3 Reasons to Visit the Shore in September

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Everyone thinks of going to the beach during the summer months of June, July, and August, but they are missing out on one of the best months, which is September.  September itself is such a beautiful month. Many forget that school starting that summer doesn’t technically end until the twenty-first of the month. I make it a point to visit the shore each September around my birthday. It is a perfect time for me to refuel, even if it is only a few days.  So, let me share just a few reasons why you should plan a visit to the shore in September.

3 Reasons to Vist the Shore in September

  • September is indeed beautiful. The days will often be quite warm in the upper seventies to lower eighties without all the humidity. There is more breeze, and the angle of the sun is less intense.
  • The crowds are gone.  Most tourists have returned home at this point. Finding a spot on the beach is not a problem. You will probably have most of it to yourself. The same goes for parking and even finding a rental.
  • The cost has gone down. In September, you no longer have to have a pass to go on the beach.  In New Jersey, and I know in other US locations, you typically have to purchase a pass or pay for parking to access the beach. These costs go away after Labor Day.

I encourage you to consider taking time off in September for your next beach vacation. I invite you to come to visit our shores in New Jersey or somewhere else along the east coast.

 



Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Passport for Your Palate-Avocado Toast

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Where did Avocado Toast come from?

If you look up the history of avocado toast, you will see various claims from Sydney to New York and a few places in between, saying they were the first to bring this Instagram sensation to the table. There are even notes pointing to the origin in Mexico, where the growth of avocados is most known for and started as avocado on a tortilla. No matter where this creation began, which we can assume was more than a century ago; the delicacy has become a favorite worldwide. I often order it from the menu and certainly duplicate it at home. In fact, it is one of my youngest daughter’s daily routines to begin her day with avocado toast. 

Avocado toast can is either with a mash or sliced bits of this smooth, creamy fruit. It may have eggs on top or stand on its own. It can be fancy with additional details of seeds, sprouts, truffles, and so much more. There doesn’t seem to be a wrong way to enjoy it. 

At home, we like to make it with a mash and add the eggs. I know I will always have these basics on hand, and when I go out, I sample all the incredible chef creations. I recently had an avocado toast in Austin, Texas, that had sprouts and pepitas with goat cheese topped with eggs over easy. The toast pictured was eaten in Washington, D.C., and used quail eggs and truffles. I’ve eaten it in Europe and of course my beloved Australia. Today, I will share our simple, quick take that will have you seated and eating in minutes. 

How to Make Avocado Toast

Ingredients:

1 small to medium ripe avocado

1-2 slices of bread. We use gluten-free due to my daughter’s dietary needs, but your favorite bread will do. I prefer thick multi-grain bread with seeds in it. 

1-2 large brown organic eggs. If you have fresh from the farm eggs, that is even better. 

Coarse ground black pepper

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Lemon Olive Oil. We use California Meyer Lemon Olive Oil.

Directions:

  1. Bring a small pot of water to boil. Add the eggs and cook for 5 minutes. You can opt to poach or fry, but we like a quick, easy, soft boil. Run under cool water and set aside. 
  2. Cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit and scoop out one-half of the avocado into a small bowl. Mash the avocado with the back of the fork or an avocado masher—season with sea salt and pepper.  
  3. Toast your bread. While bread is toasting, gently peel your eggs. 
  4. Spread toast with your mash. Drizzle lightly with some of the lemon oil. Place egg on top of toast and cut the egg in half to expose the yolk. Hopefully, it is nice and runny. 
  5. Season with additional salt or pepper as desired. Or add some of your other favorite seasonings, such as hot red pepper flakes or seeds. 

Enjoy! It serves 1 to 2 depending on how much you want to indulge. 


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Personal Review-Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

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I had the fun of making a quick trip to Austin, Texas for, a long weekend. The hotel pick, Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt. One of the draws to this was the architecture with light fixtures made from musical instruments throughout the property. A visit to their website will do better picture justice than I could do. The hotel had many other things I look for, from views to dining, to the amenities.


Here is a breakdown of my take on the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt.

Location-Located in what is known as the Rainey district is not far from the live music venues. One could easily walk to catch the entertainment from within the hotel to as close as across the street. It was an easy walk if you chose to go downtown or get there even more quickly with a Lyft or Uber. 

