The Westin Excelsior Florence

During our time in Florence we stayed at the Westin Excelsior Florence. We stayed there during our trip to Italy in 2007 and had absolutely loved the beautiful suite we had for three glorious days. And while we didn't have a suite this time, our room, as well as the hotel in general, is in a really great location, the rooms are amazing and the views of the Arno river are gorgeous. Would you … [Read more...]

Indianapolis Restaurant Highlight – Spoke & Steele

I had an amazing weekend in Indianapolis with the #ExperienceBuick crew, checking out the NCAA Semi-final and Championship games was unbelievable. But you know me.  I am all about the food.  We had really great meals throughout the weekend, but I wanted to highlight one meal in particular because it was exceptional. I am not a huge fan of hotel restaurants. There are exceptions (hello … [Read more...]

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