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Hudson

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Originally from New Orleans, I've skipped to various bits across the globe and now live a relatively sedentary lifestyle on the West Coast. I like travel that involves getting a bit lost, a bit scared, a bit tipsy and never run-of-the-mill. You know, something to write home about.

Mar222013

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Chicago in Spring – Things to do

Chicago

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Once Old Man Winter heads off to his dusty confines for another year, there’s Chicago springtime to be enjoyed, and oh, how they all come out to play. Like the bear emerges from his winter hibernation, so do Chicagoans emerge to take part in the celebration of the change in seasons. People start smiling more, outdoor farmer’s markets re-emerge, and the joggers return to Lake Michigan.

Mar222013

Travel Recommendation

Planning a Bachelor Party in Las Vegas

Las Vegas

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Umm… yes please? Heading to Las Vegas for a bachelor party is, if I may be so bold as to take a wild guess, probably the number one destination spot for soon-to-be married bachelor revelry. As if the blockbuster movie The Hangover didn’t spell it out well-enough for us, there’s something special about heading to this adult Disneyland in order to party like it’s 1999.

Mar212013

Travel Recommendation

Cozumel

Cozumel

My Recommendation Tip

Cancun is the hub and Cozumel is the glittering pearl lying next to it in the sea. Just opposite Playa del Carmen in the Yucatan Channel, this little island is famous for its teal blue waters, its seaside resorts, and its great scuba-diving and snorkeling.

Mar212013

Travel Recommendation

Caribbean’s Best Party Islands

Caribbean

My Recommendation Tip

Sometimes a trip to the Caribbean isn’t about relaxation. Scratch that – it’s always about relaxation.

Mar192013

Travel Recommendation

St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

You might think that because Las Vegas is the ultimate in revelry that it doesn’t need to compete with other towns for St. Patrick’s Day fame.

Mar192013

Travel Recommendation

Audubon Nature Institute

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

The Audubon Nature Institute is a family of museums and parks located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mar192013

Travel Recommendation

San Francisco Wineries

San Francisco

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Yes, San Francisco is a seven-by-seven mile stretch of teaming urban jungle, but it is also the origination of some great wines. How? Well, not only is it neighbor to the all-popular Napa and Sonoma regions, but it’s also got some winemakers dwelling within its foggy shores. Bluxome, Wattle Creek, and Dogpatch come to mind, but there are others, and that’s how the region is coming to life in terms of the great California wine trail.

Mar152013

Travel Recommendation

Best Beaches in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

My Recommendation Tip

Ahh, Puerto Rico! How the wind seems to blow in off the coast of this warm beautiful island just off the coast of the U.S.! Where white sand beaches, great surf, and lounge chairs and pina coladas are the norm rather than the exception, Puerto Rico is a haven for beach-lovers worldwide. Still, the question remains: what are the best Puerto Rican beaches?

Mar082013

Travel Recommendation

Nightlife in Cancun

Cancun

My Recommendation Tip

Nightlife in Cancun? To be sure. There’s so much nightlife in Cancun, really, you’d better liken it to a Vegas of Mexico to get a good relation. From bars to nightclubs to lounges to music venues, you name it, Cancun’s got it. Hit the beach during the day and then the bars at night – that’s what Cancun is all about. If you want a more mellow experience, head to neighboring Playa del Carmen, but for those of you who want to party, it’s Cancun or bust.

Mar082013

Travel Recommendation

Family Friendly Things to Do in Chicago

Chicago

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Late spring to early fall – that’s what they say is the best time to visit Chicago. Why? The sun shines longer, the days are warmer, and the city seems to burst at the seams with the energy and enthusiasm that might as well be a solstice celebration. Bring the family, stay for a while, grab a bite, and enjoy the various museums, sites, and walkways that make this city famous.

Mar052013

Travel Recommendation

San Diego Mission Beach Boardwalk

San Diego

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Little speaks for the southern California lifestyle like the San Diego Mission Beach Boardwalk.

Mar052013

Travel Recommendation

St. John Blues Festival

British Virgin Islands

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St. John, for nine years, had one heck of a good blues tour going.

Mar052013

Travel Recommendation

Bloomin’ Beautiful at Huntington Gardens

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

"Something is always blooming at Huntington Gardens."

Mar052013

Travel Recommendation

Xochimilco

Mexico

My Recommendation Tip

Just 28 kilometers south of Mexico City, what was once a separate unincorporated city hearkening back to ancient Aztec times, is now the neighborhood which enwraps the southern shore of Lake Xochimilco and goes by its eponymous name – i.e., Xochimilco.

Mar052013

Travel Recommendation

Spring Break in Jamaica

Jamaica

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Spring break in Jamaica is as wild and exotic as they come.

Mar042013

Travel Recommendation

Nightlife In Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata

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Touched down in Puerto Plata and looking for some fun? Vacation is all about relaxing and getting to enjoy yourself, and in Puerto Plata there are plenty of options for the traveler looking to do a bit of nighttime exploring. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know when planning a night out in Puerto Plata.

Feb282013

Travel Recommendation

Things To Do In Virgin Islands National Park

US Virgin Islands

My Recommendation Tip

Exploring the Virgin Islands is one of life’s great experiences.

Feb262013

Travel Recommendation

How To Get Around in New Orleans

New Orleans

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New Orleans is a wonderfully complex and culturally rich city.

Feb252013

Travel Recommendation

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

San Diego

My Recommendation Tip

With the soft ocean breeze blowing in from the beach, it’s sometimes easy to forget that most of California is actually desert. Take into account all the things there are to do while we’re in San Diego, and the idea of a desert landscape is even more removed from our collective thinking. Be that as it may, however, the truth of what the landscape actually looked like is lying and awaiting our exploration just beyond the walls of the city. I’m referring, of course, to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Feb222013

Travel Recommendation

Semana Santa in Cancun

Cancun

My Recommendation Tip

Semana Santa, in the Catholic religion, consists of the last week of Lent, otherwise known as the last week before Easter or Holy Week. Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are the culminating holidays of the week, and in Cancun, the event takes on special significance.

Feb212013

Travel Recommendation

San Jose: Things To Do

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

Often overlooked as the big little brother to San Francisco, there’s actually an awful lot going on in San Jose and the savvy traveler will know that this city is not to be overlooked.

Feb212013

Travel Recommendation

Best Las Vegas Spas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

Sure Las Vegas has a lot going for it. Fabulous resorts, dancing, dining, nightlife, rollercoasters… pretty much every sort of entertainment you can imagine is right at your fingertips.

Feb212013

Travel Recommendation

Palisades Park: Things To Do

Los Angeles

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Los Angeles’s Palisades Park is one of the last bastions of things to do in Los Angeles that are truly free and wonderful.

Feb192013

Travel Recommendation

Romantic Things To Do in the Bahamas for Valentine’s Day

Bahamas

My Recommendation Tip

We all have images of white sand and crystal blue water in our head when it comes to the Bahamas.

Feb192013

Travel Recommendation

Wildlife Safaris on Jamaica’s Black River

Negril

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One of the longest rivers on the island, Jamaica’s Black River is steeped in local folklore of danger, mystique and angry crocodiles. Be that as it may, the Black River is actually a very peaceful river and an abundance of wildlife fills the region. A treat for any traveler to the Negril region, the area is often the highlight of a Jamaican experience and it’s best to bring a camera – this is miles better than any zoo exhibit.

Feb192013

Travel Recommendation

St. Patrick's Day in Chicago

Chicago

My Recommendation Tip

Oh, St. Patrick’s Day. How you mesmerize me. Always a fun bacchanalian extravaganza, St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is the spring celebration you’ve been waiting for. Where else on earth would they literally die a whole river green? The bagpipes, the kilts, the parade, the flurry of slurry-spoken brotherly love – it’s almost too much to handle. Fortunately, if you go with a plan, you can plan on having a great time on St. Patty’s Day in Chicago.

Feb192013

Travel Recommendation

Mayan Ruins in Mexico

Riviera Maya & the Yucatan

My Recommendation Tip

One of the best activities to partake in while in Mexico is to make a visit to see some of the architectural and cultural wonders. A little sightseeing in Mexico can go a long way, and, specifically the Yucatan Peninsula, there are some great spots to check out. One of the most popular are the famous Mayan ruins. Mayan ruins are scattered throughout Mexico, and many resort towns and popular tourist spots have ruins close by, but here are a few hotspots that any archaeologist would consider him/herself lucky to stumble upon.

Feb192013

Travel Recommendation

Skipping Lines at the Willis Tower

Chicago

My Recommendation Tip

You might have heard about the Willis Tower.

Feb192013

Travel Recommendation

Bridgetown Cruise Port

Barbados

My Recommendation Tip

The island of Barbados might be small in size, but it’s big in stature. You’ll encounter this when you first meet a local. Boisterous, friendly, with an English-Caribbean accent, you’re likely to fall in love quickly with this little-big island nation and its residents. And if you’re just getting into town, you’ll likely be coming into Bridgetown Cruise Port.

Feb142013

Travel Recommendation

One Day on St. Kitts: Things To Do

St Kitts

My Recommendation Tip

Only got one day on St. Kitts? Never fear, you can pack a lot of life experience in 24 hours, and vacationing in St. Kitts is one heck of a way to do it.

Feb142013

Travel Recommendation

Romantic Restaurants in Las Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

Sure, Las Vegas has a lot going on for singles. But that’s not to say that Sin City can’t be eminently enjoyable for couples.

Feb122013

Travel Recommendation

Best Beaches in the US Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands

My Recommendation Tip

There’s no doubt about it: if you’ve come to the Caribbean, chances are you’re looking to put in some top-notch beach time.

Feb122013

Travel Recommendation

Cruise Ports in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

My Recommendation Tip

The Dominican Republic has been growing in popularity in recent years.

