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  • Whether you’re empty nesters celebrating your newfound freedom or someone just looking for a great destination where you can unplug and while away the afternoons together, I may have found the Holy Grail in an Elkhart Lake vacation. As we drove past vast, wide open spaces on the one hour drive from Milwaukee airport, I could literally feel my shoulders drop and my breaths lengthen. Within minutes of arriving on the lakefront, I knew this…

  • There’s so much more to LA than double-decker tour buses packed with tourists hoping to get a glimpse of a celebrity home. From hiking the canyons to seeing the off-the-beaten-path museums, here’s where you’ll want to hang out with the locals. See: Santa Monica Beach is the tourist hotspot so you’ll want to rent a bike and ride along the oceanfront path for some gorgeous views. Head to Venice Beach for some of the world’s…

  • Wondering what to do in Costa Mesa California? I was invited by the Costa Mesa tourism folks to explore the “City of the Arts.” I wasn’t really sure what to expect, thinking it was just another suburb of LA, but as I would soon see, I was pleasantly surprised by this surprising upscale, arts enclave. I stayed at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio property under the Marriott brand, and realized it’s…

  • As America’s oldest city filled with historic charm, St. Augustine, is known for its romantic getaways. Couples flock to the city to get married, celebrate anniversaries, and just rekindle the romance. From the quaint cobblestone streets to the charming shops and cafes to tourist attractions that showcase the city’s history, St. Augustine has something for everyone. St. Augustine, America’s Oldest City Located just 30 minutes south of Jacksonville, St. Augustine was founded in 1565 by Spanish…

  • I’ve always thought that North Florida has the most beautiful beaches in all of the state. Perhaps in all of the U.S.  I’m talking wide, powdery, white sand beaches. And Atlantic Beach, just north of Jacksonville, has one of the best Florida hotels offering a truly luxurious beach vacation experience. Despite living just a few miles inland, my husband and I would often just sneak away for a night or two to enjoy a luxury…

  • Have you ever been traveling to a destination and you can slowly feel your breaths lengthen and your shoulders drop? You know, the kind of getaway that is going to force you to unplug and just enjoy a few laid back afternoons together as empty nesters. I recently felt this calmness on the short one hour drive from the Milwaukee airport to Elkhart Lake, a region that feels more like Mayberry than the mayhem of…