Hotels & Resorts

Take Amtrak for a Car Free Holiday in Santa Barbara
California / Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / United States / Wines & Spirits

Take Amtrak for a Car Free Holiday in Santa Barbara

We had not been on a train in years, so when invited to experience a weekend getaway on the rails that was “drive free,” we jumped at the opportunity. The adventure entailed making our way to the Diridon Train Station in San Jose, California, and boarding the southbound Amtrak Coast […]

Cirque de Gavarnie
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Haute Cuisine in the Hautes-Pyrenees (Part 2)

…continued from Part 1 3rd stop: Gavarnie Gavarnie 90 kilometers/ 56 miles from Pau 49 kilometers/ 30 miles from Lourdes Check in at Le Brèche de Roland hotel in Gèdre, then drive another eight scenic kilometres (five miles) to the village of Gavarnie. Beyond the village’s tourist office, restaurants, hotels […]

Pau fernicular
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Haute Cuisine in the Hautes-Pyrenees (Part 1)

Outside of July when the taut, glistening muscles and shimmering shorts of riders are pedalling through the switchback roads during the Tour de France, the Hautes-Pyrenees is largely forgotten by everyone not training for the next race. Ask anyone without a bicycle about the Pyrenees and you’ll get, “It’s the […]

Long Beach, California: The Renaissance is Complete
California / Chronological / Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Long Beach, California: The Renaissance is Complete

Recently we had an opportunity to experience Long Beach, California, in depth; the transformation of this city over the decades is nothing less than astonishing. What was an unremarkable middle class town has magically morphed into an exciting convention and vacation destination that rivals the best of what other Southern California […]

Spending Quality Time on Cannery Row in Monterey, California
California / Chefs of Distinction / Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Spending Quality Time on Cannery Row in Monterey, California

Cannery Row on Monterey Bay is an easy two-hour drive south of San Francisco. Two good reasons to add Monterey to your northern California holiday are that it is a breathtakingly beautiful part of the Golden State, and it is far less commercial than San Francisco. It’s a great place to enjoy some […]

Courtesy  JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Rampart Casino
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Nevada / United States

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa Earns 10th Straight AAA 4-Diamond Award

The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa has done it again. For the tenth straight year this property has earned a coveted AAA 4-Diamond Award, further entrenching its position among an elite class of distinguished resorts and hotels that consistently earn top industry honors. In fact, out of more […]

Kassandra Peninsula
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Greek Cuisine – A Lesson From General George

“Eating is all about memories,” says chef George Palisidis. “General George,” as he introduces himself, is a man whose passion for food is almost tangible and whose enthusiasm is electric. As he talks about pairing and enjoying and what makes a good meal, it makes me wonder what I’ve been […]

Courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
Arizona / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Spa Vacation Salvation at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort

Luxurious spas are de rigueur for any high end resort. However, the Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort takes the integrative spa and fitness experience to an impressive level. Arizona’s stark beauty provides a stunning backdrop for this revered retreat, a behemoth 65-acre sanctuary neighboring the […]

Lunch at the Hotel Cap Eden Roc in Antibes !
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Lunch at the Hotel Cap Eden Roc in Antibes !

I have asked for a lunch reservation at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Antibes. Yes, the beautiful restaurant terrace overlooking the Mediterranean where a simple starter salad like a Salade Nicoise will cost you US$80. Visiting this hotel for its phenomenal position on the Cote d’Azur and its […]

Courtesy Sofitel
Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / New York / United States

Sofitel New York: Parisian Chic in the City

With so many hotel options in New York City it’s difficult to be distinctive. But the Sofitel New York hotel effectively sets itself apart from the pack by bringing the French style of luxury living to discerning guests taking a bite of the Big Apple. While boutique in its service […]