Feb072013

Travel Recommendation

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

Though its name might sound funny, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is a prestigious museum venerated throughout the South for its truly impressive array of Southern art – the largest collection of southern art in the world, in fact.

Feb072013

Travel Recommendation

Best Mardi Gras Parades

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

Headed to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? One of the best times of year, this iconic festival is always a blast for everyone involved, and everyone’s questions seem to be the same: What are the best parades to catch? Well?

Feb052013

Travel Recommendation

Romantic Things To Do in Jamaica

Jamaica

My Recommendation Tip

Got romance on the mind? If you’re headed to Jamaica with love in your heart, you’ve picked one of the best places on earth to do it.

Feb052013

Travel Recommendation

Las Vegas in Winter

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

Most of us think of Las Vegas and think of the simmering Mojave that emanates from it in beautiful desert badlands.

Feb052013

Travel Recommendation

Best Surf Spots in Mexico

Mexico

My Recommendation Tip

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just a little grommet out in the water for the first time, if you’ve got the board and the hankering, you probably know that one doesn’t just jump into the waves and expect great surf.

Feb052013

Travel Recommendation

San Francisco Independent Film Festival

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

Currently gearing up for its 15th year, the San Francisco Independent Film Fest is, in its own way, one of San Francisco’s statements to the world. Funky, cool, irreverent, impassioned, creative, classical, and new—it embodies the running ethos of this great city. From February 7th to the 23rd, you can catch some of these thematic statements in their silver-screened glory—some great indie films are playing down at the Roxie Theater in the Mission District.

Feb012013

Travel Recommendation

Carnival in the Caribbean

Caribbean

My Recommendation Tip

Certainly you’ve heard something about this carnival business. From Rio to New Orleans to Trinidad and Tobago, stories, rumors, and bruit circulate about what happens at these fabulous bacchanalian blow-outs.

Jan302013

Travel Recommendation

San Diego's Little Italy

San Diego

My Recommendation Tip

Found yourself in San Diego? Had a chance to explore a bit of the Gaslamp Quarter and looking to steep yourself in a little more of the charm and history of this great coastal city? Consider spending some time in San Diego’s Little Italy.

Jan272013

Travel Recommendation

The Bahamas’ Out Islands

Bahamas

My Recommendation Tip

The Caribbean, and The Bahamas, often conjures up images of European merchants of old, swashbuckling pirates, and the sugarcane plantations and their ensuing rum production that had half the world clamoring for more grog.

Jan242013

Travel Recommendation

Puerto Morelos

Riviera Maya & the Yucatan

My Recommendation Tip

While not technically in Cancun, Puerto Morelos is a quaint little seaside fishing village with enough character, charm, and white-sand beaches to get people coming here year after year, and directly from Cancun. If you find the hustle and bustle of Cancun too much, or just think you’d enjoy a nice little getaway to see something a bit quieter, a bit different, a bit more of the ordinary, consider heading to the fishing town of Puerto Morelos.

Jan222013

Travel Recommendation

Romantic Things to Do in San Francisco

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

Ah love! It’s in the air in San Francisco. Though the city of seven hills might make for a daunting walking experience, it is rife with charm, fun things to do, and is a vibrant and active city. Thus, it is a great city for young sweethearts. If romance is on the agenda, here are some great romantic things to do in San Francisco.

Jan182013

Travel Recommendation

Romantic Things to Do in San Juan

San Juan

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Few things speak to the soul like sunsets, barren white sand beaches, the rippling tide, and the indescribable charm of old towns dripping with age and culture. Thus, many say that there is little more romantic than spending an evening simply strolling the streets of Old San Juan.

Jan182013

Travel Recommendation

Mulholland Drive

Los Angeles

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One of the most oft-given pieces of advice when first touching down in a new city is to get thy bearings. In a city the size and scope of Los Angeles, this can be a bit tricky. Luckily, one of the best activities in Los Angeles does just that for you—gives you your bearings. A scenic tour along Mulholland Drive is far and away one of the best ways to first experience Los Angeles.

Jan162013

Travel Recommendation

San Diego for Beer Lovers

San Diego

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San Diego is many things for many people. Not the least of which is those who love to imbibe in the glorious golden fermented grain known lovingly as “Beer.” Yes, the micro-brewery revolution has come to this seaside city and today San Diego has some of the best brews available in all of California. So if you’ve come to the Southern Californian coast looking for some god beers, you’ve come to the right place.

Jan152013

Travel Recommendation

Things to Do in DC in the Winter

Washington DC

My Recommendation Tip

Looking for things to do in Washington DC in the winter? Aside from bundling up and heading from monument to monument there’s plenty to do in DC, summer, spring, winter or fall.

Aside from New Years Eve in DC and Christmas in DC, there are a lot of things happening that make winter a special time to visit the nation’s capital.

Jan102013

Travel Recommendation

Adventure Activities Near Cancun

Cancun

My Recommendation Tip

In Cancun and fancy a good time? Sounds like a pick-up line, eh? Well it’s not, but the question remains – if you’re looking for a good time in the Cancun area, there’s plenty adventure just around the bend.

Jan102013

Travel Recommendation

Exploring New Orleans' Magazine Street

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

If you’ve made your way down south and are exploring the gorgeous and cheap avenues of New Orleans, you’ve likely been directed to spend some of your time exploring Magazine Street. This winding little street is a popular favorite for tourists and locals which offers boutique shopping in traditional New Orleans fashion—meaning that the shops are unique, the higher-end of them still have a distinctly New Orleans air to them, and you’ll likely be able to pick up some Voodoo paraphernalia while you’re wandering about.

Jan082013

Travel Recommendation

Cayman Cookout Food Festival

Cayman Islands

My Recommendation Tip

The Cayman Cookout is an annual epicurean celebration of grand proportions.

Jan082013

Travel Recommendation

Winter in San Francisco

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

What’s that famous Mark Twain line? Never have I a spent a colder winter than a summer in San Francisco? It’s something thereabouts, anyway. And while funny, it’s not entirely off-mark. In the summertime the clouds hang low inland, fresh off the ocean and hide the sun and enwrap San Franciscans in a damp blanket of grey. So what’s wintertime like then, you ask?

Jan072013

Travel Recommendation

DC’s School For Spies

Washington DC

My Recommendation Tip

One of the dark aspects of government activity, especially in time of war, has been the mysterious (and thus romantic) existence of spies.

Jan072013

Travel Recommendation

Torrey Pines State Park

San Diego

My Recommendation Tip

During any visit to San Diego, it’s easy to see that this great city by the water is in an ideal, picturesque setting.

Jan072013

Travel Recommendation

Chinese New Year in San Francisco

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

Chinatown in San Francisco is always a big deal/time/event. With quite possibly the biggest Chinese population outside of China, San Francisco’s Chinatown has a whirlwind of culture all its own.

Jan072013

Travel Recommendation

The San Sebastian Fiesta in Chiapas

Riviera Maya & the Yucatan

My Recommendation Tip

If you’re headed down to the southern tip of Mexico, there’s likely something of a shopping list on your To-See itinerary.

Jan072013

Travel Recommendation

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (or simply “The Huntington” for short) is one of the best existing examples of philanthropy and, lucky you, it’s nestled snugly in Los Angeles.

Dec282012

Travel Recommendation

Outdoor Activities in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

My Recommendation Tip

Made it to the Dominican Republic? Excellent! The island is currently undergoing a magnificent resurgence on the world travel stage as well as experiencing something of a renaissance when it comes to tourist activities.

Dec272012

Travel Recommendation

Best Oysters in New Orleans

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

Sure, ask a hundred people and you’re likely to get a hundred answers: where are the best oysters in New Orleans? This town is rife with foodies and if you’re one of the visiting tribe, consider the question up for grabs; where the best oysters are is all a matter of opinion, I’m afraid. That being said, like anything, some tastes always rise to the top of the bunch, so to speak, so if you’re looking to grub on some deliciously slimy invertebrates, well, here’s how to go about sniffing them out.

Dec262012

Travel Recommendation

Montego Bay: A Brief Guide

Jamaica

My Recommendation Tip

The warm waters of the Caribbean meet white sand beaches and lush jungle here, in Jamaica’s hallowed Montego Bay.

Dec212012

Travel Recommendation

Barbados for Cruise Visitors

Barbados

My Recommendation Tip

When the cruise ship pulls up to Barbados and throws anchor there’s a special feeling upon the boat.

Dec192012

Travel Recommendation

San Diego New Year's Eve Events

San Diego

My Recommendation Tip

San Diego is a great city. With its metropolitan charm, proximity to the ocean, and Southern California climate, there’s little that the city forgets to offer. The same can be said when it comes to ringing in the New Year in San Diego. Whether you prefer to keep things mellow and at a slower pace, or would rather celebrate New Year’s Eve with a dance-the-night-away blowout, San Diego is where you want to be this New Year’s Eve. This list, however, will tell you about the hottest events hitting San Diego this New Year’s Eve.

Dec182012

Travel Recommendation

New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

Where’s the best place to be this New Year’s Eve? New York? Los Angeles? Seattle? Think again.

Dec182012

Travel Recommendation

New Year’s Eve in San Francisco

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

Fancy a party? You’ve come to the right spot. San Francisco has got more New Year’s parties than you can shake a stick (or your booty) at.

Dec182012

Travel Recommendation

New Year's Eve Events in Washington DC

Washington DC

My Recommendation Tip

Just about everyone knows that the holidays in Washington DC are quite spectacular. The capital of the United States gets all warm with Christmas cheer though the temperature dips. And afterwards, well there’s New Year’s Eve to look forward to. If you find yourself in DC this New Year’s Eve, get ready to ring in the New Year with style.

