Do-It-Yourself Travel is a Thing of the Past

October 13, 2021

"People who have never worked with a travel agent before are used to doing everything themselves online. They're kind of brainwashed into the idea that there's, say, only two seats left at this price, or 40 other people are looking at this hotel.”  ...

8 Questions With… Martin Larsson, CEO of Hotel Labs

October 7, 2021

We learned a new word from our friend, Martin Larsson of Hotel Labs: hemmablind.  It’s a Swedish word that translates to “home-blind.”  You know, how you never appreciate the things in your own hometown (until you leave). We love to travel, but we do ...

My Favorite Experiences in Sonoma County

October 1, 2021

by Eric Hrubant I love Sonoma County, California. Located just 60 miles north of San Francisco, you’ll find temperate weather, magnificent wine, decadent dining and tons of outdoor fun. The region is open and locals are enthusiastically anticipating your arrival. If you're looking ...

Your travel memories are hiding in plain sight. Can you find them?

September 23, 2021

by Jamie Edwards With travel in a temporary state of flux, I have been finding comfort in my travel memories. These memories come in various forms. From funny stories re-enacted over Sunday night dinners, to photo albums I have painstakingly created over the ...

8 Questions With… Andy Swann, Owner at Andy Swann Voyage

September 15, 2021

You may have been to Paris, Bordeaux, Provence, the French Riviera…  But did you see the REAL France?  The France that can’t be Googled?  If you’re looking for an authentic, local experience, you’ve got to meet our friend and partner, Andy Swann… CIRE: ...

More travelers turn to travel agencies for help with planning pandemic trips

September 9, 2021

By Melissa Howell, WTOP Planning a trip has become more complicated during the pandemic, but that has meant a new opportunity for travel agencies: providing a foolproof way to plan trips during the pandemic. “They will make sure you have the information you ...

A Day in Provence, France

September 2, 2021

by Jamie Edwards Provence has its own aura, its own colorful, prismatic vibe. It is all too easy to fall in love with the hilltop villages, most with stone church steeples punctuating a cobalt blue sky. To fall for the iconic lavender fields, ...

My Beloved Florence, Italy

August 23, 2021

by Amy & John Brueckner Hello CIRE friends!  Amy here…  I don’t want to make you jealous, but I’m headed to ITALY this week!  And specifically, one of my favorite cities in the world, Florence.  I’ve been to Firenze three times before: once ...

THANK YOU!

August 17, 2021

A message from CIRE president, Eric Hrubant: This month marks 8 years since I became a small business owner, and I'm more and more grateful with each passing year.  Some of you already know the story, so I’ll keep it brief for those ...

Wonderful Wine (and More!) in Willamette Valley, Oregon

August 12, 2021

by Eric Hrubant I am wild about Willamette Valley, Oregon. Early pioneers traveled on the Oregon Trail for months before discovering the perpetually green forests, ever-changing multi-colored meadows and the expansive fertile valley perfect for planting vineyards. Today Willamette (pronounced wuh·LA·muht) Valley is ...

Do-It-Yourself Travel is a Thing of the Past

October 13, 2021

"People who have never worked with a travel agent before are used to doing everything themselves online. They're kind of brainwashed into the idea that there's, say, only two seats left at this price, or 40 other people are looking at this hotel.”  ...

8 Questions With… Martin Larsson, CEO of Hotel Labs

October 7, 2021

We learned a new word from our friend, Martin Larsson of Hotel Labs: hemmablind.  It’s a Swedish word that translates to “home-blind.”  You know, how you never appreciate the things in your own hometown (until you leave). We love to travel, but we do ...

My Favorite Experiences in Sonoma County

October 1, 2021

by Eric Hrubant I love Sonoma County, California. Located just 60 miles north of San Francisco, you’ll find temperate weather, magnificent wine, decadent dining and tons of outdoor fun. The region is open and locals are enthusiastically anticipating your arrival. If you're looking ...

Your travel memories are hiding in plain sight. Can you find them?

September 23, 2021

by Jamie Edwards With travel in a temporary state of flux, I have been finding comfort in my travel memories. These memories come in various forms. From funny stories re-enacted over Sunday night dinners, to photo albums I have painstakingly created over the ...

8 Questions With… Andy Swann, Owner at Andy Swann Voyage

September 15, 2021

You may have been to Paris, Bordeaux, Provence, the French Riviera…  But did you see the REAL France?  The France that can’t be Googled?  If you’re looking for an authentic, local experience, you’ve got to meet our friend and partner, Andy Swann… CIRE: ...

More travelers turn to travel agencies for help with planning pandemic trips

September 9, 2021

By Melissa Howell, WTOP Planning a trip has become more complicated during the pandemic, but that has meant a new opportunity for travel agencies: providing a foolproof way to plan trips during the pandemic. “They will make sure you have the information you ...

A Day in Provence, France

September 2, 2021

by Jamie Edwards Provence has its own aura, its own colorful, prismatic vibe. It is all too easy to fall in love with the hilltop villages, most with stone church steeples punctuating a cobalt blue sky. To fall for the iconic lavender fields, ...

My Beloved Florence, Italy

August 23, 2021

by Amy & John Brueckner Hello CIRE friends!  Amy here…  I don’t want to make you jealous, but I’m headed to ITALY this week!  And specifically, one of my favorite cities in the world, Florence.  I’ve been to Firenze three times before: once ...

THANK YOU!

August 17, 2021

A message from CIRE president, Eric Hrubant: This month marks 8 years since I became a small business owner, and I'm more and more grateful with each passing year.  Some of you already know the story, so I’ll keep it brief for those ...

Wonderful Wine (and More!) in Willamette Valley, Oregon

August 12, 2021

by Eric Hrubant I am wild about Willamette Valley, Oregon. Early pioneers traveled on the Oregon Trail for months before discovering the perpetually green forests, ever-changing multi-colored meadows and the expansive fertile valley perfect for planting vineyards. Today Willamette (pronounced wuh·LA·muht) Valley is ...