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10 Las Vegas First Time Tips: Avoid Beginner Mistakes

Before you embark on your Las Vegas first time adventure, you’ll want to avoid these common beginner mistakes. Then, you can experience this city’s dazzling heart with confidence and excitement.

Renowned for its non-stop entertainment and vibrant nightlife, Las Vegas, Nevada, promises you an unforgettable time. Yet, amidst the glitz and glamour, unexpected situations can arise. As you plan your visit, consider these vital tips for a smooth experience in Sin City.

Being prepared will enhance your enjoyment and ensure your trip remains memorable and hassle-free. So, continue reading these 10 tips to plan an adventure that’s as exhilarating as the city itself–minus any trouble.

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Do You Know the 5 Best Places in US to Visit in November?

If you’re planning a trip stateside toward the end of the year, you should consider the best places in US to visit in November. Do you know which states they are?

This handful of top choices will exceed your expectations. And this time of year in the United States offers a stunning palette of destinations, each adorned with unique charms and seasonal wonders.

Since New England is past peak foliage season and a bit early for the best skiing, these five states should top your list in November.

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Revealing the Spectacular Arts District Las Vegas and More!

You might be surprised to learn art-centric attractions like the Arts District Las Vegas have become a real show-stopper in Las Vegas.

At least 5 hidden treasures of Las Vegas exist in the city’s best-kept artistic enclave, bursting with creativity, talent, and inspiration.

When you delve into the captivating Arts District of Las Vegas, you can exploring its galleries, street art, events, and the vibrant community that makes this place truly unique.

Below, you’ll discover the most creatively enriching sites in Las Vegas to visit–especially if you are a true art lover.

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8 Unique Kentucky Attractions for Families Not to Miss

If you’re planning a trip to Kentucky, make sure to include these fun Kentucky attractions for families in your itinerary. The “Bluegrass State” holds a tapestry of captivating treasures waiting to be unveiled, especially when you go off the tourist trail.

From the thundering hooves of racehorses to the mellow notes of bourbon aging in oak barrels, Kentucky is a state rich in history, culture, and natural beauty.

Continue reading to delve deep into the heart of Kentucky’s hidden gems. You’ll discover eight fascinating things to do that will make this state stand out on vacation!

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Best Pickleball Vacations: Play 6 Amazing Destinations of the World!

Have you ever thought of planning a pickleball vacation?

You can experience the joy of pickleball while you explore these stunning vacation destinations worldwide. From exotic beaches to picturesque mountains, this is your chance to experience the best of both worlds.

So, grab your paddle, pack your bags, and get ready for an extraordinary vacation that combines leisure, fitness, and the thrill of pickleball!

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Best Tips for An Unforgettable Kansas City Day Trip!

Are you ready for a Kansas City day trip like no other?

Get ready to go beyond the mouthwatering barbecue and soulful jazz that Kansas is known for. Instead, prepare to be empowered you discover the hidden treasures and unforgettable experiences that await you in this vibrant city.

From captivating museums to breathtaking parks, and from trendy neighborhoods to architectural wonders, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Kansas City.

Find out how to maximize your Kansas city day trip this way, below.

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Off Roading Essentials: Are You Ready For The Ultimate Utah Adventures?

Here are the off roading essentials you need to know for the ultimate Utah adventure.

Why Utah?

Utah promises an adventure like no other. You’re sure to have a thrilling experience that will test your skills and push your vehicle to its limits.

With its expansive desert landscapes, challenging rugged terrain, majestic mountains, and exceptional trails, Utah has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the best destinations for off-roading enthusiasts worldwide.

However, to fully enjoy this adrenaline-pumping activity and ensure your safety, you’ll need to prepare. It is crucial to equip your vehicle with the necessary essentials and undertake proper preparation before embarking on your off-roading journey.

Read more below as in this article, you will find all the information you need to get your ride ready for an unforgettable off-roading experience in the beautiful state of Utah!

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Moving From California To Arizona In 2023? Use This Easy Guide

Are you planning to moving from California to Arizona?

You’ll be trading in the sun-soaked beaches for the red rock canyons and cactus-filled deserts. The two states are vastly different in many ways.

