After a long hiatus from "real" traveling due to the pandemic, this past spring my family enjoyed a luxurious weekend stay at the Montage Laguna Beach, a Forbes five-star resort. This Southern Californian hotel is located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, perched atop a very scenic cliff above the Pacific Ocean. The … Continue reading Laidback Luxury at Montage Laguna Beach
We all could use a little relaxation right now. I can think of no better place than the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, as a quintessential "get-away-from-it-all" destination. Located just over 30 minutes west of Dulles airport, you never would know that you were only an hour away from the nation's capital. Idyllic … Continue reading Relaxation at Salamander Resort & Spa
This post was written by Tessa, a newlywed lawyer from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who has been to 29 countries on five continents. Two more continents to go! For our honeymoon, we wanted to go somewhere adventurous but safe, exotic but easy to get to, luxurious but relatively affordable. Costa Rica ticked all the boxes. We … Continue reading Honeymoon Adventure in Costa Rica
When you disembark from a Disney cruise, life is sad - very, very sad. But, when you extend your vacation by one night, you can gently help ease yourself back into the real world... I booked the Waldorf Astoria for a one-night stay after our seven-night Eastern Caribbean Disney cruise because our flight back home was … Continue reading Waldorf Astoria Orlando: A Night of Luxury in the Presidential Suite
Another year, another Disney cruise – that’s what I like to say! It was August 23, 2018, and time for my family of three to board our JetBlue flight to Orlando, Florida. Two days later, we would be back in heaven, boarding the Disney Fantasy, our third Disney cruise in less than three years. We … Continue reading Getting to Orlando/Port Canaveral & Day 1 – Embarkation: Seven-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Fantasy
The Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is located in the Disney Springs area and is closest to Epcot (of all four Walt Disney World Parks). We stayed at this hotel for the fourth time in August 2018, prior to our seven-night Eastern Caribbean Disney Cruise. The Four Seasons Orlando is absolutely my … Continue reading Oasis in Orlando: The Four Seasons at Walt Disney World Resort
One of the most popular cruise destinations in the world is Nassau, Bahamas. I visited this cheery and sunny port for the first time in the summer of 1995 (during my college years!) with my parents, sister, and group of family and friends on a four-night Carnival cruise that originated out of Port Canaveral. We … Continue reading Atlantis: Time for an Aquaventure and Cabana Life!
Prior to our five-night Very Merrytime Cruise on the Disney Magic in December 2017, my family stayed for two nights at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami. It is an easy-to-find hotel, located in downtown Miami on Brickell Avenue in an area that is filled with high-rise buildings. There are a lot of hotels, businesses, embassies, … Continue reading The Four Seasons Hotel: Family-Friendly Luxury in Miami