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Weekend in Coral Gables, Florida

Are you looking for a warm weather getaway?  Perhaps a nice place to relax poolside, choose from a wide variety of cuisines, even a bit of shopping, in a bike-friendly and very walk-able community?

Throw in a dazzle of 1920’s vintage charm, and you have Coral Gables.

Located within the Miami-Dade county of Florida, and a short drive from the Miami International Airport (MIA), Coral Gables was the perfect relaxing weekend getaway. Continue reading Weekend in Coral Gables, Florida

Guerlain Spa Review at the Plaza Hotel New York City

In March 2017, Guerlain Spa relocated from the Waldorf Astoria to the Plaza hotel in New York City.  Just a few weeks after relocation, I booked a facial for an afternoon pick-me up spa treatment and to check out the newly open location.Guerlain Spa Review Plaza Hotel in NYC Continue reading Guerlain Spa Review at the Plaza Hotel New York City

Beginner’s Guide for Americans Visiting the UK

Traveling to England was my first real foreign travel, and my first real solo trip.  During college, I went to Mexico and the Bahamas with friends, but since I did not get a stamp in my passport it never seemed foreign (enough).  Traveling to the UK is a rite of passage for many Americans, usually following high school or college graduation.  Like me, it is often the first stamp in our passport and we finally get to travel abroad by crossing the pond, aka Atlantic Ocean.  The UK is notoriously expensive, but it is a great destination to take off those travel training wheels and start to explore this big, beautiful world.  Warning – I have made this crossing many times over the last 20 years and it is absolutely to blame for my wanderlust now.

As I find myself back in England after an eight year break, I am reminded of everything that I wish I knew before my first trip to Merry ole England.  Here is my Beginner’s Guide to London/UK, specifically for Americans. Continue reading Beginner’s Guide for Americans Visiting the UK

St Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico Review

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is the only Five Diamond resort property on the island of Puerto Rico.

I have been to the St. Regis Bahia resort Spa several times, but this was our first overnight stay at the property.  I booked a 4 day, 3 night reservation over Thanksgiving weekend, which also happens to be our Anniversary.  November is still considered off-peak for tourist season, which officially kicks off mid-December through April. Continue reading St Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico Review

Isla Verde, Puerto Rico

Outside of San Juan, just a few minutes from the Airport, is beautiful Isla Verde district of Carolina, Puerto Rico.  Close enough to Old San Juan for the tourists, convenient for business in San Juan city center, and perched on the northern coast beach.  We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott, but any of the beach front hotels in Isla Verde or Condado are a good choice.  The area is a popular destination for business conventions, family vacations, and weekend getaways from the Mainland South and East Coast cities.

Isla Verde and Condado, Puerto Rico
Isla Verde and Condado, Puerto Rico

A rental car is not necessary, but Enterprise rental car is down the block for any island adventures outside of San Juan.

Beach gazebos
Beach gazebos

The beaches are clean with perfect temperature water year round.  All beaches are open to the public and there are many beach gazebos and facilities.

Unlike many islands in the Caribbean, we did not see any vendors on the beach. It was pleasant not to be disturbed by t-shirt sellers and various hawkers.

Each of the resorts offer beach chairs and umbrellas to guests.  There are jet ski rentals and surf schools all along the beach.

Isla Verde Courtyard Marriott
Isla Verde Courtyard Marriott pools and beach front

Isla Verde offers plenty of delicious, local restaurants walking distance from the beach.

Can-Can pork chop from Platos
Can-Can pork chop from Platos

After extensive research, I am happy to report that Platos Restaurant serves excellent pork and the best Pina Colada in San Juan (even better than Barrachina – home of the Pina Colada!).  Other local restaurants worth eating at are Piu Bella, Metropol, and Las Canarias Bakery (24 hour bakery, serving sandwiches & breakfast).

My favorite spot to read
My favorite spot to read