So, you’re in for an exciting adventure!

Moving to a new state is never easy, but with the right preparation and mindset, it can be a rewarding experience.

Read what you need to know, below, to make a smooth transition to Arizona.

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Road Trip to Nova Scotia: 5 Great Places to Stay (and Eat)

My mother Georgi and I packed our bags for a ten-day road trip we’d planned to Nova Scotia in Canada. The trip was a reunion of sorts.

My parents spent summers on Canada’s Northumberland Strait to escape the heat and stay connected to my father’s family heritage. Scenes filled with country life and ocean views spoke of a simpler time.

In this article, you’ll learn about some of the best places to stay along the way. They make a road trip to Nova Scota all the more enjoyable!

Editor’s Note: We updated this article in June 2022 to add new content and keep it up to date.

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Boston to Salem Day Trip: 13 Thrilling Attractions Beyond Halloween

Salem, Massachusetts is a favorite fall destination in New England that’s especially popular during October. It makes a great Boston to Salem day trip.

With historic and present-day ties to witchcraft, Salem rings in the Halloween spirit with loads of seasonal activities from pumpkin carving to a Witches Ball.

But did you know Salem is a waterfront hub brimming with fine dining, cultural attractions, and a vibrant arts community worth visiting year-round?

I spent a magical day discovering a cool summer slice of this historic colonial town. It was a quick day trip from Boston, but I could have lingered or spread these activities (and more) over a long weekend.

Instead, I powered through one day in Salem I won’t soon forget. Check out these things to do in Salem most any time of year.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated in May of 2022.

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Fun Things to Do in Arizona (Including 5 Beginner Travel Tips)

You’ll find lots of fun things to do in Arizona – so many that it can be overwhelming! That’s why we’ve put together this short list with beginner travel tips. It will help you get a big-picture of what you might like to see and do in AZ, and decide on the must-see attractions when you plan your trip to Arizona. Read our recommendations, below.

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What to Pack for New England Winter Getaways (Plus Winter Things to Do in New England)

Ultimate Packing Checklist for Winter in New England

If you’re wondering what to pack for New England winter getaways, take it from a local: you’d better be prepared. While winter offers gorgeous, dramatic scenes worthy of Ansel Adams’ photography, when temperatures drop, it literally takes your breath away.

I’ve created this Ultimate Packing Checklist for Winter in New England to tell you everything you’ll need to bring.

Whether you plan to explore New England’s photographic beauty, snuggle up by the fire, or enjoy winter sports, don’t miss the printable packing checklist download to make packing easy for your New England winter getaways. Bonus: It even covers survival gear.)

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Romantic North End Seafood Restaurant Celebrates Feast of the 7 Fishes

As you navigate the narrow waterfront streets of Boston’s “Little Italy,” you could easily overlook il Molo. But you won’t want to miss it, especially if you love fresh seafood.

Once you experience this romantic North End Seafood Restaurant, it may just become one of your favorite places to eat in Boston.

I had the recent pleasure of being hosted at Il Molo on my birthday. Read on to hear about our dining experience.

You’ll also learn a bit about the North End of Boston and an Italian Christmas Dinner tradition served Christmas Eve known as the “Feast of the Seven Fishes.”

Editor’s note: We updated this article in June 2022 to keep it up to date.

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Sesuit Harbor House Lodging

I explored the charming town of Dennis, Massachusetts and discovered miles of soft-sand beaches, delicious fine and casual dining options, and a friendly New England community within Barnstable County. I stayed at Sesuit Harbor House, a Cape Cod family resort that was a pleasure to call home for the weekend.

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Best Seafood Restaurant in Brunswick Maine

Where to go in Brunswick ME for Seafood

I love discovering great places to eat amidst a sea of overpriced dining and chain restaurants when I’m on the coast. There’s a good selection of dining options in Brunswick, Maine’s downtown. But we were looking for a hidden gem. And that’s exactly what we found at Pepper’s Landing. In fact, we may have found the best seafood restaurant in Brunswick Maine.

