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Trip Sisters Episode 49 – Oh, Canada! (05/18/2019)

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Canada.  Special Guest:  Pauline Frommer – Co-President of FrommerMedia, Editorial Director of Frommer’s Guidebooks, author of the best-selling “Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City” and “Frommer’s New York City Day by Day”, co-host of “The Travel Show” on WABC
www.frommers.com @Frommers

Trip Sisters – Episode 45 – Secret Chicago (04-20-2019)

Trip Sisters – Episode 45 – Secret Chicago (04-20-2019)

Special Guests: ‘James’ an Editor at Hideaway Report Chicago
Website: www.hideawayreport.com – For unique things to do in Chicago and all over the country!
Social: @HideawayReport

Jessica Mlinaric, Author of “Secret Chicago: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure”

For more information about “Secret Chicago” check out www.secretchicagobook.com www.jessicamlinaric.com and be sure to follow Jessica on social at @UrbanExplorer and check out her blog at www.urbnexplorer.com. The book is also available in stores like Volumes, The Book Cellar, City Lit, and the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Secret Chicago

Colleen
Restaurant: Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse – Located on North LaSalle, this upscale Brazilian chain is great for all-you-can-eat meat carved offered at your tableside. They also have a delicious salad bar!
Family Restaurant: Pasta Al Gusto – Located in Southport in the Lakeview Neighborhood, this compact Italian eatery is simple but delicious, offering contemporary pastas, salads and paninis.
Hotel: Hotel Lincoln – Located on North Clark in Lincoln Park, right across the street from Lincoln Park and & Lincoln Park Zoo, this Chicago hotel offers contemporary style with amazing views from their rooftop bar! Starting around $160/night.
Activity: Wrigley Field Tours – They offer daily tours, both on and off game-day, with prices ranging from $25 – $35. All guided tours are 75-90 minutes, outdoors (approximately 1 mile) and conducted in rain or shine. Wear comfortable walking shoes! Great for Cubs fans or anyone interested in Chicago history.
Free Activity: Lincoln Park Zoo – Walking distance from Hotel Lincoln. You will have to pay for parking if you drive, but otherwise it’s completely free to get in and open 365 days a year.
Tip: Stay in one of Chicago’s eclectic neighborhoods instead of downtown. You’ll get to experience a whole new aspect of the city and you may find places a little less expensive than right downtown.

Catie
Restaurant: La Scarola – Located in the Fulton River District, this restaurant offers homemade and genuine Italian food at very reasonable prices. The sautéed scarole, calamari, penne alla vodka, pasta vesuvio, and eggplant parmigiana are all excellent choices!
Bar:
Violet Hour – Wicker Park – Creative cocktails and small bites in a sophisticated setting, Even offer special events like “Cocktails 101” Class!
The Ladies Room – Logan Square in new Red Light District – Cantonese delights mixes with vintage Asian pin-up art on the walls and a variety of unique drinks. Enter through the bakery and be sure to make a reservation!
Hotel: Viceroy Hotel in Gold Coast – Located in Gold Coast Historic District, this is a sophisticated hotel in an art deco tower. The hotel overlooks Lake Michigan and is a 6-minute walk from a metro station. Starts around $265 a night.
Activity: Check out chicago food scene in different neighborhoods each week.
Free Activity: Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden – Gorgeous in the spring and separated from the busy streets of Chicago by a 15-foot-high hedge, the Lurie Garden is a hidden gem in the city.
Tip:
If flying in, take the El to and from the airport. Cheaper and easier.
If you drive, download the ParkChicago App for best parking.

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
ChargeHubV2
$29.99 at www.limitlessinnovations.com
3-In-1 Vehicle Multi-Tool features 2 USB ports to charge, a glass breaker and seatbelt cutter. Available in 5 colors!

What’s on your phone?
Swiftdine – Free on Android and iOS
$10 OFF PROMO CODE: DJWGTSTD (all caps)
Chicago-based app that cuts your restaurant visit down by 45 minutes. Select the restaurant you want to patron and order from the in-app menu. Pay upfront and schedule the time you’re coming so you’ll be served immediately.

What’s the tip?
Airport/Flying Tips
When going through security, use the left line (often shorter)
Know how much liquids you can/can’t bring on your flight (3 oz in a carry-on, for example)
Wheelchairs can be rented for seniors or those with special needs. They’re available for walk-up rental, but we recommend calling and placing a reservation ahead of time, as certain times get busy and there might be a wait.
Call your airline directly to reserve one (not the airport).
If traveling with a baby, bring more diapers than you think you need – They are hard to comeby at an airport!
If you bring a tablet or iPad for yourself or your kids, be sure to download any videos you want to watch ahead of time, so you don’t need to buy WiFi on the plane.
Use a brightly colored luggage tag to more easily find your luggage at baggage claim- but nothing too fancy! You don’t want to risk someone stealing that nifty luggage tag off your bag.

