Travel Product of the Week: DUBS Acoustic Filters

DUBS

This might be a great stocking stuffer for a loved one that loves to travel and listen to music. DUBS Acoustic Filters are advanced tech earplugs comprising 17 different parts that make hearing protection fashionable (LA Times). DUBS reduce volume without sacrificing the clarity of sound, so they’re great for concerts, clubs, loud stadiums, and noisy airplanes. […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Keep Your Music Down

Headphones

Keep Your Music Down When listening to music on a plane, bus or train, make sure the volume isn’t so loud that your seatmates can hear every beat and word. It’s common courtesy, and it can make the travel experience much better for those around you. I always take my headphones off and hold them at […]

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler: Let the Good Times Roll!

French Quarter, New Orleans

In a city with a history as rich as its food, first-time visitors will experience why some call New Orleans “The City that Care Forgot.” When I arrived at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport after an easy flight from Baltimore, I was whisked away to the newly renovated Sheraton Hotel, whose prime location on […]

Summertime Family Fun In Whistler

On the way to Whistler

The best thing you can do while planning a Whistler visit is to give yourself plenty of time there.  We barely scratched the surface on summer family activities in the area — which made for tough decision making. The choices of fun seem endless:  biking, hiking, ziplining, eating, art, shopping, swimming, culture, music and much more. […]

Summertime Family Fun In Whistler – Explore!

Blackcomb Family Adventure Zone

Luxurious Accommodation with a Family Fun Park The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is ideally located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain and within short walking distance to the retail and restaurant filled Whistler Village.  It is a reflection of the “something for everyone” feel of Whistler itself and even has the Blackcomb Family Adventure Zone off […]

Summerfest With a Side of Milwaukee

Largest music festival in the world

  Every time I mention going to Summerfest to anyone from the Midwest, I get an overwhelming positive response.  Since 1966 it has been a highly anticipated annual festival for music lovers living in or near Wisconsin.  This Milwaukee rite of passage is actually an affordable and fun travel destination for the rest of us too. What I […]

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

"Escort" performs at the 2012 Montreal Jazz Festival. CREDIT: Jean-Francois Leblanc

ALL THAT JAZZ Calling all music lovers to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal By Kelly Merritt: Every year for more than three decades, people from all over the world have come to soak up energy of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. The massive main stage is surrounded by several other stages […]

Elegance and entertainment at the Arizona Biltmore

Arizona Biltmore Gardens

Arizona Biltmore My stay at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona was a nice surprise. I was expecting austere and pricey, and what I got was elegant, comfortable and friendly.  The picturesque setting mimics the art deco design of Frank Lloyd Wright with a stunning natural backdrop of Camelback Mountain and Squaw Peak and there’s […]