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

2019-08-25T17:09:08-07:00

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!

2019-08-18T19:08:01-07:00

Visit 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

2020-07-22T17:02:19-07:00

Radisson Blu Chicago Review

As a Club Carlson Ambassador, I am delighted to create a quick getaway itinerary for the sparkling and wavy 81-story icon Aqua Tower Radisson Blu Hotel in Chicago! Radisson Blu is Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s highest-end product and has amazing selections of hotels in Europe that I outlined in Four Reasons to visit a Club Carlson in France and in I've Got the French Blues. This Chicago hotel

2019-11-06T17:20:00-07:00

The Classic American Road Trip: Florida Keys 

Road Trip the USA 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 to the Florida Keys. I was so excited when Expedia.com asked me to put together this article about one of America’s favorite past times:

2020-06-26T12:24:12-07:00

Summer Travel to Niagara Falls with Radisson

Niagara Falls, Canada Summer Travel to Niagara Falls with Radisson Have you ever dreamed of visiting the famous Niagara Falls that lie on and near the international border of Canada and the United States of America? I had always dreamed of seeing the falls, but was lucky enough to finally visit them in 2012. I believe now is the perfect time to plan

2019-06-08T16:03:16-07:00

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

2019-08-19T08:44:26-07:00

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

2019-08-20T18:08:41-07:00

Things to do in Newport Beach, California

Known as a hip, trendy and wealthy beach town in Southern California, Newport Beach has over 10 miles of Orange County’s best beaches on the Pacific Ocean! If you are looking to go somewhere this winter, make it Newport Beach, as there are so many amazing things to see and do. Photo courtesy of Visit Newport Beach Part of living a smart luxury

2019-07-10T00:56:28-07:00

Romantic Things To Do in Savannah, GA

At first light, I have her all to myself, aside from the lone jogger and the trash collector. I start to feel the lure of Savannah, Georgia, that sweet sickness; the thing the French call le mal doux. I need to sip her slowly, like a dry martini. I take a deep breath and etch her memories in my mind's eye. Spanish moss hanging from

2020-06-26T21:10:01-07:00

Great Railway Journeys – Rocky Mountaineer

A Train Ride Across Canada, Is it right for you? The answer for me: YES! Earlier this year, I was the eager guest of Rocky Mountaineer, one of the World’s greatest railway journeys. I was on board their route from Vancouver to Banff in the Canadian Rockies. There are many different train routes to choose from, but I am told this one was a fairly typical

2019-08-24T18:57:29-07:00

Rocky Mountaineer Train

 National Geographic once called Rocky Mountaineer Train one of the “World’s Greatest Trips.” National Geographic once called the Rocky Mountaineer "Named as one of the World' Greatest Trips." Rocky Mountaineer Train My personal story about Rocky Mountaineer Train: My Dad is a car guy, he still is. I believe once a car guy, always a car guy. Any extra money he had was always spent

2019-08-03T16:45:44-07:00

Four Seasons Scottsdale – Deep in the Heart

  Four Seasons Scottsdale – Deep in the Heart Nestled in the foothills of the High Sonoran Desert, yet tucked up near the trails of the Pinnacle Peak Mountain lies the Four Seasons Scottsdale, which is "deep in the heart" of Scottsdale. During the drive up to the Seasons, you realize that the environment has slowly changed. The elevation begins to increase, the

2020-08-16T09:34:58-07:00

The Charming side of St Augustine FL

  Map - Savannah GA to St Augustine FL This was the third stop on a road trip from Savannah GA down thru St. Simon Island and then on to St. Augustine, FL. I loved this road trip and it is easy to do. As you know, I fell in love with Savannah, enjoyed the beaches of St Simon Island, and told you

2020-07-03T16:49:20-07:00

Kitschy Florida Roadside Attractions: St Augustine, FL

As the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine is rich in history, architecture, and charm, yet it still has those kitschy Florida roadside attractions that Florida is so famous for. With places like Flagler College (yes, a college can be a tourist attraction!) to Castillo de San Marcos Fort, it is a city worth exploring. It just wouldn’t be America if it wasn’t

2020-08-13T19:03:23-07:00

Hyatt Scottsdale, AZ: Wine me, Dine me and Spa

Living in a resort town, I know that when I am home I sure enjoy a “staycation” to relax from all the traveling that I do. I am lucky in that I have so many great choices to choose from here in the Scottsdale/Phoenix metroplex. Recently, I had a chance to try out one of the most amazing spa’s here in town, the Spa Avania.

