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UPDATE: MISSING IN ACTION! SUMMER STORIES MEANT FOR CAMPFIRES & REPOSTING

“Where in the world is the PHENOM?!?!? Sorry Carmen Sandiego…but scoot on over and make room for another FEMME FATALE teaching humility, kicking depressions butt, dreaming out loud, being adventurous, and showing that work can be fun along this journey of life with a little hint of Nat Geo and the Travel Channel and of course your occasional splash of the Food Network. I’m like Carmen Sandiego 2.0.”

Six Stunning New Wilderness Retreats

April 3, 2015 This is for all you wilderness lovers! If I were a TRUE wilderness person, I would seriously add these to my bucket list… Natural Habitat’s Base Camp in Greenland Greenland’s east coast is a primeval frontier, home to tiny, isolated Inuit villages and little else but ice. This August, Natural Habitats debuts Base Camp Greenland at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet—second in size only to Antarctica—and the glacial Sermilik Fjord. Days in the arctic tundra are spent navigating the fjord’s maze of floating icebergs by zodiac boat, kayaking the Greenland Sea, and scouting Arctic fox, hare, and loon during treks through fields of cotton grass. The camp’s first season opens on Aug. 1, 2015. Pumphouse Point in Tasmania Floating in the middle of Lake St. Clair, against the backdrop of Tasmania’s primitive Central Highlands rain forests, this hydro-pump-station-turned-boutique-hotel feels a bit like its own private island—just, you know, with all the comforts of a mountain lodge. Inside Pumphouse Point, walls of Tasmanian oak and an earthy palette of muted grays, …

Hotel Review: Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mt., GA

March 27, 2015 Do you like mountains? How about Stone Mountain, in Stone Mountain, Georgia? Ever been? Listen, if you haven’t been to one of Georgia’s greatest tourist attractions, you MUST go and you MUST plan to stay at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott  Conference Resort!!! On one of our many stay-cations” (you know, a vacation while staying home), we decided to stay here as this particular hotel has been on our bucket list for a while now. Let me tell you a few things about this hotel… Picture this: birds singing…the sound of the trees/leaves blowing in the wind and the lake rippling from the light breeze of the wind…leaves starting to grow on the trees and the flowers blooming…friendly faces greeting you as they open the door for you…a humongous warm and inviting fireplace in the lobby…and a view that is amazing, calming, and VERY peaceful. Out of view is their wonderful lil cafe/coffehouse. I had the most AMAZING slice of sweet potato pie! Mmmm mmmmm! The front desk staff were AWESOME. From check …

“Kiss Me If You’re Feeling Lucky:” A Quick Trip To Historic Savannah To Ease Weekday Work Stress

Beautiful Architecture in Historic towns. History: Tomo Chi Chi & Oglethorpe…Founders of Georgia. Grave Monuments. River Street. Seafood. Historic Street Walks. Partying with Strangers. Drawing Abe Lincoln on Beer napkins at The “Lincoln” Bar. Green Fountains. Silly Boat Tours. Frozen Drinks. Industrial Sites. Weeping Willow Tree Shade. High Fiving Cool Cops. Sweet Heat. A Tanners Dream. “Kiss Me If You’re Feeling Lucky” T-Shirts & Beads. Luxury Hotels. A Green Stretched Parade From Street to Street. Hot tubs and Pool Nights. Long talks in the Lobbies and Late Night Food Joints. Laughter filled streets. National Tourist Galore. And Weekender Memories to be Made!!! This all occurred on a spur of the moment trip last week to Savannah, GA for Saint Patties Day weekend! Both of  my friends birthdays had just passed in the week and we had no idea what to do in Atlanta. We wanted more than the usual dinner, club, and drink until you can’t feel your face kind of celebration. We wanted a more mature feel…a celebration that would be more memorable. We all had crazy work …

10 Spots With the Clearest Waters in the World

March 14, 2015 How many times have you visited a beach or a lake, only to be tragically disappointed by the murkiness of the water? Sure, you could go for a swim in there if you really wanted, but there’s no way of knowing if whatever brushed your leg was seaweed, a bug-eyed aquatic beast, or a creepy, middle-aged guy with snorkeling gear. It’s just not worth the risk. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could actually SEE what’s beneath you? Well, you’re in luck, because each of these 10 places has water that’s so clear, it’s pretty much equivalent to swimming inside a Poland Spring bottle. Or a Fiji bottle, if you’re super fancy. Laghi de Fusine Italy This serene pair of glacial lakes is located about a mile from the Italian/Slovenian border, and while they’re both remarkably clear, it’s the larger of the two that draws the most tourist action. The water here’s generally way too cold for swimming, but you can still get an up-close look at the what’s under the surface …

20 Breathtaking Cinemas In the World Where You Would Want to Watch Your Favorite Movie

February 27, 2015 Okay, let’s be totally honest here. How many of you get bored with the same ol’, same ol’? I mean, don’t you get tired of going to the same ol’ cinema, with the same ol’ tired lobby, with the same ol’ tired seats? Did I mention UNCOMFORTABLE seats? Or sitting in your living room, wishing you were AT the cinema, watching a movie? Boy, oh boy, are you in for a TREAT! I have never, in my entire life, seen ANY cinemas like the 20 you’re about to see. The visionaries took this to a whole different level! Check it out:   So? What’s the verdict? What cha think? Bucket list material? There are a few that I would LOVE to chill in (The Floating Cinema) and a few that I wouldn’t even think about frequenting (The Hot Tub Cinema, for one). How about you?  Any favorites? Have fun dreaming! Until next time… ~Hospitality Shero   Big thanks to the author: Derek Jenkins is a writer and content curator @ Buzzive.com. Over …

America’s Most Romantic Cities

February 20, 2015 With the right travel companion, big cities can feel wonderfully intimate—and these stole the hearts of T+L readers. Consider yourself warned: Charleston, SC, is hard to shake. “If you come to Charleston and experience it like us locals do, it will forever take place in your soul,” says David Szlam, a co-creator of Virgil Kaine ginger-infused bourbon. “Dining at Bowens Island Restaurant is especially romantic, watching the sun set over tidal creeks while enjoying some fresh steamed oysters—the list goes on and on.” The Travel + Leisure community doesn’t need convincing. Charleston, with its cobblestoned streets, genteel mansions, and dynamic food scene, took top honors as the best city for a romantic escape in the America’s Favorite Places survey. Readers ranked cities in up to 67 categories, including wine bars, parks and gardens, live music, and brunch—the kinds of offerings that often attract couples. And don’t underestimate the allure of a warm climate: San Diego, voted No. 1 for its weather, came in fifth among the best cities for romance. “The days …