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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…
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…
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…
‘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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Girlfriend getaways

Girlfriend getaways

Getting away with your gal pals is a chance to renew friendships and rejuvenate with fun and relaxation. These locations…
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…
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