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Connecticut – it’s better in fiction

8 Aug

The New England states can get a bad rap – standoffish people, preppies, and an overpriced experience, to name a few. But still, nothing says summer like time in the Northeast.

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Through the sea of khaki pants, button down shirts and dock shoes, there’s a beautiful coastline in Connecticut to be found, giving way to an abundance of seafood restaurants. So if you can’t stand the attitude, eat and drink your way through the trip. However, if lobster and clams don’t tempt your palate, the pizza cannot be refused.

Eat: Best known for a pizza place, Mystic, Conn. still has the nostalgic restaurant Mystic Pizza that inspired the 1988 movie by the same name. Located at 56 W Main St., squeeze into this small space and enjoy a fresh slice – made with their “secret sauce,” and a unique blend of spices, there is a zesty flavor in each bite.

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Matt Czuchry as Logan, Gilmore Girls

Another pop-culture craze set in Connecticut is Gilmore Girls, about a fast talking, coffee drinking, mother-daughter duo living in a quaint New England town and making weekly trips to Hartford for a visit with their old money grandparents. Chances are if you visit Connecticut, you will just be passing through this capital city.

Fly: Bradley International Airport is small but functional. Surrounded by major hotels, it’s convenient to stay within minutes of the airport, especially at The Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport. Located in such close proximity you can walk from the gate to the front desk.

Settle in with a nightcap overlooking the runway. There are numerous bars offering food and drink.

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Mystic Seaport, courtesy of Visit Connecticut.

Explore: Take the Metro North to the Old Greenwich train station, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Past the farmers market and tennis club, experience small-town America, complete with a main thoroughfare that leads to an unbeatable shoreline. This town was the first area settled by Europeans and does feature a picturesque green space known as 32-acre Binney Park. The duck pond and footbridges are quaint, but it isn’t Greenwich.

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Forget the seashell souvenirs, frozen Mystic Pizza is available to go, and grill at home.

 

South by Southwest

18 Jul

fortybefore40Southwest states are among the most open and least neurotic places you can find, but they also tend to be home to the least extroverted. As someone who can suffer from introversion, a place like Colorado is ideal.

Colorado has the highest elevation of any state, with more than 1,000 Rocky Mountain peaks over 10,000 feet high and 54 towering above 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. A quiet yet vibrant city among the Rocky Mountains is Denver – the mile high-city, one mile above sea level and offering shopping, rest and relaxation. The state’s capitol is convenient, affordable and sunny – and home to unique history.

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DEN via Denver International Airport Facebook page

Fly: The Denver International Airport aka DEN is one of my favorite arrivals. The circus tent appearance from the sky would be enough, but there’s also conspiracy theory allure surrounding it. The 18th-busiest airport in the world and sixth-busiest airport in the United States has 58.3 passengers traveling through each year. Thanks to the internet, many wonder if it’s a tolerable place to be during a layover or a post-apocalyptic hangout?

Explore: The original daughter of adventure Margaret “Maggie” Brown better known as the “Unsinkable Molly B.”, was an American socialite and philanthropist. Her claim to fame was exhorting the crew in Lifeboat No. 6 to return to the debris field of the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic to look for survivors. Her house on Pennsylvania Street is a museum and enhances Denver’s appeal through her activism, philanthropy and passion.

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Courtesy of the Molly Brown House Museum

The Molly Brown House Museum stands as an enduring symbol of the turn of the 20th century in Denver. In the 1880s the lucky few who made millions in the mountains, railroads or trade moved to this prestigious neighborhood. After the silver market crash the Browns purchased the house and when Margaret was traveling she would rent it to wealthy families. While they were on a world trip it became the governor’s mansion and she continued renting it until the declining neighborhood and Great Depression forced her to turn it into a boarding house. It eventually became a home for girls until citizens saved the house from demolition through a grassroots effort, in 1970.

Shop: Downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods offer an abundance of retail experiences, making Denver the shopping capital of the Rocky Mountain West. In a single afternoon it’s imperative to visit one of the best bookstores in the country, Tattered Cover. With three locations, it’s impossible to miss.

