Luxury Trips Worldwide

Food/Wine

National Geographic travel writer Marybeth Bond explores the world’s best food and wine destinations in her travels. Your guide to fine dining and luxury travel.

New York City. A visit to the neighborhoods.

There’s so much more to New York than Midtown and the bright lights of Broadway. On my annual trips to New York I rely upon friends for recommendations of their favorite places to eat, drink shop and explore in the neighborhoods  from Tribeca to Soho, Noho, the...

Cruise Iceland to discover the land of puffins, elves and fjords.

Despite its name, only 10% of Iceland is actually covered in ice. In fact, the country about the size of Maine, is gloriously green. Wildflower fields, lush meadows, and rich tundra blanket a landscape of astonishing variety: black sand beaches, tumbling waterfalls,...

Blissed out in Bali

The lush island of Bali lingers in our imaginations from Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling book Eat, Pray, Love and the movie starring Julia Roberts. As much as Bali is known for its sandy beaches, and luscious green landscapes, it is also known for its romantic and...

Award-winning Oregon: Shakespeare to Pinots

You would never suspect that Shakespeare and Pinots would be front and center in Ashland, Oregon, a hamlet 15 miles north of the California border. As a cultural epicenter, Tony Award-winning plays and Shakespeare classics have thrilled audiences for 82-years in the...

The Ultimate Cruise and Cuisine in Burgundy

The mere name Burgundy evokes splendid wines, fine cellars and epicurean feasts. Now the secret is out among wine and food connoisseurs -- the best way to sample it all is aboard a luxury barge slowly gliding down the Burgundy canals. If you're independent, borrow a...

Romantic Getaway in the Vineyards of Sonoma County

From the moment I pulled into the discrete entrance to the Kenwood Inn and Spa, I felt like I’d returned to Tuscany.  I almost expected the friendly Concierge to welcome me with the familiar greeting — Ciao Bella. Yes, it really feels like Italy; from the...

Exclusive Wilderness Resort on the Edge of the Pacific Ocean

You can tell a lot about a luxury hotel by the way it greets its guests. You might expect a formal doorman to meet you at the curb and leave you at the front desk. That’s not the case at the Wickaninnish Inn, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. A smiling,...

The One Place You Must Stay for History and Luxe in Vietnam

Hanoi is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful colonial Indochinese cities. It was a bucket list item for my adult daughters and me -- to stay at the crowning jewel of Asian colonial-style hotels, one with a fascinating history, charm and impeccable service: the...

The Best Exclusive Hotel in South Africa

Are we having a "deja vu" of the Amalfi Coast or the Cote d'Azur , my husband and I asked ourselves as  we walked into the Ellerman House, a Cape Town luxury hotel. Our arrival was discrete. There are no signs outside Edwardian-era mansion in a "billionaire's...

Finding Paradise on the Beach in Southern California

The art of fine living begins in Southern California at the Bacara Resort and Spa, near Santa Barbara. Nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, Bacara Resort & Spa offers relaxed luxury and stunning...

Cruise the Wine Country in Portugal

Lisbon, in Portugal, Porto and the Duoro River Valley have become “all the rage”.The Duoro Valley east of Porto, in northern Portugal, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to it’s scenic beauty and wine producing history dating back 2,000 years. My husband...

Trip of a lifetime: How to Enjoy Vietnam

I just returned from Vietnam, an outrageously exciting country to travel to. A little preparation before you go can take the headache out of simple things like crossing the street or avoiding dog or cat meat. 1. Learn how to cross the street (--and stay alive), slowly...

Tasting Wine from Napa to Santa Barbara

Wine tastings in California is part of the fun in Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Carneros, and Santa Barbara. What to eat with each varietal is more tricky. Here are some things to consider for wine pairings: Sauvignon Blanc & Oysters. A romantic, sensual classic: the...