Visiting Napa Wineries While Staying in Provence

maison fleurie porch

When visiting Napa Wineries, Yountville’s Maison Fleurie offers Provencal touches. When I was looking for a place to stay near the Napa wineries around Yountville, located in the central Napa Valley, I didn’t think I’d be able to find something within our budget. I assumed the small town’s accommodation options consisted solely of high end resorts such as […]

Cape Town’s Finest Hotels

Cape Cadogan Hotel

Today’s post is sponsored by our friends at the Luxury Safari Company. Cape Town is an incredible destination and one that many people return to again and again. It is just an easy direct flight from London, and since there’s no time difference and no jet lag you can get on with your holiday as […]

Weekly Question Round-up: Travel Disappointments and a Belle Hotel

Evora - perfectly pretty but overly touristy. These locals are not impressed by the crowds.

Weekly Question #9:  Have you ever been disappointed by a place or attraction?   Yes, we’re Travel Belles, optimistic, spirited women who try and see the best in every experience we’re lucky enough to have. But sometimes even we feel a sense of  disappointment. Still, in true Travel Belles style, the responses to our Weekly Question […]

Beaumont: My Old Kentucky Inn

Kentucky Inn, beaumont inn, harrodsburg

I didn’t know it would take over 20 years, but I always knew I’d go back to The Beaumont Inn in Kentucky. When I think the quintessential Kentucky inn, I think of its uncloying Southern hospitality. I think of its yellow legged fried chicken served with ham cured on premises, and its casually elegant farm to table […]

Train to Slovakia: Trencin, Magic Shoes and Hotel Elizabeth

train travel, Slovakia

For several possible reasons, one of my favorite stops on a recent trip with Eurail Travel was Trencin, Slovakia. It might have been the shoes. Like a seasoned shoe fitting engineer/fairy, with a certain no-negation allowed confidence, my new friend, Jill, said, “I can fit you.” No stranger to shoe challenges herself and researching comfortable […]

Visit Aspen on a Budget


You can visit the stars’ favorite winter vacation spot, even without a celebrity salary You might think a visit to Aspen is outside your budget – but that just isn’t true. There are ways to visit the celebrity-spotted ski town without dipping into your 401K. And I’m not talking about a scrimping, bumming and camping […]