• DorteaPatrice

Updated: Mar 16, 2020

Happy New Year everyone, I hope you all had a blessed and safe holiday season! When is the last time you did something that scared you? When you live in fear you're putting limits on your life. I made a decision years ago to face my fears one by one. I started the new year off with a new adventure. One characteristic I love about myself is that I'm spontaneous. I woke up early Monday morning and wanted a new experience so I booked a flight to Denver, Colorado to leave in three days! If you know me, you know I highly dislike cold weather so for me to visit Colorado in the winter it's totally different.

My vacation dates were from January 2-7, 2020. I flew from Atlanta < > Denver. I stayed at the AC Hotel Denver (the new Marriott). Since this was my first visit to Colorado, I wanted to stay downtown and commute to the ski resort because I love to explore. All the attractions were in walking distance from the hotel; restaurants, entertainment, and shopping. Attractions I visited: 16th St Mall- mile long mall located downtown Denver. Rocky Mountain National Park, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater- open air amphitheater built into a rock structure. Winter Park Resort.

Winter Park Resort is a 67 mile commute from Denver. The commute was scenic and beautiful but a little scary when you're not used to driving in snow. Upon arrival I rented ski gear. I wanted a fashionable ski suit so I ordered mine online before leaving and had it delivered to the hotel. Since this was my first time skiing, I took ski lessons. It was a group of six people with one instructor. I highly recommend ski lessons if it's your first time, knowledge reduces fear.

Travel tips: layer up, pack waterproof clothing items (puffer/coat), sweaters, thermal, ear muffs, mittens, snow boots, and hand/foot warmers. Do not pack cotton t-shirts. That's my recap of my first ski experience, I hope this information is helpful as you plan your vacation! Thank You for reading, feel free to Like, Share, and or leave a Comment below.

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February is the month of Love! A lot of people celebrated Galentine's Day, Valentine's Day, or both. This was my first year celebrating Galentine's Day. Galentine's Day is observed February 13, the day before Valentine's Day. Galentine's Day celebrates platonic friendships, usually among women. I was hosted by Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta to celebrate Galentine's Day with an over night stay and a full itinerary.

When I arrived at Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta, I instantly fell in love with their bold, independent-minded aesthetic woven throughout their lobbies, restaurants to their meeting spaces, and rooms. The room was spacious, had a luxurious feel for a very reasonable price. (Rooms start at only $94 per night). Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta is located in Duluth, Ga.; in the greater Atlanta community. Recently renovated 17 story hotel with 300 guest rooms, including 5 suites and the Preferred Level for business guests. In addition the hotel features ArtBar, a gastro pub with signature dishes and drinks in a local art-inspired atmosphere. Grapevine Restaurant, which is open for breakfast and lunch. A private dining room for small groups and intimate special events, plus an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, health club, sundeck, and free parking. Whether a visit for business or for pleasure, Sonesta Gwinnett's amenities, services, and attentive staff aim to exceed individual guest needs and expectations.

After I settled in, I met up with the other bloggers in the suite. The suite was setup up nicely with heavy horderves, desserts, and a mimosa bar provided by the ArtBar. We had dinner reservations at the Art Bar. The ArtBar at Sonesta Gwinnett is open daily for dinner. The ArtBar provides guest and visitors with a cultural dining experience, complete with locally inspired seasonal dishes, Southern fare, as well as installations by featured local artists. My meal consisted of: Starters: pimento cheese fritters, deviled eggs, blackened shrimp and grits. Salad: Spinach salad. Entree: caramel crusted salmon with edamame basmatic rice, garlic broccolini, lemon beurre blanc. Dessert: Banana Bread Pudding. The meal was spectacular. After dinner, we attended a play at the Aurora Theatre. After the play, we returned to the hotel and ended our evening.


The following morning we enjoyed a delicious complimentary breakfast at the Grapevine Restaurant. The Grapevine Restaurant offers a bright and airy venue with a menu that provides something for everyone.

If you're in need of an escape or a romantic night or two, I highly recommend Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta. They have a special offer right now for a Romance Package; website provided below for additional information.

Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta

1775 Pleasant Hill Road

Duluth, GA 30096

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For my birthday trip this year, I went back to the great state of California! This was my sixth time visiting and my third time traveling the Pacific Coast Highway, commonly known as the PCH or California State Route 1. I've been trying to convince my family to visit California since my first visit back in 2008, well this year I succeeded. My mom and youngest brother was able to travel along with me, which made this trip more memorable. If you are considering visiting California, I highly recommend traveling the Pacific Coast Highway. Driving the PCH is an amazing experience, the stunning views of the mountains, coastline, palm trees, and the weather are PRICELESS!!!

My vacation dates were from May 1 - May 12, 2019. I flew from Atlanta < > San Francisco. I stayed in San Francisco, Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles. When I travel, I love to explore. I'm going to list a few attractions I visited in each city. Attractions in San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz Island, Lombard Street, Oracle Park, Muir Woods, and Sausalito. Attractions in Monterey: Cannery Row and Old Fisherman's Wharf. Attractions in Santa Barbara: State Street and Stearns Wharf. Attractions in Los Angeles: The Alley, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign, Venice Beach, Rodeo Drive, STAPLES Center, and Runyon Canyon Park. There is so much more to explore in California.

Travel tips: Before traveling to California, check the weather because the climate is different. San Francisco is extremely windy, make sure to pack a hat or hood. I packed according to the weather and I froze in San Francisco, this was the coldest I've ever experienced this time of year. Since I traveled with family this trip, we had a rental car the entire trip. This was my first time having a rental car in San Francisco and my last. Parking is expensive and difficult to find. I recommend that you stay close to the attractions and take public transportation, that has worked best for me in the past. Make sure you visit a Farmers Market if love fresh fruit and vegetables. That's my California recap, I hope this information is helpful as you plan your vacation!

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