Monday Night Football South Beach Style

It was off to Miami’s South Beach for a whirlwind incentive weekend that incorporated the best of SoBe with one of the most sought after sporting events in town. Combining iconic beachside accommodation, al fresco roof top dining, exclusive pool parties and the neighborhood’s renowned glittering nightlife with a custom tailgate party before the Monday Night “Kick Off” definitely made for a winning weekend!

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Let’s Meet in The Middle…in Reykjavik!

The well-known tagline promoting Iceland’s accessibility from both North America and Europe has always intrigued me.  The opportunity to experience it came up as I attended the Global Incentive Summit this past week.  A chance to network with international industry professionals while exploring this bucket list destination.

Iceland is not just a hype – it’s the real thing.  A five hour flight from Toronto or Montreal brings you to the land of  renewable energy system where geothermal plants serve the entire island.  Reykjavik is hip, it’s cool, it’s European, it’s small and offers everything that large cities do.  This island country where English is widely spoken has good hotels, great food, good nightlife & music and has the incredible nature only a few steps away from its capital.

During my four day stay, and despite shortening daylight,  I experienced many of what the destination offers to both leisure and meeting visitors.  Starting with Reykjavik walking tour, and continuing with ATV adventures, incredible hikes, Northern Lights hunt by Super Jeep, dip in the Blue Lagoon or hot springs, ice cave and lava tunnel explorations, riding trails on Icelandic horse, snowmobiling and fishing villages  – just to name a few.

I look forward to returning someday soon, perhaps to see the Midnight Sun!

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My first trip to Puerto Vallarta

SunsetI was invited on a FAM trip to Puerto Vallarta and jumped at the chance as I have never been to this part of Mexico. It was fabulous!  We stayed in Punta Mita and while there, ate dinner on the beach, released baby turtles into the ocean,  visited the adorable surfer town of Sayulita, took a surfing lesson and dined at amazing restaurants.  We then transferred to the other side of Puerto Vallarta for two more nights where we visited a few more hotels, swam with dolphins, dined and danced the night away in a private villa and witnessed incredible sunsets.  Needless to say it was a jam packed agenda but every bit worth it!  Would I recommend this destination….YES!  I can’t wait to go back on a personal vacation.

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Sunrise & Sunset in Hawaii

Aloha!  Sunrise at Diamond Head in Waikiki and sunset at Wailea in Maui.  What could be more inspiring?

Four nights on Oahu and five nights on Maui on my recent trip made for yet more special memories of this very alluring destination.

A true motivator for an incentive program!

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Take me Back to San Diego!

I think I am a California girl at heart. A few years ago I fell in love with Los Angeles and last week, I was given the opportunity to visit San Diego on a FAM and didn’t want to come home. I’m not sure how anyone could visit this city and not agree it’s a special place. The food is the right balance of healthy and trendy, with a splash of Mexican flavour. The weather is warm and sunny in the afternoon, perfect for wandering the San Diego Zoo or the USS Midway, and just cool in the evening for that electric bike ride on Coronado or a catamaran dinner cruise (all activities I experienced!).

And the places to stay… When you see 13 hotels in 48 hours, they could easily become a blur. But while visiting properties in San Diego, each one of them stood out uniquely. Whether you are looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of downtown, some beach time in a resort-style setting, or right in the heart of the city buzz, San Diego has a hotel for you.

Now where to next: Palm Springs? Napa Valley? San Francisco?!

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Beach views on Coronado Island…

 

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Savannah. The very name sounds like a southern drawl.

All that a southern city should be you will find here – history, cobblestoned streets, old antebellum and Victorian homes, gorgeous gardens and, 24 pretty squares!   How can all this beautiful be in what is reputed to be one of the most haunted cities in the US?

Add a glorious beach at Tybee Island (just 20 minutes away) and you have the best of city and beach in one short flight from Toronto.

I would return in a heartbeat; help me find a reason!

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A Meeting in the Prairies

We recently travelled to Edmonton, Alberta to execute a conference for our client, whose employees gathered from all across Canada to meet. From the main tent to the numerous breakout rooms, we occupied every single square foot of the meeting floor in our hotel. Being my first time in Edmonton, I was surprised by the beauty of the Saskatchewan River and impressed by hip neighbourhoods with their exposed brick and graffiti walls. There are endless dining options in the city and entertainment too – besides the newly built Rogers Place arena where the Oilers play, Edmonton is known as Canada’s Festival City. I loved Edmonton and our client did too, saying it was their best annual meeting yet!

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