Destinations

Soothing Serenity: Nobu Palo Alto

To see or hear the name Nobu is likely to conjure delicious memories of a perfectly prepared Black Cod with Miso, or Yellowtail Sashimi, two of the iconic restaurant’s world-renowned signature dishes.…

Santa Barbara’s Culinary Scene Continues to Captivate

A recent al fresco lunch enjoyed at Satellite restaurant along Santa Barbara’s State Street Promenade well-illustrated the region’s culinary unity and joie de vivre. As Kyle and Ashley Hollister shared the origins…

Milliken Creek Inn is Napa’s Hidden Hospitality Gem

How have I not known of this magical place? Having enjoyed the hospitality of nearly every Napa Valley hotel over the years, I’m not quite sure how this Silverado Trail gem escaped…

The Estate Yountville Features the Best of Napa Valley

Home to more culinary star power than any other Unites States locale, Yountville is a dream destination not only for gastronomes, but also wine lovers, art aficionados, and those merely seeking a…

What’s New in Downtown Napa, Featuring The George

If you haven’t spent time in Downtown Napa lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at all that’s new at wine country’s front door. Transformed into a happening place, it’s a singular destination of…

The Annual Lexus Culinary Classic: Experience Amazing

Gourmands, wine aficionados, and auto enthusiasts know that the annual Lexus Culinary Classic, held at Sausalito’s Cavallo Point, is never to be missed. The three-day celebration – at which guests are immersed…

Spa Suites: Not-so-ordinary hotel rooms bring the spa to you

“Walk with me,” says my wellbeing butler at Rosewood Mayakoba. We wander down undulating trails. In a soft voice she tells me to concentrate on my senses. “You must feel the power of the plants,” she…

Artsy Slopes: This Ski Town’s Art Museum Has No Walls

For most people the thought of Vail, one of Colorado’s premier ski towns, conjures images of snowy slopes, puffy jackets, and ice bars in winter. True outdoor enthusiasts revere it equally for its summer…

Living The Dream

Experience the best of Santa Cruz at the Dream Inn   The Santa Cruz of my youth was one filled with sandy days on the beach and nights strolling the boardwalk. We…

Stay in Silicon Valley Style at Mountain View’s The Ameswell Hotel

Heralded by its own street sign as well as iconic Silicon Valley neighbors such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Moffett Field, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Levi’s Stadium, and Stanford University, Mountain View’s new The…

San Francisco Staycation

Satisfy your wanderlust with a stay at one of these San Francisco hotels, each of which stands ready and more than willing to fulfill your travel dreams. Travel is back. But those…

The Great Molasses Flood

Boston and its Evolutionary Food Scene

Since its founding in the year 1630 by a handful of English colonists, the city of Boston has continually looked forward while respecting its significant past. Its meager Puritan cuisine (“Boston, home…

Tranquil Spaces: Some of the world’s best sculpture gardens await

What’s so special about sculpture? Perhaps it’s the way it shares the space with us, in three dimensions, almost as if it were alive. Tactile, made from slick marble, gleaming metal, rough-hewn wood, or scores of other materials,…

Be Transformed: Spa to Immerse in Sense of Place

Before breakfast in a rustic chalet amid pine trees in Bavaria’s Ammergau Alps, I ease tentatively into a huge, vintage soaking tub. Not filled with water, it brims with decomposed organic matter, a hot, gooey muck…

A Taste of Thailand in Napa: Bann at Oak Knoll

The juxtaposition is unusual, but somehow, it works – a Thai-themed boutique hotel, set smack in the middle of Napa Valley vineyards, surrounded by grapes and with Vaca Mountain views. The brainchild…