What a Wonderful Stay: Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe

One guest said it best. “A visit to the Inn of The Five Graces is like visiting a wealthy Aunt.” The charm and elegance, the attention to detail and the flawless service will certainly make you feel like Santa Fe Royalty." It is no surprise that the Inn of The Five Graces lies squarely in New Mexico, known as the "Land of Enchantment." With a

2018-02-18T13:22:58+00:00

Montana’s Winter Wonderland – Ski Whitefish

By Donnie Sexton Located in the northwest corner of Big Sky country, Whitefish sits along the Amtrak Empire Builder route, as well as being just 11 miles from Glacier International Airport. Whitefish is a “come as you are” town, where a pair of Carhartts with muck boots work just as well as designer label jeans and Gucci boots. The locals are a mix of cowboys,

2018-01-30T08:56:48+00:00

19 Enjoyable Things to do in Savannah GA

Get yourself into that Southern mood, the sweet sickness that is Savannah's lure. I call it le mal doux, which is French for "the sweet sickness". How?  You ask? Try reading (or see the movie) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil before you take on the task of visiting Savannah attractions and finding things to do in Savannah, GA. This surely will put you in

2018-02-18T00:46:10+00:00

Travelocity: 6 Ultra-Indulgent Luxury Spa Getaways Not to Miss

October on Travelocity! Every month I use my 25 years of travel experience on the Travelocity website about my latest travel experiences. I am a travel ambassador for Travelocity, and they like to call me one of their "Gnational Gnomads", which I think is super cute. This is an excerpt from those stories. You can read the entire article here: 6 Ultra-Indulgent Luxury Spa Getaways Not to

2018-01-25T14:38:49+00:00

7 Reasons To Consider Taking a Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer

“I like trains. I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of; for this moment I know where I am going.” – Anna Funder Photo by: PointsandTravel Like a magic carpet ride, the scenery slips by the bi-level glass-domed windows, as you unplug and spend quality time with your significant

2018-01-25T15:00:25+00:00

The Golden Door Experience

Ready for a spa getaway and luxury cooking school? It was love at first sight, the minute I stepped out of the black BMW luxury transport and took a look at the Japanese lanterns and those "golden doors". I knew my lavish love affair had begun. I was greeted quickly by an attendant and my luggage was whisked away into my Asian-inspired upstairs suite overlooking

2018-01-30T16:47:31+00:00

Big Sky Country Montana: Come to Vine & Dine

There are many reasons to pay a visit to Big Sky Resort in southwest Montana, but if you’re a champion of great food and wine, their Vine & Dine weekender is a must.  This annual 4-day extravaganza takes place mid-August, bringing together sommeliers, winemakers, regional and celebrity chefs, live music by local bands and local producers of Montana grown products all under the shadow of

2017-08-24T12:19:24+00:00

Southern California Dreaming: Road Trip

Exhausted from 2 hours of being the “Captain” of a two-man orange kayak in the Pacific Ocean, I grabbed my pre-made lunch in the hot burning sun and plucked up my backpack to find a spot in the shade. I still had my black ROXY rash guard on but had managed to wrangle out of my water shoes in exchange for some comfy flip flops.

2017-12-14T23:24:23+00:00

A Trip of a Lifetime – Riding the Rocky Mountaineer

How does a travel experience of a lifetime begin?  It starts by making an iconic trip, such as Rocky Mountaineer, a priority in your life as a top life experience. When you come to the realization that the only scarce commodity that we all have in this world is TIME, then that changes the urgency in your life. Why not spend some time educating yourself

2017-08-20T13:07:48+00:00

Roadtrip: Rockin’ San Diego!

I was recently asked by the kind folks over at KIA to come for one of their “Rocking Kia” events called “Discover the NEW KIA” to check out the new KIA car models. They even called me a “rock star” as related to social media and travel road trips! So how could I say no? When I say “rocking”, I literally mean the Hard Rock

2017-08-20T11:44:19+00:00

Quinta Mazatlán – Tex-Mex Culture Wrapped into One

I am a diehard about Spanish/Mexican architecture, interior design, music, language, and dance, so when I took one peek inside the Ann Maddox Moore room at Quinta Mazatlán, I was immediately enamored with her collection. This assortment, which is only a part of her personal collection, was of cultural Mexican craftsmanship that she had collected on her many trips to Mexico. This is something I

2017-08-25T12:31:31+00:00

These Boots Are Made For Walking – El Paso, Texas

It was my good fortune to take a tour of the Lucchese Bootmaker facility in El Paso.   You are probably thinking I would see how handcrafted boots are made from start to finish.  And you are right.  But I walked away from there with some insights into life that can be a meaningful byproduct of traveling. Read on as I take you on the tour.

