5 Easy Exercises You Can Do on a Business Trip

Business trips can consist of far too much stationary activity. It’s not unusual to be sitting on long flights or in meetings, getting minimal, if any, exercise throughout the day. As a result, business professionals can go home feeling even more run down because they aren’t working out and exercising like they normally do at home. While it makes sense that business trips will take away from your normal fitness routines, they don’t have completely wipe out your healthy routine. Here are a few simple exercises business travelers can do while on the road.

 

Squats and Lunges

For the business traveler lacking room in their luggage to haul exercise equipment, their greatest access is bodyweight exercises. These exercises involve merely using your own weight to help work out certain areas. Two easy exercises that are hotel-room-friendly are squats and lunges. Both require no equipment but lead to a more toned lower body and core.

 

Climb the Stairs

Business travelers don’t have to wait to get to the hotel for the chance to exercise. Every trip through the airport, journey up to the hotel room or visit to an office building can prove to offer one of the easiest exercises to do while traveling. Climbing the stairs rather than taking elevators can be an easy way to workout without doing too much thinking or setting aside time to exercise. Moving those legs can also be a nice cardio exercise after you have been sitting on flights for hours on end.

 

Take Advantage of Fitness Centers

Most hotels have fitness centers with basic gym staples like a treadmill, elliptical and weights. As part of healthy travel, you need to walk, jog or run every once in awhile. For the business traveler, the hotel fitness center is a saving grace when you only have free time at the beginning or end of the day to exercise. It is worth it to look for accommodations with fitness centers as part of their hotel amenities. By spending just 15 minutes in the hotel gym, you will surely feel healthier and restored.

 

Pushups

Pushups are one of the simplest exercises to do while traveling. They provide a big impact on the body, and you only need a small space to carry out this upper body exercise. Pushups work the shoulders, chest, arms and even the core. By doing at least 10 reps in conjunction with other exercises like jogging, you can keep your upper body toned as you travel.

 

Swim Laps

For some business travelers, at the end of a long flight or day of meetings, you don’t really want to head to a hotel fitness room. Luckily, you can still do an exercise without having to hit the treadmill. If your accommodations have a pool, you can swim a few laps. Swimming not only burns a ton of calories, it is also quite refreshing when you have been confined to a chair all day. It’s easy to squeeze in a few laps here and there if you have a pool onsite at your hotel.

January 22, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

4 Road Trips Every Family Should Plan For in 2015

For families, road trips are often the best way to get out and see the country without overspending. Where are you planning to hit the road to get to next year? If you still haven’t finalized your destinations, consider these four road trips to make for iconic and rewarding travels in 2015.

 

Trip #1: California’s The Pacific Coast Highway

If you don’t know where to begin in 2015 with your family travels, California road trips are a good place to start. With a number of appealing hotels chalk full of amenities for family travelers throughout California, the state presents a wealth of landscapes and attractions that the whole carload can appreciate. One of California’s most memorable road trips is that down the Pacific Coast Highway. A stunning trip spanning 123 miles, this California jaunt highlights Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur. The cliff hugging journey presents varying landscapes in California, proving rewarding for the entire family. Designated an All-American Road, the Pacific Coast Highway road trip can take around 5 hours total, leaving plenty of time to stop for a few days here and there along the way.

 

Trip #2: North Carolina’s Outer Banks

In terms of otherworldly road trips, North Carolina’s drive along the Outer Banks tends to take the cake. The 114 miles drive stretches from the north coast town of Corolla down to Ocracoke. The road trip mostly covers Highway 12, including a car ferry from Hatteras to Ocracoke Island. Along the way, the whole family can admire ocean views, sand dunes and history lighthouses. This North Carolina road trip can also include a visit to see the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills and a journey along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a protected coastline from Nags Head to Ocracoke. The North Carolina’s Outer Banks journey lends an end of the Earth feel without being too far removed from civilization.

