I and many families across the U.S. celebrated our “royalty” on Sunday, Mom.  Now, on May 19, millions across the world will watch the royal wedding between Prince Harry & Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.  The month of May is full of celebrations and future plans which can include a next level of education, a first job out of college or new life as a married couple.   Leo Tolstoy said “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” and I could not agree more.  I only ask that on your list of plans and projects, you don’t forget to plan some vacation time for you!  I hope you enjoy our spring newsletter, find some travel inspiration and have a relaxing Memorial Day weekend.



I am very excited to present the new 2018/2019 “Escapes by Globus”.  These off-season vacation packages to Europe, South & Central America and India offer an excellent value.  Moreover, there are no single supplements.  Why not travel to these incredible destinations when there are less crowds and milder temperatures.  The link below will take you to the E-brochure for the 2018/2019 Escapes by Globus.  Please let me know if you would like me to check availability and cost for you.  I do foresee these great valued trips will sell out quickly.  Call me early for the best availability.

2018-2019 Escapes by Globus E-brochure (Zmag) (2985)



Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, known for its Hawaiian warmth & hospitality, celebrates its 70th anniversary.   The Hawaiian hotel chain promotes the local culture of each island destination and offers “Signature Experiences” programs such as a ‘ukulele music lesson or a craft lesson to make a lei.  Honeymooners and anniversary couples can renew their vows on the beach with a traditional Hawaiian ceremony.  Find out more on the history and commitment Outrigger Hotels & Resorts has to the culture and identity of Hawaii in this beautiful dedication insert in the Honolulu Star.



Less than 1 month ago, I visited the town of Oberammergau.  I was informed all of the local actors have been chosen and rehearsals begun.  Since last year, escorted tours which include an overnight and ticket to the performance have been on sale with tour operators such as Globus, Trafalgar, Insight, Collette and Ed-Ventures.  I have been informed by Globus, prices on these packages will increase very shortly.  Also, I personally met a representative from Tumlare; they are the sole officially authorized general sales agent for Passion Play 2020 in North and South America, the Philippines and Japan.  Tumlare offers 1 and 2 night packages for groups of 15 to 100 people to the Passion Play.  These packages are ideal for groups who do not wish to be part of an escorted tour.  Please note the 2 night packages are almost completely sold out; there is some availability in July and August.  The 1 night packages have more availability.  If you have friends & family or a church group interested in going to the Passion Play in 2020, please contact me as soon as possible.


Universal Orlando Resort’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort has unveiled 20 new two-bedroom suites which have views of Universals’ Volcano Bay water theme park.  Each suite offers 772 square feet for your family to relax and unwind and includes two full bathrooms, a living room, three flat-screen TV’s, and a kitchenette with a mini-refrigerator, microwave and small sink.  The maximum occupancy is eight.

The new Adventura Hotel is scheduled to open this August and is situated 17 stories above ground level for guests to see Hogwarts Castle, the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster and Universal’s Volcano Bay.  The resort will offer standard room, kids-suites and Skyline suites with sweeping views of Universal Orlando or the city of Orlando.


Puppy Love-Are you tired of putting your pet in an overnight camp or have it watched by a local petsitter, friend or relative when you go on vacation?  Or, would you love to take your fur family member with you on your next adventure.  Today, there are several dog-friendly hotel chains which would welcome your pet.  Please note as locations are often independently owned, policies may vary by hotel, so inquire with the specific site to ensure it is pet-friendly.  Some chains and locations charge a pet fee while others allow a complimentary stay.  A pet cleaning fee may also be charged.  Lastly, you’ll likely be required to sign a pet policy agreement for the safety of everyone involved, from you and your pet to the housekeeping and hotel staff.  Below please find dog-friendly hotel chains for every budget.

Economy/Value: Best Western Hotel & Resorts, La Quinta Inns & Suites, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham, Motel 6, Red Roof and Super 8.

Moderate/Midscale: Extended Stay America, Comfort Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn by Hilton, Holiday Inn, Kimpton and Hotel Indigo.

Luxury/Upscale: Hyatt, Aloft, Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels and Ritz Carlton.

Kitty Love-Away from home and miss your beloved feline?  Problem solved as cat lovers have something to celebrate with the rising phenomenon of cat cafes.  Cat cafes allow you to come into a cat themed cafe for a beverage and/or meal and be surrounded in kitty love.  Most cat cafes are partnered with a local rescue group or shelter and offer a chance to adopt.  Please check ahead of time as some cat cafes may have a fee and require reservations.  Below please find a link to cat cafes throughout North America.



December 24, 2018 will mark the 200th anniversary of the beloved Christmas carol "Silent Night, Holy Night".  It was on Christmas Eve, 1818, when Joseph Mohr, a priest from Salzburg and Franz Xaver Gruber, a teacher from Upper Austria, sang the carol for the very first time at the St. Nikola Church in Oberndorf near Salzburg.  Today, the Christmas carol is performed in over 300 languages and dialects.  In Oberndorf, Salzburg and locations throughout Salzburgerland, you will find many special exhibitions and events for the 2018 Christmas season.  A trip to visit the beautiful Christmas markets in Salzburg and the surrounding region plus an opportunity to see these specials events and exhibitions would make a wonderful holiday experience.


VIRTUOSO LIFE MAGAZINE May/June 2018-The Hotel Issue


CURRENT SPECIALS-Please note all specials are subject to change based on availability and restrictions apply.

Royal Caribbean International-“Bond Over Beach Days” Sale.  50 pct. off second guest plus kids sale free.  Plus, receive up to a $100 onboard credit to spend at sea.  Offer valid until 05/31/18.

Brendan Vacations-Save $200 per couple off flights when you book an escorted vacation by 06/15/18.

Delta Vacations-Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts and save up to $325.00 on an air, hotel and car rental package.  Travel now to 12/21/18.  Book by 05/31/18.

Universal Orlando Resort-Save $150 on a 3 night or longer Spring Savings Package.  The Spring Savings Package includes a 3 nights of accommodations, a 3 Park 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket with 2 Days Free to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay, Early park admission one hour before the theme park opens to one Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando valid them park admission required.  You must book by 06/18/18 for travel now to 06/24/18.































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