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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

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

Unparalleled Italian Luxury – The Aman Venice

“I cannot write about Venice; I can only write about me, and the sleeping parts of myself that Venice has shocked into wakefulness.” - Jessica Zafra, Twisted Travels   If you've had the fortune to visit Venice, Italy, then this quote likely strikes you in the way it did me.  Venice is the most visually, spiritually, and emotionally moving city I've ever visited. It defies comparison, and inspires those fortunate enough to witness its magic, to soak in every image, experience, ... Continue Reading

Sumptuous Luxury in Madrid – The Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Ritz

"The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands." - Sir Richard Burton   Some luxury properties defy description, comparison or categorization - to such an extent that the visitor must simply surrender to the people, the tastes, the scenes, and the surroundings of the property; and just take it all in before the experience sadly ends. This is how I feel about a recent visit to The Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Ritz in Madrid, Spain. I invite you to see ... Continue Reading

Luxury Dining in Scottsdale – Dominick’s Steakhouse

"Food is our common ground - a universal experience." - James Beard   Superlative steakhouses are something quite special. The best steakhouses transport the diner to a different time and place, delivering exhilaration, luscious flavors, laughter, community, and suffused memories. We're most fortunate to have one such steakhouse close to home - Dominick's Steakhouse at the Scottsdale Quarter. Dominick's is owned by the same group that owns and operates the highly successful and ... Continue Reading

Silvercar – The Car Rental Company We All Deserve

"We were miles away from our real lives" - Maggie Stiefvater, Forever For someone who travels quite a lot, I'm not much of a fan of driving when I travel.  I find it generally to be an annoyance - sourcing a rental car company, renting the vehicle, not choosing the right gas refilling option, short-circuiting when deciding whether to elect additional insurance coverage, not knowing where I'm going, relying on a variety of tools to figure out where I'm driving . . . you get the point. My ... Continue Reading

Negra Modelo – Chef Rick Bayless Phoenix Tasting Event

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Benjamin Franklin I adore beer and great food, so I was absolutely thrilled when I had the opportunity to attend the Negra Modelo - Chef Rick Bayless Phoenix Tasting Event held recently. Negra Modelo is an iconic Mexican-styled beer and Chef Rick Bayless is equally iconic, having established himself as perhaps the most famous and successful American chef who specializes in the preparation of authentic Mexican cuisine. The ... Continue Reading