19 10 17

This article was originally published on Sunn Gold on October 5, 2017.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a smart, bohemian town with a rich history and gorgeous views. A student population from both Harvard and MIT helps sustain the city’s culture of coffee shops, art galleries, cinemas, bookstores, and neighborhood bars. While staying in Cambridge, you’ll enjoy walking the streets and soaking up the historic atmosphere. You’ll also find plenty of attractions to keep you busy around town.

Intellectual Life

The active college life in Cambridge means you can always find a lecture, performance, sporting event, academic conference, or some other interesting activity happening. If you’re coming to town for a university function, you’ll want to get a hotel near Harvard University or find a place to stay near MIT. Both are close enough to the Charles River to offer nice views and a pleasant place to stroll.

An Abundance of Museums

Cambridge is home to many great museums. Some of the options you can explore, many on the Harvard University campus, include the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard Museum of Natural History, MIT Museum, and The Fogg Art Museum.

Restaurants and Shopping

Cambridge is full of cozy places to dine and shop. If you look for hotel accommodations near Porter Square or Harvard Square, you’ll be well-situated to enjoy eateries, neighborhood bars, boutique shopping, and public transportation. Market Square is the perfect plaza if you like to browse antique, vintage, and handcrafted merchandise.

A Rich History

Cambridge is a terrific place to soak up American history. Mount Auburn Cemetery, founded in 1831, was America’s first landscaped cemetery and is now a National Historic Landmark. The Longfellow House is the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the most recognized poets of the 19th century. The 2.5-mile Freedom Trail in nearby Boston also gives you glimpses of the region’s connections to American historical events.

Relaxed Nightlife

The pub culture around Cambridge attracts a lovely combination of craft beer fans, academics, locals, and tourists. The Brick and Mortar is a bar in a cool, industrial-looking building that serves up sensational cocktails. Order your cosmo at the Cuchi Cuchi, a throwback bar to the bygone era of 1920s Hollywood. And if you’re visiting Cambridge with your pet, bring your pooch with you to the dog-friendly Cambridge Brewing Co.

Sightseeing Around Cambridge

What’s one of the most popular ways to explore Cambridge? How about a Segway tour? As one of the area’s oldest Segway tour companies, Boston Segway offers a two-hour tour covering about 10 miles of sightseeing which includes sites around historic Cambridge. If you’re short on time, a one-hour tour hits many popular places around Boston Commons and the Boston Harbor.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a highly walkable city, with so much to explore and discover when you’re making your way around. People-watching in the streets and taking time to notice the architectural detail are highlights of a trip to Cambridge, so don’t over-schedule your trip. Allow plenty of time to wander, stroll, and sip coffee between visiting attractions.

30 09 17

This article was originally published on September 25, 2017 on Master NAVI

Many East Coast dwellers have discovered the joys of the long weekend trip to Richmond, Virginia, already. If you are looking to join their ranks, look over this list of great attractions to visit while in the area.

Edgar Allen Poe Museum

Though the great American poet and author Edgar Allen Poe was born in Boston and died in Baltimore, he lived a portion of his life in Virginia, first as an orphaned child taken in by relatives and then as a student. Since Richmond was the setting for much of Poe’s childhood, it only makes sense that a memorial society would build his museum there. Housed in Richmond’s oldest building in the historic district, easy to visit from many hotels, and containing a collection of Poe’s letters and other memorabilia, the gothic charm of the museum is a treasure to fans of the author and historic architecture alike.

Hollywood Cemetery

The Hollywood Cemetery, named after the lines of nearby holly trees and not the film industry, sits in Oregon Hill, convenient to several fine hotels. The plot of land is the final resting place of many important figures in Southern history, like Jefferson Davis and President James Monroe. With a relatively large number of important graves for historical figures, the cemetery is a frequent destination for college students interested in the past or in the many legends surrounding the place.

Virginia State Capitol

The capitol building for Virginia is located in Richmond and is recognized throughout the United States as an official National Historic Landmark. Situated in a beautiful yet convenient capitol district, the building is open for public tours every day, with both self-guided and professionally managed walkthroughs available. Several monuments and parks are convenient to the building as well, helping you and your family make a day of exploring the environs.

Richmond Coliseum

The Richmond Coliseum is one of the region’s preeminent venues for concerts and other large-scale public performances. Home to the local Arena Pro football franchise the Richmond Roughriders, the Coliseum is near downtown, with many lodgings nearby making a visit easy. Events could include national touring sports, big-name concert acts, comedy acts, racing, and more. Be sure to check the calendar for the dates you plan to visit so you can get tickets for anything that sounds interesting.

