Category Archives: Luxury hotels

A Review Of The Auberge du Soleil In Napa Valley, With A Whole Slew Of Photos


My husband really wanted to do something special for my 60th. I dithered, but did not resist. Most of all I wanted to go away with him somewhere new. So we spent the weekend of my birthday at Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley. You check in at the top of a hill. The building […]

Thank You Everyone, Or, Saturday Morning at 9:36am


Turned 60. Up, up, and away. Am still celebrating, albeit with feet firmly par terre. I’m not one to say it’s just a number, a birthday of this moment and magnitude. Milestones mark passages, even if we don’t know quite where we’re going. My goal is to merit the journey. Thank you all so much […]

What A Very Tired Person Who Needs To Recuperate Wears For Three Days And Nights In Napa


Last week my husband and I went up to Napa for a few nights. We stayed, as we have before, at the Carneros Inn. I was so tired. What I haven’t yet explained is that eight days after my mother moved into her assisted living facility she fell and fractured her hip. Ever since, we’ve […]

Why We Keep Going Back To Napa Valley’s Carneros Inn


We spent our anniversary weekend at the Carneros Inn, in the Napa Valley. We’ve been there before. More than once. Why do we return? Is it the landscaping? I do love the mix of cottage garden and California natives, to say nothing of the multiple fruit trees. They’ve paved what used to be gravel paths, […]

A Review Of The Four Seasons Hualalai On Hawaii’s “Big Island”


In the middle of December, Significant Husband, my two grown children, and I packed up and flew to Hawaii. The Big Island, to be specific. Our destination? The Four Seasons Hualalai. Two years ago we stayed at their sister resort on Maui, this time we thought we’d try remote-ish and volcanic. Let’s start with a […]

A Fairly Brief But Happy Review Of The Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, London


Americans thinking of a splurge stay in London might first focus on hotels of mahogany, brass, leather and old paint. Understandable. England does historic luxury pretty dang well. But in our recent travels my daughter and I stayed at the Shangri-La at the Shard, and there’s a good case to be made for skyscraper hospitality. […]

A Review Of The St. Regis Princeville, And A Honeymoon


Over Thanksgiving week, my husband and I went on our honeymoon. We stayed at the St. Regis Princeville, on Kauai. I’d been to Kauai before, with my mother and siblings, back when there was a Club Med.  I’d read that they filmed Jurassic Park here. I’d scrolled through online photos. But I was surprised anyway. […]

Almost Luxury In The Eastern Sierra, Or, The Convict Lake Lodge


Almost everyone knows about Lake Tahoe, right?  Some people know about Mammoth. A few know about smaller Eastern Sierra lakes like June, Bass. But almost no one knows about Convict Lake. So let’s remedy that situation. As a result of last-minute scheduling, the first trip we took after our wedding was with my family, i.e. […]

Was Manhattan’s Trump Hotel Built For Masters Of The Universe?


In my recent trip to New York, I stayed at the Trump Hotel. I almost feel I could leave it at that. The name Trump is so culturally fraught. But let’s dive in. This is the story of one man, one brand, and the eponymous hotel. You arrive at night. Throw your stuff on a […]

The Carneros Inn, Redux


Well hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely Labor Day holiday, if you’re in the US. If you’re in Europe or Asia, I hope your summer is coming to a nice finale. You Australians, I hope spring is warming your heart. But let’s linger on vacation, for a minute. I just got back from […]

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