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.Read All Entries
Oh, if only that title were true.
I mean, don’t I look like I belong on that balcony overlooking the Pacific?
Michael and I discovered Laguna Beach not long after we moved to California almost 17 years ago, and we fell in love with it immediately. It’s a gorgeous, art-focused beach town which I will write about separately but, because it’s less than an hour’s drive, we’ve never stayed overnight there.
Boy, have we been missing out. [Read more…]
There’s nothing like a night at a great hotel to rejuvenate you and make you feel like you’ve been on a real vacation.
That’s what happened a couple of weeks ago when Shade invited Michael and me to stay at their beautiful luxury boutique hotel in Manhattan Beach.
Just a couple of blocks from the beach and smack in the middle of the adorable seaside town that’s filled with some of my favorite stores (hello, Free People!) and new favorite restaurants (Rock’n Fish, I’m talking about you!), Shade can be either the perfect retreat or the hub of social activity.
I’ll give you one guess which we chose. [Read more…]
With the weather so cold and snowy around the country, I figured most of you could use a little respite. So today I’m taking you back to Riviera Beach, Florida to the Marriott’s Oceana Palms, where I stayed a few months ago, thanks to Marriott Vacation Club.
Just take a minute to enjoy that view — which, by the way, was the view from the private balcony of my villa. Imagine you can feel the sun warming your face and breathe in the salt water of the ocean. [Read more…]
If you had ever told me I would one day be whizzing down the highway on the back of a Harley-Davidson, I would have laughed and said you were crazy.
Yet, there I was yesterday, doing just that – and checking off the new addition to my bucket list.
When I told my daughter we had been offered the opportunity to take a motorcycle tour during our press trip to the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs, she said, “Mom, please say ‘no.’ I’m getting heart palpitations just thinking about you on a motorcycle.”
The idea kind of gave me heart palpitations, too. I mean, if I hadn’t done this ever before, did I need to start at the age of 55? Of course I had to say “yes,” though, because when else would I ever get a chance to do this with a professional doing the driving? [Read more…]
When I went to visit Marriott’s Oceana Palms last month to learn about Marriott Vacation Club, you had lots of great comments and opinions about timeshares.
I shared all of your thoughts, asked all of your questions, and got in-depth answers – some of which may surprise you. Some may actually motivate you to check out the Marriott Vacation Club website and make an appointment to take a tour to see if this can work for your family. [Read more…]
And, let me tell you, they’re not joking by calling it that. [Read more…]