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Tulum Mexico Luxury Hotel

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.)
Montreal Festival - Quebec Canada Travel

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!
Universal Studios Florida - Harry Potter

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

Tips for visiting Universal Studios Florida - Family Travel
Travel to Boise for Treefort Music Festival

Treefort Music Festival is a Great Way to Discover Boise

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.
Great Wold Lodge Colorado Springs - Family Travel Fun

Family Fun at Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs

Note: Our stay was sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge. However, all words and images are mine.
We had never been to a Great Wolf Lodge before they asked a bunch of Colorado bloggers to visit for the opening weekend of their Colorado Springs resort a few months ago. They chose the Centennial State as their 15th location and I had always heard it was a vacation all in of itself, with the water park as the front and center attraction... but I didn't realize there was really so much more to do. Great Wolf Lodge - Colorado Springs Family Travel

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

Yes, of course, we loved the large indoor water park (with nearby pool bar) that includes a huge water tree fort (Colorado style) and various water slides for various ages. My teen's favorite was the Wolf Tail, a tube where the floor literally drops out from underneath you. My 47-year-old self was happy to sit in the wave pool and watch all that business from afar. Very far afar.
Tips for 24 Hours in Paris - Travel

24 Hours in Paris: Plan The Perfect Day!

When I attended the Web Summit in Lisbon last year, I was having trouble getting a straightforward flight. So, I decided to take advantage of the proximity to other countries in Europe plus the fact that I had never been to France, and route myself…
AT&T increases network coverage at Arapahoe Basin ski resort in Colorado

Calling Down the Mountain with AT&T and Arapahoe Basin

Note: This post is sponsored by AT&T but all words and photos are mine.
AT&T Coverage at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort in Colorado 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.

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