30Jul

A Visit to the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

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On a recent visit to Hyde Park in the Hudson Valley, we took our son for a tour of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. It’s a remarkable property was built over a hundred years ago in 1898 by Frederick Vanderbilt, grandson of railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. The tour took us to see about 15-20 rooms of the 50-room Classical style mansion. One of eight heirs to his family’s fortune, Frederick purchased the property in 1895 and hired architect Charles McKim to decorate a “country house” in which the family could entertain guests during the Read More

24Jul

Film Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey, a Tale of Food and Travel

one hundred foot journey

You can't deny the thrill of seeing a film that so beautifully weaves together the things you love most in life. About a month ago, Chef did that so skillfully, weaving together food, social media, humor, travel and great story-telling. I left the theater craving Spanish food and was also hungry for more movies with relevance to the times we are living in. It also made me think more about the life of a chef, something I had never really thought about. I was looking for a another chance to do it again. And here we are. Along came a film that did. Only Read More

04Jul

A Family-Friendly Visit to Palm Springs #DiscoverPalmSprings

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My guess is that when you think of Palm Springs, you think of exotic cocktails, lying by the pool, hiking in the desert, exploring art galleries, dining at retro eateries and nightclubbing with the likes of Frank Sinatra impersonators. Little did you know that the town is actually full of child-friendly spots. Whether you go for a few days or a full week, you won't run out of things to do with the kids. Palm Springs is really easy to get to, as well. It's a mere two-hour drive from Los Angeles, San Diego, Mexico and an easy flight from Phoenix, Read More

03Jul

Sizzling at Macy’s Culinary Council’s Sizzle Showdown #SP

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This past weekend I headed to Macy's for the annual Sizzle Showdown, hosted by their very own Culinary Council. It was an extremely hot day in NYC and I wondered how the contestants would duke it out under the sky's scorching sun. There six budding chefs would compete for a grand prize of $10,000 and a trip to Macy's 4th of July Fireworks to be revealed as America's Grilling Guru. I was invited as a guest of Macy's Culinary Council, a national culinary authority comprising some of the nation's leading culinary master. Launched in 2003, MCC's team of Read More

15Jun

Where You’ll Find Me

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  It's that time of the month again - when I share some of my freelance articles with you. My travels have recently taken me to Philadelphia, on a cruise ship, to the Bahamas, and, as always, all over New York City. One might call me prolific when it comes to travel, but I've also spent time talking to John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars (I'm still dying to see the movie!).  Check out my latest pieces out if you have a minute or two:   Yahoo Travel Kids Can Find a Bit of Hollywood in New York City NYC with Kids This Read More

12Jun

Swimming with the Dolphins in Freeport, Bahamas #BucketList

Swimming with Dolphins

Let's talk about bucket lists. What's on yours? I have so many things on mine....mostly destinations like Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Cambodia. But I also dream about doing things that make me feel brave. Most recently, I took a 40 mile bike ride through NYC's five boroughs. That was brave. This past weekend while traveling in the Bahamas on a solo trip, I decided to have another adventure: swimming with dolphins. It's something I've always wanted to do and there's certainly no time like the present. Dolphins are smart, beautiful creatures and Read More

10Jun

My #SoloTrip to Grand Lucayan in Freeport, Bahamas

Port Lucaya Marketplace

If you're looking for a laid back weekend (and I know you are), you should consider the Grand Lacayan the Grand Bahama Islands.  I've just returned and can honestly say that it's extremely relaxing and a solid, clean resort on a beautiful stretch of land. I spent my days lounging on the beach, wading in the sea, exercising and getting a facial at the  resort's spa, sipping cocktails during sunset on the beach, swimming in the three pools, munching on Caribbean cuisine and reading and writing. As a result, I came back well-rested and ready to take on Read More

07Jun

A (Rare) Solo Traveler

grand bahama island

No, this isn't a book review. I just felt like the image above sums up how I feel about where I am right now. I'm actually on a press trip in the Bahamas at the Grand Lucayan. I decided not to bring any members of my family on this trip largely for financial reasons. I yearned for a trip where I could not only focus on my writing but also seeing things through a different lens. I first became aware of the beauty of solo travel many moons ago while backpacking through Europe after college, when, as Journalism major, I carried a notebook and pen and Read More

27May

A Mother Daughter Night Away at Residence Inn Central Park

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This past weekend my 11-year old daughter and I spent a night at the Residence Inn in Central Park. We had no idea before our arrival that we were headed to North America's tallest hotel! The 68-story building houses some of the best views in the city, without a doubt. The views from our room were simply stunning and it was such fun to point out the surrounding buildings and gaze down at the people and taxis from so far above. You can't feel more New York City than this with such incredible views through windows that surrounded our room facing the Read More

24May

Cross Post: Money Saving Tips for Your Family Cruise

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(This article originally appeared on MiniTime and then Yahoo Travel. I am thrilled to share it with you!) At first glance, cruising appears to be an affordable family vacation option, but it’s important to be aware that cruise lines make the majority of their money from passengers after the ship’s departure. To avoid a big bill at the end of your voyage, we have six tips to help you save money on your next family cruise vacation: Plan Ahead Not only is booking your cruise well ahead of time worth while, but it’s also important to purchase any extras Read More