26 posts in category Arizona

Old Town Luxury – The W Scottsdale

"In the middle of it, there's joy" - Unknown I live in Scottsdale, Arizona, and while I absolutely love to travel, there's nothing quite like coming home. And every once in a great while, I am extremely fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit and write about a hotel in my part of the world.  This summer, I was thrilled to finally visit the shimmering W Scottsdale. Location If you're familiar with the City of Scottsdale, you likely know that its Old Town, is the place to be, be ... 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 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

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 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

Monthly Mashups – Gertrude’s at Talavera at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

"Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly." - M.F.K. Fisher The experience of dining with others is one of the most primal and quintessential human behaviors, and I've long considered it one of the most important components of the human experience.  We are social, communal, loving, and seek to enhance our personal experiences through the act of sharing food with others. Many of our fondest memories are created through the sharing of ... Continue Reading

Best Luxury Resorts in Arizona – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

"Listen to the voice of nature, For it holds treasure for you." - Huron I am extremely fortunate to visit and write about luxury resorts, but my recent visit to the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler, Arizona was incredibly special because of the relationship the property shares with the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona. The Native American influence is apparent throughout the property's dining, spa, architecture, and overall tranquil and peaceful environment. I ... Continue Reading

Best Restaurants in Phoenix – Wright’s At The Arizona Biltmore

"Food is our common ground, a universal experience." - James Beard The experience of dining is very special to me, and this quote reminded me of why this is so - food, and how we experience it, connects us all. I recently visited the Arizona Biltmore to write a staycation feature, and had the opportunity to enjoy the property's signature restaurant Wright's at the Biltmore.  I so thoroughly enjoyed my experience that I decided to write a separate article so that I could give the proper ... Continue Reading

Best Luxury Hotels in Arizona – The Arizona Biltmore

"Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." - Ibn Battuta This quote perfectly captures how I inadvertently became a travel writer - the sheer astonishment of experiencing new and beautiful places, followed by the compulsion to give voice to those experiences so that others may see a part of the world they may not have otherwise discovered. This quote also spoke to me because you don't need to travel across the globe or even the country to be amazed. Some of ... Continue Reading