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The Many Faces of Scottsdale

By | 2018-05-18T03:23:57+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Food and Drink, Hotels & Resorts, Scottsdale, The Traveling Pooka|

Whenever I used to think of Scottsdale, I thought of two things—golf and the desert. Of course, it’s so much more than that. On a recent trip, I was surprised at the diversity of activities, especially the many “walkable” neighborhoods of Downtown Scottsdale. Here’s a small sampling: Old Town -- For “Old West” ambiance, check [...]

Lost in Translation

By | 2018-05-10T18:55:45+00:00 May 4th, 2018|News, Technology, Travel Tips|

Google Pixel Buds On the gadget front, for Google and Android lovers (i-phone folks can skip this post), you may be interested to hear about Google Pixel Buds, a combination translation and wireless headphone. It allows you to hear live translations of your conversations with locals in your own language. Your response is [...]

Malbec in Mendoza

By | 2018-05-10T18:53:20+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Argentina, Food and Drink, Hotels & Resorts, Spas and Wellness, The Traveling Pooka|

Looking out my window on a cloudy, gloomy evening, I cheered myself up by reaching for a glass of Malbec. This rich, deep-colored wine from Argentina has the flavors of blackberry, plum, black cherry, and chocolate. Although Malbec grapes are difficult to grow in many areas, the grapes thrive in Argentina’s famous wine-growing Mendoza region, [...]

Three Charleston Restaurants with One Surprise Winner

By | 2018-04-15T06:57:40+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Charleston, Food and Drink, The Traveling Pooka|

Three Charleston Restaurants with One Surprise Winner: A quick trip to Charleston, South Carolina, provided a chance to try three restaurants. Husk, Hominy Grill, and Fleet Landing on the wharf. Here’s the executive summary of my personal opinions: Husk: Great historic old house, contemporary inside, and good service. As for food, well, neither my friends [...]

An Edition to Your List

By | 2018-05-18T04:04:26+00:00 March 12th, 2018|The Traveling Pooka|

Many people don't realize that the Edition Hotel Group is part of the Ritz-Carlton. It's a great "edition" to your list of exceptional hotels. The Edition is a little more reasonably-priced and contemporary, but is quite popular with locals wherever they are located. Fireplace at the Edition Hotel, New York City This is [...]

All Aboard Travel Owner Alex Ramsey Interviewed on WBAP Radio: Navigating Travel Cancellations During a Hurricane

By | 2017-09-25T03:27:50+00:00 September 11th, 2017|News, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, The Traveling Pooka, Travel Tips|

North Texas Travel Agent Offers Advice as Airlines Cancel Thousands of Flights Ahead of Hurricane Irma Posted on September 8, 2017 DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF News) – Thousands of flights have been cancelled to and from Florida as airlines prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, which is expected to hit the U.S. mainland on Sunday. North Texas-based [...]

2017 Best New Museums

By | 2018-05-18T04:05:33+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Museums, The Traveling Pooka|

This list from Fodor's is a great addition to your travel planning. Although I'm not a museum junkie, I enjoy special exhibitions and deeper dives into some subjects. After reading this, going to the American Revolution Museum in Philly is new to my list. And I bet my grand-kids would be all in on either [...]

Find Your Happy Place at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

By | 2018-05-18T03:01:23+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Hotels & Resorts, Spas and Wellness, The Traveling Pooka|

Gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, private access to Miami Beach, oceanfront fine dining, and a prestigious address on Collins Avenue, the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort (CMWR) is the newest “gotta go to” spa resort on our radar. We met in person with their management team recently to learn more about this newcomer. The first [...]