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Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Everyone at one time or another has checked into a hotel and thought "this looks nothing like the pictures on the website".  Enter, a fantastic hotel website that is now at the top of my fave list. handpicks professional writer/travelers who make undercover visits to hotels.  They take pictures of everything; the lobby, the street, the room, the bar - everything.  You get to take a look at the hotel as it really is...before you go.  Also, you get a clear, concise, no-nonsense review from a well traveled person.  They give you the pros and cons in one quick glance.  Want to find the most romantic hotel in Boston? Best party hotel in Vegas? How about best kid-friendly hotels in San Francisco? They offer lists of the top 10 categorized according to what is important to you. They feature hotel reviews for 8 major cities and 6 tropical island spots.  Check out the page with the side by side comparison photos and see how hotels can easily fool unsuspecting travelers.  The photos make me want to seriously upgrade my camera.  Right now. 


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I didn’t dip my toe in an ocean until I turned 25 and my friend Sandy and I traveled to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. After that week, I was hooked. I loved being somewhere new; smelling the smells, tasting new food, seeing how other people lived. It energized me. As luck would have it, I landed a job that allowed me to travel all over the US and often to Canada. Being a sports event television producer, I was on the road all the time. That's when my love affair with travel began. Now, its 20 years later and still no one gets more “geeked up” about planning a vacation than I do. All I need is a destination and some travel companions and my fire is lit! I start delving into my favorite hotel sites, sifting through photos and reviews, comparing, contrasting -it’s like an addiction. The travel shows with tips and trends? I study them like a playbook. I LOVE doing the things most people hate doing before they go on vacation. Whether it be searching for a food tasting tour with a local or discovering a romantic B&B in the middle of New York - I’ve found it and I’ll share it with you. So....where should we go?