If you’re not familiar with the New Victory Theater, you really need to check it out. They are right next door to the Spider Man show on 42nd street, tickets are a fraction of the price and the performances are heads and shoulders above silly Spidey.
We have reviewed several of their shows, this weekend we saw Peter Pan which is visiting from Australia where it played to rave reviews. Of all the shows Keaton has seen, this is by far his favorite. It even made his weekend news for school.
Keaton thinks it might be too scary for babies because Captain Hook gets eaten, I would disagree. The show really appeals to all ages, especially moms. The lost boys make Wendy their mom and all anyone wants is to get tucked in to bed at night. The show was engaging for everyone from 2 to 82 and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Keaton and I were the guests of the New Victory Theater for review purposes. I bought Macie’s ticket for a whopping $38 because once she saw the trailer video, she wanted to join us. Even a jaded 15 year old girl loved the show. So how’s that for an endorsement?
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All summer long Capital One and I have been working to inspire your travel #BucketLists. It’s time to think about ski #BucketLists!!
As soon as the first leaf falls, every powder hound on the planet starts planning for an epic winter.
How about this year we think big, really big? These #BucketList ski adventure ideas will make hitting fresh pow on your home mountain look like child’s play. Let’s make Warren Miller beg to make movies about us.
Get out your pens, this is your winter to-do list:
#1 – Make your own mind-blowing Warren Miller type ski video
What skier doesn’t get psyched watching Warren Miller flicks? It all starts with a new Go Pro Hero 3 and some mad editing skills. So far, I have some great footage I shot of Jonny Moseley throwing himself at my feet, now to find the right soundtrack for it.
Here is a great Go Pro “how to” from Snowmama and TV Producer April Simpson. Have a great ski video? Share it with me.
#2 – Heli-ski at Four Seasons Jackson Hole
Never having dropped from a helicopter to ski before, the Four Seasons seems like the perfect place to start (a Four Seasons is a good place to start, well, anything). According to my research it would seem that using chair lifts is so last year, all of the cool skiing is done far, far from the bunny slopes. You can book a back country guide to lead you to pristine snow, or you can soar above it all on a heli-adventure tailored to your skill level.
#3 – Snow Cat Ski at Three Forks Ranch
Along the lines of, the cool kids don’t ride chair lifts; Three Forks offers what the Wall Street Journal calls “Pampered Private Access”. This luxury resort just north of Steamboat in Colorado spans 20,000 acres and features a real working cattle ranch. Those looking for an exclusive ski experience can lay fresh tracks on 20 private cut runs that can be groomed upon request. The Vacation Gals reviewed not only the skiing but the gourmet food and spa.
#4 – Arctic Circle Ski Cruise in Norway
Imagine cruising to the edge of the ice in summer when daylight never ends. That’s right, you can ski all day AND all night just 600 miles south of the North Pole. Ice Axe Adventures offers the ultimate luxury ski adventures with a cruise to Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago. Days are spent hiking to icy pinnacles and descending in to virgin snow, “nights” are spent relaxing onboard the ship. The word “arctic” comes from the Greek “arktos”, which means bear and the Svalbard archipelago has one of the largest polar bear populations in the world. With more than 2,000 of these marine mammals, those white puffs you spot are more likely bears than overdressed ski bunnies.
#5 – Summer Ski at Puma Lodge in Chile
Opened in 2011, the Puma Lodge five star resort claims the title of “Powder Capital of the Andes”. This ultimate ski getaway is only a 90-minute drives south of Santiago and is the biggest private heli-ski center in the world. The area surrounding Puma Lodge is reserved for heli-skiing by Puma Lodge Guests only. Now THAT is exclusive.
#6 – Dolomites Gourmet Ski Holiday
Ski the Italian slopes by day: drink local Italian wine by night. Perfezione. The Italia Outdoors Food & Wine 2014 itinerary is limited to 10 people and features intimate ski and dining experiences. The trip is billed as exploring the “authentic Italy, both on the slopes and off”. I would therefore expect a hot Italian in tight ski pants. Since Trentino Alto-Adige boasts more Michelin star restaurants than any other region in Italy, you know the apres ski snacks will blow pretzels and beer out of the water.
#7 – Schuss Down the Pistes in Chamonix, Verbier and St. Anton
Since I know nothing about skiing the alps I assume one would dress like Audrey Hepburn in “Charade”, carry a monogrammed flask and use the terms “schuss” and “piste” at every opportunity. Rumor has it that there are co-ed clothing optional saunas in St. Anton, it is a #BucketList after all. Mrs. O Around the World checked out the newly re-opened Chalet de Flore and inspired my Verbier dreams.
