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While I do not fly as much as I used to, I have managed to largely stay loyal to United Airlines for many years. I figured that at some point I would attempt to purchase flights with those miles so I wanted to gather them up. After having been largely unsuccessful at planning trips using miles, I started using the miles to buy meals at Newark airport. I have a good amount of miles though, so I would really like to purchase flights.

It all goes downhill from here.

My issue is essentially this – United.com will not allow you to create one reservation with one segment paid with miles and one segment a regular flight purchase. This is what happened when I entered my preferred travel dates and told United.com to “search award travel” and then chose flights that worked for me.

Why. I know from other shopping that the return flight for 2 people doesn’t cost anything near $1,264, so why would I pay for that many miles?

One step earlier in the process, here’s the screen presentation after I’ve chosen one segment.

I have already chosen flights that will cost 25,000 miles. There are NO options available on all of United.com for me to spend less than an additional 25,000 miles for 2 tickets, so why am I not getting a message here, telling me that and allowing me to proceed to search for the return flights as I would normally, while not shopping for award travel? This should not be so complicated.

Let’s fix it!

Here it is. I have greyed out the page and created a pop-up so the situation is incredibly clear.

I could be redirected to the same version of the page I see when I’m looking to purchase flights with actual dollars and not miles.

Is United banking on the fact that this is frustrating and so most people will give up and just buy the flights they want? Come to think of it, I have not heard anyone tell me that any one airline is amazing at this.

If you know of one, let me know! I would genuinely like to hear about it.

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During our mini Floridian road trip, our first stop was Sanibel Island, Florida. We were largely there to spend time in the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, but as soon as we turned onto Periwinkle Drive (the main thoroughfare of Sanibel), I wanted to stop everywhere! We traveled to Sanibel many times when I was younger, and I would love nothing more than to make another trip there soon.

I pulled into the parking lot when we approached She Sells Sea Shells, a Sanibel Island mainstay.

She Sells Sea Shells has been in business since 1976!

Featured on the sign is a Junonia shell, a holy grail for shellers.

So. Many. Products! You can see more Junonia shells, real ones, in the display case on the left.

There seems to be endless shell art – the creativity is impressive.

Christmas tree ornaments of all shapes and sizes are available.

These are flowers made from shells!

I picked up one of these and was completely surprised at how robust and solid it felt! (Related – I purchased a beautiful Christmas tree ornament that was a mermaid made of shells, and she made it all the way home, in my suitcase, intact!)

Of course, there is a huge section of open stock shells in the store.

So many options!

I went shelling a bit on a Sanibel beach later that day, and I didn’t find anything that looked like this, so I can see why people might want to buy them.

Do you need decor for your beach house or shore house? Look no further!

There were mobiles all of the store. I don’t know how you get one of those home with you, but I find them incredibly charming.

One more wider shot of the store. If you ever find yourself on Sanibel, you MUST stop at She Sells Sea Shells.

Happy trails!

Hilton Hotels

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Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 30, 2017

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We traveled through a bit of South Florida on a recent road trip. I have many more spots to share, but will start with the most unexpected stop that we took. We were driving north after an overnight stay in Juno Beach, and while in the Ft. Pierce area, I saw a tiny road sign with grapes that said “winery,” and I immediately turned the car around. We were on an adventure, so it seemed like the right thing to do.

We ended up at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery.

Open!

This is about as Floridian as you can get.

The exterior was lovely.

These wreaths are perfect.

We got inside and found ourselves in a tasting room/store.

Local products, and you can see ribbons for a few of the wines they produce.

There was a larger number of wines available than I would have expected.

Here is the tasting menu. What was the most surprising was that they make actual grape juice! It was intensely delicious.

The wines were good, but the muscadine grapes do seem to run sweet, and so a lot of the wines skewed that way. The ones we enjoyed the most were Webejammin’ and Not Starboard, the second of which is their version of Port. We purchased a bottle of each, along with some for friends.

It was a delicious and unexpected stop on our day. We love visiting wineries in New Jersey, and I will admit to not even realizing that wine is made in Florida.

If you’re ever traveling in or around the Fort Pierce, Florida area, I definitely recommend a stop at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery. If you aren’t a drinker, the grape juice alone is worth a visit!

Happy trails!

Hilton Hotels

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Napoleon House New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 22, 2017

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I’m not a big drinker. Like many others, I had a few moments I regret in college (and maybe a few after), but for the most part, I will go weeks at a time without a drink. My favorite alcoholic mixed drink is a Pimm’s Cup, and whenever they are on the menu, I’m definitely ordering one.

During our trip to New Orleans, we didn’t plan very well, and so on the night we tried to go to K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, there was a long wait. We were directed to go down the street to Napoleon House. Little did we know that we were walking into our new favorite bar.

Come on. It’s so perfect that you have to go in.

Everything looks as old as it is.

I’m including both images for a full look at the tile details in the entryway.

It is very dark in the Napoleon House, so the next few images are a bit questionable. Don’t let that stop you!

Here’s the look when you walk in the front door. Even with the blur, you can almost taste the air in this bar. It’s incredibly atmospheric.

From the Napoleon House website:

For almost two centuries, the beloved landmark, The Napoleon House, on the corner of Chartres and St. Louis streets in the historical French Quarter of New Orleans, exudes a European charm that is a mecca for civilized drinking and eating. Its vibrant history prevails-the optimistic plot to provide refuge for the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte by the original owner, Nicholas Girod, Mayor of New Orleans from 1812 to 1815, did not come to pass for the emperor. The building has been known as the Napoleon House ever since, either as an Italian grocery store to a restaurant with countless servings of the signature Pimm’s Cup and long list of classic Creole favorites.

Multiple Pimm’s Cups! I went for the original, multiple times. (Perhaps before I took this photo.)

We had to leave Napoleon House before we wanted to, as we got the call that our table was ready down the street. However, we definitely went back the following night before we had dinner reservations at Sylvain.

Old and new(ish) combine well.

A bar with lamps! Does it get better?

Will is having a Pimm’s Cup here as well. Normally he goes for the Sazerac, a New Orleans classic.

In what is one of my new happy places in the world, with my favorite beverage.

I cannot wait to go back to New Orleans. I know that all of our trips there will mean multiple stops at the Napoleon House.

Happy trails!

Hilton Hotels

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Sucre New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 6, 2017

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Another stop during our trip to New Orleans was Sucre. My personal connection to Sucre is that I have worked in the past with their website developer. The company had a big boost a few years back after being featured on Oprah.

The shop and cafe ended up being lovely in terms of both offerings and design.

It was dark by the time we were able to stop in.

The macarons were front and center, naturally.

Many other confections were also available. The presentation and design in these is also beautiful.

I imagine that signs with ingredient lists are quite important, to alert anyone about potential allergic reactions. These are informative and attractive.

There were many lovely gift options available as well.

We took our box of macarons and wandered off into the rain – we enjoyed them later on as a way to tide ourselves over until dinner. They were intensely delicious.

Happy trails!

Hilton Hotels

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