The Valentine

Richmond is a city with a rich history that predates the formation of the United States, and the Valentine is the place to go to soak in that history and learn all you can about the place. Formed over a century ago, the Valentine has one of the most extensive collections of historical artifacts and informational displays on Richmond in the world. With great accommodations nearby and a low entrance fee, the Valentine is a must for history buffs.

With so many things to do, the danger in Richmond is clearly not finding enough to do but in finding enough time to do it all. Book your trip to this national treasure today.

 

29 09 17

This article was originally published on Rocket Beach on September 25, 2017

If you’re planning a trip to Pittsburgh and wondering where to eat, you have an incredible number of options. This former steel mill city is now home to a booming dining scene that offers everything from New American to international cuisine. During your next trip to the Steel City, make sure you check out these best restaurants.

The Capital Grille

If you find yourself staying in downtown Pittsburgh, plan one of your dinners at The Capital Grille. This upscale steakhouse serves up fresh seafood and dry aged steaks in a classic and refined setting. Start your dinner off with cast iron garlic shrimp or steak tartare. For your main course, consider the bone-in Kona-crusted New York strip steak with shallot butter or the pan-seared sea scallops with wild mushroom risotto. If you saved room for dessert, the warm double chocolate cake comes with ice cream and cherries infused with port wine.

Butcher and the Rye

Another hot spot to check out in downtown Pittsburgh is Butcher and the Rye. This popular restaurant is known for its innovative cuisine and craft cocktails. Even more impressive, it was the first bar in Pittsburgh nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Bar Program since the category’s creation in 2012. When you stop in, you’ll find a cocktail menu that includes beer, wine, whiskey, and mixed drinks. Start your meal with an artisanal cheese board, and then choose from entrée options that include a grilled filet, pan-seared rainbow trout, scallops, and rabbit and dumplings.

Meat & Potatoes

Just blocks from the Allegheny River and some of the hottest entertainment and hotels in Pittsburgh is Meat & Potatoes. Named for the classic comfort food, this modern gastropub serves New American cuisine for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Stop by for dinner, and you can start your meal with fried Brussels sprouts, poutine, or pimento macaroni and cheese. For your main course, popular dishes include Wagyu flat iron beef, spring chicken, pot roast, and salmon.

Double Wide Grill

If you’re traveling to Pittsburgh with your pet, there are also plenty of good dining spots where your furry friend can join you. When the weather is nice, head to the East Carson Street location of Double Wide Grill for dining out on the patio. The restaurant also offers a separate area that’s counter service only if you’re dining with your pet. While Double Wide Grill is known for its finger-licking barbecue, it offers an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu, as well. You’ll find options that include mango coconut tofu, a veggie gyro, and veggie burgers.

The Commoner

When you’re searching for one of the hottest farm-to-table restaurants in Pittsburgh, you need to head to The Commoner. This gastropub serves up American cuisine with a British twist. When you stop by for dinner, you’ll find menu options that include olive oil poached grouper, wood-fired pork chop, and Korma braised lamb shank.

No matter what you’re in the mood for, when you check out these top restaurants in Pittsburgh, you’re sure to leave feeling full and satisfied.

28 09 17

This article was originally published by Thomas Woods on September 21, 2017 on Tourist Choice.

With rock formations rising in the distance, Albuquerque is a sunny New Mexico destination fun to visit at any time of year. It has both historic and modern elements within the city, and lots of outdoor activities that give you opportunities to view the beautiful mountains and dessert around Albuquerque. Easily spend three days here without ever getting bored, between exploring Old Town, visiting museums, and soaking up the nightlife.

Day One: Walk Albuquerque

Explore Albuquerque’s history, which dates back to 1706, by walking through Old Town in the morning. You can expect to find a plethora of museums, shops, and restaurants in Old Town. Arrayed as a traditional Spanish neighborhood, Old Town has the San Felipe de Neri church at the center of its square. The church itself dates back to the late 1700s, and is beautiful to behold.

In the afternoon, head downtown. You’ll find more museums, more restaurants, and lots of great nightlife. Go into a few shops, then find a great spot for dinner.

Evening One: Go for Drinks and Dancing

Before you head back to your downtown Albuquerque hotel, stop in a few bars. Downtown’s Central Avenue is where you want to be for those nighttime drinks and dances. Hotels near the Albuquerque Convention Center will also place you very near Central Avenue.

Day Two: Bike in the Manzano Mountains

Lots of mountain biking trails run through the Manzano Mountains around Albuquerque. You can rent a mountain bike and spend the better part of the day exploring the majesty of these mountains. Expect to see gorgeous rock formations and some wildlife. You can choose trails that are easy, and go through the foothills, up to very advanced ones that only biking enthusiasts should attempt.

