Celebrate National Dog Day!

Today is National Dog Day, and it’s time to celebrate our beloved four-legged friends. Of course, in our house, every day is a day to celebrate our pup, Lucy! More »

Celebrate Our National Parks

In the U.S., we’re fortunate to have some incredible national treasures, our national parks. And to entice visitors throughout the year, the National Park Service offers fee-free dates – the next one is Monday, Aug. More »

Behind the Scenes at TIA

Today’s National Aviation Day, and coincidentally, yesterday I had the chance to go behind the scenes at Tampa International Airport (TIA) with the Central Florida chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization. As a travel writer, I’m at More »

Shark!

Shark Week has begun on Discovery, and everyone’s abuzz talking about the stealth animals who swim the seas. A few years ago my girlfriends and I went swimming with the whale sharks – the largest More »

Florida – Wish You Were Here!

I’m thrilled to have been selected to be part of a blogger group writing about Marriott properties throughout the state of Florida, as part of the “Wish You Were Here – Florida” campaign. As part More »

 

Celebrate National Dog Day!

Today is National Dog Day, and it’s time to celebrate our beloved four-legged friends. Of course, in our house, every day is a day to celebrate our pup, Lucy!

Celebrate Our National Parks

In the U.S., we’re fortunate to have some incredible national treasures, our national parks. And to entice visitors throughout the year, the National Park Service offers fee-free dates – the next one is Monday, Aug. 25, the organization’s birthday! (Oh, and mine, too! No wonder I’m such a “green” tree-hugger and park lover!).

Behind the Scenes at TIA

Today’s National Aviation Day, and coincidentally, yesterday I had the chance to go behind the scenes at Tampa International Airport (TIA) with the Central Florida chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization. As a travel writer, I’m at the airport –  a lot – and it was fun to see inside the magic, as it were.

Shark!

Shark Week has begun on Discovery, and everyone’s abuzz talking about the stealth animals who swim the seas. A few years ago my girlfriends and I went swimming with the whale sharks – the largest fish in the ocean! – in Mexico and wrote about it for WestJet’s up! magazine. Take a look at the story, and video!

Florida – Wish You Were Here!

I’m thrilled to have been selected to be part of a blogger group writing about Marriott properties throughout the state of Florida, as part of the “Wish You Were Here – Florida” campaign. As part of the campaign, I’ll be staying at the Courtyard Tampa Westshore/Airport, just a few miles from my home, and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you!

Le Méridien Tampa – Ooh La La!

Recently, I was invited on a staycation at the new Le Méridien Tampa, which opened in June. I say new, but in fact, Le Méridien opened in Tampa’s downtown historic 100 year old federal courthouse. My husband and I have lived in Tampa for 13 years now (gasp!), and have longed to see the courthouse restored and renewed. We couldn’t wait to check into – and check out – Le Méridien Tampa.

Cheers to Cigar City and Carnival Cruise Lines!

Earlier this week, Tampa’s own Cigar City Brewing made waves by announcing its partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines to serve two of its craft beers aboard 13 Carnival ships sailing from five Florida ports.

Minneapolis – An All-Star City

The baseball world turns its attention to Minneapolis and the MLB All-Star Game this week, so I thought we would, too. I had the opportunity to visit the mini-apple last fall, and surprisingly fell in love with the area. Here are my nine – get it? nine innings – favorite things to see and do, and eat, in the city.

Breathing In New Life at Indaba – The Spa at Innisbrook

Earlier this week, I had a chance to spend some quality time at Indaba – The Spa at Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort in Palm Harbor, about 45 minutes northwest of Tampa. The invitation to indulge in a few spa treatments couldn’t have come at a better time, what with looming deadlines, and a busy travel schedule that hardly left time to breathe. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but was I ever ready to let go!

Peeking Into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Harry Potter fans, rejoice – tomorrow a whole new world opens at Universal Orlando Resort! Let’s take a peek inside, shall we?

First, let me make a confession: I’m a Harry Potter neophyte. Sure, I have a general idea of the storyline and the main characters, but beyond that, nothing. When I had the chance to go behind the scenes and help out at the media preview a few weeks ago, I was thrown into a world I knew little about, and left wanting to know more.