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Try the Spa at Old Edwards Inn. You Can Thank Me Later

“It’s a surprise,” he said with twinkling green eyes as he tucked me into the passenger seat and gently closed the door. My ridiculously huge grin gave away my glee… I do love surprises! We drove for an hour and a half, winding our way across the state border and into the Blue Ridge Mountains […]

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Best ever resorts for baby boomers in the Keys

Best Resorts for Baby Boomers in the Keys

Overflowing with its own blend of bohemian-tropical charm, the Florida Keys are one of the few U.S. destinations that wield a magnetic appeal on the Baby Boomer generation. The Florida Keys is a string of small islands floating in an ideal seaside location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. With Key West […]

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At the King and Prince, You’re Treated Like Royalty

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that will leave you wanting more time, look no further than the Golden Isles of the state of Georgia. St. Simons Island, 18 miles long and just a mile and a half wide, the landmass rests amicably on the Atlantic seaboard, beckoning visitors through its moss-dripping oaks to […]

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Baja Cuisine: Try Mi Casa Supper Club Moroxican Cuisine

Growing up in Casablanca, Bo Bendana was warned that every girl had to learn how to cook or no one will marry her. “But I don’t want to get married!” 12-year-old Bo told her mother. In spite of her resistance, Bo’s mother taught her to cook. That early introduction to savory ingredients and exotic spices […]

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Why Marriott Hotels Became My Brand of Choice

As 2014 ended, I found myself thinking about accommodations that I’ve favored over the years.  It didn’t take very long for me to come to the realization that Marriott has been my brand of choice more than any other hotel – JW and Casa Magna luxury resorts, full-service Marriott hotels, Courtyards, Fairfield Inns, Residents Inns, […]

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Spring Break at the Rosarito Beach Hotel

Looking for a last-minute spring break destination?  The Rosarito Beach Hotel in Baja California, Mexico, offers students families, and expats everything they’d want in an affordable beach getaway. This iconic hotel was made popular mid-century as a retreat that catered to Mexican presidents, international royalty, and Hollywood stars, and the little beach town grew around […]

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Showboat Branson Belle: Don’t Miss the Boat

I laughed. I cried. I ate too much. If you’re looking for an authentically fun way to spend a few hours in the sometimes overly touristy Branson, Missouri, this is the place. As a travel writer who visits a lot of vacation destinations, I tend to shy away from the ones that are too “gimmicky.”  […]

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Women Cruising Solo: Are Cruise Ships a Good Venue?

As someone who frequently travels alone, I’d never considered taking a cruise.  For one thing, I’m prone to motion sickness and the thought of being out in the middle of the ocean with no escape for stabilization was not appealing.  In addition, spending just one day at an exotic location didn’t seem like it would […]

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Baja Studios Adds Redford Film to Repertoire

Less than an hour’s drive from San Diego, standing sentry over 3,000 feet of craggy Pacific coast, is Baja Studios, best known for filming epic blockbuster hits like Titanic, Pearl Harbor, and Master and Commander. The self-contained production facility covers sets distributed over 46 acres, including the largest filming tanks in the world. Baja Studios […]

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The Best Boston Cannoli Challenge: Mike’s vs. Modern

It never gets old.  Strolling through the narrow streets of Boston’s North End, known affectionately as “Little Italy,” is always a multi-sensory stimulating event.  From the sumptuous smells of homemade pasta dishes wafting from the small restaurants, the vibrant New England-accented banter of the pedestrians, to the colorful and festive façades of the shops and […]

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