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Entrepreneur, Travel/Lifestyle Blogger, YouTube Host - Mia is the ultimate people connector,
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It's been a while since I've posted some of my travels! Recently I was invited by +Pechanga Casino to spend a lovely weekend at their resort along with a fun group of travel, lifestyle & wedding writers.

From door to door, we were spoiled! Our first night included a tasting dinner from all the resort restaurants which also included local wineries and a fun aromatherapy bar. On Saturday we all met up at the crack of dawn, literally, to experience a hot air balloon tour of the Temecula wine country with Grape Escape Balloon Adventure. Pechanga also has a fabulous spa which I can vouch for personally - hello massage & spa time! We had so many great meals at the different restaurants & also toured the conference & wedding facilities. Stay tuned for an in-depth blog at https://miaonthego.com

Here's a quick description: The newly and majorly expanded Pechanga Resort Casino offers all the amenities and then some of a Las Vegas casino, without the traffic or overload of sensory input. In March, the resort wrapped up a $300 million expansion. Visitors will find a casino larger than any of its Nevada neighbors; a stand-alone two level day spa that incorporates Native American healing and botanicals into all of its treatments, serves spa breakfast & lunch, also provides free yoga and boot camp classes & a full hair and nail salon;
a 4.5-acre pool complex with 4 pools, 3 hot tubs, a family pool with waterslides, dozens of stocked cabanas; 1,090 luxury rooms & suites; 20 restaurants and bars; A-list entertainment; and a championship 18-hole golf course.

It was definitely ... #OnAnotherLevel (I LOVE their hashtag)

Big shout of thanks to my bestie #ShawnaBlankenhorn for driving over from Phoenix to be my wing-woman. <3

#ForConsideration #Travel #MiaOnTheGo #PechangaCasino #PechangaResort
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2018 BMW XC xDrive30i
$42,450 Base MSRP

Upgrades included:
• Leather seating - $1,700
• Convenience Package, which features a panoramic moonroof, comfort access keyless entry, satellite radio, and adjustable lumbar support - $2,850
• Driving Assistance Package, with active blind-spot detection and lane-departure warning - $900
• Premium Package, with heated seats, heated steering wheel, navigation, a head-up display, and remote services - $3,300
• Parking Assistance Pkg - Parking Assistant Plus, Active Park Distance Control, Review View Camera Surround view with 3D
• Apple CarPlay - $300
• Wireless Charging - $500
• Harmon Kardon Surround Sound - $875

Consumer Reports considers it "among the Best Luxury Compact SUVs & it combines refinement, comfort, and driving enjoyment in an attractive package" I second that emotion! This thing was fully loaded obviously - here are a few of my highlights with my week-long driving experience:

Gas Mileage - approx 25 mpg combined city/hwy - pretty amazing for an SUV with so many bells & whistles
Driving Modes: Eco, Comfort & Sport - I tried all three and enjoyed comfort the most.
Speaker system - excellent. Not sure what the system is like when it's not the upgraded Harmon Kardon but if you are on the road quite a bit, it's a nice upgrade
Parking Assistant Plus - this entire package was pretty amazing. I'll admit, it took us a few tries to get the system to work - I'm assuming it was a bit of initial user error. On one hand I think these features are amazing (and the camera quality is off the charts since it's 360 - great for prevention of running over things when pulling into a small garage or space. On the other hand though, it definitely keeps your parking skills at a minimum if you get too used to it!
• The heated front and rear seats is worth the additional $350 upgrade if you live in colder climes like I do and are trekking around passengers/kids
Very quiet cabin interior -
• Paraphrasing from Consumer Reports again, this description nails it: "sharp, sporty handling, which gives you a feeling of control and precision, and encourages you to search out curvy roads" yeah, the curvy roads part is definitely me.
• I no longer have an Iphone so I couldn't take advantage of CarPlay but I hear it works well. BMW won’t be integrating Android Auto into its vehicles and has no plans to ever do so due to interface complications (that's what BMW are saying)
• The dashboard is jampacked which may be a little too busy for some people
• The "heads up" display on the windshield is definitely worth it (it's part of the premium package) - excellent for helping to keep your eyes on the road because the navigation directions are visible!
• Engine stop and restart - this is still something that takes a bit to get used to when you first jump into a BMW! Disconcerting at first for sure but I wouldn't bother with disabling it as some people do.

