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Mar
22

I love love love the new Beauty and the Beast movie. One of the best parts, of course, is the Beast’s library, so I wrote “Belle Would Be Enchanted by These 10 Lovely Libraries in Hotels” for USA Today 10Best.

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happy national tequila day!

Starr Pass tequila

Well, I am apparently at the right place at the right time since it’s National Tequila Day and no one celebrates the occasion better — and more often! — than JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Arizona.

Every day at 5:30 p.m. guests gather on the aptly-named Salud Terrace for the highly-anticipated Tequila toast.

Starr Pass features more than 150 artisan tequilas and each day they offer a complimentary shot of a different one. For last night’s toast, we enjoyed Maestro Dobel Silver Tequila which I learned “has won more gold medals than most Olympians.” That seems to be true for Starr Pass’ own tequila collection, as well. [Read more…]

langham huntington, pasadena – club level

Langham Club Lounge

Now that I whet your appetite yesterday, I’m excited to tell you about the Club at Langham Huntington, Pasadena, which is definitely worth a splurge for a special weekend.

It’s basically the concierge floor and, although we’ve enjoyed staying on those at dozens of hotels, nothing prepared us for The Langham Club experience.

We’re grateful to Langham for giving us this opportunity because — well, let me show you. [Read more…]

the langham huntington, pasadena

Langham Pasadena

I am dreaming about the Langham Huntington today so I thought I’d share our visit there with you so you can dream about it, too. (Or, even better, plan a vacation!)

A few months ago, Michael was invited to participate in a poetry reading at Vroman’s, a fantastic book store in Pasadena, California. He had once stayed at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena on a business trip and LOVED it, so we booked a room and were excited that the hotel generously offered to host us on their Club level.

Okay, I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing Club level is — but I will tomorrow! [Read more…]

kimpton hotel palomar philadelphia

Kimpton Palomar Philadelphia elevator

This is their ELEVATOR!

Continuing our quest to stay in every Kimpton hotel in the country (a goal I quickly added to my bucket list after our most recent stay), Michael and I spent last weekend at the gorgeous Hotel Palomar Philadelphia. [Read more…]

swissotel berlin

Swissotel Berlin exterior

This is a sponsored post. All opinions and desires to visit 
again are totally mine.

The last time we visited Berlin was during a cruise excursion many years ago.

There was so much to do and see, we were really disappointed we only had one day to explore the city. And I remember being taken in by the unique architecture of Swissotel Berlin and wishing we could have spent the night there. [Read more…]

shorebreak hotel, huntington beach

Shorebreak couch surf art

If you want to experience an upscale version of the quintessential Southern California surf culture, you have to spend a night or two at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach.

With its sophisticated surfer vibe, this signature Kimpton boutique hotel does what Kimpton does best — it captures and celebrates its local neighborhood while offering impeccable service and lots of amenities.

Be prepared for a lot of photos because when Michael and I were invited to stay there a couple of months ago, I couldn’t stop snapping away. [Read more…]

w hotel los angeles west beverly hills

W hotel sign

Michael and I were lucky enough to get tickets to the taping of Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions at UCLA a couple of months ago, and we decided to make a weekend out of it.

We were invited to stay at the W Hotel Los Angeles in West Beverly Hills, which is within walking distance of the campus as well as a gigantic Ralph’s, which has a Starbucks and a fantastic bakery inside. This was perfect because not having to worry about a car in Los Angeles is, just like the hotel, a luxury in itself. [Read more…]

the art of the renaissance aix-en-provence hotel

Renaissance Aix yellow chairs

I told you about the beautiful Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel yesterday and promised you a pictorial of some of my favorite features. [Read more…]

renaissance aix-en-provence

Renaissance Aix Ice Drops

I have to admit that getting kicked out of that French B&B before we left the States was the best thing that could have happened because we ended up staying at the Renaissance Aix-en-Provence, which turned out to be one of our favorite hotels ever. [Read more…]

my weekend at the park hyatt aviara for the kia classic

Kia Classic '15 cars

Two of my all-time favorite cars.

For the past three years, we’ve been lucky enough to get a new Kia to test drive up to the Park Hyatt Aviara for a weekend at the Kia Classic LPGA tournament.

I will write about this year’s model — the 2016 Kia Sorento — separately because, well, you know how much I love the Sorento. But I want to tell you about the Park Hyatt Aviara and the Kia Classic so you can start making plans to come next year. [Read more…]