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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

  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

We’ve always been deeply curious about you. Over the years we’ve let you linger in the shadow of Manhattan, never really giving you the full attention you deserve.  We’ve admired the bridge that bears your name and we’ve strolled across it, yet we’ve never fully explored beyond your grand gates. So recently, as we walked along your quiet brownstone lined streets on a cold and rainy January day, we couldn’t help but… Read More

For a Jersey girl, sometimes it’s hard to believe the ease of hopping onto a NJ Transit train bound for New York City.  There is a whole other world above those crowded steps of Penn Station, a world so significantly different than suburbia.  It screams my name.  It begs me to explore.  It keeps me coming back for more. There is only one man I have to thank for this love. His… Read More

I must confess: I’m in love with NYC.  My love grows even stronger in the fall. I always tell Paul that if we accidentally fall into a goldmine, I want a place in NYC…I want the steps, the flowers on the stoop, and my favorite market down the street. Then Paul reminds me we’ve actually fallen face first in a money pit thanks to the precious gift of inheritance.  It is then,… Read More