Photo Friday: The Columbia River

What a view of the Columbia River!

River View Photo Friday: The Columbia River

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Oregon Bound with Un-Cruise Adventures

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Sunset on the Columbia River

You may think you know all about Oregon but until you experience this destination from the luxurious S.S. Legacy with Un-Cruise Adventures, you don’t know much at all. Our impression, like many others, was that Oregon is comprised of lush, green, Pacific Northwest rain forest. This is true but when you cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers, you learn the eastern section of the state is mostly high desert composed of soaring gold and tan rocky shores.

Board the 88-guest S.S. Legacy, a replica of a turn-of-the-century coastal steamer complete with period décor, carved wooden cabinetry, a lounge with a full bar, lovely dining room with a wine bar, a saloon, two hot tubs, fitness equipment, and a massage suite to leave from Portland.

Not your typical small ship cruise, this is a luxury experience which includes an open bar with an experienced bartender, yoga classes, and a complimentary massage for every single guest. When was the last time you had an open bar, free yoga classes, and a free massage on a cruise? Try never.

Read the rest of this article from “Living Well 50+” Magazine HERE

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Getaway to Music City: Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville Getaway to Music City: Nashville, Tennessee If you are in the mood for a little country music along with great food, fabulous hotels and truly friendly people, there is no better place for a little getaway than Nashville, Tennessee.

The expansive Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center was our first stop in Nashville and it is the perfect place to stay, right by the Grand ole Opry, close to downtown and all the music venues. We have stayed in hotels all over the world, but I have truly never seen a hotel quite like this one. Sprawling over nine acres and covered with waterfalls, foliage, a winding river, and a variety of restaurants and shops – all under a soaring glass atrium – you might not want to ever leave once you check in. Try to get a Premium Garden View room with a balcony overlooking the scenery and you can fall asleep to the gentle roar of the many waterfalls. After you check in, take one of the small Delta Riverboats that travel down a scenic river (inside the hotel, mind you!) through the 4.5 acre indoor garden as the guide gives you a tour of the hotel. It’s a perfect introduction to the place and its truly mind-boggling size. Check on the cruise times, but they run all day on most dates.

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Photo Friday: Cannon Beach Tide Pool

Tide pool on Cannon Beach.

Rock on Cannon Beach Photo Friday: Cannon Beach Tide Pool

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The Classy Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon

 

Hotel The Classy Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon

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Classy. Classy, classy, classy.

This was our first impression of the beautiful Benson Hotel, the last stop in our whirlwind tour of Oregon before we headed out on our Un-Cruise Adventures cruise on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. We pulled up in front of this luxurious downtown location and fell in love.

Conveniently located within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, and tourist destinations in the Pearl District, Pioneer Square, and downtown, this historic landmark was founded in 1913 and was voted the Best Portland Hotel in 2012 by The Oregonian.

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The lovely Benson Hotel. Photo courtesy of the hotel.

 After walking into the gorgeous lobby, it certainly would have received our vote as well.

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Welcome to The Benson!

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Beautiful lobby area.

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So luxurious!

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Photo Friday: Fort Clatsop

I love this photo from Fort Clatsop as it really makes you think about the settlers on the Oregon Trail.

Museum View Photo Friday: Fort Clatsop

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The Five Best Pizza Places in Chicago

pizza The Five Best Pizza Places in ChicagoIf you love pizza as much as we do, there is really only one destination to consider. The place that made deep dish pizza world famous, spawned plenty of wannabe emulators in other cities, and daily makes pizza lovers out of the many tourists who visit. The Windy City of Chicago. With literally hundreds of pizza places to choose from in this pizza mecca, how in the world do you know where to start? Begin with the aforementioned deep dish pizza, then proceed to sample as many varieties as you can manage and you are on the way to becoming a true Chicago pizza expert.

1. Giordano’s Famous Chicago Pizza

Proclaimed Chicago’s Best Pizza by a number of reputable sources including the New York Times, Giordano’s has the thickest deep dish, stuffed pizza you will ever see. In 1974, Efren and Joseph Boglio moved to Chicago from Italy and were frustrated not to find authentic deep dish, stuffed pizza, so they opened the very first Giordano’s and the rest is pizza history. This double-crusted, ricotta stuffed concoction is the perfect introduction to Chicago pizza although you may be a little overwhelmed when they plunk down this amazingly thick pizza. But dig into your first slice, cut by the experienced waitresses, and you will be an instant fan.

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Stop, Drop, and Roll – Not a Fire Alarm but the Perfect Way to Pack!

Luggage 300x199 Stop, Drop, and Roll   Not a Fire Alarm but the Perfect Way to Pack!I used to take an exorbitant amount of clothing when I traveled. Used to car trips where we had plenty of room and no weight restrictions, I crammed everything in just in case I might change my mind about what to wear. So when I began to travel more often by air, I had some serious adjustments to make in packing attitude. Some people manage to walk on a plane with one small carry-on or backup but that person is not me; I still need some choices and want to look fashionable at all times. However, I have learned to narrow down what I choose to pack and to also to pack more conscientiously and logically. I don’t need quite so many choices!

 I still take a bag that is fairly full, but I also take one that is very light when empty and I leave a little room for shopping at my destination, which is inevitable. There’s all kind of tips on the Internet about packing light, what to pack, and how much to take, but it’s really an individual choice. I have no intention of wearing the same few items several times, for instance, or taking a monochromatic wardrobe.

So here’s what I have learned about packing and what allows me to take what I want, be happy and still not have an overweight, overpacked suitcase.

1. STOP. What kind of suitcase are you using? When my husband and I first started traveling seriously, we both had complete sets of that bulking canvas luggage. You know the kind I mean – it’s a set with all the matching pieces, each of which is extremely heavy before you even start packing them. We struggled along for a long while, progressively getting more and more annoyed with the limitations of our suitcases.

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Photo Friday: Tree in Cannon Beach

The wind from the ocean at Cannon Beach caused this tree to grow in an awkward position.

Cannon Beach Tree Photo Friday: Tree in Cannon Beach

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It’s a Great Location, but Does It Have a Free Breakfast?

Breakfast Its a Great Location, but Does It Have a Free Breakfast?I took a bite of the delicious, hot quiche I was enjoying in our fabulous Carson Ridge Luxury Cabin in Carson, Oregon and just about swooned with pleasure. Not only was the breakfast delicious in every conceivable way, but it was even packed in a large basket and hand-delivered with an ice cold carafe of orange juice right to our door. I was enjoying breakfast in my pajamas in one of the most luxurious cabins I have ever visited. Along with the sumptuous breakfast included in the rate for the cabin, we enjoyed our huge Jacuzzi tub, flat screen television, and huge King size bed.

No matter how magnificent your accommodations may be, doesn’t an included breakfast just add “the icing to the cake”? Or, in our case, “the syrup to the pancakes” like we enjoyed at Paulette’s Restaurant, located in the River Inn of Harbor Town in Memphis, Tennessee. Not only did we have a beautiful suite with a view of the sparkling river, but we could just saunter down to the restaurant and order anything we wanted right off the menu every morning. It was all included in the price of our accommodations.

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