#10-Watch my daughter follow in her Olympic grandfather’s footsteps
My children have all beens skiing since they could walk. My dad was a downhill skier in the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley. His teaching method was not the warm and fuzzy type. I grew up skiing the old fashioned way, with a frozen pb&j for lunch and no lift ticket (I’m an excellent hiker), my dreams included hot cocoa and a ride to the top of the hill. My #BucketList may have changed but my ski dreams remain the same; that glorious feeling of flying through air so crisp you can snap it with your fingers.
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Though I am clearly a paid spokesperson for Capital One, both my husband and I have our Venture cards that we got after doing extensive research. We think the Venture card is best for travel, and so does Money magazine as they have listed them in the “best” issue for three years in a row.
If you don’t know that Kim Kardashian graced the country of the Dominican Republic with her smoking hotness, you must not have a TV or a People magazine subscription. And I like you more for that.
Recently I was invited to review the VERY SAME PROPERTY. It is the first, and likely only, time that my teen daughter has found me impressive.
Kim posted bikini pics on Instagram…..so did I.
I think she scored the point on this one, but I’ve had four children so we’ll call it even. Ok, I’ll call it even.
Kim went skeet shooting and posted her pic on Instagram.
(You’re getting the theme here?) Yes, she wore short shorts and I wore lululemon. That makes me sportier, not dowdier. Really.
Also, I actually shot stuff, I think she might have just posed. To know for sure I’d have to watch the show, and I don’t want to know that badly.
They met a donkey and wore silly hats.
Really…did they not know this guy was shilling for tips and they thought it was a “surprise”?
My donkey had a hat…just saying. I’m sure their donkey was just as cool, but um, it didn’t have a sassy hat. So how could it have been, really?
KM rides-KK doesn’t.
The highlight of my stay at Casa de Campo was the horseback trail ride. I love to ride but find that most resorts give you a broken down mare that walks in a circle, then call it a trail ride. Not so here, I had a gorgeous horse, his name was Ducet and he cantered beautifully for me. We took a three hour tour to see the breathtaking view of the Chavon River. This would have been a lot of work for Kim, I can see why she skipped it. Score one for Kim-Marie.
Even bunny gave it a go.
Score one for bunny.
KM smokes-KK doesn’t.
The Kardashian contract might not allow for smoking, you know bad influence and all. The last night of our stay, Casa de Campo brought in a “cigar roller” – I have no idea what the actual term is for what he does – and we all enjoyed hand rolled cigars. Mine was vanilla flavored. So I guess that makes me a worse influence than Kim Kardashian.
Kims on a boat.
Um, I have champagne. They have water. Winning.
Golf cart races.
The resort provides every guest with their very own golf cart to tool around in. We’ll call it a draw.
Be on the lookout for my full property review on Poshbrood next week, Kim Kardashian NOT featured. But I will leave you with my favorite Instagram of the trip. The full moon poised over the swim up bar during cocktail hour, truly magical.
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I was the guest of Casa de Campo for a media press trip, bunny paid his own way.
The ladies have outdone themselves this month: learn all about champagne, fix your hangover at the Four Seasons New York brunch and dust off your high school French for a tres magnifique getaway to Quebec City.
Mrs O Around the World gives a great 411 on champagne, my drink of choice. For instance, did you know that Rose’ champagne is the only wine that can legally be made by combining white wine with a little red wine? Are there wine police? Also, Rose’ is best enjoyed soon after its release as it does not improve with age. So come on over as I have a large collection that needs to be consumed, pronto.
If you’ve not stayed at the Four Seasons, Keaton gives a great tour of one of their jaw dropping suites. He even profiles the mini-bar where “the parents have a party after the kids go to sleep.” Not sure where he learned that. But now, the Four Seasons has you covered with a morning after fix me up.
Katie recommends kicking off your hangover brunch – with a cocktail. She says she passed on the chicken and waffles and enjoyed kale instead. Me thinks this photo was posed and she went straight back for the good stuff. Regardless, whether you imbibe prior to the hangover brunch or during it….it looks fab.
The always adorable Nadine Jolie is making me re-think my plans to visit Montreal this winter and instead head to Quebec City. A city with a castle on a hill, where French is spoken in the streets, and the Montmorency falls dwarf Niagra-this is clearly a must visit city.
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It’s no secret that I love Ritz Carlton. When I was invited to visit Sarasota recently I had no idea where it existed on the map. But they offered me a room at the Ritz, so like a magpie to a shiny object: I swooped.
Sarasota sits on the southwest coast of Florida. As a west coast girl I love any beach where the sun sets over the water, as God meant it to. It’s south of Tampa Bay and north Fort Meyers.
Three things I love about Sarasota:
1. Swank shopping: Literally, it’s a shopper’s paradise. You can go for dinner and drinks on St. Armand’s circle and then pick up a fetching new sundress.
2. Luscious white sand beaches: Six islands line the Sarasota coastline and sport a surprisingly laid back California vibe, think dune buggies instead of Trans Ams (sorry Florida, but you know it’s true)
3. Circus history and culture: John and Mable Ringling settled in a stunning waterfront manse there, Nik Wallenda who recently crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope calls Sarasota home and the circus tradition is alive and well with the Sarasota Circus. A visit to the Circus Museum is a must.
