A few years ago we took the ultimate sampler tour of the United States, adding 9,000 miles to our new Jeep Wrangler in 30 days.  Our coast-to-coast adventure included mostly sleepless nights in the great outdoors, with glorious hotel stays in the big cities in between.  Since it was impossible to fight the ultimate collapse into the lush linens and fluffy pillows of a comfy hotel bed, fatigue often limited our sightseeing…. Read More

We are thrilled to announce that we are now officially Starwood Preferred Platinum guests!  We reached our goal on December 31st, and we are looking forward to our first year of shiny, platinum SPG benefits. So where did we get our final stays in the Countdown to SPG Platinum?  The answer is: New York City and New Orleans.  Two incredibly unique cities.  Two separate blog posts. It is not unusual for us to… Read More

It’s an annual thing now.  Every fall we head down to Carolina to see a Gamecock football game.  Sometimes we fly into Charlotte, other times, Greenville, depending on how convenient Southwest Airlines can make it for us.  Then we rent a car and make the hour or so drive to Columbia.  But this year, we changed it up a little. This time we flew into Charleston to meet up with one of our… Read More

We are well on our way to Platinum!  We made a road trip out of stays 8, 7, and 6 by heading to Philadelphia, Alexandria, and Washington, D.C.! Our first stop was at the Le Meridien Philadelphia, a hotel we love for its unique design and history. Since this hotel used to be a YMCA, it has a character all its own which makes it stand out from other SPG properties. This hotel… Read More

  Until this past weekend, I’d never been to Princeton.  I feel I only have the SAT’s to blame for this… Since I never quite fulfilled my quest for the perfect score with the Educational Testing Service, the terms “Ivy League” were just as foreign to me as the vocabulary words that plagued my young teenage mind in cold classrooms on early Saturday mornings at Manasquan High School.  As a result, places like… Read More

  We invite you to help us express our loyalty to the Starwood Preferred Guest program by following us on our journey towards SPG Platinum status.  If you are not familiar with the Starwood Preferred Guest program, give us a chance to fill you in on how much we love the Starwood hotel chain and how we plan the majority of our trips around “getting a stay” at as many Starwood properties as… Read More

This summer we headed up to Brantford, Ontario to visit Paul’s favorite cousin Mark.  Along the way, we visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, then made a pit stop in Syracuse for a bite to eat and a place to rest our heads, spent the night on a sailboat in Port Dover, and eventually made our way up to Toronto for some sightseeing.  It was a quick, but fun trip, with the… Read More

This July, Paul and I celebrated 5 years of marriage in Aix-en-Provence.  After a week of city living in an apartment in Paris, we boarded a train at Gare de Lyon and headed for the more relaxing part of our vacation: a smaller city in the south of France and a hotel with a pool. Before I begin, I would like to thank Julie, author of the The Provence Post, for all of her help… Read More

After Paris, Paul and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary in the city of Aix-en-Provence.  After a week of doing the lazy and relaxing “eat, sleep, pool-shuffle” in the south of France, we returned home to New Jersey only to pack up our Jeep and set off on a road trip to Canada.  We were only home one whole week!  While we always remain fully equipped to blog during our travels, we don’t always… Read More

I’ll never forget the first time we rented an apartment for a month in Paris.  In the weeks and days before the trip,  I envisioned waking up every morning to the Eiffel Tower out my window and smooth jazz serenading me to sleep each night (think opening track to Woody Allen’s movie “Midnight in Paris”). Then the taxi dropped us off on a tiny side street leading to our temporary home in the 1st Arrondissement (Les Halles)… Read More