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Where to Stay in Boston: Mandarin Oriental

Luxury Boston Hotel Delights the Senses

I was deciding where to stay in Boston for a conference when I became utterly enchanted by Mandarin Oriental Boston. My senses were uplifted by an intoxicating fragrance the moment I stepped through the door at 776 Boylston Street. The scent placed somewhere between freshly baked cookies and the luscious center of a fragrant rose. It begged me to stay.

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Discover Waterfront Luxury at this Bed and Breakfast in Falmouth MA

Falmouth Massachusetts is one of the best destinations on Cape Cod. Situated on the southern coast of what’s called the “Upper Cape,” it boasts multiple inlets that create miles and miles of coastal access, beautiful beaches, and waterfront properties along the Atlantic Ocean. That’s just one reason I loved staying at Inn on the Sound, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Falmouth.

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10 Reasons To Love the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge Mass.

We took a day trip to Western Massachusetts to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge MA. Just over two hours from Boston, the museum holds the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art. It is home to hundreds of the artist’s original paintings, This includes the famous Norman Rockwell self-portrait (“Triple Self-Portrait”), the “Four Freedoms,” and “The Runaway.”  In addition, the museum showcases the complete Rockwell series of Saturday Evening Post covers and Rockwell memorabilia.

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3 Spectacular Botanical Gardens I Love at The Huntington Museum

I grew up in New England, a fickle region for gardening. The summers are short and unpredictable; the winters involve a deep freeze and frost heaves; springtime—if we have one at all—is wet and fleeting. Despite these tricky conditions, I am an avid gardener. My visit to the spectacular Botanical Gardens at The Huntington Museum was a highlight of my trip to Greater Los Angeles. My daughter and I explored three of sixteen themed gardens: The Desert Garden, The Rose Garden, and The Japanese Garden. Each was spectacular in its own way.

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Enjoy Chic Hospitality at The Parsonage Inn on Cape Cod

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Orleans, Massachusetts is just under an hour from the Bourne Bridge in Cape Cod and a perfect lower Cape escape.

It is home to beaches on both the Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and is a treasure trove of excellent dining, art galleries, and unique shops. You‘ll also find hiking spots and kettle ponds carved into the earth by ancient glaciers. (See the Orleans Bonus Section at the end of this post for a list of things to see and do!)

Orleans is part of what’s considered the “Lower Cape,” which also includes Brewster, Chatham, and Harwich. It’s a great base for further exploration of the Cape.

That was exactly our pleasure during an off-season getaway, where my friend and I experienced Orleans in a way many “summer people” don’t.

Regardless of which season you visit Cape Cod–whether it’s the slower pace of the off-season or the warm beachy summer months, we know you will enjoy the chic hospitality of The Parsonage Inn.

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Comfort and Foodie Heaven at The Inn at Sweet Water Farm

Comfort & Foodie Heaven at The Inn at Sweet Water Farm

A Quick Winter Trip to The Berkshires

I set out one weekend to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Stockbridge is part of the Berkshires, clear across the state from my south-of-Boston home. In fact, it’s next to the last town in Western Massachusetts before you’re in upstate New York. But, with Rockwell’s original works on display and a chance to see his final studio, U knew it would be a worthwhile trip. Plus, I was itching for a winter change of scenery. Rather than make the round trip in a day, I extended my travels to an overnight and discovered comfort and foodie heaven at The Inn at Sweet Water Farm.

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Best Quick Gourmet at The Brown Jug in Sandwich

The Brown Jug in Sandwich is a gourmet grocer in the historic district of Sandwich Village, Massachusetts. You’ll find it nestled among a handful of unique boutiques and antique shops, charming restaurants, and historic inns of this “Upper Cape” Cod town founded by the pilgrims.

Find out why it’s worth a visit, below.

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Hollywood’s Unsung Hero: The Bradbury Building – Architectural Landmark

If you’re looking for a free attraction in downtown Los Angeles, you won’t want to miss Hollywood’s unsung hero: The Bradbury Building. Built in 1893, this Hollywood superstar and architectural landmark is on the National Register of Historic Places. In fact, it’s one of the most filmed buildings in L.A., having starred in hundreds of movies, TV Shows, and works of fiction.

