Category Archives: Travel

Life in a Snow Globe

This weekend I embarked on my first journey to Utah. Snowboard in tow, I boarded my Southwest flight to Salt Lake City. (Full disclosure: this trip was for vacation, I was celebrating my birthday with my two sisters.) After an easy 90-minute trip, we descended into the state capital—and what a sight it was. It…

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"Christmas" in New Mexico

If you look at New Mexico on a map, it’s laid out in a near-perfect square, almost as wide as it is long. That’s about the only ordinary thing you’ll find about this extraordinary state, something I learned on a recent trip to the Land of Enchantment (as the state is known) with my colleague…

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Itzza Phoenix Pie!

Last night, editor Carolyn Koenig and I made our way to San Francisco’s Little Italy for an evening of pizza with a large slice of Arizona. The Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted a group of travel writers for an evening of Italian eats, pizza making and mixology at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. This restaurant…

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Power to the Paper

How many sheets of paper do you go through in a day? Copying, printing, scanning and even the lost art of faxing use a tremendous amount of paper, and like most magazines, Smart Meetings is guilty of clearing a swath of trees with each issue. But now it appears those simple sheets of 20lb. paper…

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Burning Through Houston and Galveston

For our final two days in Texas, Dana and I blazed through Houston and Galveston, spending the night at the Woodlands Resort & Conference Center north of Houston. The 440-room sprawling resort property offers 60,000 sq. ft. of IACC-certified meeting space, multiple on-site restaurants and a strong recreation focus with 140 miles of hiking and…

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Texas Treks

Earlier this month, I made my first trip to Texas. Filled with anticipation, I accompanied a colleague to take a whirlwind tour of the Lone Star State—new terrain for Smart Meetings as of this year. Let’s just say that a week is hardly enough time to explore this state’s vast territory and I will definitely…

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Las Vegas Reinvented-Again

So this is what $8.5 billion looks like! Over the past couple of years, I’ve seen the renderings, the photos, read the press releases, but until I actually arrived at CityCenter, I could not have imagined the dramatic scope of this project. The architecture is so striking, the details so measured, the décor so elegant…

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Classic Claremont

On a clear day, you can see the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa all the way from Sausalito 7 miles to the west, where Smart Meetings is located. Perched in the hills of Berkeley, Calif. like a grande dame clad all in white, the 279-room Claremont is the picture of classic elegance for hotels in…

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Back in your own Backyard

As we travel to so many wonderful destinations throughout the West, it’s easy to forget all the attractions in our own backyard. And—as Smart Meetings’ backyard is Sausalito, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County—there are plenty. There’s the town of Sausalito, of course, well known for its Mediterranean-like village with picturesque…

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The Best Part of Waking Up

For us non-morning people, it’s hard to wake up at home in enough time to make coffee, throw it in a to-go mug and get on the road. So, can you imagine what it’s like when we are on the road—without the knowledge of where the first cup of coffee is going to come from?…

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