"Only the one who walks his own way can't be overtaken" - Marlon Brando
In April 1789, Fletcher Christian, Acting Lieutenant of the HMS Bounty, led a mutiny and seized control of the ship from Captain William Bligh. Christian and his mutineers - risking death for treason - returned to the warmth and tropical comfort of Tahiti, and after having visited The Brando, I can't blame them.
It is generally my aim to guide the reader through my experience of a luxury property, and ...
"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.
If you're familiar with the City of Scottsdale, you likely know that its Old Town, is the place to be, be ...
“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 ...
“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 ...
"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, ...
"You may have the universe if I may have Italy" - Giuseppe Verdi
The magic of Italy never ceases to amaze, and never disappoints; and the City of Florence - while sometime overshadowed by Paris, Venice, and Tuscany - reveals its own special secrets to those who walk its streets and visit its many treasures. Prior to visiting a special city such as Florence, I invest quite a bit of time in learning from the many travel experts who have visited before me, so that I can visit the ...
"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 ...
"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 ...
“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 ...
“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 ...