Rooms-It is a 16-floor hotel offering a variety of room types. I can recommend you choose one of the lake view room categories. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting at the large window looking out over the water and cityscape while enjoying a glass of champagne. The bedding was comfortable, plenty of dresser and storage space for unpacking, and a nice large bathroom with two sinks. There was a refrigerator and robes. Room service is available during select hours from Geraldine’s. Not necessarily issues, but oddities were there was no coffee maker, and the shower design was a half glass vertical partition. 

Amenities-Hotel had two dining options, live music, rooftop pool with a bar, almost making it unnecessary to leave. I enjoyed Cafe 65 daily for my morning cup of tea, hit The Pool Deck several times, and ate at Geraldine’s one night to not only enjoy the cuisine but the live music. The whole place had a great vibe, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves to the fullest. Be sure to make reservations at Geraldine’s and for most fine dining if you want to go somewhere specific. For the pool, like most anything, you need to be the early bird to catch the worm. Lounge chairs and those with umbrellas are limited. I suggest getting down by 11 am. The pool does have the option of cabana rentals which seemed to be very popular with some birthday and wedding guests. The hotel did have a gym which I did not make it to, and bikes for exploring.

On the whole, I enjoyed this hotel. I would recommend it for most travelers looking for a stay in Austin, TX. And to top off, the great feel of this place was the friendly staff. It was a real show of southern hospitality from the doorman to the concierge, the barista, and the poolside waitress. There wasn’t a single person that didn’t serve with a smile and upbeat attitude. I certainly would consider staying here again. 


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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3 Things You Can Expect Traveling Post-Pandemic

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2020 certainly goes down in the books as probably the craziest year any of us will ever live through. The year 2021 has not seen much change. However, compared to the preceding year, we appear to be moving toward the return to normalcy. That is, if there even is a “normal.” 

The travel industry was probably one of the most, if not the most, impacted industries from the pandemic. Today it is still in a revolving state of recovery. Many countries remain with borders closed, and others open face new waves of decisions as this virus continues to release new variants. 

What does that mean for travel? What can you expect traveling post-pandemic? 

Here are 3 things you can expect traveling post-pandemic.

  1. Pricing will not remain low.  Due to the continued shortage of staffing at all levels of travel from the airlines to hotels to supply companies, prices will be at pre-pandemic to higher. Not to mention the increased cost to step up the cleaning processes across the board.
  2. Covid-19 Protocols will continue to change.  The change will result not only from the various variants this virus may take but also from the continued rollout of the vaccine. The vaccination rate is different across the world and even in the United States. As doctors get a better understanding and we can fight off the infection rate, the protocols for each destination will continue to change depending on the current state at any given moment. 
  3. Travel agent’s value increases.  Your travel agent will be your new best friend. As we continued throughout the pandemic to work for your well-being before, during, and after travel, our value couldn’t be more clear. Our relationship with suppliers is just one of many items that makes us an invaluable tool for planning your next trip. We are on the frontline with the latest word from all partners on those Covid-19 protocol changes and pricing. We continue to provide you great value and service for your hard-earned vacation dollars.

They say in life, the one constant is change. I couldn’t agree more. My whole life and career were a result of significant changes. But I can tell you the one thing that won’t change is Boomerang Escapes desire to provide care for your travel. Trust your trip to a travel agent. 



Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Passport for Your Palate-Lobster Roll

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Seafood is in my blood. After spending near a third of my life in New England, I am no stranger to the delicacies of the sea. Lobsters and clams were something I grew up with.  I learned how to play cards during clam boils, and it was a ritual to have lobster and steak every year for my dad’s birthday.  As I grew older, visits back to New England almost always meant I would get boiled lobster as a treat.

Of course, there are various ways to eat lobster, but one of my favorites is to make a lobster roll when I am not just eating straight from the shell.

A recent visit to Quincy’s Original Lobster Rolls in Cape May and alerts from my Cousins Maine Lobster have this treat on my mind.  While I typically order them versus make them, they are easy to make at home.

While lobster is harvested year-round in New England, it is typically a summer food. Making these sandwiches a perfect cool yummy treat paired with some pickles and chips.