Evening Two: Enjoy a Show

You’ve spent the day exercising, so take this evening to relax and be entertained. If you’re not already asleep in your Albuquerque hotel, the city always has a live theater performance going on, whether you’re into classic plays or sketch comedy. Check the Albuquerque Theatre Guild for information on the live shows playing while you’re visiting the city. Many theatres and productions are boutique, giving you a unique taste of the local theatre in New Mexico.

Day Three: Visit Museums

On your last day in Albuquerque, spend some time exploring museums. The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is dedicated to the science and history of hot-air ballooning. You can see old balloon exhibits, visit a balloon flight simulator, and watch films about hot air balloons in the museum’s theater. It’s conveniently located near several Balloon Fiesta Park hotels, too, which gives you the chance to pack and check out before visiting this museum as your last stop.

Because of the beautiful weather, check out all the great pool hotels in Albuquerque. Spending an afternoon relaxing in the hotel, especially if you’re swimming outdoors while everyone back home is shivering, makes for an excellent vacation activity. Enjoy your time in sunny Albuquerque; three days isn’t long enough, so prepare to come back soon.

 

26 09 17

Life insurance companies are regulated by federal and state laws, so you’ll want to make sure you understand those laws before you purchase a policy. While most personal policies are regulated by state laws, employee sponsored policies are regulated by federal law, which trumps state laws. Also, depending on which state you live in, your marital status can affect life insurance policies.

If you’re married and live in a community property state, you’re both equally entitled to the life insurance policy. Also, your income will not determine your premium rate, whether you’re single or married. In fact, income is never used, and in most states, your age and gender will determine your premium rate.

State laws can be tricky for people who participate in the Medicaid program because it has a $2,000 cap on assets, which includes life insurance. Some states have a higher limit on assets so, if you participate in the Medicaid program, be sure to familiarize yourself with the Medicaid law before buying a life insurance policy.

If for whatever reason you aren’t able to make your monthly premium payment, there’s no need to fret. There are consumer protection laws in place that prevent insurers from canceling your policy. If you’re in a situation where you can’t make a payment, notify the insurance company so that you can make payment arrangements.

There are many state laws to be aware of, which can make understanding life insurance tricky. Now that you have reviewed some of the basics, test your knowledge by taking the following quiz.

 

26 08 17

If you’ve never heard of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, you’re missing out. This Wyoming location is near Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and several gorgeous lakes and rivers. The outdoor activities in and around Jackson Hole are the perfect ways to end your 2017. Visit in fall or winter to enjoy this gorgeous scenery; there’s always something to do, no matter the season.

Hike in Yellowstone

Yellowstone has some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the country. There’s a reason it’s so famous, after all. Many of the hiking trails are perfect for doing in a day. Pack a light backpack with a snack, wear your hiking shoes, and get ready to see breathtaking sights like waterfalls, creeks, and canyons. Lava Creek Trail, Fairy Falls Trail, and Elephant Back Loop Trail are just a few of the many majestic hikes you can take in Yellowstone. Honestly, you could fill up an entire Jackson Hole trip just at Yellowstone.

Tour Grand Teton National Park

Some of the best Grand Teton National Park tours happen via boat. These floating tours take you right by the gorgeous mountains, and a tour guide gives you information about the rock formations and Wyoming. Bring your camera in a waterproof case, because you’re definitely going to want to snap pictures of all the picturesque views you encounter.

Experience the Old West

You can get a taste of what life was like in the Old West by visiting several venues in Jackson Hole. Try a Bar T-5 cookout tour, which will take you into the wilderness in a covered wagon drawn by horses. The wagon takes you to a camp where delicious food is being prepared. You can also visit the Jackson Hole Playhouse, where you get to enjoy a performance while you’re eating.

Raft on Snake River

Take a whitewater rafting trip down Snake River. Sit on the edges of the raft and paddle your way through churning water, or sit in the middle and hold on tight. You’ll experience adrenaline rushes as you ride through this bubbling river. You can go in spring and fall when the weather is chillier, but be sure you have a quick way back to your Jackson Hole hotel, so you can run a warm bath and relax after such an adventure.

See Elk at the National Elk Refuge

It’s no surprise that you can see Elk at National Elk Refuge. You can also see other gorgeous animals like bison, swans, eagles, and wolves. The refuge has specific spots where you can look at the wildlife, especially so you can take some beautiful pictures. Be sure to stop and do some of the educational opportunities to learn more about Wyoming’s wildlife.

Don’t let the rest of this year pass without a visit to Jackson Hole. Be prepared, because once you visit, you’ll want to return every year for this gorgeous piece of the American landscape. Whether you love water activities, wildlife, or mountains, Jackson Hole has picturesque scenery that’s going to delight and amaze you.

2 08 17

SANDWICH, Mass. (AP)- Police reports have it that a motorist in Massachusetts is in custody after she stepped out of her SUV, pulled off her shirt and dashed topless towards another motorist with a knife in her hand.

