Nevis' sweet plantation life

This “Rooms to Explore” feature focuses upon places throughout the country and the world where I have stayed that became part of the experience of visiting a destination. Places that bring to life the local history, culture and lifestyle in a very meaningful way –...

St. Kitts — A sweet tourism Nirvana that sugar built

A Caribbean island presents a sugary past and a warm present When Christopher Columbus sighted two small, adjacent islands during his second voyage to the New World in 1493, he named the larger of the two St. Christopher (now St. Kitts). Because the single peak that...

Offbeat Museums: From Bananas to Bones, Mustard to Magic

These are not your mother’s museums Question: What do staplers, candles and ear rings have in common? Answer: They’re among the items on display at a wacky and wonderful museum in California which claims that it has the largest collection in the world devoted to...

Puerto Rico — Island environmental splendor

An island of environmental diversity One part of Puerto Rico is blanketed by the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. The setting is very different not far away, where a mountain range that blocks rain-producing weather systems has created a...

A farmhouse in Umbria

Rooms to Explore visits an Umbrian farmhouse Our temporary Italian home away from home could have been in an upscale hotel – but it wasn’t. Its two spacious bedrooms, comfortable living room and full kitchen had recently been renovated. The antique furnishings,...