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Missouri’s Big Cedar Lodge: Rustic Elegance in a Wilderness Wonderland

A mere 10 miles from touristy Branson, Missouri brings you to a distinctly different getaway…the roughhewn, upscale Big Cedar Lodge, tucked inside a remote 4,600-acre Shangri-la, developed by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. What began as a modest fishing camp has morphed into a wilderness resort that features beautifully appointed accommodations ranging from private log cabins hidden amongst...

Wanderlust: The little town that could… and did!

Bentonville Walmart Museum

Travel writer Janice Nieder explores the charming town of Bentonville, Arkansas and discovers art, whimsical museums, and Walmart founder Sam Walton's prophetic to-do list.

A Zombie, Vampire and Werewolf walk into a bar…

Covington Ghost Tour

Only in Georgia is this not the beginning of a joke but a frequent occurrence! Did you know that Georgia is rated number three in film/TV production? No wonder it’s nicknamed the “Hollywood of the South” since almost 250 shows were shot here last year. Three films nominated at this year’s Oscars: Hidden Figures, Sully, and The Passengers, all used...

Napa Events: Margrit Mondavi Summer Concert Series revealed

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness - Margrit Mondavi Summer Concert Series

Artists for this year's edition of the Margrit Mondavi Summer Concert Series (formerly known as the Robert Mondavi Windery) have been revealed. The following 5 acts have all been confirmed to appear: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Patti LaBelle The Revivalists Michael Franti & Spearhead Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Summer 2017 marks the 48th edition of the event....

Trio of Wente wines offer superb quality for the price — plus a widely available Chardonnay

Wente Vineyards: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir wine reviews

Here's a trio of wines that should be on your spring and summer shopping lists. Wente Vineyards has released three new wines that taste delicious, yet don't break the bank: 2015 Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Chardonnay ($22) 2014 Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noir ($30) 2014 Wente Vineyards Charles Wetmore Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($30) The Livermore-based...

West Coast Wanderlust: Pebble Beach Food & Wine, 100 celebrity chefs, 300 wines… this could be good

Guy Fieri at Pebble Beach Food & Wine with Loni Stark

10th anniversary edition of famed culinary event returns to Pebble Beach.

CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa: The Perfect Girlfriend Getaway

A luxurious getaway a mere 3 hour flight from SFO. It doesn't get any better says travel writer Janice Nieder.

Spotlight on True/False Film Festival

I had heard about Columbia’s True/False Film Festival for years, but since it wasn’t anywhere near my neck of the woods I never got around to going.  Plus, in all honesty, I thought it might be a bit “intellectually heavy” to sit through four days of documentaries. Fast-forward to my return from last week’s T/F festival and damn, am I...

Review: Nespresso compatible coffeee capsules by Gourmesso (Update)

Review: Gourmesso Capsules for Nespresso Machines

Gourmesso have updated their line-up of Nespresso compatible coffee capsules. How do they taste? And how do they compare to the more expensive Nespresso pods? Here's a review and a look at what's new. If you're like me, you need -- absolutely must -- start your day with something that has a major kick of caffeine. Coffee, yes that's okay...

Exploring Springfield – the poster child for Ozark Cool

Travel writer Janice Nieder explores Springfield, Missouri and discovers a place that oozes small town charm combined with the best big city offerings. Janice shares places to stay, things to do, dining experiences not to miss.