2018-11-27T12:35:03-07:00

Native American Wisdom – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass

If there is one thing you need to know about Arizona, it's that it is beautiful. Not Italy beautiful, but desert beautiful… beauty in its own way. The purple hue of the mountains against the colors of the desert makes for a landscape all its own, one that reminds you of the past, the beauty of the people of the desert who lived here long before

2020-07-09T10:09:15-07:00

Glamping is so much better than camping

By Cacinda Maloney Green River, UT USA I have never been much of a camper.  Honestly, I never really liked it too much. When my youngest son was in the Boy Scouts, part of the whole organization is about camping and hiking.  Hiking is one of the other things I really don’t like either!  So having been dragged to more than my share

2018-12-06T02:25:16-07:00

Western Destinations: Who Knew It Was Phoenix, AZ?

By Cacinda Maloney Western Destinations, Phoenix AZ She steadied as I tried to balance myself on her back.  She took one step and I shifted, then she took another and I shifted again.  Riding her was like magic.  Out in the Sonoran Desert, so peaceful and still, this city gal was riding horses in the quiet calm of the Bradshaw Mountains with views

2017-07-24T11:24:03-07:00

The Incredible Sights of Chihuly – Phoenix Botanical Garden

"Who is Dale Chihuly? And why is he so fascinating?" Those were my thoughts as I first entered into the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, AZ to view the Chihuly Exhibit. Desert Botanical Gardens, Chihuly Exhibit Dale Chihuly's Mesmerizing Art The exhibit was world-famous by now and I couldn't wait to get in there and start looking around. What I have come to

2019-12-26T19:54:29-07:00

Jade Bar – Sanctuary’s Camelback Mountain – Scottsdale, AZ

Shhh!  I need to let you in on a little secret!  Even though I travel around the world at the drop of a hat, I know about a place that is so spectacular that even I thought about canceling my travel plans when I received the invitation to try out the newly transformed Jade Bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa.  It is

2020-04-19T08:21:31-07:00

Canada’s Prettiest Little Town: Niagara-On-The-Lake

Here is another one of those secret gems I have learned about on my travels: Niagara on the Lake is one of Canada's best-kept secrets! If you are planning a visit to Niagara Falls, it is well worth journeying the extra 20 minutes beyond the stunning waterfalls to visit this charming town of Niagara on the Lake. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada Niagara Falls, Canada side

2020-07-11T18:56:34-07:00

The Distillery Historic District, Toronto, Canada

By Cacinda Maloney The Distillery Historic District, Toronto, Canada The Distillery Historic District, Toronto, Canada The shock thundered through him like cold blood running across the floor, he couldn't believe it, as he heard the terrible news.  She is gone.  The grief overtook him, so much so, that he climbed up in the tower and jumped from the company well.  He

2019-06-08T16:10:37-07:00

Vancouver, Canada: An awesome place to visit!

    Vancouver, Canada:  An awesome place to visit! There are so many things to do in this wonderful city with your kiddos.  Pack them up and take them to Canada for a fun and exciting adventure. Start your day at Grandville Island, arguably the most amazing market on the west coast.  It has everything you can imagine under one cover.  From the fresh seafood

2019-06-08T16:11:08-07:00

How a traveller inspired me …Post to Dr. Radermacher

Dr Radermacher, my medicine man! I remembered how excited I was when I found out from my husband that we were going to Vienna, Austria for our wedding anniversary. We had a trainer for our business that knew a lot about Vienna and so I decided to call him to get a few tips on things to do and places to stay.  But

2019-08-20T18:09:28-07:00
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