There was a time when spending the weekend in the mountains meant roughing it. Rustic can mean many things, but luxury isn’t typically one of them. Lucky for folks visiting Lake Tahoe, The Ritz-Carlton is anything but typical. Read more HERE. Continue reading Unforgettable Hotels – The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Overlooking a jungle teeming with wildlife that stretches down to Apoyo Lagoon in the volcanic crater below, Pacaya Lodge & Spa is nicely perched in central Nicaragua, making it an ideal home base for exploring many of nation’s top sites. Calling the village of Catarina home, the lodge is less than an hour’s drive from Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, making it a fabulous alternative … Continue reading Pretty Places Friday – Pacaya Lodge & Spa — Apoyo Lagoon
Set on the rugged Northern California coast, overlooking the Pacific, The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay features 261 rooms. The only oceanfront resort in the San Francisco Bay Area, the resort is just 30 minutes from the San Francisco International Airport but it feels like it’s a world away.
Tahiti is one of those bucket list vacations many travelers dream about. But the cost of getting to paradise is changing; one of the newer airlines flying to Tahiti is also surprisingly budget friendly. But it’s a name most American travelers won’t recognize. Low-cost, long-haul airline, French bee now offers non-stop flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Tahiti (PPT) two to three times a … Continue reading Budget-Friendly Tahiti
Set on six acres in Sonoma County wine country is the Farmhouse Inn, which has mastered the perfect way to end a busy day of wine tasting. Get pampered at the chic spa, have dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant set in a restored late-1800s farmhouse, and feel like a kid again making S’mores under a star-filled sky. Read more HERE. Continue reading Pretty Places Friday – Farmhouse Inn
For some reason, when folks think of European vacations, Ireland gets overlooked. That’s all the more reason for you to plan a trip now.
Three reimagined motels blend wine country luxury with roadside nostalgia
Northern California. Each of The Astro’s 34 rooms and suites is decked out in Mid-Century Modern furniture from the early ’60s, when the original motel was built. Can’t live without one of those pieces from your room? Buy it, and the staff will arrange shipping. The hotel, which reopened in January, has also become a cycling hub. Day manager Sam Hamby, who goes by the title of “bike somm,” helps guests pick local trails and assembles and repairs bikes, including the hotel’s fleet of rental Shinolas. Read more HERE.Continue reading “Unforgettable Hotels – New Stomping Grounds”
France meets Northern California wine country at Auberge du Soleil. It’s a splurge for many, but the resort offers much for travelers to love.
It’s so close, yet you feel as though you have traveled a world away. That’s the magic of Big Sur. Spend three hours behind the wheel, past strawberry fields and signs touting the artichoke capital of the world, and this stunning stretch of coastline awaits. With jagged ocean cliffs, mountains that plunge down into water every shade of blue, and towering groves of redwoods, Big … Continue reading Pretty Places Friday – Basking in Big Sur
It’s like walking into a fantasy world. Ocean-filled tanks bigger than a house, filled with sea creatures all the colors of the rainbow. So close, you feel as though you could reach out and pet a seahorse or splash a fast moving sea otter. A visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium has all the makings of the perfect day. Until you realize, a lot of … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Grab Your Pillow and Dive In