Traverse City Wine and Beer Fun

Traverse City wine and beer

There are many things that make Traverse City, Mich., unique, but the main one is possibly geography. Its location near the 45th Parallel makes it a great spot for produce, particularly of the grape variety. Just north of the city at the tip of the Mission Peninsula is the 45th Parallel, halfway between the North Pole and the Equator and a perfect spot for wine. Yes, Traverse City wine and beer are some of the highlights of a visit.

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When is the Best Day to Book Airfare?

best day to book airfare

I’ve heard this question asked so many times, and it’s something I used to wonder about, especially when booking flights for major trips when saving $100 here or there can make a big difference. My personal experience as well as what I’ve read over and over is that Tuesday is the best day to book airfare. But what if that time-tested truth is actually false? I recently read that Sunday is the best day to book airfare.

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Five Reasons to Visit San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico, probably isn’t at the top of lists for travelers looking for a beach destination. But ever since some friends honeymooned in Puerto Rico several years ago, the island has been in the back of my mind as a place I wanted to visit. This summer, when trying to decide on a family beach destination, it seemed like the right time to give Puerto Rico a try. These five reasons to visit San Juan, Puerto Rico might have you considering it, too.

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Travel in Books: Finding Inspiration on Page

travel in books

A schooner like this one in the West Traverse Bay at Traverse City is one of the main characters in Dennis’ book.

Many things have changed for our family through the years when we travel, but one constant that has remained from our pre-kid days to today when we travel with an energetic 8-year-old boy is our desire to visit bookstores. We love bookstores when we travel about as much as we enjoy sampling local food. And the more crowded the shelves are with rare books or locally set stories the better. I’ve always enjoyed finding travel in books, especially when it’s a destination I’ve just discovered or one I dream about visiting one day.

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In Pictures: Discovering Old San Juan

Old San Juan

Puerto Rico is a little bit of the Caribbean, a dash of old Spain, a little bit of America and lots of salsa goodness. Yes, Puerto Rico is technically part of the United States, but it’s also a world away. On one hand walking the streets of Old San Juan you feel like you’re in a different country, a place where the Caribbean rules in all its color. But on the other hand, it felt so close to home. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a world that is alive with color and fun.

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Exploring the World of MGM Resorts Las Vegas

MGM Resorts

The sunset beyond the Las Vegas Strip made the balcony in our suite at The Signature at MGM Grand a great addition.

Here is what I think: When visiting Las Vegas, there are a few ways to go about lodging. Stay in one of the older casinos in Downtown Las Vegas where you can take in the craziness of Fremont Street. Stay off Strip somewhere. After all, Las Vegas is a big city with so much more to offer than just gambling and the Strip. Or, you can stay right in the heart of the gaming, parties and silliness right along the Las Vegas Strip. I’m not saying there is a right or wrong way to do it, but staying in one of several properties of MGM Resorts Las Vegas worked for us.

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Seven Reasons to Visit Traverse City

Seven Reasons to Visit Traverse City

Finding the right destination for a traveling family can be difficult. Each family member probably has his or her own unique interests, and it can be tricky to find a place that keeps everyone happy. When we traveled to Traverse City, Mich., in September I knew we would find a good mix of natural beauty, shopping, water sports, food and wine to keep our family of three happy. Unsure if the northern shores of the lower peninsula of Michigan is the right spot for your family? These seven reasons to visit Traverse City might help make the decision.

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Should You Visit Las Vegas With Kids?

Las Vegas with kids

One of many swimming pools at the MGM Grand would keep any family occupied for days.

My wife and I have just returned from an action-packed several days in Las Vegas with our friends, a group trip to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, our vow renewal and friendships. There were 12 adults and no children. And honestly, it was pretty weird for Stacey and I. We travel frequently, almost always with our son. I’m not opposed to visiting Las Vegas with children; in fact, I might just be in favor of it. But should you visit Las Vegas with kids? That’s a question I can’t answer for others. But my observations might help you decide.

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We’re Getting Married by Elvis in Las Vegas

Married by Elvis in Las Vegas

Photo Courtesy of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Yes, the ceremony is booked! It’s hard to believe, but finally after all these years we’re getting married by Elvis in Las Vegas. At 7 p.m. sharp on a quickly approaching Friday in The Little Vegas Chapel on the Strip we’ll stand in front of Elvis to say I do … with four friends doing the same. What else would you expect from a group of friends from Memphis all visiting Las Vegas for the first time? I think a triple vow renewal with Elvis at a little chapel on the Strip sounds about right.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Three-Hour Guide

Sleeping Bear Dunes

The biggest challenge to cramming as many activities as possible into a small window of time is actually being able to enjoy everything on the itinerary. On our recent three-day visit to the Traverse City, Mich., area, we were faced with this situation as we wanted to experience as much of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as possible, while also visiting other attractions along the Leelanau Peninsula. So in our attempt to experience the beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in just a few hours, we followed this Sleeping Bear Dunes three-hour guide.

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