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5 Festive Holiday Events at the Newport Mansions

Each year, the Newport Mansions put on a festive celebration to usher in the holiday season. Christmas trees and lavish decorations festoon the mansions, once homes to prominent families of Newport, Rhode Island. You’ll find Nutcracker performances, dinner parties, and music events that lead right up to New Year’s Eve.

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Preview: Treated Like Royalty at “The Deacon” Bed & Breakfast

Note: The Deacon has since closed.

You’ll find the Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed & Breakfast located just off the heart of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, a waterfront community poised for romantic getaways, couples retreats, and destination weddings. Locally, this charming inn is referred to as simply, “The Deacon.”

To say I received a warm welcome to the Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed & Breakfast and the Old Saybrook community is an understatement. I was truly treated like royalty!

But right now, my story is in progress. I wanted to share this preview with you to pique your interest. If you would like to receive notification when I post the story, complete the sign-up form below and you’ll be among the first to know!

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Luxury Lifestyle: The Newport Mansions Decorated for Christmas

The Newport Mansions at Christmas

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Scenes from the Gilded Age

A visit to Newport, Rhode Island is incomplete without seeing the Newport Mansions at Christmas.  There are ten incredible estates that The Preservation Society of Newport County maintains year-round. Guests may explore independently or follow guided tours by a headset.

Of course, the mansions are a “must-see” at any time of year, and especially nice as part of a romantic getaway to Rhode Island.

Through the holiday season, though, four mansions are open daily to visitors: The Breakers, Rosecliff, The Elms, and Marble House. Each was once a private residence for the well-to-do, including famous families like the Vanderbilts, who retreated to the mansions’ grandeur along the cool shores of Rhode Island for summer months.

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A Visit to Bethel Maine

Winter Scenes from the Mountain Village of Bethel Maine

Bethel, Maine is a charming New England town I visit each year to meet friends who ski in the area. The quaint mountain village lies between some of the highest mountains in Maine. Winter in Bethel Maine offers ample opportunity for outdoor sports, including alpine skiing and snowboarding, Nordic and cross-country skiing, snowmobile trails, snowshoeing, and more.

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California’s Largest Used and New Book and Record Store [Photo Tour]

In the heart of downtown Los Angeles, I discovered a reservoir of quietude. It’s a peaceful refuge for Creatives and others longing to escape from the city’s frenzied pace, if only for a moment.

I joined the dreamers and writers, book lovers and music enthusiasts, artists and eclectics, and curious travelers who passed through the oversized door on 5th Street.

This oasis was The Last Book Store. Turns out, it’s California’s largest used and new book and record store. It’s also one of the largest independent bookstores in the world.

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My Weekend Stay at the Chatham Tides Inn (Hotel Review)

In a tranquil Cape Cod neighborhood steps from the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find a casual beach resort with comforts of home. Here, a footpath perfumed by beach roses and gentle seagrass invites you to a private beach. Adirondack and lounge chairs wait beside the fixings for a campfire on the beach. You’ll take in panoramic views of Nantucket Sound and Monomoy National Wildlife Preserve. Sound good? Welcome to Chatham Tides where I spent a restorative waterfront weekend in Chatham, Massachusetts.

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High Above “The City of Angels” at Skyspace Los Angeles

The Best Views of Downtown Los Angeles

My daughter, Alison, showed me around L.A. while I visited for her college graduation. Following our excursion to The Last Book Store, we checked out one of the best views of downtown Los Angeles at The OUE Skyspace Los Angeles. It was the perfect pinnacle from which to get a bird’s-eye view of Los Angeles’ expansive cityscape.

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An Off-Season Waterfront Weekend in Sandwich, Cape Cod

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I couldn’t have been happier with the accommodations at this adorable two-bedroom cottage located on East Sandwich beach just steps from the ocean. Owners Tom and Ellen went out of their way to make sure I had everything I needed for an off-season weekend stay at their property, which has breathtaking views of the ocean. This space offers comfort, peace, and privacy, and is ideal as a beachy getaway for 1 to 6 people on- or off-season.

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