Note: Our evening out was provided by Voicebox RiNo. All words mine. Do you get intimidated by the idea of karaoke? I sure do. Recently, however, Voicebox Karaoke in RiNo asked me to bring a group of friends over and I realized it's not as…
Note: Riu Hotels provided my stay, however all words and photos are mine.I was lucky enough to add a day at the beginning and end of my recent trip to Tulum to visit Cancun for the first time - and two Riu resorts: The Riu Palace Peninsula and the Riu Palace Las Americas, which I will cover in another post. I know - it's crazy that we often visit Mexico and I have never been to this hub, right? What I discovered is how EASY it is from Denver. I got early morning direct flights to Cancun, a quick shuttle ride and I was on the beach by mid-afternoon. I'll be honest, Cancun has always intimidated me because of its "party" reputation. We, of course, like to have fun and go out a lot ... but we aren't interested in an insanely wild location (usually, ha). Maybe during Spring Break Cancun is a bit different, but I found the Riu hotels we visited to be exactly what I was looking for. Luxury for adults-only, on the beach, with good food and amenities - plus a nice, friendly atmosphere.
Note: Tourisme Quebec provided this trip, however, all words and photos are mine (unless noted).Last year I attended 97 concerts, and in that tally - music festivals were counted as just one. When Tourisme Quebec asked me to join them in Montréal for a "festival a day" over one long weekend, I knew I could do it - but that I would be sad not to have more time at each one. That suspicion proved to be correct as we trekked all over the city at breakneck speed. Verdict: I can't wait to go back and spend more time in Montréal! While Canada turned 150 this year, Montréal stretches back 375 years with a culture that combines First Nation, French and English history. Locals speak French first and foremost but easily switch to English when they realize the only words you may know are "bonjour" and "merci." But even above and beyond affinity for French, Montréal has a passion for the arts. It's apparent everywhere, and most especially in how they chose to celebrate their birthday. I was in town during the world-famous International Jazz Festival, and my lovely hotel was within walking distance - so I did get to that particular festival more than once.
But there are hundreds of events going on all year, every year, so check out Alive 375 and the Montréal Tourism site for things to do every day.
Photo by Jean-François LeblancHere are the festivals we attended over our four days. Take a deep breath... it's a lot!
Note: Universal Studios Orlando provided two of our six tickets to the park. However, all words and images are mine.Yes, I will admit it. Our original goal in visiting Universal Studios was 100% Harry Potter. We went with our Denver "framily" and all six of us are serious fans, including the newly-indoctrinated nine year old. With the lead up to the first book's 20th anniversary, our Potterfever was at all all time high when we visited Florida for Spring Break this year. What we realized: There is so much more to Universal Studios than Harry Potter. Here are some advice from all of us to make your trip more fun.
Tips for visiting Universal Studios Orlando in Florida
Note: This post is sponsored by AT&T but all words and photos are mine.Colorado. Mountains. Winter. Snow. Fun. They just go together. One of my favorite places for all these together is “The Legend”, Arapahoe Basin. For 20+ years I’ve been riding in Colorado, and A-Basin has always been the place I enjoy most. I’m certain a lot of it is personal preference, but I like how it's not the posh and polished apres ski focused village. It's where you go when you want to find out what you can really ride, and enjoy friends looking to find the same. I’ve sat on the lifts with random ski dogs (literally, furry fun-loving dogs), and relaxed at the base, aka "The Beach," grilling hotdogs with new pals I just met.
OK, yeah, so... 2016 doesn't seem like the Broncos' year. But they are rebuilding, right? Not that I even know what I am talking about since I an about as unknowledgeable about sports as they come. But one thing I *do* know about: BRUNCH! It's pretty much my favorite thing if you follow our Swarm check-ins. We were thrilled when The Palm Denver invited us to check out their Broncos brunch recently, and ride the football bus over to the game. Of course, it happened to be the coldest day of the year so far, but we didn't mind. We'd sampled the Bloody Mary bar and dressed warm - plus the atmosphere on the bus was cozy.