As a kid my dad used to say half the fun is in the planning . In those days he would order his trip tik from AAA and from those various choices we chose a destination .

Once we picked a place ,my mom got involved in choosing the hotels for the family . She was very justified in not letting my father pick the lodging .He was lovingly called ‘Cheap Charlie ‘ by his best friends . We poured over the maps and tried to figure out who was going to sit in the front middle seat first . I know, I know , I’m showing my age with all these details , but I wouldn’t trade my past for a mil, but that’s in the past . Today I enjoy travel and I look to stay current . Therefore, when I find something that transforms trip planning ,I am elated because what worked for us oldies is not going to work today .Now we want more and we want it fast !!

I found something that combines the excitement of the planning with ease . Now I click and zoom , and voila I get it all .  GuideZoomer transcends the old sitting around the table in a picturesque Norman Rockwell scene studying pamphlets .  GZ clearly provides a fun fancy free experience that everyone can get involved .

GuideZoomer has over 1400 locations in the USA on their site from which to choose . When ordering our trip tiks who knew there were so many other places to visit ??

Now when you click on  GuideZoomer , you will find in each locale lodging , and dining , it lists the best and the coolest in shopping. Look up activities in the local cities and towns and you have dozens of choices . Best of all the events are kept up to date on the  GuideZoomer Facebook pages .

If we wanted to do something exiting we had to revisit the same places so that we would just know what to do from the previous time . Today things are changing daily and how to keep up ?  GuideZoomer’s event pages inform you of the latest and the greatest happenings everywhere . That info might help decide where you visit .

The kids can help choose, based on their interests and let’s face it ,we need to keep the kids satisfied if we want to enjoy our vacations .

My advise ,which is sage , is- go to  GuideZoomer   and embrace the experience.

Fun and easy , loaded with information and zoom away to your next best trip .

Happy Times!

Oh, my Darlings

How wonderfully exciting!!

It’s holiday time!!

For everyone,


There are lights and candle, tinsel and

Happy, Happy, Happy!

This is just my absolute favorite time of year.

Wherever I find myself …

Just imagine –

Rushing through the snow up in Lake Placid, NY, your arms laden with holiday gift items, for yourself and your loved ones.

Hopefully mostly for yourself. 

As I arrive to my new location I always check out to see the new emporiums in which I can shop.

Of course, every destination, where I find myself, has hidden goodies that can be seen on . I love to give interesting gifts. Not the run of the mill for the Duchess, as I’m sure you are aware.

Or …

Imagine basking in the sun in beautiful Santa Barbara, Ca.  and just know that somewhere, somehow,

it’s cold and your friends are out west skiing.

Check out Vail or Park City and GZ will send you to the best slopes. After sipping my hot chocolate, I sometime peruse the gift shops, and you’d be surprised at the cute little tzotzkies one can purchase for your quirky friends.

So, take this time, no matter what holiday you are celebrating, or even if you choose to not celebrate specifically, and go out and be festive.

The best way to be festive is to check out the





National parks

And events

In the over 1350 destinations listed on GuideZoomer and bring in the cheer.

Tata till the New Year

Your Delicious Duchess


All the rage!!

That’s moi!!

Camping ???

Yes, but I will turn it into GLAMPING-glamour camping . Aren’t I just so so clever ?!?!

Yes, darling that’s the ticket .

GuideZoomer has all the info to ensure your camping ,biking and hiking adventure is just right .

The National Parks Service

has chosen GuideZoomer to be an official guide to all their parks and services .

Can you see me in a camp site ? Well that was once, but alas, today I’m visiting the great state of Connecticut where glamping reaches for the stars – literally .

GuideZoomer led me to

Winivian Farm in Morris .

There I found The Treehouse Cottage.

Suspended 35 feet off the forest floor ,

I was floating on air .

THIS -is my idea of roughing it . I am not always quite the sport ,but, this time I could be a shining star.

For those of you who really understand and appreciate the great outdoors for all its glory, check out the Parks site on GuideZoomer-the local guide-worldwide .

This site can give you choices of venues for hotels on site,

RVs,cabins,tents, hiking, biking, boating, campfire pits. Concessions for food and all sorts of goodies and necessities and you know so much more . As always I love the adorable knickknacks I found in the gift shop.

This place is a dream !!

I have a spectacular view of the sky through my arched glass ceiling .

This is my kind of glamorous roughing and toughing.

Check out  GuideZoomer and whether you are a nature lover or just a lover, GZ  will find the perfect destination just for you .

