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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“Laissez les bon temps rouler”

New Orleans is all about fun; there’s always something fun to experience, learn and celebrate in this ultra vibrant city, hence the phrase above, “Let the Good Times Roll!”

I spent 4 days in New Orleans at the Connect Marketplace mid-August and it was a blast! The agenda was packed with making connections through one-on-one supplier appointments, listening to entertaining keynote speakers Molly Fletcher and Neil Patrick Harris, participating in thought-provoking education sessions and lending a hand at the feel-good CSR project to give back to the community.

Each night there was lively music from numerous types of musicians, dancers in costume, a delicious array of food, and an incredible show of fireworks, all at unique local venues. I immersed myself in the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans, all while networking with like-minded people from across North America. I can’t wait to get back to experience more of the cultural fabric that makes this city so unique.

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Welcome to Nashville Y’all!

In the heat of July, we took a group to experience the cool, southern charm of Tennessee.

The program went off the beaten path of Broadway, showing attendees around hot spot neighbourhoods like 12 South and Germantown. And what’s Music City without music? Every night featured local, high calibre entertainment. A trip to remember; what the client labeled, “epic”!

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