2017-12-14T23:53:24+00:00

The Top 5 Things to do in Amarillo, Texas for Nostalgia

Take a drive down memory lane…for the top 5 things to do in Amarillo, Texas for Nostalgia. There’s more to do in Amarillo Texas than you would have imagined. I should know… I am from the area, but when I went back and did a lot of “top 10 things to do” within a few days, it certainly brought it all back into perspective. The

2017-08-24T14:48:46+00:00

The Ranch at Rock Creek – A Slice of Heaven

By Donnie Sexton In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t be spending three nights at The Ranch at Rock Creek, located off the Pintler Veteran’s Memorial Scenic Highway 1 in southwest Montana.  Don’t get me wrong, being treated like the most important person to ever walk through their front door and being delightfully pampered is out of this world.   Problem is, I don’t want to leave.  Not

2018-01-25T11:07:17+00:00

Chicken on the Run Near Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mardi Gras is the love of life. It is the harmonic convergence of our food, our music, our creativity, our eccentricity, our neighborhoods, and our joy of living. All at once. - Chris Rose To really understand what a Chicken Run is, you must understand the cultural significance of the above statement. Zydeco music was playing by a live band in the back of a parade-like

2017-08-25T06:58:22+00:00

King Cakes Origin and Recipes

King Cakes Origin and Recipes I recently was on a trip to Lake Charles, Lousiana for Mardi Gras where I encountered the making of a King Cake! "A what, I asked?" Being from the South, you would think I would have heard of all the desserts out there but never had I heard those words before. There are some words related to food that we eat knowing nothing

2017-08-25T07:05:16+00:00

A Bluebird Day at Yellowstone National Park

I had never heard of the expression, "a bluebird day", but ended up hearing it several times on my recent trip to Yellowstone Country, Montana. I guess bluebirds come out when the sun is shining, even if there is snow on the ground from the night or days before.  Regardless, it was was a gorgeous day! Animals of Yellowstone National Park On one hand, it seems

2017-08-25T07:25:53+00:00

Foods of Louisiana You Must Try

Louisiana is known for many things: music, culture, but most importantly, cuisine! The foods from Louisiana are often on the spicier side and known all around the world as "Cajun Cuisine". The history of recipes and foods of Louisiana is an interesting one. There are influences from France, Spain, Africa, and India. However, there are parts of Louisiana that offer a more soul food-like experience. Where

2017-12-12T22:41:15+00:00

A Road Trip to Yellowstone National Park in Montana

A Road Trip to Yellowstone National Park in Montana On a cool February morning, I landed in Bozeman, Montana ready for the “Big Skies” and “Open Roads” known worldwide as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. I was ready to take a road trip to Yellowstone National Park in Montana and itching to see the waterfalls, bison, and a few geysers that are legendary fixtures

2017-08-25T08:03:28+00:00

Snorkeling with Beluga Whales in the Wild

Snorkeling with Beluga Whales On day two of my trip to Churchill, the weather wasn't as good as when I went kayaking with beluga whales the day before. It looked overcast and cold outside, but the guides decided that this was our only chance to do it: Go Snorkeling with Beluga Whales! I was actually going to get into the freezing Churchill River at the mouth of the

2017-07-10T16:40:53+00:00

Kayaking with Beluga Whales

My Beluga whale day was gorgeous ... relatively speaking for a Summer Arctic adventure in Northern Manitoba, Canada with Lazy Bear Expeditions in Churchill on the Hudson Bay, to be exact. The weather was in the low 60's, but the sun was shining! We took the sea kayaks out for the day. Dragging mine behind me from the beach to shore was quite a feat

2018-01-01T23:14:14+00:00

Beluga Whale and Polar Bear Safari: Churchill Manitoba

Gliding in on the charter plane near Churchill Manitoba, I knew I was in for a treat of nature. The area was full of polar bears and beluga whales during its Arctic Summer in Canada's Great White North. With over 3,000 Beluga whales migrating into the Hudson Bay and 1,000 Polar bears leaving the melting arctic ice, this was an amazing time to visit Churchill Manitoba.

