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I met the most amazing craftspeople when I was in Portland last week. Read my USA Today piece, 10 Portland makers who will make you say, “Please take my money!” and get all your holiday shopping done early!

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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…]

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…]

kimpton in la: hotel palomar

Kimpton robes

Can you guess from this picture which hotel we stayed at in Los Angeles last weekend?

Just one glance at those signature Kimpton robes and I always feel right at home.

What makes Kimptons so special — well, one of the many things that makes them so special — is that each hotel somehow manages to feel intimate and local by staying true to the specific city in which it’s located while still maintaining the high standards of the largest chain of boutique hotels in the country.

The Palomar in LA does that with beautiful, contemporary design — no one mixes patterns, colors and eclectic pieces of furniture together better than they do — and this stunning view of the city from our windows. [Read more…]

nature’s spa by jurlique at kimpton’s hotel palomar

Hotel Palomar feet

You know how much I love Kimpton Hotels, and you know how much I love massages.

So, when I was offered a chance to experience a massage at the new Nature’s Spa by Jurlique in the Hotel Palomar, well, there I am, above, patiently waiting in the relaxation room.

And, let me tell you, they’re not joking by calling it that. [Read more…]

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Hotel Monaco sign

The only problem with staying in a hotel as nice as the Hotel Monaco is that you never want to leave. [Read more…]

welcome to the hotel la jolla

 

Hotel La Jolla

Every time I travel, I struggle with choosing a hotel. Should I go with a place that’s unique to that city or stick with a brand I know I can trust?

Whenever possible, I look for a Kimpton because they’ve found the ideal way to combine both of those features. Bill Kimpton opened the first boutique hotel ever – San Francisco’s Clarion Bedford in 1981– and his company has been revolutionizing the business ever since.

So, when HerHighway.com invited me for a tour of the Hotel La Jolla, the newest Kimpton in San Diego, plus lunch in the hotel’s ocean-view Cusp restaurant and a spin in the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish, I cleared my calendar. [Read more…]