ISSUE #13: Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland is the gateway city to the incredible country of New Zealand. It may be far away, but that should only spur your desires to visit and immerse yourself sooner rather than later. If there was an award for being the consummate hosts, the people of Auckland would surely be deserving. Each time I visit, …

ISSUE #12: Portland, Oregon

What is green, clean, inspired by food and brimming with breweries? If you guessed Portland, you’re right. The Rose City is certainly one that has long attracted travelers from near and far. With the Willamette River flowing into the Columbia River just north of the city on the Oregon-Washington border, the city has developed naturally …

ISSUE #11: BOSTON

It’s no secret I love history, and Boston has plenty of it. The city has reinvented itself over four centuries. Only Native Americans inhabited this area until the Puritans arrived in 1630 and founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony. By the late 1600s most of the Native population was wiped out due to smallpox that European settlers …

Issue #10: Take a Breath

Ferries of Puget Sound – Just the thought puts a smile on my face. I love the wait, like a train, there is anticipation for its arrival and at that moment your journey can begin. You board with others, destined to arrive at the next port of call and I wonder will we continue on …

Issue #10: Explore Seattle

Seattle, like most great cities, is made up of a diverse collection of neighborhoods that when added together form something truly unique. The names will mean very little until you make the journey, but we want to give you a slice of what they mean to us in hopes that when your travels take you …

Issue #9: Amsterdam

WHETHER COURTNEY AND I ARE STROLLING the picturesque canals brimming with majestic white swans or meandering through the streets on colorful Dutch bicycles, I never get bored of this charming, historic and vibrant city. The best place to start is at the Amsterdam Tourist Board kiosks. They’re conveniently located at the airport and throughout the …

Issue #8: Red Mountain, Established 2001

Red Mountain is the smallest appellation (sub appellation of Yakima Valley) in Washington State at 4,040 acres (1,630 ha). Due to warm temperatures, red grape varieties dominate on Red Mountain. There are, however, limited plantings of white grape varieties as well. Klipsun, Taylor Mag and Canyons vineyards are sources for Browne Family Vineyards, including our …

Issue #7: WORLD OF WINE

Courtney and I had a unique opportunity at the end of last year and beginning of this year to visit and explore three dynamic wine regions in the world: New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. New Zealand truly had the most “Jurassic Park wow factor” in the wine world. The islands have such an incredible …