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Najee's 1st Performance at Mitchell's Ulta Lounge in Cleveland, Ohio

Posted on April 26, 2015 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (339)
 Najee, a legend when thinking about his length of career; matched with a long list of jazz tunes steaming from 1986; performed last night at Mitchell's Ultra Lounge in Euclid, Ohio.

 This New York native and 2-time Grammy nominated saxophonist & flautist had the crowd vibin' the whole night. As with many Cleveland crowds, you really have to show us what you got before the crowd starts to give you props (proper credit) and the crowd was true to form last night.

 The 1st song performed left everyone waiting for more with a few splatter applauses through-out the audience; the band even seemed startled with the small applause but by the end of the night we all had realized that not only was Najee a great performer but was also able to hold his own with the up-&-close and personal crowd (who sometimes wanted to show-out).

 Najee's performance was strong but at times it seemed as though the sound should've been raised (in my opinion) for such a legendary performer's 1st debut in own town; but for the most part everything seemed to run without a glitch.

 The opening band - The Jay Lambert Experience, had a nice up-beat sound, somewhat similar to the band Lettuce (a big band feel) and the opening poetry by Mr. & Mrs. Smith (if my memory serves me right), was thought-provoking and heartfelt when after their performance, Mrs.Smith presented Mr. Smith with a small pink gift bag - surprising Mr. Smith with the announcement that they were expecting!
His words..."all I can say is wow!"

 Another memorable evening of great entertainment in Cleveland, Ohio.  

Mike Epps After Dark Tour Cleveland, Ohio

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 8:42 AM Comments comments (153)

 For those of you who had the opportunity to step-out this past weekend, I hope you were able to check-out Mike Epps, Saturday night at the State Theatre; here in Cleveland, Ohio. (Nov. 22).

 Dude put on an excellent stand-up comedy show (with his MC, a comedian from the ATL and another comedian who actually looked like Justin Beaver) which had the crowd laughin' the whole night. It even seemed like Mike Epps gave the crowd a few extra bonus minutes on stage; which is always a good thing.

 He spoke about his permed-up hair-do (Ole' school playa' style), his visit to the White House, his hometown of Indi (Indianapolis, IN.) and joked about the crowd (breakin-down the whole crowd from the 60's babies to the 90's babies). It was hilarious!

 Cleveland's emergence in the limelight has continued to bring famous comedians to town with the likes of comedian Katt Williams, as well as Paul Mooney to name a few. 

 (Props go out / thanks to all those who are involved in making these shows a huge success and a great night of enjoyment for the city of Cleveland.

Secrets Silversands

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM Comments comments (3)
 Secrets Silversands, in Riviera Maya, Mexico, is one of those places where you find everything you imagine - a great vacation resort should be. 

The Secrets Silversands resort sits away from the main road, giving you the peace and serenity sometimes needed from the hustle and bustle of traffic & everyday life... AND it's right on the beach - the perfect place to catch a cat-nap, swim, read a book or just lay-back and listen to the ocean. The beach butlers at Secrets Silversands also provide guests with refreshing drinks, snacks and many other items prepared from their tantalizing menu (SERVED RIGHT THERE ON THE BEACH @ YOUR FAVORITE SPOT!)

At certain times of the day, the pool is the place to be!
In one (1) setting you may see a game of pool volleyball goin' on, people laughing and talking at the swim-up bar, others conversating at one (1) of their restaurants - right above the pool and others working on a tan or enjoying the breeze.

The rooms are superior as well. From the relaxation channel they have on all the tv's (as you enter the room) - to the comfortable bedding, room service, in room movies, whirlpool tub and stocked-daily fridge (with beer, soda, water and candy - even Pringles chips); is sure to bring any cave-man dweller to a conflict of interest. 

