Hidden Gems in the Hudson River Valley

Next time you find yourself in New York City with a day or two to spare, head north to the Hudson River Valley. You can hop the train, rent a car, or even ride your bike. Whatever your mode of transportation, seek out the back roads, and there is a good chance you will discover something new—a farm stand, a winery, a trail, a memorable meal, or a romantic inn to spend the night.

Moon Hudson River Valley

Hudson River Valley native Nikki Goth Itoi offers an insider’s view of this scenic New York City getaway, from touring the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt mansions to fly-fishing in the Catskills. Itoi also guides travelers to the popular wineries located along Dutchess Wine Trail, as well as the summertime fun offered by Greenwood Lake and winter […]

Best of Baja Road Trip: A Three Week Itinerary

The road may be paved now and fuel much easier to come by than in the early days of peninsular travel, but Baja California remains a classic route for travelers who enjoy the thrill of a long road trip. All you need is ample time, a reliable vehicle, and an ability to cope with unpredictable situations.

Ruta del Vino in Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe

The Valle de Guadalupe is an internationally recognized winemaking region that has been gaining attention from Southern California residents and the US travel press in recent years. Baja California wines are shipped all over Mexico and Western Europe, but because of US and Canadian trade policies, they weren’t exported north of the border until recent years, and are still difficult to find in Canada and the United States.

Visiting Baja Mexico’s Bahía Magdalena

At the western edge of the Magdalena plain on the Pacific coast, a long string of barrier islands protects a series of shallow bays that fill with gray whales during calving season, from January–March. Sheltered Canal Gaviota links the two largest bays in the system, Bahía Magdalena and Bahía Almejas, to create some of the best kayaking and windsurfing conditions anywhere on the peninsula. Visitors here enjoy paddling the bay, climbing 30-foot sand dunes, bird-watching, and gray-whale encounters.

Moon Baja

Seasoned writer and Mexico enthusiast Nikki Goth Itoi knows the best way to experience Baja—from exploring Valle de Guadalupe, Baja’s wine country, to riding the waves at the region’s premiere surfing spots. Itoi offers a variety of suggested travel strategies, including Island Hopping, Around the Cape in Seven Days, and Seaside Romance. Complete with tips […]