72 Hours in Palm Springs
a California Desert Oasis

During the winter months and throughout the year, vacationers flock to Southern California for warmth, sun, and endless fun!

Music City Hits High Notes – a Weekend in Nashville

Music City is more than just a nickname for the world-renowned capital of Tennessee… it literally defines the city, and oftentimes defines the memories and experiences that visitors return home with.

The Azores
a hidden gem in the Atlantic

The unique landscape of the Azores features majestic beaches (many with Hawaii-like black volcanic sand), beautiful hills and mountains, lush greenery and breathtaking ocean views, all surrounded by brilliant blue waters of the Atlantic.

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Mexico’s Magical Towns of Puebla

Hotel Descanseria Mexico's Magical Towns of Puebla Before this vacation, we thought of "Mexico" as a destination for a beautiful beach holiday, however after visiting the state of Puebla we know that it is so much more. Our family visited the city of Puebla and its surrounding magical towns in June and had a wonderful time! History, culture, adventure, natural beauty, colonial Spanish architecture, and incredible food are all part of Puebla – a UNESCO World Heritage Center. Just 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, Puebla is the 4th largest city in the country, but undoubtedly the culinary capital of Mexico. We delighted in the local cuisine, shopped for beautiful Talavera pottery, visited historic sites, climbed pyramids, and took day trips Puebla to Zacatlán, Tepeyahualco (Cantona and Cholula), Chignahuapan, and Huejotzingo. stay View Larger La Descanseria Hotel La Descanseria Hotel - Room 3 Oriente 627, Centro Histórico, 72000 Puebla, #01 222...
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24 Hour Getaway to Four Seasons Vancouver

Found another great escape in the Pacific Northwest!  Whether you need a getaway for just you, or with your sweetie or family, read on.  I opted to go solo.  After a long week of meetings and a never ending “To Do” list, I “checked out” of reality for 24 hrs, and “checked in” to the Four Seasons Vancouver. Just a few hours drive north from Seattle, the views were scenic and the approach to Vancouver, B.C. spectacular.  When you see the mountains meeting the sea, you’ve arrived. Within 24 hours, you receive the Four Seasons “pink carpet” treatment.  Here are some of the highlights. Big Smile Welcome!   Doors will be opened, luggage carried, and the check-in takes seconds.  Four Seasons has a way of personalizing your stay, catering to needs and whims, while ensuring privacy is respected. Comfortable Room:  Guest rooms and luxury suites are spacious.  My room had a king-size bed, fine linens, natural light and impressive city…

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Fraser Valley: Love Local, Buy Local

There’s a valley in British Columbia where horses roam, farms flourish, and visitors flock to take in the fresh air, country peace and quiet.  Within an hour south of Vancouver, we took a daytrip to Fraser Valley to visit local farm vendors, pick berries, taste artisan cheeses and cured meats, savor homemade preserves, sip fine wines…under a blue canopy sky!  It was heavenly. Since the late 1800’s, families have been settling into Fraser Valley, drawn by its natural beauty and vast fertile lands.   Townships like Abbotsford has 1,282 farms and 3 wineries, and Langley with 1,360 farms and 20+ are open to the public.  Langley also has 7 wineries, including Vista D’Oro and 1 brewery.  There are more farms and wineries in other townships too like Harrison Hot Springs and Harrison Mills. More eco conscious food shoppers love local produce and goods, and want to buy them.  With this growing…

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Vancouver’s Green Thumb

Ready for a Green Getaway? We just returned from one of the greenest cities in the world – Vancouver!  Just about everything we saw, ate, and where we stayed was green.  Living green is on everyone’s mind starting with Mayor Gregor Robertson who is leading a citywide green pledge that “Vancouver will be the “greenest city in the world by 2020.”  Canada’s greenest city, Vancouver is leading the way for a model global community. Its leaders and citizens collaborate to find ways for social, economic, and environmental sustainable living.  Vancouver’s green thumb is winning awards, making a difference in communities, and green LEED certified buildings are sprouting up! Here is a list of Green Dos, Green Stays, Green Eats, and Green Travel in Vancouver! GREEN DOS 1.  Capilano Suspension Bridge Park: adjacent to the city, you can visit Capilano and hike through the rainforest nature trails, see the collection of First Nations…

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Mexico City & The Red Tree House

If Mexico City isn’t on your Short List of Next Destinations, bump it up. This friendly, culturally rich and highly accessible city is weighed down by assumptions about its size, pollution and safety. But the Mexico City that my good friend Preeti and I found was warm and accommodating with deep history, art and architecture, and endless parks, green spaces and tree lined boulevards. Preeti and I, two women in our early thirties, are game for just about anything and hopped from bar to restaurant and from museum to coffee shop based on the recommendations of the exceedingly friendly waiters, bartenders and baristas we met at every turn. Preeti speaks some Spanish, which helped quite a bit in cabs, but most people in the service and tourism industry speak some English. Over five days, we soaked up the museums and art galleries, vistas and parks, outdoor bistros and trendy hotspots….