Dec172012

Travel Recommendation

Christmas in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

My Recommendation Tip

Though a traditional Christmas may seem like snow-capped pine trees, icicles dangling precariously from rooftops, ice-skating on the frozen pond, and whipped hot-chocolate in every caroler’s hand, there is an entirely different way to do things.

Dec142012

Travel Recommendation

Spending the Holidays In the Bahamas

Bahamas

My Recommendation Tip

Spending the Holidays on the Bahamas? A nice Caribbean breeze, a celebratory cocktail or two, and goodwill towards your fellow man – doesn’t sad too bad, right? It isn’t. It’s great.

Dec132012

Travel Recommendation

New Year’s Eve in Cancun

Cancun

My Recommendation Tip

Ringing in the New Year with a bang? 2012 is the year the Mayan calendar is set to end (or at least is set to end as best rumors can predict) and many people are heading to Mexico in the hope of being in an iconic town where there’s sure to be memories made to remember, and Cancun is just the place.

Dec132012

Travel Recommendation

Things to Do in the French Quarter

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

Ok! So you’ve made it to New Orleans, you’ve arrived at your hotel, and you’re looking into stepping out into those mad, teeming streets and wonder what wonders are waiting for you down in the French Quarter. This is, without a shadow of a doubt, the heart of New Orleans and there are plenty of things to see and events to witness and take part in. “What to do” could really be “Where to start?”

Dec122012

Travel Recommendation

New Year’s Eve in the Caribbean

Jamaica

My Recommendation Tip

Found yourself in the Caribbean for the holidays? Fancy a nice spot to do a bit of partying? As any traveler to the Caribbean knows, the Caribbean is wonderful for island sun, coconuts, white sand beaches, and snorkeling and lazing about to your heart’s content.

Dec072012

Travel Recommendation

New Year’s Eve in Mexico

Mexico

My Recommendation Tip

Down past the border things get a little crazy. As the Kenny Chesney line goes, “When the sun goes down, we’ll be groovin’,” and that is just about the theme song for vacationing in Mexico during New Year’s Eve.

Dec072012

Travel Recommendation

Christmas in Mexico

Mexico

My Recommendation Tip

Celebrating Christmas in Mexico? Wondering what to expect?

Dec052012

Travel Recommendation

Take a Calistoga Mud Bath

California

My Recommendation Tip

More than just a blip on the radar in northern Napa county, Calistoga has all the required assets of a delightful escape from the busy hustle and bustle of bigger ‘burbs. Famous for its hot-springs, its petrified forest and its rolling hills, the beautiful backdrop of California’s grassy Calistoga has made a name for itself as a font of wellness and relaxation, and since the late 1800s people have been coming here to soak up its healing waters – and mud.

Dec042012

Travel Recommendation

Best Diving Spots in Curacao

Curacao

My Recommendation Tip

Often referred to as the “best-kept secret of the Caribbean,” Curacao is known for being a rich cultural world of pastel-colored buildings and ocean-side boardwalks. But don’t let the nightclubs and steel drums fool you. While it’s easy to get caught up in all the landside fun, don’t forget that Curacao is also home to some of the world’s best underwater diving adventures.

Dec042012

Travel Recommendation

Christmas in the Caribbean

Barbados

My Recommendation Tip

Found yourself floating in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean this Christmas?

Nov302012

Travel Recommendation

One Day in Samana

Dominican Republic

My Recommendation Tip

f you’re on a cruise ship out in the incredibly blue Caribbean waters, chances are, sooner or later, you’re looking for some place to dock and put some island time in.

Nov302012

Travel Recommendation

Celebrating the Holidays in Jamaica

Jamaica

My Recommendation Tip

Celebrating the holidays in Jamaica? You’re excited. The holidays are one of the island’s busiest times and the whole Caribbean feel is alive and in the air, mingling with the sense of Christmas. What is there to see and do? Read on to find out.

Nov292012

Travel Recommendation

Christmas in Cancun

Cancun

My Recommendation Tip

Christmas in Cancun? Though traditional images of Christmas might involve snow and bedecked pine trees, the holidays down south can be equally as lovely, just in their own way.

Nov272012

Travel Recommendation

Christmas in Las Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

Just because the decadence that usually comes with the idea of Las Vegas doesn’t necessarily harmonize with the typical notion of Christmas doesn’t mean that Christmas in Vegas is anything less than spectacular or festive. Las Vegas is a place that caters to its clients more so than any other, and this holiday season, you can be sure to spend it how you’d like when you’re in Vegas for Christmas.

Nov272012

Travel Recommendation

Museum of Jurassic Technology

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

Head to the Palms District of Los Angeles (9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City, to be exact) and find this fun and bizarre collection of relics, sculptures and other-worldly displays. With no clearly discernible museum ethos, nor any particular epoch or art form to focus on, the Museum of Jurassic Technology proves to be a wonderfully refreshing look into the odd, the interesting, the oft-passed-over aspects of history and artistic world.

Nov162012

Travel Recommendation

Climbing the Queen’s Staircase in Nassau

Nassau

My Recommendation Tip

It might seem to be something of an oddity or perhaps a misnomer to say that one of the main tourist attractions in Nassau is a staircase.

Nov152012

Travel Recommendation

Cozumel Reef National Park

Cancun

My Recommendation Tip

Created by presidential edict in 1996, the Cozumel Reef National Park is a sublime diving opportunity where multi-colored varieties of fish, corals and marine life swarm in the warm waters of Cozumel.

Nov122012

Travel Recommendation

Adventure Activities in Dominica

Caribbean

My Recommendation Tip

Familiar with Dominica? This island country is more than just a little drop in the sea.

Nov062012

Travel Recommendation

The Caribbean for Food Lovers

St Kitts and Nevis

My Recommendation Tip

If you’re like me, then you’ll agree that there’s a certain romance about eating and drinking your way through a country.

Nov012012

Travel Recommendation

Cancun International Film Festival

Cancun

My Recommendation Tip

Though a trip to the tropical paradise of Cancun doesn’t typically conjure up images of curling up with a bucket of popcorn and watching some movies, the truth of the matter is that Cancun is an international destination with a bustling economy and a worldly, engaged population.

Oct312012

Travel Recommendation

Disney's Hoop-Dee-Doo Music Revue

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

A rustic hoe-down, an old-timey dance hall, red curtains, wooden stage, Wild West music and dancing, and a zany swinging act that will leave the whole family side-splitting with laughter. This is Disney’s Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.

Oct162012

Travel Recommendation

How to Spend the Day in Toronto

Toronto

My Recommendation Tip

Alright, so you’ve touched down and for whatever reason you’ve got just one day to make the most of your time in Toronto. Don’t fret. The old adage “If you want something done, give it to a busy man” applies here. You’re strapped on time, and there’s plenty to see, but if you look ahead and plan on seeing what best piques your interest, you’re sure to have a great time in this exciting Canadian city.

Oct152012

Travel Recommendation

How to Spend 48 Hours in Las Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

So you’ve made it to Las Vegas and you’re all packed up and ready to hit the strip. Problem is, you’ve only got 48 hours and you don’t know what to do with yourself. Well, take it from someone who knows, 48 hours in Las Vegas can seem like a lifetime; don’t worry, you’re in good hands.

Oct092012

Travel Recommendation

Best Budget Eats in DC

Washington DC

My Recommendation Tip

While it might be easy enough to focus your time spent in DC just visiting one of the areas many museums or places of historic or national interest, it’s equally easy to overlook that DC boasts some great dining for those inner gourmands. What’s more, DC a very multicultural and cosmopolitan city, so your choice of budget eats are wide and many. Let’s take a look.

Oct082012

Travel Recommendation

What to Eat in Vieux Montreal

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

Surely there is no shortage of cafes, bistros, and restaurants in Old Montreal, but deciding where to best spend your limited time at one can be tricky. Fear not—greatness is in no short supply here. This beautiful section of Old Montreal (Vieux Montreal) has been preserved in much of its original state—the oldest building dates back to the 1600s!

Oct042012

Travel Recommendation

Crescent City Farmer's Market

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

After traipsing through the menagerie of excellent eating in New Orleans, some people develop a hankering to try their culinary talents on their own home stove. If this is you—that is to say, if you find yourself and your taste buds reeling from the good times had eating the many and sundry New Orleans delicacies and want to take a stab at cooking up some concoctions yourself—head over to the Crescent City Farmers Market on Saturday morning to get the best selection of groceries this side of the Mississippi.

Oct032012

Travel Recommendation

Icebar Orlando

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

Let’s be honest, anyone who’s been out in the Orlando summertime heat knows that it’s nothing to scoff at. It’s hot, the air is thick, and what you wouldn’t give for just, say, a big cooler to walk into and sit in—maybe enjoy a tasty beverage. Well, it’s not exactly a walk-in, but the Icebar Orlando is perhaps something even *ahem* cooler.

Sep262012

Travel Recommendation

Best Southern California Surf Spots

California

My Recommendation Tip

Welcome to the Southern California coast. The waves are plentiful, the sun is hot, the women are pretty, and the water is cold. If you’ve spent your whole life idolizing those mystic rubbery men with bleached blonde hair who can walk on water, you’ve come to the right place. There’s plenty of great surf breaks in Southern California (or, simply SoCal, as the locals call it), and here are the top three.

Sep252012

Travel Recommendation

Things to Do in DC in the Fall

Washington DC

My Recommendation Tip

Fall is a great time to visit Washington DC. The trees begin to shed their leaves, the air turns cool, and the hard heat of the summer is at an end. The whole town appears more peaceful. Fall in DC is a great time to get out of the house and explore some of the finer things to do in the area.

Sep242012

Travel Recommendation

Best Day Trips from Montreal

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

Montreal has got a lot going for it. As one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan, and richly cultured cities in all of Canada, it’s easy to get lost in the city’s various attractions. But to do that would be forgoing some of the best Canadian landscape there is. Outside Montreal’s borders lie beautiful flowing hills, mountaintop streams and picturesque scenes at just about every turn. So go on there – get out and explore some of Quebec with these great day trips out of Montreal.