Overall, quite a luxurious ride for $57K!
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Spent some time on a closed track adjacent to #BroncoStadium in #Denver that was created exclusively for the #Toyota Camry Test Drive event!

2018 Camry LE – (white car) - Entry level, comfort-tuned Sedan (starting at 24K) with a comfy interior. Softer ride than sport models.
4 Cylinder, 2.5 liter, 202 HP, 184 Torque Lb.-Ft., 8 speed transmission. Average MPG of 32 - amazing for a non hybrid!

2018 Camry XSE V6 - 2 models: blue with black interior and white with red/black interior. Drove them both in Sport Model - super fun! 2 tone roof option. Luxury equipped model with more technology
32 MPG highway
3.5 liter, 301 HP, 263 Torque Lb.-Ft., 8 speed transmission.
$34,950 MSRP ($29K MSRP for 4 cylinder)
More for performance and speed than comfort. Wheels are 19" and the tires are much lower profile. This did well on the cornering part of the track.

2018 Camry Hybrid SE (silver) - $29.5k MSRP
2.5 liter (same engine as 4 cylinder gas - just tuned differently) The total system output is 212 HP. Gets out there pretty quickly.
46 MPG average but the best fuel economy is the LE Hybrid which gets a combined 52 MPG) - crazy good for a mid-sized car. I REALLY enjoyed this model.

2018 Camry XLE V6 - $34,400 MSRP (Black with black interior) –
V6, 3.5 liter, 296 HP, 263 Torque Lb.-Ft., 8 speed transmission.
The big brother / luxury version of the LE. Very swanky details on the inside. 18" tires but with a little more sidewall for added driving comfort. In Hybrid version is $32,250 MSRP and the 4 Cylinder is $28,450 MSRP.
MPG average - 26

Suffice it to say, each one performed well in the short time we were gunning around the course!

Thanks to +Bill Reed for the camera work... #Bubby
+TOYOTA +Allison & Partners & +DriveShop - as always, a fun event!
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We spent an amazing weekend at #SaltCreekHempCo - a fully functional hemp farm that also includes cows, chickens, a bull named Norman and pigs. The weekend also included #HempOnTheSlope, an annual event hosted by Salt Creek that brought experts, farmers, scientists, botanists and Western Slope government officials together to discuss all the ins/out and ups & downs of hemp farming.

#MiaOnTheGo #Hemp #Wellness #Farming #CannaLuxuryTours
Weekend in Collbran
Weekend in Collbran
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So it's a thing: The #GettingTasted Show - check out our pilot episode! +Courtney Smith Kramer and I have way too much fun getting our learn on with #JamesLaMar of +Big Basin Vineyards at the +International Culinary Center in #Campbell, #CA. Behold, #wine drinking and shenanigans.
Stay tuned for more episodes!
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If I saw you in 2016, then you are in this photo album! I'm looking forward to more adventures in 2017!

20 Cities, 25 cars, countless friends & adventures! Thank you to all the friends & family I was privileged to spent time with in 2016. Can't wait to see what happens in 2017. Stay tuned! Subscribe at http://miaonthego.com/ to keep up with all the shenanigans.

BIG shout of thanks and appreciation for my 2016 Collaborative Partners:
Allison & Partners
Big Cat Rescue
Camp Congress Airstream Park
Devil's Thumb Ranch
DriveShop
Dunkin' Donuts
Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center - Urbana/Champaign
GMC
GoDaddy
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House Hotel Santa Fe, The Hacienda & Spa
Hyundai
Kia Motors America
Lady - The Boat
The Langham, Chicago
The Langham, Boston
Langham Place, Fifth Avenue
Lexus
Loews Atlanta Hotel
Mazda
Mitsubishi USA
Montage Palmetto Bluff
Ocean Prime Restaurant
Ocean Prime Boston
The Peninsula Chicago
Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center
Residence Inn Champaign
Rocky Mountain Redline
Sirata Beach Resort
Toyota USA
Visit Champaign County
Zipkick