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Tofino’s Culinary Masterpieces

Tofino is a culinary destination! This town’s boat-to-table food culture thrives here with talented chefs, farmers, fishermen, harvesters, and purveyors. Chef’s creations are inspired by the season’s bounty, and local abundant supply of fresh produce and fish. In fact, every May, there’s a Feast Tofino, a month-long celebration of coastal food featuring resident and regional chefs, special events and exquisite menu features. We met visiting Chef Trevor Bird from Fable during the Themed Week for Shellfish. #feasttofino www.feasttofino.com See our list of dining recommendations below. DINE: 1.  The Pointe Restaurant: Known as one of Vancouver Island’s top dining destinations, The Pointe delights diners with refined West Coast cuisine. The restaurant opens up to 260 degree views of the Pacific Ocean and rugged coastline. Executive Chef Warren Barr and Restaurant Chef David Sider source farm-fresh, organic Vancouver Island ingredients, and fresh seafood from nearby waters to create elegant dishes. A memorable…

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Natural Wonders Await in Tofino

There are many routes to the “end of the road, where the ocean begins” in Tofino, British Columbia.  Whatever route you take, you’ll be rewarded with the stunning natural beauty surrounding this Canadian gem. Like all great places in the World, this destination justifies the journey. Only 1,800 residents call Tofino home, and over 1 million tourists visit year round. Located on Vancouver Island’s western coast, visitors come to fish, surf, storm watch, beachcomb, hike, kayak, bike, boat, and enjoy the most spectacular scenery and beaches of the Pacific Northwest. Locals claim Tofino is “half the pace, twice the pleasure!” Here’s our list of recommendations:  where to stay, what to do, where to dine & how to get there! STAY: The Wickaninnish Inn exudes “rustic elegance on nature’s edge”, and has received umerous accolades throughout the years, including #1 Resort in Canada, #1 Resort in North America, and #3 Resort in…

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Grand Canyon Ranch Resort

After leaving the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, we drove down the road 20 minutes to stay the night at a working cattle ranch that dates back to the 1860′s! The Grand Canyon Ranch Resort offers up everything you would want to feel like you have stepped back in time, but to still have all the modern day necessary amenities! The cabins are simple, rustic and clean complete with country western decor of bull horns and saddles. They even have teepees you can sleep in. The dining hall is family style giving you the option of dining on your own or with other visitors. During our one night stay, we met people from Germany, Britain and Ireland! The staff is super friendly and accommodating, even providing Gluten Free bread options (I gave then a heads up the week before). The dinner was well prepared cowboy fare…ribs, chicken, steak, buffalo…

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Grand Canyon’s West Rim

The Grand Canyon was on our trip list, and given the short 2 hour drive from Vegas, with the Hoover Dam in between, we knew we could easily make a West Rim trip happen with our four boys (ages 15, 13, 10, 7). After it was over, this is what the boys said: “That was a short, quick, awesome, easy way to see the Grand Canyon!” We were greeted by a smiling Craig Talieje, our guide for the Legacy VIP Tour, offered at the West Rim. Craig is one of 2600 remaining Hualapai Tribe Members. The Hualapai, “People of the Tall Pines”, have lived in this region for generations. By their developing a few tourist sites along this rim of the canyon, the Hualapai are able to help pass along their Tribe’s traditions and history to their children. The West Rim opens doors for jobs, and the revenue allows the…

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Nashville Hits High Notes

Music City is more than just a nickname for the world-renowned capital of Tennessee… it literally defines the city, and oftentimes defines the memories and experiences that visitors return home with.  You can’t escape it – and you can’t walk down a street without hearing a tune in the background.  Whether you arrive liking Country Music or not – you will no doubt leave with a whole new appreciation of Country Music and with stereotypes debunked.  In so many ways, Country Music is the music of America, and a weekend in Nashville gives you a whole new appreciation for that “America” we hear about in those Southern jams! Take some cues from this list below and you will be sure to leave Nashville wanting more (and maybe purchasing some Country records off iTunes) EAT Loveless Café (http://www.lovelesscafe.com/) Slightly out of the way (about 30 minutes outside of Nashville), but one…

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Music City Hits High Notes – a Weekend in Nashville

Music City is more than just a nickname For the world-renowned capital of Tennessee… it literally defines the city, and oftentimes defines the memories and experiences that visitors return home with.  You can't escape it – and you can't walk down a street without hearing a tune in the background.  Whether you arrive liking Country Music or not – you will no doubt leave with a whole new appreciation of Country Music and with stereotypes debunked.  In so many ways, Country Music is the music of America, and a weekend in Nashville gives you a whole new appreciation for that “America” we hear about in those Southern jams! Take some cues from this list below and you will be sure to leave Nashville wanting more (and maybe purchasing some Country records off iTunes. stay View Larger Hotel Preston Fresh, modern interiors and all the amenities of a 5 star hotel...
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72 Hours in Palm Springs, a California Desert Oasis

"Gigi needs this" said Gigi as she walked under the “Welcome to Palm Springs!” sign at the Palm Springs Airport.  “Daisy needs this too,” Daisy chimed in.  I agreed, “We all need this – Palm Springs!”….a warm sunny place to relax & recharge. During the winter months and throughout the year, vacationers flock to Southern California for warmth, sun, and endless fun!  Celebrities, Presidents and sun seekers head further southeast to a California desert oasis that stretches from Palm Springs to La Quinta, and beyond.  Known as "P.S." and the “ultimate desert playground”, Palm Springs and the surrounding areas offer plenty to do from outdoor adventures, arts, culture, shopping and entertainment.  Here, you'll discover a fascinating history with Native American influence, festive Mexican culture, and intriguing Hollywood legacy. stay View Larger The Parker This used to be the first Holiday Inn in California, and has since been owned by Gene Autry, and now The Parker...
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