New York’s Finger Lakes, Part 2 — Corning and Hammondsport

Keuka Lake's beautiful wine country

This is part 2 of Georgie Jet’s three-part series on New York’s Finger Lakes. Check out part 1 here, and tune in next week for part 3! When I first happened upon this part of the country, I was driving west on I-90 during mid-summer traffic and had to get off. Heading south off Exit 42 and […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Visit the 9/11 Memorial in NYC

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Visit the 9/11 Memorial in NYC Thirteen years later, the events of September 11, 2001 are a still fresh in many American minds, and so today, it’s worth taking a moment to think about all of the people that were affected. I had the chance to visit the 9/11 Memorial in New York last year, and I have to […]

2014 US Open with SPG Amex

Johnny and Natalie at the 2014 US Open

Every traveler I know who has the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express loves it! I have it, and I love it too, which is probably why their PR team has invited me and a guest to the US Open in New York for the last three years, to attend one of their […]

New York’s Finger Lakes, Part 1 — Seneca Lake and Watkins Glen

Georgie Jet and Farm Sanctuary's "Thunder"

This is part 1 of Georgie Jet’s three-part series on New York’s Finger Lakes. Tune in next week for part 2 as she visits the wine country of Corning and soars in Elmira, New York. Watkins Glen is a charming town situated at the southern tip of Seneca Lake—the deepest of the 11 Finger Lakes at 600 […]

7 Surprising Things to See and Do in Buffalo

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If you thought you knew the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area, well think again. New York state’s second largest metropolitan area has been undergoing somewhat of a renaissance that’s given it a new urban vibe in both its downtown core and throughout its system of outdoor parks and growing-in-stature art galleries. Plus, 3.1 million Canadians cross the […]

The Tuscany Hotel in New York City

The Tuscany Hotel

These days all the major hotel chains are getting so big and dominant that it’s starting to affect my purchasing decisions—and I’m probably not the only one. And that’s a huge mistake. I admit I often have to remind myself that it’s okay to stay at a hotel that I don’t have a loyalty program […]

The Good, Bad and Ugly about Taking Amtrak’s Acela Express Train

Inside Amtrak Acela Express train (Business Class)

Last week I took Amtrak’s Acela Express train for the first time in a few years and I realized I’d completely forgotten what it was like. I was traveling from New York’s Penn Station (one of America’s worst train stations) to Wilmington, Delaware. Since it had been so long since I’d taken Acela, I actually […]

5 Reasons to Stay at The Carlton Hotel NYC

The Carlton Hotel lobby

There are so many hotels to choose from when you travel to New York City that trying to decide on which one fits the bill can be a real hit-or-miss situation. The Carlton Hotel NYC proved to be a hit for our three-night stay for reasons that include both the obvious and the unexpected. 1. […]