 

Trip #3: Texas’ Big Bend

The borderlands of Texas present a true adventure for your family road trip in 2015. Part of the appeal of venturing down to Big Bend National Park is the journey in just getting there. This road trip takes visitors through rugged mountains, desert and grassland. Families can begin the trip to Big Bend in Fort Stockton, heading through Alpine into the Park. Carloads can then loop out of the park by heading up to Marfa. The journey showcases Texas at its most remote and arguably most beautiful.

 

Trip #4: Michigan’s Shipwreck Coast

While not as famous as the likes of Route 66, Michigan’s Shipwreck Coast should make it into your family vacation plans in the New Year if you seek out an unusual journey. The route stretches from the Upper Peninsula, in between Marquette and Whitefish Point. The road almost rides on the water, leading to the wondrous Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The 40-mile stretch is exactly why many venture up here. The route highlights Lake Superior and the toll it has taken on more than 300 ships, leading to its title of Shipwreck Coast. Key stops along the way include the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and Whitefish Point Light Station.

 

January 14, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

10 Best Boston Restaurants Every Top Chef Fan Should Try Out

Bravo’s Top Chef set the table in Boston for its twelfth season. It’s no wonder why. Boston has built up the reputation not just for thick accents and baseball, but also for its tasty cuisine. Top Chef fans visiting Boston will not want to miss feasting at these Boston restaurants that are either linked to the television series or most simply famously delicious in Bean Town.

 

Sweet Cheeks Q

If you have been a Top Chef fan from the beginning, you’re probably familiar with the finalist of the first season, Tiffani Faison. Faison spearheaded one of Boston’s favorite restaurants, Sweet Cheeks Q. The establishment aims to perfect Texas style barbeque, despite being very far north of the Mason Dixon line. When you hit Sweet Cheeks Q, a must-have, not-to-miss is the mouth-watering pork belly.

 

Coppa

Located in Boston’s South End, Coppa bears a Top Chef Boston connection. Many of the star judges of the series dined at Coppa while filming in Bean Town. Coppa is known by locals for being a delicious and creative enoteca run by Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette.

 

No. 9 Park

Located in Boston’s Beacon Hill, right across from the Boston Common and the Massachusetts State House, No. 9 Park is overseen by the legendary Boston native, chef Barbara Lynch. Lynch appeared on the Top Chef Boston season to advise contestants. And it’s no wonder why, with restaurants like No. 9 Park under her belt. The Boston establishment serves up a blend of regionally inspired Italian and French cuisine. Adding to its acclaim, the restaurant has won several fine dining awards.

 

Rialto

Boston doesn’t mess around with Italian food. Need convincing? Check out Rialto in Harvard Square. The upscale Italian eatery features local ingredients with regional Italian culinary traditions. To further cement their credit in the world of authentic Italian faire, Chef Jody Adams even appeared on the second season of Top Chef Masters.

 

B&G Oysters

It wouldn’t be a visit to Boston without sampling some New England classics like oysters. No. 9 Park’s chef Barbara Lynch also runs B&G Oysters. Her modern take on a classic oyster bar in Boston’s South End frequently receives awards and accolades.

 

The Regal Beagle

Executive chef Stacy Cogswell at The Regal Beagle in Brookline might sound familiar to Top Chef fans. Cogswell is a contestant on the Top Chef Boston season. She also runs the Regal Beagle in Boston, serving up a menu of upscale comfort food with an added twist.

 

Tico Boston

When you are staying in Boston, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to an establishment run by Michael Schlow, one of Boston’s most prized chefs. Schlow not only runs things at Tico Boston, but he has also appeared on Top Chef Masters. The establishment is all about having a good time while enjoying American cuisine sprinkled with the influences of Schlow’s travels and love for Spain, Mexico and South America.

 

The Kirkland Tap and Trotter

Quickly garnering fame as one of the best Boston restaurants open today, the Kirkland Tap and Trotter will appeal to Top Chef fans for its simple, hearty yet approachable cuisine. James Beard award winning chef Tony Maws leads the show at the Kirkland Tap and Trotter, presenting a funky take from a friendly neighborhood spot.

