As a travel writer, I go lots of places, and I take my kids with me at least half of the time.  Yes, my two tween daughters are world travelers, but pretty much their favorite place on earth is only about a two hours’ drive from our house – it’s sweet, it’s fun, and it’s [...]

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Cocktails

Hotel bars {sigh}.When I travel to conferences, for business, on a romantic getaway, or just to meet friends, a hotel bar provides a fun, yet intimate setting for a cocktail or two. It’s a place to meetup before going out in a destination and it’s also the place people end up at the close of [...]

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Train travel is a fun adventure with Amtrak

I haven’t taken the train for travel since I was a kid and on a recent Amtrak rail adventure, it was just as fun for me today as it was back then. I traveled on Amtrak’s City of New Orleans line, which starts in Chicago, Illinois and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana. There are numerous [...]

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Hilton New York Fashion District Lobby (c) Hilton Hotels and Resorts

Grab a girlfriend and head to New York City. Hilton’s “Shop Til You Drop” package provides guests with a $50 Bloomingdale’s gift card, 15% savings certificate to Bloomingdale, 10% savings certificate to Macy’s, South Street Seaport savings packet (full of discounts to dine and shop at this historic attraction), complimentary champagne toast at Thalassa Restaurant, [...]

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Over the two and a half days we were in Charlottesville on our summer family road trip, we mostly just kicked back and relaxed.  Even though the infinity pool at the Clifton Inn kept my daughter pretty busy, I dragged her out a couple of times to check out some of what the town – [...]

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Fireworks

Earlier this week, we celebrated Independence Day here in the USA. Our Canadian friends celebrated Canada Day and all around the globe countries celebrate important milestones in history by lighting up the sky with colorful bursts of fireworks throughout the year. Before we realize it, New Years Eve will sneak up on us, with more [...]

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Just a short post to rave about the food at the incredible Clifton Inn dining room.  If you go, don’t miss the chance to sit at the chef’s counter in Executive Chef Tucker Yoder’s kitchen!  I’d also highly recommend that you let Chef Yoder select what you’ll eat.  We did – and we’re still talking [...]

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Last week, my family decided to hit the road in our Prius (my husband is way into hyper-miling) and see what fun stuff we could do within a half-day’s drive of our Philadelphia home.  If you’ve been following along, you know that we headed first to Hanover, Pennsylvania, then to historic Gettysburg. On day three [...]

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Brian Harris 2011 Chevy Traverse at The Bluffs

Thanks to Brian Harris Chevrolet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, my family had the use of a 2011 Chevy Traverse to test out and review. As soon as I pulled into the driveway with this crossover family vehicle, both of my teens set to work checking out the interior for comfort and convenience. There are a [...]

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If you’ve been following my family’s summer road trip, you know that we left off in Hanover, Pennsylvania, at the gorgeous Sheppard Mansion.  While staying at the Mansion, we ventured out and about to celebrate Father’s Day; if I do say so myself, we showed Steve a great time. We started the day with the [...]

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