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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Musee d’Orsay and Paris in the 19th Century – Context Travel Paris Tour

Usually, the day when Mr. Misadventures and I arrive in Paris we arrive at our hotel, shower, go out for a meal and end up in bed at around 5/6 pm.  We are beat from our flight, but in reality, we are wasting precious hours.  For our trip this past June, we had a traveling companion, a friend of Mr. Misadventures, so we wanted to make sure that he got to enjoy every single hour of Paris while we … [Read more...]

Trip Report – Portland for the weekend

I have been trying to get Mr. Misadventures to a spot in Oregon for a while now.  He love Seattle and the San Juan Islands, so I knew he would be just as fond of Portland.  My plan had been to go in September, but the weekend we selected was the same as Feast Portland, and while we are huge foodies, hotel availability was a challenge so I pushed our trip into October.  The later you go in the … [Read more...]

Valley of Fire State Park Redux (but in Macro!)

Last August I visited the Valley of Fire State Park with Mr. Misadventures.  It was 110 degrees.  I took photos, but I didn't leave the car much... This past December we planned a return trip for the Spring thinking it would be cooler.  So not knowing that I would be staying in Vegas for two weeks working back-to-back tradeshows, we planned a weekend where we would stay at the Element and do … [Read more...]

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You know most of these tips I provide are because of little misadventures that I myself have done!  I can tell you from first hand experience (last Friday morning in fact) that 6:00 a.m. after a restless night sleep when you have a flight to catch is not the moment to be frantically searching for the hair dryer. If there are amenities that you are going to need first thing in the morning (like an … [Read more...]

Gastronomic London: Context Travel London Tour

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Travel Tip Thursday – Pointers on Using Starwood Hotel Points

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Misadventures in Key West

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