Articles by Christine Gray

Cruising through the Black Sea on Azamara

Cruising through the Black Sea on Azamara

New destinations, new experiences, and first-rate service are key to Azamara's continued success in the luxury cruise market...and they have a loyal following of repeat guests to prove it!

A Visit to Winslow Homer's Maine at Black Point Inn

A Visit to Winslow Homer's Maine at Black Point Inn

Looking out at the peaceful bay in this quiet, picturesque setting, it's hard to imagine the dramatic, weatherbeaten scenes of Winslow Homer's paintings.

World's Most Amazing Mountaintop Hotel Pools

World's Most Amazing Mountaintop Hotel Pools

These pools are truly breathtaking sitting on mountaintops around the world. Escape to these stunning wellness resorts for the world's most relaxing and invigorating spa treatments.

PGA National Resort & Spa: Much More Than A Golf Getaway

PGA National Resort & Spa: Much More Than A Golf Getaway

Any day is a great day to check out the PGA National Resort & Spa's impressive $100 million renovation. We arrive in Palm Beach during the Honda Classic, a premier event on the PGA tour and can hardly wait to submerge ourselves in the "world of golf."

A Slow Food Journey in Italy

A Slow Food Journey in Italy

I'm standing in a 1,000 year old wine cellar in the medieval Tuscan hilltop town of Montepulciano, listening to a venerable wine master whose career spans 50 years. This is the beginning of a week long "Boutique Journey" introduced by Brendan Vacations in association with Slow Food Travel and I'm already captivated!

Weekend Away: Palm Beach

Weekend Away: Palm Beach

The glory of America's Gilded age can still be experienced at one of the world's quintessential resort destinations: The Breakers in Palm Beach. Early 20th century tycoons including Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan came to revive and hobnob with Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Astors. We decide to follow in their footsteps, if only for a weekend getaway!

Paradise Lost?  Not Here

Paradise Lost? Not Here

Pristine beaches. Untouched beauty. Will the private Caribbean island of Barbuda provide the vacation paradise so often promised, but rarely delivered? It's time to find out.

Weekend Away: Bal Harbour

Weekend Away: Bal Harbour

Looking for a beach getaway with the WOW factor? High rise and high style, ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa in the exclusive enclave of Bal Harbour, Florida delivers the ultimate "room with a view".

Weekend Away: Downtown L.A.

Weekend Away: Downtown L.A.

Considering Los Angeles for a weekend escape? Downtown L.A. is the latest hotspot for the arts, entertainment, sports, dining, shopping and, of course, nightlife. With the opening of the dazzling new Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, your accommodation will be another of the many pleasures that await.

A Luxurious Home Away From Home in Maui

A Luxurious Home Away From Home in Maui

The towering volcanoes of Maui and the Big Island pierce the clouds. As we descend, the dramatic black seacoast and emerald landscape of Hana on the eastern side of the island appear. Lush rainforests punctuated with towering waterfalls span below us. We've yet to land on Maui and the island is already working its enchantment.

For Your Eyes Only...An Escape to Brazil's Emerald Coast

For Your Eyes Only...An Escape to Brazil's Emerald Coast

We arrive at Ponta Dos Ganchos, an idyllic resort in Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina...and step into a dream. The fatigue of our lengthy flight vanishes. Romance and exotic landscapes beckon.

Las Alamandas...Wildly Romantic

Las Alamandas...Wildly Romantic

"Picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies"… Arriving at Las Alamandas reminded me of the Beatles' song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds because it is a kaleidoscope of colors and a place of happiness on Mexico's Costalegre "Coast of Joy" with a river running through the sprawling 1,500-acre oceanfront estate.

Weekend Away: Missouri's Stonewater Cove Resort

Weekend Away: Missouri's Stonewater Cove Resort

Stonewater Cove Resort & Club is tucked away in a remote, tranquil corner of Table Rock Lake amidst the majestic splendor of the Ozarks and Mark Twain National Forest.

Imagine Yourself in the Galapagos

Imagine Yourself in the Galapagos

"The Galapagos is the jewel in Ecuador's crown," observed a fellow traveler. So how should one best view this marvel of nature? For us, the answer was to board the luxury yacht, Isabela II, and allow its gracious crew and knowledgeable naturalists to introduce us.

An Intercontinental Girlfriend's Getaway: Paris & London

An Intercontinental Girlfriend's Getaway: Paris & London

Paris and London...what better destinations for the ultimate girlfriend's getaway! Our goal is to recreate the glamour days of travel. Culture, shopping, haute-cuisine and luxury spa treatments are all part of the plan, so the first important choice is our selection of where to stay.