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. Continue reading “Behind the Scenes at TIA”

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! Continue reading “Florida – Wish You Were Here!”

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. Continue reading “Le Méridien Tampa – Ooh La La!”

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. Continue reading “Welcome to Tampa! (a dining primer)”

Hockey ‘N Heels – a Whole Lot of Fun

Memories of my first NHL game are vivid in my mind – I was a sophomore in high school in Maryland and went with my friend Kristel and her family to a Washington Capitals game in the old Capital Centre. The energy in the arena was electric, and I was instantly hooked. Continue reading “Hockey ‘N Heels – a Whole Lot of Fun”

have fork – will travel

One big part of traveling is eating – discovering local dishes wherever you may raise your fork, or spoon. Beignets in New Orleans. Pho in Vietnam. Croissants in Paris. And for a lot of people, food and wine events are as good a reason to travel as any. Continue reading “have fork – will travel”