Concert Photos from Lost Lake Festival Phoenix 2017
Oct 2017
24

Photos: Lost Lake Festival Phoenix Day One

The people behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands (as well as another festival coming to Denver next year) have created a new event in Phoenix called Lost Lake – not to be confused with our local dive bar Lost Lake.

Lost Lake, the festival, attracted over 45,000 attendees in its first year to see over 50 performances. Headliners included The Killers, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer and Odesza. I was thrilled to photograph the 3-day extravaganza that also highlighted local chefs, breweries, and artists.

Having attended many music festivals, I was super impressed with Lost Lake’s organization and staff. The three stages were nicely stacked one after the other so you could easily flow back and forth, with food and drinks lined up along the way. Cell service was a little spotty – much like it always is when you cram that many people in one place – but you could hang out in sponsor Miller Lite‘s pop-up bar to charge your phone, upload photos and, oh yeah, chug beer.

People warned me the weather would be scorching hot in Phoenix, and sure it was warm, but 80s-90s is perfect for music spectating – especially in October as the temperatures start to drop here in Denver.

Beyond that – the lineup was insane. As with any good music festival, I discovered new (to me) bands that I now love like Striking Matches and Playboy Manbaby… and just as I expected, groups like Haim and Pixies plain old killed it. Thanks for the fun, Lost Lake and Superfly – we’ll be back next year!

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Tulum Mexico Luxury Hotel
Oct 2017
04

Tulum Mexico Hotel – La Zebra: Luxury in the Heat

I just returned from Mexico and it’s exactly what I needed. Rest, relaxation, sun, great food, drink and, most importantly, friends.

The lovely Andrea was about to turn 40 years old and had a terrific idea. “How about I gather as many gals as possible from around the world to a beautiful beach?” I had been to Tulum several times before and it’s one of my favorite places in the world – and Andrea is one of my favorite people in the world – so, of course, the answer was a resounding yes.

Lucky for us, Andrea did the legwork for the trip and found our hotel in Mexico and took care of the logistics. We stayed at the gorgeous La Zebra, about 20 minutes from the ruins. It’s a small luxury hotel and restaurant right on the beach, where rooms have splash pools and beautiful views. (I spent most of the day alternating between the pool and the ocean … my idea of heaven.) Continue reading…

Montreal Festival - Quebec Canada Travel
Aug 2017
30

A Festival a Day to Celebrate Montréal’s 375th Anniversary

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.

Montreal International Jazz Festival - Photo by Jean-François Leblanc

Photo by Jean-François Leblanc

Here are the festivals we attended over our four days.
Take a deep breath… it’s a lot!
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Tips for Universal Studios Florida - Family Travel
Jun 2017
28

Universal Studios Orlando Florida Tips: It’s Not Just Harry Potter!

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

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Travel to Boise for Treefort Music Festival
May 2017
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Treefort Music Festival is a Great Way to Discover Boise (Concert Photos)

Note: My trip was sponsored by Visit Boise. However, all words and images are mine.

I had heard of Treefort Music Festival in recent years because Denver bands have been steadily playing it, and speaking highly of it. I was thrilled when the Boise Visitor’s Bureau asked me to come in, cover the festival and explore what the city had to offer.

Treefort Music Festival - Boise Travel

Boise is a small city nestled in the Idaho mountains, with a ton of charm. Its population is approaching 225,000 – so there is enough hustle and bustle to feel the energy but not so much to be overwhelmed. Especially “during Treefort time,” a phrase I heard many locals say as they met up for drinks before bands started each day. Continue reading…