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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Taj Mahal: A Boardwalk Gem

Over the past few years, several of my weekends have been spent strolling the famous boardwalk in the City of Atlantic. Being only an hour and a half drive away definitely is a treat. Unless you live on the West Coast near Las Vegas, it is hard to find a city where you can enjoy gaming, numerous high quality dining destinations, and classy luxury hotels within a short walk of each other all embraced by a twenty-four hour party atmosphere. No matter what interests you have, there is something that is sure to please everyone. While I have stayed at many of Atlantic City's fine hotels, one of my favorite places to visit is the Trump Taj Mahal. This resort features two hotel towers, a large gaming facility, a nightclub, an event facility and a floor dedicated to shops and restaurants called Spice Road. If you are planning on staying here, look into a room in the Chairman Tower. These elegant rooms feature fantastic window views, relaxing beds and spacious bathrooms. The layout incorporates a modern design with a distinct artistic charm. If you stay here, I can assure you that you will be pleased. After descending down the escalator and looking up at the tall ceiling with fine chandeliers, the casino awaits. If you are looking to dance the night away until the sun rises, you can also check out the Casbah Nightclub located at the Taj. The location of the resort is ideal on the boardwalk. For those wanting to shop, eat, play slots, or just relax and unwind, the Taj is a great choice for visiting to get the most out of your trip to the boardwalk.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Strong and Sophisticated: Jeep Grand Cherokee review

Last fall, I was in the market for a new vehicle. The old coupe with no air conditioning had worn out it's welcome. I had just recently began my new job and was looking for something bigger and practical with space for passengers and cargo. Prior to this, I had always driven a coupe so this was a whole new world for me. I had done my research and looked into the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. One of the key things that attracted my attention toward this particular model was actually one of the commercials. It was the ad promoting the ability to drive from morning tee time to Los Angeles without running out of fuel. I could see myself driving this SUV. The executives at Chrysler will be happy to know that their marketing investments had been successful. This classic brand has always traditionally produced strong, four wheel drive, vehicles that are favorites for many generations. This seemed like right way to go. I am a huge car fan. With that being said, I analyzed everything from the history of the vehicle, trim levels, engines and other features about this particular model. The new body style had just been released with a more fuel efficient engine. My interest was sparked. I found a shiny 2011 Laredo in black sitting at a dealer that had my name on it. I test drove it and fell in love. Later that night, it was in my driveway. I have driven it for nine months so far and could not be happier. The pickup on the highway is smooth and powerful. There is enough room for five comfortably on a long trip with luggage in the back. The exterior provides a muscular stance with a sleek design while the interior gives an elegant look to match. I drove it to Boston and back from New Jersey and hit in the 23 mpg range during the highway stretch. Overall, the Grand Cherokee is a home run. I am excited to see how it performs when the snow hits during the winter season. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone who is looking for a solid 4x4 SUV that can do a lot for a great value.