Tata for now ,

Your Glampy Duchess


Way to go my dears !!!

Kudos!!  Only in America can a city go from a devastating storm to becoming World Series Champions in merely a heartbeat . 

I was bereft when the people of Houston suffered so . In the tradition of good ole American spirit we are the people who never let anything beat us, we set new goals and go home with the gold . 

I’m here in Houston and what an amazing city . It certainly did not let Harvey get them down. The people are upbeat and spirits are high. 

I started out in Allen’s Landing and it’s more than I’d hoped . The renovations are restoring a beautiful historic port. From there I hopped over to the Houston Zoo -just love those little furry friends . Everywhere I went I got the info from . 

I had decided to welcome home the winners of the World Series games and stay for the victory parade . GuideZoomer helped me with great hotel selections and fabulous restaurants from which to choose . then helped me fill my days with great attractions like tomorrow I’m off to the Houston Space Center for Meet An  Astronaut Day, then go on a tram ride through NASA  . I feel like a child once again . 

The Bay Area is filled with parks, marinas with boating opportunities. 

Of course, GuideZoomer

listed the most charming resale and vintage shops in the area along with luxury shopping centers to suit all my moods . 

I think I will have to extend my stay as to be able to avail myself of all the wonderful offerings in the spectacular  city of Houston. 

I must say that since I’ve found GuideZoomer my travel experience has improved exponentially. 

Hotels , Restaurants , Shopping, Attractions ,and Events all at a click of a zoom.  

So after I saw on GZ

that the ballet is in town I was off to whirl . Culture, history, fun ,and the food , oh my just delicious all the  best of the best to be found on The GZ site to show us all that Harvey be darned. 

We will prevail –

whatever you throw at us . 

Tata for now 

The Duchess D 

Have we met?

Not sure you’ve had the pleasure . They call me

The Duchess

Some say dazzling -daring or divine.

One thing with which I will agree , darling ,

I am always on the go.

I love to travel . I enjoy meeting new people, immersing myself in different cultures trying cuisines I’ve never tried before .

I’d like to invite you to join me on my adventures. To find the most fab places to go I just discovered GuideZoomer. I decided to visit the Southern states and GuideZoomer showed me the way .

I’m loving it here down in Georgia . I’ve always fancied myself to have been a Southern belle in a previous lifetime .

I know Scarlet and I would have been the closest of friends .

Before visiting Georgia

I clicked onto GuideZoomer and voila! I found a variety of perfect hotels for me in Roswell,Ga. that I could book directly on-line without being hijacked by those pesky booking sites. Once I was checked in I zoomed over to the list of restaurants and as I’m clicking I imagined myself sitting at a lovely outdoor cafe sipping mint juleps . Without leaving the GuideZoomer site I could see the list of

the A-listers who will be in concert this month -top of the charts . Oh my darlings, come walk with me downtown as GuideZoomer guides me through the shopping districts .Yes, you guessed it. The Duchess loves to shop, I just found the most darling evening bag . Ooh!!

I’m so excited !!

GuideZoomer shows not only the large centers and districts but features some quaint out of the way shops .

The historic district offers a variety of activities .

As I stroll by the Chattahoochee River my green comes out as I visit the Nature Center and learn how I can contribute to the sustainability of the area.

GZ has listings for a walk back in time . I’m floating through the Antebellum homes and as you can imagine I am fancying myself as the madame of a large plantation . My, how times have changed. Down in Georgia it’s certainly for the better.

Historic attractions around war memorials re-enacting how life was lived This new site is the answer to my dreams .

Locations all over this fantastic great USA ,

Hotels for all budgets , restaurants to satisfy all palates , attractions for me and the gen Y-ers in my life . Have I told you about all the cultural choices-

Off to the ballet for me , Off to the jazz clubs for them and duck tours for the tots . GuideZoomer provides all the info one needs to enjoy a trip anywhere their little heart desires . Yes, so many incredible destinations here in the US at my manicured little fingers .

This is my newest passion .

I’m a Zoomer all the way

Love it darlings !

Traveling is my thing ,so ,

Come join me !!

Even if your trip is not imminent ,

cluck and zoom and choose a destination that’s right for you or just zoom as you dream .

They say :

Half the fun is in the planning and GZ makes the planning tons of fun

And easy .

So TaTa for now as I zoom around Roswell , for a few more days .

Then we will visit GuideZoomer and decide on where to travel next.

Here’s to new adventures !!

Love y’all,

Duchess D