November 24, 2016

The Best Travel Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Planning a trip for the holidays?  Or maybe you want to plan ahead for 2017 and don't have time to sort through all of the deals that are available this holiday season?  

Be sure to check out my top Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel related deals available for 2016-2017 on Hotels, Vacation Packages, Cruises, Flights, Disney, Legoland and much more!  

November 11, 2016

Enjoy the Holiday Season at Disney California Adventure

The holiday season kicks off this year at the Disneyland Resort starting November 10, 2016 and will continue through January 8, 2017.  You can expect to see all of the great holiday decorations, holidays parades and enjoy the festive atmosphere, as similar to years past, but starting this year Disney California Adventure Park joins in on the holiday festivities in a bigger way than before. 

Disney California Adventure will debut the Festival of Holidays where you'll be invited to come celebrate heartwarming holiday festivities inspired by cultural traditions from around the world.  You'll enjoy the holiday atmosphere and share in delicious food and drink, fun craft making and the universal language of music and dance.

September 30, 2016

Visit the Statue of Liberty

No visit to New York City is complete without a trip to the one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Statue of Liberty.  The Statue of Liberty National Monument welcomes thousands of visitors daily, with your ticket including access to Liberty Island, Ellis Island and a round-trip Boat Cruise on the Hudson River.

September 28, 2016

See Forever at the One World Observatory

The One World Observatory at One World Trade Center offers visitors spectacular views from the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and 4th tallest in the world.  

September 27, 2016

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

The Top of the Rock Observation Deck crowns the famous 30 Rockefeller Plaza building, also known as the Comcast Building, a 1933 Art Deco skyscraper.  The Comcast Building, formerly known as the the RCA and GE Building, is most famous for housing the NBC television network headquarters.  The building rises an impressive 850 feet making it one of the tallest in New York City.  The 70-story building is the 14th tallest in New York City and stands 400 feet shorter than the Empire State Building.

September 26, 2016

Review: Andaz Wall Street

The Andaz Wall Street is located in New York’s prime financial district area at the corner of Wall and Water streets and is steps away from the New York Stock Exchange and next to offices of various Fortune 500 companies.

August 29, 2016

Review: Park Hyatt New York

The Park Hyatt New York is a luxury hotel that opened in 2014, occupying the lower 25 floors of a super tall skyscraper, the One57 building.  The building is home to 92 luxurious condominium units on top of the 210 rooms of the Park Hyatt hotel.  This hotel is Hyatt's flagship Park Hyatt property globally and from our recent stay here it is not hard to see why it holds that distinction.

The One57 Building

August 19, 2016

The Empire State Building Experience

Visiting the Empire State Building:
The Empire State Building, located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, is one of the most recognizable and iconic landmarks in the world. Built in 1931 during the Great Depression and at the peak of the skyscraper craze, the 103-story limestone building opened after only thirteen months of construction. The framework rose at an astonishing rate of four and a half stories per week, making the Empire State Building the fastest-rising skyscraper ever built.

Review: Hyatt Times Square New York

We recently had the pleasure of visiting New York for the first time and got to take in all of the great things New York City has to offer from hotel accommodations, tourist attractions, restaurants and much more.

I plan on reviewing all aspects of our trip, including the hotels we stayed at and plan on offering tips on visiting the main attractions in New York City. 

First up is a look at the hotel we stayed at for the beginning part of our trip, the Hyatt Times Square New York.

August 4, 2016

Review: JetBlue Credit Cards from Barclaycard

We recently had the pleasure of visiting New York for the first time and got to take in all of the great things New York City has to offer.  I plan on reviewing all aspects of our trip, but first up is our experience on JetBlue and booking award flights which helped us save a lot of money.

If you're a frequent JetBlue flyer or are planning a trip to a location that JetBlue flies to, it would be a good idea to consider applying for one of the JetBlue co-branded credit cards from Barclays Bank.

July 15, 2016

Review: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

If you're looking to plan a trip to Disneyland for Mickey's Halloween Party or for the 2016 Holiday Season, staying at one of the Disney hotels has its perks and advantages.  Room rates tend to run high for the Disney hotels when compared to other area hotels, but the location, convenience and amenities offered cannot be overlooked.  We recently stayed at one of the Disney hotels for the first time earlier this year and have a feeling we'll be back here for our next trip.  

Read more for my review of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and the reasoning on why you should consider this hotel for your next trip to Disneyland.

July 14, 2016

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

Mickey's 2016 Halloween Party:
The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues through September 5, 2016 and as soon as that is over, Disneyland will be rolling out the decorations for the Halloween season.  The Halloween Season at Disneyland will return this year from September 9 through October 31, including 17 nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party.  

June 2, 2016

Visitor's Guide to the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located in Long Beach, CA on Rainbow Harbor and is one of the largest aquariums in the world.  The Aquarium features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species in various exhibits ranging in size and capacity.  The exhibits showcase inhabitants and seascapes of the Pacific Ocea, with the the focus of three major permanent galleries, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, sunny Southern California and Baja and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.

June 1, 2016

Review: Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Hotel Overview:
The Hyatt Regency Long Beach has a prime location in Long Beach on the waterfront with dining, shopping, and entertainment options available all around.  The hotel provides easy access to all of the main area attractions including the Convention Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village and the Pike Entertainment Center.  It would also be a great place to stay pre- or post-cruise if heading out from the Long Beach cruise/ferry terminal.   

May 30, 2016

Guide to Character Dining Options at Disneyland (Updated)

If you're interested in a character dining experience during your next trip to Disneyland, the guide below will help you learn more about the details you'll want to know for each dining experience that is offered at Disneyland.  

There are five options available for character dining at the Disneyland Resort.  Three of the character dining options are located in each of the Disneyland hotels, one inside Disneyland and one inside Disney California Adventure.