Sep202012

Travel Recommendation

Tips for Seeing a Show at Preservation Hall

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

It is widely known that New Orleans is regarded as the birthplace of the soft and dulcet tones we call Jazz and while modern times have seen popularity swing to more contemporary styles of music like Rock and Roll and Hip-Hop, there are still great bastions of Jazz venues to be shared and experienced. A show at Preservation Hall is one such unforgettable music experience.

Sep182012

Travel Recommendation

Free Things to Do in Toronto

Toronto

My Recommendation Tip

Toronto is just a hop, skip, and a jump over the border into New York State and summer is an especially nice time to visit. If it’s your first time in Toronto, looking for free or cheap things to do in a city is often times a preferred method of seeing a town, as you’ll likely see it more as the locals do, and less as a tourist. That being said, what are the best free or cheap things to do in Toronto?

Sep172012

Travel Recommendation

Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

The idea of spending big money and celebrating like an animal is often not what we have in mind when we want a vacation. Oftentimes what we want is more of a relaxing experience by the pool and a pleasant escape without emptying our wallets. If you’re on a trip to Vegas and have to watch the budget, don’t worry—there are lots of great ways to have big Las Vegas fun on a shoestring. Here are a couple excellent freebees.

Sep142012

Travel Recommendation

Exploring LA's Fashion District

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

Los Angeles is known for many things, and one of them is for being a hotspot of trendy fashion. Surely you’ve heard of Rodeo Boulevard and Melrose Place. These hotspots are really only the tip of the iceberg, however, for Los Angeles fashion culture pervades the very fabric of the city, something for which you’ll get a feel for when you visit this happening town.

Sep142012

Travel Recommendation

Free Things to Do in San Francisco

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

Though San Francisco might seem like a big, busy, cultural hotspot, complete with coveted real-estate, ocean views, and a real financial district, this does not mean that San Francisco is accessible to those only with a heavy pocket and a spendthrift attitude—far from it. There are plenty of free things to do in the city. And as they say, the best things in life are, after all, free.

Sep122012

Travel Recommendation

Hiking Mt. Laguna

California

My Recommendation Tip

So you’ve made a trip to California and decided to do a little hiking and head for the hills, eh? Great decision. A hike could be just what the doctor ordered. California has some of the best weather on earth and a stunning natural landscape to go with it, so when you need to get out into nature, this is the place to do it.

Sep112012

Travel Recommendation

Things to Know Before a Visit to the White House

Washington DC

My Recommendation Tip

Planning a visit to the nation’s capital? Washington DC is a remarkable city with so much to do and see, a lush and beautiful natural landscape, and more fun than you can shake a stick at. All that being said, perhaps the biggest single draw to the area is a tour of the White House.

Sep102012

Travel Recommendation

Free Things to Do in Montreal

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

Montreal is Canada’s largest French-speaking city and it’s here that you’ll find locals with a large source of pride and a unique blend of modern city dynamics mixed with historic charm. And though often referred to as the Canadian New York City, enjoying Montreal’s treats doesn’t have to be a burden on the wallet. There are plenty of great ways to see and experience the city that a free or close to it.

Sep062012

Travel Recommendation

Things to do in the Garden District

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

Being from New Orleans, people ask me all the time: “How is New Orleans after the hurricane? Should I go? Well, to make quite a long answer resoundingly short, Yes. Go. New Orleans is a hotbed of culture, mystery, hope and happiness, and through the live music, amazing food, and signature southern hospitality you can find a bit of yourself down there.

Sep042012

Travel Recommendation

Wine Tasting in Niagara-on-the-lake Wineries

Niagara Falls & Around

My Recommendation Tip

Though you might not think it, the Niagara water basin is actually an excellent climate to grow wine. This geological fact was not missed by some of the areas viticulturists and today, some exquisite wines can be had if one knows where to look. Wine tasting in Niagara’s wineries is becoming an increasingly popular past-time—it sure beats going over the falls in a barrel!

Sep042012

Travel Recommendation

Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

Sometimes we’re presented with something of a problem when it comes to a night out on the town. For many of us, a night at the local watering hole doesn’t do us enough justice. It may be nice, but some nights, we’re looking for more stimulation, though nothing too raucous. Wouldn’t it be great then, if there was some sort of social outing in which attractive, intelligent people gathered and not only had a good time, but discussed issues vital to the world of today, to the world of tomorrow? With this ethos in mind, Nightlife at the Academy was born.

Aug312012

Travel Recommendation

Things to Do in Beverly Hills

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

Though it may seem more like a fashion statement than a real place, Beverly Hills is actually filled with real people doing real things at all hours of the day. Funny, because as a rolling joke, it is said that no one is actually from Beverly Hills, nor does anyone ever die in Beverly Hills—the area has no hospitals and no mortuary, so, in a way, this is true.

Aug312012

Travel Recommendation

National Atomic Testing Museum

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

During the throes of World War II, the Nevada desert was used as a staging ground for the Manhattan Project and the terrible power which resulted from it. Las Vegas’ Atomic Testing Museum is a one-of-a-kind look into the history of America’s birth of this, the most terrifying weapon known to mankind. What could be more captivating?

Aug292012

Travel Recommendation

Spreckels Organ Pavilion

San Diego

My Recommendation Tip

When you travel, you look to get out there—into the wild beyond. You eat new things, you see new sights, you experience life on a different register, and thus, adventure is born. And while attending an outdoor concert might not sound like a story from the Indiana Jones playbook, when 4518 pipes are expertly administered to delight and tantalize, I think you’ll agree that a concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in San Diego is an experience not to be missed.

Aug272012

Travel Recommendation

Montreal's Olympic Park

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

Montreal is a proud city and located in Maisonneuve Park next to the beloved Montreal Biodome is Montreal’s Olympic Park—perhaps their proudest architectural achievement.

Aug242012

Travel Recommendation

Brewery Tours in Boston

Boston

My Recommendation Tip

The northeast is known for many things—one of them being a place of good times both indoors and out. If good times for you include sipping on some choice beers, then Boston has also got you covered. Breweries like Samuel Adams, Harpoon, Blue Hills, and Berkshire are all located here and anxiously awaiting your arrival. So if you’re in the greater Boston area and in the mood to visit some breweries, here are your best bets.

Aug222012

Travel Recommendation

Budget Hotels near Disney World

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

There are plenty of options out there for the budget minded traveler who is looking for a great place to stay, close to all the action, but doesn’t break the bank account. Orlando houses literally hundreds of hotels and you can be sure that there’s plenty of healthy competition for a bargain place to stay close to the resorts.

Aug032012

Travel Recommendation

How to Choose a Nile River Cruise

Egypt

My Recommendation Tip

As you might expect, a cruise down the Nile River is a trip so special that it ranks up there with greatest trips in a lifetime. The lifeblood of Egypt and greater Africa since the dawn of civilization, the Nile is perhaps the most famous river in the world, and arguably helped shape the dawn of the modern human race. Thus, it is important to take your time and pick the best Nile River Cruise to suit your options. That being said, how does one know what one’s options are? What’s available?

Jul302012

Travel Recommendation

Montreal Biosphere

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

Any trip to Montreal will leave your head reeling like being spun from a top – there’s so much architectural beauty to gawk at. And if architecture is your thing (or museums or environmental conservation, for that matter), you’ll want to head out to St. Helen’s Island and spend the day strolling around the lush park gardens of Parc Jean-Drapeau and visiting the architectural wonder that is Montreal’s Biosphere.

Jul252012

Travel Recommendation

Biking Around Munich

Munich

My Recommendation Tip

Biking, no matter the location, is a great way to see your host city.

Jul182012

Travel Recommendation

Wine Tasting in Temecula

California

My Recommendation Tip

Over 35,000 acres of lush vineyards are awaiting you in the lush rolling California hills of Temecula. An old town with modern sensibilities, this beautiful retreat is for anyone looking to get away, explore some historic Californian countryside, or taste some of the Central Californian Coast’s distinctive wines. A veritable paradise of golden rolling hills, the area is known for its beautiful landscape, its sustainable farming practices, and of course, its ability to show visitors a good time.

Jul112012

Travel Recommendation

Munich’s Parks and Gardens

Munich

My Recommendation Tip

Green green green, oh my! Munich’s city park, the 18th-century Englischer Garten is one of the largest parks in not only Germany, but in all of Western Europe.

Jul022012

Travel Recommendation

Seattle Duck Tours

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Ride the duck! Although gawked and pointed at for its funny shape and cartoon lettering, the Seattle Duck Tours are actually a great way to see the city by both land and by sea. The always comic and informative captains keep you entertained with witty quips and interesting side notes about the city, its history and places of interest, and great places to stop and grab a bite to eat.

Jun282012

Travel Recommendation

Haunted New Orleans

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

Oh, New Orleans. The truth about this city could far outweigh whatever fiction could create. Built on swampland rumored to be an ancient Indian burial-ground and erected by Parisian outlaws, the “Beautiful Crescent” as it is known has a long reputation for pirating, misanthropy, voodoo, slave-trading, and some of the most gruesome horror stories one could calculate. If you’re into a fright-night or have simply long-wondered at the macabre, you couldn’t choose a better city to delve into.

Jun042012

Travel Recommendation

The Fremont Troll

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Every city has its cultural icon. Typically this is a sports mascot (the Oregon Beavers or Detroit Lions, for example) but Seattle has got something different to brag about. The Fremont Troll (yes, a troll) was born in 1990, as part of the Fremont Arts Council’s movement to rehabilitate the area under the Aurora Bridge, which was becoming an unsightly haven for bad activity and trash dumping.

