Holiday lights and a quick stay at southern California’s Dana Point

IlluminOcean holiday lights at Dana Point Harbor

Well, I’m totally in the Christmas spirit after seeing a fabulous holiday lights display in Orange County, California! It’s the first year of Dana Point Harbor’s IlluminOcean installation, which features 22 ocean-themed light creations. The lights began on November 26, 2014 and you can still see them through January 4, 2015 every evening starting at 5 pm. When? IlluminOcean […]

Roosevelts and Fine Dining in Hyde Park, New York

FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt's grave site in the Rose Garden

The recent Ken Burns series on the Roosevelts, which aired on PBS in September, called to memory a trip up the Hudson I’d planned a few years ago—but didn’t finish. It started in lower Westchester County, New York, where I went to the best dog show ever at the Westchester Kennel Club, and was supposed to end […]

My Trip To Washington DC for the White House Travel Bloggers Summit

DCA At Christmas

If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter then you know I just returned from our nation’s capital to take part in the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. Here’s how my trip panned out. Natalie and I flew in a few days early so she could see some […]

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood for the Who-lidays

The girls and I with the Grinch

Who doesn’t love a fab-Who-lous event to begin the Who-liday season? The annual Grinchmas event is back at Universal Studios, and it promises a magical and wonderful time for the entire family! On December 4, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti came out to kick off the merry Grinchmas holiday season with a sensational tree lighting ceremony, which was accompanied […]

Del Mar Racetrack for My Dad’s Birthday

Del Mar Racetrack

I talked my dad into coming to California for the winter since Connecticut is no place for someone in their eighties. A few days after he arrived, it was his birthday, and so I wanted to do something special. Last year for his 85th I took him to Las Vegas since he loves to gamble—blackjack, craps, […]

48 hours in Joshua Tree, California

On the Hidden Valley Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

What first comes to your mind when you think of Joshua Tree? Given that you may have at least heard of the National Park located in California’s southeastern region, the first words may be hiking, camping and wildlife. Of course, it’s all those things. However, you may be surprised to learn that Twenty Nine Palms Highway, […]

Marriott Hotels Cyber Monday Promotion

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Happy Cyber Monday! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now that the turkey is packed away and we’ve all stuffed ourselves with enough stuffing to last us until Christmas, it seems it’s time to make a dent in your Christmas shopping for the season. Cyber Monday is here and the best part about it, besides […]

Top 10 in Travel News: Week of November 19, 2014

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THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Passenger gets $1,200 bill for in-flight Wi-Fi Pay Phones in New York City Will Become Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots Updated MileagePlus Premier Requirements for 2016 status Alaska Airlines launching new San Diego-Hawaii route South Korea temporarily suspends Asiana flights to San Francisco United Devalues… Checked Baggage Uber […]