Pipestone National Monument
August 29, 2014 – 6:52 am | No Comment

While passing through the Southwest corner of Minnesota earlier this summer, an unmistakable brown and white sign reserved for national monuments popped into view: Pipestone National Monument
Located in the town of Pipestone, Pipestone National Monument …

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A Tour of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans
November 18, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

Last month, I posted a story on how football fans traveling to New Orleans for a Saints game can save 15% off regular room rates at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans (simply enter code “FANN” when booking a room online).

IMG_0093As it turns out I was in New Orleans this past weekend to watch the match between the Saints and the Bengals at the Mercedes Benz Superdome and was able to take a quick property tour before the kickoff.

IMG_0082Closed for six years after Hurricane Katrina rocked downtown New Orleans, the hotel that once served as the disaster recovery headquarters has undergone extensive renovations and is proof that the city is back in business.

IMG_0094No longer connected to the Superdome, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans remains about as close to the game as it gets. Included in the FANN promotion is an unlimited pre-game buffet at 8 Block Kitchen & Bar, one of the seven different places you can dine on the property (the buffet also includes a drink of your choice). That said, anyone can enjoy the buffet at 8 Block, whether they have football tickets or not (on non-game days the buffet includes two hours of complimentary valet parking, allowing anyone to enjoy the buffet – you don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy the food).

IMG_0104When you aren’t focused on getting to the game, consider a ride on the street car ($1.25/ride or $3.00/day) located across from the main lobby and the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Plaza on Loyola Avenue.

IMG_0099Supporting the local artist community in the pieces on display throughout the building, make sure to look for the works of Willie Young, a self-taught artist from Dallas as well as pieces listed on the P.3 contemporary art biennial. As you travel up the grand escalators, hurricane lanterns take you on a symbolic journey to the third floor.

IMG_0109Available to hotel guests only is the heated saltwater swimming pool located on the 5th floor rooftop deck. It’s here you may notice some of the hotel’s original rooms typically used to accommodate larger groups (these rooms include a balcony overlooking the entire Bywater Pool Deck and Bar).

IMG_0111Regency Club members will enjoy access to the top-level lounge (for breakfast and evening snacks as well as a comfortable conference room). Also on this level is the Stay Fit athletic club with a breathtaking birds-eye vantage point of downtown New Orleans, the Mississippi River, and the black-and-gold mass gathering outside the Superdome.

IMG_0087Inspired by the world’s first commercial movie theater, Vitascope Hall embraces the philosophy of ‘old made new’ in classic cocktails infused with current trends. Vitascope mixologists use homemade syrups and fresh-squeezed juices in artisan drinks like the Autumn Roux, Street Car Named Loyola, and Jitterbug Perfume.

IMG_0098While you can place an order with the sushi chef, I opted for a classic pulled-pork BBQ sandwich dressed with slaw and accompanied by a tin cup full of sweet potato fries. During the meal, I enjoyed watching the sports channel broadcast on big-screen TVs and monitors throughout the dining room.

IMG_0084And while I did not stay at the property and cannot speak to the comfort of the beds or the fluffiness of the pillows, I do feel confident in suggesting the lodging experience is on par with the rest of the amenities and accommodations.

IMG_0119Geaux Saints!

Football Season Savings at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans
October 20, 2014 – 9:03 am | No Comment
Football Season Savings at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Football season is finally here and nothing beats the thrill of cheering in the stands while your team wins an away game. For the true fans who will travel to New Orleans for Saints games, …

Helena, Montana GeoTour: Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Hills
October 15, 2014 – 10:55 am | No Comment
Helena, Montana GeoTour: Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Hills

Spoiler Alert! This post contains information and photos about the geocache containers hidden in Helena, Montana as part of the city’s official GeoTour. If you want to find them yourself, you may want to stop …

#MichelinQuest Geocaching Contest
September 16, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment
#MichelinQuest Geocaching Contest

Celebrating 125 years of mobility, Michelin USA is running a contest that both celebrates the open road and captures the spirit of American adventure—from the days of the treasure map to the time of the …

Family Vacation in Helena, Montana
August 30, 2014 – 12:34 pm | No Comment
Family Vacation in Helena, Montana

When we told people we were going to Montana on a family vacation, most everyone asked us if we were going to Glacier National Park or to Yellowstone National Park. Opting for the road less …

Road Trip Health Care at MinuteClinic
May 28, 2014 – 10:20 am | No Comment
Road Trip Health Care at MinuteClinic

If your family is anything like mine, whatever ear infection, case of pink eye, or sore throat will emerge the minute your car passes out of your health care coverage zone. So much so, I’ve …

