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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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2017 mazda3 grand touring 5-door

2017 Mazda 3

Last time I tested a Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door was when I took a Thelma and Louise-like road trip with my friend, Helene.

Because it got us safely through a couple of very harrowing moments, when it was time for me to drive to Mesa, Arizona — an area I was visiting for the first time — my choice of cars was black and white: the Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door, of course.

The car’s exterior was white — Snowflake (appropriately, ha ha!) White Pearl, to be exact — and the interior had sleek Black leather-trimmed sport seats. [Read more…]

chef alex pasco redefines spa food at mii amo

Mii amo fig

My daughter and I were invited to spend a few days at Mii Amo at Enchantment Resort in Sedona last summer, where we indulged in simply luxurious treatments at Mii amo Spa and luxuriously simple meals by Chef Alex Pasco at Mii amo Cafe.

We were expecting healthy but boring food — it’s a spa cafe, after all — but we were so blown away by the fresh ingredients, delightful tastes and unique combinations, we ended up eating almost every meal there.

In fact, we were in such a blissful state, we decided to have a little chat with Chef Alex.

In our robes, of course. [Read more…]

best of scottsdale, day 4: music, massage, mexican food and, uh, michael

Hotel Valley Ho

Let me try to explain how we felt about the Hotel Valley Ho.

On Saturday morning, we were planning to visit Singh Farms’ farmer’s market, which we had read gushing reviews about on Yelp. It’s supposed to be lush and gorgeous and filled with fresh, farm-grown treats. I say “supposed to be” because, unfortunately, we never got to see it in person.

You see, Michael refused to leave the room.  [Read more…]

the best of scottsdale, day one: the phoenician

Phoenician Oasis

No wonder I feel so at home at the Phoenician!

I’ve had a love affair with Scottsdale for years. Michael played in the Pro-Am there when it was called the FBR Invitational, and my mom, sister and I have celebrated six annual birthday weekends basking at Scottsdale spas.

So this year, when I was trying to figure out what to do for Michael’s 57th birthday – which is today! Happy birthday, honey! – I thought, “Scottsdale!” It’s less than an hour and half flight on Southwest, there’s so much to do there and it’s one of the few places in the country that isn’t snowed in right now. [Read more…]

miraval: my oasis in the tucson desert

Miraval sky

Now that our nest is empty and Michael is “retired,” we spend a lot of time traveling. There’s nothing we love more than discovering new places, and we rarely go back to the same destination twice.

Except for Miraval. [Read more…]