May312012

Travel Recommendation

Canal Street Ferry to Algiers Point

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

One highlight to any trip to New Orleans is the French Quarter. It’s here you’ll find the dancers, the French Market, the bars, the old, rich cultural center of one of America’s oldest cities. It is, undoubtedly, a place which will become very familiar to you during your stay here. But just across the quarter, in a nook all its own, lies one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Algiers Point, and if you want to head to a neighborhood just across the river but miles away from the city life, consider a day trek to Algiers Point.

May232012

Travel Recommendation

Monterey Bay Peninsula

California

My Recommendation Tip

The Monterey Bay Peninsula is a delightful little outcropping of land highlighting some of the best there is to do and see in California. It is here that the mighty Pacific meets the rugged outcropping of redwood-lined rock that is the California’s Central Coast, and what an incredible road-trip it makes.

Apr252012

Travel Recommendation

Sky City

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

One of the best ways to visit the Seattle Space Needle and its observation tower is by visiting during brunch. The Sky City restaurant sits in the observation deck some 600 feet up, and is known for good, fresh food and a view that (of course) can’t be beat. Rotating a full 360 degrees around, Sky City is so popular that dinner reservations fill up quickly and it’s best to reserve a dinner reservation a few weeks out. Brunch, however, is a clever way around this timeline restriction.

Apr062012

Travel Recommendation

City Park

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

New Orleans is surrounded at every turn by resplendent oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, and since the briny Lake Pontchartrain lies just to the North, and the bayou to its south, east and west, it seems there would be little need for a city park, what with the abundance of natural beauty. Still, New Orleans is not one to rely on need, but instead indulges in pleasure, and that’s just where City Park comes in.

Mar022012

Travel Recommendation

The Arts District

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

What once was the New Orleans‘ Warehouse district has been revitalized by an ongoing urban renewal project, and like many other cities where there was once cheap housing and a culturally thick vibe (Seattle’s Georgetown and Manhattan’s Meat Packing districts come to mind), this artistic haven has been lovingly re-dubbed the “Arts District.”

Feb232012

Travel Recommendation

Sacramento’s Old Town

California

My Recommendation Tip

Find yourself in Sacramento, California and fancy an idea on what to do? Consider the historic riverfront to be your go-to name-of-the-game escape. This 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and historic park is nestled snug against the windy and slow Sacramento River, and for many years people have enjoyed an afternoon spent here. The district is alive with shopping, restaurants, bars, historical attractions, museums, and an Old West feel.

Feb222012

Travel Recommendation

Georgetown

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Seattle’s Georgetown has, for a while now, been off the traveler’s list of quirky, cultural Seattle hotspots due to a recessed economy and something of an edgy feel to its main boulevards. Well, that sentiment has been washed away in recent years, thanks to an influx of business-savvy artists who have spent time and made good effort to revitalize the community.

Feb212012

Travel Recommendation

Las Vegas’ Tournament of Kings

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

Fancy a romp into the Middle Ages? Miss the time when you could eat with your hands, drink fermented grain and laugh as knights battled it out for fame and glory? Do not despair, these times are still to be had and yep, you guessed it – they’re to be had in Las Vegas.

Feb162012

Travel Recommendation

Mardi Gras For Families

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

mardi gras for families

Feb142012

Travel Recommendation

Ohm at the Airport – Yoga at SFO

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

Continuing the trend of lifestyle innovations, San Francisco made the brilliant next step (why didn’t someone think of this sooner) and put a yoga room in their San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Now beleaguered passengers can stretch, catch some much-needed exercise and detoxify their brains during all the mental stimulation required to travel nowadays.

Feb132012

Travel Recommendation

Oahu's Nuuanu Pali Lookout

Hawaii

My Recommendation Tip

Resting just a short 5-mile jaunt outside Honolulu’s bustling streets lies perhaps the reason you came to Hawaii in the first place: dramatic cliffs, panoramic vistas and dense green jungles.

Feb132012

Travel Recommendation

70s Era Las Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

Many of Vegas’ glory days are living in our collective memory as days past. We sometimes see the glittering lights of the Palms and wonder what ever became of Franky and the Sahara. For all the glory that is Las Vegas today, there is still something enticing about the old days of ballroom singing, stiff drinks swirling around heavy blocks of ice, and the air of cigar smoke lingering among the heads of poker masterminds.

Feb102012

Travel Recommendation

Pacific Coast Highway - Worth the Drive

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

True, the Pacific Coast Highway doesn’t belong to just Los Angeles, but if you happen to be in town, you must check it out. The 1 (as it’s familiarly known) cuts a line right along the sparkling Pacific and directly through Malibu, and the sight is something to behold. When the cliffs are the only thing separating the road from the ocean and surfers ply the water down below, the only thing left to do is turn the music up, roll the windows down, and say “Hello, California!”

Feb072012

Travel Recommendation

Yosemite: A Must See For Nature Lovers

California

My Recommendation Tip

What can be said about this stately and majestic park? Yosemite is on the “Must See” list of any nature lover who comes to California. With over 3.5 million visitors annually, it’s obvious that Yosemite National Park is not your average, run-of-the-mill tourist attraction.

Feb062012

Travel Recommendation

Seattle's EMP Museum

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Once known as the Experience Music Project, this shimmering, Frank Gehry-built, jellyfish-like building is a cultural icon and perhaps Seattle’s main attraction – aside from the weather, that is (snicker snicker).

Feb022012

Travel Recommendation

New Orleans' The Avenue Pub

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

For perhaps too long now New Orleans has played second or third fiddle in the great symphony of American beer-drinking towns. It comes as a rather sour note, because for so many years people have flocked to this great city to indulge in the best culinary creations Southern food has to offer.

Jan242012

Travel Recommendation

Ice Skating in Vegas Desert

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

Though not regularly considered a place to frolic in winterland wonders, Las Vegas is not one to miss out on the opportunity to entertain its guests. And if you think about it, what could be more dramatic than ice skating in a sand desert? The ice crunching beneath you, the wind in your face and the twinkling of the Strip off in the distance – impressive, no?

Jan242012

Travel Recommendation

Seattle’s Blake Island

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

In the Pacific Northwest, the weather can sometimes be a pain. Known for the rain and fog, many people in Seattle seem to want to stay indoors with their favorite cup of coffee or pint of micro-brew. But if you give it a second and actually embrace what Mother Nature is offering, you just might surprise yourself with what a good time you can have.

Jan232012

Travel Recommendation

Santa Ana's Star Wars Interactive

California

My Recommendation Tip

We’ve all seen the movies, but could the saga that put Lucas Films on the map truly become a reality? Would the X-Wing ever cruise through inter-stellar space or even park in our garage? Could the massive, elephantine AT-ATs that walked the frozen world of Hoth ever play on Earth’s green shores?

My Photos

  • Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana

Jan102012

Travel Recommendation

Coffee in Seattle

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Seattle might be known for its music, its weather, its evergreens, but do a simple Google search for coffee in the Seattle area and you’ve got yourself a whole different bag of wax. What this means, of course, is that Seattle has got more than its fair share of coffee spots. From the makers of Peet’s, to the boys at Starbucks, to Tully’s, to Seattle’s Best, there are plenty more waiting to fill you a hearty cup o’ Joe.

Jan052012

Travel Recommendation

New Orleans D-Day Museum

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

Though the phrase “D-Day” might not connote the best images when it first comes to mind, the New Orleans D-Day Museum is actually a good time to be had by all and might change that notion for you in the long run. A great place for anyone, be it a history buff, kids fond of planes, tanks, and movies, or just the average Joe, the D-Day museum is rife with history and entertainment for any and all interested parties.

Dec282011

Travel Recommendation

Seattle New Year

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

So you’re in the Northwest, the rain has settled in, the Christmas presents have been opened, the Yuletide cheer has spread.. now what? Traditionally, everyone puts on their best suits, heads out into the crowds, spreads brotherly love, and does their best to swear off fatty foods for a while.. or to start that new exercise regiment.. or to finally, seriously this time, learn how to speak Spanish once and for all. Is this in your plans? If so, you’re in luck, because Seattle is a great place to usher in the baby 2012.

Dec222011

Travel Recommendation

New Orleans Celebration in the Oaks

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

To be sure, the south has its charms, all of them enticing and perhaps all the more splendid when winter sets into the bayou. While majestic in the summer, winters bring an exceedingly rare scene for the nature lover in all of us. Denuded pine trees, bald cypress, and the evergreen oak create a magical environment and not one typically thought of when referring to “the bayou”. The southern live oak has a unique, almost sculpted look to it, with its huge, wide reaching boughs which often-times seem to bounce off the earth they hang so low to the ground.

Dec222011

Travel Recommendation

Hawaii Christmas and New Year Traditions

Hawaii

My Recommendation Tip

A little-known fact about Hawaii: the Hawaiians did not celebrate Christmas until after the arrival of Captain Cook in 1778. Come the Protestant missionaries in the early 1800s, and Christmas finally landed on the 50th US state. Mele Kalikimaka(Merry Christmas) was born!

Dec212011

Travel Recommendation

San Pedro

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

San Pedro is known by Los Angeles locals as being a bit of the fringe. It’s on the fringe geographically (being by the sea), it’s known for its fringe life-styled occupants, and well-loved for its flourishing yet fringe art scene. Art galleries and studios line the Old Downtown San Pedro area, and every art lover in the area will tell you not to miss the First Thursday of every month where 6th and 7th Streets come alive with studio openings, gallery events, and live band performances.

Dec202011

Travel Recommendation

San Jose Tech Museum

California

My Recommendation Tip

San Jose is often overlooked on the visitor’s to-do list. But this needn’t be. The little brother to the south of San Francisco is home to much more than the casual eye might spy. The Tech Museum nestled here is one such entertaining oddity.

