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5 Tips for Viewing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Since 2005 it has been a tradition for my mom and I to meet in New York City during the holidays. We’d shop and sip eggnog lattes at Starbucks in the Trump Tower on 5th Avenue, see the Rockettes’ famous high kicks and admire the massive glittering tree in Rockefeller Center as skaters glided by …

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The Non-Gamblers Guide to Las Vegas

Vegas is synonymous with blackjack, scantily clad women, and nights out clubbing that evoke the phrase “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” A go-to destination for the girlfriend getaway and the ultimate bachelor party, it’s easy to forget (or not even discover) that there’s more to Sin City than gaming tables, drinking, and neon. …

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Beach Bummin’ at The Shores Resort & Spa

I was happy to end an extremely busy 4-city trip through the US at Daytona’s The Shores Resort & Spa. And aside from literally getting my heart – and the NASCAR I was driving – racing at the Daytona International Speedway, I was more than happy to do nothing more than plant my bum on …

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Drivers…and Jennifer…Start Your Engines!

I’m not a NASCAR fan. Truthfully, I’ve only been to one NASCAR race and that was because Tim got free tickets for volunteering at Phoenix International Raceway. And anything else I know about NASCAR is based on (a probably not very accurate) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. But I like fast cars and …

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You Know You Love Me – XOXO, The Empire Hotel

I’ll admit it – I’m a Gossip Girl fan. When Sex and the City ended, I was aching for something to replace it. Gossip Girl had many of the same elements: fashion and New York City as characters themselves. And “The Empire Hotel”, Chuck Bass’ hotel and Upper West Side home, played its own role. …

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Doing Barrel Rolls in a Bi-Plane Over Hoover Dam

I’ve seen Hoover Dam a hundred times. We made the drive out there and did the Dam Tour with every visitor we had over the course of the five years that we lived in Las Vegas. But I’ve never seen Hoover Dam like this – upside down while strapped in to the open cockpit of …

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A Slice of New York at Pizza a Casa

Visit the Empire State Building? Been there. Stroll through Central Park? Done that. If you’re looking for something different to do on your next visit to New York City, the head to Pizza a Casa Pizza School in Lower Manhattan. There’s nothing like a New York slice (it’s a NYC food icon, after all!) and …

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Afternoon Tea at the Mandarin Oriental Lobby Lounge

While the ritual of afternoon tea is certainly very British, Britain isn’t the only place to enjoy the centuries-old tradition. New York’s luxury hotels know that sipping tea from bone china and nibbling on dainty tea sandwiches is the best relaxing and luxe way to spend an afternoon in the Big Apple. And now place …

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Un”wine”ding at the Ritz Carlton Chicago Spa

The health benefits of wine are undisputed. Red wine – in moderation, that is – has heart-healthy benefits and doctors say that the antioxidants even help prevent heart disease. The early Europeans were ages ahead in documenting the grape’s health benefits. Greek physician Hippocrates even used wine to treat patients in the 4th century B.C. …

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Flying High on the Flying Trapeze

“What am I thinking?” “Have I lost my mind?” “I’m never going to be able to swing my legs up onto that bar!” “I’m going to look stupid.” That’s what was running through my mind as I pulled myself up each rung of the ladder on my climb up to the 22 foot high platform …

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