Scottsdale Luxury Hotels – The Hotel Valley Ho

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain   One of the questions I'm asked the most is: "How do you find the time to travel so often?" This quote above helps to explain my perpetual urgency to travel: Few of us know how much time we have on this Earth, and I'm ever fearful of ... Continue Reading

Arizona Luxury Resorts – The Phoenician

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson   I believe strongly in the power of gratitude, which includes being in awe of my surroundings. I suspect this characteristic is at the root of my love of luxury properties.  I am quite grateful that I recently had the pleasure to ... Continue Reading

Luxury Hotels in Washington, D.C. – The Mandarin Oriental

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher   In a city best known for sharp elbows and power plays, the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. offers a luxuriously soft place to rest your body and mind. Location Overlooking the west bank of the famous Tidal Basin in the city's Southwest Quadrant, the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. casts a stately and impressive form. Awash in limestone, the nine floor luxury ... Continue Reading

Capital Luxury – The Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.

"People don't take trips -- trips take people" - John Steinbeck   Our nation's capital is replete with grand and stately, sometimes historic hotels, so when I recently visited, I had some difficult choices to make. But when I began to investigate further, it became quite obvious that a luxury travel blogger's trip to Washington, D.C. is not complete without a visit to the incomparable and highly regarded Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. Location Its six stories rising tall in ... Continue Reading

Luxury In Paradise Valley – Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

"To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you live, To roam the roads of land remote, To travel is to live." - Hans Christian Andersen   There's something special about travel that I've learned over the years - the traveler doesn't need to travel far. Sometimes the most spectacular places are right down the street or the highway. In this case, it's the stunning Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa (The Sanctuary from here on out), located in Paradise ... Continue Reading

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality” - Walt Disney   Every once and a while I get lucky, and discover a quote that simply and perfectly captures a visit; and I should have known that the great Walt Disney wouldn't disappoint. The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort  (the Four Seasons Orlando from here on out) is most certainly one of the loveliest and most stupendous ... Continue Reading

Florida Luxury Resorts – The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

"Travel brings power and love back into your life" - Rumi As for many people, the memories of visiting Orlando, Florida as a child are some of the most important and meaningful memories I have - the wonder of getting on a plane in a snowy city and exiting the plane a few hours later in a warm, sunny paradise; coupled with the unbridled adulation and expectation of visiting the pinnacle of childhood destinations - Walt Disney World. When I have the chance as an adult to return to Orlando, ... Continue Reading

Carefree Luxury – The Boulders Resort & Spa

"Luxury is attention to detail, originality, exclusivity and above all quality" - Angelo Bonati There are precious few places lovelier than Arizona in the Springtime, and one of the many reasons I adore this part of the year is that I take the opportunity to visit a number of luxury properties located near my home in Scottsdale. This year, I'm so thrilled to share with you a visit to one of the luxury properties that is near and dear to my heart and my home - The Boulders Resort & ... Continue Reading

Luxury in Carmel Valley Wine Country – The Bernardus Lodge & Spa

“If we sip the wine, we find dreams coming upon us out of the imminent night” - D.H. Lawrence   We Westerners are spoiled beyond imagination. Unless you're in France, Spain, or Italy, there are few places where flavorful wine is more widespread or profoundly abundant than California. And while there are innumerable resorts and boutique bed & breakfasts scattered throughout California's various wine regions, there is something quite special about one particular resort in ... Continue Reading

Florentine Luxury – The Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

"Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life" - Anna Akhmatova One of the many beauties of Italy is that there are so many different cities and regions to visit, making Italy - in my opinion - the most beautiful destination country in the world. But the flip side is that it can take awhile to visit certain cities, and in my case, it took many years before I could make the time to visit the City of Florence; and wow, was it worth the wait. And as is my habit, I thorou... Continue Reading