Dec192011

Travel Recommendation

Seattle Underground

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

So you’ve walked the many streets of Seattle, traveled to the tip top of the Space Needle, visited the first-ever Starbucks and even walked the paved paths of Pioneer Square. What could be next?

Well, what if beneath that famed Pioneer Square you just traversed was an altogether different side of Seattle, one filled with a labyrinth of Seattle history, damp caves, and even the true origins of Seattle’s first buildings? This underground city is not just storybook stuff. No, the Seattle Underground is very much real and is a network of underground passageways and basements in downtown Seattle.

Dec152011

Travel Recommendation

New Orleans Cafe du Monde

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

If you’ve ever been to, heard of, or had a friend that was ever in the neighboring vicinity of New Orleans, chances are you’ve been familiarized with the ever-famous Café du Monde on 800 Decatur St. As iconic a New Orleans landmark as you’re likely to come across, Café du Monde has been serving up their chicory-smoked cafe au laits and sugar-dusted beignets since 1870.

Dec142011

Travel Recommendation

San Francisco Holiday Tree Lighting

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

Thanksgiving behind us, it’s easy to cast ourselves headlong into the rush of the Christmas season. San Francisco is already a magical place, and when it comes to be holiday time there are few places quite as special. The ocean breeze floats in, the jackets come on, and the trees get lit. Where to go to catch one of these holiday trees set bright by Christmas lights?

Dec122011

Travel Recommendation

Holiday Cactus Garden in Las Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

Well, it appears that the holiday season is fully upon us at last. Thanksgiving has stuffed our bellies to the brim, and all the little ones are looking hard at what the end of the year will bring—and hoping that it brings a fat Santa.

So if you find yourself in the holiday spirit and feel that the lights flickering on the Las Vegas Strip aren’t really doing it for you, fear not, Ethel M Chocolates and Cactus Garden is here to rescue you.

Dec072011

Travel Recommendation

Bob Baker Marionettes

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

You might consider them a circus side-show or even a relic from the past, but somewhere in the twisting avenues of Los Angeles you’ll find a marionette theater alive and well. More than alive and well. Thriving, in fact. A pleasantry for any child and adult alike, the Bob Baker Marionette shows are famous for having their actors dance, sing, perform comedy, and bicker amongst themselves like no other performers on earth—even if they are puppets.

Dec062011

Travel Recommendation

Big Al’s Soup Tasting

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Come winter time in Seattle, not many things help ward off the cold like a warm bowl of soup and maybe a cup of Joe. Luckily, Seattle is known for both of these things, and through the right channels you can find either or both in rife abundance. Big Al’s Soup Tasting, however, is here to answer the calls of the wary traveler who just wants that inn-by-the-road feel. It’s here that you’ll get your pint of porter, your cup of Seattle’s Best, and a delicious bowl of soup to boot.

Nov232011

Travel Recommendation

Thanksgiving in New Orleans

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

Thanksgiving is widely known to be a heavily traveled day, and for most of us, this means heading back home to the ones that love us. Some, however, choose to take an alternate route and head off and explore the wilds of someplace new. If this means you’ve wound up in New Orleans for Thanksgiving, be not homesick – there are plenty of good eats in this town to stave off any Thanksgiving Day woes.

Nov172011

Travel Recommendation

Things to Do on the Big Island of Hawaii

Big Island of Hawaii

My Recommendation Tip

Let’s be honest. It can get confusing. You’re heading to Hawaii, but what island again? There are a handful of islands that comprise the 50th US state, but Hawaii specifically refers to the state’s biggest island (aptly named The Big Island), Hawaii.

Nov162011

Travel Recommendation

West Wind Santa Barbara Drive-In

California

My Recommendation Tip

Santa Barbara is often referred to as “The American Riviera”. This designation comes from its unrivaled location along California’s southern(ish) coast, its proximity to the mountains nestled behind it, and its spectacular ability to lie on the edge of a continent next to the Pacific ocean all the while maintaining a mean annual temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nov142011

Travel Recommendation

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Built for just $4.5 million, the Seattle Space Needle is the architectural icon of Seattle shown in just about every photograph of the skyline you’re liable to see. Built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair whose theme was the 21st Century, the Space Needle is not just an architectural wonder, but has helped to define Seattle’s collective psyche for a generation.

Nov102011

Travel Recommendation

New Orleans Plantations

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

If you’re headed to the south, chances are you’ve got some images in your head about what it might look like. New Orleans is located in the deep south, and though you might not have to take an airboat to get from one part of town to another, there are some antebellum touches that make the experience unique and memorable.

Nov082011

Travel Recommendation

San Francisco Beaches

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

Sure, it might not immediately come to mind: San Francisco typically conjures images of the bay, fog, and the seven hills, but the city is actually wonderfully poised to host a great day at the beach. Seven hills surrounded by the ocean, or simply a city by the bay, San Francisco has a wonderful Southern California play date just waiting for those adventurous enough to think outside of the box.

Nov072011

Travel Recommendation

Vegas Magic

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

Las Vegas is known for its magic. The lights from the strip hit you from a distance and upon arrival, you know that there’s something special about this place. Be it a show, the slot machines, the gambling halls, the clubs, the music, or simply the flash of lights bringing you to Vegas, you’re bound to experience a little Vegas magic during your stay.

Nov042011

Travel Recommendation

Los Angeles Theatre Productions

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

Everyone knows Los Angeles and Hollywood as Tinseltown, better yet as home of the stars. People come from far and wide to get a glimpse of Hollywood Boulevard and maybe walk the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Oct312011

Travel Recommendation

Pike Place Market

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Pike Place Market in Seattle is without a doubt one of the defining centers of the city. Overlooking Elliot Bay, it is one of the oldest continually operated public farmers’ markets in the United States.

Oct282011

Travel Recommendation

Halloween in New Orleans

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

Seems like just about everyone is gearing up for Halloween, but then this should be no surprise; many outlandish settle in New Orleans, and let’s not forget the Haitian roots here beckoning back to voodoo and the occult. Well, however spooky New Orleans can seem at times, it’s nevertheless a great time. It seems as if the whole city dresses up and comes out in costume – either with or without trick-or-treaters in tow.

Oct282011

Travel Recommendation

Molokai Island, Hawaii

Hawaii

My Recommendation Tip

You don’t hear about many people visiting Molokai Island in Hawaii, and that makes it ripe for a best-kept secret. People often rave about the pristine wilderness of Kauai, (which, to be fair, is stunning), but if you’re looking for a truly unspoiled wilderness wonderland and local Hawaiian experience, look no further than Molokai, Hawaii’s oft-overlooked island.

Oct182011

Travel Recommendation

Solvang, Buellton, and the Santa Ynez Valley

California

My Recommendation Tip

After the wine-lover movie Sideways debuted, the humble corner of California known as the Santa Ynez Valley received some much deserved attention for being a charming area full of rolling golden hillsides and the home of wineries that produce such names as Firestone, Jaffurs, Sanford, and Hitching Post.

Oct172011

Travel Recommendation

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Montreal

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

Montreal evokes a little bit of Paris in North America. The city’s joie de vivreis palpable everywhere you go. You can see its 400-year-old history best in Vieux Montreal, the city’s old town, where among the cobblestone streets and the beautifully preserved Notre Dame Basilica, are boutique hotels, art galleries, and trendy bistros.

Oct172011

Travel Recommendation

Seattle’s Puget Sound

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

A short boat ride away, the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands are miles apart from the busy hustle and bustle of the city of Seattle. A mainstay for bikers, kayakers, hikers, and those just wanting a long romantic weekend, the Sound (as it’s called locally) is a beautiful treasure trove of scenic waterways and cedar rainforests divided by two-lane roads and quaint historic towns. If you’re looking to see some of Seattle surrounding landscape, or experience the much praised outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, this is the way to do it.

Oct072011

Travel Recommendation

Chivalry Is Not Dead in Las Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

To those who think that the age of chivalry is over, think again. For the 18th year, a medieval wonderland will reveal itself in Las Vegas at Silver Bowl Park this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 7th – 9th at the Age of Chivalry – Las Vegas Renaissance Fair.

Oct072011

Travel Recommendation

The Long Beach Zombie Walk

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

It might seem like Halloween is a long time coming yet, but for an event like the Fourth Annual Zombie Walk of Long Beach, how can there be such a thing as too much notice? Zombies taking over Long Beach? Zombie flavored cocktails? A flash-mob of Thriller dancers? Basically, it runs down like this: If you find yourself in Los Angeles on October 29th, find yourself down on Long Beach’s Pine Avenue and play Halloween two days early this year.

Oct032011

Travel Recommendation

Mt. Rainier

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

What is it about Seattle? The coffee? The Puget Sound? The lovely weather? I suppose it could be any of those, but when we visit, we stay for the city, the music, the culture, and we head back to wherever it is we’ve come from. But off in the distance, sitting like it’s performing a silent vigil, is Mt Rainier – often seen, but perhaps too rarely appreciated.

Oct032011

Travel Recommendation

Hawaii's Kauai

Hawaii

My Recommendation Tip

Not much is often said of Kauai. Known as the “Garden Isle,” this little Hawaiian island sits in the sea just like its other island brothers, yet has somehow retained more of a sense of wonder and isolation. Kauai is often visited for this reason, and a vacation escape here is one of the most peaceful and relaxing in Hawaii and the world.

Oct032011

Travel Recommendation

Film Festival in the Hollywood of the South

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

Headed down south? Well I doubt you’ve heard of New Orleans being referred to as “Hollywood of the South,” but the moniker is well deserved. Seems like every other month someone is shooting a movie here or there. No one can really say why, but it is true that the South holds a certain allure to both folks who live there and those that only read about it. There must just be something about the cypress trees, the Spanish moss, the large antebellum oaks and the briny saltwater floating in off the gulf to put a certain poignant Southern something into the air.

