Hotels Among the Vines: Great Vineyard Tours – A Blog for From the Grapevine

Have you ever read a wine label, noted its far-flung origins and been seized by wanderlust? Then you might want to consider visiting a vineyard resort. Fortunately, there are an increasing number of them from which to choose.

This is something that we highlighted in our most recent travel blog article for From the Grapevine. We wandered off the beaten track and into a host of fantastic vineyard resorts that combine lip-smacking wine with spectacular destinations. Among the lesser-known wine hotspots were a New York vineyard with a delicious range of pinot blancs and a chateau in Galilee with a wine list boasting the best in regional vintages. We also looked at vineyard resorts in better-known wine regions, such as a hotel in Mendoza, Argentina with beautiful wine-themed rooms, a complementary tasting and its own personal vineyard. And then, of course, we couldn’t miss the luxurious lodge in Matakana, New Zealand, which offers a wonderful vineyard along with majestic views across the mighty Pacific.

If our summary of the blog has tickled your oenophilic tastebuds, then simply scroll down for our pick of the five best vineyard resorts in the world. They all combine fine wine, great accommodation and breathtaking scenery…

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Just What Makes Great Travel Writing Work? Analysing Writers’ Techniques

Before one can be a great travel writer, one must learn to be a great travel reader. To read voraciously and linger over the words; relish, absorb and reflect on what it is that makes great travel writing work. Found a travel article that you love? Analyse its effect – a strong feeling, a vivid image – and then pinpoint how the writer achieved it.

By examining the techniques employed in the best travel prose, aspiring travel writers can acquire new skills and help attune their own ear to the rhythms and melodies of good writing. To illustrate the many benefits of studying others’ work, we have deconstructed a selection of praiseworthy travel writing passages. Scroll down to read on.

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A Life of Leisure: The Ultimate Napa Valley Weekend

This month, we have saved some of our most expertly-crafted travel article writing for the September edition of Private Air Magazine, among them this handy little guide to a luxe weekend getaway in California Wine Country.

We focused on the things Napa Valley does best: divine food, first-class wine and pampering. There are peaceful hotel and spa refuges hidden among the vineyards, as well as hand-made chocolates and multi-course feasts. And then, of course, there’s the wine. We’ve singled out some of the most distinguished boutique wineries in the region, where you can taste exclusive blends and limited-production vintages that you won’t find anywhere else.

If Napa Valley wasn’t on your bucket list before, it may be now…

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Top Travel Links Blogs for Pimsleur

Every month, we write a blog post for Pimsleur Approach listing the best travel stuff on the web. We call it Top Travel Links. These pieces showcase the best travel articles, news and events, pictures, videos and more from the previous month in a range of publications around the world. Here is a short extract from the latest in a long line of round-ups…
 

APRIL’S TOP TRAVEL LINKS

Is travel a bad idea? Wildlife photographer Paul Souders says it can be. He tells the Mother Nature Network all about his life and career, in which he jets around the world, takes photos and gets paid. That must be awful!

William L Sullivan, on the other hand doesn’t do the world, but what he doesn’t know about hiking around Oregon isn’t worth a damn. And now he’s planning a book tour.

It’s April, so why, you may be wondering, is the word “Santa” approaching rapidly? Simple. Semana Santa (there it is) is Spanish for Easter. Read all about it on About.com. The always-wonderful National Geographic has a list of 10 things to do before April dies – and, unlike us, who will have done it three times by the end of this sentence, it doesn’t mention Santa at all.

Closer to home, it’s Patriots’ Day on April 21. Head to the National Park Service website for a list of events. Meanwhile, British journalist and photographer Lee Howard followed in the footsteps of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler on the Gone with the Wind Trail.

 
You can read the whole of the April’s Top Travel Links blog on the Pimsleur Approach website. Alternatively, check out the rest of 2014’s Top Travel Links blogs so far here and here – or delve even further back into the archives here.