Category: Travel

2012 HOLIDAY GIFT & TRAVEL GUIDE

If you’ve been procrastinating about what to get the special people in your life or simply want to reward yourself, here are some last minute ideas.

TRAVELS & ART: MUSEUMS FROM MASSACHUSETTS TO MANHATTAN

Even though Manhattan’s museums are open all summer, for art-saturated New Yorkers, the hot and sticky season is an excuse for an opportunity to travel and…well, see more art. Just a few hours north of the city, the Berkshires and western Massachusetts contain world-class theater, dance, music and art. Even if one has visited the area for years, there are always places that one has never gotten to before.

2012 MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

It’s almost impossible to express the love for the woman who most shaped our lives with a mere present but here are a few ideas for showing appreciation to mom.

SPORTS BEAT: LET HIM BE

Once again, apologies to HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher for borrowing his signature line. New rules: Everyone has to stop obsessively focusing on Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin at least until the NBA playoffs get underway.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: SEDONA, ARIZONA

Located two hours north of Phoenix, Sedona is to that city what the Catskills are to New York City. In the summer, the locals make the two-hour trek up their Route 17 to seek relief from the stifling heat while in the winter Sedona is a gateway to Northern Arizona ski and snowboarding resorts although there are none in the Sedona city limits. Mountain biking, hiking and hot air ballooning are popular throughout the year but more so in the winter when the cool temperatures are easier on the body than the 100 + degree days of Summer.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: GREATER PHOENIX

The Phoenix area has quietly become a rival to South Florida in attracting visitors from the Northeast who are looking for a respite from cold weather. What I found intriguing about Phoenix is how its diverse lodging properties can truly shape a getaway.