SoCal Staycation at Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa

Get to know Carlsbad  That signature yummy white tea scent that Westin pumps in all their hotels greeted and energized us upon arrival to the soaring Christmas tree lobby. The clean and refreshing fragrance with notes of cedar and vanilla even permeated our face masks. After passing the expansive outdoor pool and jacuzzi, we had checked in at the perfect time because soon after, the … Continue reading SoCal Staycation at Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa

Feel renewed in Los Cabos at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort 

Not every Cabo resort is made the same (and we have stayed at many). What sets Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort apart is its intimate location – an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or a close group of friends. Set at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and about a 40-minute drive from the airport, the setting is an enchanting oasis of … Continue reading Feel renewed in Los Cabos at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort 

Two luxury stays in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to heat up the romance in 2020

Mexico makes an easy jaunt from Los Angeles with most flights just a few hours. Puerto Vallarta, situated on Mexico’s Pacific coast on the Bay of Banderas, is a Mexican town located on the second-largest bay in North America. This setting attracted tourists in the 1960s when the area became the love nest of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in the film The Night of the Iguana. … Continue reading Two luxury stays in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to heat up the romance in 2020

Find Solace at Solaz, Cabo’s newest luxury retreat

Discover Los Cabos while sipping a smoky Mezcal made from wild agave on an oceanfront terrace or sample a hot crunchy sugary churro from a local stand at the Thursday night Art Walk in the quaint town of San Jose del Cabo. Cabo (which means Cape) can mean many things to different people. At the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, Cabo is easily accessible by … Continue reading Find Solace at Solaz, Cabo’s newest luxury retreat

Find wellness at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

This article was first posted on MoneyInc, January 2018. Los Angeles is synonymous with living a healthy, fit lifestyle, even while traveling. Today we see hotels popping up with new room features that optimize guests’ physical and emotional wellbeing. In our tech-obsessed age where most of us are tied to our phones morning, noon, and night, hotels are offering wellness-themed experiential stays beyond the spa, … Continue reading Find wellness at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

LA Getaway: Pechanga Resort & Casino

Southern Californians have a variety of casino resort options. Every metropolitan area has on its distant outskirts at least one gaming establishment on Native American lands. Your humble correspondent has launched an ambitious undertaking: to experience these local hospitality providers and report back to you, the would-be informed traveler. In future posts, I intend to offer feedback on some big names in the genre: Morongo, … Continue reading LA Getaway: Pechanga Resort & Casino

Find your Catalina Island Adventure

Where else can you view dolphins and whales from the Catalina Express ferry, zip over a rugged canyon at 30 mph, explore the pristine and untouched wilderness in an open-air biofuel Hummer, and learn about the brilliant solar system at night on top of a vista, all in one day? Catalina Island! In 1958 the pop band The Four Preps sang, “just 26 miles across … Continue reading Find your Catalina Island Adventure

Staycation: LA’s 4 Leading Hotels of the World

This article was first posted on Resident Magazine online, November 2017. As I get older, I prefer a more unique hotel stay, one that feels like it might be my own home or villa. Now with AirBnb and  Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., enjoying a luxurious uncommon property is totally possible. Recently, I learned of Leading Hotels of the World, a category of independent, … Continue reading Staycation: LA’s 4 Leading Hotels of the World

LA Escape: Desert Romance at Indian Wells

This article was first published on Resident Magazine online November 2017. Just a few hour drive from Los Angeles in the new convertible Buick Cascada, we changed up our Malibu ocean views for a relaxing blissful desert weekend in the Palm Springs Valley to celebrate our recent marriage. Due to my husband’s hectic work days, he couldn’t wait for a restful mini ‘moon’ without a … Continue reading LA Escape: Desert Romance at Indian Wells

Holiday Cheer with Hilton San Diego Bayfront

One of the twelve best places to spend Christmas in America is San Diego, and for good reason. It was 68 degrees last weekend when we spent a festive weekend in December at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. From Los Angeles, the drive to San Diego took around 2 hours leaving mid morning. The annual Holiday by the Bay celebration kicked things up a notch … Continue reading Holiday Cheer with Hilton San Diego Bayfront