All posts by Donna Heiderstadt

Donna Heiderstadt honed her expertise on the world’s most romantic destinations during seven-and-a-half years as Travel Editor at Modern Bride magazine—tough job, but someone had to do it. Her search for pristine beaches, idyllic villages, luxurious resorts and soul-stirring sunsets has taken her to 40 states and 80-plus countries. Her favorite spots: Italy, New Zealand, Bali, South Africa, Patagonia, Thailand, Mexico, Tasmania, Bora Bora, Hawaii and Northern California. Her ideal romantic combo: a wedding in Italy and a honeymoon safari in Africa.
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Azamara Pursuit, Azamara, cruise ship exterior
Azamara Pursuit/Azamara Club Cruises

With the August 2018 debut of its third ship, Azamara Pursuit, Azamara Club Cruises—the boutique premium line operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd—has expanded its offerings by 40 percent and added 61 ports of call. We checked out Azamara’s 2018-2019 itineraries to find the most interesting new voyages, and... Read More

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Bora Bora Resort Beach by Donna Heiderstadt
Bora Bora Resort Beach by Donna Heiderstadt

There’s no denying that the South Pacific is a dream destination, especially for couples seeking a romantic getaway and divers looking to explore some of the world’s clearest water. The region’s leading island nations — French Polynesia (Tahiti), Fiji, and the Cook Islands — as well as Australia and... Read More

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 Archery Summit Winery/Facebook
Archery Summit Winery/Facebook

The tasting may be great year-round, but it’s the comfortable weather that makes September and October the perfect time to visit the places where beer, wine, or distilled spirits are integral to the local culture. Whether it’s a day trip to the eastern tip of New York’s Long Island or a week... Read More

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Fountain of Neptune in Bologna Italy

If you’ve already been to Italy, chances are you’ve seen the big three: Rome, Florence and Venice (and perhaps even Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast). If you plan to return, as most travelers do, I suggest you visit one of Italy’s lesser-known regions: Emilia Romagna. Bordered by the... Read More

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View of London Eye from Westminster

The London 2012 Olympics, which has brought more than 14,000 athletes from 204 countries and close to a million spectators to this historic-meets-modern city on the River Thames, has also inspired the opening of a host of exciting new upscale hotels – with splashy interior design worthy of a... Read More

Willemstad on the Caribbean island of Curacao

Curaçao is one of those Caribbean islands that you may have heard of, but didn’t know too much about – unless you were one of the millions of viewers of ABC’s The Bachelorette, which just filmed single mom Emily Maynard’s finale there. If you liked what you saw –... Read More

View of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan

I have to admit I’ve never been much of a Kid Rock fan, but listening to his catchy 2008 hit All Summer Long while sipping beer and motoring on a top-of-the-line pontoon boat along the Indian River between Burt and Mullet lakes in Northern Michigan was a perfect way... Read More

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Portmeirion in Wales

England has Shakespeare, Big Ben, and the Royals. Scotland’s got Nessie, bagpipes, and single-malt whiskey. What about Wales, you ask? Well, as I found out during a recent visit, Wales has got hundreds of delightfully quirky undiscovered pleasures (such as Portmeirion, shown at left). Tucked into the southwest corner of... Read More

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Wind Star in Greece

If a Mediterranean, Adriatic, or Baltic cruise is on your 2012 travel wish list, check out the $1,776 July 4th sale fares now being offered by Windstar Cruises (must be booked by July 6). Windstar, which operates three tall-masted luxury ships – 312-passenger Wind Surf and 148-passenger Wind Star... Read More

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The Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

On this season of ABC’s reality series The Bachelorette, single mom Emily Maynard and her bachelor suitors have jetted off to four amazing and romantic destinations over the past several weeks: Bermuda, London, Dubrovnik, and Prague (shown at left). I have been to each place several times – and loved... Read More

Renoir's Dancers cocktail at Palace Gate at the New York Palace

Hot summer nights inspire a desire for ice-cold libations served in romantic surroundings – and several of New York City’s top hotels are offering cocktail programs that couples can sip and savor. From aged and distilled spirits to distinctive microbrews to honey-inspired creations, these four very distinct venues are... Read More

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The Roman Arena in Verona, Italy

Yes, there are balconies at Palazzo Victoria, the recently opened 71-room luxury hotel in Verona, Italy, the city famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s enduringly romantic Romeo & Juliet. Located in northern Italy’s Veneto region, about halfway between Venice and Milan, Verona is a wonderful spot to spend... Read More

Lanai View at Lava Lava Beach Club on the Big Island

Couples headed to the Big Island of Hawaii have an intimate new accommodation option to consider: Lava Lava Beach Club. The property, which opened its doors in early June, features just four beachfront cottages located along Anaeho’omalu Bay near Waikoloa Beach Resort on the sunny Kohala Coast, making it... Read More

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Chef Cat Cora at Oceania Riviera Christening

Don’t tell my scale. A little over two weeks ago, I was enthusiastically taste testing my way through the 10 restaurants onboard Oceania Riviera (one of our Top 10 Cruises in 2012), the brand new 1,250-passenger upper premium ship that was christened in Barcelona, a foodie-friendly city if ever... Read More

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Gondola in Venice, Italy

Venice is one of my favorite places (I just returned from my 8th visit), but trying to figure out where to stay in this romantic maze of 117 islands and 409 bridges can be frustrating. There are so many options  – this small city of 60,000 residents has several... Read More