Waking Up Covered in Bug Bites Was Not My Idea of a Five Star Resort Vacation

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I had a normal Saturday at the hotel and never left the resort property. My morning started off with breakfast followed by time on the beach, lunch at the pool bar, time in my room relaxing reading a book on the comfy chair and then a spa massage before dinner at the restaurant. I happily […]

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Solo Broadway: Review of My One Ticket to Hamilton, an American Musical

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To be honest, I didn’t know much about Hamilton on Broadway other than “it’s the hottest (and hardest) ticket to get” and something about the revolving list of actors playing the King.  I didn’t listen to the soundtrack, didn’t have the t-shirt or lament on Facebook about never winning the line lottery.  All I did […]

STK Midtown NYC Bread

NYC Solo Dining: STK Midtown Review – Full of Flavor, Design and Service

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New York City has a dizzying array of food options and yet, I always find myself in Midtown Manhattan in search of food – solo.  While in the past, I’ve ventured to Chelsea for Eataly, the frigid weather kept me within a few blocks of the Refinery Hotel in the Garment District and the Broadway […]

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The Chicago Green River Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day – Everyone’s Irish for a Day

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This past weekend, Chicago continued its tradition of dyeing the river green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s part of a larger celebration with multiple parades and informal pub crawls. I was lucky to experience this tradition a few years ago while attending a travel writers conference. While I was excited to meet so many […]

Whitney Museum of American Art

NYC Sunday Afternoon at The Whitney Museum of American Art

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Over the years, I’ve seen many modern art pieces really test my limits on “what is art”…  There have been times where I said out loud what I was thinking in the gallery which wasn’t good when I was thinking “are you serious?  And got a few nasty looks.  But I guess that’s what art […]

Visiting the High Line NYC

Visiting The High Line in NYC: Discover Art, Nature and Architecture

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It seemed natural for a Sunday morning to go for a walk in New York City.  But rather than head to Central Park, I thought that visiting the High Line would be perfect for Mom.  It was one thing she hadn’t done on all the prior trips (one day bus tours).  So while I would […]

BA Lounge JFK

The British Airways Lounge JFK New York with Elemis Spa Review

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The first time I visited the British Airways lounge JFK at Terminal 7, I was with my niece and we had just fled the city that was gridlocked due to a Presidential visit in our own version of the Amazing Race.   I was stress out upon arrival while my niece was eyes full of […]

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Mom’s First Trip to Paris & London – The 10 Day Itinerary

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My “travel hacking” hobby as some call it, has definitely provided me with unbelievable memories from trips around the world.  One of the best parts of this “hobby” is sharing the travels with my family.  Two years ago, my then eleven year old niece, traveled on her first trip to Paris & London (business class) […]

Muse Hotel NYC lobby

The Muse Hotel Review – A New York City Kimpton Suite Weekend

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There are some hotels that make you happy and others that make you sad.  The latter category is usually reserved for an overnight stay when I don’t stay in the room that long and want to save money.  I had the choice for my weekend in New York to pick a hotel that made me  happy […]

Olympic Sculpture Park

Photos of Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park – Art and Nature in the Emerald City

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On past visits to Seattle, I wasn’t able to visit the Olympic Sculpture Park, so with ample time to explore the city it was a quick ten minute walk from the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition and Space Needle.  The clouds of the morning were starting to dissipate and the bright sun was trying its […]