Hotel Monaco Portland

Alongside our welcome tray was hand-written postcard from the front desk welcoming me. Sure, notes are standard for guests but this postcard also had little hand drawn graphics of all the places I visited on my last trip in Portland - places I blogged about in this post. I love when a hotel does their research and takes the time out to know who they are expecting, it shows that they really do care (and being a fan of my blog is a major plus!)

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Four Seasons Punta Mita

Punta Mita is a gated peninsula, secluded and protected by a security booth at the front of the entrance. Beyond these gates was our home for the four days, the Four Seasons. The drive through the peninsula was filled with palm trees and an amazing ocean view, which our driver paused briefly to allow us to admire it. Upon arriving at the hotel we were taken aback by how large the property really is. 

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Pier Market

Pier Market is the first 100% SF green business certified restaurant and the first on the entire Fisherman's Wharf. They are 3rd generation family-owned, and the owner of the restaurant is the one who built Pier 39, which I found to be really cool. The seafood is 100% sustainable and delivered fresh every day. We were so impressed by these facts that we did hold some high expectations for our dining experience. 

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Alexander's Steakhouse San Francisco

Chef Peggy Tan and her staff curated a special tasting menu for us that evening, which showcased a few of their most popular dishes and a couple of unique staples like the hamachi shooters, that are given as starters. Throughout the night, each course became more engaging in flavors and presentation. No two dishes tasted the same and each one left us anxiously waiting to see what the Chef had up next.

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Packing for a 3-Day Getaway

Not sure if it's just me, but I feel that shorter trips are always harder to pack for. Considering half our luggage is filled with tech gear such as our laptops, camera & lenses, tripod, etc., it can get tricky utilizing the remaining space. While there are plenty of tricks on Youtube on methods of packing a carry-on, I decided to share my own tidbits and tips for a three-day, in addition to what the must-have outfits are for a getaway. 

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Café 21

Gaslamp is often known for party central, but did you know it is also home to one of the cutest and most delicious cafes in town? Café 21 is located right across from one of my favorite bars, Tipsy Crow, and features live music and a fun happy hour menu. However, we visited on a Saturday morning in search of brunch and are now marking this as a must-visit every time we’re in town.

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Palazzo Las Vegas

Within the last few trips, I've further prolonged my return and while I always have a good time, let's be real. After 21, the fun and excitement of Las Vegas dwindled. In fact, since turning 30 (earlier this year), the very thought of Vegas had me exhausted. However, with this last trip, I had the pleasure of staying at the Palazzo and experienced the city on a whole new level. 

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Spa Date at the Montage Beverly Hills

Had a long day at the office? Exhausted from working on back to back on projects, been on trips for so long that you come back completely burnt out? Need a day just to yourself and your significant other? Sure, you can go to dinner and/or head to the beach for some fun in the sun, but if you're really looking for the best way to unwind, I suggest spending the day at the Montage in Beverly Hills.

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7 Must-Try Food Spots in Oahu

Oahu may not be as peaceful and green as Maui, according to the locals, but it sure has some great food spots. You really cannot go wrong with where you decide to eat, but if you’re stumped (or lazy) on locating restaurants, here are my 7 favorite places in Oahu.

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FinnAir’s Stopover Program

Long flights are never fun, especially if it’s over 6 hours (at least for me). Fortunately, if you are traveling to Europe with FinnAir, you have the option to give yourself a break with a Stopover in Finland. With available flights within the U.S. from San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, your next trip to Europe or Asia can be a lot less daunting with FinnAir's Stopover

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