A Wine Country Vacation to the Finger Lakes

by Christina Uticone on August 1, 2011

In Upstate New York, south of the Thruway between Buffalo and Syracuse, lies the wine region known as the Finger Lakes. The Finger Lakes is the largest wine-producing region in New York State, and it is a must-visit destination for any wine lover. The Finger Lakes themselves are a series of eleven long, skinny lakes […]


Amazing Alcatraz: Living History in San Francisco

by Jessica Colley on July 12, 2011

Alcatraz Island

Is there any prison as famous as Alcatraz? Maybe it’s the lonely location of the former jail, set on an island over a mile from shore in the San Francisco Bay. Maybe it’s the memorable name, the famed stories of prison breaks, or the presence of Alcatraz in Hollywood films. For all of these reasons […]


A Different View of Paris: Going Underground

by Honor Dargan on June 21, 2011


The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, museums, culture, gardens, and art. . . and the list goes on. They are, after all, the usual suspects on any visitors list to Paris. And rightly so. In fact, putting Paris and sewers together would seem to be a bit of an oxymoron. But stick with me. […]


Wine Tours in the South of France

by Mary Jo Manzanares on June 8, 2011

Cahors_Chateau wine in southern France

Alcohol and holidays make perfect partners so why not base a whole trip around the lovely stuff? Wine connoisseurs are quick to praise the wine that comes out of the South of France, and with the scenery and weather that is often lacking in the more northerly part of the country, it is the perfect […]


Can a New Orleans Swamp Tour Change the World?

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 11, 2011

New Orleans - Place d'Armes Park & St. Louis Cathedral

New Orleans. Say the name and it still, nearly six years after Katrina, conjures up images of floods and people being rescued from their rooftops. Visitors to the Crescent City these days can see signs of the damage if they look closely, even if they don’t leave the French Quarter (which didn’t flood in the […]


Boston’s Big Dig Tour: Architecture, Politics & Corruption

by Mary Jo Manzanares on April 26, 2011

Boston Big Dig - End Result

Boston’s Big Dig is more than just a construction project, although one that may seem like it will never be completed.  The Big Dig is also the story of the transformation of a city, with a lot of politics and corruption thrown in for good measure. Context Travel has launched a new walking tour of […]


Malibu Home Tour

by Mary Jo Manzanares on April 14, 2011

homes along Malibu Beach

Sometimes a beach vacation isn’t just about being on the beach, but about taking a peak at some of the homes that line the beach. You know, the ones that us ordinary folks can’t afford. But the rich and famous can. Now you can get a little bit closer to those celebrities with a …