solage calistoga.

There are those properties that you feel fortunate to have found– the Solage Resort in Calistoga, California is one for me. If you are unfamiliar with Calistoga, it is a quaint little town in the northern Napa Valley. An easy hour and a half drive (in good traffic) from the San Francisco airport, Solage is a much…

napa valley flowers.

I am so behind on my posts but wanted to share with you a glimpse of the beautiful flowers in the Napa Valley this weekend. While the grapes weren’t yet on the vine, and bud break has just begun, the flowers were in full bloom and overly impressive. These are wild flowers, flower beds, succulents… basically…

cancun comeback?

I was devastated to see the beach in Cancun after Hurricane Wilma got a hold of it. Honestly, I’ve been to some pretty awesome beaches, but Cancun always held a special place in my heart. I’ve spent years telling D how incredibly blue the water was and about the waves to play in all day long… Here…

bring the valley to home.

It’s easy to take a mundane week night and make it into something glamorous. Such was the case last Thursday when we brought a taste of the Napa Valley to home. One of our favorite experiences in the wine country was when our industry friend setup a tasting at the super remote Krupp Brothers Vineyard….

new orleans: better than ever.

If you ever have the opportunity, head to New Orleans for St. Patrick’s Day. I most certainly was not prepared for all that New Orleans delivered during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. I figured young Tulane co-eds would don their “Irish I had a Beer” t-shirts and weave drunkenly through the people on Bourbon Street- – and…

swamp tour.

Never in my wildest imagination did I think I would be persuaded to take a swamp tour on the Atchafalaya Basin. My co-worker turned friend is from Phoenix– the farthest thing from swampland– so she decided we were most certainly going to do a swamp tour. In all my years of driving I-10 from Houston to New Orleans,…

pg refurb= success.

The Paul Gauguin was beautiful even before Pacific Beachcomber decided to do a little makeover to the the ship. Yes, the carpet was a little warn and yes, there were a few tattered table cloths in the dining room, but nothing unsightly. This refurbishment makes me that much more excited to embark on our 10…

the saint hotel.

On our whirlwind weekend roadtrip to New Orleans, we were lucky enough to score a room at The Saint Hotel. The Marriott Autograph property is brand new and a true hit among other worn out and beat-down NOLA properties. From the moment you walk down Canal Street and see the beautiful dining room with oversized chandelier, you…

you know you need…

a vacation WHEN: (this is a little Tuesday quickie, because I am most certainly in need of a vacation!!) And I totally stole this, so check out it’s original publishing here! 1. You find yourself thinking of reasons why you need a vacation. 2.You start dreaming about work. 3. You spend your off time thinking…