Missouri Road Trip Continues into Lake of the Ozarks

My friend Jaimee and I left the Sheraton Westport Plaza Chalet in the suburbs of St. Louis and headed to Jefferson City, Missouri. We were to meet Deb Hendricks of the Lake of the Ozarks tourism board there to get our itinerary for our adventure on Fun Lake, as they accurately call the area. From Jefferson City it was only a short hour’s ride to the Country Club Hotel and Spa. We were surprised...

Exploring Lake of the Ozarks

I started the day at Country Club Hotel and Spa in Lake of the Ozarks the best way possible, with a morning massage. My friend Jaimee and I had plenty of time to relax in our spacious junior suites before heading out for our first appointment. We had lunch and cocktails on the water at Dog Days (look for my story in the spring issue of Midwest Living). We had a free afternoon for exploring...

Lombardy: We Finish on Lake Garda

Lake Garda is well known throughout the world especially for the resort area of Sirmione. We had the delightful opportunity to visit this area in conjunction with a winery visit and private boat ride on the lake. The winery is the vision of Ambra and Franco Tiraboschi and they have created an agriturismo that was a wonderful visit. They have spent a ton of money creating a state of the art winery...

Prelius: The Lake, The Wine

  ~ Autumn in the Prelius Vineyard ~ In the hilly ampitheater of the Tuscan Maremma, above the coastal flatlands sits an ancient lake the Romans called Prelius. Surrounded by the untamed marshes and scrub brush of the Tuscan coast line, a new vineyard sits poised above the lake.     As I commented only yesterday, the acquisition of land in Maremma by Tuscan winemakers...

Tasting Life on Lake Erie Shores

Tasting Life on Lake Erie Shores I had a preview on day one of Sandusky, Ohio, with my friend Lisa, but it was nothing compared to day two. Chad and Ryan Whaley of Green Door Media had prepared quite a full day for us on Lake Erie Shores and Islands.We woke up to a beautiful day and enjoyed coffee overlooking the boat dock on Sandusky Bay. Chad and Ryan picked us up and took us Common Grounds in...