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Month: June 2017

The New Jersey Winemakers Co-op Spring Portfolio Tasting

The New Jersey Winemakers Co-op Spring Portfolio Tasting

Sometimes we’re so busy traveling remote corners of the earth, or planning our next trip, we forget that there’s actually all kinds of good stuff going on right on our front doorstep. Case in point: The New Jersey Winemakers Co-op Spring Portfolio Tasting at Beneduce Vineyards, which I attended for the first time this year. When my wine buff friend Lara asked me if I wanted to come along, I didn’t need much convincing. Spending a warm spring day at a…

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DasTravelBlog is going to Canada – A Lot!

DasTravelBlog is going to Canada – A Lot!

My employers, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to assign me to a project in Toronto for the next couple of months – starting today. For once, Stu was quick to volunteer to come up for the weekend sometime (funny, there just wasn’t the same level of enthusiasm when it was Bloomington, IL). While business travel doesn’t offer much opportunity to play the tourist, we’ll try to do some exploring and report back! I’ve been to Toronto on business before,…

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The Air & Space Museum You Didn’t Know Existed

The Air & Space Museum You Didn’t Know Existed

At the very tail-end of our Southern roadtrip, we stopped off in DC for the night before heading home to NJ. Stu being the aviation nut that he is, suggested we stop by the air & space museum near Dulles airport, officially known as the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. I had never even heard of the place, but it’s actually an extension of the Smithsonian air & space museum in DC. It is housed in a giant t-shaped hangar, with aviation…

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How to Use Your Smart Phone as your Hotel Room Key

How to Use Your Smart Phone as your Hotel Room Key

In this second part of my “hotel room key series”, I thought I’d talk about the not-so-new trend of using your cell phone to open your hotel room door, instead of a key provided by the hotel. While this technology has been touted by various hotel chains for a couple of years now, it’s taking a while to spread, and I only just had the pleasure of experiencing it myself at the Hilton Knoxville last month. Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), Marriott…

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Should you be worried about the information contained on your hotel key card?

Should you be worried about the information contained on your hotel key card?

One of my friends recently asked me whether it was true that your hotel room key card contains your credit card information. This reminded me of a co-worker I used to travel with, who had a pile of old key cards sitting at home because she was afraid to leave them at the hotel. It sounded like some investigating was in order. There’s a lot of often conflicting information out there, but public concern around this issue first seems to…

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