There’s no denying that I am a Midwestern girl through and through, even though I’ve lived away from my hometown of Racine, Wis., for almost 10 years now.
I went back to Wisconsin last week to visit my family. Summer was in full swing, and everyone was soaking up as much as they could before fall and winter present themselves right around the corner. My little hometown, which is centrally located about 45 minutes south of Milwaukee and about an hour north of Chicago, is situated on Lake Michigan and is famously known as the home of global powerhouses J.I. Case and S.C. Johnson & Son.
The industrial landscape has always fueled the economy in southeastern Wisconsin. In addition, it has several immigrant communities. Fun fact: Frank Lloyd Wright has several examples of his architecture throughout the city of Racine for any of you architecture buffs out there. Many are surprised to find out that Racine has a very large Italian community. My cousin’s pizzeria, Wells Brothers Pizza, is an institution at this point and an absolute must-do while visiting Racine. The pizza is perfection! And if you’re lucky, you might get to try some homemad
e wine. Delizioso! O & H Bakery is another national treasure, and you’ll even see their kringles, a Danish pastry, in Trader Joe’s stores from time to time.
Lake Michigan is such an asset for this town. The lake is calm, smooth as glass and clear in certain parts. Absolutely serene and zen. It’s always a grounding experience for me when I’m home, back to my roots and spending time on Lake Michigan, which always reminds me of my childhood.
LA is crazy, and life here moves a million miles an hour. I feel refreshed after being surrounded by my loved ones and away from a life that doesn’t always feel real. Family and good health really are the only things that truly matter in life.
— Rafie Iannello, account director, Pacific Rim
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Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
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THERE’S NO DOUBT 2020 HAS BEEN AN UNPRECEDENTED year for the travel industry. As borders begin to reopen and destinations, hotels and airlines around the world prepare to welcome travelers once again, we’re celebrating travel and looking to the future as we congratulate the winners of our eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. This annual survey honors the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines and cruises.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts opened its third Aiden by Best Western. The Aiden brand is designed to give travelers boutique, modern, stylish and locally inspired stay experiences. The new property is situated in Warm Springs, Georgia, adjacent to the Warm Springs Hotel and Event Center.
Paul Gauguin Cruises offers savings up to $3,050 per person on select voyages when booked by July 8. Round-trip airfare between Los Angeles (LAX) and Papeete (PPT), Tahiti, is included. Deposits for the select sailings have been reduced to $250 per person.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Through Sept. 7, guests at M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas can enjoy the No Resort Fee Summer promotion. The resort will waive daily resort fees on all reservations, and guests can also take advantage of summer rates beginning as low as $75 per night. Book online or by calling 877 673 7678.