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Traveling to Sonoma, California with a 4 Month Old Baby

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In California, I think the best place to experience the fall season is in Sonoma County. I was craving a little bit of that crisp air, auburn hues and autumnal feeling so I decided that Sonoma would be the perfect getaway with my mother and my 4 month…

A Sky High Dinner Party at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

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It's not difficult to find the brand new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. All you have to do is look up. Soaring 73 floors high, in the tallest building west of Chicago, this sky scraping hotel has a bird's-eye view over Los Angeles. And in a city where buildings are usually shorter than the palm trees, the InterContinental LA Downtown literally stands out above the rest.
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Oahu, Hawaii Travel Guide

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I was positively giddy as I caught sight of those volcanic islands erupting from the expanse of blue out my airplane window. It was only my second time to Hawaii, my first trip being to Maui a few months earlier, and now I was going to be making Honolulu…

Maui Dining Guide: My Favorite Eats

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https://youtu.be/04Dz3TJzp5I Maui has so much amazing food, it is hard to narrow down my favorite bites! We spent 10 days on this tropical island paradise and we ate & drank our way around Wailea, Kaanapali, Napili, Paia, Lahaina and Hana. Here…
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Food Guide: Basel, Switzerland

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5FCwBWE5mc Fondue, pretzels, flammkuchen, leckerli, beer... there is no shortage of deliciousness in Basel! Along with Swiss specialties like fondue, there's also great international food in this diverse culinary hotspot.…

Food Guide of Valais, Switzerland

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sliC_nzPfW0 The Valais region in the South East of Switzerland is known for its sunshine! All this sun makes for a great growing season—fruits, vegetables, grains, grapes all grow very well here, making the food of…
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My Travel Guide to Switzerland

This is my ultimate guide to an incredible country: Switzerland! I spend two weeks on a road trip, and I take you with me--showing you where to eat, stay, what to drink and see and how to experience the best of the best! Starting in the posh Geneva where I visited markets, ate amazing Michelin cuisine, took a steamship cruise and river ferry and saw the UN. Next we cruised along the coast of Lake Geneva, stopping at adorable villages like Saint Saphorin, sampling wines of Lavaux, staying over in fun cities of Vevey and Lausanne and heading into the hills on a vintage train to make cheese and roam the alps in Chateaux D'Oex.
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Lake Geneva Luxury Guide

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  From the most fabulous hotels to homemade menus at gourmet restaurants, hand crafted wines to Belle Epoque vintage trains, the Lake Geneva region offers so much in the way of luxury. Featured: The Royal Savoy Hotel, The Grand…
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Food Guide of the Lake Geneva Region

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Cheese. Lake fish. Chasselas grapes. Chevreuil. Mushrooms. There's so much good food in the Lake Geneva region, you need to come with an appetite! I toured through Vevey's Farmer's Market, the farms of the Pays D'enhaut, tasting the cheeses of Château-d'Oex, Michelin restaurants L'Auberge de L'Onde & La Brasserie at the Royal Savoy Hotel and sipped wines in Lavaux. Don't miss the lake fish, the family run wineries and vineyards in Lavaux, like Domaine du Croix Duplex, and the amazing cheeses!
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Food Guide of Geneva

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Geneva is internationally known as a hotspot of luxury, culture, business and FOOD. The culinary scene in Geneva benefits from it's prime location--next to the lake, the countryside, farmland and of course, France! The local farmer's market in Carouge…

MacArthur Place in Sonoma, California

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https://youtu.be/-UCIG2bEkWs?list=PLbSElzn52NPNK_P9diAJQSHPmgGEdEavN Recently, I checked out the MacArthur Place, a boutique property just steps from downtown Sonoma in Recently, I checked out the MacArthur Place, a boutique property just steps…
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Saint Lucia's Nightlife

Saint Lucia knows how to live the good life--sun & fun by day, street party & rum by night! Kelley hits the hopping nightlife of Rodney Bay by checking out some of the top bars & clubs and even the Casino. She also dances in the streets…

Fodor's Guides: New York City in the Summer

Fodor's Top Things to Do this Summer in New York City Travel Expert Kelley Ferro highlights the best things to see and do in New York City during the summer. From MoMa to Central Park, the Highline to the Standard Biergarten, I have you covered. Viva…

Food of Cartagena

USTOA Live Like a Local Food plays an integral role in the local life of Cartagena and I got a crash course in local cuisine from a chef. We explored the gritty and fascinating Bazurto Market, had a cooking lesson and then I hit up the old city to sample…

