A weekend escape to Dallas’ timeless Adolphus Hotel is a welcome revival of the lost art of service, wrapped in a blanket of history. And some good ‘ole Texas tall-tales too! by Laurette M. Veres This lone star landmark, built by beer baron, Adolphus Busch in 1912, is on the National Register of Historic Places. … Continue reading Dallas

El Mangroove | Autograph Collection | Costa Rica

Relaxation is inevitable at this Autograph Hotel by Vicky Dill   Upon entering the private grounds of El Mangroove, an Autograph Collection Hotel, guests are immediately aware that they’ve entered a higher realm of sophistication. Strong, meandering trees, stand majestically in the entrance and define the wicked style of all that is El Mangroove. The … Continue reading El Mangroove | Autograph Collection | Costa Rica

Priscilla & Justin

Photography: Maribel Gardea Designs by Creo by Stephanie DiCiro Priscilla and Justin got married on a Thursday at St. Leo, the Great Catholic Church in San Antonio. Priscilla walked down the aisle with a gorgeous ivory chiffon A-line dress with a sweetheart neckline that was purchased from David’s Bridal. The cocktail hour and reception were … Continue reading Priscilla & Justin

Big Cedar Lodge

Bass Pro Shop founder is reengineering golf. He feels less people are playing the game because it takes too much time to complete a round. He teamed up with Jack Nicklaus to create Top of the Rock, a world-class, nine-hole par 3 course. The challenging track has deep bunkers, perfect greens and incredible views. The PGA now hosts … Continue reading Big Cedar Lodge

Destination Jamaica

by Laurette Veres Jewel Grande The Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa is the newest luxury property in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Each of the 229 units is a two room suite, perfect for families and bridal parties when some want to sleep and others want to socialize. Inside the suites are refrigerators, microwaves and stovetops. Outdoors you’ll find a private beach, … Continue reading Destination Jamaica


Photos courtesy of JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort Mystical Mayan Adventure by Jade Lewis After checking in at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort, the staff provided a mini tour of the property and luxurious guestrooms. The JW Cancun offers 448 elegant ocean-view rooms and suites, all just steps from … Continue reading Cancun


When Texans leave our great state, we are looking for something different. Specifically, Texans crave a change in scenery and what could be more different than the majestic snowcapped mountains of Utah. Whether you plan your wedding during ski season or prefer the warmer months, Utah abounds with truly awe-inspiring mountain views and worldclass lodging. … Continue reading Snowbasin


Franklin, Tennessee Its quaint Main Street and Civil War history makeFranklin one of America’s hidden gems. Do you love spending Saturdays on the couch watching Hallmark movies? Then visit Franklin, Tennessee, a picture-perfect Americana town. So perfect several Hallmark movies have been filmed here. The local bookstore, Landmark Booksellers, inspired the novel “The Bridge” which … Continue reading Franklin


Anguilla Courtesy Photos As a seasoned travel writer, I don’t want to say the travel gets old, but one might think, another island in the Caribbean? What on earth could THIS island show me that the last one didn’t offer?  Well, for one thing, Anguilla, was rated the BEST island for the third year in … Continue reading Anguilla