Colombia has given the world a wide range of talents from Nobel prize-winning, poetic author Gabriel García Márquez to bombshell actress Sophia Vergara, so it has been exciting in recent years to see this destination creep up on top 10 travel lists and no longer as a crime-ridden no-fly zone with a dark history. SituatedContinue reading “Fall Travel: Why Cartegena, Colombia Should be Top of Your List”
Perched high above the hills in the ‘California Riviera’ aka Santa Barbara, the landmark El Encanto reopened it’s doors last month and the restaurant is fully open after a seven year closure. This grand reopening also marks the first West Coast property for the Orient-Express, who is primarily known for European trains and restoring historic villasContinue reading “El Encanto Santa Barbara is Back in Business”
Perfect for a quick long weekend getaway or even a staycation, these four LA area hotels have caught our eye again thanks to the new cooks in the kitchen and updated menus. The Hart & The Hunter, Palihotel From sibling hotel the Palihouse in West Hollywood, this property might appear to be the shyer, younger sisterContinue reading “Four LA Boutique Hotels with Destination Dining”
I’ve covered many lavish, lush and romantic resorts on my world travels, particularity for honeymoon suggestions, but I’ve decided to let you in on some of my favorite places with a dozen rooms or less. Sometimes you just want privacy and to feel like you own the place. Originally posted on http://www.thecaratdiet.com Imanta – Punta De Mita, Mexico 12 villasContinue reading “The Best with12 Rooms or Less”
New hotels in Chicago have been springing up in the past year from the upscale Elysian in the Gold Coast area to the trendy Public by Ian Schrager of Morgan’s Hotel Group. Rounding out this new crop is the first North American outpost of the Radisson Blu Aqua property from Carlson in Europe. It’s modern, affordable and accessible on ColumbusContinue reading “The New Chicago from Haute Hotels to Gastropubs”
I’ve been enjoying all the new restaurant openings in Los Angeles. A few highlights that I would recommend include the new classic-Corsica based French menu at RH Andaz on Sunset; sipping cocktails on the BOA Luckman patio; beer pairing at Essex in Hollywood; and oysters on Ocean in Santa Monica at Blue Plate Oysterette.