How to Make Lobster Roll

  • You will need some quality lobster meat. You can cook your own lobster or buy fresh lobster already cooked from your local seafood store, or even used thawed frozen. I prefer to cook my own.  The best meat is the meat in the claws though you can use other parts of the shellfish.
  • You will want good-quality rolls but can use hot dog buns in a pinch. Since my daughter has celiac, we have found a couple of brands of rolls that work well for her. You can always do a carb-free option and serve the meat in romaine lettuce boats.
  • You will want some butter, lemon, seasonings, and a bit of mayo to bind the meat for your roll.  The mix of these is up to your personal taste. I prefer to go light on the mayo.

Ingredients:

3-4 oz of cooked lobster meat.  (about 3 claws)

1 tsp Lemon juice

1 Tbsp Mayonnaise

1 Tbsp melted butter, plus additional butter for your bun.

1 tsp Chive or scallions

Pinch Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Pinch Black Pepper

Roll ( use gluten-free rolls or romaine lettuce as other dietary options)

Cilantro or another favorite herb for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  • Rinse and pat your meat dry.  Separate it into large chunks.
  • Mix the mayo, lemon juice, scallions, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Adjust amounts to taste.
  • Place the butter in a pan to melt and toss lobster meat in the butter. Warm for about 2 minutes.  Remove the lobster meat with a slotted spoon and toss lightly into the bowl with the mayo mix.
  • Spread butter on the inside of your roll and lightly toast on a grill pan, grill, or wipe out the skillet from lobster.
  • Load your bun with the coated lobster meat.
  • Garnish with favorite herb

Serves 1


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Destination Spotlight-Cape May Food Tours

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Are you a food lover? Do you love design? Does the history of a place intrigue you? If you answered yes to any of these, then keep reading. I want to share a fantastic activity you need to include when visiting Cape May, New Jersey.

Be sure to block some time on your weekend docket for Cape May Food Tours.

 

Cape May Food Tours fits the bill to all three of these questions. It is a food tour that delivers the history and points out the unique architecture this town is famous for. In just a half-day, you will enjoy some of the best eats along with some fascinating discoveries.

The tour recently re-opened on June 19, 2021. The creative director, Mary Ockrymiek, has taken what used to be a favorite past-time with visiting friends and expanded it to the public. Mary and her guide Susi Bithell, are excellent at sharing their knowledge and passion for the area. I had the pleasure of taking a mini custom tour along with a handful of other agents. And we all agreed definitively that this is a must when visiting Cape May.

The tour currently runs on Saturdays and Sundays. The length of the tour is approximately 3 hours. They have a Historic Downtown tour and West Cape May option. Visitors may also book a private tour. The maximum group size is 8. This activity is great for celebrations, clubs, family reunions, girl’s getaways, and more!

To learn more about booking this tour or an east coast beach vacation, email us at info@boomerangescapes.com.



Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Weekend in Cape May-5 Top Highlights

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Let me share highlights of a weekend in Cape May.  Trust me; it is a place you will want to add to your list.

I had the privilege of what we refer to in the industry as a familiarization trip thanks to the generosity of La Mer Beachfront Resort. The owners of the resort whom we met at one of our Association of Central New Jersey Travel agents last year were gracious enough to host about a dozen of us from the association to experience what Cape May has to offer. Let me tell you, and Cape May did not disappoint. My first time heading to the southern tip did not disappoint and, I can’t wait to go back. But, first, let me share some of the weekend highlights.

First of all, La Mer Beachfront resort makes for a perfect stay. Located in what might they say is the “quiet” end, it is ideal for couples and families. I walked it out and, it is only a mile to a mile and a half from the main strip and shopping center on Washington St. I will do a more in-depth of the resort later, but I highly recommend checking out this resort with all its newly renovated suites.

Activities. There are a bunch! From enjoying a peaceful day poolside or beachside to exploring all the great food, drink, and history the area has to offer. Here are some recommendations.

Cape May Food Tours-A 3-hour tour offered on the weekends currently. Tour begins at 10:45 am. They will take you to 6 different stops tasting some of the best Cape May has to offer while learning a good deal about the architecture and history of this town.

