San Francisco Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Travel Reviews

San Francisco Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise

Raijean and I had an awesome time during our most recent trip together visiting the Bay Area in August. We got to do a lot of things in and around San Francisco thanks to the people over at San Francisco Travel, who hooked us up with some awe-worthy adventures. I’ve always wanted to see the Golden Gate Bridge in person, so I was especially elated to participate in the Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise by Red and White Fleet. The hour and a half tour covers San Francisco Bay and many notable sightseeing musts like Alcatraz, The Presidio, Palace of Fine Arts, and so much more. We ventured out during an early evening cruise, and I must admit it was rather chilly. Thankfully, we were able to buy some fleece hoodies before we set sail, since the bay can be a little cooler than it is on land. Once we got on board, we were able to secure some treats on the boat’s concession stand, and then we headed up top to take in the scenic views. There is no official tour guide on this cruise, but each customer receives a talking unit and headphones so you can listen in to historical facts about the landmarks and locations of things you pass along the way. The cruise allows you to take amazing photos of some of San Francisco’s hottest attractions without actually going to them. I was able to take several awesome photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge (thus the name of the tour, Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise because it takes you from the Golden Gate Bridge to the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge and back). The cruise is family friendly and children of all ages can participate. It departs from Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 43 1/2. For the last Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise of the day, there’s a Happy Hour with drink specials. Here are the details: WINTER 2014/14 (Nov 4 – Mar 27, 2015): Noon; Thurs – Mon @ 4:15 PM SPRING (Mar 28 – May 17, 2015): 12:30 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:15 PM SUMMER (May 18 – Sept 7, 2015): 12:30 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:45 PM FALL (Sept 8– Oct 31, 2015): 12:30 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:15 PM WINTER 2015/16 (Nov 1 – Mar 25, 2016): Noon; Thurs – Mon @ 4:15 PM And pricing: Adults (ages 18+): $38.00 Youth (ages 5-17): $26.00 Kids (under age 5): Free Group rates are also available for parties of 15 or more. For more information about the Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise, click here. If you want to read more about our San Francisco trip, check out my Girlfriend Getaway post on...

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Living that South Beach Life at Lord Balfour Hotel Ocean Drive

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Travel Reviews

Living that South Beach Life at Lord Balfour Hotel Ocean Drive

The more unique the hotel, the more I expect an amazing experience. As a lover of boutique hotels that are stylish and trendy, yet quaint and chic, I was immediately drawn to Lord Balfour Hotel located on Ocean Drive in the iconic South Beach area of Miami. I first saw Lord Balfour in passing while staying at another SOBE hotel in 2013. At that time, Lord Balfour was the newest property on Ocean, and had only been opened maybe a month or two. I peeked inside and took in the lobby and bar area, which had me at hello. And I vowed that I would stay there during my next trip to MIA. Fast forward to May 2015, and I kept my personal promise by staying at Lord Balfour for three fun filled days in Miami Nice. I was looking forward to not only luxuriating in the hotel, but experiencing its charm and charisma that awaited me. Upon first look, the room I was given was a splashy little number. Complete with a painted tattoo woman on the wall, it’s everything that you’d expect in Miami. Art deco nuances and bright colored fixtures and decor made the room inviting and fun. But, that is where the fun disconnected with the functional. For starters, the bathroom was itsy bitsy. You’d expect a tight bathroom space, say in a city like New York, but not on South Beach. It was way too small for the updated room. And speaking of updates, there was a lack of outlets to charge all of my technology. It was struggle trying to get everything charged. And while the staff was hospitable and friendly, there were times that they were simply MIA—and I am not talking about the airport code for Miami. On several occasions, I needed to call the front desk for something and I was met with no answer. I had the feeling that Lord Balfour was under-staffed, or everyone was calling off. Lord Balfour did have some pros, however. The free breakfast each morning was wonderful, and offered a huge assortment of items—this is definitely a few steps up from your continental breakfast fare. The property is also located across the street from Miami Beach, so it was awesome being close by. All-in-all, Lord Balfour served up flyness, but failed to deliver in other areas. For an area that is all about keeping visitors happy, Lord Balfour almost missed the mark. Getting ready to hit the beach & soak up some rays. ☀️ #beach #beach #sobe #SouthBeach #Saturday #Miami #travel #travelista #awiptravel #awipMIA A photo posted by Danyelle Little (@thecubiclechick) on May 16, 2015 at 11:18am PDT Pros: Location, free breakfast. Cons: small bathroom, not enough electrical sockets, staff MIA a lot of times. I would like to give Lord Balfour another shot to see if thy can redeem themselves. Hoping the 2nd...