If you’re looking for a luxe property to rest your head on your visit to Sarasota, the Ritz is a great option. At low season it’s surprisingly affordable, at high season, their prices rival the best hotels in New York. However, if you are looking for luxury in Sarasota, the Ritz Carlton is really the only game in town.
I’m a sucker for a handsome man offering me champagne AND kids club registration.
In addition to gorgeous guest rooms and legendary Ritz Carlton service, the Sarasota property has a fab kids camp. Macie agreed to try it out for “review purposes only” and “wasn’t going to have any fun”.
The only downside is that the hotel is not on the beach, you have to take a shuttle there. However, many of the rooms do have fabulous marina views. Also, always try to score a club level room when staying at a Ritz. Their “snacks” count as a meal for most people and the extra service makes you feel like a rock star.
Macie and I were the guests of Visit Sarasota for this multi-day press trip. Our airfare, accommodations and activities were complimentary. I was prepared to be underwhelmed by Sarasota (um, it’s in Florida) and left surprisingly in love.
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. A child with cancer or other catastrophic illness. For most of us, this will never happen.However, this month alone, 14,583 children will receive the devastating news that they have more to worry about than playground bullies. 14,583 in just September alone. Now imagine you’re a parent who can’t afford to pay for the state of the art care your critically ill child needs.
Thank God for St. Jude.
We’ve all seen the commercials or have “heard of it”. When I was asked to participate in this fabulous campaign Expedia is doing to raise money while making travel dreams come true, I eagerly agreed. Most of my readers are familiar with my work with Partners in Health and my goal of doing more with my travel than just getting a tan. I’m honored to be working with other travel bloggers to help raise awareness, and more importantly money, for this worthy cause.
Not only is St. Jude changing lives with groundbreaking research, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. The stress of having a sick child is more than enough for any parent to bear so St. Jude covers the cost of treatment, on-site lodging, and even provides meal cards to help with food costs. Along with free care, children get a fighting chance. When St. Jude opened its doors in 1962 the pediatric cancer survival rate was 20%, St. Jude hopes to bring that rate to 90% by the end of this decade.
So skip your pumpkin soy latte today and donate $5 to St. Jude, enter to win MY dream trip, shopping and a posh stay at the iconic Pierre Hotel in Manhattan.
Enjoy a complimentary three-night stay in a city view king room at The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, in fabulous New York City. See and feel like a star with a guided movie tour from On Location tours, two tickets to a Broadway show (Chicago the Musical), and a $500 gift card. A $4,462 value! Their tag line is “There are those who have stayed at The Pierre, and those who wish to.” The Pierre is one of the few luxury hotels in New York City where I have yet to rest my head, so I will be entering my own contest.
- Donate $25 to St. Jude and get one of two coupons, one for 10% off for use on select hotels at Expedia.com or one for 20% off for use on select hotels through the Expedia mobile app.
- Participate in the St. Jude Dream Trips Giveaway. There are over 150 amazing trips that are being given away to support St. Jude. For a suggested donation of just $5 per trip*, you can enter for an opportunity to win trips to places like Bali, Antigua, Vegas, Germany, the Dominican Republic, and more.
- Trade your Expedia Rewards points in for a donation to St. Jude throughout September and all year long.
Other ways you can help:
St. Jude founder Danny Thomas believed that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” Now that’s a dream I can get behind.
If you had any doubt about the relevance of Instagram, I think it is clear that this app is taking center stage-for good-or bad. In recent months the Syrian President and the Chief White House photographer have added an unexpected and interesting perspective to current events.
All eyes are on Syria this week. But the Syria none of us see, perhaps because it’s a figment of his imagination, is the Syria depicted on the Instagram account of President Bashar Assad. read more…
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It all starts with a dream
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them” ~ Walt Disney
As a little girl, I hid Hawaiian travel brochures under my canopy bed. We couldn’t even afford for me to swim in the local pool with my friends, but I dreamed of boarding a jumbo jetliner bound for paradise. I was so convinced I could make it happen that I would call the 800 number for Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays regularly and had a sizable brochure collection stashed away. The Brady’s went to Hawaii, but no one else I knew did. It seemed mystical and out of reach to me. read more…
Ok, I didn’t.
But I totally offered.
After seeing a demo of the new Nokia Lumia 928 phone I have been nothing less than obsessed. So obsessed I made indecent proposals to Nokia. Luckily for me as a Verizon Blogger I received one for review, no favors needed. I almost wonder if I should be offended?
Back to this mad phone. It has a Carl Zeiss lens, it shoots it low light, it has some crazy audio thing that makes videos sound awesome. I’m pretty sure that’s the technical name for it.. read more…