MORSE I first travelled as a child with my parents along Morocco”s mythical Kasbah Trail, the narrow ribbon of asphalt that links a string of crenelated kasbahs (fortified Berber villages) in the shadow of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. In the...

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100,000 Restaurants Closed Six Months into Pandemic

Washington, D.C. — Six months following the first shutdown of restaurants for the coronavirus pandemic, the restaurant industry is in limbo. According to a new survey released today by the National Restaurant Association, nearly 1 in 6 restaurants (representing nearly 100,000 restaurants) is...

Ready for a Road Trip? Here’s COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Restrictions By State

COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Restrictions By State Last updated on 09/03/2020 Like many elements of travel, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on domestic travel. Constantly changing restrictions and guidelines leave many travelers unsure about...

 Signs of Tourism Surge 

DUBLIN, Aug. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ResearchAndMarkets.com published a new article on the travel industry "Staycations Give Boost to Domestic Travel Amid COVID-19 Pandemic" There are signs of recovery within the domestic tourism sector. As lockdowns and travel restrictions were lifted, customers...

Sandals Unveils New Design Plans, Marking A New Era Of Innovation

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Sept. 5, 2020  -- Sandals Resorts International, the world's leading all-inclusive company, is proud to unveil the design plans of a multi-million-dollar renovation at their picturesque Jamaican oasis, Sandals South Coast. Set to debut this December, guests can expect a new...

5$ COVID-19 15-Minute Test May Be The Silver Bullet

A new portable $5 COVID-19 test that gives results in 15 minutes may be a fundamental change for the travel industry. Combined with a free mobile app, NAVICA, which acts as digital health pass, could be the silver bullet the travel and hospitality industry has been looking for. Cruise lines can...

Game Changer? $5 COVID-19 test gives results in 15 Minutes

A new portable $5 COVID-19 test that gives results in 15 minutes may be a fundamental change for the travel industry. Combined with a free mobile app, NAVICA, which acts as digital health pass, could be the silver bullet the travel and hospitality industry has been looking for. Cruise lines can...

Airbnb Launches Online Cooking Experience with Award-Winning Chefs

Today, Airbnb unveils a new curated collection of Online Cooking Experiences hosted by Michelin-starred and world-renowned chefs. This new collection of Cooking Experiences provides a peek behind the counter at the unique recipes and techniques of top rated chefs—and guidance to whip-up a...

Airbnb’s New Artist Experience

  New Airbnb Online Experiences will feature Tituss Burgess, Ann Reinking, three original Broadway princesses and cast and crew members from favorite Broadway and West End musicals, including Chicago, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Mrs. Doubtfire The Musical and Ain’t Too Proud. In collaboration...

Oaxaca, Mexico, is No. 1 City in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

NEW YORK, July 8, 2020  -- Meredith Corporation's (NYSE: MDP) Travel + Leisure announces the results of the World's Best Awards 2020 readers' survey, revealing the top travel destinations and companies in the U.S. and around the globe. This year marks the 25th edition of this annual readers'...

Are Change Fees Really Gone for Good?

Last week, four airlines—United, Delta, American, and Alaska—announced they were permanently axing change fees, which for domestic flights had typically been $200 (plus any fare difference). Hooray! Sort of. On balance, this is a positive move for travelers, but it’s not nearly the panacea that...

NORWAY: FANTASTIC FJORDS, HISTORIC VILLAGES & SCRUMPTIOUS SEAFOOD

Picture a dark blue crystalline sea that winds through narrow passages flanked by virtually vertical rocky cliffs rising some 4,000 feet high, where isolated, historic wooden farmhouses dot...

England’s Petersham Nurseries Café: Michelin Worthy Dining in a Nursery.

It’s rare in our journalistic family when we venture out together to cover a story focused on both of our areas of interest–wine and food in my case and gardening for Mary. Granted, gardening and...

Our Award-Winning Magazine

This issue will mark the first full year of publication of Wine Dine & Travel Magazine. Little did we imagine when we decided to venture into travel publishing that we would come so far so...

India’s Exotic Pushkar Camel Fair

We had been traveling with our trusted Indian driver for more than a week on our 17-day odyssey through India and Nepal. He weaved expertly through the Pushkar Pass (Ghati), a twisty 30-mile road...

Glamis Castle: Scotland’s Most Haunted Residence

If you love to be spooked on Halloween--or anytime!--look no further than Glamis Castle, said to be Scotland’s most haunted residence! Legend has it that among several resident spirits, there’s a...

Wadi Rum: Where Camels & Martians Roam

Our destination was Wadi Rum, a nearly 300-square mile patch of stark, very Martian-like desert in southern Jordan. T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, called Wadi Rum “vast, echoing and God-like.” And the description fits its long desert valleys punctuated by spectacular red sandstone mesas and peaks that change colors with the passing of the moon and sun. It’s both amazingly beautiful and a little spooky.

