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Café ‘Complishments: June 2024

Helen Keller once said in an autographed album, “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”

This has a double meaning in that we are in the midst of a beautiful summer, but also because when we focus on the sunlight rather than the shadows, we stay positive and our careers shine with success.

June was a great month for our members who brought us stories from not only the U.S., but also Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and Australia. That’s a whole lot of travel miles racked up there.

Here’s a compilation of your accomplishments this month!

Congratulations to Colleen O’Neill Mulvihill for receiving the 2024 Brainz Magazine CREA Global Award which recognizes top entrepreneurs, influential leaders, and innovators who’ve been recognized for their innovative ideas, resourcefulness, or accomplishments in the areas of sustainability and mental health.

Erin Coyle covered the story of “Exploring the Charms of Nizwa: From Souqs to Museums” for Omanspire, “Travel to Syria with Untamed Borders” for Confetti Travel Café and “Lunch at Saddam Hussein’s Palace” for Resonate Travel.

Michael Cullen’s six-page feature covering Thailand’s Michelin Star Restaurants “Gourmet Gastronomy Goes Green” was published in Upscale Living Magazine.

Gwyn Goodrow guided guests on “How to Pick the Best Cruise Cabin” in her piece for fyi50+.

Melody Moser introduced readers to “Salt Water Taffy, The Shore’s Sticky Treat” for Egg Harbor Township Living and Mainland Living.”

Sharon Kurtz shared “Fifteen Apps That Make Travel Seamless” for her story in Lustre and “Journeying Through Peru” for National Park Traveling.

Jo Clark’s story “Here Comes the Sun…flowers!” was published in New River Valley Magazine, “My First Visit to Amazing São Jorge Island, Azores” in Recipes Travel Culture and “Experience Natural Beauty of the Amazing Azores Islands” in Parks & Travel Magazine.

She covered “A Taste of Myrtle Beach” for Big Blend Radio Podcast and collaborated on a story covering Two Mountain Winery’s Show Pony for Food, Wine, Travel Magazine’s “Travel Writers Taste Yakima Valley Wines from Two of its 120 Wineries.”

Kirsten Harrington shared her stay experience at “The Durham Hotel: Mid-Century Modern Boutique Hotel in the City Center” for Travel By Vacation Rental and her story “Innovative Transportation All Around Florida” was published in GoNOMAD.

Julie Diebolt-Price’s pieces for She Buys Travel included: “Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa Review,” “CIVANA Wellness Resort Review: Escape to Tranquility in Arizona” and “A Solo Woman’s Guide to Lakeland, FL: Things to Do, See & Eat.”

Kat Anderson took us on her exciting “Outdoor Adventures and Indigenous Experiences in Whistler” for a YouTube video creation and covered the story of “3 Perfect Days in Whistler” for Explore Magazine.

Sarita Simmons wrote about her amazing foodie story “Restaurante Páteo Velho: A Magical Dining Experience in the Algarve” for Book Cottages.

Pam And Gary Baker’s “Guide to the Best Wineries to Visit in Lake Erie 2024” was published in Wine Traveler and “A Rainy Day in Canberra Wine District-the Perfect Time to Go Winetasting” in Luxe Beat Magazine. In addition, Pam’s article “Wine with a Mission: Dauntless Wine Company’s Veteran Legacy” was featured in Food, Wine, Travel Magazine.

John Cowgill, ever the history buff, covered stories about “Fort Ward Museum and Historic Park, Alexandria, Virginia” for Prince William Living and “City Island Railroad, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania” for NRHS News.

Janice Sakata-Shultze shared her experience at the “Grand Palladium Riviera Maya: Luxury Escape on the Yucatan” in her piece for Travel By Vacation Rental.

Chris Cutler’s story for Live In Italy Magazine included “Living in Italy: Tips for Living La Dolce Vita” and “Tourist Scams in Italy- 4 Ways to Avoid Getting Swindled.”  

Robin O’Neal Smith took readers “Forest Bathing: Nature’s Wellness Retreat” and to “A Bavarian Alpine Village” in her pieces for Extended Weekend Getaways. Then she shared how to “Make Your Patriotic Picnic Unforgettable” for Seasonal Eatings.

Judy Karnia was a contributing writer for the Newsweek article “Best Farm to Table Restaurant” in which she included Temecula’s “Small Barn” and Breckenridge’s “The Hearthstone Restaurant.”

Marni Patterson collaborated on a story covering Dineen Vineyards History for Food, Wine, Travel Magazine’s “Travel Writers Taste Yakima Valley Wines from Two of its 120 Wineries” and covered the Alt Hotel: Close to the Action in Ottawa” for Travel By Vacation Rental.

Betsi Hill shared her cruise story covering “Yes, Specialty Dining Was the Right Decision” for Food, Wine, Travel Magazine.

Tonya Hennessey shared the story of “Temecula Creek Inn and Cork Fire Kitchen: A Beacon of Sustainability” for Rovology and “Locanda Ca’ del Console: A Taste of Old Venice on the Santa Marina Canal” for Book Cottages.

Janie Pace wrote about “Destination Texas, Lake Texoma, a Perfect Weekend Nature Escape” in her story for fyi50+.

Lisa Lawyer Evans invited readers to “A Step Back in Time: Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon” for Food, Wine, Travel Magazine.

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