Opening Weekend for Germany's Christmas Markets

So many of our modern Christmas traditions hail from Germany (via England, thanks to Queen Victoria's German husband, Prince Albert); for a real injection of the spirit of Christmas, no better place to go than the source. Plus, Germans are nothing if not sticklers for authenticity – no plastic or made in China items. Only genuine evergreen branches, music, food,... read more

Why We Love River Cruising in Europe

We love river cruising. Like all cruise travel, it's a hassle-free way to navigate to multiple destinations and get an overview of a region. You unpack once, really settling in to your ship environment like a home away from home. River cruise ships are small – almost by definition. They're restricted to the size of a ship that can navigate... read more

Swiss Summer Sips

In the heat of the summer, even cooler regions of Europe look for ways to beat the heat. Switzerland may be famous for chocolate and cheese, green meadows and snowy alps... but even they have some secrets to quench your thirst in the summer: Mountain Fountain Water. You might not want to try this anywhere else in the world, but... read more

Saying 'I Do' Off-the-Beaten Path in Treasure Beach, Jamaica

With its famous tropical beaches, music and lifestyle, no wonder Jamaica is a favourite Caribbean island for destination weddings.  Most couples who travel to Jamaica to celebrate their special day at one of the remarkable all-inclusive resorts. But some couples may want to venture off the beaten path to the southwest part of the island, where farming and fishing and... read more

Planning a Destination Wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific coast, is one of Mexico's top resort destinations.  In town, in the ocean, or in forest, there's plenty to entertain visitors.  Boardwalks in town are worth a stroll to see sculptors and artisans at work.  On the water, active visitors enjoy snorkeling, diving and kayaking, and less active guests can to get on boats to... read more

A 'Treasure' of Authentic, Sustainable Jamaica at Treasure Beach

Many visitors traveling to Jamaica never see the island outside their all-inclusive resorts. But if you're an adventurous traveler who's willing to brave a few potholes driving on winding country roads, you'll find a 'treasure' of old Jamaica in the South West part of the Caribbean island. Treasure Beach is a village on the coast in the agricultural heartland of... read more

Tips About Travel Post-Hurricane Irma

You'll notice we aren't using a photo for this story. That's because there's not much good to see. Hurricane Irma is possibly the most destructive natural event ever to strike certain parts of the Caribbean. What about Travel? Information is trickling in, but here's the best available information we have today from 3rd party sources about the situation: Tourists are... read more

Our 'Plan a Cruise Month' Smorgasbord of Offers

Mark it on your calendar. October is 'Plan a Cruise Month'.  This is the time of year when the world's top cruise lines introduce some of their best offers of the year. And with the nights getting chillier, thoughts of getting away this winter to the Caribbean's turquoise waters, exotic Polynesia, or fun loving Australia leap to mind.  Or an... read more

How On Trend are your Travel Plans?

The results of a recent study have revealed the luxury fantasy destinations and travel bucket list experiences of 2016.  Are your travel dreams on the list? If you're hoping or planning to go 'Down Under' this year, you've tapped into the latest travel trends.  Australia tops the list of destinations for the upscale traveler, followed by another perennial favorite Italy,... read more

St. Lucia, the perfect Wedding Destination.

Saint Lucia is the perfect destination for romance. Whether you want an adventure wedding, an unbelievable honeymoon or a quiet intimate getaway, St. Lucia guarantees a romantic experience that you can only dream of. St. Lucia offers: A mix of French and British Influences An ideal backdrop for special celebrations Unusual and stunning features such as: The high twin peaks... read more

A New Year of Travel Trends

Happy New Year!  2017 is ramping up to be an exciting year of travel. So we thought we'd share stories about the hottest travel trends that are going to impact where - and how - you travel in the coming months and even years. What do we see in our crystal ball/ champagne glass?   Whether you're planning family, 'bleisure' (business/leisure),... read more

2016 is Sailing off into the Sunset...

And here at Walnut Grove Travel, we're looking back on some of our best, most inspiring travel stories of the past year... AND bringing you some fresh ideas to start your travels off right in 2017. Thank you for being part of our community of travel lovers this year.  We wish you a very Happy New Year 2017, and whether... read more

As 2016 Sails off into the Sunset...

We look back on some of our best, most inspiring travel stories of the past year... AND bring you some fresh ideas to start your travels off right in 2017. Thank you for being part of our community of travel lovers this year.  We wish you a very Happy New Year 2017, and whether you travel on business, for pleasure,... read more

Welcome Winter!

  The Winter Solstice this year takes place on Wednesday, December 21st.  The first official day of the winter season, it marks the shortest period of daylight – and longest period of darkness – on the calendar. No wonder cultures and religions around the world created winter solstice festivals that celebrate light.    For many of us these days, the... read more

New Cruise Ships Arriving this Fall in the Caribbean

If you like 'new ship smell', you won't want to miss the opportunity to experience some of your favorite Caribbean ports of call this winter – in a shiny new cruise ship. A number of new cruise ships made their entrance on the cruising scene this spring and summer in Europe. But as temperatures cool, they start their migrations, repositioning... read more

El Dorad Royale

With so many resorts to choose from in Mexico, how do you know if you have chosen the right one for yourself? That’s where we come in. We are always learning about the resorts and we are lucky enough to be able to experience them ourselves. Recently I went down to the Mayan Riviera to stay 1 week at the... read more

Oasis of the Seas

If you know anything about cruising, you probably have heard of ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINES. They are the leaders in ship innovation and have taken cruising to a whole new level. I recently attended a Royal Caribbean workshop and learned about the OASIS OF THE SEAS. This ship was one of the first designs by RCCL to incorporate “neighbourhoods” throughout... read more