Oahu on a Dime

By Blaine Ashley. As a Hawaii native, and now a New Yorker…. I consistently get asked the question just how expensive Hawaii is. It’s true, Hawaii isn’t cheap but if you’ve been dreaming of vacationing there your entire life and have abated the idea because of the perception that you can’t do it inexpensively, second guess yourself. Here are a few tips to doing Hawaii in high style while on a budget: First, visit the islands during the off-season. Last year, I curbed the idea of hitting home for holidays and instead booked a flight for after the New Year …

San Francisco, Open Your Golden Gates

By Donna Nowak. Ernest Hemingway once famously advised F. Scott Fitzgerald to give his liver to Princeton, but his heart to the Plaza, the Plaza meaning the magnificent Plaza Hotel in New York City. I would have advised my beloved Fitzgerald to reserve a piece of his heart for San Francisco.  It’s a small but gorgeous city of dreams, situated on a peninsula in the Pacific Ocean with plunging hills, cable cars, mountains, the ocean and bay, funky Victorian houses, flowers everywhere and the Golden Gate Bridge. Sometimes it’s shrouded in fog, making it even more dreamlike.  I first went …

Breckenridge: Come for the Winter, Stay for the Summer

By Lisa Mercer. I came for the winter but stayed for the summer. That’s how Breckenridge locals explain their decision to make this glorious ski town their permanent home. Unlike the skiers and riders, I first experienced Breckenridge in the summertime. My husband and I moved to the area from Boston, in order to open a sports conditioning studio. We lived in Dillon, a nearby low-rent town, home to many of the local ski resort employees. I went to Breckenridge in July to see a play at the Breckenridge Theater. Located at 121 Ridge Street,  its resident Backstage Theater Company …

New York, New York

by Amanda Deltuvia. I have had the privilege of traveling to many wonderful cities around the world. Not without the price tag or the jet lag. The reason I was inspired to murder my bank account and horribly attempt to become an insomniac to travel was due to my frequent escapes to New York. At 17 I was tugging at my mother’s clothes, begging her to let me hop the train and head to the Big Apple. I was starving for the lights, the sounds, the rush and most importantly, the art. New York often boasts as being one of …

The Two St. Augustines

by Melanie Clatfelter. St. Augustine is steeped in historical tradition. It is also a fabulous place to shop and has some of my favorite beaches on Florida’s eastern coast. St. Augustine is one of those special spots, because one moment I am in the middle of history mixed with really great shopping, and the next you I am ying on the beach doing absolutely nothing.