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Culinary Vacations with the Cooking Mom!

Culinary Vacations with the Cooking Mom!

Besides cooking, one of my favorite things to do is travel! Now that both my kids are in college, I’ve got more time and freedom to go to the places I’ve dreamed of! I’ve got so many places my bucket list. It’s time to start checking off that list. Come with me! My trips are going to be different. They are going to be trips of a lifetime filled with adventure, lots of amazing food, and loads of fun! We’ll meet people from all over the world and we’ll make some serious memories!

I’m not a huge fan of all-inclusive resorts. I don’t like huge crowds. Instead I like to go off the beaten path. I love discovering the hidden gems. I like to experience the real deal when I travel. I always talk with the locals and find out where they like to go. I’ll take an amazing small mom and pop restaurant over a fancy big place any day! Wherever I go I love exploring local farmers markets and eating what and where the locals eat.

I’ve teamed up with a great Wisconsin travel agency, Fox World Travel, and we are planning some seriously cool culinary trips. I hope you’ll think about joining me and spread the word! Come with your special someone, come with your mom or daughter, come with your girlfriends, or come alone. We are going to have one heck of a great time that you’ll remember forever. Let’s do this!

Magical River Cruise stopping at the Christmas Markets in Germany and the Czech Republic!

First up is Christmastime in the Heart of Germany, a holiday river cruise through Europe!

Christmastime River Cruise

I love everything about the Christmas season, except that it always goes by way too fast. Let’s slow things down and really take in the season at the most spectacular Christmas markets in the world! We’ll stroll the markets, and mingle with the locals while sipping hot spiced mulled wine! Bring on the giant pretzels, grilled sausages and warm potato pancakes too!

We may even see live nativity scenes! On our last day, we get to spend a day and overnight at a hotel in Prague, one of the most colorful and beautiful cities on the world.

Christmastime Mulled Wine
Christmastime Sausages

River cruises are the way to go! No moving to a bunch of different hotels. You unpack just once! Love that! Our ship is top of the line with 128 or fewer passengers. Staterooms are bigger and a cut above most other river cruise lines. Many have beautiful windows looking out at the scenery. Meals on the ship will be out of this world with beer and wine at lunch and dinner included! This trip is going to be pure Christmas magic!

Christmas MarketNow, you’re saying, “There’s no way I can get away during the holidays.” Yes you can! We leave Dec. 5th, 2019, so don’t worry. You’ll be home in plenty of time for Christmas with amazing stories to tell! Click Christmastime in the Heart of Germany to find out all about my trip. Fox Travel tells me if you book in the next couple days you can save $350 per person! The last trip I organized sold out in two weeks, and these travel groups are small, so I hope you’ll book soon.

Winter Getaway to Paradise! Jamaica Done Right!

In March 2020, we’re headed to one of my favorite places to vacation, Jamaica! My family has been going there for more than 20 years. Done right, it’s Paradise! The Jamaican people are some of the most caring and kind people I’ve ever met! They become like family! After my Jamaican Getaway you too will fall in love with the island!

The trip is 7 days from March 21- 28, 2020. We stay in a small, luxury boutique hotel on a beautiful, very secluded private beach. The rooms are spectacular, many with a gorgeous view of the sea. The Jamaica Inn is where Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller went on their honeymoon. Katherine Hepburn and many other celebrities vacationed there. In fact, many celebrities still go to relax there. It’s filled with history.

Jamaica Inn Beach View
Jamaica InnThe Jamaica Inn continues to win awards every year for being one of the best places to stay in the Caribbean. We’ll go on excursions not offered by tour companies.

I’ll take you to my favorite places in Jamaica. We’ll travel to the famous Blue Lagoon where the movie by the same name was filmed. Dive in like I did! Here’s me a few years ago. It’s incredible and I’ll bet we’ll be the only ones there!

Blue Lagoon in Jamaica
Amy Plays in Blue Lagoon

We’ll go to Boston Bay. It’s where famous Jerk chicken and pork originated! We’ll sample the best on the island! Here again, tour buses and cruise ships don’t really go here because it’s off the beaten path.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Jamaican Jerk Pork

We’ll also head up to the beautiful Blue Mountains.

Blue Mountains in Jamaica

Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is some of the best and most expensive coffee in the world. You’ll see why! We’ll watch them roast it. We’ll taste it, and we can even bring a few bags home at a great price!

Blue Mountain Bike Tour

Then, if you are up to it we’ll coast down the mountains on bikes. “No worries mon.” It’s an easy ride with lunch and a few surprises along the way. It’s a day you’ll never forget!

I’ve got other fun excursions planned too, which are optional. So if you just want to lounge by the Jamaica Inn pool and drink the best ever Jamaican rum punch in a real glass, that’s cool, too! The resort has an award-winning spa, croquet, sailboats, paddle boards and more! I’m planning a few delicious dinners at award winning restaurants in Ocho Rios too!

Click Jamaican Getaway to reserve your spot on this trip. This one is also filling up quickly! We only take a small group. Discounts available if you book this week.

Oktoberfest in Munich and an 8 day River Cruise through Germany, Switzerland and France!

When I was in high school I worked hard and saved up for the senior class trip to Europe. After that, I was working and raising kids so I’ve never been able to go back to Europe. It’s time! One of my favorite cities on that high school trip was Munich. I’ve always dreamed of going back there. Going to Oktoberfest was also on my bucket list. I’m checking both boxes on my German Grandeur River Cruise!German Grandeur Ship

This trip is going to be top of the line. It’s really the best of Europe! We get to see and do so much! We are doing this trip first class on an all-suite river cruise ship!

German Grandeur Stateroom
German Grandeur Stateroom

Yes, you’ve got it. We aren’t messing around here. All the staterooms are suites with huge windows looking out at the gorgeous scenery!

We spend two days in Munich and then we board our river cruise ship for 8 whole glorious days! Gourmet meals with free wine and beer at lunch and dinner. We cruise slowly down the Rhine River and two other rivers! We see it all – Germany, Switzerland, France! This is the crème de la crème! I hope you won’t miss out. Click German Grandeur River Cruise to see more and reserve your spot. Fox Travel is offering a big discount if you book in the next few days. This trip also is starting to fill up!

Please join me on these trips of a lifetime!

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