Come Along with Me to Italy as I Explore with #spglife

I’ve been to Italy before, but I’ve never been to Italy like I will be going to Italy starting this weekend with Starwood and their Starwood Preferred Guest [SPG] member program. SPG just released the 2014 SPG® Member Favorite Hotels & Resorts List — based on SPG Ratings & Reviews and hotel feedback surveys from members around the world — and I will be visiting three of the properties that were awarded with places on that list.

As I travel, I will be learning more about the SPG® Member Favorite Hotels & Resorts List.

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*** The properties I will be a guest in are featured on the SPG® Member Favorite Hotels & Resorts List in the category of The Ultimate 10. ***

Other categories include Best Golf Getaways, Best Beach & Island Retreats, Best Winter Escapes, Best Family Adventures, Best City Experiences, Best Exotic Excursions, Best Small Luxuries, New & Noteworthy, Top 10 China and Top 10 USA Resorts. For a complete list of the winners, visit the site SPG® Member Favorite Hotels & Resorts List.

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How to Spend A Fall Weekend in Massachusetts

Having been born and raised in Vermont, I’m rather partial to New England in the Fall. While I don’t love winter these days, or being cold enough to need more than a sweater — I do love a good crisp, fall morning where I can just see my breath but the sunlight turns the trees into liquid gold and warms my face in the process. Preferably I will also have hot cider in my hands and be on my way to some donuts or pumpkin pie…

So when Massachusetts invited me to spend two nights enjoying the changing leaves in their lovely state I thought that was the perfect way to return to my roots. Just one notch shy of actually enjoying the splendid autumn color in my native Vermont.

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Where to Stay in Vegas: Aria Resort & Casino Sky Suites

I recently had the pleasure of being a guest of MGM Resorts in Las Vegas so I could see what #HowWeVegas means to them, and during that experience I was finally able to understand what all the fuss over Las Vegas is truly about. Since I don’t gamble, every time I had traveled to the city before it had been only for specific work projects. I’d never thought of it as a place I could go to just to indulge and relax.

I stayed at ARIA Resort & Casino in their Sky Suites. But don’t let the casino part throw you. There is A LOT to enjoy at Aria besides gambling.

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#MyAustrianEvening and a Chance to Win Your Own

I’ve only been to Austria once, but it only took one trip for me to fall head over heels in love with the country. It was teaching at the TBU conference that brought me to Innsbruck and then it was a post-conference press trip that took me to Tirol. When I left, after extending my stay once, I vowed I would return, and often. Life had other plans and I have not yet made it back. So when an invitation arrived to experience a bit of Austria here at home in NYC, I could not say no. It might not be as good as going to Austria but any taste is good enough for me. 

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Dreaming of a Getaway to Panama City Beach

Let me be clear about one thing, if there’s a beach, I’m in. So it isn’t unusual that after two trips to Florida in 2014, I still haven’t had enough. I’m dreaming about a return.

When I saw that some of my fellow travel bloggers had recently been to Panama City Beach, along the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida, I was intrigued. It’s not a destination I had previously considered. But then I saw these photos…

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