20Nov

Chilling Out in Mesa at Fushsia

Fushsia

  My visit to Mesa was so relaxing.  Yoga in the desert, tea at the Ritz Carlton, a morning hike, time to go shopping and even a visit to a spa called Fushsia.  The spa trip was unexpected and certainly welcome.  My regular life at home is pretty hectic and there is not much time to focus on myself.  With work, the kids, my husband , my friends and family, my "to-do" list is long and never-ending.  The amount of time I get to spend on myself is minimal.  In the heart of Mesa, a tranquil city in the heart of Arizona, there is a spa that was created Read More

19Nov

A True Travel Adventure: Paddle Boarding on the Salt River

  While recently on a visit to Mesa, Arizona, I was taken on a real adventure: paddle boarding on the Salt River.  I will admit upfront that I did not stand up on the board like you're supposed to.  When we arrived, I was ready to stand up and paddle but was advised by the instructor that the winds were pretty bad and she didn't recommend it as a first-timer.  Looking back, I wish I had tried, but I really enjoyed riding around the river in the middle of the desert on my knees. I took deep breaths, ogled at my surroundings and as I thought about Read More

17Nov

A Culinary Tour of Phoenix and Mesa

First, let me get one thing straight.  I am not a food aficionado.  I have never lived to eat and my eating tastes are narrow.  That is why on my recent trip to Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona, I was shocked to see myself turn into a foodie in the course of the five days I was there. I looked fervently eager to each meal and felt the urge to devour everything that was put in front of me. The food in Phoenix/Mesa is fresh, innovative and mouth-watering.  And I'm from New York, where I've always declared the food is the best in the world!  Go figure. We started Read More

14Nov

Chocolate, Chiles and Plenty of Cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden

This past week I was fortunate to be invited to explore the Desert Botanical Garden while visiting the city of Phoenix, Arizona.  Located in Papago Park, not far from downtown Phoenix, the park is a local gem for any visitor either living in the area or coming from another place, like me.  A “Phoenix Point of Pride,” it's one of only a few botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. And it feels like a museum!  The 20,000 plants from around the world represent 3,931 plant classifications in 139 plant families.  They accurately Read More

13Nov

Ticking an Item off the Bucket List: Hot Air Ballooning in Phoenix, Arizona

hot air ballooning in phoenix arizona

Riding in a hot air balloon as always been on the very top of my bucket list, and I've been dreaming about the experience for years.  So when I was recently visiting the state of Arizona and had the opportunity to go on a sunrise trip, I jumped.  Little did I know that I would have a revelation in the air.  Let me tell you about the flight first. The trip took place above the Sonoran Desert.  I dragged my partner in crime, RoseAnna Schick,  who was not so keen on waking up so early and who had gone previously in Australia.  We were on a very early Read More

12Nov

The Heard Museum in Phoenix: Colorful, Illuminating and Historical

Yesterday I went to the Heard Museum, a museum dedicated to the myriad cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest.  I have to admit that my knowledge of this diverse and large group of people is narrow and I was eager to explore the museum and take it all in.  Open since 1929 and located right downtown, the Heard is not only a history lesson but it's a salute and homage to Native Americans.  It also gives Indian artists a place to display their work.  We happened to be there during an outdoors Spanish Market, a large festival displaying work Read More

11Nov

Staying in the Heart of Phoenix

Klimpton Hotel Palomar

Like every other New Yorker, I've had a tough few weeks.  First I was sick for a week.  Then along came Hurricane Sandy which took away our power for 10 days and certainly didn't help me heal quickly.  Then we got hit with a snow storm.  Back in August, I met the people from the Greater Phoenix and Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau and they invited me on a press trip that was set to take place this weekend.  I was never going to cancel but I have wondered how I would actually ever get myself here this weekend. But yesterday at 5am, I left my house Read More