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Gwen Pratesi is a James Beard Foundation Award Finalist in Journalism and award-winning travel writer. She is the author and owner of with her husband, coauthor of Southern Heat, and co-owner of On the Road Culinary Adventures, a culinary travel business. She is a contributor to the Travel section of U.S. News & World Report and freelances for other publications including Forbes Travel Guide,, Reader's Digest, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, and World Travel Magazine.

Her work has also been featured on MSN, Yahoo!, Business Insider, and Gwen chronicles her love of international travel and experience as a professional home cook on, where she shares the stories of some of the world's most sought-after destinations, highly regarded chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, wine and spirits producers, and culinary artisans. She and her husband just traded in big city life in Atlanta for shorts and flip-flops at Fernandina Beach, Florida. They look forward to enjoying the coastal lifestyle with their new Tibetan Terrier, Rhythm.

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Merry Christmas Eve from Amelia Island, Florida. I’m feeling blessed on this gorgeous morning to call this place home. I felt the need to see the ocean and the sunrise ☀️ this morning and it has lifted my spirits. ❤️ I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and best wishes for for the New Year. 🎄 Cheers! 🍾 #ameliaisland #coastalliving #islandlife #vitaminsea #christmas #holiday #ocean #beach #island #beachlife #christmas2020

Best Travel Accessories for 2021

For me, this includes wishful thinking about traveling again (beyond a quick road trip), planning future escapes to new destinations and revisiting a few familiar ones, and using those new travel items I purchased or had a chance to review over the last year. I owned a hard-sided beauty case that was a favorite luggage piece of mine many years ago, so when I saw this one online, I couldn’t resist. Like the time I spent every night awake in a hotel in Mexico City thanks to all-night-long rooftop parties when nothing would cancel out the noise, including listening to music through earbuds with my iPhone and a pillow over my head. If you spend a lot of time outdoors on the water and are looking for a pair of durable and lightweight sunglasses that won’t disappear into the depths of the deep blue sea, then check out Rheos Nautical Eyewear.

Decked out for the holidays. @jekyllclub #travel #roadtrip

St. Louis-Style BBQ Pork Steaks Paired with J Vineyards & Winery's Sparkling Wines

The Cuvée 20 goes great because it has this nice acidity that cuts through the richness of the pork, and it really showcases the apple notes in the wine with the savory BBQ sauce and acid-driven marinade on the pork. The red fruit notes really pop in the Brut Rosé, and the herbs in the marinade bring out the herbaceous notes I get in the Brut Rosé. We enjoyed the Cuvée 20 on its own, mostly while preparing the meal, and then paired the food with the Brut Rosé, which was an exceptional pairing for some of the same reasons Chef Shelton mentioned. Elegant and lively, our J Cuvée 20 Brut offers is a classic Russian River Valley sparkling wine, offering a dance of bubbles across a complex palate that expertly balances appealing fruit notes, rich nuttiness from years spent aging on the lees and a crisp, clean finish.

My husband and I had a lovely dinner last evening at one of St. Augustine’s newer restaurants, @altamarea_restaurant. The cocktails were spot on and perfectly balanced. I had the Tramanto Toscano, their Italian take on a Cosmopolitan and my husband ordered a Manhattan. The homemade pasta was delicious and both dishes were were very flavorful. #roadtrip #staugustine #floridashistoriccoast #florida

Elevated Burgers Paired with Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignons

Michael Eddy, Louis M. Martini’s Winemaker, who was mentored by Michael Martini for more than ten years, is the company’s fourth winemaker and the first non-Martini family member in this role. Louis M. Martini is one of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley – to be tasked with creating our culinary wine experiences in the restored winery with an acclaimed portfolio of Cabernet Sauvignons is an exciting challenge. The second wine, a 2016 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, was made with the grapes from the Monte Rosso Vineyard, which sits at almost 1,300 feet above the Sonoma Valley. Tasting notes say that the “Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted from a handful of select blocks on our historic Monte Rosso Vineyard, including the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon block in California.

How about a little Christmas 🎄 cheer this year? We decided there was no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to head to @jekyllclub for Holly Jolly Jekyll. There is something truly magical about more than 500,000 lights, Santa 🎅🏻 sightings, and other holiday festivities that are taking place on the island. We’re ready for the day and a lot of Ho Ho Ho. 😉 @goldenisles #travel #hollyjollyjekyll #christmas #christmasdecor #island #islandlife #holiday

How to Plan the Perfect Turks and Caicos Vacation

Even if you aren’t a citizen of any of the listed countries that do not require a visa, just being a resident or visa holder of the US, UK or Canada may be enough to grant you free travel to Turks and Caicos. As of July 22nd, 2020, all people traveling to the territory must obtain a TCI Assured Travel Authorization before they will be allowed even to board the plane to Turks and Caicos. The TCI Authorization can be obtained through an online portal and will require the following: – Medical/Travel insurance that covers all possible COVID-19 medical costs As we all know, the global pandemic is an ever-changing situation, so it’s best to keep a close eye on Turks and Caicos government announcements in the lead up to your trip. The Turks and Caicos Islands are reachable by both air and sea travel, depending on your preferences.

The beauty of fall on the farm. @bushnvine @visityorkcountysc @discover_sc #visityorkcounty #discoversc #travel #roadtrip #farmlife #farm #southcarolina #fall #fallcolors

Breakfast of Champions @windyhillcider. Piping hot fried 🍎 pies, warm apple cider donuts, and a flight of their homemade hard ciders. Hard to beat this fall breakfast. 😋❤️ @visityorkcountysc @discover_sc #visityorkcounty #discoversc #travel #roadtrip #southcarolina #breakfast #fall #breakfasttime #donuts #cider#apples #pie

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