Category: California

Friday night at the Fairmont

In a city like San Francisco, nothing beats having a longtime local as your personal tour guide. And if that local also happens to be a great friend, then your blessings are doubled. Friends know what you like and don’t like, where you’re comfortable and where you’re not, and how you’re changing moods can quickly […]

Romance reigns in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Romance reigns in Carmel-by-the-Sea

The town is storybook pretty: narrow streets lined with quintessentially charming cottages and a main drag filled with every manner of boutique, café, coffee house, inn, and restaurant. Add to that the seaside charm of waves crashing on rocks and soft sand beaches that tempt you to linger longer, and it’s hard not to find […]

19 of the world's sexiest hotels

19 of the world’s sexiest hotels

Just two weeks after The Luxury Travel Bible issued a press release with its top 10 sexiest hotels in the world for Valentine’s, I’ve been sent an email by Tripadvisor with their own top 10 sexy hotels.  Perhaps not surprisingly, there aren’t many that are common to both lists.   Here are the two lists: […]

Chocolate cocktails at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

Chocolate cocktails at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

The Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco has a sweet solution for the young-at-heart: adults-only hot chocolate at the posh Seasons Bar and Lounge. Made for sipping just like martinis, these “choctails” are made with the finest valhrona chocolate and spiked with your choice of raspberry, orange, vanilla or peppermint liqueur. The finishing touch? A fluffy-as-a-cloud house-made marshmallow […]

Adventure tours in California

Travelers heading to Southern California can get more than they bargained for by scheduling an adventure tour instead of simply seeing Hollywood. Southern California offers some of the best adventures tours in all the United States with options you wouldn’t believe available to you if you can afford them. Here are some of the top. […]

The world's top 10 luxury B&Bs

The world’s top 10 luxury B&Bs

The latest in Tripadvisor’s top 10 lists, and this one’s luxury-specific. Take a look at the site’s top 10 luxury B&Bs below – it’s well represented by the US, UK and Australia which collectively make up all but two B&Bs in the list. 1. Saltcote Place, Rye, England 2. The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh, […]

Stash Hotel Rewards

Stash Hotel Rewards

There’s a new hotel rewards program that has been designed specifically for luxury travelers. It’s called Stash Hotel Rewards – a first-of-its kind points program for independent hotels. That is, one rewards currency shared by many different upscale, independent properties. 65  hotel properties launched with them late last week, making it already the largest independent […]

Interview with Drew Patterson of Jetsetter

Interview with Drew Patterson of Jetsetter

A true travel connoisseur, CEO and Founder Drew Patterson brings more than a decade of experience to Jetsetter, the private sales site that helps leisure travellers discover and purchase some of the world’s best vacations. An industry pioneer, Patterson was part of the founding team at Kayak.com where, during his five-year tenure as Vice President […]

The Autograph Collection - Marriott's newest brand

The Autograph Collection – Marriott’s newest brand

Back in November 2009, Marriott announced that it would be unveiling a new brand comprised of upper upscale and luxury, independent hotels with distinctive personalities in major cities and desired destinations worldwide. And the founder member hotels of the brand are about to be announced.  On 25th January 2010, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, […]

Major re-vamp for Merus

Major re-vamp for Merus

Cult Napa winery Merus has recently undergone a major revamp by UXUS in Amsterdam. Merus started as a family business run from the owners home, gained cult status thanks to constant near perfect reviews from critic Robert Parker, and has now opened a designer winery/cellar door.  Check out the Flickr gallery for the pictures!

Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas arrives in San Diego

Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas arrives in San Diego

Royal Caribbean International‘s Radiance of the Seas arrived in San Diego this week to offer West Coast vacationers more options for a memorable Mexican Riviera cruise. She will embark on a total of 29 Mexican Riviera cruises from San Diego, ranging from 4- to 12-night itineraries. In addition, there will be a 13-night Ultimate Alaska […]

Autumn spa treatment from Four Seasons Resort Aviara

Autumn spa treatment from Four Seasons Resort Aviara

You don’t often hear the words “do it yourself” and “spa treatment” in the same sentence. And thank goodness! Wandering into a treatment room to prep the table and massage your own shoulders isn’t quite the blissful spa experience one might imagine. But at The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Aviara, just 30 minutes north […]

Rock balancing like you’ve never seen before

Sit back and admire the work of San Francisco, California balanced rock sculptor Bill Dan and the art, discipline and craft of rock balancing and balanced stone stacking around the world.

Interview with Shira Lazar of NBC et al.

Interview with Shira Lazar of NBC et al.

Shira Lazar currently hosts Mahalo’s This Week In YouTube and is the Editor-At-Large for CondeNast’s Jaunted.com travel blogging from around the globe. Previously, Shira hosted NBC’s 1ST LOOK and OPEN HOUSE, DirecTV’s HAVOC ON THE 101 and was a correspondent on Reelz Channel’s DAILIES. She has developed and hosted online video content for Movies.com, Hollywood.com, […]

Hotel Indigo grows in USA

Hotel Indigo has  announced the opening of Hotel Indigo St. Louis Central West End following a $10 million renovation by Roberts Hotels Group of the historic Bel Air West Motel, which first opened in 1958 as the city’s first motel. The Central West End property is the first of three Hotel Indigo properties planned for […]

The London West Hollywood celebrates restaurant's first anniversary

The London West Hollywood celebrates restaurant’s first anniversary

This summer, join The London West Hollywood in celebrating the one year anniversary of  its Gordon Ramsay restaurant. Toast the fine cuisine of Michelin award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay from the heart of LA in West Hollywood with an offer that grants you an indulgent four-course dinner, accommodation in a spacious suite, complimentary internet, and access […]