London Aloft Bar

Review: London Aloft Excel Hotel for the Modern Traveler

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For the my first World Travel Market conference (WTM), one of the largest travel events in Europe, held each year in London at November, I knew that I needed my hotel to be easy as convention days are long and exhausting.  As the conference was being held at the ExCel Convention Center (in the Docklands […]

Best Burger and Fries in D.C.

Is the Best Burger in D.C. (and duck fat fries!) at Bourbon Steak?

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Knowing that my Art Weekend in D.C. was planned out, I stayed an extra day to explore on my own.  I asked a few D.C. based twitter friends for restaurant suggestions, along the lines of “what’s a must eat food experience in D.C.”  A few replies were “the best burger in D.C. is at Bourbon Steak […]

Conversation with Oprah and Gayle Alaska cruise

Every Photo has a Story to Tell – My Photo with Oprah in Alaska

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Leave it to my eleven (going on thirty) year old precocious niece to burst my Oprah bubble.  I was showing my sister and mom my photo with Oprah  from the O Magazine, Share the Adventure cruise to Alaska on Holland America’s Eurodam.  My niece said “did you meet Oprah…and she knows your name?  Or did […]

The Renwick Gallery collection

The Renwick Gallery – Decorative Arts in D.C. – Thoughtful & On Trend

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Art Museums often have the “permanent collection” which you see the same pieces with each visit and it’s the temporary exhibits that draw you back to discover or re-discover an artist and their work. For my Art Weekend in Washington, D.C.  I would discover many new (to me) American artists in the Decorative Arts.  My […]

Island Paradise Bug Bites

Avoid My Travel Nightmare in One Step with Ortho

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Avoid My Travel Nightmare in One Step with Ortho Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Ortho Home Defense but all opinions (and sadly the bug bite nightmare) are uniquely mine. A few months ago, I woke up in a fancy island hotel covered in bug bites.  The hotel had a program in place (very few […]

Amalfi Coast Beautiful Photo View

Itinerary: Solo Travel in Italy – La Dolce Vita from Naples to Milan

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Italy is a country that every traveler should visit (a few times).  I was fortunate to begin my love affair with Italy, at the age of 22, on a memorable ten day bus tour with the local church group of senior citizens, a guide and a tight bus schedule (my version of solo travel in […]

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Fresh Coffee Beans

Seattle Starbucks Roastery and Tasting Room Experience

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Finding myself at the only (for now) Starbucks Roastery  in Seattle wasn’t quite on my itinerary but my local friends said “I had to see it”.  I was curious to experience the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room in Seattle plus we were all in need of a snack after our Infinity Mirrors exhibit at […]

Trace at Hirshhorn by Ai Weiwei

Trace at Hirshhorn – Powerful Art in D.C. Using 1.2 Million Legos

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My art skills are limited to badly drawn stick figures and flowers.  I’ve attempted mosaics, pottery and a few other creative endeavors but am keeping my day job in accounting/finance.  Even as a child, my Lego creations showed no imagination.  That’s why I leave the Lego art to the professionals – the master builders/artists like […]

Palace Kitchen Seattle Bar

Solo Dining: Palace Kitchen for the Best Burger in Seattle

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After my long travel day to Seattle, I just needed to go to my happy place – red meat, red wine and chocolate cake!  I asked the concierge at the Four Seasons Seattle for the best burger in Seattle, and she recommended Palace Kitchen.  She did caution that they don’t take reservations (good sign of […]

Fairmont D.C. Gold Lounge Review Jellybeans

Luxury In Georgetown: The Fairmont, D.C. Gold Level Experience

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If you’ve never considered staying on the concierge (club) level of a hotel you should.  The individual attention, privacy and access to the lounge can elevate your hotel stay and make it less stressful plus there are free cookies (ok, maybe something only I value)!   When I stayed at the newly renovated, modern luxury, […]