Want to work with me in 2017? I have an amazing Board of Influencers that I've partnered with and you will want to get in on this! Connect with me at info@themiaconnect.com
SEE YOU ALL IN 2017. #MoreAdventure #WorldTravelersLife #MiaOnTheGo #Wanderlust
Mia On The Go - 2016
Mia On The Go - 2016
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Flashback to my first foray into #travelblogging ! #Italy was an amazing experience - 3 weeks of amazing sights, sounds, wine and food! Featured here: #Milan #Treviso #Venice #Rome #Camogli #Florence & #Umbria - Can't WAIT to get back for Harvest 2017.

Big shout of thanks to +Hotel Dei Borgognoni +HoteldeiMelliniRoma +Hotel Dei Mellini Roma +Marignolle relais & charme +Ca' Del Poggio +Villa Toderini

+Nazim Beltran +Adelheid Hörnlein +Mark Davenport
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Well that was an absolutely idyllic time at #DevilsThumbRanch in #Tabernash #CO! It was the quiet season between Autumn and Winter (aka: Shoulder Season) and we could not have asked for better weather or a more peaceful setting. And the +Lexus USA #CT200h was PERFECT for the trip - does well at high elevations & climbed #BerthoudPass like a champ! Oh, and may I say - one tank of gas for a full week! #Hybrid

Some of the highlights of the trip:
-Quick drive from Denver (and a scenic one at that!)
-Secluded but close enough to Winter Park, Fraser & other cute towns
-Green practices that are off the hook and WAAAAY more advanced than just the usual "leave a note if you'd like your sheets & towels changed" practices: Geothermal heat, water/sand filtration system, reclaimed materials, and more.
-Amazing decor & upscale rooms
-Horseback riding - see it live here! https://goo.gl/cwJKvm
-Ziplining - yes, I livestreamed that too! https://goo.gl/bZAYlq
-6000 square acres of pristine land
-GREAT views of the Continental Divide

Read more about it here & book your new vacation
http://www.devilsthumbranch.com/

#Colorado #SponsoredPost #DevilsThumb #MiaOnTheGo #Wanderlust #WorldTravelersLife
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Well that was quite a trip to the #LeftCoast! Teaming up with +Lexus USA and +Courtney Smith Kramer was a recipe for fun, connection, adventure and more. We traveled from #SanJose to #SanFrancisco, down to #Monterey and back! Also great to connect with some of my favorite influencers on their home turf including +Stacey DePolo of +GoDaddy, Author #KathiKlotzGuest +J S Gilbert, #EricPangilinan, #PeterHicks of #Bebo, a self driving +Tesla, an inappropriate otter at +Monterey Bay Aquarium, a fun sleepover at +Portola Hotel & Spa, wine, swine and more with +brady lowe & #Cochon555 at #magnoliagastropub in #SF - thanks for the invite +Amanda McCrossin! Oh, and some of my favorite guys at +Zipkick - mastermind +Jason Will & #JordanOlson

And then there was +Bryan Kramer - #BKHaveItYourWay

Subscribe at http://miaonthego.com for new blogposts & updates on my travels shenanigans (hint: New Orleans, Atlanta and Thailand are queued up!)
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What a lovely way to spend a late autumn weekend in Colorado. This week I was driving the 2016 +Toyota USA #4Runner #Pro which performed amazing on the highway, in the city and definitely on the #HighCountry #backroads! The weekend was an interesting combination of harvest celebration but not in the traditional way. I joined up with a group of friends in #Niwot #Colorado to harvest LEGAL cannabis and trim the leaves on the buds. SUPER cool and educational. I don't partake in the end product but I really enjoyed the process!

We then took a drive into #Longmont to their local popular #cheese store and then the final leg included a trek up into the mountains to put the 4x drive to the test on the offroads. The #4Runner did GREAT!

#LetsGoPlaces #Toyota #MiaOnTheGo #WorldTravelersLife
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