Destinations

The Top Five Things to Know about Visiting Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum

I travel a lot for work and I like it.  I like going to new places, seeing new things, eating new foods, and best of all – getting to know new people. With a free afternoon on a recent business trip to Pittsburgh and based on a recommendation from my dear sweet wife, I headed across the Andy Warhol Bridge (yes, indeed) to the fabulous North Shore neighborhood to check out the Andy Warhol Museum. Here are the top five things you should know as a first-timer about your visit to the Warhol Museum: No. 1 First, it’s accessible...

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Exciting Reasons for a Family Visit to Chicago

Despite its big city atmosphere, Chicago is a great destination for families. With a variety of activities, and central Midwestern location, the Windy City will easily keep your kids busy for a long weekend trip. Museums, parks, sports, and more offer activities both indoors and out for year round fun. Here are some of the places to go and things to see on your Chicago vacation.   Convenient Transportation If anything, Chicago is easy to get to and, once there, simple to get around. Two major airports, O’Hare and Midway, service all of the major airlines with flights coming...

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Disney Springs Experiences You Don’t Want to Miss

  Disney Springs has been growing and changing dramatically over the last few years.  It’s been part of a decades-long transformation from the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village I knew during my first Walt Disney World visits, into the dining, shopping, and entertainment behemoth that it has become today.  As large as the area has become, it still features some one-of-a-kind experiences that are easy to miss in a place with over 150 venues spread across 120 acres. These are just a few unique stories that I think are definitely worth your time and money.   Cake Decorating Experience...

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Costa Mesa: Full of Dining, Fun and Close to Everything!

Located within a stone’s throw of Anaheim to the north and Newport Beach to the west, the city of Costa Mesa is in the heart of Orange County, California. In a special visit recently, our family was able to take in many sights and experiences that make Costa Mesa an ideal family vacation spot. Costa Mesa is an upscale destination within a few minutes drive of the beach, Disneyland and home to amazing restaurants and Orange County’s only working farm, among many other fun attractions. Easy access to Disneyland If you’ve ever been to Anaheim and Disneyland Resort, you’ve...

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Long Beach offers views, chilled vibes and amazing experiences

When it comes to Southern California beach destinations, most folks might think of San Diego or Santa Monica. But what if we told you there was a suburban locale within 20 minutes of LAX that offered exciting beachfront adventures, fine food and an amazing family getaway? That’s what Long Beach, California is all about. The beachfront urban oasis of Long Beach is located just south of LA and north of Anaheim. Downtown Long Beach is clean, bike friendly and feels like an escape from the crowded, traffic-infested gnarl associated with the LA area. The perfect Long Beach family hotel: Courtyard by Marriott For our trip, our home base was The Courtyard by Marriott is right in the heart of downtown and features a welcoming lobby with hues of green and blue that reflect the ocean and create relaxation at the same time. We had two rooms, one with a king bed and the other with two queens. The rooms were clean, large and homey. The king room had a stand-up shower while the queen bedroom had a bath – so if you’re particular about having a bath, you’ll want to reserve the room that’s right for you. A catered gondola evening escape via Getaway Gondolas During our first evening in Long Beach, we were able to experience Getaway Gondolas on the water, just west of downtown. Thanks to catering...

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Returning To The Best Airbnb in Ireland To Right A Wrong. We Found More Than A Pot of Gold At The End Of The Rainbow

I don’t remember what I said, only that I said it loud and with more rage than a pissed-off Hulk. My words and my tone scared my daughters who sat innocently in the backseat. Later that night, after tearful apologies to them, I feared my marriage may have unraveled on the winding country roads of County Clare. I offered to leave, to fly home early and alone so that my family could enjoy the remainder of the days on our U.K. trip. In short, our first visit to Ireland was a hotter mess than a plate of Irish potatoes....

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Why You Need to Add Detroit to Your Travel Plans

Detroit. Underdog of the Rust Belt. When I was growing up it was a place to avoid; a place to fear. They built the Renaissance Center in the 1970s to usher in a new era of progress. It didn’t happen. The auto industry continued its slow decline until finally collapsing. A lot has changed since then. The new era has finally arrived. Over the past decade years the auto companies have found their footing while new industries have begun to fill in the gaps. Major investments have been made to renovate old hotels and erect new offices. Little by...

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6 Beaches Near Fort Lauderdale

If you’re in South Florida, there are countless beaches in & around Fort Lauderdale that are worth visiting. The Florida coast has no shortage of prime beachfront property, each offering their own adventure, entertainment and experience. Four years ago we moved to South Florida and began making the rounds to the nearby beaches. Here are our top six favorite beaches near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Top Beaches Near Fort Lauderdale Florida draws thousands of tourists every day with it’s beautiful, clean beaches and subtropical climate. Lined with palm trees, white sand and blue ocean shores, these beaches near Fort Lauderdale...

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Amazing Activities for Tweens on Disney Cruise Lines

While often viewed as the premiere ships for parents of young children, Disney Cruise Lines also caters to the desires of older kids. Tweens, in particular, benefit from the diverse array of areas and activities on the ship designed just for them. Being a transitional age group (10-12), the Disney ships offer the security of supervised areas alongside adult-free zones where kids can test their budding social skills. As my daughter enters the tween years, her recent experience on the Disney Dream was exciting and let her choose which activities had appeal.   A Note on Tweens and Social...

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What Is the Golden Spike National Historic Site, and So What?

Just another lawn-mowing day in the life of a Northern Utah teenager. One hot summer afternoon as a kid, I was mowing the front yard when a car pulled over in front of my house.  The passenger rolled his window down and motioned me over.  I stopped the mower and went to the car, which contained two elderly couples. The man driving the car said “hello” and I could tell from his accent he wasn’t a Utah native. In my teenage “you’re interrupting my lawn mowing but how can I help you” voice, I said “hi” back. He asked,...

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