A Luxury Desert Oasis at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

When it comes to luxurious weekend getaways it’s hard to top Scottsdale, Arizona. Red rock mountains meet azure blue skies, and the Old West meets high style. Minutes from desert adventure and home to some of the best spas in the world, it’s here that I found a luxury desert oasis at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale.

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Outdoor Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona www.casualtravelist.com

Outdoor Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona

With it’s signature red rock landscape, crystal blue skies and endless sunshine Phoenix is a city where life is best lived outside. Whether you want mountain adventures, crave a bit of culture or desire nothing more than to lounge in a poolside cabana; Phoenix has an outdoor adventure for everyone. Here are seven ways to enjoy the outdoors in Phoenix, Arizona.

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3 Meals:Where to Eat in Virginia Beach

By far the most frequent question I get from family, friends and readers is about where to eat in Virginia Beach. In recent years the culinary scene has really taken off and really there has never been a more exciting time to eat in the Resort City.  Inspired by the bounty of the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay and rich coastal farmlands a handful of creative chefs and down-home cooks have made Virginia Beach a truly great dining destination. Here are my recommendations for where to eat in Virginia Beach. Read More

Luxury meets Texas Charm at the Four Seasons Austin

With an easy-going mix of down home Texas charm, live music on every corner and one of the hottest food scenes in the country its no surprise that Austin has quickly become one of my favorite cities. When a tech conference brought Steve and I to Austin over our fifteenth wedding anniversary I know I wanted to celebrate in style. What better place to treat myself and the hubby than the Four Seasons Austin?

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The Inn at Perry Cabin: Casual Luxury on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Imagine waking up to the pristine waters of the Chesapeake Bay, with shorebirds announcing the start of the day as oystermen head out to ply the water. Small towns with centuries of history and timeless charm dot the inlets of the bay and with a slower pace of life it’s easy to see why the Eastern Shore of Maryland has an enduring appeal. Home to watermen and artists, farmers and transplants looking for a more relaxed pace; life here is tied to the water and no place embodies the best of the Chesapeake Bay like the Inn at Perry Cabin.

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25 Tips for Your First Trip to Washington DC www.casualtravelist.com

25 Tips for your First Trip to Washington DC.

Once known best for monuments and museums, the White House and the Capitol; Washington DC has shed it’s formerly buttoned up reputation to become one of the most dynamic cities in the country.  A visit to the American capital today finds eclectic neighborhoods, an ever-changing roster of cultural events and one of the most exciting food scenes in the world. Here are a few tips to help plan your first trip to Washington DC.

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A Waterfront Getaway at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

The more of the Bay I see the more I want to explore every inlet, every waterway and every town. It was this desire to know all things Chesapeake Bay that brought me to the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Maryland.

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Exploring Mexico's History at the National Museum of Anthropology www.casualtravelist.com

Exploring Mexico’s History at the National Museum of Anthropology

I have to admit museums can be hit or miss for me. When I’m in one of the world’s great cities it takes a lot for me to dedicate a few hours to a museum when I could be out exploring. While researching what I should do in Mexico City more than a few people, including some of the most well-traveled bloggers I know as well as some locals I met, recommended that I make a stop at the National Museum of Anthropology my interest was piqued. I expected to learn about Mexico’s pre-Hispanic cultures. but what I found here was so much more than your typical museum. With a location in Mexico Citys Chapultepec Park, a strikingly modern exterior, and a collection of artifacts far beyond my imagination; Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology deserves a place among the world’s great museums.

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The Best Places in the World to See Cherry Blossoms www.casualtravelist.com

The Best Places in the World to See Cherry Blossoms

After a long, gray winter it seems like everyone is ready for spring. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and the world awakes with blooms of every color. The most celebrated sign of spring is the arrival of the cherry blossoms, whose blooms vibrantly paint cities in shades of pink and white drawing visitors from far and wide. I asked a bunch of my travel blogging friends for their favorite places to view the blossoms; while Japan and and the Washington DC area were popular choices there are a few surprises here as well. Here are the best places inn the world to see cherry blossoms. Read More

Travel Confessions: I went to Mexico City and Ended Up Getting Starbucks and Pizza

Guys, I have a confession to make. I went to Mexico City with full intentions of eating nothing but tacos (and a handful of chapulines if I was feeling particularly brave) and drinking nothing but mezcal and agua fresca, but somehow had a day where I ended up getting Starbucks and pizza. Through this blog I encourage everyone to get out and explore the world; get to know cultures different from your own, taste local delicacies, and experience things you can’t do back home. Like most of you, I have limited time off and try to show how to make the most of a short trip or long weekend. I typically spend hours researching a trip, knowing exactly what I want to do and where to go while allowing for a little spontaneity here and there. I’m usually pretty successful at this, returning from a trip with a camera full of pictures, a handful of memories and temporary too tight pants syndrome from days of devouring the local cuisine.

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