Local Haute Hotels

Mercedes-Benz Test Drive Experience

Thunder and comfort at Auberge’s Stanly Ranch Nothing brings a smile to my face like driving through the emerald leafed vineyards of the Napa Valley on a bright spring day. So, when…

Treat Yourself: These Spa Treatments Combat Sun Damage

No matter how wide-brimmed our hats and shadow-seeking our intentions, most of us will have managed to get more sun this summer than anticipated. Cumulative over our lifetime, sun damage takes a…

Reset for the Soul: The Inn at Newport Ranch

As a travel writer, I’ve grown accustomed to the “reset:” adjusting to different time zones, changing normal eating habits, sleeping in strange beds, and getting up and moving for jam-packed itineraries. It’s…

So Close, So Far Away

Taking time-out at the Cavallo Point Healing Arts Center & Spa  Remember when you were a kid (or you have kids) and were told (or you tell them) “take a time-out?” Well,…

Union Square in Bloom: A Budding New Tradition

In a city filled with colorful traditions, the newest one is also the prettiest. Now in its second year, Union Square in Bloom is a springtime floral initiative by the Union Square…

Ridiculously Luxurious Hotels in Northern California

Upgrade your extravagance when visiting Napa and Sonoma wine country. May is here and summer is just around the corner. This is when the desire to travel peaks for many looking for…

Romance & Charm at Hotel Yountville Resort & Spa

Napa Valley is home to many of life’s greatest indulgences, and one need not venture beyond the tiny and tony town of Yountville in order to experience it all. Often described as…

Graduate Palo Alto Receives Straight A’s

Palo Alto’s buzzy, intellectual energy is palpable, thanks to it being the birthplace of the tech and information revolution. That the town is home to Stanford University also supports the extra-charged vibe.…

Rosewood Sand Hill + Lucid Air = Stellar Sense of Place

Rosewood hotel group is known for its ‘sense of place’ hospitality. No two hotels within its 30 hotel portfolio are the same. Each is a fitting reflection of its location, right down…

Napa’s Meadowood is a Beacon for Luxury Wellness

Tucked into the hillside off of the famed Silverado Trail, Meadowood Napa Valley blends seamlessly and sublimely into its oak and redwood tree-studded terrain. Secluded, romantic, and preternaturally posh, the resort, despite…

Monterey Plaza Hotel is a Dining and Spa Destination

Featuring a world famous aquarium, gorgeous bay and ocean views, and of course the John Steinbeck-memorialized Cannery Row, Monterey attracts tourists from all over the world who are lured by the region’s…

Winter, Wine, and Wellness

Head to the Meritage Resort and Spa for some R&R. The beginning of the year for much of the U.S. means frigid temperatures, puffy coats, seeing one’s breath while speaking, and snowplows,…

Exclusive Four Seasons Napa Valley and Polestar Partnership

From October 27 through 29, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley hosted a select few top media members for an immersive first look at the resort’s newly debuted Polestar house car program. The…

The Awesome Aura of Auro at Four Seasons Napa Valley

New to the fine dining scene in Calistoga     As rows of grapevines flashed their autumn brilliance, wine country’s newest fine dining experience made its debut at the Four Seasons Resort and…

Hotel Drisco is a San Francisco Favorite

Ask San Francisco residents which local hotel they most often recommend to friends and family, and the answer is invariably “Hotel Drisco.” The slightly under-the-radar (yet always included in top SF hotel…

Vineyard Vibrancy: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley

Several Napa Valley hotels claim proximity to the region’s iconic grapevines. But only one is actually located within a working vineyard. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley  encircles Elusa Winery’s organic…

Lafayette Luxe: Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa

Lafayette, California might not be the first place one considers when planning a bit of rest and relaxation. But the quiet East Bay town with its Mt. Diablo backdrop, miles of hiking…

Beauty From the Vine: Vinotherapy Help for the Skin

And you thought wine was for sipping?  As it turns out there’s another use for wine good enough to turn a few heads. It’s called Vinotherapy. Redefining happy hour, the practice doesn’t…

50 and Fabulous: The Lodge at Bodega Bay

The Lodge at Bodega Bay celebrates 50 years, and whether ‘legacy guest’ or first time visitor, the stunning property continues to provide everything one might wish for in a Sonoma Coast getaway.…