Aloha Luxury and Beyond

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The view today is pure aloha magic at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, about 30 miles up the road from Kona. We were wide awake about 4:30 because of the difference in time zones (and our early to bed from the 27 hour day yesterday mixed with Mai Tais!). The room was quiet and comfortable and Bub was delighted to…

When Are We Getting To Hawaii?

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The view today takes me from chilly Phoenix to tropical Kona. We are a little late leaving Sky Harbor Airport, but there doesn’t appear to be any issues with TSA. Our very full American Airlines flight makes up the time and we land a little after 3 to a bright sunny afternoon. On my Granddaughter Lily’s first trip to the…

Warm Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Hilton Doubletree Treats Us!

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Hilton Honors and Doubletree Benefits Today’s view…Nothing is better than a warm chocolate chip cookie! And, we get two as we check into The Phoenix DoubleTree Suites . Less than two miles from Sky Harbor Airport, it is a perfect place for us to stay the night before our flight to Hawaii. Using my Hilton Honors points for the room,…

Caruso’s…For Richard’s Italian Birthday Dinner

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Annually for the last 40 years, our whole family celebrates my son, Richard’s, birthday at Caruso’s in Tucson. A family restaurant, Caruso’s serves up the best Italian food in downtown Tucson. Affordably priced, with a vast selection of everything you would expect. We are never disappointed! We always start with Antipasto and garlic bread. I’m sure we tax the waiter’s…

Lunch at Tohono Chul Bistro

Tohono Chul Garden Bistro- A Tucson Secret

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When you are in the mood for something special, Tohono Chul Desert Bistro will fit the bill. Tucked within 49 acres of gardens and pathways it is surrounded by desert plants teeming with flowers for the butterflies and birds. This oasis is located, surprisingly, just a step away from of one of the busiest commercial and residential areas of Northwest…

Live Longer: Tennis On the Road

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My day usually begins with a singles set of tennis with my husband, Bub. So, I was delighted to learn it is going to lengthen our lives by 9.7 years, according to a study done over 25 years with 8600 participants! The interesting research attributes this not only to the sport but to the socializing that takes place. Hopefully, we…

Hidden Gem in Naalehu

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Who knew some of the best food on the Big Island was a food truck in Naalehu? The fellow sitting in front of us on our flight from Phoenix to Kona over was telling his seatmates about this place. We had 5 hours to kill after checking out of the hotel and waiting for our plane, so an excursion south…

Big Island Cows Make The Best Burgers!

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The Big Island is home to large herds of cattle, brought to Hawaii over 160 years ago. The Parker Ranch is the center of this historic legacy, providing beef to local eateries. Across the Big Island, scrumptious burgers are made from this locally sourced, grass-fed, organic beef. With that as a foundation, the quest to sample and rate the very best…