Clearwater to Weeki Wachee, Florida

When my best friend announced that she was moving to Clearwater, my heart stopped. For decades we’d stumbled through life in Washington, DC, raising our boys from diapers to high school diplomas. Not having her nearby seemed unimaginable. But my BFF, who was sick of shoveling snow and wanted to be closer to her family in Read More

Saint Lucia Cruising Guide

Saint Lucia is a petite sovereign island nation located between the eastern Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Lying northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique, its 238 acres of lush tropical landscape have been governed by the French and British over centuries. After winning its independence in 1979, Castries became the capital city, as Read More

Florida Beer & Wine – Take a sipping tour around the Sunshine State

The short list of reasons why people love Florida includes year-round warmth, pristine beaches, palm trees and spectacular sunsets. Now you can add top-notch wine and beer to this list. Over the past decade, the Sunshine State has become a major alcohol producer of Florida Beer & Wine fueled by entrepreneurial ventures across the state. Read More

Houston to Clear Lake

Which of these does not belong with the others: a double-decker carousel, a petrochemical refinery, a runaway longhorn, a space center or the country’s largest urban wildlife preserve? None of them! Along the 35 miles of Bay Area Houston coastline, they all coexist to create an eclectic tourist hub. Houston City Pass offers nine days Read More

Cruising Southern California

San Diego is America’s southwestern-most boating destination. During the day, the sun is bewitching; at night, the cool breezes are captivating. The sheltered bays provide superb coastal hopping and easy docking options. Beyond the natural beauty of the coastline and its beaches is the enticing hum of the shoreside world. San Diego has so much Read More

Celebrate the legends of fall & relish the spooky side of Autumn

The shift from summer heat to cooler autumn temperatures can trigger images of little Halloween goblins waiting impatiently for dusk, dashing into costumes and hauling plastic pumpkins loaded with candy. The rustle of fallen leaves is drowned out by the laughter of trick-or-treaters hoping for a ghoulish encounter as they traipse around their neighborhood. It’s Read More

American Rum Tour – Weekend Getaway

The first person to shout, “I need a rumrunner!” was not a vacationer basking in the sun on a tropical island in need of a frothy frozen drink. Rum is an inspiration rooted in a long history in America. From the colonists and settlers, to the pirates and sailors, to prohibition’s illegal rumrunners and now Read More

Good Shucking Fun!

I was six years old when I saw my first oyster. My uncle Brett, who lived in San Diego, wanted to share his love of nature with my brother and me. He got us up at 5:00 a.m. to watch Southern California’s tangerine sunrises and taught us how to climb rocks with only ropes. One day, he Read More

Greenport, NY

The well-protected harbor at Greenport has drawn vessels for centuries. Once a whaling and shipbuilding port, it later became a menhaden fishery and oyster center and eventually offered a haven for tourists. Today, visitors come by land and sea with loyal boaters flocking to this destination during the summer months. Claudio’s, a waterfront landmark, is Read More

New England: Fisher’s Island to Watch Hill

The waters of southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island flow together seamlessly to create a cruising corner packed with maritime history, soft beaches, classic New England dining and activities for all ages. Plan ahead if you want a slip or mooring, as summer attracts many a mariner to these waters. Fisher’s Island, NY Nine-mile-long Fisher’s Read More