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The Monaco lobby

Relax: At the Aveda salon you get more than a menu of treatments. It’s here your technician will read your personality and your tarot cards. For an afternoon of pampering and entertainment, it’s a must.

Stay: The Kimpton hotel chain always gets a thumbs-up, and the stylish Monaco in Denver is no exception. The friendly staff makes up for tiny rooms; and even if they are cozy, it’s more of an incentive to hang-out in the plush lobby and enjoy happy hour.

“Forty Before 40” is a travel blog series about visiting 40 of the United States before turning the age of 40, in 2018. Additional information can be found here.

 

 

Gypsy Getaway Wagons: A Unique Take on the Tiny Home Movement

11 Mar

GYGW-Pink_LogoWhen Jeff Deming left New York to settle out West, he wanted to find a quiet place to think and reconnect with his soul. Deming’s dream of bettering the world, as well as making a living that he could share with his two young kids led him to the creation of Gypsy Getaway Wagons.

Gypsy Getaway Wagons is a modern, minimalist, alternative living options that allows customers to escape the noise of today’s society in an uniquely designed, work of art that posses the comforts of luxury living with the ability to escaping off the grid.

Everyone needs it whether they know it or not. Life decisions, romantic getaways, meaningful family vacations…we all need to live like a gypsy to reconnect occasionally.” – Gypsy Getaway Wagons Owner Jeff Deming

With the growing popularity of tiny homes in our culture, Deming’s big idea mixed with his years of experience running boutique hotels, guest ranches and other various hospitality services allowed his dream the ability to grow. He teamed up with a local artesian to custom built unique Gypsy Wagons for costumers, as well as build several used for rental purposes.

While tiny homes can potentially be challenging to maneuver place to place, Gypsy Wagons are built on trailer beds that allow you to hitch to your vehicle and get away on a whim! Deming’s custom built wood interior mixed with the easy mobility of the wagons makes for a unique vacationing experience!

Gypsy Getaway Wagon’s is a family matter; Jeff credits his 11-year old and 13- year old children as lead designer and creative director of all Gypsy’s unique designs.

Public Relations Intern

5 Jan

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Full Plate Publicity, a small public relations firm handling busy clients, is looking for an intern interested in learning all aspects of the public relations field. The intern who fills this position should expect to learn the field from top to bottom, and will complete graduate from this program ready to enter any fast-paced public relations firm with excellent skills. It’s essential that applicants to this position have excellent communication skills, demonstrate creativity, and understand the importance of attending to even the smallest details.

Responsibilities

  • Monitor all forms of media
  • Schedule and coordinate speaking engagements, appearances, photo shoots, and other special events
  • Write press releases and other materials
  • Conduct follow up phone calls
  • Assist with mailings, print production
  • Create interview preparation materials
  • Compile contact lists
  • Search for press clippings
  • Create or update databases
  • Comfortable interviewing sources, especially on camera

Requirements

Students applying for this internship must have strong communication skills and should be majoring in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing or Journalism. Applicants should also have strong writing skills, as well as a solid understanding of social media. Only interns proficient with Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office applications, with phone and Internet connection should apply. An interest in the travel, hospitality, culinary and luxury lifestyle industries is necessary.

Majors

Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Journalism

If interested, please submit a resume and three writing samples to Michelle Blackley Glynn via email to shellblackley@gmail.com.

This position is unpaid but available for course credit. A stipend may be available for events.

Find the holidays in the golden state

29 Dec

fortybefore40No one thinks of the spending the holiday season in shorts, but when you are visiting a place like Los Angeles, it’s hard to have the Christmas blues when it’s 70 degrees and sunny outside.

Fly: Getting to Southern California via Long Beach Airport is a favorite among those who appreciate art deco architecture and old Hollywood. Three miles northeast of downtown Long Beach, it’s also historic for its convenience. Feel like Grace Kelly as your de-board the plane on the tarmac and enjoy a pre-flight provision on your way out, at the oval shaped bar that overlooks the runways.

Eat: Many residents of Long Beach are transplants from across the country. Those who do not return home often host “orphan” dinners. Friends and co-workers gather for a meal at someone’s home and then head to Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach or the Broadway Corridor for light barhopping.