 There's also a lazy-river through-out the Secrets Silversands resort giving the adventurous-type places to explore (with drink in hand or with-out). For the laid-back crowd - try their quiet areas where you can relax on a hammock and pass the time away. You can also enjoy new release movies at their outside theatre, go to nightly shows and enjoy so much more. This resort is definitely a must-see.

Secrets Silversands
Secrets Silversands
A stunning view of their infinite pool
Secrets Silversands
Secrets Silversands
This restaurant (Seaside Grill) is a great place to have your first meal when you arrive.
Secrets Silversands
Secrets Silversands
See & do so much in one (1) setting!
Secrets Silversands
Secrets Silversands
Relax right outside your room
Secrets Silversands
Secrets Silversands
Relax a're on vacation.

Intro To: Secrets The Vine Cancun, Mexico

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:54 PM Comments comments (142)
 The plane's landed; you've gotten your bags & now it's time for your shared transfer to your resort. The ride's not bad, only 15 minutes or so - and being that your NOW on vacation - it still doesn't feel as though you've reached that Utopia of vacation bliss!

 You carry-on with strangers getting acquainted; asking, "Where are you from? Where are you staying?" _ only to pass the time and to keep from exploding with excitement!

  When you reach the new Secrets The Vine, in Cancun, Mexico, you'll step out of your vehicle and immediately be given a clean, damp cloth, with a refreshing crisp smell to soothe your skin, forehead and face, and realize - THIS is what you've been waiting for!

 Aahh, it's NOW official; you're finally starting to feel like you're on vacation. 

 As you enter, a well dressed doorman opens the door and says, "Adios amigos, welcome home." Beautiful arrangements of flowers are all among the room and as you reach the top of the grand stairway, you'll be presented with a glass of champagne.

 Without a moments notice, you're greeted by a kind, highly -professional customer service agent who whisks you away to give you a tour of your new home away from home for the next few days.

 This all happens at the new Secrets the Vine in Cancun, Mexico.
To find out more, contact Hall Travel and Associates to start planning a visit today!

"Land, Sea or Air; We'll Get You There"

Geneva, Ohio Wineries

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 10:49 PM Comments comments (407)
 Geneva, Ohio wineries are great to visit because they are inexpensive. With the economy the way it is, everyone seems to be on a tight budget.

 Not only are their prices reasonable but they're not too far from Cleveland for a day trip; about 30 - 45 minutes away. The scenery is beautiful; very breath-taking. 

 I've never seen anything so beautiful, so close to home. I'd describe it as a hidden, unknown treasure. Who wouldn't want to enjoy amazing scenery, drinking tasteful, home-made wines on the coast of Lake Erie - not far from home and at an inexpensive price?

 Check it out & enjoy!

The Westin Cleveland Downtown

Posted on May 25, 2014 at 4:54 AM Comments comments (42)
 Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Cleveland's newest luxury hotel, the Westin Cleveland Downtown. This former Crown Plaza property has said to receive a $64 million dollar renovation, which is owned by Sage Hospitality.

 The combination of this brand new luxury hotel with the addition of the new Cleveland Convention Center, is sure to bring a higher level of recognition and prestige to this well-known Mid-west town.

 The Westin Cleveland Downtown offers 481 upscale rooms, a full-service restaurant, state-of-the art fitness center and about 20 meeting rooms totaling 26,000 square feet.

 Highlights would include their heavenly beds, the restaurant, Urban Farmer (Steak house), their close proximity to Cleveland events and activities and their staff's tremendous level of professionalism matched by their exceptional courtesy.

 The Westin Cleveland Downtown; a reflection of Cleveland's continual pursuit of excellence and prominence. 


Cathedral Buffet

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (39)

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 Recently, I had the opportunity to take a lovely couple out to a restaurant called Cathedral Buffet on State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. It was one of the best buffets I have gone to in a long, long time.

 The food was fantastic, very tasty and the presentation was  beautiful. You have to go early because they close at 5pm. I am a good cook but the fried chicken, pork roast, beef roast, roast turkey, collard greens, green beans, sweet potatoes, carrots, corn bread dressing and a whole lot more...was something to write about.

