Go Away With ... Wendy Wilson
Singer Wendy Wilson's dream trip would involve an extended vacation to Tuscany with her husband and children. (Jeremy Cowart, Tribune Media Services)
A. I like to bring my own shampoo, face wash and aromatherapy candles. I can sleep on just about any bed or pillows, as long as they are clean!
Q. What would be your dream trip?
A. My fantasy trip would be with my husband and four kids in Tuscany, Italy. We would cook delicious Italian dinners every night and stay in our own villa with every amenity known to man. By day we would bask in the sun and swim in the warm clear sea. We would go on long winding bike rides, too, and cuddle by a fireplace at night with strong cappuccinos.
Q. What are your favorite restaurants?
A. I am thrilled with any good Mexican restaurant! I really like Loteria (http://loteriagrill.com/) and Poquito Mas (http://www.poquitomas.com/). I love Katsuya (http://www.sbe.com/katsuya) for Japanese food.
Q. What is your guilty pleasure when you're on the road?
A. My only guilty pleasures while on the road are eating salmon, which my husband hates, and taking bubble baths.
Q. What kind of research do you do before you go away on a trip?
A. When I'm on tour, we rarely get to stop and see the scenery. But when I am taking a family vacation, my husband and I like to buy guidebooks to learn about the town we are visiting. We try to hit every landmark and tourist attraction possible and we sometimes like to imagine ourselves living there. I also ask friends if they have been there before for their tips.
Q. What is your worst vacation memory?
A. My family traveled to Maui one summer. We arrived at our rental house after a long day of travel only to find a large centipede in the middle of the bed. I had a hard time sleeping on that trip. Sometimes I think that hotels are the way to go!
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