The Nines Hotel in Portland, Oregon

The Nines Hotel in Portland Oregon Open Atrium Area (Jennifer Miner)

There are several luxury hotels in Portland, Oregon, some more interesting than others. Not every great hotel has a great story; some are simply constructed with every modern convenience in mind to please their guests. But great hotels with great stories? The [Read more]

Excellent Customer Service at The Allison Inn & Spa in Oregon Wine Country


My go-to upscale resort in Colorado is hands-down The Broadmoor. Every time I step on its beautifully manicured grounds and I experience the top-shelf service that comes with a AAA Five-Diamond property, I feel pampered, special and luxurious and I never want [Read more]

Oregon Coast for Kids: Seaside and Cannon Beach

All ages love to explore the tidepools at the base of Haystack Rock.

On an April solo trip to Oregon, I drove a short 90 minutes northwest from Portland to the coast, in particular to two beach destinations I know my family would absolutely love: Seaside and Cannon Beach. My time in each location was fleeting -- I had only [Read more]

Girlfriend Getaway at Il Lugano, Fort Lauderdale

Sunset view from our balcony.

Thanks to The Vacation Gals' partnership with Sage Hospitality, a friend and I enjoyed a lovely three-night escape to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, earlier this month. The timing was perfect, as we were just coming off a bleak stretch of unusual spring rain and [Read more]

Highlights of the Reniassance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

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Once in a while my family falls in love with a hotel that we know we will return to again and again. Most recently, that hotel is Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, located right on Michigan Avenue and a coin's toss from Grant Park and Millennium Park. [Read more]

Hilton Orlando Hotel – the Best Hilton in the World

Family Pool at Hilton Orlando Hotel

Let's face it: there are an overwhelming number of lodging options in Orlando, Florida. No surprise here, as the theme park capital of the world is also the most popular travel destination in the United States. Universal Studios Orlando has its own hotels, [Read more]

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort Spa Lagoon (ihilani.com)

The JW Marriott Ihilani is a 5-star resort in the Ko Olina area of Oahu in Hawaii. A renovation a few years ago (2010) spruced up the already lovely property, ensuring its relevance and stability despite Disney's Aulani right next door. There are [Read more]

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Waikiki Beach Marriott Street View (marriott

Waikiki is a lively, urban destination in Oahu; the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is on Kalakaua Avenue across from the famously warm Hawaiian Pacific Ocean. It makes for an affordable luxury travel experience. Waikiki is the most distinctly urban [Read more]

Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, California

The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica California (shorehotel.com)

The recently redesigned Shore Hotel in Santa Monica may indeed be a state-of-the-art, award-winning, glamorous modern hotel designed to LEED Standards. It may in fact be perched in one of the most popular destinations in the world, across the street from the [Read more]

MiniTime Trip Planning Website for Family Travel Ideas, Hotels, and Reviews

MiniTime Family Trip Planning Interface (minitime.com)

There's such an overwhelming amount of travel information in the world, it's beneficial to be able to narrow down your sources to solidly reliably ones. For parents planning family vacations, a new contender, MiniTime, is sure to come to the head of the pack. [Read more]