Laidback Luxury at Montage Laguna Beach

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

Relaxation at Salamander Resort & Spa

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

Waldorf Astoria Orlando: A Night of Luxury in the Presidential Suite

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

Day 6 – Day at Sea: Seven-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Fantasy

Click here to read about day 5 of our Seven-Night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy. Finally – another day at sea! Days at sea are the epitome of what Disney Cruise Line is all about. You can do as much or as little as you want, with no set schedule, if you desire. After two … Continue reading Day 6 – Day at Sea: Seven-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Fantasy

Getting to Orlando/Port Canaveral & Day 1 – Embarkation: Seven-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Fantasy

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

Oasis in Orlando: The Four Seasons at Walt Disney World Resort

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

Disney Fantasy: Review of Cruise Ship Stateroom 11008 (Concierge One-Bedroom Suite)

Room 11008 is a Category T One-Bedroom Suite with Verandah. It is towards the front of the ship (forward). In choosing this cabin for our cruise, I wanted a quiet location and plenty of space with the concierge level of service. This stateroom fit the bill on both fronts. There are no other staterooms across … Continue reading Disney Fantasy: Review of Cruise Ship Stateroom 11008 (Concierge One-Bedroom Suite)

Atlantis: Time for an Aquaventure and Cabana Life!

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!

Day 5 – Castaway Cay: Five-Night Very Merrytime Western Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Magic

Click here to read about day 4 of our Very Merrytime Western Caribbean cruise on the Disney Magic.   The best day of the year had arrived: we were at Castaway Cay! Saying that Castaway Cay is heaven on Earth is an understatement!!! Disney’s private island can be as serene or as action-packed as you … Continue reading Day 5 – Castaway Cay: Five-Night Very Merrytime Western Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Magic

The Perks of Sailing Concierge Level on Disney Cruise Line

UPDATED OCTOBER 2022 I have sailed on all five Disney ships and have been very fortunate to have sailed in a Concierge level one-bedroom suite each time. In fact, after sailing Concierge the first time on the Disney Dream, I realized that there was no way I would want to be in a standard stateroom, … Continue reading The Perks of Sailing Concierge Level on Disney Cruise Line