Sep272011

Travel Recommendation

Fisherman's Wharf Oyster Competition

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

The Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular tourist destination in San Francisco and well it should be. The sea lions lazing about the pier, the sunset, the view of the bay, and of course the food: there’s a lot to love. Many head down to grab a bowl of chowder or get their weekly seafood fix, but every once and a while, there’s something that makes a good place even better.

Sep262011

Travel Recommendation

A Night on the Town with Jerry Seinfeld

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

So we’ve all heard of Jerry Seinfeld. His signature brand of comedy kindled our hearts aflame with Seinfeld, the syndicated TV show of years past, and not much has changed in the intervening years. Since the dissolution of the iconic show based in New York City, he’s been touring the US and those of us that can’t seem to get enough of him, or even just remember fondly the sitcom we watched for so many years, have a chance now to see him again – in Las Vegas.

Sep232011

Travel Recommendation

Museo Picassa Malaga - Picasso's Hometown Museum

Andalucia & Costa del Sol

My Recommendation Tip

It stands to good reason that there must be a museum of the great Picasso in Andalucia’s Malaga: this is where the painter, draughtsman, and sculptor was born, after all. Located only 200 yards from the Plaza de la Merced, in Picasso’s actual birthplace, the Museo Picassa Malaga holds over 150 works of the famous Picasso on permanent display and presents new rotating exhibits year-round.

Sep212011

Travel Recommendation

Pasadena's Chocolate Salon

California

My Recommendation Tip

Yup! You’ve read that correctly. Decadence isn’t dead. Pasadena has, apparently, come across some magic combination of intelligence, cunning, taste, and the mighty cocoa bean. The best California food artisans and chocolatiers will gather down by the Pasadena Convention Center this coming Sunday, September 25th from 11am-5pm and bring their best batches of the richest cocoa to let you, the guest, taste away.

Sep192011

Travel Recommendation

Seattle's Oktoberfest

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

If you find yourself up in the Pacific Northwest, take a glance at the calendar because it’s that time of year again. Oktoberfest is just around the bend! That means, especially in the Washington, the annual celebration of good beer and community togetherness is upon us. In Seattle, with so many good microbrews around, you could argue it’s the best celebration of its kind this side of the Atlantic.

Sep162011

Travel Recommendation

Visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center

Hawaii

My Recommendation Tip

Hawaii is full of natural wonder. Unique heritage, music, coastline, and phenomenal weather await you at every twist and turn, and you’ll undoubtedly have a darn good time getting out there and exploring any and all of it. Why then, is the Polynesian Cultural Center ranked the #1 Hawaiian visitor’s attraction with so much competing for it?

Sep152011

Travel Recommendation

The Ponderosa Stomp

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

Got down to New Orleans and hankering for some good-time music? Don’t know what to listen to or where to go? Never you fear. The Ponderosa Stomp is here.

The Ponderosa Stomp was founded about 11 years ago by Ira “Dr. Ike” Padnos, a local New Orleanian who recognized the need for a music fest which would celebrate the origins and spirit of an indigenous Louisiana and other Southern music. What does this mean to you? This means that if you want to get a real New Orleans experience and listen to some of the music that plays in the backwoods bayous without heading out into the sticks, then head down to the Howlin’ Wolf this September 15th-17th. The music is dedicated to recognizing the architects of rock and roll, blues, jazz, swamp pop (yes, swamp pop), reggae, soul, and other even more esoteric music varietals.

Sep142011

Travel Recommendation

Market Street - San Francisco's 5th Street Shopping

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

So you’ve made it to San Francisco and you’re out and about on the town. Undoubtedly, you should check out the famous Market Street. Not only is Market Street a point of origin, it also divides the city from the waterfront to the hills of the Twin Peaks. It has been compared to the Champs-Elysees and Fifth Avenue, and for you, wandering traveler, it will send you through a good cross-section of San Francisco, should you choose to hoof the whole thing. If you opt out of the 3 mile trek, however, you’re in luck: many of the city’s buses and light rails run the length of Market.

Sep122011

Travel Recommendation

Go behind the wheel of your dream car in Las Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

Got a fast car? How fast? Mine’s pretty fast, but that’s just because I tinker with it constantly. I’m like the rest of the wanna-be gear-heads – always thinking about the next step, but let’s be honest, I’m just a weekend player. There are whole teams of engineers and countless millions behind the design and fabrication of today’s modern mega-racers. So what’s a guy like me to do? Save and buy a Ferrari?

Sep072011

Travel Recommendation

Santa Barbara First Thursdays

California

My Recommendation Tip

It has been said of Santa Barbara that if you’re scribbling down a list of To-Do things, it’s better to make them in pencil rather than in pen. This is because of the American Riviera’s location on the map. This petite paradise is a gorgeous little stretch of land, just removed from the LA sprawl.

Its population is largely affluent and youthful making Santa Barbara a good stop for many touring artists and music groups, so you, the visitor, will be well-off visiting any time of year (especially with its world-renown excellent weather), but with so much to do, plans can change quickly.

Aug312011

Travel Recommendation

San Francisco Walking Tours

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

When you go to an exotic city, you expect to get out there and see the landscape. You have your guidebook, your metro pass, your backpack, and you head out into the great unknown. What wonders await for you on foot! Why then, would it be that when you’re in the remarkable San Francisco, you should feel any different?

Aug292011

Travel Recommendation

Top 5 Spots for Flair Bartending in Las Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

So you’re out on the strip and you’re looking for something to do. You’re thirsty, it’s hot, so you think you’ll grab a drink. Then it dawns on you that you’re in Las Vegas, home to perhaps the largest quotient of flair bar tenders in the world! What is flair bar tending, you ask?

Flair bar tenders demonstrate their supreme capabilities with bottles of booze. They spin them in the air, catch them behind their backs, make pyramids out of champagne, and even light some drinks on fire. Sound fun? You bet!

Aug262011

Travel Recommendation

New Orleans Seafood Fest

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

We’re still a couple weeks out, but now seems to be as good a time as any to tell you about the upcoming New Orleans Seafood Festival. New Orleans is world-renowned for the taste and unrivaled quality of its seafood. Honoring that reputation, the organizers of the New Orleans Seafood Festival decided to get together and celebrate the fact, maybe even promote it to outsiders a bit. Heck, it’s New Orleans, for crying-out-loud, as if they need another reason to hold a festival!

Aug252011

Travel Recommendation

Take a Llama for a Walk

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

Tired of the rat race? Big City Blues got you down? Want something different to mix into your LA experience? Ever pet a llama?La Habra Heights’ ShangriLlama offers Los Angeles denizens a chance to whisk away their troubles and spend a relaxing evening reconnecting with nature in something of a unique way.

Aug242011

Travel Recommendation

Laguna’s Sawdust Art Festival

California

My Recommendation Tip

In Laguna Beach or the Orange County area this week? Fancy some art you’ve never seen, but maybe not that into the whole art scene and are looking for something a bit different? Try catching the tail-end of Laguna’s Sawdust Art Festival.

This year’s festival features the fine art and craft of over 200 Laguna Beach artists – one of the biggest in the area. Hand-blown glass exhibits, silver solder, craft making, and metallurgy will be all on display to give you something to point at and reflect on while traipsing through. It’s definitely an event to bring the kids along to, as food and beverages are sold and there’s always a trinket or two they’ll be wanting to take home with them.

Aug222011

Travel Recommendation

Seattle Outdoors

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Seattle might conjure up a motion of the rainy cascades or just the foggy Puget sound, and though that might not sound like your typical day at the beach, in all honesty, there’s a lot to do and see in the Pacific Northwest, and any trip to the region would be remiss without seeing something of the greater outdoors.

Aug192011

Travel Recommendation

Haleakala National Park

Hawaii

My Recommendation Tip

So you’ve just touched down in Maui and you want to get your bearings. You see these two peaks behind you and your gaze turns to the left and you wonder what’s at the top. Chances are, you’re looking at Maui’s highest peak, the Haleakala crater.

Aug162011

Travel Recommendation

San Francisco Street Food Fest

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

Okay! There’s love in the heart of the city. Well, love for foodies, that is. If you’re in San Francisco this weekend, get your gourmet on and chow down, Big Time! This Saturday, August 20th at 11am, the city will play host to the 3rd Annual San Francisco Street Food Festival, where literally dozens of street food vendors from all over the city open their carts and roll up their curtains to sell the best the California Coast has to offer in terms of graze-able food.

Aug122011

Travel Recommendation

Find the Underground Rebel Bingo Club in Los Angeles

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

So you’re visiting Los Angeles and you have the inkling to go out. Where to? What club? You’ve heard all about the Los Angeles club scene and know it’s going to be a bit of a production and you want a production. You want a fun time. You want a time you’ll write to your friends about and say, “Whoah. That was one for the record books. Granted I remember it all correctly….”

Aug112011

Travel Recommendation

Seattle Warped Tour

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Ever since the grungy nineties, Seattle has been known as a music hotbed. Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Candlebox, and of course Nirvana have all sprung from these rainy steps and surely many more are to follow suit. What makes the area so instrumentally prolific must be a combination of the weather and culture, food perhaps, or maybe it’s just something in the air.

Aug102011

Travel Recommendation

Palm Springs Comic Art Indigene

California

My Recommendation Tip

As kids, many of us American boys, at some point, held a certain admiration for comics. Whether your hero was Flash, Superman, Batman, or some of the lesser-known superheroes, the high-color art, flashy characters, and captivating storyline had our young attention. We lived in them for a spell, and were spellbound by their stories.

Then, after a while, comics somehow lost their luster. They became relegated to the boxes in our attics where we held onto them for sentimental reasons and maybe to give to our kids someday. At least that’s how it used to be.

