Thursday, April 22, 2010


The Pillars at New River Sound is an exceptional getaway located in the heart of the Ft. Lauderdale, known to some as the 'Venice of America'. I have worked at two phenomenal 5 star properties, and have been to a myriad of hotels that range from grand to modest all over the U.S. The Pillars is a hotel that is just about perfect for my taste.

The staff did everything to make my stay comfortable; the food was terrific and the service was highly personable. This little piece of paradise touts an incredible scenic waterfront view in a lush atmosphere. I can't imagine getting tired of resting here. Should you want to get out a bit while staying here, you can easily hop on the private WaterBus; there is also a private kayaking excursion that takes you through the Las Olas isles.

The Pilars belongs to the
Small Luxury Hotels of the World group - a membership not easily earned. Besides meeting exemplary standards of service, each hotel is required to undergo visits from mystery inspectors. Now there is a mystery shopper job that might be worth applying for.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


All photograph by Elsa/Getty Images
Spring announces itself in different ways to different people. For gardeners, flowers blooms, the weather warms and nature awakes. But to a sports fan, Spring blares out the advent of baseball - specifically the first game of the season at Fenwick Park. Lucky me, I just happen to be in Boston right now and I can't think of a better way to spend the evening.

The sky is clear and slightly breezy. Fireworks and F-16's flying over Fenwick enhance the mood for pure excitement. The crowd is roaring. The outskirts of the park look like a giant street fair with thousands of people enjoying the open air bars, various baseball paraphernalia and food stands. It seems impossible to order up a more perfect night.

However, I didn't hold up much hope in nabbing stadium tickets; everything was sold out. I did find a great screen side view at the Cask and Flagon - the unofficial meeting place for hardcore Red Sox fans. There is a sea of Red Sox jerseys throughout this famous Boston sports bar to confirm its status.

The icing on the cake for tonight is that the Red Sox are playing the Yankees; a historic rivalry. It's been 25 years since the Red Sox have hosted an opening game against the Yankees. Thankfully, the game has ended up being everything it promised. The home team had a bit of a rough go at the start (behind 5 -1), but they made a magnificent come back for a 9 to 7 win. Red Sox fans everywhere have good reason to rejoice.