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TRAVEL: A Visit with the Hotel del Coronado's Ghost

Journeying to historic hotels to encounter the guests that never check out is a pastime of many travelers, particularly at Halloween. The Hotel del Coronado, San Diego has one of historic hotel's most popular ghosts, said to be the ghost of the young woman found shot on the beach steps of the Hotel del Coronado in November of 1892 who still actively inhabits that Victorian landmark property. The hotel’s official account of the story is recorded in the book “Beautiful Stranger: The Ghost of Kate Morgan and the Hotel del Coronado.” But is that book, and the police circa 1892’s conclusion correct?

Travel: Halloween Haunting San Diego California

With Halloween around the corner, and San Diego resting just eighty miles south of our present location, a trip to San Diego California became a goal. Visit Old Town San Diego, The Gaslamp District and The Hotel del Coronado for the not so final resting place of some of the United States earliest inhabitants.

Halloween tricks, treats and thrills at a theme park near you!

By Jacquie Kubin, Donne Tempo Magazine... The night air becomes cooler, the trees change their colors, and Halloween ghosts and ghouls beckon. The prospect of a night of trick or treating was something to look forward to all year long, but today's Halloween celebrants are being lured to local zoos and theme parks for a night of sometimes scary, and other times not so scary, fun.

Travel: Hotel Villa Ganz: The Height of Hospitality in Guadalajara

Hotel Villa Ganz in Guadalajara, Mexico, is everything a hotel should be. The staff are genuine in their friendliness and helpfulness, and they are deeply knowledgeable about Guadalajara's history, sites, and cuisine. The reason they're so well-informed is thanks to the attention and effort of co-owner Sally Rangel, a native of Guadalajara who loves her city and who has trained her staff in the art of exceptional guest service.

Recipe: Onion Tart Cítricos Disney’s Grand Floridian Spa and Resort

This savory Onion Tart is a favorite starter, easy to make with refrigerated pie dough. With a drizzle of the rich walnut dressing, the tart is worthy of a fancy dinner party. Or pair it with a green salad and a chilled glass of pinot gris for a simple supper. The recipe makes four small tarts, and can be served warm or at room temperature.

Travel: Hasta Guadalajara, Baby

Aunque el nombre de Guadalajara deriva del arabe-- Wad-Al Hayara, que significa Valle de Fortaleza o Rio de Piedra-- esta ciudad es tan mexicana como sus famosas tortas ahogadas y su musica alegre. Su ambiente tranquilo y acogedor y su gastronomia diversa son unos de los tantos atractivos que esta ciudad ofrece. Guadalajara, capital del estado de Jalisco, esta llena de historia y anecdotas que van mas alla de la conquista de America por los espanoles; de hecho es y ha sido ciudad sede para muchos eventos importantes a nivel internacional y ciudad sede para los juegos Panamericanos del 2011, poniendo a esta y a Mexico antes los ojos del mundo. Sus calles limpias y expanciosas les dan el aire de las grandes alamedas de las viejas ciudades europeas, acompanadas de una población amistosa y cordial que te recibe y te da la bienvenida de una manera muy especial.

Travel: To Guadalajara, Baby!

Although the name “Guadalajara” is derived from Arabic-- Wad-Al Hayara, which means Valley of Strength or Stone River—this city is as Mexican as its famous “drowned sándwiches” and its joyful music. Its calm and charm, along with its diverse gastronomy, are just some of the attractions this city offers. Guadalajara, capital of the estate of Jalisco, is full of history, and anecdotes about the city are even older than the conquest by the Spaniards. Guadalajara’s clean and ample streets have an air of the grand avenues of old European cities, and along with the friendly locals, welcome visitors in a special way.

Travel: Hotel De Anza, San Jose, California

San Jose, California (September 21, 2008)... Funky and fabulous Hotel De Anza gives guests a taste of authentic 1930s art deco wrapped in 20th century luxury. From the gilded lobby to the plush lounge, the intimate outdoor Palm Court Terrace to the heavenly guest rooms, the warm meeting spaces to the fantastic night-time pantry, the hotel embraces visitors with elegant, stylized comfort. The Hotel De Anza advertises “opulence” and delivers in spades. The four-star, four-diamond property is reminiscent of a visit to the house of a much-loved, very wealthy relative rather than a stay at a hotel.

Travel: The Fairmont San Jose: Opulent Luxury in Downtown San Jose

San Jose, California (September 14, 2008)...The Fairmont San Jose is one of those rare and shimmering locations that remind us that sometimes the world really is a perfect place. The hotel rests in an optimal location between the activity of the downtown area and the calm of the park. It offers guests the option of easily downtown exploration or staying in its self-contained world replete with multiple dining options, including afternoon high tea and a lobby sushi bar.

RECIPE: Beef Tostado, Mojo Chicken and Brazilian Salad, Currents Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Florida

With the opening of the new Currents restaurant at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Executive Chef Aaron Chavarria had the opportunity to create a tantalizing menu fusing the colorful flavors of Florida and the Caribbean. As a native of Nicaragua, Chef’s background coupled with years of training and experience in Europe and the Florida Keys along with a culturally diverse kitchen melded together to create the exotic “Floribbean” dishes at the new Sarasota hot spot. The Latin- and Caribbean-inspired Beef Tostada, Mojo Chicken and Brazilian Salad incorporate tropical fruits, vegetables and spices and are the perfect dishes for a flavorful dining experience.

TOMATO-ORANGE RISOTTO WITH JUMBO SHRIMP

As Florida moves into its cooler fall season, Chef Arpke has found the perfect seasonal comfort food in his Tomato Orange Shrimp Risotto. This standout Risotto is a one-pan dish originally created for one of Chef Arpke’s sold-out annual cooking classes held every November.

FALL TRAVEL: A perfect fall day at Miami's Jungle Island.

Nestled in the heart of bustling Miami is a tropical enclave where visitors can get an up-close view of a wide array of birds, mammals, primates, reptiles, and fish, including the rare and beautiful six-foot Cassowary, a 2,000 pound Crocosaurus, and the legendary liger. Jungle Island is an eighteen-acre facility located on Watson Island, just east of Miami, designed to provide guests access to, and information about, animals while strolling through rainforest settings.

FALL TRAVEL: A perfect fall day at Miami's Jungle Island.

Nestled in the heart of bustling Miami is a tropical enclave where visitors can get an up-close view of a wide array of birds, mammals, primates, reptiles, and fish, including the rare and beautiful six-foot Cassowary, a 2,000 pound Crocosaurus, and the legendary liger. Jungle Island – previously Parrot Jungle Island – is an eighteen-acre facility located on Watson Island, just east of Miami. This new $46 million iteration of the Jungle opened in 2003, improving on the outstanding Jungle Island theme of giving guests access to, and information about, animals while they stroll through rainforest settings.

DAY TRIPPER: The York County Fair runs through September 14th

Located just over the Maryland/Pennsylvania border, a little more than an hour outside the Washington Beltway, The York County Fair, September 5-14th) reigns as the longest running county fair in the nation. Which makes it the first county fair of our great nation. Held in 1765, the early fairs were two-day agricultural markets designed for farmers and their families to take a break after the summer growing season for a bit of socializing and, well, marketing. That rural family gathering has grown over the last 243 years and today the fair includes acres of midway rides, carnival games, fair-food, 4-H members and contest entries by those that grow, sew, can, knit and raise livestock. It is a lot of fun.