Nauti Distillery-For a relaxing afternoon or evening, drive yourself here or take the shuttle, then no one has to be the designated driver. Built on lovely farmland, the distillery produces vodka, gin, and rum and offers tastings during the week. Weekends are lively with a food truck and live music. It is a perfect spot to gather with friends or even consider a bachelorette party. Their spirits are so smooth they will turn you into a fan even if you don’t drink one of them. Be sure to say look for and say hit to “Rita on the Rocks.” She made our experience over the top.

Sunset Beach-Reserve at least one evening to head over to Sunset Beach to experience an incredible sunset and discover Cape May Diamonds. Visit the gift shop to learn how the pebbles on the beach become beautiful pieces of adornment. Also, during the summer season, be there for the flag ceremony.

Willow Creek Winery-Set on a 40acre farm with a beautiful southern plantation home at the forefront, the winery makes for a great day trip.
The winery offers plenty of outdoor seating, music, wine flights, and more. Consider it for getting out with your significant other, a group of friends, or even as a wedding venue. The winery pairs with other locals businesses in their productions.

Trolley Tours by MAC-Cape May’s Museum Art and Culture offers fantastic trolley tours. Select from a broad offering of tours such as historical, ghost, and specialty. The tours provide a tremendous opportunity to experience this beach community’s sights, sounds, and tastes. The staff is lovely and adds flavor and humor to the tales you will love.

There wasn’t one thing I experienced I wouldn’t do again. First, I want to thank the La Mer Beachfront resort again for the opportunity and then all the fine workers and owners at the establishments we visited. For more information on designing your Cape May experience, please reach out to me directly.

 



Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Things to See & Do in NYC Right Now

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It’s spring, one of the lovely times to visit New York City. And while not everything is fully open, such as Broadway (which expects to return this fall), it is a beautiful time to see the city that never sleeps.

I recently returned from a five-day stay where I acted as a guide and tourist with my friend who was seeing the city for the first time. Here are some great things to see and do in NYC right now. It is the perfect time to take advantage of the low crowds.

Central Park-One of the great beauties of the city and a must stop when visiting. Just starting to have the spring blooms pop, it will probably be magnificent these next few weeks with colors. Whether you are walking it or spending an afternoon on the lawn, it makes for a perfect spring day activity. We even caught some excitement with the filming of the Guilded Age taking place. Covid notes: No reservations are needed, and people are wearing their masks when walking. Joggers and small groups on lawns or, if socially distanced, will have masks off. 

The Highline-An architectural beauty and landscape masterpiece, this walking trail designed from an old rail pathway is ideal for spending a couple of hours out of the day. Again, ready for pure bloom beauty over these next few weeks. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture some great city pictures. Covid notes: Use their app to make a reserved walking time. Depending on traffic, you can scan and book your time at arrival, but to ensure you will be able to walk right away, book in advance. 

Masks are required.

Walking Tours-Many of the tours are back up and running. We did a fantastic Art Deco tour learning about the architecture and buildings in the city. Some incredible design features and surprise buildings you might not even be aware of are in your walking discovery. The tour was about two and a half hours. Covid notes: Masks are required. Pre-book tours. 

The Empire State Building-This iconic landmark in the city is rich in history and deserves at least one stop when coming to New York. Be sure to go all the way up for the best views of the city. I highly recommend reserving the sunrise or sunset times. Covid notes: You must pre-book and purchase tickets. Masks are required. 

The Museums-We hit a bunch of the majors this trip. Most asked you to reserve your time slot and or reserve and purchase a ticket ahead of time. The great thing is crowds were down with everything not yet back to the total capacity. Highly recommend visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Museum of Natural History. You can get a city pass, but be sure to check which pass you buy as not all the museums are on all the city passes. 

The Food Scene-With both indoor and outdoor dining again, you can pass up on New York’s food scene. I highly recommend finding a diner for your morning breakfast. You know how they say eat where the locals eat. Consider something with outdoor views for lunch and dinner. Rooftop dining and street dining is excellent with the warmer temperatures arriving. And you can genuinely find something to suit any budget. In New York, it is always wise, especially for dinner, to make a reservation. Covid notes: Masks required in public areas, but not at tables. At least one member of the party will have to sign in for tracing. Expect to have your temperature taken at some locations. 

