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White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona

happy horses at White Stallion Ranch in Arizona (Jennifer Miner)

Dude ranches in the American Southwest conjure up all sorts of romanticized imagery, from horses grazing near cacti in the morning to a lone cowboy strumming his guitar by a fire after sunset. The American Southwest has captured our collective imagination and [Read more]

Four Reasons to take the Whole Family to the Swanky Four Seasons Orlando

Four Seasons Resort Orlando for families

To be truthful, I'm not surprised I fell hard for the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort during a too-quick, two-night stay on the expansive, upscale property in late June. Past experiences with the Four Seasons brand, particularly in [Read more]

The Coolest Hotel in St. Louis: Moonrise Hotel

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Do you love boutique hotels as much as I do? The uniqueness, the charm, the nothing-like-it vibe that many of these privately owned hotels possess add a fun ambiance to your travels. My family just returned from a 17-day trip and one of our stops was Moonrise [Read more]

The Most Romantic Places in Colorado

Nature's infinity pool: Conundrum Hot Springs near Aspen.

In the 2015 Expedia Romance Study, 1,000 surveyed Americans said beach vacations are the dreamiest romantic getaways. Indeed, I don't deny that swaying palm trees, salty air, crashing waves and a couple of frothy cocktails (or six) set the scene for intimacy. [Read more]

Best Hotels of 2015: US News & World Report Rankings

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US News & World Report just announced its best hotels of 2015. The fifth annual rankings feature 2,558 hotels across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean that offer high-quality amenities and exceptional experiences. The travel editors at [Read more]

Highlights of the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

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During my brief, two-night stay in Washington, DC, last month to attend the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship, I had the good fortune to overnight at the new Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. Debuting in May 2014, this [Read more]

Le Parker Meridien, a Perfect NYC Hotel for Thanksgiving

California Girl Catching Snowflakes in NYC for Thanksgiving (Jennifer Miner)

Quick, where’s one of the most expensive US cities to travel to over Thanksgiving and Christmas? If you answered “New York City,” you are right. And guess which travel writer spends every Thanksgiving visiting family in New York City? Right again, me. Now, I [Read more]

Top Ten Hawaii Luxury Resort Hotels

Pool area at Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay

Snow dusted the mountain peaks around my Colorado home the other day, and this morning I'm wearing fleece, leggings and wool socks as I work on my living room couch. Temperatures are dropping in my neck of the woods and naturally that's got me thinking of [Read more]

The Draycott Hotel: Authentic Luxury in London, England

Draycott Hotel in London England

Upscale yet authentic, the Draycott Hotel provides a sense of place and time for a luxury vacation in one of London's best neighborhoods. Anyone who has traveled to London knows about the wide variety of lodging there; there are many niches even within the [Read more]

US Grant Hotel in San Diego: Comfortable Elegance and Style

US Grant Luxury Hotel in San Diego

The US Grant is a luxury hotel in San Diego, centrally located for quick access to many of San Diego’s top attractions. The most fun, smartest place to stay in San Diego is The Gaslamp Quarter. The youthful vibe there cannot be beat; steakhouses, gastropubs [Read more]