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


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]