Weekend Misadventures: Yosemite

  Despite the fact that I have lived in Northern California off-and-on for more that 20 years, Yosemite was a park that had alluded me. Mr. Misadventures and I accidentally stumbled through Yosemite Valley two years ago when returning home from a trip to Mono Lake. I was thrilled to have finally seen the spot that four million visitors from around the globe visit every year. Then … [Read more...]

The Modern Honolulu

Hot. Hip. Happening. Usually not words associated with me.  But DEFINITELY accurate descriptions for The Modern Honolulu hotel in Oahu, Hawaii. There are a lot of older, well established hotels in Waikiki, and then there's the Modern.  A single location property, the owners have a singular focus: great design, great service. I am very fond of both. When I arrived at the hotel, I knew … [Read more...]

Carry On (Travel News) for June 22

Yesterday I started a food news series called Amuse-Bouche.  Today I am launching a similar series focused on travel news. Small bits of news, just enough in size to fit comfortably in a carry on... El San Juan Resort & Casino (a Hilton Hotel) in San Juan Puerto Rico announced their second annual Veuve Clicquot Labor Day Experience. Who doesn’t love a champagne inspired holiday celebration? … [Read more...]

Hawaii for Foodies: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort

After a fun day checking out Greenwell Coffee Farm and devouring some excellent poke from Da Poke Shack, I spent the evening enjoying another perfect Hawaiian sunset from my terrace at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. As I wrote before this place has a special place in my heart and I woke refreshed and hungry!  I had the pleasure of brunching with one of the representatives … [Read more...]

Hawaii: There and Back Again

As I prepared for my trip to Hawaii, one that I took courtesy of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, I briefly shared a little bit about my previous trips in a post I did about islands and how they make me feel. So when I woke up [early!] to get to the airport I was mentally prepared to travel solo, I had a full itinerary in hand ready make my way to these gorgeous islands. I didn't have … [Read more...]

French Friday – Paris in the Beginning

Last week I [begrudgingly] returned from Paris after spending five wonderful days in my favorite city in the world.  It was a really great trip.  The perfect blend of seeing friends, participating in planned activities and spontaneous wandering around. It reminded me of my early days in discovering the Paris, the beginnings.  I first visited in 1989 with my family.  We were there for the 200th … [Read more...]

Hotels in Dubrovnik: finding the best-priced “Pearl of the Adriatic” accommodation

Dubrovnik, on Croatia's Dalmation Coast is a destination that a great number of visitors are flocking  year after year. Dubrovnik is the most complete walled city in Europe, the towering fortress that surrounds Old Town once served to protect a maritime city-state that was rivaled only by Venice. At the peak of its strength, this state was a hub of trade, diplomacy and wealth. This wealth is … [Read more...]

Willows Inn Lummi Island

So where did all the culinary goodness I wrote about take place? At a very special place.  The Willows Inn.  A property that has been servicing Pacific Northwesterns for a century.  These days the focus is on the food that chef Blaine Wetzel creates on a nightly basis, food that has brought worldwide (much deserved) acclaim, but as the San Juan Islands hold a very special place in my heart the … [Read more...]

Travel Tip Thursday – Pointers on Using Starwood Hotel Points

Wherever I travel in the world my preferred choice for hotels is Starwood hotels within the Starwood Group.  (Next comes Relais Chateau. They happily co-exists as most of the time the locations for a Relais Chateau property are unique and there is no Starwood options).  I have been a loyal member of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Program for a very long time. In as such I have had lots of … [Read more...]

Element Las Vegas (Summerlin)

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Starwood hotels. I have been a loyal member of this hotel chain for a very long time and think they treat their SPG members right.  So when I discovered there was a new property in the Las Vegas area, particularly in the Red Rock Canyon area I was excited to try  it out.  The hotel is called Element and it is a new sub-family of Westin (a Starwood … [Read more...]