A Foodie's Roadtrip in California

There's some incredible food in California and I decided to find the top spots along the California Coast. From Malibu to Solvang, I chowed down on the most delicious lunches, scrumptious breakfasts, tastiest dinners and best vineyards. And it was all…

Roadtrip the California Coast: From Malibu to Solvang

Join me on an adventure, Cali style. I drive my Jucy Campervan up the coat, from Malibu to Solvang and miles of pretty shoreline, dramatic mountains and charming towns in between. I spend the night at Flying Flags RV Park and sleep right on top of my…

The Food Experience at Wente Vineyards

Not only is the wine superb, the food here is a marvel in it's own right. Much of the produce is grown in Wente gardens, tended by Dianne, the hardworking, organic gardener. Chef Matt Greco works wonders from lunch, brunch or dinner. He uses the local…

The Wine Experience at Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards is one of the oldest and most famous in the US, so I went to the source, their stunning property in the Livermore Valley of California to find out how they make such good wines. I profile the vineyard and the signature wines of the Wente,…

A Perfect Day at Wente Vineyards

One of the most storied vineyards in the US, the Wente Vineyards property in Livermore, California is a delight to visit. From golfing during the day, grabbing lunch at the Grill to tasting in the afternoon or catching one of their legendary concerts…

Croatia's Local, Natural Products

Croatia is fertile--it's countryside is ripe with fruits, vegetables, grapes and olives, it's forest filled with wild game and truffles and its seas teeming with the freshest fish. The islands boast stone used to build the palaces of the royals. Enjoy…

The Food of the Northern Territory

A rough landscape requires hearty food--and that's just what we got in the stunning Northern Territory. From campfire "damper" to hunks of meat over an open flame, to some more refined local specialities including Kangaroo, we chowed down throughout the…

South Africa's Food & Wine Scene

The Food & Wine of South Africa on tour with Swain Destinations Food is a big part of my travels at least, and when I was heading off to South Africa, I was giddy with excitement as I knew this country was home to a burgeoning food scene and world…

Best Eats in Sonoma

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https://youtu.be/Fehanv7E4YY?list=PLbSElzn52NPNK_P9diAJQSHPmgGEdEavN Get Lost in Sonoma! With so many local farms, it's no wonder that might weekend in Sonoma involved some of the best food that I've ever had! From tasty pastries at Costeaux in Healdsburg…

Get Lost Guide: Top 5 Things to Do in Sonoma

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https://youtu.be/76Dj9hqY4kY?list=PLbSElzn52NPNK_P9diAJQSHPmgGEdEavN Get Lost with Kelley Ferro in Sonoma One of California's top wine destinations, and a perfect weekend getaway, Sonoma offers up so much more than just world famous wine. From hiking…

El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen in Sonoma

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https://youtu.be/g655rRWu9rE?list=PLbSElzn52NPNK_P9diAJQSHPmgGEdEavN Understated chic yet simply comfortable, the El Dorado Hotel was such a gem--I knew right away that I picked the best place to stay in Sonoma. The good reviews did not lead me astray!…

A Tipsy Tour of Sonoma's Wine Country

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  https://youtu.be/U0uOnP7HMGU?list=PLbSElzn52NPNK_P9diAJQSHPmgGEdEavN You'd never guess that over 400 wineries dot the rolling hills of the rural Sonoma. But with some of the world's most famous wines, this peaceful region is serious about wine…

Fruh: Cologne's Famous Beerhall

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https://youtu.be/yaUyubOczDo?list=PLbSElzn52NPPdm_orbFtP7fDMY8eAfZMI With the most central location just steps from the cathedral, Fruh has been serving up pig knuckle, gouda & brown bread, and the city's signature drink, Kolsch, for over 100 year…

Munich's Famed Hofbrauhaus

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https://youtu.be/hHPMWN2xXF4?list=PLbSElzn52NPPdm_orbFtP7fDMY8eAfZMI Hofbrauhaus is known far & wide as Munich's signature beer hall, so we had to check it out. I have to say, the food, the atmosphere, and the beer lived up to the hype! One of my favorite…

Munich's Best Beergarden

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https://youtu.be/6QhXUJ3IywQ?list=PLbSElzn52NPPdm_orbFtP7fDMY8eAfZMI In my opinion, Munich's Best Beer Garden is the Wirsthaus at BavariaPark, and believe me, that is high praise. Munich is home to some of the best beer gardens, large & small, indoors…

A New York Minute: Sweet Revenge Cupcakes!

A NEW YORK MINUTE: Kelley's Sweet on...Sweet Revenge Cupcakes! New York City is obsessed with cupcakes, and I have to admit, I am too. I crave these moist, frosting topped bites of joy. But because the city has such a wealth of offerings, I refuse to…