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Mary Ann DeSantis

Mary Ann DeSantis is a freelance writer, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and a fellow of the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, Napa Valley.
A wine lover’s wish list

A wine lover’s wish list

Surprise your friends with these holiday gift ideas. Accoutrements designed to make wine drinking even more enjoyable continue to abound year after year. We’ve got some tried-and-true suggestions as well as some new ones that are sure to please the…
Near & Far: Verdant Vancouver

Near & Far: Verdant Vancouver

If your Alaskan cruise itinerary includes Vancouver, spend a few days exploring one of the world’s greenest cities. Photos: Mary Ann and Tony DeSantis and provided by Tourism Vancouver, Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver, British Columbia, is the port city where some…
A Country Christmas

A Country Christmas

Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort, described as ‘the most Christmassy hotel in the nation’ by the Travel Channel, is a destination all its own during the holidays. Photos courtesy of Gaylord Opryland Resort My first experience at the Gaylord Opryland Resort…
‘Send Down the Rain’

‘Send Down the Rain’

By Charles Martin. The love story about a Vietnam veteran and his childhood sweetheart carries readers on a journey from Southeast Asia to the Florida Panhandle.     Post-traumatic stress disorder is a complicated illness that many people don’t understand.…
Near & Far: Panoramic Prague

Near & Far: Panoramic Prague

The 10th-century castle and towers in Prague, Czech Republic, have withstood the test of time and served as extraordinary backdrops for remarkable changes in the city. Photos: Tony and Mary Ann DeSantis In every direction, a postcard-like view reveals itself…
Waltzing along the Danube 

Waltzing along the Danube 

An extraordinary week on the Viking Vilhjalm proves why river cruising is quickly becoming one of the most popular vacation choices for Americans.  Photos: Tony & Mary Ann DeSantis The dream of visiting a different European city every day has appealed…
Wild West in St. Pete

Wild West in St. Pete

Move over, Sal (Dali); take a break, Dale (Chihuly). The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art is St. Petersburg’s new ‘sheriff’ in town. Photos: Courtesy of James Museum of Western and Wildlife The Tampa Bay area may seem like…
All aboard!

All aboard!

Amtrak’s passenger service through the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains provides a relaxing and picturesque ride into the historic railroad city of Roanoke.    Decades ago, I rode the train every summer to see my grandparents in Pennsylvania. The trip always…
Girlfriend getaways

Girlfriend getaways

Getting away with your gal pals is a chance to renew friendships and rejuvenate with fun and relaxation. These locations offer something different for a successful trip.  Story: Mary Ann DeSantis   Putting toes in the sand Clearwater Beach, Florida…
Islands you can drive to

Islands you can drive to

Almost everyone daydreams about vacationing on an island. However, expensive airfares have made flying a nightmare for families—not to mention the hassle of packing your favorite beach gear into suitcases. Luckily, Florida has many beautiful islands accessible by vehicle. So,…
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