TRAVEL: CHECKING INTO THE PENDRY

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The Pendry Hotel, situated on a prime corner in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego, opened its doors early this year with lots of fanfare as a new venture for the Montage Resorts & Hotels brand. The Pendry San Diego is only one of two, and was the first, in the Pendry chain (the other […]

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Checking into the U.S Grant

On the morning of July 4th, we left the laid back life of La Jolla and headed into the City for a bit of urban action. We checked into the historic U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego for a single night before heading back to our seaside ranch house. It had been many, many years […]

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An Enchanting Creekside Estate in Montecito

I’ve had a major case of wanderlust lately and my daydreams have been all over the map. From a weekend staycation to an extended European holiday, I can’t get the thought of vacation off my mind. I’ve never used Airbnb, VBRO or any other online home rental service (have you?) but my curiosity got the best […]

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Welcoming the Waldorf Astoria to L.A.

One of the most anticipated openings in Los Angeles recently was the new Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Beverly Hills. The 12-story, 170 room hotel opened its doors earlier month and by the looks of it I am sure it will attract a crowd of “who’s-who’s” in the Hollywood circles. The hotel and grounds were designed by […]

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The Fairway Villas at Wynn Las Vegas

Yesterday we looked at Las Vegas “then”; today we’re taking a close look at it “now”. Vegas has come a long way, baby! The epitome of bad taste can easily be found in the town often referred to as Sin City, but there are also wonderful spaces tucked amidst the garish design. One such space is […]

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ROUNDWOOD HOUSE

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If I can’t stay in a castle when I visit Ireland someday then I sure would love to spend a few nights in a beautiful Irish country house. One place I might be willing to consider is Roundwood, an 18th century home located just over an hour outside of Dublin. The charming […]

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PART 3: THE SUITE LIFE AT BACARA RESORT AND SPA

Booking a room a hotel or resort is something I take very seriously. I do a lot of research and it’s not uncommon for me to call a hotel directly and ask a few questions about the location of certain rooms, types of rooms or their amenities. I have found this helps to ensure we […]

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PART 2: THE SPA AT BACARA

You have a myriad of hotel choices when visiting Santa Barbara, California. I narrowed it down to three choices before finally booking a suite at Bacara Resort and Spa last month. One of the deciding factors was really their reputation for providing a wonderful spa and 3,500 square foot fitness facility. I had a wonderful […]

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PART 1: AN OVERVIEW OF BACARA RESORT AND SPA

Toward the end of last year, I started thinking about a long weekend vacation. I booked a suite at Bacara Resort and Spa as a surprise for Mr. B. I hid my surprise for a couple of weeks and when the time came we jumped in our car and off we went…despite the notorious California […]

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TYDES RESTAURANT AT THE CORAL CASINO BEACH AND CABANA CLUB

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Southern California experienced severe storms all weekend long. The downpours were so bad in our community that streets were flooded and many roads blocked. Flash flood alerts seemed to be issued nonstop. I saw a guy float down the street on an intertube (really?) and another guy on a surfboard. Crazy, huh! This is in […]

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