A current popular eatery is the Federal Bar. Originally a bank from the early 1900s, patrons enjoy its “swanky” atmosphere, excellent cuisine (try the Fried Chicken & Biscuit) and the handcrafted cocktails created by friendly mixologists. Located on Pine Avenue, lined with palm trees decorated with Christmas lights, it would be hard not to be in a festive mood.

For a more upscale dining experience, climb aboard the legendary Queen Mary, where she is permanently docked in the Port of Long Beach; or brunch at the scenic Schooner or Later for their Crabs Benedicts and a wine-based Bloody Mary that will cure a holiday hangover.

 

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Courtesy of 4thstreetlongbeach.com blog

Shop: For a unique shopping experience, head to retro row where eclectic small business owners will help you navigate their shops for you or anyone on your nice list, while bargain hunters can head to the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles. A flea market that stretches several city blocks, discover great bargains on high-end designers like Dior and Gucci, but be prepared to haggle with vendors! While downtown, it’s always great to visit the Standard Hotel’s Rooftop Lounge or Perch. Both venues feature fresh so-cal cuisine and sweeping views of the Los Angeles skyline. Make sure you depart by 9 p.m. if you’re over 30 and want to avoid the millennial crowd.

 

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Catch a glimpse of the “Real Housewives of Orange County” being filmed in Newport Beach, while perusing retail favorites like Nordstrom, Neiman’s and Bloomingdales. A quick drive down the Pacific Coast Highway is worth the view of surfers catching waves in Huntington and Sunset Beaches.

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Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Explore: A visit to Southern California would not be complete without being at an event at the Staples Center or photographing the Hollywood Sign. The world famous landmark on Mt. Lee may be visible from all over the city, but it is possible to hike to the sign (but illegal to get too close). The best viewpoints are Hollywood and Highland, The Griffith Observatory and Mulholland Drive.

 

Michael Blackley contributed to this post.

No drink no problem

22 Dec

Pregnancy and health concerns can have a way of taking the festivity out of holiday events, but partygoers do not have to forgo their favorite provisions just because there’s a baby on the way.

img_0182-2Non-alcoholic mocktails let pregnant women and teetotalers enjoy the flavor of the holidays; and the good news is staying sober does not have to be boring.

A simple online search can reveal delicious and some nutritious virgin drink recipes, however, it may take asking a friendly bartender (and unfortunately, sometimes this can be a challenge). Thankfully, Canadians are friendly and a recent trip to Toronto led to discovering a new drink recipe.

 

Blueberry Mule

Courtesy of Café Boulud

 

Best served in a Moscow mule mug

 

Ingredients

8 oz. ginger beer

2-3 cinnamon sticks

1-cup blueberry juice

1-cup grapefruit juice infused with cinnamon*

Crushed ice

Sprig of mint

 

Instructions

Place cinnamon sticks in a carafe of grapefruit juice (1:1 cup works well). Infuse from 4 to 24 hours. Let sit out for 30 minutes before use, otherwise refrigerate when not in use.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add blueberry and grapefruit juices. Shake vigorously until well chilled.

Fill mugs or glasses with ice and pour the mixture over.

Top with ginger beer and stir.

Garnish with mint.

 

*Cinnamon is excellent for regulating blood sugar and improving alertness and concentration.

Last contiguous state but not least

17 Nov

fortybefore40Arizona is made for taking in the desert landscape and embracing the hot and dry climate in the winter, but it can also be appreciated for more than it’s natural beauty.

Years ago, after one bitterly cold winter in the Northeast, a hectic work schedule winding down, and recently ended relationship, Phoenix welcomed me with open arms.

Wear: Spring in Phoenix can offer a hot sun, so lather on the SPF. Both long pants and shorts work in almost all resorts, and the former is fine if traveling for work. A light sweater or sweatshirt should be enough to layer. Flip-flops are a must for poolside activity, as are sneakers – even if your schedule permits just a walk among the cul-de-sacs, you’ll be protected against the cacti and burn off the margaritas with a powerful stride.

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The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Shop: If you’re lucky enough to be staying in one of the 80 stylish casitas at The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, be sure to visit the gift shoppe where you’ll find fashion forward apparel, including perfect-for-the-weather tunics, authentic Native American art and a variety of Southwest-themed souvenirs.