The Trip Sisters – Episode 38 – Spring Break

Episode 38 – Spring Break

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Spring Break Colleen Place to avoid? Florida, California – Anyplace that’s popular Alternative Spring Break destination? Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – An easy drive from Chicago and not swamped with tourists for spring break. Favorite hotel there? Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, WI – Nice rooms or villas, plus a club Lounge, spa, golf, and skiing. Favorite restaurant? Geneva Chophouse – Steaks, seafood, wine. Be sure to make a reservation (they get busy)! Favorite activity? Skiing, sleigh rides, golf How to save money on a hotel during Spring Break? Book early and look for packages that include breakfast, parking, cocktail hour, and other perks. How to save money on flights/transportation during Spring Break? Drive, don’t fly. Spring break travel tips? Look for cities that aren’t as warm/sunny. Even north in Florida might be a good option, as it’s not as warm. Also, go to places in the off season, and stay during the week vs. on weekends, to save money Catie Place to avoid? Avoid theme parks during spring break. Go when kids are still in school. Alternative Spring Break destination? Austin, Texas Favorite hotel there? Archer Hotel in North Austin – 8 story hotel that mixes Texas limestone and wildflowers with the soul of Austin. Favorite restaurant? Franklin BBQ – Draws lines down the street for their world-renowned brisket. Favorite activity? Barton Springs Pool – A recreational outdoor swimming pool that is filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs. How to save money? Food truck scene. Check out the cluster of trailers on South Congress! Cost of flights? Anywhere from $100 to $350 roundtrip. Spirit or Southwest are generally the best value. Spring Break Travel Tips? Try not to post too much on social media if you are not home. Security wise it alerts people that you and your family are not home. If you’re flying to a popular destination, you should book your flight 90 days in advance before spring break (By December) “What’s” with the “Trip Sisters” What’s in Your Suitcase? iPhone XR – Starts at $749 on www.Apple.com With a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display, a faster core processor while using less power, easy wake gestures, Haptic Touch on the keyboard, and an incredible camera with a variety of features for your best portrait photos yet, this is a must-have for your next vacation! What’s on your phone? Roadtrippers: iPhone & Android – FREE Offers a database of amazing places to help you map out your next road trip (restaurant, hotel, national park, roadside attraction, etc.), giving you a cheaper alternative to flying during spring break. What’s the tip? Dos and Don’ts of flying for Spring Break (Hopper) Don’t: Depart on Friday – Friday is the most popular day to depart and the most expensive and flying on Friday will cost you 20% more than flying on Tuesday. Do: Travel mid-week – Tuesday is typically the cheapest day of the week to depart. Plus, hotels will also be cheaper, as Saturday night hotel stays will cost you 4% more than midweek. Don’t: Fly home on Sunday – It will cost you 10 percent more than returning on a Friday. Do: Fly home on Friday – Although Friday is the most expensive day to depart, it’s the cheapest day to return. The second cheapest option is Saturday, which will cost you 4% more than Friday. Don’t: Travel during peak spring break travel times – The most expensive times to travel from a U.S. airport this spring are between April 2 and April 15, when flights can have a 25 percent premium. Do: Try to be flexible with arrival/departure days – Even a shift of one week before/after the peak can make a huge difference. Don’t: Wait until the last minute to book your flights. Booking less than two weeks before departure will cost you 25% more than monitoring prices in advance. Booking in the final days will cost you 50% more. Do: Set up a trip watch on Hopper to get alerted about when to book. Don’t: Fly non-stop Do: Fly indirect. Nonstop will cost 8% more than indirect flights.

Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 12/15/18 – Winter Travel

Episode 27 – Winter Travel

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Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Big Cities

Colleen – The Abbey – Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
www.theabbeyresort.com
Accommodations: The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – Stunning resort complete with 334 recently updated suites and guest rooms, plus 14 luxury villas.

Restaurants:
240 West at The Abbey – Higher end, delicious food!
Waterfront Restaurant at The Abbey – Burgers, more casual

Activity:
Ice skating at the Abbey’s outdoor rink, treating yourself to the Avani Spa at the Abbey, indoor and outdoor pools, and even enjoy a Santa Cruise on the lake.

Packages/Events at The Abbey Resort:
1) Quarterly Long Table Dinner Series – The Abbey’s quarterly Long Table Dinners featuring a special four-course, farm-to-fork menu prepared by Executive Chef Joshua North. Dates are set quarterly – check the website for dates and additional menu specifics.
2) Stay and Ski Package – Stay at the Abbey Resort and ski at one of the Midwest’s premier winter destinations, Wilmot Mountain which is now owned and operated by world-class Vail Resorts!
3) Immersion Family Package – Enjoy overnight accommodations, $50 credit to be used in any resort dining outlet including Immersion Café, and four 15-minute sessions in the area’s first virtual reality gaming center, Immersion.
4) Parent’s Escape Package – This escape includes overnight accommodations, $130 spa credit per stay as well as all day spa access, and at the end of the night, unwind in your room with champagne and locally-handcrafted chocolate. Package is worth a savings of more than $80.
5) Sweet Retreat Package – This escape includes overnight accommodations, in-room amenity of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, $100 dining allowance to the resort’s keynote restaurant 240 West, post-dinner pairing of spirits and locally-made handcrafted truffles from Ethereal Confections, and a complimentary turndown service with an Ethereal Confections chocolate bar.

