Posts tagged "Hotels"
The Victorian Magic of Madrona Manor

The Victorian Magic of Madrona Manor

Tucked minutes away from the heart of urbane downtown Healdsburg lies Madrona Manor, the enchantingly romantic and historic inn that might as well be a world apart from its nearest neighbors given the charm with which it evokes a bygone era. Set on eight wooded acres overlooking Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, the Victorian estate,...
London: By Royal Appointment

London: By Royal Appointment

Who says you need a tiara to live like a royal? Sure…royalty may be to London, as Wall Street is to New York or as Hollywood is to Los Angeles but it does not necessarily follow that one needs either a crown or a royal bloodline in order to live like a queen in England’s...
Washington School House Hotel: Old School, New Cool

Washington School House Hotel: Old School, New Cool

The phrase “back to school” has never sounded particularly luxurious, but when the school referred to is the Washington School House Hotel in Park City, Utah, luxury is precisely the term that comes to mind. The hotel’s unassuming façade in tandem with its location on a quiet, residential street just above the hum of the...
Breakfasting at Glen Elen’s Gaige House

Breakfasting at Glen Elen’s Gaige House

Too popular to be a secret and too small to be overexposed, Glen Elen’s Gaige House is one of the many surprisingly deceptive gems tucked away in the bosom of Sonoma County. Now a part of the highly-regarded Four Sisters Inns Collection, Gaige House embodies all of the elegant flourishes that have become synonymous with...
Solace at Sonoma Coast Villa

Solace at Sonoma Coast Villa

By Duane Wells Oasis. That is the first word that comes to mind upon approaching the delightfully secluded Sonoma Coast Villa in Bodega. I use the term ‘oasis’ because the Villa itself appears seemingly out of nowhere along a lonely, if magnificently peaceful, stretch of Highway 1 — very similar to the way I imagine...
Drenched in History: Taking the Waters in Bath

Drenched in History: Taking the Waters in Bath

If you’re a fan of Jane Austen or 19th century English literature in general, then you are probably already familiar with the phrase “taking the waters.” However, to the uninitiated, the meaning of the phrase may seem somewhat dubious, so allow me to illuminate. Essentially, “taking the waters” refers to drinking or bathing in the famed,...
Let's Glamp! Urban Camping Comes to DTLA

Let’s Glamp! Urban Camping Comes to DTLA

I’ve never been a big fan of camping. In fact, I’ve never quite gotten the whole idea of “roughing it,”  because it has always seemed a contrary notion to me. Sacrificing modern conveniences that have been designed to make life easier in order to return to some vaguely romanticized idea of a simpler life has...
Home, Home on the Ranch—Tanque Verde Ranch, That Is

Home, Home on the Ranch—Tanque Verde Ranch, That Is

The Tale of an Unlikely Cowboy “How do I manage to get myself into these predicaments?” That was pretty much the totality of my thoughts for at least five full minutes on the afternoon I arrived at the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. I mean, I’m as up for an adventure as the next...
The Spirit of Sedona

The Spirit of Sedona

Talk to anyone who has ever visited Sedona and one of the first things they will likely tell you about is the ‘energy’ and ‘spirituality’ of the unassuming town that has become one of the most celebrated destinations for relaxation in the United States. Being a natural skeptic, I had my doubts about the claims,...
The Redbury: Home in Hollywood

The Redbury: Home in Hollywood

Judging from the bustling scene that generally greets guests who pull up to valet at The Redbury on any given night, it would be hard to imagine that this paparazzi-ready backdrop had ever been anything but. However, it wasn’t so long ago that the structure that now houses The Redbury was a casualty of the...
The Village Inn – The Ultimate “Holiday Inn”

The Village Inn – The Ultimate “Holiday Inn”

  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and for lovers of classic films, Christmas looks a lot like Sonoma County’s Village Inn. When Paramount Pictures put Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby, and Fred Astaire together back in 1942 to lens the now classic holiday film “Holiday Inn,” little did they know that they were...
Doing The Del—Coronado, That Is…

Doing The Del—Coronado, That Is…

Doing The Del—Coronado, That Is… Overnight at the landmark Hotel del Coronado Duane Wells 8/2/2012 Pulling into the driveway of the Hotel del Coronado (more familiarly known simply as “The Del”), I was at first torn. As a swarm of tourists set upon the busy entrance to the legendary property, intermingling with a veritable army...
A Night at the ICEHOTEL

A Night at the ICEHOTEL

When I decided to visit ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. That is to say, I understood the concept of ICEHOTEL in theory, but the practical implications of an overnight stay in a hotel constructed entirely of ice and snow, situated in a village with barely...
The Best Martini in London

The Best Martini in London

Cheers from Merry Olde England, darlings! I’ve just landed in London (aka my home away from home) and I’ve already gotten into the swing of nightlife in my personal favorite city in the world, enjoying several martinis along the way, of course. Divine! Speaking of Martinis—those beautiful, clear, mind-numbing libations that bring such joy and...
Romance on Bodega Bay

Romance on Bodega Bay

Sonoma County is endowed with an embarrassment of riches as far as romantic spots are concerned (I mean, wine alone isn’t the only reason TripAdvisor recently named Sonoma the top wine destination in the U.S.) However, of all the dreamy locales in Sonoma County, Bodega Bay ranks at the top of the list. I arrived...