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On The Road in the All New 2015 Chevy Trax

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Travel, Travel Reviews

On The Road in the All New 2015 Chevy Trax

Most of the time, I travel via a plane but every once in a while, I love a good roadtrip. A few weeks ago, life got pretty hectic so I did what I do best… I decided to go on a quick getaway to Wisconsin. The drive was less than 3 hours, so it was the perfect time to get away and just get lost in my thoughts. After viewing the 2015 Chevrolet Trax, I knew it was the perfect vehicle to take on the road. The Trax is the perfect roadtrip vehicle because it’s a cross between a car and a SUV. Which means you get more room than a car and more mpg than a traditional SUV, with 26 City (MPG) AND 34 Highway (MPG), I was able to make the trip on less than one tank of gas. Now, that is my kind of roadtrip! Though the Trax appears small in nature, it’s actually pretty roomy, which is important when taking a vehicle on the road. You don’t want your passengers to feel cramped, which is definitely not the case with the Chevrolet Trax. Now lets talk about some of my favorite features… The Drive-The Trax was very easy to drive and maneuver, almost like driving on clouds. I’ve driven a ton of cars and there is nothing worse than driving a car that is hard to move, the Trax handled the road perfectly. OnStar-We got lost and needed directions several times. OnStar made it easy for us to get back on the right route. No more pulling over to enter an address in the navigation system, customer service can locate you and send directions to your vehicle in a manner of seconds. Built in Wi-Fi (4G LTE)-This made my passengers quite happy! We were able to listen and groove to some of our favorite internet radio services via Bluetooth. Additional storage in the glove box, plus additional USB plugs kept us fully charged and connected. Cruise Control-Up until now, I’ve never used the Cruise Control feature because it’s hard to do in a city setting but this feature was my best friend on our roadtrip. Can’t believe, I went so long without using it. Bose Sound System-You guys know how I feel about my music, the Bose Sound System packed a mighty punch in this crossover vehicle. Overall, this car was so much fun, with a starting price tag of $20,995 it’s truly a great option for anyone who is in the market for a car. While the Chevrolet Trax has been gone for a few weeks now, I truly miss it, it’s such a fun car    ...

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Hotel Review: Lord Baltimore

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Travel, Travel Reviews

Hotel Review: Lord Baltimore

Boutique hotels are my thing. Of course I enjoy high end properties that have a five star rating and are known the well-over for their distinction and classic style. But I especially like hotels that aren’t a chain—ones that are unique and funky with fabulous furnishings and youthful appeal. While in the Washington, D.C. area recently, my flight was canceled and I had to stay until the next day to catch a plane to New York City. I used my trusty Hotel Tonight app on my phone to look for rooms in the area that wouldn’t break the bank, and I came across the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Downtown Baltimore near the harbor. And at only $75 for the night, I went ahead and booked the room since the photos of the hotel on the app looked amazing. Once I arrived to the hotel, I could tell that this was an old property, but it had been redone and updated into a quirky hotel destination. The lobby still had an old Charm City feel, but was mixed with contemporary furnishings. The staff greeted me with a smile and gave me a room on the 15th floor. My room was a nice size with a Queen bed, flat screen HD TV, and a small bathroom with wood laminate floors. The decor was trendy yet sparse, and I could appreciate the youthful style meets old world feel. For $75, I doubt I would be able to find a better room in the Baltimore area. And for a night or two, this property was well worth it. Here are a few photos from my room at Lord Baltimore: Lord Baltimore Hotel was voted Best City Center Historic Hotel in 2014by Historic Hotels of America. Originally built in 1928, it experienced a million dollar renovation in 2013. It reopened in March 2014. For more information on the Lord Baltimore Hotel, click...

