San Francisco: Dining, Daytrippin’ and Jazz

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The annual San Francisco Jazz Festival is a perfect reason to come to The City by the Bay. It’s also a great time to explore some cool leisure activities around town and the Bay Area too. Groove to Roy Ayers, Los Van Van and Fourplay at night. By day enjoy cool neighborhoods, hot restaurants, fascinating […]

The 2016 San Francisco Jazz Festival Hits a Cool Vibe

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  For years San Francisco has been the West Coast playground and refuge of jazz musicians. Since 2013, those artists have had a permanent home at the SFJAZZ Center, the first-ever standalone structure in the country dedicated to jazz. Think of it as a cool opera house, where the beats get funky, the music is […]

The Beach Towns of Northern Miami

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Vacation bliss has spread from South Beach, the old standby, to northern neighborhoods. Above 90th Street and Collins Avenue, it’s less traveled, adult friendly and minus what those locals call “the chaos of South Beach.” There are two distinct neighborhoods that are worth a visit: 1. Bal Harbour, home to the chic Bal Harbour Shops, […]

Miami: Sleeping, Dining and Playing Around

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All it takes is one arctic blast of cold winter air to make travelers dream of warm weather. If your thoughts are turning to Miami, Florida, you’re not alone. As Miami continues to evolve it offers more choices to more travelers. [Read more in HuffingtonPost.com]

Toronto: Dining and Dashing Around the 2015 International Film Festival

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As the Toronto International Film Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary, festivalgoers, vacationers and locals flocked to premieres and screenings. They also dined in high-end restaurants, tested out leisure time activities and visited tourist sites. [Read more at HuffingtonPost.com]  

Ocho Rios, Jamaica: Sun & Adventure

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The hilly town of Ocho Rios sits on the north coast of Jamaica, at the base of the St. Ann Mountains. The former fishing village, now a tourist destination, is as noted for its resorts and beaches as its mountainous terrain and natural wonders. A trip here offers vacationers heaps of adventure and festivities with […]

Miami Winters: The Lush Life and Hip Things

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The likely antidote for winter melancholia is a trip to a warm climate. Miami comes to mind. And when we think of Miami, South Beach has traditionally been the tourist hub. But these days, it’s only one of the entrees Miami is serving. Downtown, Mid Beach, Miami Shores… If you go to Miami, the lush […]