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for the glowing review! "Go ask Alice ... where all the best vineyard gardens are. She's an erudite charmer; you'll have fun!"

Hotels & Inns

The Willows ... Chicago Touring

Willows Hotel - Chicago

Always find myself thinking about Chicago ’round this time of year…

The Willows Hotel – Chicago

Where to stay in a city with countless boutique hotels? I’ve chosen The Willows Hotel on Chicago’s North Side most often for its convenient location, and for ease of movement on public transportation.

No matter the season, I always plan a sojourn to stroll through the Lurie Garden, and I check to see if there’s

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Desert Travel

Breathing Space: Tucson's Arizona Inn

Arizona Inn Succulents Photo © Alice Joyce

The Arizona Inn has provided a welcoming retreat for travelers to Tucson since the 1930s. Although the historic 14-acre property now features all mod cons – contemporary amenities that seem so necessary, I wonder how I functioned without wi-fi – the hotel accommodations and landscaped gardens have retained a genteel quietude and gracious ambiance guests associate with the notable surroundings.

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California Wine Country

Sonoma .. Napa Holiday

Sonoma Valley Inn BW

Lovely weather in December stirred a desire to spend the Christmas holiday in Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country. I never cease to wonder at the beauty of the landscape, where eye-catching vignettes emerge along roadways. Certainly the notion of enjoying fabulous food and wine made the brief getaway a very special holiday, indeed. Christmas Eve lunch at Bouchon .. quite simply a feast! To start: Endives au Roquefort salad with fuji apples, toasted walnuts & walnut vinagrette. T. and I shared satisfying Hors d’Oeuvres: a heaping serving of Rillettes aux Deux Saumons – prepared with fresh and smoked salmon, along with delectable cod beignets!

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