Our Very Best Summer Vacation Ideas
The annual summer family vacation is a welcome treat each year, even if you didn't endure the brutal winter that our family experienced. It's a chance to slow down and visit with loved ones as life rushes by, or an excuse to take several mini-getaways in between over-scheduled weeks. As vacation time becomes more precious we want to help ...
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Kids Cooking it up for Their Parents in New Orleans Hotel
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Prime rib anyone? It's on the menu for Brunch, Lunch and dinner at the Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans in the heart of the French Quarter that incidentally has a terrific rooftop salt water pool - ideal after a day sightseeing. The Rib Room is famous for the giant rotisserie and prime rib and for their Sunday Jazz Brunch, when we're tr...
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How to Find the Best Hotel Rates
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As someone who very frequently books hotel stays, I know that prices can fluctuate and vary. There are so many different hotel booking sites that claim to get the best rates, but it can be difficult to know which one is really the best for preferred hotels and dates. At Travel Media Showcase a few weeks ago, I learned about a hotel price ...
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Recipes From The Road: Flavors of Louisiana
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There is something almost magical about Louisiana food. It's such a combination of flavors resulting from the blending of several distinct cultures. Of course, the big debate in Louisiana is "Cajun or Creole"? Just what is the difference? Asking that of a Louisiana native can be the start of a lengthy conversation but, according to Jay Du...
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Louisiana: More than beads and beignets
read more under TMS 2014 Lake Charles, LA
First, my deepest apologies to the State of Louisiana! I confess I never visited before, because... well, I stereotyped! I took New Orleans, with the French Quarter and bawdy Mardi Gras celebrations, and kind of (well, totally) ascribed it to the whole state. I realize now that I was wrong. And I've been missing out for years!
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Pitching Beaumont
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Last week I was one of 64 exhibitors attending Travel Media Showcase in Lake Charles, LA. Travel Media Showcase is a tradeshow that allows destinations to connect with journalists interested in writing about their cities. My booth partner Darragh (from the Port Arthur CVB), and I spoke with over 30 travel writers about what's new, the foo...
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TMS 2013 Rockford, IL
The 2013 Travel Media Showcase conference was held in Rockford, IL from August 20-23. The 70 travel writers and 82 exhibitors networked, went on local area attraction tours, and experienced the best of what Rockford has to offer!
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Perfect 10
June 30, 2014
How to Find the Best Hotel Rates
August 21, 2014
As someone who very frequently books hotel stays, I know that prices can fluctuate and vary. There are so many different hotel booking sites that claim to get the best rates, but it can be difficult to know which one is really the best for preferred hotels and dates. At Travel Media Showcase a few weeks ago, I learned about a hotel price comparison website that compares data from 205+ websites to show you where you can get the best deal.
Recipes From The Road: Flavors of Louisiana
August 18, 2014
There is something almost magical about Louisiana food. It's such a combination of flavors resulting from the blending of several distinct cultures. Of course, the big debate in Louisiana is "Cajun or Creole"? Just what is the difference? Asking that of a Louisiana native can be the start of a lengthy conversation but, according to Jay Ducote of BiteandBooze.com, the simplest way to determine the difference is that Creole cuisine uses tomatoes while proper Cajun food does not. In fact, Creole food is usually called "city food" while Cajun cuisine is known as "country food."
Kids Cooking it up for Their Parents in New Orleans Hotel
August 18, 2014
Prime rib anyone? It's on the menu for Brunch, Lunch and dinner at the Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans in the heart of the French Quarter that incidentally has a terrific rooftop salt water pool - ideal after a day sightseeing. The Rib Room is famous for the giant rotisserie and prime rib and for their Sunday Jazz Brunch, when we're treated to the music of Sugar Bear & the Jazz Cats while we feast on shrimp creole over cream cheese grits, Freshly baked biscuits, an omelet with Prime Rib Debris and Eggs Sardou with Creamed Spinach, Artichoke hearts and blue crab. Yum!
Hello, Gator! On a Eco Swamp Tour in the Louisiana Bayous
August 17, 2014
The alligator certainly is. We're on a Pearl River Swamp Eco Tour in the Honey Island Swamp in Slidell on Louisiana's Northshore in St. Tammany Parish, about 40 minutes across Lake Pontchartrain from downtown New Orleans. Our guide, John Royen, who plays jazz piano on Bourbon Street at night, tells us the gators think the marshmallows are turtle eggs. We're relieved to hear they actually are good for their digestion. "I play with the alligators during the day and the lounge lizards at night," he jokes.
On a Culinary Tour of New Orleans with a Former History Teacher
August 15, 2014
So what's the mystery? We're in the so-called Mystery Dining Room at Antoine's in New Orleans, the famous restaurant that has been operated continuously by the same family since 1840, our first stop on a wonderful New Orleans Culinary History Tour through the French Quarter led by former history teacher Naif Shahady.
Farm-To-Table Familty Fun on Martha's Vineyard
August 14, 2014
Fava beans or green beans? What's on the lunch menu all depends on what’s ready for the kids to harvest. Yes, the kids. At the nonprofit Farm Institute on Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts, the local and vacationing kids who attend summer day camp here tend the expansive vegetable garden, gather eggs and care for the animals. Older kids may learn the art of composting and carpentry.
Experiencing Lake Charles, Louisiana #TMSLakeCharles
August 5, 2014
I'm spending the week in Lake Charles, Louisiana for Travel Media Showcase where I will be sharing exciting news out of Experience Kissimmee.
Louisiana: More than beads and beignets
August 14, 2014
First, my deepest apologies to the State of Louisiana! I confess I never visited before, because... well, I stereotyped! I took New Orleans, with the French Quarter and bawdy Mardi Gras celebrations, and kind of (well, totally) ascribed it to the whole state. I realize now that I was wrong. And I've been missing out for years!
An Old-Fashioned Family Crab Boil in Lake Charles, LA
August 14, 2014
Ready to get your hands dirty? Then you are in for a treat. "The sweetest most succulent shell fish that you have ever eaten—more tender than lobster," promises longtime Lake Charles, LA caterer Marilyn Dawdy as she teaches me how to dig into a crab that's been cooked in a traditional Louisiana Fish Boil with shrimp, potatoes and corn. I'm at a Fais-Do-Do, A Cajun Dance party, at Travel Media Showcase and Dawdy, I learn, mid-lesson, is catering the big event for the conference in the Lake Charles Civic Center overlooking Lake Charles.
Review of the L'Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, LA
August 12, 2014
Despite my frequent travel, I've never been to Las Vegas and have never stayed in a casino hotel. Last week, I attended Travel Media Showcase in Lake Charles, Louisiana and stayed at the L'Auberge Casino Resort. Although they do have a fabulous casino, there's also so much for families to do.
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