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This City Became World Famous in 1978

30 Oct

What city did JR Ewing make famous in 1978? Guess correctly in the comments and I’ll send you a prize.

CLUE: Pictured below is  the Reunion Tower, the Hyatt Regency and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (background).

CLUE: The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was designed by  Santiago Calatrava. Construction began in 2007 and was completed in 2012.

CLUE: Although the observation deck is closed for renovation, locals and tourists alike enjoy the spectacular city views from a top of Reunion Tower at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. Happy Hour begins at 5:30 Mon – Thurs.

CLUE: Reunion Tower’s white globe was replaced in 2012 with thousands of multi-colored LED lights, each one hand placed around the top of the tower.

REVEAL: Dallas, Texas Congratulations to our winners! I should have another photo challenge the week of Nov. 12th.

Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Claim token: 8AP8VFMA3FS9

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Name This Beach

24 Oct

Love beaches? Name the famous beach below for a prize. The first clue will come tomorrow.

Update: Well, no clues necessary because I got a winner. The photo is of Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.

Where is your favorite beach? 

Waikiki Beach - Hawaii

Waikiki Beach

A Best Place to Live in America

21 Aug

CNN Money Magazine announced its 2012 list of Best Places to Live this week and my city just happened to make the top 10.  Guess the name of this city and I’ll send you a gift.

CLUE: One of the two Texas cities to make the  top 20.  It ranked high for its schools, quality health care, economy, rolling hills, historic town square and overall quality of life. And just until recently, the city is only 30 minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

CLUE: This Texas city is home to Adriatica, a unique development mirrored after a village in Croatia, complete with streets made of stone.  Believe me, you won’t think you’re still in Texas when you enter the grounds of Adriatica.

CLUE: This Texas city is home to the largest collection of crape myrtle trees in the world.

CLUE: The historic courthouse in this this city’s downtown square has been converted to a performing arts center. Lindsay Buckhingham of Fleetwood Mac performed there last week.

REVEAL: McKinney, Texas ranked the Second Best Place to Live in America in 2012 (CNN/Money Magazine).  McKinney is located 30 miles north of Dallas.

Did your city make the list?

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The First Atomic Bomb

1 Aug

Where was this photo taken? It’s a replica of the first atomic bomb. Guess correctly and win a Starbucks gift card.

CLUE: The location where Robert Oppenheimer and team won the wartime race to build an atomic bomb.

CLUE: In 2000, a 48,000 acre wildfire tore through the town. The fire was was supposed to be a controlled blaze set by the Park Service.

CLUE: New Mexico

CLUE: The town is spanish for “the cottonwoods”

REVEAL: Los Alamos, New Mexico

Replica of the first atomic bomb - Los Alamos, New Mexico

Replica of the first atomic bomb – Los Alamos, New Mexico

Travel Tuesday Photo Challenge: Week 8

26 Jun

Where is this resort? Guess today’s Travel Tuesday photo and win a Starbucks gift card.

CLUE: Four Seasons

CLUE: A Hawaiian Island

CLUE:  This Hawaiian Island is about to be purchased by Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corportion

REVEAL: Lobby at the Four Seasons Lana’i at Manele Bay

Four Seasons Lana’i at Manele Bay

Lobby – Four Seasons Lana’i at Manele Bay

Where is this resort?

Travel Tuesday Photo Challenge: Week 7

19 Jun

It’s once again time for another Travel Tuesday Photo Challenge. Guess this city and win!

CLUE: Northern California

CLUE: You can see this city from San Francisco

CLUE: Only a ferry away from San Francisco

CLUE: The restaurant, Fish, is one of the city’s most popular

REVEALED: Sausalito, California

Sausalito, Calif.

Sausalito, Calif.

Believe It or Not, Boston is an Excellent Incentive Trip Destination

14 Jun

Boston is a great location for meetings and conventions, but it’s also an excellent destination for group incentives.  Earlier this month, I assisted our “sister company”, Crossing Boundaries, with a client’s incentive trip to Boston.   The Four Seasons did a superb job, as usual, and our Designated Management Company (DMC), Best of Boston, excelled.   The client treated their top independent insurance agents to private “buy-out” dinners at Fenway Park’s Right Field Roof Deck (pictured), where they enjoyed a beautiful evening watching the Red Sox play the Detroit Tigers.  Lobster rolls, anyone?

Following that, the group enjoyed a private evening at the JFK Library and Museum, and ended with an evening at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  Daily activities included guided tours around Boston, and day trips up the North Shore; South to Newport, Rhode Island and one to Lexington and Concord.

As part of the trip, the top agents could choose from a number of optional activities including biking tours, walking tours, rowing on the Charles River, an “academia” tour of Harvard and MIT, art museum tours, and of course, Sam Adams Brewery.

These agents were definitely treated to the “Best of Boston”.   And, Boston is one of America’s best cities to visit.  Wouldn’t you agree?