Catie – Scottsdale, Arizona
Accommodations: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess – Located in Sonoran Desert, home to five top-ranked Arizona restaurants and bars, an innovative spa and fitness programs at Well & Being Spa, six sparkling pools, and even a championship golf course.

Restaurant: Old Scottsdale

Activity: Hiking, horseback riding, shopping in downtown Scottsdale

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
The Heat Holders – Hat, socks, footies – We used these when filming an episode of “Family Travel” in Quebec. They’re known as the world’s warmest socks and are over 7x warmer than regular cotton socks and 3x warmer than ordinary thermal socks! The socks start around $9.99 and hats and gloves around $19.99 and you can buy them at www.heatholders.com

What’s on your phone?
WeatherBug: Forecast, Radar & Alerts – The WeatherBug app is one of the most accurate, real-time current and future weather apps that helps you track any oncoming winter storms. Free for your Android or iOS and there’s also an Elite, ad-free version available for $9.99.

What’s the tip?
Add fresh squeezed citrus juices to help provide immune cells with an energy boost and promote faster recovery from illnesses like colds and the flu
Add Flax seed powder to your oatmeal or yogurt. Then add cashews and almonds to add healthy zinc & omega fatty acids for clean energy. Plus, the probiotics in yogurt can reduce your risk of catching a bug by 27%
Get at least 6 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep
Your vitamin D levels may run on E in winter. Vitamin D can spur your body to fight off colds. In fact, taking 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 a week may cut your risk of upper respiratory infection in half.
Don’t touch your face. People who occasionally touch their eyes and nose are 41 percent more likely to develop frequent upper respiratory infections than hands-off folks, a 2013 study in the Journal of Occupational Health found.
Get a Flu Shot – And workout right before hand. When you exercise prior to receiving a flu shot, the post-exercise inflammation boosts your body’s immune response to the virus in the vaccine
To Stay Healthy While Flying:
Drink plenty of water before and during your flight
Opt for hot beverages, like tea, to drink on your flight
Eat beforehand (if possible) to avoid food contamination on flights
If you must eat on your flight, opt for warm foods vs. cold salads
Bring disinfectant wipes to wipe down your seat and area first

EPISODE 23 – Thanksgiving/Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Sisters and travel experts Colleen Kelly and Catie Keogh talk you through all the things you need for smooth thanksgiving holiday travel. Also in today’s show the Trip Sisters talk about their favorite places to get away during the holidays.

Trip Sisters – Episode 21 – 10/27/18 – Halloween Show

Trip Sisters – Episode 21 – 10/27/18 – Halloween Show

Europe in US & Canada, Trip Sisters Episode 19 – 10/20/18 (Encore Presentation)

Europe in US & Canada, Trip Sisters Episode 19 – Encore Presentation (10/20/2018)

Colleen picks Holland, Michigan and Catie takes us to Montreal Canada.  Plus, Bonnie Klaus, the Avid Traveler.

Trip Sisters Episode 20 (10-13-18) New York

Sisters Colleen Kelly and Catie Keogh talk tips and trends on all things travel. Travelers say new budget airline left them stranded after selling flights that didn’t exist. Dogs now have their own Instagram pop-up because humans can’t have all the fun. Hear some of Colleen and Catie favorite things to do in New York.

Europe in US & Canada, Trip Sisters Episode 19

Europe in US & Canada, Trip Sisters Episode 19 (10/06/2018)

Trip Sisters Episode 18 (09/29/2018) – Clearwater, FL

Sisters Colleen Kelly & Catie Keogh talk about all things fun and fantastic on the naturally rustic beaches of Clearwater, FL. Also, in today’s show the ten best beaches in the US and her highness Queen of the Sugar Sand Lisa Chandler joins the show to talk about the Sugar Sand Festival on Clearwater Beach.

Trip Sisters Episode 17 (09/22/2018) – Autumn Getaways and Fall Foliage in 2018

 

This week, travel experts and sisters, Colleen Kelly & Catie Keogh, share their favorite places for fall getaway vacations.  They also talk to “Fall Foliage Expert” Jim Salge and uncover the best places in New England to visit for fall foliage in 2018.  The sisters also share some tips about getting around to autumn festivals and sights by renting a car and taking a hike off the beaten path.  Because color changes don’t follow a calendar, be prepared to travel during the week and have a flexible window so you can be at the right place at the right time to capture the beauty.

Trip Sisters Episode 16 (9-15-18) – Music Festivals

Sisters Colleen Kelly and Catie Keogh talk tips and trends on all things travel. This week they talked about how women are using cannabis now more than ever and best musical festivals in the USA. Then they discussed their favorite music festivals, concert venues, and favorite travel songs.