 

M.C. Spiedo

The fourth season of Top Chef Masters featured the culinary duo of Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier. The team has moved into Boston’s M.C. Spiedo in the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Acclaimed for its farm fresh ingredients and old world Italian dishes, the restaurant is also a delight for its Renaissance-inspired décor.

 

Oleana

Continuing the Top Chef restaurants’ tour, Oleana should also make a traveler’s culinary list. Headed by Ana Sortun, the Cambridge eatery specializes in Turkish and Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. Top Chef watchers might recognize Sortun’s name from the second season of Top Chef Masters.

 

A trip to Boston could easily be filled with nothing more than eating your way, one amazing restaurant after another, through the charming historic town.

 

January 5, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Top 4 Places to Spend a Romantic New Year's Eve

Countdowns, midnight kisses, champagne toasts and fireworks are what make New Year’s Eve one of the most romantic holidays of the year. For couples, finding a setting to ring in the New Year can be a challenge each and every year. If you are looking for a New Year’s Eve destination heavy on the romance, try these four spots for a starry-eyed New Year’s Eve getaway.

New Orleans, Louisiana

For the romantic couple who also delights in music, food and fun, New Orleans fits the bill for New Year’s. This city is rare, one of French Quarter beauty, jazz, blues, glowing gas lamps and generous cuisine. New Orleans is a culture waiting to be opened, specifically for New Year’s Eve. The city features a wealth of events couples can enjoy such as a fleur-de-lis drop, fireworks over the Mississippi River and live entertainment in Jackson Square. Even if you don’t fancy the ragging party scene that is New Orleans, you can take your romancing on a fireworks cruise on the Creole Queen paddlewheeler or the Steamboat Natchez.

New York City, New York

Easily one of the most famous destinations in the U.S. for New Year’s Eve celebrations, New York City is much more than just the Times Square ball drop. Couples can romance the city without going elbow to elbow with crowds even if the city is one of the most popular New Year’s Eve destinations in the U.S. Aside from catching the ball drop, New York also boasts fireworks at Long Meadow, and the show is best seen from Grand Army Plaza. The city is also full of romantic attractions - beginning with a stroll through Central Park. Couples can then make the trip up to the top of the Empire State Building or go on a date on ice at the rink at Rockefeller Center. When you are exhausted from New York’s wealth of romantic attractions, you can rest up at Extended Stay America New York, where comforts and amenities reign supreme.

San Francisco, California

There is a reason San Francisco takes many hearts. The city by the bay is also incredibly romantic for New Year’s Eve. If you are seeking a city that offers a taste of a little bit of everything without too much pretention, San Francisco meets the expectation. It is hard not to be romanced by fog draped over the Golden Gate Bridge or a ride through downtown on a cable car. New Year’s Eve celebrations in San Francisco include a spectacular fireworks show along the Embarcadero, hotel parties, restaurant gatherings and even museum celebrations. One not-to-be-missed venue…The Asian Art Museum, which puts on a New Year belling ringing ceremony.

Charleston, South Carolina

When you can’t whisk your loved one out of the country for New Year’s Eve, Charleston answers with that history and old world charm most travel across oceans to find. The romantic Southern city is draped in stately homes, delicious and fulfilling cuisine and a history you just can’t manufacture. Founded by English colonists in 1670, Charleston takes pride in how it has preserved its history rather than destroy it. Couples can stroll through that history, popping in an antebellum mansion or two. A romantic New Year’s Eve in Charleston brings themed balls and countdown parties, specifically with the Yorktown Countdown[SG2] . Charleston’s largest annual New Year’s Eve celebration features a ball drop on the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier in Mount Pleasant.

New Year’s Eve is romanticism personified - this year hit a spot that will provide memories that will last a lifetime.

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