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Found: The Ultimate in Las Vegas Luxury

I’ve never had any desire to visit Las Vegas, only knowing the city as an adult’s playground. I wasn’t turned off by the idea but it wasn’t a place I would pick for a vacation destination either. Imagine my surprise when … Read more

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Get More Out Of Your Travels

This post brought to you by Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Surf and Sunshine. Whether I’m traveling for business or for pleasure, I’m always looking for ways to get more … Read more

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Top 10 Attractions of San Juan Puerto Rico

In San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, the Atlantic Ocean laps against the shores and provides a serene setting for the miles of beautiful beaches. Ponce de Leon founded the city in 1521 making it the oldest city on … Read more

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Dreaming of Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria, the third largest island in the Canaries just off the coast of Africa, is a spectacular destination that enjoys more or less year-round good weather. This makes it a popular location for those after a bit of winter … Read more

5 Tips For An Awesome Family Vacation

March is finally here and kids everywhere are counting down the minutes to Spring Break. When the final bell sounds, families everywhere will be loading up the minivans (or SUVs) and heading off across the state, across the country or even … Read more

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6 Must Do’s on a Girlfriends Getaway Cruise

Last week Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, condemning this Midwesterner to six more long weeks of winter. But having just returned from a week cruise in the Caribbean on the MSC Divina, I can face this cold fate with new … Read more

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A Family Friendly Mardi Gras Celebration

If you have ever been to New Orleans, you know that life is more interesting in the place often called the “most unique” city in the United States. Steeped in culture and history, New Orleans is home to one of … Read more

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Two Easy, Make-Ahead Olive Appetizer Recipes

I’m always on the lookout for easy appetizer recipes, specifically those that can be made ahead. One of my favorite ingredients are Olives. They’re a must have on my pizza (with bacon!) and it turns out they’re featured in some … Read more

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California Dreaming in the 2016 Kia Sorento

Although I’m a fan of sunshine and warm weather, it’s easy to see why beautiful fall colors and rolling landscapes often beckon adventurers out to play in the crisp, cool air. While I immediately jumped out as we drove by … Read more