Catherine Sweeney

Member Since:
Aug 2014

I'm a vibrant woman of the baby boomer generation with a passion for travel, near and far. A weekend getaway, a last-minute trip to Europe, a cross-country road trip or a local jaunt -- they’re all on my radar. And it’s all made extra special when I’m traveling with my husband and co-blogger, Mr. TWS. On my blog, Traveling with Sweeney, I aim to entertain, inform, and inspire as I share compelling photos and stories highlighting the best of destinations, food, wine, history, culture and the arts. I am founder and editor of Boomer Women Travelers, a collaborative website where travel enthusiasts of the baby boomer generation share their stories and tips from their travels around the world. I am also creating two new websites, Visit San Francisco Peninsula and Film Buff Travelers, which are currently in development. 

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Published Articles (27)

Springtime in Venice: Our Favorite Things

Visiting Venice in the spring — Food, music, getting lost, and more. Why I loved this magical city.

Palazzo Te: Inside the Pleasure Palace of Mantua

Highlights of Palazzo Te in Mantua A palace in Mantua, Italy that was built for love — In a city full of prestigious art and architecture, deep culture, and Renaissance […]

An Italian Dream at Villa La Collina

Near the border of Tuscany on a wooded hilltop, a tree-lined lane in the hills above Tredozio leads to the courtyard and grand entrance of Villa La Collina. My husband […]

Small Bites of Venice with Walks of Italy

Escorted by our knowledgeable local Walks of Italy guide sampled authentic Venetian cuisine and culture in small, tasty bites.

Exploring Veneto: 5 Great Side Trips from Asolo

We not only enjoyed the culture and lifestyle of the captivating town of Asolo just beyond our doorstop, we had easy access to other wonders of the Veneto region of […]

I Left My Heart in Asolo

Highlights of a four-night stay in the beautiful and romantic town of Asolo in the Veneto region of Italy. Where to eat, sleep, and see the sights.

A Taste of Traditional Food and Wine in Mantua

Enjoying regional food and wine is always a key element in our travels. While staying at Palazzo Castiglioni in Mantua, we indulged in a variety of local specialties.

Highlights of Mantua: 2016 Italian Capital of Culture

The historic city center of Mantua along with nearby town of Sabbioneta was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Mantua also has the distinction of being designated as […]

A Bike Tour of Parco Giardino Sigurta in Valeggio sul Mincio

A bike tour of an award-winning park and gardens about 28 miles north of Mantua in the village of Valeggio sul Mincio, Italy.

The Musical Essence of Mantua

Music is an essential part of Mantua, Italy’s culture, and the Mantova Chamber Orchestra is an important part of Mantua’s music.

Bella Italia: The Gardens of Lake Maggiore

Springtime in Italy — what a feast for the senses with blossoms in every shade of the spectrum and fragrances abounding.

Magical Maggiore: Our Stay on the Lake

There was definitely something special about Lake Maggiore from the moment we arrived at our villa rental in Lesa until we left four days later.

After Hours in St. Mark’s Basilica

After our recent trip to Venice, we can give you our recommendation to visit St. Mark’s Basilica with Walks of Italyto avoid the crowds and make the most of the […]

First Flight: Traveling with a Five-Year-Old

An early morning wake-up call couldn’t dim our enthusiasm for taking my five-year-old great-nephew Elijah (we call him Eli) on his first plane trip. I’m not sure who was the […]

A Glimpse of Modern Portugal in Medieval Guimaraes

A walking tour of the medieval city of Guimaraes, Portugal on a Viking River Cruises land excursion.

7 Tuscan Luxury Villas Ideal for Friends and Families

Tuscany is a prime vacation destination especially appealing to those wishing to celebrate special occasions, bring friends together, and spend quality time with their families. Very popular accommodations in the […]

Tasting Montana from Butte to Missoula

After kicking off our southwestern Montana culinary road trip in Bozeman, we headed northwest to continue discovering more of the area’s traditional and innovative cuisine and spirits.

Exploring the Douro with Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises’ “Portugal’s River of Gold” itinerary includes a wealth of compelling shore excursion opportunities. There’s a treasure in every port.

Prelude to a Cruise: Lisbon Highlights

Falling in love with Lisbon during a two-day stay, the beginning of our Viking River Cruises’ “Portugal’s River of Gold” itinerary.

Cruising Portugal’s River of Gold: Our Favorite Things

“Portugal’s River of Gold”, Viking River Cruises’ itinerary from Porto to Spain captures the essence of the Douro region’s culture, history, and gastronomy.

Paradise Found: High Spirits and Good Eats in Montana

From Bozeman to Missoula — Getting a taste of the culinary, craft brew, and distilled spirits scene in Montana

Maritime Quebec: A Feast for the Senses

Exploring the culinary, cultural, and natural riches of the maritime regions of Quebec

Arles and Avignon: UNESCO Treasures of Provence, France

Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Arles and Avignon

3 Great Sierra Nevada Getawaya

South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, and Carson Valley shine as getaways from the San Francisco Bay Area — any time of year!

Discovering Provence at Christmas

Christmas traditions celebrated in the Provence region of France

Discovering Nova Scotia Food and Wine

Discovering the treasure chest of epicurean bounty of Nova Scotia during a five-day road trip

On Location at the Napa Valley Film Festival

Sipping luscious wines while viewing innovative independent movies in enticing venues on a gorgeous fall weekend in the Napa Valley