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 …

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

“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

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

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 …

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

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: …

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 …

THANK YOU!

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 …