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December 12, 2017

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The Diplomat – NSU Art Museum Partner

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  • December 12, 2017
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A Legendary Mix



What happens when a well-known luxury beach resort and an art museum plan an anniversary celebration?

Guests have an opportunity to take advantage of the ART OF TRAVEL (an art and beach culture) package and an extraordinary deal valid from Dec. 7, 2017, through July 8, 2018. Winter and spring are an opportune time to get away from the cold, or transition into spring and summer with a getaway vacation in sunny Florida. Guests will find incredible rates at the newly renovated Diplomat Beach Resort (beginning at $249 based on availability at time of booking) and two complimentary tickets to the Frank Stella: Experiment and Change (December through July 8, 2018) and the Midnight in Paris and New York (Feb. 4 to Oct. 18, 2018) exhibitions at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. 

The Diplomat and the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale recently announced their partnership in honor of their 60th anniversariesBoth entities were founded in 1958 and continue to play a vital role in Fort Lauderdale area tourism and culture.

“As Hollywood begins to boom, so does the art and culture scene and we wanted to offer that component to our guests,” says Ed Walls, General Manager, The Diplomat Beach Resort. “We plan to hold several special events on site with the Museum; host intimate dinners at our signature restaurants, including, Monk tail, Diplomat Prime and Point Royal to honor the museum’s executive board members, and offer our guests enticing art-related hotel packages.”

Click here to learn more about The Diplomat or book your stay. 

Fresh off a recent $100 million transformation in April 2017, The Diplomat Beach Resort offers 1,000 guestrooms (92 are luxurious suites), 10 different culinary destinations, two beachfront, sun-drenched pools, 26 poolside cabanas; a glittering, ultramodern spa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, 24-hour fitness center, and 209,000 square feet of meetings and event space. The Diplomat boasts the largest hotel convention space in South Florida with the most expansive ballroom south of Orlando.

Water activities include a water taxi to Las Olas from Diplomat Landing, jet skiing, ocean kayaking, paddleboard rentals, and the property’s newest addition, the Dip + Slide water play area. Guests can also enjoy tennis, golf or head to the marina less than one mile away. Fanatical anglers should bring their surf and fly fishing gear and find their spot along the shoreline.

Diners can count on outrageous culinary creativity and expertise from famed Restaurateur and Chef Michael Schulson’s award-winning Japanese-inspired Monk tail to Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian‘s Point Royal – a Coastal American restaurant.

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NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale


The museum is located in the heart of the city’s arts and entertainment district and only a short walk to a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries along Las Olas Boulevard and the picturesque Riverwalk waterfront promenade. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (Nova Southeastern University) is under the helm of Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator, and is a leader in the visual arts and a vibrant cultural resource serving South Florida and national and international audiences. Edward Larrabee Barnes designed the 83,000-square foot modernist building that houses acquisitions of 19th and 20th Century American and European paintings and sculpture, Oceanic, African, Pre-Columbian and Native American art.

AutoNation, the country’s largest automotive retailer presents the year of anniversary programming that is synonymous with exceptional learning and inspirational opportunities through access to works of the highest level of artistic expression.

Frank Stella: Experiment and Change is a major exhibition spanning the legendary artist Frank Stella’s 60-year career from the late 1950s. Exhibit-goers are encouraged to allow plenty of time to browse more than 300 paintings, relief sculptures, and drawings.

Another show you won’t want to miss is Midnight in Paris and New York: Scenes from the Fin-de-Siecle. Explore the paintings, prints, drawings, architectural designs, and the decorative arts of the Fin-de-Siecle, a fascinating and legendary period at the end of the 19th Century.

You can learn more about NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale here.

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Tim Notier’s Maiden Voyage

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  • December 12, 2017
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Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the Journey

By Tim Notier




 As a traveler, itineraries and schedules are rarely executed without something going astray. Changes will need to be made to accommodate the complete disorder and confusion that traveling actually consists of.

But, as a guitarist, some of my favorite lines in blues progressions are the turnarounds. Little personal licks of emotion, dirty and gritty as they can be, that leads back to the main rhythm and comforting progression of the song.

Life’s lessons don’t usually present themselves in the moments of complete chaos. Not every day can be filled with pure excitement and bliss. There will always be situations that leave you completely frustrated, either with the weather, border crossings, or disagreements about where to stay, for how long, places to eat, and the list can potentially go on forever.

For the last three months, I have been traveling via motorcycle with my fiancée, Marisa. Our trip has continuously led us to the unknown; improvised directions of dirty, gritty, and truly blues filled trials that eventually led back to the standard patterns of the trip that we are accustomed to.

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A “Day in the Life’ of Misery 


We were camped at Kolob Reservoir in Utah, and it was amazing. It was so beautiful that Marisa and I decided it would be a great place to set up our tent and call home for a couple days. We unpacked, set up our gear, and began the luxury of relaxing in a peaceful environment.

That night, it rained, then it hailed, and it did not stop for 15 straight hours. As we huddled in the tent, hail hammered the rainfly and the ground around us, splashes of water and mud ricocheting onto us from every direction. We were stuck, and filthy, and there was no way I was going to pack up all our or gear while God’s wrath came down on us.

The next day the sky retreated its hostile onslaught momentarily, and we seized the opportunity to get the hell out of there. As we packed, we realized everything was now coated in a muddy stew that once dry would add an additional ten pounds to the bike’s collective weight. Marisa and I rode out on a boggy road that cut through a canyon just outside of Zion National Park.

We were wet, tired, and just overall miserable. And we needed to wash everything we had, twice. We pulled into a hotel, and at $150 a night we knew that was not an option. A few days prior, we had met a lady named Dana who had invited us into her house, and at the time offered us a hot shower, a hot meal, and a “glamper” to stay in. At the time, we had already planned to camp at Kolob Reservoir, and we had yet to accept the hospitality of others as we were proving to be self-sufficient.

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But at that moment, we were no longer self-sufficient. We were undeniably in need of assistance. I called Dana trying not to sound as desperate as we were, and as if we were old friends, she gave us an address to her house. We spent the next three days with her and her husband Bill who took on the role of an aunt and uncle who we had not seen in a couple years.

Dana’s house was a sanctuary for open-minded travelers. Great food, conversation, and laughter filled the days as we slowly prepared to move on. We could have claimed her house as a legal residence by the time we actually left. 



It took a turnaround in my attitude, and the outlook of uncomfortable situations to redirect me to the needed understanding of uncertainty. I found myself repeating “Life is Chaos” and “Chaos is” trying to deeply grasp that the world is not out to get me and that all things seem to settle back to normal if given enough time, attention, or realization that some things just will not change. If it wasn’t for one completely miserable day, we would have missed out on meeting the kindest, unique, and hospitable people we have met so far.

I now find myself very grateful for the short-term miseries that lead to lifelong friendships and unplanned experiences. I had gone from a foul mood to such a blissful state. I can only hope to remember that the lows that seem to last forever, are only small moments that will soon be overwhelmed by the highest highs while we explore the world.

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About Tim Notier:

Tim Notier was born and raised just west of Chicago, Illinois. For the first 32 years of his life, he rarely explored more than an hour away from the hospital he was born. But now things have changed. He has sold all of his possessions and has traded his behind-the-desk job for a full-time behind-the-handlebars adventure.

Tim Notier’s book https://www.notiersfrontiers.com/

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