According to the Cape Cod Times, the other driver happened to be a police officer who was off duty. The officer then puts a call through to the Sandwich Police Department to relate the situation on the road. In a Facebook post, police claimed to have received a phone call on Saturday about a recklessly driven SUV. They said the driver made attempts to hit the vehicle of the caller but had to slow the car down because of a red traffic light.

Police disclosed that the woman stepped out of her car, took off her shirt and charged towards another vehicle, holding a knife seeming like a dagger. The 39-year-old is facing multiple charges including an assail with a dangerous weapon.

 

28 07 17

There is an ongoing debate on whether you need a Master’s degree or not. A recent study revealed those who pursued Master’s degrees in the highest-paying fields come from affluent families. Paying for the fees can be a huge setback.

One effective way to knock off some costs on your graduate degree is to consider distance learning. Try to learn more about USC’s online MPH degree and other Master’s degree courses the university offers.

Why do you need a graduate degree? Here are five reasons:

  1.    Get a salary bump

Professionals with a Master’s degree are getting higher paychecks than those who only hold a bachelor’s degree. The biggest salary bump for Master’s degree holders are in the following fields: Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Chemistry, and Electrical Engineering. With a salary increase ranging from $26,000 to $30,000, opportunities for graduate students are quite impressive.

  1.    Take advantage of employer reimbursement programs

If you are employed, getting a graduate degree is attainable since there are many employers who are offering financial help to employees who pursue higher education.

  1.    Meet like-minded people who might play a crucial role in your success

Getting a graduate degree is all about networking. Meeting like-minded professionals could expose you to better opportunities. In a world where knowing the right people opens doors, there’s no better place to build your connections than at the university setting.

  1.    Dig deeper into your area of interest

Getting a graduate degree is quite different from an undergraduate degree since you can explore your interests at a deeper level. This is the perfect time to pursue the areas in your field that you have always been interested in.

  1.    Perfect opportunity to change careers

Getting a master’s degree in a related field makes it easier for you to pursue your dream job because it enhances your resume. Even if you have a demanding job, you can always study online.

If you have always been interested in taking a higher position in a government agency, for instance, you can learn how you can obtain a Master’s in public administration online. Plus, your expanded network could help you get into the company or agency you want. Remember, referrals are always the best way to get hired if you change careers. This is another reason you need to put in a lot of effort in building your network.

10 07 17

The summer sales might have started everywhere else, but next week Amazon will be unveiling its Prime Day and if you’re an avid bargain hunter, you will be in your element. It kicks off at 6pm on Monday 10th July. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know…

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Every year Amazon offers huge discounts across all of its channels. This year the site is also trying to entice new customers to become paid-up members by giving them £20 off Amazon Prime subscriptions until midnight.

What were the best deals last year?

If you were quick on your feet last year you could pick up an Oral-B Pro 6000 CrossAction Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity for £55.99, reduced down from £229.99. Fragrance was also another good area to grab a bargain. Beyonce’s fragrance was reduced to just £9.99, while Cerutti 1881 Homme Eau de Toilette was £13.77.

Which are the best fashion and beauty deals to look out for?

While Amazon is being coy about which products will be discounted, it’s worth looking at the brands on the site ahead on Tuesday, so you’ll fully prepared.

One deal that Amazon has announced ahead of this evening’s start time is up to 30pc off a variety of Real Techniques beauty products, including this Core Collection Kit at a mere £8.29.

As we mentioned, fragrance is usually heavily discounted. We’re predicting Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein and Paco Rabanne could be in the mix. Gadgets, including LED Photon Therapy 7 Color Light Treatment Masks could also be discounted in keeping with the trend for high-tech at-home beauty.

In terms of fashion finds, we recommend keeping your eyes peeled for shoes – both Nike and Aldo are likely to be offering significant discounts and Amazon wields a covetable supply of different styles from both brands. And look out for watches too. With any luck Gucci’s large accessories offering is about to become infinitely more affordable.

10 07 17

When it comes to sorting out your summer wardrobe – or adding to it – the blouse should be top of your list. The current best-selling sort is ruffled, often to a theatrical (read: impractical) extreme: think ruffles rendering sleeves too big for your jacket, or protruding from across busts in ‘buxom barmaid’ fashion. I’m steering clear in favour of an all together subtler sort of frill: the pie-crust collar. So named because, well, it looks like the fluted edge of your best baking, these are frills without a hint of flamenco – probably for the best if you’re wearing them to nip to the shops.

The frilled collar most likely owes its existence to the starched ruffs of Elizabethan costume. Lacier Edwardian styles came back into vogue in the late 1960’s – Charlotte Rampling wore…