Geocaching Favorite: Travel Bug Hotel
April 23, 2014 – 10:50 am | No Comment
Geocaching Favorite: Travel Bug Hotel

A recent spring break road trip had us out of the frozen tundra and driving through Alabama on our way to the white sand beaches in the Florida Panhandle. As usual, we tried to find …

Saving for Vacation: A Year in Review
January 2, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

January 10 marks the one year anniversary of our “Saving for Vacation” challenge—a total budget makeover using the Mvelopes money management tool in conjunction with Money 4 Life financial coaching.
Throughout the year, I gave updates …

Saving for Vacation: Financial GPS
October 22, 2013 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

A failure to plan is a plan to fail. ~Winston Churchill
Three additional months into the 2013 Saving for Vacation challenge, much has happened. First, everyone (kids included) survived a summer vacation full of regional travel …

Saving for Vacation: Crunching the Numbers
July 22, 2013 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
Saving for Vacation: Crunching the Numbers

If  you’re following our “Saving for Vacation” financial journey with Mvelopes and Money4Life financial coaching, progress made in the last few months has been in the category of data analysis.
Within the Mvelopes tool, you can …

Saving for Vacation: The Long Boring Part in the Middle
May 31, 2013 – 9:47 am | One Comment
Saving for Vacation: The Long Boring Part in the Middle

Like driving through Kansas or Illinois or any state boasting “mile after magnificent mile,” we have reached the part in our Saving for Vacation challenge that can be best described as the long boring part …

New Geocaching GeoTour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 7, 2013 – 6:44 pm | One Comment
New Geocaching GeoTour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Earlier today the folks at VISIT Milwaukee announced the official launch of the new geocaching GeoTour titled “Discover Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods.” Timing the launch date with National Tourism Week—an event recognizing travel and tourism as one of America’s largest and …

Amish Country Itinerary in Lancaster, PA
May 3, 2013 – 2:23 pm | 3 Comments
Amish Country Itinerary in Lancaster, PA

If you’re looking for a great weekend road trip in the Northeast this spring, consider Lancaster, PA.  From the Amish country, to the railroads and museums, to the amusement parks, this itinerary is great family …

Saving for Vacation: Tortise and the Hare
April 20, 2013 – 7:22 pm | One Comment
Saving for Vacation: Tortise and the Hare

Month four into our Saving for Vacation challenge—a year-long quest to change our financial behavior and save for a family trip of a lifetime—we are in a period of financial stillness. Having evaluated our debt, …

Camping Gear Review: DoubleNest Hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters
April 3, 2013 – 8:59 pm | No Comment
Camping Gear Review: DoubleNest Hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters

The DoubleNest Hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters is lightweight, durable, and easy to hang. This double hammock is a fun addition to your family camping gear.
With robins arriving and trees budding, many of us are …

Saving for Vacation: One Paycheck at a Time
March 30, 2013 – 7:13 am | No Comment
Saving for Vacation: One Paycheck at a Time

Two years ago, author and motivational speaker Jon Acuff gave the keynote speech at a women’s blogging conference. Moving the audience to tears with his insight on creating balance between blogging, social media, and our …

Kid-Friendly Activities for Springtime in New York City
March 19, 2013 – 7:35 pm | No Comment
Kid-Friendly Activities for Springtime in New York City

March 20th marks the start of spring, and here’s hoping that warm weather will follow! It’s a great season for weekend travel, and New York City is always a favorite destination for families in the …

Saving for Vacation: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
March 15, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment
Saving for Vacation: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

This week was all about getting two steps forward and then taking one step back. You know, the moment where you realize all of your kids need new shoes at the exact same time or …

Turning One Vacation into Two
March 4, 2013 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Turning One Vacation into Two

Today’s guest post comes from Jake Redman, founder of ModHop.com. On ModHop.com, Redman has leveraged his personal travel experiences to help others get the most out of their travel experience, providing them with the information …

Saving for Vacation: The Budget, Part 2
February 28, 2013 – 3:07 pm | No Comment
Saving for Vacation: The Budget, Part 2

Continuing from last week’s post on creating a monthly budget, the last two weeks have been all about creating a Spending Plan and creating a Funding Plan. To quote Wes, the hip-and-trendy financial coach with …

Winter at the Shore: Unexpected Delights
February 22, 2013 – 9:40 am | One Comment
Winter at the Shore: Unexpected Delights

Most people don’t consider visiting the Jersey shore in the winter. But I’m here to suggest that winter is a fantastic time to hit the beach.
Morning run along the beach.
First of all, I’m a big …