Milwaukee's Pfister Hotel is a magical place. A gorgeous, gilded lobby features a grand “Great Gatsby” era staircase. Breathtakingly beautiful, the lobby’s domed ceiling mural greats guests with celestial cherubs, ornate golden accents and intricately designed wood floors. “Salve,” or welcome, is proclaimed. Here is where hallmarks of Victorian opulence abound. Furniture is encased in warm textures and colors. For the mid-winter visitor The Pfister emanates an old world, big fireplace kind of warmth.
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So I found myself in an ages old story. Tired, hungry, with minimal resources and in need of a place for the night so that my children's adult memories would include bits of childhood. For us, it was a Christmas miracle. We found our selves as the very warmly welcomed guest of the Ramada Inn, Del Rio. Tommy, manager of the Ramada Del Rio, continued on with the tradition of southern hospitality we've come to expect in these here parts by opening his door to us and welcoming us to his hotel. We couldn't have asked for more. A warm room, comfortable bed, hot shower and Christmas Dinner buffet were all welcome gifts
I probably shouldn’t have been surprised to see houses made of paper… but I’ll admit I was. Somehow I never considered the possibility of using readily available discarded paper to build a shelter – but maybe I should have. After all – it only makes sense. Stan Nelson of Marathon, Texas, opened my eyes to this new approach to building homes. According to Stan, innovative people around the US are experimenting with using recycled paper to build houses. These people have developed a material called papercrete – a mixture of paper and cement – and they are creating low-cost and energy efficient homes with paper which would otherwise end up in a landfill.
To avoid some of that cold, Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier offers a full day of holiday themed diversions. Ice skating, big bouncing slides, colorful trees and a carousel. Lots of friendly characters walking around with a smile and “How do you do ”Helping children and parents to stop and enjoy the wonder of Christmas.
El Paso is not on the top of most "must visit" destinations, but it should be on the list. El Paso offers a small city destination for those looking for a vacation filled with exploration - from mountains to the desert, city central to open stall Mercado. El Paso has boomed into a sprawling city, growing to a population of over 600,000 residents. T And with that human tide has come lots of history, art, and fun things to do. Museums, historical stopping points and great nature spots to enjoy are plentiful.
As the holiday comes upon us, so do guests. Family and friends, co-workers and neighbors. Make the season memorable and the night-time warm with festive holiday cocktails that are just a bit brighter that that ole' holiday Eggnog!
Travel: Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Mason Street Grill: Exceptional Food, Warm Ambience, and Outstanding Service
The Pfister Hotel has been a city landmark since opening in 1983. Recently renovated, the building features The Mason Street Grill restaurant, an inviting culinary arena where world-travelers and Milwaukee natives blend together to enjoy the cuisine of Chef Mark Weber.
Travel: Thanksgiving Dinner - Visit Virginia vacation spots Wintergreen Resort or Lansdowne Resort and let the Chefs do the cooking.
Make this Thanksgiving a holiday for mom by visiting one of Virginia's leading resorts -- Wintergreen or Lansdowne -- for your holiday feast. At these quality destination properties, whether you visit for the weekend or just plan on visiting for the day, the meal preparations are easy as their chefs create sumptuous buffets and dinner menus sure to please everyone in the family. And, while the chefs are busy cooking, you can spend your time in the properties spas, relaxing by the pool or just enjoying coffee and family in these ultra-relaxing environs.
Learning about the Japanese Tea Garden tucked away in Buckhead it became an intriguing draw. Photos, however do not do this bit of feng shui heaven in Atlanta is not done justice in photos. It is an instantly pleasing spot that allows one to decompress, breathe deeply and find an instantaneous inner calm.
Travel: Buckhead beckons business and leisure travelers. Unexpected harmony at The Grand Hyatt, Atlanta, Georgia
The apex of any hotel stay is always a bit of harmony. A hotel property becomes home for those nights that you are there. It is your personal space, your retreat. The goal is to find that place where from the front door to the crisp of the bed linens, it all makes one want to sigh in pleasure. This time nirvana was found on Peachtree Street at The Grand Hyatt, Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia.
A further standout dish is the Filet and Sweet Potato Gnocchi, a warm, comforting dish that combines the richness of a quality, grilled steak with the warm, smooth textures of the sweet potato and ricotta cheese.
Chef’s Lemon Dill Prawns feature curled ribbons of shrimp tossed in a cream sauce with hints of horseradish, lemon and dill, served with crispy strips of fried parsnips and carrot circles.
I’m convinced there’s an angel part of us all. Residing in some hidden recess within each of us is an angel waiting to come out. The angel sits quietly, waiting. Waiting until the time is right and opportunity is staring us in the face. And then the angel comes out. When I think back on our past few weeks on the road, what comes to mind are all the angels who have come to our aid in one way or another. Ordinary people one and all, and yet their angel side came out once they saw us.
Think you've had really good pizza, the kind that hearkens back to Italy? Think again. Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza, a new pizza restaurant in Denver's ballpark neighborhood, serves up authentic Neopolitan pizza to die for.
Before Peter Pan and the Lost Boys there were the fairies of Pixie Hollow. Diminutive beings that are completely responsible for the change of the season at the Mainland, they live industrious lives painting the dots on lady bugs and setting morning dew on spiderwebs. Now travelers can visit Pixie Hollow Disney World, Orlando, Florida and Disneyland Resorts, Anaheim, CA to meet the fairies they fall in love with via film and the internet.