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Weekend Getaway to Los Cabos, Mexico

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After several trips to really cold destinations, I needed an escape to somewhere warm. I didn’t realize how much I needed this escape until I arrived to the warmth of Los Cabos, Mexico. When I arrived to San José del Cabo airport I felt the weight of winter, or maybe it was the many layers of clothing, lifted off my shoulders. The beautiful sound of Spanish filled the air, sprinkled with the English of the many tourists that visit here regularly. In a weekend’s time, I would get to enjoy two very different hotel experiences and lots of sunshine.

The airport is a direct 5-hour flight from New York and Newark airports, though the area is mostly visited by residents in the nearby Arizona and California states. The airport is easy to navigate – though it’s important to remember to stay clear of the aggressive vendors right outside the security doors before you exit the airport. I really can’t stress this enough. It’s best to book your car service/shuttle through your hotel reservation, all of which will be waiting for you outside of the airport, not before (regardless of what any vendor there will say). Avoid being tricked into sitting through a timeshare presentation and you should be OK to start your vacation.

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Girlfriends Getaway to Lake Placid

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There are a lot of promises we make to ourselves about how we want the new year to evolve. What can we add, take away, improve on.

For some of us, one of these promises is to be a better friend. It’s something I always strive for too and like to compliment with either nights out for dinner together or, even better, with little retreats somewhere fun.

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Highlights from Our Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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For those of us on the East Coast a trip to Mexico for a long weekend seems like a crazy idea. But, this is exactly what my family and I did. We headed out to Puerto Vallarta, on behalf of Expedia to try the new services being offered to travelers by Expedia Local Expert.

This new feature allows those booking their travel through Expedia to also plan and book their activities before they even arrive to their destination.

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Rebooting at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa

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This year has already been intense, and it’s only been month one.

I am pretty happy, I have to say. New house, some really exciting trips coming up, preparing for a kid in college, and really wonderful and rewarding partnerships. But I started the year stressed over many of those thing as well and was hit hard by the flu (managed to close on a house and move into it with said flu), and was beginning to feel like maybe I had pushed myself a little too hard.

When Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Lenox, MA invited me to spend a weekend with them (full disclosure) and check our their resort and amenities, I wasn’t sure if I could. Physically, I felt exhausted and weak, and emotionally, I felt overwhelmed and vulnerable.

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Mountain Trek: A Retreat for the Body and Soul

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I have always believed in the inspirational power of travel. From the colorful streets of coastal Jacmel in Haiti, to the quiet isolation of a residential canal in Venice, to the mirrored reflections of Central Park in New York City – my inner muse finds nourishment in lands near and far. But it was not until I experienced one week at Mountain Trek  – a luxury fitness retreat and health spa – in British Columbia, that I truly knew what it to find true inspiration.

Maybe it was the daily sunrise yoga. Maybe it was delicious meal after meal of action packed foods. Maybe it was the rush of the snow melt turning small creeks into raging rivers along the hiking trail. Whatever it was – I discovered fuel for my inner and outer self.

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Getting to Know The Lake Tahoe Region

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“Lake Tahoe is not a town, it’s a region in both the states of CA and NV.”

This was one of the first lessons I learned upon arriving to the area as a guest of the Squaw Creek Resort. Like most people, I didn’t really understand the geography of the area and, like most people, I had limited knowledge about how diverse the region was, or even that extends beyond the limits of one single geographic landmark. I flew into Reno, NV, which most people use to get to the area by plane, though I’ve heard Amtrak is also a fabulous choice if driving is not an option.

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Colorado Summers at Beaver Creek Mountain

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I started writing this while sitting at the Denver International Airport on my way back to NYC. Did you know they have free Wifi? I know. Awesome.

I spent the past few days in Beaver Creek Mountain Resort, my first time in Colorado during the warmer months. They have a saying here: “People come for the winter, but stay for the summers” and after this week I totally understand why.

For as lovely as my winter experiences have been here (where I visited Keystone Mountain), the summers top that a million times over for me.

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The Heart of Curtain Bluff, Antigua

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As the rain drips off the fire escape outside my NYC window, I can’t help but feel a bit sad at the fact that a week ago, on this very day, I was sitting on a balcony listening to the ocean water crash against the sandy shore of Antigua as the sun softly warmed up the morning air.

I was in Curtain Bluff, traveling with my dear friend Heather, and I was loving it. Even before we arrived to the resort, as we made our way there, we knew we were going somewhere special. Our driver, Maurice, spoke to us about Old Road, the village connected to Curtain Bluff and about the founder of the resort, the late Sir Howard Hulford. What touched me the most from our brief conversation was the passion and love with which he spoke of Mr. Hulford and his wife Chelle. He was protective and referred to him as his “dear friend”. He spoke of how this man from New Jersey came to Antigua in the 1950s and literally changed people’s lives.

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