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...]

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 Northwesterners 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...]

Related Posts

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...]

Related Posts

Relais Chateau: Le Fort de l’Ocean – Part 1

For our last three days in Brittany we stayed in our fourth Relais Chateau hotel, Le Fort de l'Océan just outside of Le Croisic. We were a little worried about staying here because even though we made our reservations eight months in advance the only available room was their smallest, so small they were afraid to even have photos on their website. We did not need to worry. When we arrived … [Read more...]