The Perfect Tuscan Villa

by Jamie Edwards I try to avoid the word ‘perfect’ when I write. It’s deliberate, as there really is no perfect. Perfect can set us up for failure, and often does. Whether I’m writing about a meal, a bottle of wine, or a …

Destination Dining in Argentina

by Jamie Edwards I used to wonder if there were people out there, like me, who wanted to eat their way through a new city or country? People who seek out a region’s local delicacies to experience flavors and spices that aren’t used …

My Top Picks in Napa Valley, California

by Eric Hrubant Luxury travel isn’t just my business, it’s my passion.  I have many business trips and vacations in the works over the next two years: South Beach in Miami, the Côte d’Azur in France, Malibu, and Queens, New York to see my …

My Favorite Experiences in Sonoma County

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 …

A Day in Provence, France

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

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 …

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

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 …

Wellness Around the World: 4 Inspiring Experiences

by Jamie Edwards Self-care is a term receiving much attention lately. And rightly so. We are emerging from our cocoons after a long year of hibernation. What better time to take care of ourselves from the inside out? Strengthening our mental and physical …