Hilary Larson's travel tales and tips.

A Jersey Journey Both Timeless And Stylish

09/21/2016 - 11:58
Travel Writer

Note: This is the first of two articles on driving destinations in New Jersey. Next issue: Atlantic City.

It was just past Labor Day, but the scenery screamed summer along Route 29 in the Delaware Valley. Leaving I-95 behind just north of Philadelphia, my husband, Oggi, and I drove north through a landscape of timeless Americana: rolling green meadows punctuated with prim white farmhouses, thick maple forests that canopied the sun-dappled road, the occasional bright-red barn.

A repurposed train depot, Lambertville Station is now a historic inn and restaurant. Hillary Danailova/NJJN

Kosher And More Along The Central Coast

09/13/2016 - 11:05
Special To The Jewish Week

Driving north out of Los Angeles, you’ll hit a city that even a veteran California traveler may never have heard of: Oxnard. This beachside gateway to California’s Central Coast is worth a stop, especially when it comes to its Jewish side.

The entrance to Baron Herzog kosher winery and Tierra Sur, the winery’s acclaimed, open-kitchen restaurant, led by Gabe Garcia

Travel Napa: Let The Wine (And Culture) Flow

Along the Silverado trail in Napa.

09/06/2016 - 12:24
Travel Writer

As fall’s chilly gusts begin to settle into the Northeast, the heat is rising in California. September and October are typically the driest, warmest months in the fabled Wine Country, ideal for basking in sunbaked vineyards.

Amazing grapes: Sign welcoming travelers to Napa Valley and the towns of Napa, Yountville and St. Helena. Wikimedia Commons

Fall for Jewish Culture Across Europe

Annual Jewish Event Casts Spotlight On Heritage Off The Beaten Path

08/30/2016 - 11:43
Travel Writer

The eastern French region of Lorraine — home of the quiche — harbors all kinds of treasures amid its medieval walls, elegant chateaux and golden hillsides, where champagne grapes flourish under a hot autumn sun. Over the centuries, boundaries shifted back and forth between countries; local dialects, mixing Germanic, Gallic and Sephardic elements, evolved alongside a complex Jewish heritage.

The historic synagogue in Metz, in the French region of Lorraine. Wikimedia Commons

Jewish Past and Present in Moldova's Green Capital

A fragile Jewish presence is part of Chisinau's post-Soviet rebirth

08/23/2016 - 13:26
Travel Writer

Whenever we find ourselves someplace my husband regards as particularly ugly or unappealing, Oggi declares, “I’d rather live in Kishinev.”

Verdant central Chișinău is split at the core by Stefan The Great Boulevard and Stefan the Great Central Park and the Public

Roots Music And Jewish Roots

08/16/2016 - 12:08
Travel Writer

I didn’t know who Hank Williams was when I first listened to Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song,” with the perplexing lyrics: “I said to Hank Williams, How lonely does it get? … Hank Williams hasn’t answered yet.”

cert series at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston. CONCERT CREDIT: Via Facebook

Late-Summer Escapes...From the Crowds

From Maine to California, five beach getaways where you won't have to fight for parking.

08/09/2016 - 15:21
Travel Writer

Depending on the crowd you run with, it can feel as though everyone you know this summer is on the East End of Long Island, hanging with the president and the first family on the Vineyard, or down the Jersey Shore.

A lighthouse in Door County, Wis. Wikimedia Commons

Alaska's Far-North Jewish Culture

Aside from stunning landscapes, Alaska offers the curious traveler the serendipitous thrill of discovering cultures.

08/02/2016 - 13:29
Travel Writer
The road to awe: Denali National Park. Wikimedia Commons

Travel: Île de Porquerolles, A French Corner of Paradise

Tranquility abounds on this tiny, car-free Mediterranean island.

07/26/2016 - 13:31
Travel Writer

In the 2008 French film “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis,” a goofy comedy that pokes fun at regional stereotypes, a hapless postal worker is rewarded for years of suffering in the country’s bleak north with a supposedly plum post — on the Mediterranean island of Porquerolles.

The Plage-de-la-Courtade beach on Porquerolles. Wikimedia

Jewish Landmarks, Near And Not So Far

07/19/2016 - 12:59
Travel Writer

In the heart of Virginia horse country, not far from where the Confederates surrendered at Appomattox, there is a graceful white house on an estate called Hyde Park.

Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park, Pa. Wikimedia Commons
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