"And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul" - Unknown
There are few things more exhilarating than getting on a plane, and traveling to a place you've been thinking about visiting for some time. Not long after I started to post my travels on social media, I stumbled upon the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, and thought it a quite lovely property in America's heartland, a city I'd never visited. So, I put it on my travel bucketlist, and checked on it from time to time ...
“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 ...
"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, ...
"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...
"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 ...
"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." - Ernest Hemingway
In this sense, I'm always on the lookout for the next journey - the next place. The older I get, the more I realize that to be static, is to hasten death. That may sound extreme, but you only need to look around you to realize that constant movement, learning, adjustment, and taking on new challenges, are all traits of people who live their best and fullest life.
“To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.” - Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
This quote perfectly captures how I feel about travel - that "the possibility of the search" is what energizes and moves me to always seek new destinations and experiences because of how profound my life is likely to be changed. In my younger years, "the possibility of the search" was unknown to me, and I'm thankful every day that it now ...
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way." - Native American saying
This past summer, we enjoyed a spectacular visit to the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass & Spa in Chandler, Arizona. You can click Here to read my article about that visit.
During our visit, we were most fortunate to enjoy a visit to the resort's famous signature restaurant, Kai. Kai, open since 2002, is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Arizona - with good reason. It is Arizona's only AAA ...
“There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get the most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that, my friend, is dining.” - Yuan Mei
Dining is a very special way to experience a new place, and I cherish the opportunities to visit some of the best restaurants in the world when I visit different cities.
In researching dining options in Dallas, there was one restaurant that continued to appear ...
“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” - Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon
This quote really speaks to how I feel about the city of Lisbon, Portugal. During a recent trip to Europe, we decided to visit Lisbon for two days; and it wasn't nearly enough. The city is magnificent, truly a gem hidden in the long list of visit-worthy European ...