Monday, June 28, 2010

Could be the best place to dine, wine, shop and entertain in Las Vegas.

Town Square Las Vegas is a real hidden gem just south of Mandalay Bay.  If you've had your fill of the "strip" and want good food, great bars and a place to spend the day or evening, you deserve to check this out. See the whole story with slideshow here:

Friday, June 25, 2010

A perfect weekend roadtrip in PA - follow this barn tour

The perfect getaway - great scenery, interesting farms and squeezably soft alpacas. Be sure to see the slideshow.

Monday, June 21, 2010

June 26th Fireworks...why wait for July 4th?

July 4th fireworks come early this year - June 26th in fact - if you are near Columbia Station.

Traveling smart when you travel internationally

How to use your smartphone more "smartly" while traveling internationally. Your federal gov. is being proactive.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Duct tape rolls into Avon, Ohio at annual parade and festival

Thousands of visitors flocked to Avon, OH to witness the creations made from duct tape. It's a story you've got to read to believe. Slideshow of the sculpture and parade floats included.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Why your next travel camera might be the iPhone 4

It happens every year or so. You either drop it in the swimming pool, drop kick it out of your car or the dog ate it (yeah right.) Whatever the case, you think it's time you need a new camera. That old camera just isn't taking the pics like your friends get, and it's time to upgrade.

Complicating or simplifying the decision this year (depending on your point of view) is the quality of the new iPhone 4's built in camera.  The new iPhone 4's camera is now up to a respectable 5 megapixels in resolution.  That is probably enough for most non-professional photographers.

According to the charts, you could print a true photo quality (300 pixels per inch) print up to 6"x9" from a 5 megapixel image.  In reality, I've used Epson inkjet printers for years and gotten very good quality images at 150 pixels per inch. That would grant you a 12"x18" print from the same photo.

While too many people place the emphasis on megapixel count, the real issue is pixel quality. For example, a pro camera with a full image sensor like the Nikon D3 or D700 will always outperform a point-and-shoot with the same megapixel count. That's because the pro camera's pixels (sensors) are bigger than the point-and-shoot's pixels. Bigger is better - in every way that matters. They capture more of the information you need to create a digital photo.

Read the entire article at
Beginning iPhone 4 Application Development

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Amazing do-it-all Grand Canyon helicopter tours

If you only have one day and you want to do it all, then the West Rim should be your destination of choice. Called Grand Canyon West, it’s a part of the Hualapai Indian’s 100 mile long reservation bordering the Colorado River. Opened in 1988, the Hualapai have created a destination where visitors can really experience all that the canyon has to offer.

I recently completed one of the Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours offered by while in Las Vegas. Just one of dozens of adventure tours offered by, this trip offered everything I was looking for in one convenient package.

Read the entire article and see the slideshow with images from the Grand Canyon here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Cleveland travelers gather to discuss Alaska

Have you ever been to the largest state in the US? Not Texas - but ALASKA! It's a land of awesome mountains and glaciers, abundant and majestic wildlife, whale watching and the best hunting and fishing anywhere.

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to visit there, Tuesday night will be a great opportunity for Clevelander's to talk with those who've been there and get the real answers you seek. Like, NO, it doesn't snow all year long and YES you can go out in short sleeves during a great number of days each year.

The Northeast Ohio Council of Hostelling International is sponsoring a Travelers Circle event this Tuesday night at 6:00 P.M. at Bar Cento in Ohio City. The Travelers Circle is a free event, sponsored numerous times each year, highlighting different vacation destinations. This particular event will concentrate on Alaska from the Kenai Peninsula in the south to Anchorage and Fairbanks further north. Hostels visited will be discussed as well as traveling on the Alaska Railroad.

Typically, a half-hour long presentation with a slide show will be followed by a question and answer session. Before and afterwards, you may avail yourself of all the wonderful refreshments served by Bar Cento. Travelers Circles are always open to all and reservations are not needed.

Bar Cento is located at 1948 West 25th St in Cleveland, about one block NW of the West Side Market. Parking is available on the street and there is a lot available at 26th and Market Avenue.

Bar Cento serves an Italian menu with great pizza, 99 Belgian beers and 100 wines from around the world. Living the "green movement," they source local and organic ingredients from local farmers. Click one of these links for their menu or their wine list.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Paul McCartney to open new CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh

It's been 46 years since his first performance in Pittsburgh, but HE'S BACK. CONSOL Energy Center Arena revealed today that their grand opening performance will feature Paul Mc Cartney on August 18th. The completion date of the construction was supposedly moved up two weeks to accomodate Mc Cartney's schedule.

If you are planning some travel in the near future, this is a venue unlike many others. Designed to be the first Gold LEED certified arena in the country, all that "greening" promises to make this a very comfortable experience for the fans.
Read the complete story here:

Thursday, June 3, 2010

$50,000 for 30 seconds of your time

Make a 30-second video for and win $50,000 of travel. Beats sitting around watching oil spill reruns.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Top ten best pieces of travel gear you should be packing

Part Five (last one) - Best of the Best Travel Gear - PakSmarte, Mophie, Anywhere Back Cushion. My top ten list is complete.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Part Four - Best of the Best Travel Gear - PhotoSafe II for digital downloading photo files + idox360 iPhone holder
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