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Hotel Review: The Row NYC Times Square

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Travel Reviews

Hotel Review: The Row NYC Times Square

I love boutique hotels that are fab and funky with a heaping dose of personality. While looking for somewhere near Times Square to stay during a recent trip, I came across The Row NYC. After perusing their website and seeing photos of the accommodations, I decided to book a room there and try my luck. Located off of 8th Avenue just one block away from the bustling Times Square, The Row is one of NYC’s oldest hotels. It’s a 27-story wonder with 1000+ rooms, all which have been renovated and updated to give a modern studio feel. My room was decorated in bright orange with white furnishings—-almost like an IKEA fantasy land. The room was small, but for NYC, as a good size, and I enjoyed the LED flatscreen television and high speed internet. You would never know that this hotel was built in 1928! I especially loved the lobby (which I failed to get photos off–epic fail), which boasts an eatery cafe during the daytime, and breaks out into a nightclub after hours complete with deejay, dance floor, and someone on the drums. With so many rooms, usually waiting for an elevator is a problem—not at The Row. Their elevator system is top notch. 8+ elevators that get all assigned to your floor only. You have to truly use them to see what I mean. My room looked out over the back of the hotel, where I had glimpses of The Shubert Theater, home of the Broadway play Matilda. I truly enjoyed my experience and would stay there again in a heartbeat. The Row NYC is well priced too. The average price per night for my stay was about $175 before tax, and that included breakfast for each of the four days I was there. For that area, you can’t beat it. Below are photos of my room. I am told the M stands for Manhattan Hotel, which was then changed to the Royal Manhattan, which was then changed to Milford Plaza. It was reintroduced this year as The Row NYC. Nearby restaurants and eateries include The Shake Shack, Carmine’s, and Junior’s Brooklyn, which I personally ate at about three times during my visit.   Visit Row NYC Times Square for more information and details. They are also on Twitter at...

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Hotel Review: The Water Club Hotel at Borgata

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in Travel Reviews

Hotel Review: The Water Club Hotel at Borgata

With massive closings of hotels and casinos in Atlantic City, some think it is becoming a ghost town and a version of its former grandeur. I especially love traveling the East Coast, and have been to Atlantic City four times in just as many months. This is mainly because of the Borgata Hotel and Casino and their plentiful offerings when it comes to gambling and entertainment. The atmosphere is fabulous and so is the experience. So even though AC may be on its way down, as long as the Borgata is around, I will always be a fan of the area. With that being said, I’ve never stayed at Borgata until now. I was a guest in their hotel one night and then checked out and checked in to their sister property which is connected called The Water Club. While Borgata is ultra sexy with updated room, The Water Club is one step above that with luxe accommodations and an upscale vibe. As soon as you walk into The Water Club lobby, there’s a subtle difference between the two properties. If Borgata is A+, then The Water Club is exceptionally gifted. With a dark, yet shiny decor, and surrounded by water, it has a heartbeat of its own. The Water Club at Borgata features 43 floors and 800 guestrooms and suites. It also has its own spa (Immersion Spa) that is a two-story tranquil accommodation that I didn’t have the opportunity to try this go round, but will be sure to indulge during a future visit. The Water Club also has retail shops including Just Cavalli and Hugo Boss, and residences which are modeled after urban lofts. During my stay, I was placed in a Club Room at The Water Club which also happened to be one with accommodations for the handicapped, and the visually and hearing impaired. The bathroom was extra roomy because of it, but you will get no complaints here. I love a large bathroom. The room was sleek and stylish with leather pillows and 400 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets. Below are a few photos of the room and accommodations at The Water Club Hotel at Borgata (taken with my iPhone 6 at night—sorry for the dark pics): The Water Club Hotel Club Room      (Got on the bed and then thought to take photos afterwards. So the bed didn’t look like this when I checked in—LOL)     Bathroom area   The Water Club Hotel Lobby     My stay was quick, but I was really impressed with both Borgata and The Water Club Hotel at Borgata. I am hoping that Atlantic City will continue to thrive despite the recent shutdowns. It truly is a fun place to visit. For more info on Borgata and The Water Club Hotel at Borgata, click here. It is cheaper to book a room at both properties...

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