Raising A Glass (and Swirling, Sniffing and Tasting) to Wine Education

If you are into wine, you may already know what the WSET acronym stands for. If not, here is the quick answer: Wine & Spirit Education Trust. WSET is a prestigious educator in the world of wine and spirits and provides highly sought-after qualifications for wine and spirit professionals, such as our… Continue reading “Raising A Glass (and Swirling, Sniffing and Tasting) to Wine Education”

Taste Vacations: Expanding our Food, Wine, and Beer Tours

We at Zephyr Adventures are entering our 18th season of running active vacations around the world and these years have been full of change. We started as the world’s first inline skating tour company; expanded to multisport tours that include skating; branched off into other activities as we lived through the decline… Continue reading “Taste Vacations: Expanding our Food, Wine, and Beer Tours”

Say “Hola” to Zephyr’s Newest Guide!

We met Jenny Siddall last fall at our Wine Tourism Conference in Santa Rosa, California.  We were struck first by her outgoing and pleasant personality, and then by the depth of her knowledge of wine.  When we learned that she also had ten years’ experience guiding active tours and tours focused on… Continue reading “Say “Hola” to Zephyr’s Newest Guide!”

Walking the Camino de Santiago

In May of 2012 I had the good fortune to enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the Camino de Santiago in northwest Spain. From the small city of Sarria to the traditional conclusion in Santiago de Compostela, the 111 km journey was nothing short of remarkable. If you aren’t familiar with it,… Continue reading “Walking the Camino de Santiago”

Self-Guided Travel in Europe: England, Spain, and Italy

For some reason, the secret of self-guided travel has not yet gotten out. We at Zephyr Adventures have been running self-guided tours in Italy for about five years. We have found them so appealing, this past summer we spent the time to add two new destinations to our list of self-guided tours:… Continue reading “Self-Guided Travel in Europe: England, Spain, and Italy”

3 Misconceptions about Group Travel

NOTE: Though this post was originally written several years ago, the most common misconceptions certainly still ring true! Zephyr Adventures has been in the group travel business for 15 years, so we understand that like most people who join us for the first time, you might feel a bit uneasy about the… Continue reading “3 Misconceptions about Group Travel”

Still Rolling After 15 Years

Today is April 4, 2012.  Fifteen years ago today, Allan Wright quit his corporate job with food company Cargill, and Zephyr Adventures (formerly called Zephyr Inline Skate Tours) was born.  “Rolling” is a great metaphor to describe Zephyr’s journey, as we have certainly done our share of rolling with the punches in… Continue reading “Still Rolling After 15 Years”

How to Make a Travel Blog

Gone are the days of projector slideshow recaps of your summer vacation.  Yet in a digital age, there’s even more to share with your friends and family!  I have been sharing my photos, videos and thoughts from my travels on my Facebook for years, but it doesn’t offer the organization or presentation… Continue reading “How to Make a Travel Blog”

Wine Tourism & Zephyr Adventures

Zephyr Adventures has offered guided Active Wine Tours for many years both here in the United States and abroad. During this time we have gained a global understanding and comparison from the experiences we have shared with the wineries and wine regions we visit. We have also learned  a lot from our… Continue reading “Wine Tourism & Zephyr Adventures”

Choosing an Active European Vacation

There are hundreds of active European adventures you could choose to do on your vacation. At Zephyr Adventures, we have run active tours in a total of 11 different locations in Europe, although we don’t run every trip every year. If you are an active traveler, how do you decide which Zephyr… Continue reading “Choosing an Active European Vacation”

Combining Hiking, Biking, Culture, and Drinking in Spain

When I tell people our newest division at Zephyr Adventures runs active wine tours around the world, explaining they include hiking, biking, and other activities, many respond with a joke or concern about drinking while being active.  Other people ask whether they will enjoy the tour if they don’t know much about… Continue reading “Combining Hiking, Biking, Culture, and Drinking in Spain”