Aug052011

Travel Recommendation

New Orleans Fashion Twist

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

New Orleans isn’t always thought of as a fashion capitol. But you’d be surprised. After the urban renewal that’s weeping the area post-Katrina, many educated youths are returning to their beloved New Orleans and bringing with them a new look on sultry sub-tropic looks.

Aug042011

Travel Recommendation

San Francisco's Jerry Day

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

Ahh, San Francisco…. One of the last hippie strongholds and mainstay of that iconic movement. From Haight and Ashbury, the dreadlocks, head-shops, and Birkenstocks remind the passing visitor of days gone by and those that still cling to them. Well, who better to symbolize such a movement than the Dead Heads, the followers of perhaps that era’s most iconic band: The Grateful Dead.

Aug042011

Travel Recommendation

Hawaiian Music Concert

Hawaii

My Recommendation Tip

Hawaii is an experience in and of itself. There’s a reason people flock there every time of the year. It’s a tropical paradise, with a unique set of weather, unique ocean breeze, unique plants, unique people. It stands to reason then that there be unique music emanating from its shores. This music is called “slack-key” guitar, and the ever-popular ukulele.

Aug012011

Travel Recommendation

Garth Brooks Comes to Las Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

Country Music megastar, Garth Brooks has come out of retirement and is playing solo shows at the Las VegasWynn. In the midst of a five-year commitment streak, this is perhaps the last time the musician will be performing anywhere on stage.

Jul272011

Travel Recommendation

Santa Barbara’s Concerts in the Park

California

My Recommendation Tip

Summertime in California? Could the days get any better? With June gloom gone and away, the days are bright, filled with sunshine and the smell of the ocean breeze. In Santa Barbara, there’s plenty to do, most of it outdoors, and with summer comes Santa Barbara’s own Concerts In The Park.

Jul222011

Travel Recommendation

Baldwin Museum Candlelight Tour

Hawaii

My Recommendation Tip

Every Friday, the Baldwin Home Museum offers you a chance to step back in time and see the historic Baldwin home illuminated by eerie candlelight.

Jul222011

Travel Recommendation

Pride in Paradise

Hawaii

My Recommendation Tip

Celebrating 21 years of LGBT pride in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, this June 4th, the Honolulu Pride Festival Foundation will once again get the wheels rolling with the Pride Parade and subsequent hosted events.

Jul212011

Travel Recommendation

Seattle’s Bremerton Summer Brewfest

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Seattle-ite’s will see their maligned Bremerton borough brought back life this Saturday, July 23rd, with the first annual Bremerton Summer Brewfest. Bremerton hasn’t been on the visitor’s hotlist for a while, but it has an endearing rustic feel to it which endears itself to visitors. In terms of economic revitalization, this summer beerfest plan is quite shrewd. I mean, everyone waits for Octoberfest to hit the various breweries and microbrews of the Northwest, but when do you want a beer the most? On a hot summer day, right?

Jul182011

Travel Recommendation

Copperfield in Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

David Copperfield is back in Las Vegas and this world-renowned magician’s skills are still a shocker. Most remember Copperfield’s special television performances at half-time shows and CBS specials while sitting in front of the TV as a kid. Making the Statue of Liberty disappear, flying around on-stage, teleporting to different locations all over the world, this magician has properly earned his post as “most successful magician of all time,” and has easily made his name synonymous with magic.

Jun292011

Travel Recommendation

Weekend of Great Oahu Concerts

Oahu

My Recommendation Tip

This weekend bodes especially well for music lovers on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, for while the islanders might find themselves spatially removed from the rest of the world, it is nice to see that they still are on the landing strip for good music tour groups. Iconic bands War and the Doobie Brothers will be playing sets at the Blaisdell Arena this Saturday, while over the hill neo-soul queen Lauryn Hill will be playing her sets of bass line funk, not to mention Honolulu’s Spring Break Massive, just the biggest rock-reggae event of the year...

Jun242011

Travel Recommendation

New Orleans’ Thursdays at Twilight

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

It’s Thursday, so that means it’s the beginning of the weekend. I know that many people consider Friday round 5ish to be the start of the weekend, but I’m sorry—that’s just not so. The siren call of Saturday and Sunday are strong, and most can tough out a long Friday, so let the games begin a little earlier, eh? Still, it’s best to take it a bit easy on Thursday none-the-less. With all that in mind, comes the Thursdays At Twilight Garden Concert Series. Imagine strolling through the nation’s largest stand of mature live oaks, sipping a mint julep, and listening to some great music. Good way to start the weekend, right? You’ll love it. Trust me...

Jun242011

Travel Recommendation

Weekday Farmers’ Markets San Francisco

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

While it may be an easy thing to spot a Farmers’ Market on a sunny Saturday in San Francisco, it may take a little more wherewithal to locate one on any old weekday. Luckily, San Franciscans love their fresh produce and there’s plenty to choose from...

Jun172011

Travel Recommendation

First Fridays Los Angeles

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

Once a month, the entire Los Angeles Natural History Museum stays open until 10pm and features live music, exciting scientific discussion and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours. Sounds lame? It’s not. For seven years now, the night has been designed to bring you a little more intimate with the goings on of the museum and to expose you to new artists. Scientists on the cutting edge of their field, musicians at the forefront of avant-garde (or did I just get redundant there?), and dynamic discussion make this a routine good time...

Jun172011

Travel Recommendation

Whale Watching off the Central Coast

California

My Recommendation Tip

December to right around the end of March and beginning of April is prime Gray Whale watching season along the Central Coast of California. The season varies slightly depending upon where along the coast you plan on observing these lumbering leviathans and what type of whale you’re most keen to see (Blue and Humpback Whales migrate from around July to September), but the best watching is undoubtedly at the seasonal cusps...

Jun142011

Travel Recommendation

Celine Dion Reignites Vegas

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

After a three-year hiatus, stage performer, singer, occasional songwriter, and sometimes actress, Celine Dion has recently debuted a new show in Vegas at the Colosseum this past week, and it’s a sure-fire success with all stops pulled...

Jun102011

Travel Recommendation

New Orleans After Mardi Gras

New Orleans

My Recommendation Tip

Many say that there’s a lull in the Carnival season right around, oh say Lent. Traditionally, after Ash Wednesday, revelers were told to go home, seeing as how it was Lent and to honor the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and abstain from, well something for 40 days and nights, until Easter rolled around. Nowadays, however, if you’re in the Big Easy and Mardi Gras wasn’t enough to sate your party palate, there’s Foburg music fest...

Jun072011

Travel Recommendation

Authentic Maui Spring Break

Maui

My Recommendation Tip

It’s Spring Break this week, and there’s a lot going on all over Hawaii. Maui, however, tends to take things a bit slower and the locals seem to like it that way. Still, that’s not to say that there’s not much to do – far from it – it simply might be of the more leisurely and more authentic Hawaiian pace, which is the pace we prefer on vacation, no? So if your intent is to lay back and take it easy this spring break, consider the following local events on Maui this upcoming weekend...

Jun022011

Travel Recommendation

Spring Break on Oahu

Hawaii

My Recommendation Tip

The long winter is fading and the sun is poking out from behind the clouds. The buds on the hedges are beginning to show and the sun is out longer now with the time change. Out on Oahu it’s been sunny and warming for quite some time, and all the locals are gearing up for spring time and all the spring break revelers...

May252011

Travel Recommendation

Hawaiian Happiness Comes in First

Hawaii

My Recommendation Tip

We are all no strangers to the stunning beauty of Hawaii, its pellucid and warm waters, the spectacular and lush fauna, the easy living… but is this really what helps to define a happy, good life? Apparently, Yes, it is. According to the Christian Science Monitor, Hawaii has topped the list of ‘happiest’ US States...

May242011

Travel Recommendation

Still Time for Palm Springs Polo

Palm Springs

My Recommendation Tip

Though any time of year, the Empire Polo Club hosts a nice array of events with its spectacular scenery, through March 27th, the Empire Polo Club plays its Sunday horse polo games on Palm Springs’ desert oasis fields. There are two games every Sunday, slated at 12 noon and 2 pm. This spectacular display of horsemanship, once referred to the “Sport of Kings”, was once reserved for only royalty, is now available to everyone and is a spectacularly good time...

May232011

Travel Recommendation

The Nightclub and Bar Show Convention

Las Vegas

My Recommendation Tip

Las Vegas is well known as the City of Sin for obvious, alcohol-fueled reasons. This week (March 7th – 9th) however, is, in one sense, the mother of all conventions then, as it is the Nightclub and Bar Show convention. These three days and nights are notorious bacchanalian extravaganzas where 31000 your favorite bartenders, club owners, promoters, and staff line the halls of a Las Vegas convention center and showcase the latest and greatest that the spirit industry has to offer...

Mar102011

Travel Recommendation

San Francisco St Patty’s Day

San Francisco

My Recommendation Tip

St. Patty’s Day, is right around the corner, and this year is as exciting as ever. In San Francisco, everyone typically has their favorite bar and festivities to partake in, but if you’re wondering where to drink your green beer this holiday, here are a couple good bets...

Mar102011

Travel Recommendation

Farmer’s Market Fat Tuesday

Los Angeles

My Recommendation Tip

With Lent right around the corner, devout Christians know that this upcoming Wednesday marks the beginning of some personal sort of abstention with which to honor the upcoming Easter holiday. And while we all may not share these theological beliefs, we are all aware of the tradition of Fat Tuesday and its historical debauch before relinquishing our much loved vices for forty days come Ash Wednesday...

Feb252011

Travel Recommendation

Increase in Hawaiian Tourism

Hawaii

My Recommendation Tip

While the continental United States suffers from a blisteringly cold winter, Hawaii enjoys a boon of tourism thanks to trade winds topping out our beach thermometers around a toasty 86...

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