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, […]

AMOR sculpture D.C. National Gallery Sculpture Garden Art Weekend in D.C.

Itinerary: Art Weekend in D.C. – Art, Walk, Eat, Drink, Repeat

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Washington, D.C. is a three-hour train ride from Philly and yet I’ve only visited three times over the years –in high school, when a friend lived in the city and last time for my trip to South Africa (the award ticket originated at IAD-Washington Dulles airport).  D.C. really is a wonderful city with so many […]

Under the Wish Tree for Washington DC

Make a Wish at the “Wish Tree for Washington, DC” at the Hirshhorn

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Modern art and I have a love/hate relationship since my visit to the Chicago Art Institute which threw me over the edge.  Yoko Ono’s art over the years has been controversial for me so when I heard about the Wish Tree for Washington, DC, I was curious. How is a living tree a work of art?  […]

Angel Wings D.C. by Colette Miller

No Age Limit on Fun at the Rooftop Silent Disco in D.C.

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Growing up, I danced all the time.  Now I only dance (and sing) in the car as the commute requires it to preserve my sanity and provide other drivers a smile. So when I saw that the Silent Dance Society and the Embassy Row Hotel had invited our #BloggersTakeTheCity group to the Friday Night Rooftop […]

Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle New King Room

First Look! Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle – New Luxury Deluxe King Room

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It’s rare to experience “new hotel smell” (I had it in London once) but I was lucky on my trip to Seattle. When I booked the hotel in February as a post cruise stay, I only knew that it was a new Loews Hotel acquisition in 2016.  Hotel 1000 has won many accolades prior to […]