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Best bites and sips of 2014: An Instagram look back

What were your best bites and sips of this year? I took a stroll back through 2014 via Instagram, reliving some of the amazing bites of food and sips of drinks I’ve had as I wandered the USA this year. I never left the US during 2014, which is a first in a very long time, but I honestly think I …

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Super Bowl 2015: The best food in Phoenix

If you’re one of the thousands who plan to visit Arizona this January for Super Bowl XLIX, there are just a few things you need to know about Arizona that can help you have an unforgettable trip to the Valley of the Sun and the Grand Canyon State. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of the ins and outs …

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Video: 2014 Travels in Review

As 2014 comes to a close, I have been looking back at the amazing places I’ve visited this year. For the first time in years, I haven’t traveled outside the US this year, but I’ve found incredible places to visit right here in the US of A. From East to West, mountains to deserts to oceans, I’ve experienced beautiful places, eaten …

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Super Bowl 2015: Arizona trivia, nicknames and freeways

If you’re one of the thousands who plan to visit Arizona this January for Super Bowl XLIX, there are just a few things you need to know about Arizona that can help you have an unforgettable trip to the Valley of the Sun and the Grand Canyon State. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of the ins …

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Diono Rainier car seat: safety and convenience for parents on the go

The Diono Rainier Convertible+Booster Car Seat will change your love-hate relationship with car seats. This seat recently received the The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. We received the Diono Rainier to evaluate and took the seat on a test ride with the best judge possible: our four-year-old daughter. Safety is a parent’s first priority—especially car seat safety for today’s busy parents. It is …

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The Grand Canyon

Video: Art and architecture in Arizona

I live in Arizona. It has been my home for 20 years. I’ve visited the Grand Canyon many times over the years and travel through the mountains, deserts, mining towns and resorts on a daily basis. Despite this, I forget the beauty in my adopted home state. We get wrapped up in the triple digits every summer, the crowded freeways during …

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Saint-Pierre and Miquelon: A French adventure without going to France

My wife Aiko and I celebrated 25 years of marriage in the spring of 2014 that began with a four-continent honeymoon. Each year we’ve maintained the “let’s travel someplace exciting and different” tradition where I choose the location, keeping it as a surprise as long as possible, and then she hits the local tourism office on arrival – picking, and keeping, …

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Hotel profile: Nuits Saint-Pierre Boutique Hotel

Boutique hotels, unlike Bed and Breakfast lodgings, typically offer themed, intimate rooms in a smaller environment than a regular hotel and they’ve become very popular in Europe and North America. The Saint-Pierre-based Nuits Saint-Pierre is a charming example of a French boutique hotel. The lovely hotel is located on the island of Saint-Pierre, part of a unique Atlantic archipelago off the …

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Christmas Vacation: Christmas in Grapevine Texas

I love visiting other locales during the holidays. Even though I’m way past being an excited kid at Christmas, there’s still something magical about all those trees decorated in ornaments, lights twinkling on every building and carolers singing those once-a-year classics. And for me, as a 20-year Phoenix implant who still misses white Christmases in Colorado, I’m all about a place …

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Sunrise from Kalaloch Lodge

Video: October on the Olympic Peninsula

I spent a few days in October on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington. The seas were amazing during my stay, ranging from brilliant blue skies and white caps to gray skies, rain and crashing waves. I was enchanted with this breathtakingly beautiful part of our country. I felt alive in the fresh air and wanted to experience every sound, …

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