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Miami Ate Us Alive: The Crazy Second Half of Bach Madness

A disclaimer. This is not my usual sugar-sweet story. Shit got real in Miami. You’ve been warned. Taking a limo from Fort Lauderdale to “Bachelorette Party: Miami” was a breeze. There, we knew the difference between bubbler vs bong. I didn’t get a peek at Ocean Drive yet, but it did bring us right to The Shore Club’s front door for the second round of boozing and sun worshipping. Although I thought the W was a little more elevated in its updates, it was clear that The Shore Club had a…

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Smack Dab in the Middle of Texas, Part Three: History & the Kitchen Sink

When this mini-series was started, I thought Texas might be my last stop on a line of trips I had been taking, so there’d be a slew of time to really dig into it. Wrong. But I still want to do it proper justice and wrap this up right. Fredericksburg has a big German history. Apparently a ton of German settlers made their way to Texas in the 1800s and left their mark. This might be the best tour guide ever, and of course I can’t remember his name. He brought us through the Lyndon B. Johnson ranch, complete…

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Smack dab in the middle of Texas, Part Two: Music and Culture

Back on track! Wondering a bit more about Fredericksburg, Texas? Get ready: Fredericksburg has such a vibrant and successful community that they represent a wide rainbow of faiths with beautiful places of worship. We took a peek inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church, which was built out of the popular and special stonework seen on many buildings downtown. The stone is seen here too at the cute Pioneer Museum. You can stroll through the complex and hang out in some wonderfully re-created and restored period houses full of antiques and charm. I…

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Smack dab in the middle of Texas, Part One: Food and Art

I’ll be doing a brief three-part series on the culture of Fredericksburg, Texas, getting into the real nitty-gritty when the spring issue of Canadian World Traveller is released! You think by now I would get used to be blowing away by new places but it really never gets old. Like many Yanks, I had plenty of predispositions about Texas in my head before I ever stepped foot in the state. Luckily, all these ideas were totally smashed by such a hospitable, humble group of people. Texans really are a rare…

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VIP in Fort Lauderdale: The Tame First Half of Bach Madness

A flock of females waltzed into a bumping, colorful club and were immediately offered champagne, VIP seating and a few winks from the attractive cocktail servers. We had arrived. It was bachelorette time. As one of the first to take the plunge, I really had no clue how one of these events worked. I knew there was debauchery, drinks and dancing…right? So with all that, why not have it in a new city where we could really let loose? I often take trips solo or with my husband. Unless there’s…

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Travel Musings and Discussing Forever in Boston

Although I held on with my perfectly manicured talons as long as I could, the summer escaped me. I hopped on planes and schmoozed and maybe even got married (hence the nails). It’s been a wild ride. But back to work. To begin picking up the pieces and getting back into the game, I met up with a fellow travel lover at the Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square. Although I have a little adventure/mini-moon squared away for this weekend in Nova Scotia, beyond that my state of satisfying wanderlust…

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Caribbean Conquest: Mom & Me in Aruba

I toss my things in the corner as to not muss up the bed, take a few photos, throw open that balcony and admire that incredible view of sand and sky. By far the best part of my travels is that massive, stylish, cozy and empty hotel room. After a long and thrilling day of touring, activities and marathon meals I love that feeling of taking off my shoes and settling in for the night in peace. The game changes when my mother is following me around that beautiful hotel room,…

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Curaçao’s Party Seven Days a Week

There’s nothing like going on vacation, getting ready for a party and not knowing where it’s at! Picking a bar or club can be a real crapshoot whenever you roam – sometimes it’s worth writing home about, other times it’s a dud. But fear not my friends – when you venture to the gorgeous island of Curaçao in the Caribbean, I know the inside scoop on exactly when and where to go for the best live music, dancing, imbibing and more. Not just on the weekend either – I have you…

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What’s Your Tropical Bucket List?

Warm weather is slowly starting to creep into New England. I’m embracing it, in love with it and hope it never goes away again. Oh, but it will. And there will still be awfully cold days and rainy days  from time to time. When I start to think about all that dreary weather, my mind tends to wander to happier, sunnier times. I love visiting tropical escapes and can’t even fathom what it would be like to live there year-round. Sure I spent 6-12 months in southern Spain, but even…

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Independent, Classy & Strong: The Breakers, Palm Beach

There’s brunch, and then there’s brunch on the beach. It’s little details like this that make The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida stand the test of time – in fact, it has been an iconic hotel for more than one hundred years. A bow and smile from all the staff, fresh flowers everyday and perfectly crafted cocktails all set the tone for a glamorous and indulgent experience. As far as Palm Beach hotels go, this is the only one right on the water and near downtown. Check out this lineup:…

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