Luxury on the Lake in Geneva, Switzerland – Le Richemond

"In the middle of it, there's joy" - Unknown   There's something quite special about life's unpredictability. A couple of months ago, a trip to Geneva, Switzerland and a stay at one of its finest finest hotels was about as likely as a trip to the moon. But that all changed in the blink of an email invitation (and a quick confirmation from my lovely bride that she would not divorce me if I went), a flight to Europe, and an airport pickup by luxury driver. Let's do this! I was ... Continue Reading

Mountainside Luxury in Utah – The St. Regis Deer Valley

"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things" - Henry Miller   This quote resonates with me the more I travel. I think less of places on a map, and more of how I feel when I visit and eventually, when I return. This visit to Deer Valley, Utah was my first, and there was no question that I would stay at the St. Regis Deer Valley, the area's most acclaimed luxury resort. I chose wisely. Location The St. Regis Deer Valley is a scant and quite scenic drive from ... Continue Reading

Three Days of Luxury in Geneva, Switzerland

"I should like the window to open onto the Lake of Geneva - and there I'd sit and read all day like the picture of somebody reading" - John Keats   A few months ago, the prospect of gazing upon Lake Geneva was as remote as meeting a living Mr. Keats. But funny things happen when you're a travel blogger - a condition with which I remain unaccustomed - and you learn to simply embrace the unexpected gifts from the Universe. In this case, I had unexpectedly and most surprisingly been ... Continue Reading

Washington, D.C. Luxury – The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

"I want to be with those who know secret things, or else alone" - Rainer Maria Rilke   One of the guiding concepts that has served me best in travel is to seek out places and experiences that have been overlooked by the masses; and it has served me quite well. I mention this because as a global traveler, much of the best experiences and places are not commonly known. In searching for places to stay during a recent visit to Washington, D.C., I took great pains to craft a list of ... Continue Reading

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

Capitol 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