2018-01-01T23:18:31+00:00

The Best Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Layover Options

The Best Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Layover Options   Have you ever felt stuck at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport with a long layover and not known what to do?  Recently, I went to Dallas twice, once for a family wedding then again for the Travel Media Showcase. I got to thinking how easy it was to get to and from the DFW airport, so I came

2018-01-16T21:51:03+00:00

The Classic American Road Trip: Florida Keys 

I have often written about road trips around the “good old USA” and have enjoyed plenty of days on its highways. But one of my most enjoyable road trips is the road trip down the Florida archipelago. I was so excited when Expedia.com asked me to put together an article about one of America’s favorite past times: Road-tripping! On the ride down there, you can

2018-01-01T11:18:54+00:00

5 of the BEST things to do on the Monterey Peninsula

By Cacinda Maloney The Northern California peninsula known as #Monterey is nothing short of spectacular. With its stunning natural beauty, charming, tourist atmosphere and beaches, I am sure you can easily spend 3-4 days enjoying the outdoor activities and exploring the area. Trying to whittle my list down to 5 of the BEST was quite a feat! So #GrabYourMoment 5 of the BEST things to

2017-07-23T21:56:08+00:00

Things to do in Park City

Things to do in Park City Park City is an easy ski destination to get to: Arrival into Salt Lake City, Utah comes easy and smooth. For once, you are happy that things are effortless and uncomplicated. The rental SUV is perfect for this family ski trip, as the sleek new Kia Sorento arrives at the airport by Drive STI with ease. Bags are packed

2017-12-31T22:59:42+00:00

Tall Tales: Dog Sledding in Montana

The yelping was so loud, you would have thought something was on fire with all the commotion. As I slipped out of the all-wheel-drive suburban truck, my snow boot landed on the slick white ice in the downpour of snow that had just begun. I stumbled and sort of stammered out of the truck with a “swan dog” yoga pose, throwing my arm over my

2017-12-31T22:18:41+00:00

Going Off Road thru Sedona, AZ with Pink Jeep Tours

What better way to see Cathedral Rock and explore the red rocks of Sedona than to take a ride on the famous Pink Jeep Tour of Sedona?Pink Jeep Tours are a tour operator in the American Southwest that offers off road excursions and has been around since 1960! I was hoping my tour of Broken Arrow wasn’t going to be too much of an off road

2017-07-24T09:55:09+00:00

Cathedral Rock Sedona

Sedona’s cinematic red rocks had been flashing across our windshield for almost an hour. It was hard for the driver to keep her hands on the steering wheel due to the beauty at each turn in the road. My iPhone camera was going off every few minutes, regardless if it was a good shot or not here at Cathedral Rock Sedona. There is no denying

2017-07-24T09:55:47+00:00

Santa Fe Plaza: Where Cultures Collide

  Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe NM On a breezy Saturday night in Santa Fe Plaza, a group of revelers in wobbly heels and party hats greet each other with kisses and hugs, ready to hit the town to ring in the New Year. Along with them, they have small flasks of mescal (law... no drinking in public), the more interesting and

2018-01-15T01:00:42+00:00

Looking for Diamonds in the French Quarter

By Cacinda Maloney I was with my girlfriend over on Royal Street in the French Quarter at the diamond store. She’s from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, so when I sent her a message I would be visiting New Orleans and that I was looking for the best things to do in New Orleans and boutique hotels in New Orleans, she immediately went to work and came up

2017-08-25T07:08:18+00:00

New Orleans: Jazz, Weddings and Funerals

By Cacinda Maloney   “Oh when the saints go marching in! Oh, when the saints go marching in! Oh, I want to be in that number, when the saints go marching in…” – author unknown, made famous by Louie Armstrong and his orchestra in 1938. New Orleans: Jazz While in the French Quarter, I often heard this apocalyptic song being played by trumpeters in the

2017-08-25T07:15:45+00:00

What to do in Missoula, MT

Google put together a list of the Top Google Searches for 2015 in the Travel & Leisure Genre. I was interested in learning about what people search for in my travel professional world.  There were some unexpected searches in the top 10 for the USA, and many I knew the answers to, but I especially wanted to answer the question: What to do in Missoula, MT?

2017-08-25T07:28:44+00:00

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016 Written for Expedia By Dr. Cacinda Maloney “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci As a world traveler, I am constantly asked: “Where are the best places to visit in the world?” I have rounded up

2017-07-24T10:21:51+00:00

Train Travel: My Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer

By Cacinda Maloney Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer Quietly, I sat alone in the train station waiting in the brightly lit station. I had arrived too early and had plenty of time to wait. Slowly I put my head back and with my eyes closed, I imagined the majestic train rolling into the station. Train travel had always been fascinating to me and

2017-07-10T16:42:28+00:00
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