On May 23, 2013 I did a guest travel TV spot on Birmingham’s #1 morning show — Good Day Alabama! Here are the deals you heard about!

Ariel Dunes I and II. Photo courtesy of Joe Mayer
Ariel Dunes I and II at Seascape Resort in Destin. Photo courtesy of Joe Mayer

1. Destin, FL has a fantastic resort that consistently offers lower rates than the other condos. Choose from villas or high rises and access to all the amenities you’ll need for a super fun, family beach vacation! They have SPECIALS on their web site and with every paid rental through Seascape, you get FREE beach set up (an umbrella and two chairs) every day! That’s an added value of $25 – $50 per day!! Check out www.seascape-resort.com and tell them I sent you!

The beautiful Beach Club on Fort Morgan on the shores of Alabama's coast.
The beautiful Beach Club on Fort Morgan on the shores of Alabama’s coast.

2. Off the beaten path of Orange Beach, check out the Beach Club on beautiful Fort Morgan. A self-sustaining village and vacation paradise, enjoy cottages around a lake or the breath-taking beauty of a gulf view from one of the high rises. Units all have modern, upscale conveniences and well-kept pools…plus a private beach, restaurant onsite, village market, tennis, a spa and fitness center. If the rain foils your fun, head inside to the indoor pool. Check out www.spectrumresorts.com and click on BEACH CLUB. Join their email list so special offers will come right to your inbox. And yes, tell them I sent you!!

Holiday World's Voyage coaster!
Holiday World’s Voyage coaster!

3. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Water Park in Santa Claus, IN…I am not kidding! This is such a fantastic theme park and water park that is totally family friendly and voted #1 or #2 consistently as the Cleanest Amusement Park and they have some of the world’s top wooden coasters! Awesome rides both water and land…free soft drinks throughout the park at drink stations and free sunscreen! If that’s not enough, parking is always free as well!!! Tickets are affordable at $44.95 pp over 54 inches tall…under that and seniors 60+ years old it’s $36.95 and children under 2 are free. One of the most affordable family vacations you can imagine. Check it out at www.holidayworld.com!

2013 Infiniti FX37 – Arrive in Style


No matter which vacation option you choose, there is no better way to arrive in style than in the 2013 Infiniti FX37! This small- to mid-sized SUV is bold and sexy…perfect for a trip to the grocery store or a trip to the beach!

Power is king with this road candy! The FX37 (previously the FX35) uses an aggressive 3.7-liter V6 engine to crank out 325 horsepower with incredible road handling thanks to excellent traction control and a smooth shifting seven-speed automatic transmission.

Infiniti does a phenomenal job when it comes to exterior design, among other things…and the FX37 is no different. This sassy little number has a rounded front-end design that grabs the eye, and uses just enough chrome to attract its prey and remind you who’s boss!

Inside the cabin, the driver (and passenger) is treated to comfortable seating and iconic, familiar technology. Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob is a given with this manufacturer as is the power liftgate and Bose sound system.


In addition to normal air bags, I have features that cause me to feel much more at ease with the safety aspects of driving: rear view camera, tire pressure monitoring, and brake assist are just a few and all are standard on this FX37.

My favorite features are pretty straightforward as I enjoy little things that make my daily life easier (and trips, too)! I LOVE rain sensing wipers, power liftgates and navigation. Those are the staples of good family crossovers.

My husband will attest to the fact that I probably overstate how much I love Infinitis and this was the perfect case in point. Luxurious, safe, bold design…it just puts me in a happy place.

Quick facts on my tester: Fuel Economy 17/24 (19 avg mpg), Base Price $44,300 (mine was tricked out to $55,800), Options included are technology package, deluxe touring package, and premium package with navi and touchscreen. Photos are courtesy of Infiniti.