Rough Seas

  By Ron & Mary James Mary and I have had many chats lately about our upcoming booked cruises. We wonder if they will be cancelled as the pandemic persists. We speculate about radical...

Discovering Ireland by Land and Sea — Cork

When I first visited Ireland more than 30 years ago, I didn’t have the slightest idea that Irish blood flowed through my veins. Nor did I care since I was there to party and have fun with a small...

Discovering Iberia

It was a beautiful day as we began our ascent up the coastal mountains from the Costa Brava city of Roses near the border with France. We were on a mission.
We had eaten our way from Portugal across...

Searching for the James Family in Ireland

There’s no doubt that searching for your family roots is much like a detective novel, only you know that there’s going to be a case solved at the end of the novel… not always the case in genealogy. ...

WINE DINE & TRAVEL’S FAVORITE DESTINATION ACCOMODATIONS

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe: Country Comfort at a Timeless Retreat

I love a hotel with character. When we travel, we avoid the ubiquitous chain, whether or not it’s five-star. So we were very excited as we drove the winding eucalyptus-lined two lane road into Rancho Santa Fe to check into the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, a Southern...

Auberge Saint-Antoine: where history meets hospitality

Perfect is a pretty high bar, and I suppose that one person's perfect is another's pretty good. This hotel made us feel good! Located in the heart of the Old Port in Quebec City, Auberge Saint-Antoine offers guests a historic decor and atmosphere, coupled with...

The Grove Park Inn

Imagine you had a rich aunt with exquisite taste in fabrics, antiques and food. And she owned 19 acres on the banks of an agate green lake. Then imagine a comforting (and elegant) lake house furnished with deeply cushioned sofas fronted by stacks of coffee-table...

THE ARCH LONDON

Before boarding a cruise ship in Southampton earlier this year, we opted to stay in London for a couple of days to shake off jet lag, relax and enjoy one of the great cities of the world. Our search for an upscale but affordable hotel within walking distance of some...

INTRODUCING PLANET GEEZER

Meet Wine Dine & Travel Magazine’s newest YouTube channel, Planet Geezer. The video series, produced by our team of veteran travel writers as they explore the world. Planet Geezer videos and our Wine Dine & Travel YouTube videos are integrated into the new interactive editions of the magazine. 

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READ ANY OF OUR LASTEST EDITIONS BELOW AND WE THINK YOU’LL AGREE WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHER TRAVEL ENTHUSIASTS THAT WINE DINE & TRAVEL MAGAZINE IS  NOT ONLY THE “BEST FREE MAGAZINE IN THE WORLD.” BUT ONE OF THE GREAT TRAVEL MAGAZINES PERIOD.

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WINE DINE & TRAVEL AWARDS

FIRST PLACE FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FEATURE 2019

26 first place awards in 2018-19. Since 2013, our first year, Wine Dine & Travel has earned nearly a hundred awards for everything that makes a great magazine. We’ve won top awards in every key category, including editorial, design, humor, photography, and columns. We’re proud we continue to receive these accolades year in and out from the most respected journalism organizations in the nation, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.

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FIRST PLACE FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FEATURE (SATWA) 2019

26 first place awards in 2018-19. Since 2013, our first year, Wine Dine & Travel has earned nearly a hundred awards for everything that makes a great magazine. We’ve won top awards in every key category, including editorial, design, humor, photography, and columns. We’re proud we continue to receive these accolades year in and out from the most respected journalism organizations in the nation, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.

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FIRST PLACE FOR DOMESTIC TRAVEL FEATURE  2019

26 first place awards in 2018-19. Since 2013, our first year, Wine Dine & Travel has earned nearly a hundred awards for everything that makes a great magazine. We’ve won top awards in every key category, including editorial, design, humor, photography, and columns. We’re proud we continue to receive these accolades year in and out from the most respected journalism organizations in the nation, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.

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FIRST PLACE FOR FEATURE STORY LAYOUT 2019

26 first place awards in 2018-19. Since 2013, our first year, Wine Dine & Travel has earned nearly a hundred awards for everything that makes a great magazine. We’ve won top awards in every key category, including editorial, design, humor, photography, and columns. We’re proud we continue to receive these accolades year in and out from the most respected journalism organizations in the nation, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.

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FIRST PLACE MAGAZINE FOOD STORY 2019

26 first place awards in 2018-19. Since 2013, our first year, Wine Dine & Travel has earned nearly a hundred awards for everything that makes a great magazine. We’ve won top awards in every key category, including editorial, design, humor, photography, and columns. We’re proud we continue to receive these accolades year in and out from the most respected journalism organizations in the nation, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.

