Kuhlman Cellars New Spring Wines

I could not be more excited about Kuhlman Cellars‘ new spring wines. I spent the last day of my pre-quarantine life in the beautiful Texas hill country sampling these new wines with Kuhlman Cellars’ winemaker Bénédicte Rhyne and Kuhlman’s Assistant Vigneron Ollivier. It was a gorgeous spring day in March and we three sat in…

Visiting Anakeesta in Tennessee

A mountaintop theme park During my trip to Dollywood last fall, my friend Irene and I had an extra day in Gatlinburg and decided to have a little fun up in the Smokey Mountains. When in Rome, right? We headed up a chair lift to explore the summit of Anakeesta Mountain. Anakeesta is a pretty…

4.0 Cellars

Ten years ago, three Texas winemakers from around the state decided to open a winery in the heart of the Texas wine country, Fredericksburg. Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars came together to open 4.0 Cellars, which is known for its wine and cheese and wine and chocolate pairings. I recently had the…

My First Trip to Dollywood

In October I visited Dollywood for the first time with my friend Irene. The Tennessee theme park has been on my list for a while now, as it often wins Golden Ticket awards for its food and hospitality. Fall was such a fun first time to visit! The park has impressive pumpkin displays all over…

Garrison Brothers Texas Bourbon Whiskey

Have you ever had Texas bourbon? Garrison Brothers‘ award-winning bourbon has beaten Kentucky-made bourbon at several national competitions. Bourbon-lovers cannot get enough of this highly rated stuff! I visited Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas while on a press trip to Stonewall Motor Lodge in the Fredericksburg area a few weeks ago. It’s just down the…

Stonewall Motor Lodge

I had a blast in the Texas hill country last week on a press trip to Stonewall Motor Lodge (which I organized as SML’s publicist). This drive-up motor lodge is reminiscent of old-fashioned Route 66 accommodations. It’s smack-dab in the middle of the famous Hwy 290 wine trail between Fredericksburg and Johnson City and is…

Pontotoc Vineyard’s Weingarten

A historic respite in downtown Fredericksburg  Tucked away in the charming town of Fredericksburg, Texas lies Pontotoc Vineyard’s Weingarten. Lights are strung from trees and the stone courtyard offers a quiet sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the famous Texas town. It’s modeled after the weingartens of Vienna and is both kid- and dog-friendly. I had the pleasure…

Dollywood’s Dream More Resort

Dollywood’s Dream More Resort offers southern comfort just minutes from the park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I had the pleasure of staying at the Dream More with my friend Irene during a press trip to Dollywood and couldn’t wait to tell you all about it!         About   The Dream More Resort…

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights

’Twas a graveyard smash Fall is my favorite time of year and Halloween is my favorite holiday so I was thrilled to get to experience Dollywood during their award-winning Harvest Festival. USA Today recently award Dollywood with Best Halloween Theme Park Event! The Harvest Festival has been a beloved tradition for quite some time at…