Cars, Caves & Cats


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Challenging is a often a mild term for trying to make everyone in the family happy when taking a trip.

But, every now and then you find a location that seems have almost everything. One of those place is Luray Va. A place far enough from the city to avoid the hustle and bustle, but close enough to make it a day trip for those in Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

Luray has world reknowned caverns to awe and inspired the imagination, whether young or old. But if caverns brings a yawn to one or more members, right down the road is the Car & Carriage Museum


And there’s more, the Toy Town Junction a museum of toys and the Luray Zoo offers a  variety of exotic and familiar animals rescued and given safe haven for a healthy life.

If you want to spend sometime in the beautiful Shenandoah Mountains, you are already there, turn it into a long weekend.

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March Madness

The end of the first quarter looms ahead. Encourage that final push with an incentive.

Incentive ideas

Dinner & a movie

Day off

Tickets to a game

Dreamerz Adventure

Tip: Start your own ‘travel fund’ and let everyone know. This will help you save for that ‘dream vacation’ and help others to do the same. You can even sign up for a ‘Travel Registry’.

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February Refresh

Gray days, required tasks that see people’s eyes droop and the daily grind of life often slows the pace and blurs the vision of goals.



Break the routine with a three day weekend. ‘In fact, eighty-four percent of managers agree that when employees take time off, they return to work with improved focus and creativity.  Project Time off

A Dreamerz Weekend or even a Dreamerz Day can renew the spark.

January Jumpstart

January Jump Start

Goals and Resolutions kickoff the year but often fade quickly with daily distractions and challenges.

Keep the focus alive with small rewards that entice interest for the big prize. Let someone choose a Dreamerz gift or Adventure for staying on target for 60 days or reaching that first threshold towards the goal.


Tip: A weekly inspirational quote can recharge batteries. Here’s one


Snow Days are PDF’s- Planning Dream vacations and having Fun with family and friends

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Cigars & the Capitol

“What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar!” -Thomas Marshall, VP for Woodrow Wilson

A century ago cigar smoke would have been a standard at any meeting or simply an after dinner relaxation, especially in Washington DC, where visions of smoke filled rooms still play in our minds.

Today ‘smoking’ is politically incorrect, especially in Washington DC. That said, there are still some elegant haunts to enjoy the cigar pleasures of yesteryear.

Shelly’s Backroom, full of rich wood and the feel of days gone by.

Civil Cigar, a modern approach with a healthy dose of sports

219 Restaurant, just a bit outside the district, with good food and Creole flair

Cigar Education Moment: Humidor A room, or a box  of varying sizes, designed to preserve or promote the proper storage and aging of cigars by maintaining a relative humidity level of around 70 percent. Advanced humidors can also regulate temperature.. Cigar Aficionado offers some good advice.

Would you like to smoke a Cuban cigar in Cuba?

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

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Cigars & the City of Lights

“I believe that a good cigar, a glass of wine and a good conversation is as close to euphoria as you can get in a legal sense” – Sylvester “Sly” Stallone

The City of Light, Paris is an experience unto itself. Whether you marvel at the Eiffel Tower, take in the majesty of Notre Dame or the deliciously seedy Moulin Rouge there is something for all the senses.


But what about enjoying a good cigar? Paris has an interesting history with smoking. There are strict laws but Parisians have always enjoyed smoking and enforcing the laws has met with some resistance.

Yet we must be respectful and there are places where cigar smokers are welcome and the pleasure is legal.


Try Restaurant L’Ogre at Avenue de Versaille or La Maison de Champs Elysees.


If you choose La Maison, stroll to the Arc de Triomphe and walk to the top for an amazing view of the city.


Cigar Education Moment: The way you cut and light your cigar can make the difference between a truly enjoyable smoke and a mediocre experience. Cigar Aficionado offers some good advice.

Would you like to smoke a Cuban cigar in Cuba?

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

Call Andrea at 703-986-0934 or email



Owner, Unique Travel Events

Cigars over the pond

“Smoking cigars is like falling in love. First, you are attracted by its shape; you stay for its flavour, and you must always remember never, never to let the flame go out!” -Winston Churchill


If there is an iconic cigar aficionado, Winston Churchill fits the bill and with Churchill we must think London.


While London like so many other big cities has tightened the rules on smoking in general, there are still places to enjoy a good cigar. Click here for the rules


Private establishments are permitted to have smoking areas. Many are high end but there are also a few that are part of ‘pubs’.


Forbes has put together a nice list of high end smoking lounges and Foursqaure has lots of input from cigar smokers.

If you want some place elegant try, The Garden Room at the Lanesborough and for your pub experience, Boisdale of Belgravia will probably fill the bill.




Tip: When packing your bags put cigar cutters and punches in your checked bags, there is a good chance they would get confiscated during a security check.


Would you like to smoke a Cuban cigar in Cuba?

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

Call 703-986-0934 or email



Thinking about Italy

Next April is the trip to Italy, so I am learning and came across this wonderful blog, Manger and my mouth started to water. Really looking forward to indulging in the tastes of Umbria.

Thoughts on the Disparaged Tourists

We see these folks in every city, cameras around their necks, fanny packs protruding from waists, groups huddled around a cell phone trying to make sense of a Google map or simply pointing and staring at street signs hoping to figure out if downtown is left or right.

Though experienced travelers scoff and the media teases, I for one say ‘hooray’. Even though I am a travel professional, I have been that person and sometimes still am in a new city.

But these are the folks willing to shed the confines of comfort and the streets they know for places unseen, people whose language is a mystery and try foods they would never find at the local diner.

Traveling should be part and parcel of life. Everyone needs to start somewhere. So applaud those willing to take that first big step, become one of them, for they will grow and change and probably make the world a little better for sharing a few kind words with a stranger.

When to go on your spectacular vacation

Now that you have figured out where to go, the next step is when.

Many of us have narrow windows, like summer when school is out or business is slow. And most of us need to coordinate with family, bosses, friends, dog walkers, etc.

If you know you can only go during certain times of the year, make it easy.

PLAN AHEAD! Get a jump on everyone else that has to go in July or August and start planning a year ahead.

Here is a simple schedule

Pick your destination a year before you go

9-12 months before you go, book your cruise, resort, tour, hotel

Most of the time this gives you 6-9 months to pay for it.

6 months before you leave research your activities.

3 months before book your activities

2 months before make the list of who needs to know and who DOESN’T (telling everyone on Facebook that your house will be unoccupied for two weeks is like saying ‘come rob me’)

1 month before start the packing list, clothes, medication, electronics, entertainment, documentation, money

2 weeks before- If you are flying figure out how you are getting to the airport and getting back

1 week before- Start packing

The day/night before-fill up the car if you are driving, check the bags one last time

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