Pink Jeep Tours Sedona (Going Off Road)

Pink Jeep Wrangler What better way to see Cathedral Rock and explore the red rocks of Sedona than to take a ride on the famous Pink Jeep Tours Sedona? Pink Jeep Tours is a tour operator in the American Southwest that offers off-road excursions in the red rocks and beyond. They have been around since 1960, so you can rest assured you will have an

2018-04-14T09:04:52+00:00

Santa Fe Weather Is Perfect: You Should Come For A Visit!

Located about an hours drive away from Albuquerque, Santa Fe is a truly striking city. Perched beautifully on top of the blue mountains of New Mexico, there's no denying that Santa Fe is one of those cities that has a magical and timeless appeal. This high desert town with its combination of mountains, rock formations, and canyon roads make this a unique place to visit due

2018-04-15T13:21:44+00:00

Chico Hot Springs – A Slice of (Paradise) in Montana

By Donnie Sexton Chico Hot Springs, a quintessential Montana resort sits in Paradise Valley, midway between the historic railroad town of Livingston, Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Chico is flanked by the Absaroka Mountains to the south and the almighty Yellowstone River to the north which is the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. Not too far from Pray, Montana, the ambiance of

2018-04-05T22:41:21+00:00

5 Surprising Things You’ll Love About Santa Fe

February 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. I was so excited to be visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico last month for my husband's

2018-03-14T22:43:39+00:00

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

It is no surprise that the Inn of The Five Graces lies squarely in New Mexico, known as the "Land of Enchantment." With a clearly magical touch, internationally acclaimed importers, Ira and Sylvia Seret of Seret & Sons have created a living masterpiece for all to enjoy. Each of the 24 unique suites in this small luxury hotel embraces the beauty and bold color of richly exotic

2018-02-28T04:20:11+00:00

Montana’s Winter Wonderland – Ski Whitefish

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, die-hard outdoor enthusiasts,

2018-02-26T16:29:34+00:00

The Definitive Guide To (The Best 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

2018-04-14T23:52:00+00:00

New Orleans: Jazz, Weddings, Funerals and a Commanders Palace Brunch!

  New Orleans: Jazz While in the French Quarter, I often heard this apocalyptic song being played by trumpeters in the streets. Since New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and blues, it might not be all that uncommon. Even a walk down Frenchmen Street will present you with swing, jazz, and blues music that is flowing from open-doored music saloons and bars. This is

2018-03-22T19:48:24+00:00

Fun Niagara Falls Facts from the Canadian Side

What does a cat, a pet turtle named Sonny, a 7-year-old wearing a life jacket, and a tightrope walker all have in common?  Just the growing list of those plunging over the Niagara Falls, either by choice or otherwise! They basically all got sucked through a water hose of 180,000 pounds of water pressure in record speed. Can you imagine the pull of that water? I can

2018-04-01T15:51:47+00:00

Rocky Mountaineer Train Travel: Enjoy The Ride!

Quietly, I sat alone in the brightly lit train station waiting to board my Rocky Mountaineer train trip. 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 this was my chance to ride

2018-04-20T21:55:17+00:00

Visit St Simons Island Beach for a Relaxing Getaway

Georgia is well known for its southern-style seen in Savannah’s stately squares, with their distinct southern twang sound. And most people know about its peach pies, pecans, and one famous peanut farmer. But did you know that the Barrier Islands located right off the coast are full of unspoiled beaches, live oak trees dripping with moss, and magnificent sunsets? The day to day pace at St

2018-04-04T20:35:33+00:00

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

Travelocity 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 on Travelocity: 6 Ultra-Indulgent

2018-03-14T16:26:07+00:00

Milford PA Hotels: At the Crossroads for East Coast Vacationers

Coming around the backside and corner of the Hotel Fauchere, I entered going down the stairs and thru the back door. Unbeknownst to me, I came at it all wrong and should have entered thru its glorious navy-blue double French front doors with red and white striped awnings out in front and even a black rocking chair on the sidewalk to get the real flavor

2018-04-12T12:43:07+00:00

The Third Time’s the Charm: Las Vegas, Nevada

As a travel writer/blogger, I was dreading my next trip to Las Vegas.  This shouldn't be the case since I am in love with travel, but I now realize Vegas is like an acquired tasted.  One that is unlikely to be enjoyed by a person who has not had substantial exposure to it, usually because of some unfamiliar aspect of the city. It is like being in

2018-04-17T14:12:15+00:00

Poconos Weekend Getaway: Jim Thorpe, PA

The Inn at Pocono Manor, Pocono, PA Now is the time to treat yourself to one of Pennsylvania's amazingly beautiful Poconos resorts. Where each resort has its own flair for relaxation and hospitality. They have everything for the entire family with campfires, hayride, and singalongs, as well as waterparks. But if instead, you need to plan a romantic weekend getaway for two, that

2018-04-12T13:26:15+00:00

7 Reasons To Consider Taking a Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer

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 other. Railway journeys have a way of tugging at your heartstrings by getting you to relax and unwind. You can move comfortably about the cabins, dive into quality executive chef cuisines, and even possibly spot a bear, a moose, a bald eagle

2018-02-26T16:25:06+00:00

Things to do in the Scottsdale, AZ Area

She flies over long distances in a precise migratory pattern and is known as ‘the wanderer’ in Australia.  But here in the United States, we call her the Monarch butterfly. Flying overhead in search of nectar plants and basking in the sun, this week I felt like a butterfly as I explored the City of Scottsdale, AZ calling it the Scottsdale Invasion! Invasion of the

2018-03-04T23:08:55+00:00

Things to do in Key West

I recently spent some time in Florida. It had been years since I had gone down to "the Keys" during my college days. I had fond memories of riding bikes along the historic seaport area and sipping drinks in a Hemingway bar… briefly remember visiting his home and his 6 toed cats, but that was about it. How refreshing it was to finally get to

2018-04-14T12:06:45+00:00

W SCOTTSDALE – WOW! The 2 Bedroom WOW Suite Review

How many times in your life have you been WOW’ed? WOW!  That is what they call it here at the W Scottsdale. When I say that word, sometimes I say it with almost a silent whisper. WOW! (this is me whispering!). My brain gets overwhelmed by my enthusiasm for what my visual senses can’t quite get wrapped around and my words, even as a storyteller, are

2018-03-16T14:24:16+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

Come Take a Sea Plane to Fort Jefferson

I wake before dawn with anticipation of the day that is to follow. After all, it’s not every day you get to visit a remote tropical island with a moat-encircled abandoned fort: Fort Jefferson! My eyelids are matted and stuck to each other as I roll over again and push the alarm. This was after a night out with some crazy restaurateurs from Key West

2018-03-06T19:16:36+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

Quinta Mazatlan 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

2018-03-07T20:34:10+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. As these boots are made for walking. Read on

2018-03-14T17:29:02+00:00

Things to do in Amarillo Texas for Nostalgia

There are more things to do in Amarillo than you would have imagined. I should know… I am from the area. But when I went back and I did a lot of the “top 10 things to do in Amarillo, TX”, it certainly brought everything back into perspective. Let me start out by saying I was invited by the AMA Tourism board to visit my home

2018-03-14T18:42:39+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

2018-03-28T15:24:01+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

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 more than it tastes delicious!

2018-04-12T08:41:13+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

The Most Iconic Foods of Louisiana! Delicious!

Louisiana is known for many things: music, culture, but most importantly, cuisine! The foods of 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

2018-03-07T20:58:48+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

Come Visit The Majestic Cathedral Rock – Sedona, Arizona

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 that

2018-03-07T10:54:48+00:00
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