6 Iconic Winter Treats of Minneapolis

Minneapolis' historic mill distric

While many of you know Minneapolis is beautiful in the summer with 22 lakes within city limits, hiking trails and rolling green urban landscape, there’s something really special about this city, even in the freezing cold of winter. I trekked through Minneapolis this winter and found it’s iconic beauty even while it was a tad […]

Pet-friendly travel: Hotel Vermont in Burlington

Hotel Vermont craft beer

Entering Hotel Vermont is a warm experience. The friendly reception gals and guys, the fireplace, the really cool large piece of Duncan Johnson artwork done in remembrance of Hurricane Irene, and the adjacent open restaurant “Juniper” all make it feel more like an inn than a hotel. It is, after all, the only boutique hotel in Vermont. […]

My 2014 SPG Amex Holiday Challenge

Aloha Sheraton Kona

If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m a big fan of the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express. In fact, every traveler I know who has the card loves it because of its perks like redeeming Starpoints for free flights on over 150 airlines with no blackout dates or transferring Starpoints to nearly […]

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, […]