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Wanderlust Tours Blog

If you have a Serious Case of Wanderlust, subscribe to our newsletter or blog for unique perspectives on domestic and international destinations. Our regular columns explore boutique and historical hotels, culinary travel, off-beat attractions, travel gadgets, and special experiences or events.  We also share weekend itineraries and regional recipes, as well as a current list of tours, seminars, book signings, and cooking classes.

Shawnie is also writing a cookbook, Kissing in the Kitchen. If you would like to read her tasty articles on food and cooking, head over to the blog.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort: Create Your Own Experience

By | September 19th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

A MOUNTAIN NEST One hour southeast of Pittsburgh is Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a luxurious mountain retreat sprawling across 2,000 acres of scenic hills and valleys. This area, known as the Laurel Highlands, is a storied region [...]

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Chicken Consommé for the Soul: Grand Hotel

By | July 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

If ever there is that one bite that becomes burned into your culinary memory, the Grand Hotel's chicken consommé was one of mine. Having spent a few glorious sunny summer days on Mackinac Island, we took our [...]

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Destination Grand: The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

By | July 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

The Grand Hotel experience begins even before stepping foot onto northern Michigan's Mackinac Island. First glimpse of the stately white columns and billowing flags of the hotel unfurling along the hillside hints at the timeless luxury that awaits [...]

Taking the Waters: A Spa Day at the Greenbrier

By | June 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Taking the Waters. A Spa Day at the Greenbrier, West Virginia When in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, it only makes sense to do what the Native Americans and travelers, including George Washington, have done for [...]

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Ritual & Refinement: Afternoon Tea at the Langham Hotel, Boston

By | June 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

I have been on a bit of an Afternoon Tea odyssey lately. There is something genteel and charming about the formality of it all. Tea cups with roses. Tiny sandwiches. Tiers of minature sweets. While living in England [...]

“The Grande Dame of the Sea”: Wentworth By The Sea | New Hampshire

By | June 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

In an effort to research some of America's great hotels for my book America's Grande Dames, I discovered this majestic beacon perched on a hill overlooking the island of New Castle, just near Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Wentworth-by-the [...]

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Seattle Architectural Foundation Walking Tour

By | May 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

During my last trip to Seattle, the Executive Director of the Seattle Architectural Foundation hooked me up with a private walking tour around downtown. I had the pleasure of spending two hours with Eva Weaver, one [...]

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Flying Fish & Other Delicacies from Pike Place Market | Seattle

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

My first trip to Seattle was centered on food and of course, I had a mile-long agenda. The iconic Pike Place Market was at the top of the list, and conveniently at the bottom of the hill from our hotel. [...]

A Taste of Travel: Lavender Lemon Shortbread Bars

By | August 28th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Recipe|Tags: , , , , , |

A Taste of Travel looks at the ways food connects us with a culture and each other. Sharing the recipes and restaurants we have encountered along the way...  Channeling the wild heather of the Scottish Highlands, [...]

Sanctuary Under the Sea

By | August 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

The Atlantic Ocean along outer Cape Cod is considered one of the world's top ten places for whale watching. Our favorite tour company, Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown, has been in business since 1976 and is committed to responsible whale watching [...]

Travel Smart!

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

When traveling, we suggest you register all international trips with the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Program. STEP's (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) online form allows the State Department to know where you are in the event of national security issues. Plus, they [...]

A Taste of Travel: English Cottage Pocket Pies

By | August 14th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Recipe|Tags: , |

A Taste of Travel looks at the ways food connects us with a culture and each other. Sharing the recipes and restaurants we have encountered along the way...  Filled pastry dough is a culinary tradition found [...]

Did you know? … Pittsburgh is nicknamed the City of Bridges

By | August 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Did you know... Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is nicknamed the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges within the city limits. It is officially the city with the most bridges in the world- outranking Venice by only three. The [...]

Taste of Travel: Mediterranean “Handkerchief” Pasta

By | August 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Recipe|Tags: , , |

A Taste of Travel looks at the ways food connects us with a culture and each other. Sharing the recipes and restaurants we have encountered along the way…  Fazzoletti Herb Pasta Does your herb garden runneth [...]

When You Only Have A Weekend… in Provincetown

By | July 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

When you only have a weekend in Provincetown–the colorful town on the sandy fist of Cape Cod– try to arrive well before the weekend rush hour traffic onto the Cape, especially during high season. I like [...]

A Taste of Travel: Ratatouille Boats

By | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Recipe|Tags: , , , |

A Taste of Travel looks at the ways food connects us with a culture and each other. Sharing the recipes and restaurants we have encountered along the way...  Ratatouille, a Provençal summer vegetable stew, showcases the [...]

Racing Through Time: The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

By | July 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Did you know... the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, started in 1982, is the largest and longest continually-running vintage sports car race in the United States? Ten days of events ranging from parades, galas, country cruising tours, and specialized car [...]

Look, but Don’t Touch! Cape Cod Oyster Beds

By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

One of my favorite things to do while on Cape Cod is to walk Paines Creek Beach during low tide, which happened to be around 5:45 p.m. on this particular day. The beaches along Cape Cod [...]

A Taste of Travel: Smallman Galley- A Restaurant Incubator | Pittsburgh

By | July 10th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

A Taste of Travel looks at the ways food connects us with a culture and each other. Sharing the recipes and restaurants we have encountered along the way...  Smallman Galley: Pittsburgh's Restaurant Incubator An unexpectedly delicious way to begin [...]

It’s Factoid Friday! Did you know? …

By | July 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Did you know... Plymouth was not the first place the pilgrims landed? Their very first stop on November 11, 1620, was in Provincetown on Cape Cod–five weeks before settling Plimouth Plantation on December 16. The English colonists [...]