Explore: Discover the jewel of the desert at the historic Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. This grand space has been hosting vibrant social events since 1929 and 87 years later, charming architecture still greets its guests. If you’re lucky enough to stay here, experience world-class golf and dining; but if you are just passing by, it is still possible to see this majestic site. Schedule a tour with the concierge.

Eat: On the property at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is the Hole-in-the-Wall, a favorite of guests and locals. The iconic eatery is housed in an original 1940s era ranch house and dishes up mouthwatering smokehouse. Open seasonally for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the latter menu includes grill and BBQ including baby-back ribs, smoky mesquite-broiled steaks, and kettle-smoked brisket. End the night with cocktails on the sunken bar, at the adjacent Saloon.

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Bring the savory, southwestern goodness home with you in the form of a rub. This BBQ spice is mild enough to use on just about any meat, especially before grilling. Dry rub gives chicken breasts a nice flavor boost and no sauce is needed when using on ribs or other meat.

New blog series to focus on travel and cooking

11 Oct

Pearls, Plates & Planes, the travel and lifestyle blog of Full Plate Publicity, is pleased to announce the launch of “Forty Before 40” and “Page to Pantry”, two new series that will be published on a regular basis.

“Forty Before 40” will highlight travel to 40 states and tfortybefore40he best places to eat, where to play, and what to wear while there. It will also explore how locals live, and the cultural and adventurous side of each destination. The idea was born when Full Plate Publicity‘s Owner and Chief Creative Officer Michelle Blackley Glynn realized that decades of work and personal travel have added-up to 40 visited states, just in time before turning 40 years old in 2018.

“It will be interesting to re-explore these 40 states through photos, journals, and recipes – nothing describes a place like its people and what they prepare to eat for their families and friends,” Glynn said. “As readers follow along with the series, I hope it encourages them to visit these domestic hotspots and discover their own bucket lists.”

pg2pantryWith a focus on the culinary appeal of “Forty Before 40” some blog posts may be accompanied by “Page to Pantry”, a cookbook review that is relevant to the destination.

For updates, continue to visit the Pearls, Plates & Planes blog or watch its T.V. show by the same name on “LCTV“.

 

 

Small town PR company with global impact

7 Jan

P3_STAMP-01A new public relations and social media agency for the travel, hospitality, culinary and luxury lifestyle industries has been formed in Western New York and South West Florida.

Full Plate Publicity will use the latest techniques in marketing and social media to create fresh, innovative and thoughtful campaigns for a variety of clients. The energetic team has an unparalleled passion for achieving media hits with a purpose, directly helping their clients’ businesses and presence in the marketplace.

With a solid presence in the book publishing industry Full Plate Publicity sees 2016 as the appropriate time to launch into industries that encompass culinary, travel and fashion, while specializing in hospitality and luxury lifestyle brands.

“With a strong background in the lifestyle industries, and media contacts in New York and globally, this is the ideal time to launch such a venture,” said Michelle Blackley Glynn, chief creative officer, Full Plate Publicity. “Using a multimedia approach on a daily basis, we are excited about growing our client list and staff as we embark on this initiative.”

Full Plate Publicity will formally launch internationally at the end of the month in New Delhi, India at SATTE, a three-day event showcasing more than 750 exhibitors from the travel and tourism industry, including 35 national tourist offices and 26 state tourism boards from India, airlines, hotels, destination marketing companies, cruise liners and more.

 

See the Pitons drink the beer

23 Jan
The Pitons, St. Lucia

The Pitons, St. Lucia

While the kids are enjoying one of the many pools, or hanging out in the “Kids Club,” enjoy a can or two of Piton Beer, found stocked within every mini-bar at Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia.

Piton Beer is a refreshing mountain brew that’s perfect for tropical weather consumption and sure to satisfies thirsts. This pilsner lager, made with specially selected malt, hops, yeast and maize, gives a fruity, floral and hoppy aroma.

For more information about the Pitons or St. Lucia, visit http://stlucianow.com/.

A version of this post is also on takingthekids.com.