Home Again.

I’m home again.  It’s bittersweet.  36 hours, five airports, three airlines, and four hours of sleep — I’m ready for some comfy clothes and a long nap.  I love traveling, though – even the craziness of airports and the random weird events that I inevitably encounter.  This was definitely and adventure; if you see me in person drinking my Coco-Corona at King Corona in Ybor, ask about the 3 am Philly excitement, and I’ll fill you in!

 

Miami

It’s been much too long since I’ve been to Miami, and it’s still one of the prettiest night landings I’ve ever seen.  I wish I had more time to be here, but alas – only an hour layover before I head back to home to Tampa.

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Boston

Beantown … you’re gorgeous, but it’s ‘effin freezing here.

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I’m wearing layers.  Layers, people!

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Hello, Philadelphia!

Ahh, traveling again.  I seriously start to go stir crazy if I’m stuck in Tampa too long, so when I was given an opportunity to head back to Philly and stay at the exceptional Hotel Palomar you know I jumped all over it!  This is one of the best four-star boutique hotels in the city – and it’s a Kimpton property, which means you know the service and experience will be above par.  The staff here are some of my favorites, and the hotel is GORGEOUS.  Just take a look at the lobby!

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So many comfortable places to sit and chat, or enjoy the hosted wine hour each evening.  I love hanging out by the windows with a hot cup of coffee or a nice martini, and watch the people walking by.

One of my favorite features of the Kimpton hotels are the beds.  They’re amazing, and I’d have one at home if I could fold up a mattress and stick it in my suitcase.  They hooked me up with a king sized bed and a city view for this trip – no complaints here!

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and right outside the window –

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This really is a must-stay hotel.  The location is also excellent – just blocks from Rittenhouse Square, everything you could possibly want is within easy walking distance.  Shopping ( including a huge Sephora, a Nordstrom Rack,  and an Apple store!), dining ( casual and fancy), public transport, and entertainment.  I love a walkable city.

Sometimes you just want to stay in, and the Hotel Palomar also offers 24 hour dining courtesy of their in-house restaurant, Square 1682.  My last stay I ordered in-room service because I was just too tired to wander around looking for food.  This time I headed downstairs before leaving for the airport for an amazing continental breakfast.  Even something simple is presented beautifully, the staff is attentive, and the service is fast.  It’s worth coming in for a bite to eat even if you aren’t spending the night at the hotel – it’s really that delicious!

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Well, I’m off to Boston, Miami, and then finally home to Tampa.  Remember, if you follow me on Instagram you get to see all my adventures in real time, along with photos that I don’t share here!

 

Oh, GaYbor.

The Man and I went out last night.  We’ve been trying to hit the strip one night a week, even if it’s just for a coffee and some people watching.  It’s nice to get away for an hour or two, relax, take in the sights.  What started as a coffee at King Corona ended with an adventure at Southern Nights, lol.  My favorite bartender made me some wonderful vodka concoction, I got to watch boys in underwear dance, and for once a fabulous hair night didn’t go to waste.  God, I love this town!

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