 They have a huge salad bar & huge dessert bar; with the 4 adults - the bill was only $46 & some change including everything - drinks and dessert. While you're in line waiting to pay, people are actually speaking to you! What a beautiful atmosphere.

 The Cathedral Buffet has my vote. Can't beat it - for the price & family setting.

(Check our "Vacation Package" page soon for a bus trip to the Amish country and then dinner at the Cathedral Buffet!)

Niagara Falls

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM Comments comments (6)
 You know that saying?..."You take it for granted, until it's gone." Well, I wouldn't say that's the case for Niagara Falls but I would say, don't take your time for granted and miss this beautiful natural wonder, just a few hours from Cleveland, Ohio.

 For those that don't remember...Clifton Avenue...the street where thousands of people visit museums, gift shops, restaurants and more, is full of sights and sounds for the entire family to enjoy.

I'll never forget going there as a kid and begging my parents to take us into the Ripley's (BELIEVE IT OR NOT) museum!
           Just something about that place pulls you in!
 In the winter-near the falls, the place comes alive with lights, nativity scenes and Christmas music and in the spring & summer, you can lay out in the lawn and enjoy a live concert!

So don't put off having a great time with friends and family at this nearby place of fun and activity.

By the way, be sure to try the Maid of the Mist ride and the Butterfly Conservatory is quite interesting.

Be sure to check our "Vacation Package" page for Niagara Falls packages soon.

Traveling With The Family Can Be Fun

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 9:42 PM Comments comments (3)
 Going on vacation can be a great time. Relaxing, dining, golfing, swimming, jet name it! Going with your family and friends just makes it even better; making "NOW" memories with your loved ones.

 Here's some suggestions & tips for your next family vacation.
  1. Know your budget & also do research on different packages & compare prices; try a new hotel or resort to save money - (soft opening).
  2. Decide what you want (cruise, B & B, All-Inclusive Resorts)
  3. Be flexible (try to go on vacation off-season) to save money & it's usually less crowded.
  4. Get the kids involved (Ask them what they like. Want a hotel on the beach? Kids camps, room service, golf, tennis?)
 Here's some hotels that might help with large families.
  1. Moon Palace - Cancun, Mexico(4 Bedroom Villas, kids club, night club, 18-hole golf course).
  2. Atlantis Paradise Island - Nassau, Bahamas (2-3 Bedrooms, giant aquarium, 11 years old & under free,  comedy club, Dolphin Cay & water-slide).
  3. Beaches Negril Resort & Spa - Negril, Jamaica (3 Bedrooms, X-Box Arcade, teen nightclub, water-slide & canal, kids club).
  4. Azul Fives Hotel - Playa del Carmen, Mexico (3 Bedroom Penthouse Suites, kids club, nightclub, resort on the beach, spa, room service, arcade, and game room).

What is Travel?

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (7)
 Travel is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, mostly done by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat or airplane.

 Travel is done all over the world as a trip or journey and/or for various reasons; religion, better opportunities (life), death, education, work, weather and etc., but most people will tell you they travel for relaxation, great weather and the "WOW" experience and to get away from all of life's problems.

 Traveling for me gives me a piece of mind, a moment of clarity, different aspects of nature and life outside of my surroundings or hometown.

 Over the years I've traveled to Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Cincinnati, Daytona beach and Cancun, Mexico; on a few occasions.

 No dream travel destination as of now, but I'm sure I'll be blessed to get there, seeing more of God's beautiful creations. Why do you travel?

Photo credit: Sun Gold Photography

  LeQuita Johnson is a graduate of Central State University with a degree in Political Science. LeQuita has joined (HTA) with her broad knowledge of social media and her enthusiasm to travel. We are pleased to have LeQuita's expertise and knowledge as a part of Hall Travel and Associates.



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