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BEST OF SHOW/FIRST PLACE  TRAVEL STORY 2018

26 first place awards in 2018-19. Since 2013, our first year, Wine Dine & Travel has earned nearly a hundred awards for everything that makes a great magazine. We’ve won top awards in every key category, including editorial, design, humor, photography, and columns. We’re proud we continue to receive these accolades year in and out from the most respected journalism organizations in the nation, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.

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MEET THE WINE DINE AND TRAVEL WRITING TEAM

Mary james

Mary Hellman James is an award-winning San Diego journalist and editor. After a 29-year-career with The San Diego Union-Tribune, she has been a freelance garden writer and a columnist for San Diego Home-Garden/Lifestyles magazine and co-publisher and editor of Wine Dine & Travel Magazine.

Ron James

Ron James is the “wine, food and travel guy.” He is a national award-winning print and online journalist, graphic designer, television producer and radio personality. The native Californians nationally syndicated wine and food columns have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. Ron is founder, editor and publisher of Wine Dine & Travel Magazine.

Maribeth Mellin

Maribeth Mellin is an award-winning journalist whose travel articles have appeared in Endless Vacation Magazine, U-T San Diego and Dallas Morning News among others. She also travels and writes for several websites including CNN Travel, Concierge.com and Zagat, and has authored travel books on Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii and California.

Alison Darosa

Alison DaRosa is a six-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for travel writing, the most prestigious prize in travel journalism. She served 15 years as Travel Editor of The San Diego Union-Tribune and was the award-winning editor of the San Diego News Network Travel Page. Alisonwrites a monthly Travel Deals column for the San Diego Union-Tribune and is a regular freelance contributor to the travel sections of the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and AOL Travel. Learn more about Alison on her website, www.AlisdaRosa.com.

John Muncie and jody Jaffe

Jody and John are award-winning journalists and novelists. John is a Lowell Thomas Award-Winner and was feature editor of The San Diego Union-Tribune, arts editor of The Baltimore Sun and writer-editor-columnist for the travel department of The Los Angeles Times. Jody was a journalist at the Charlotte Observer, where she was on a team that won the Pulitzer Prize. Her articles have been published in many publications including The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. They live on a farm in Lexington, Virginia.

Sharon larsen

Sharon Whitley Larsen’s work has appeared in many major publications, including Reader’s Digest (and 19 international issues), Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and Los Angeles Times Magazine. She’s the author of British Travel Tidbits (2017) and Travel Tidbits (2018), published by Sanbun Publishers in New Delhi. Sharon also had a two-year travel column “Travel Tidbits” in the Union Jack newspaper. Her favorite topic is travel (favorite destination London)..

carl larsen

Carl H. Larsen is a veteran journalist based in San Diego. He now focuses on travel writing, and is summoned to pull out his notebook whenever there’s the plaintive cry of a steam locomotive nearby. In San Diego, he is a college-extension instructor who has led courses on the Titanic and the popular TV series “Downton Abbey.”

Brian Clark

Brian Clark is a Madison, Wisconsin-based writer and photographer who likes to ski, kayak, scuba dive, bicycle and sail as often he can. A former staff writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune, he now contributes to a number of publications.

Amy Laughinghouse

London-based writer and photographer Amy Laughinghouse has attempted to overcome her fears (and sometimes basic common sense) through her adventures in 30 countries around the world. She dishes on the perks and perils of globetrotting for publications like LonelyPlanet.com, AAA Journey Magazine, Virtuoso Life, and The Dallas Morning News. Her travel tales can also be found on her website, www.amylaughinghouse.com.

Kitty morse

Kitty Morse is a Casablanca-born food and travel writer, speaker, and author of 11 cookbooks, five of them on the cuisine of her native Morocco. Her memoir, Mint Tea and Minarets: a banquet of Moroccan memories, and its French translation, Le Riad au Bord de l’Oued, are both recipients of a Gourmand World Award. https://www.kittymorse.com.

Margie Goldsmith

Margie Goldsmith is a NYC-based author, writer and photographer who has explored 140 countries on seven continents. She has won 85 awards including the prestigious Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Gold Award. She has written over 1,000 articles for Robb Report, Travel + Leisure, Business Jet Traveler, American Way, Hemispheres, Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail.

Priscilla Lister

Priscilla Lister is a longtime journalist in her native San Diego. She has covered many subjects over the years, but travel is her favorite. Her work, including photography, has appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Alaska Airlines’ magazine and numerous other publications throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is the author of “Take a Hike: San Diego County,” a comprehensive hiking guide to 260 trails in amazing San Diego County.

Diane Covington-Carter

Diane worked for the Ojai Valley news before becoming a free-lance journalist. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Hemispheres,  Reader’s Digest, The Sun, More Magazine, Sierra Alive. She has  been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Napa Valley Register, Sacramento Bee, the San Diego Union Tribune,  among other newspapers. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.