Visit New Orleans: Celebrating 300 years of History, Art, and Music

Happy Tricentennial Birthday New Orleans!

My first visit to New Orleans was Mardi Gras (1999) and I have returned a few more times for Thanksgiving and festivals. Every visit is a great time filled with fun, food, history, and entertainment.

2018 marks the tricentennial birthday for New Orleans and I could not pass up the opportunity to celebrate the big 3-0-0!

First-time visitors typically stick to the top 5 activities, which are a very good place to start, and revisit anytime in New Orleans. Continue reading “Visit New Orleans: Celebrating 300 years of History, Art, and Music”

Weekend Festival along the Pork Highway in Guavate, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has some pretty epic annual festivals like San Sebastian in Old San Juan every January, and there are plenty of other activities year round including the unofficial pork festival every weekend at Guavate!

View of Highway 184 in Guavate, Puerto Rico
 View of Highway 184 in Guavate, Puerto Rico

Every Saturday and Sunday the main road through Guavate transforms from sleepy little town to party central. Guavate is the home of Lechonera, these are food stalls and restaurants that feature roasted pork, so much so this area of Puerto Rico is known as the Pork Highway. Located in the mountains of Puerto Rico, the best way to visit the pork highway is from the town of Caguas, then head East on highway 184.

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Visit Puerto Rico; What You Need to Know and Why You Should Come after Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria pounded Puerto Rico September 2017, and while the full recovery is expected to take years, many island attractions are open now with more improvements every day. Continue reading “Visit Puerto Rico; What You Need to Know and Why You Should Come after Hurricane Maria”

Best of Downtown Tempe, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona is home to Arizona State University and located in the heart of the Valley of the Sun.  I am no stranger to Tempe, graduating from both high school and University. Many years later, I am back to walk down memory lane and explore my hometown. Tempe is no longer just a college town in the shadow of Phoenix and Scottsdale, this little town has grown up!  Offering an amazing variety of excellent independent restaurants, shops, and activities, Tempe is a wonderful blend of modern and hip fitting along the rich history of the town.Best of Downtown Tempe AZ

Visiting twice in the last two months, I have discovered some new and wonderful activities and am reminded of the spots that are better than ever.  Here are my recommendations for the Best of Downtown Tempe Activites, Shopping, and Dining. Continue reading “Best of Downtown Tempe, Arizona”

Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Resort Miami, Florida

Lapis Spa is a tropical wonderland of spa goodness located in the Fontainebleau resort in Miami, Florida.  This adults only (18 years and over) luxury spa is exactly what I needed recently.  Lapis spa has been on my spa wish list for awhile, so when I unexpectedly ended up in Miami, it was too good to pass up.  Much to my delight, I was able to reserve a same day Saturday appointment.Lapis Spa Fontainebleau resortI really needed spa time so I gave myself a quick tour, taking a few photos and videos, then I got down to the business of relaxing.

The spa is gorgeous!  The spa is located entirely inside, with large windows for natural light and palm trees in view.  Continue reading “Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Resort Miami, Florida”