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. More »

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. More »

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 More »

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 More »

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 More »

 

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.

Happy 20th Birthday to the Foremost Travel Guides!

I started my career working in the sales and marketing department of the U.S. contingent of Dorling Kindersley Family Learning, a direct sales arm of the incomparable Dorling Kindersley publishing house, also known as DK. During my downtime, I’d flip through the DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, dreaming of the places I’d go and see. With the books’ 3-D imaging, it wasn’t too hard to picture the top destinations in my mind’s eye.

The Summer is Made for Travel!

School’s out for the summer – and even if you don’t have kids, it’s an exciting time! It’s also time to start planning getaways and vacations while you can. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to save when traveling. Here’s an overview of how and where you can save this summer.

Welcome to Tampa! (a dining primer)

As I jet off for a week in the Caribbean for work, travel PR pros from around the country are arriving into Tampa for the PRSA 2014 Travel and Tourism Conference. It figures that the timing would be that I’ll miss seeing some old friends, and making new. But I really can’t complain… the gorgeous island of Bonaire awaits!

I’ve seen tweets come through for dining suggestions for those visiting the area, and thought I’d throw out a few suggestions of some of my favorite places to grab a bite, from downtown Tampa to over at the beaches.

It’s Time to Savor Sarasota!

If you’re a foodie – or simply someone who enjoys a good meal – and are in Sarasota, Florida, are you ever in luck! Yesterday kicked off two weeks of unbelievable culinary flavors and dining deals at more than an expected 45 restaurants throughout the Sarasota area. It’s Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week!

there’s still time to plan a getaway for memorial day

It’s not too late to make plans to get away for Memorial Day this weekend! Plenty of savings are still available, so go ahead, get away!