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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Thoughts on Turning Forty www.casualtravelist.com

Thoughts on Turning Forty

So this is 40. Over the past few years I’ve transitioned from being “Miss” and I am now squarely in “Ma’am” territory. I’m not just an a adult, I am a middle-aged adult (cringe). I have worked for the same company for 10 years, have a mortgage and a good credit score. I have been married for over a third of my life. I wear sensible shoes. Increasingly I’m the adultier adult that other adults turn to for advice when making adult decisions.

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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 haven for Virginia Beach restaurants, but a handful of creative chefs and down-home cooks have made Virginia Beach a truly great dining destination. Here are my recommendations for the best restaurants 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 Best Shoes for Travel:Flats to Keep You Stylish and Comfortable on the Go www.casualtravelist.com

The Best Shoes for Travel-Flats to Keep You Stylish and Comfortable on the Go

As a frequent traveler one of the most important decisions when packing is what shoes to bring. Dress them up or go casual; flats are lightweight, versatile and always have a place in my suitcase but finding a comfortable pair can be a bit tricky. I’ve done the legwork and rounded up some of my favorite flats for you guys and because there is no single best shoe for every foot I’ve included a mix of shoes that offer great arch support, cloud-like cushioning or a minimal profile. Whether your travels include exploring the cobblestone streets of Rome,sailing off the coast of Cape Cod or wine tasting in California you’ll need walking shoes that are comfortable and look good. These stylish yet comfy flats are no doubt some of the best shoes for travel.

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Tips for Dealing with Back Pain While Flying

Long security lines, packed planes and ever shrinking airplane seats; there’s little doubt that flying can literally be a pain. Airline seats are designed more to maximize space on the plane and less for comfort. Our low backs have a natural curvature known as lordosis and when we sit, particularly in slouched forward position (ie the “C” position you see in economy seats), that natural curve is lost. Sitting in that cramped position for several hours is the perfect recipe for developing a sore back. When sitting is as bad for your health as smoking what can you do when you’re about to spend several hours seated in a plane for hours on end?

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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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A Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Fifteen years ago on a sunny April afternoon, I stood on a Florida golf course surrounded by family and friends. Dressed in a traditional white gown, my blonde hair pulled back in cascading curls, I gazed into the blue eyes of  my best friend and said the two words that would forever change the course of my life.

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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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