There is always so much to do in New York. I can tell you the tourism workers are pleased to see people again. There is most definitely excitement in the air now and always when visiting. New York is a city you likely want to visit again and again. Truly with so many things to do, you will need more than one visit. For advice, arrangements, and recommendations, be sure to reach out to a travel advisor when planning your city escapes. 



Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Dining Your Way Through the Hawaiian Islands

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What comes to mind when you think about the islands of Hawaii?  Do you envision beautiful beaches, pristine waters, and green vegetation? Do you think of culture and luaus?  Do you think surfing?  Do you see a land of volcanoes?  The islands and state of Hawaii are all of these and more!

Did you know one of the great things Hawaii is becoming known for is a dining destination. Yes, it is a foodies paradise as well.  Hawaii has Michelin Star chefs, making dining an incredible experience. The land itself grows rich harvests such as chocolate and coffee.   Here is a quick tour around the major 4 islands with some must stops for those wanting to tickle their taste buds.

Kauai
Avalon Gastropub-This place brings comfort food to a whole new level with amazing customer service
Kiawe Roots- Kiawe is Hawaiian mesquite. This restaurant offers flavors of their local barbecue.

Oahu
Madre Chocolate-A must visit for any chocolate lover this shop is located in Chinatown. They have a bean to bar experience with chocolate making classes, truffle making classes, wine pair tastings, rum pair tastings, and whiskey pair tastings. They are truly passionate about spreading chocolate love.

Maui
Maui Wine-I know you are thinking wine in Hawaii. Yes! Just as California is known for the grape, Hawaii is known for pineapple. At Maui Wines you can do tastings and tours of this delicious libation.
Also be sure to visit Mark Ellman’s Restaurants, Mala, Honu, or Frida’s. Mark was one of 12 chefs that developed and promoted regional Hawaiian Cuisines.

Hawaii
Ueshima Coffee Company’s Kona Coffee Estate- Try Kona coffee all day long and have a Coffee Roasting Experience. This is the only place were certified Kona is grown.
Hamakua Heritage Mushroom Farm- I bet you never thought of mushrooms and Hawaii in the same bubble before. Here you will go on tour that takes you through the Japanese bottle growing process and at the end of the hour long tour you will learn to prepare and cook each variety and of course you’ll get to eat your own savory creations.


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Personal Review-The Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center

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Recently, I had the opportunity to stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center.  The hotel had been selected by one of my agency owner friends based on local for convenience to transportation as well as working environment.
The hotel itself is minutes from Union Station. So close in fact, I opted to walk the 1 mile upon arrival to take in some of the sights. And it is only 20 minutes from the Washington National Airport making this a very convenient hotel for the traveler on business to the traveler on leisure.  Another item that lends itself well to the business traveler is the separate living room with workspace as well as suite options that come with conference table.  Wi-Fi is available for free for those with Hilton HonorsThe conference suite was ideal for our small group of agency owners meeting. Table seats 6 and is in open setting with the sofa and chair with large windows making for lots of natural lighting. There is also a refrigerator.
While I would consider the hotel basic on room amenities and décor.  A few things could be updated, they do have the included breakfast at the restaurant on property. It was one of the best breakfast’s I’ve experienced in hotel situation.  It had an amazing eggs cooking station line to the left and a regular continental breakfast line to the right.   The speed with which I made it through the line to order my omelette was amazing and the taste was outstanding.  Plate came with eggs and side choices of potatoes, sausage, and/or bacon.  The usual tea, coffee, juices were available as well.   The restaurant, Finn and Porter, is open again at 4pm for seated dinner dining for those wishing not to venture out.


Other features that made our stay pleasant were taking advantage of the complimentary evening reception with wine, beer, cocktails, and snacks adjacent to the hotel lobby. Right next to check-in was a little convenience store too with some snacks, medicines and a few other odds in ends should you need something.

Overall I’d give my stay a good plus rating. Not fancy, but practical.  Other than some cosmetics the space was comfortable, suited our needs, and was relatively close to go out and explore other dining venues. We’ve actually already looked at reserving it for our next meeting.


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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