Last trip of 2023 brought me to the beautiful islands of Hawaii, specifically the Big Island. Nestled along the stunning Kohala Coast, at the heart of five majestic mountains sits Mauna Lani, an Auberge Resort. Rooms, Suites and Villas Over 90 percent of the accommodations offer breathtaking ocean views, and each guest room comes with […]


November 19, 2023

Mauna Lani

Egypt, a land steeped in ancient mystique and timeless wonders, captivates the imagination with its rich history and majestic monuments. Nestled along the banks of the Nile River, this North African nation boasts a legacy that stretches back millennia, adorned with iconic landmarks such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the temples […]


September 30, 2023

Just back from Egypt

In June I got the most incredible opportunity to go to Scotland with Backroads. Backroads is one of the industry leaders in active group travel. They provide a wide range of activities, including biking, walking, hiking, multi-adventure, and family vacations worldwide. They also offer active river and ocean cruises, culinary tours, adventurous safaris, weekend escapes, […]

Active Travel, Scotland

August 17, 2023

Scotland with Backroads

Earlier this month, I enjoyed a birthday getaway to the beautiful Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. It was a fun full circle moment as it was the first hotel I ever did a site visit of many years ago. Located in Phoenix, just 15 minutes north of the airport the beautiful resorts sits on […]

Hotels, Waldorf Astoria

July 27, 2023

Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

I was thrilled to stay at Conrad Tulum, which has been a Mexico on my bucket list for years! I had the opportunity to experience two nights at the gorgeous property located 1.5 hours from Cancun and 30 minutes from Tulum. This resort boasts a rich diversity of activities, five pools, delightful dining options, and […]

Hotels, Mexico

July 6, 2023

Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya

I just returned from a wonderful stay at the brand new Waldorf Astoria Cancun! Located only 15 minutes from Cancun Airport, it’s perfect for a quick weekend getaway without tons of driving. Nestled on 100 acres of preserved mangroves, the Waldorf Astoria Cancun is a luxury retreat that seamlessly blends timeless elegance with modern amenities. […]

Cancun, Hotels, Waldorf Astoria

June 15, 2023

Waldorf Astoria Cancun

Waldorf Astoria Cancun

Nestled atop a rugged promontory overlooking the Ionian Sea, the renowned San Domenico Palace invites you to a 14th-century convent adorned with sweeping vistas of Mount Etna and the ancient Greek theater. Delight in acclaimed dining, find relaxation in our spa, and enjoy a swim in our infinity pool perched on the cliffs. Immerse yourself […]

Four Seasons, Hotels, Italy

April 27, 2023

San Domenico Palace Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel

Starting the 2023 travel season with a journey to the captivating island of Sicily was an absolute delight. Our esteemed partner in Italy curated a remarkable itinerary, showcasing the abundant wonders this unique destination has to offer. To begin our Sicilian escape, we found ourselves in the enchanting town of Taormina. Famously known as the […]

Hotels, Italy

April 13, 2023

Just Back From Sicily

Located 45 minutes from Salt Lake City, The Lodge at Blue Sky offers a contemporary and organic design. The property stands as a mountain refuge, catering to couples and families in search of a luxurious ranch encounter and a reconnection with nature. This haven offers an array of invigorating outdoor escapades spanning across Blue Sky’s […]

Auberge, Dude Ranches, Hotels

March 9, 2023

The Lodge at Blue Sky

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FAQ, Travel Tips

February 16, 2023

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