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St. Regis Princeville Resort at Hanalei Bay in Kauai

View of Hanalei Bay from St Regis Princeville Resort Kauai (Jennifer Miner)

The St. Regis Princeville Resort at Hanalei Bay in Kauai once featured a visual overload of typical Hawaii interior design and details (think grass thatch roofs and coconut husk decor) but a 2009 renovation has managed to heighten the experience of a Kauai [Read more]

St. Regis New York Hotel is a Best Luxury Hotel in the World

St Regis New York Hotel Coffee Service (Jennifer Miner)

New York City certainly doesn't suffer a shortage of luxury hotels. Or Starwood hotels, for that matter: the W New York Times Square, Westin Times Square, W New York Union Square, and the Alofts and Sheratons sprinkled throughout the city all give Starwood [Read more]

Merry Christmas from The Vacation Gals

Grand Hyatt Kauai Christmas Tree (Jennifer Miner)

Merry Christmas from The Vacation Gals! This is one of the biggest travel seasons of the year, what with college students coming home, young families driving or flying to spend Christmas at their own parents' homes, and people in general traveling to reunite [Read more]

Living the Dream in The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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If all that The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa had going for itself was a great location, it would be plenty. That the resort also offers the comforts of home and a peaceful oasis within the extraordinary entertainment complex that is Walt [Read more]

Things to Do Before Hotel Check-Out

InterContinental Milwaukee

Most travelers have a story about lost items. Missing  luggage, cell phones, passports and glasses are a few things that come to mind, and often these things are left behind on planes, in gate areas or on hotel shuttles (personally, I've lost many phones this [Read more]

Luxury St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Downtown Boulder, Colorado

Pretty flowers -- and cute yellow bikes -- at the entrance to the St. Julien.

Since covering travel in Colorado for the past several years, I've long heard about the upscale St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, Colorado. The college town isn't known for its luxury properties, which makes the St. Julien a true gem in the mountains. [Read more]

Fun Packages at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown

Borrow a bike from a Denver B-cycle stand with the Bikes & Brews package.

A year ago, when I first overnighted at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown, it had just opened. In a story for the Denver Post, I focused on the nifty partnership it has with Metro State University, as well as some of its highlights, such as [Read more]

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

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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]