5 Reasons Why Westin Playa Bonita is a Pool Lovers Paradise

Westin Playa Bonita Swimming Pools

Athena and I have become swimming pool connoisseurs. We know what works for families and what doesn’t. The Westin Playa Bonita Panama boasts four breathtaking beachfront pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a private white sand beach. Here are five awesome reasons why Westin Playa Bonita is a pool lovers paradise: Continue reading

Lake Arrowhead Resort – A State of Mind

Lake Arrowhead Views

I love living in Orange County, California. Every day is like being on vacation. The weather is perfect, drinks are cheap, the ocean is only a short drive, or walk, away, and the opportunities for entertainment are bountiful. Sometimes, though, the traffic and trying to find a parking spot can be taxing. With my mother and sister in town, I wanted to show them the natural, peaceful surroundings that southern California has to offer. We packed our bags and headed to Lake Arrowhead Resort for a short, three-day getaway. We arrived to a state of mind; a relaxing calm that rushed over us from the moment we reached the village. Continue reading

Indulge at Grand Europa Hotel, Innsbruck

Grand Hotel Europa Front Desk

It’s still three more days until I get to see Athena and if you’ve been following my posts you know that I’m not taking it very well. Rather than moping around Innsbruck, I’ve decided to indulge in many of the things that I don’t often have time for as a toddler’s mother and Innsbruck’s only 5-star hotel, The Grand Hotel Europa is the ideal starting point for my indulgence.  Continue reading

A Photo Tour of Kona Kai Resort & Marina

Kona Kai Resort & Marina

Kona Kai is a San Diego Bay treasure, situated at the very tip of Shelter Island, offering captivating marina and bay views. Having recently undergone a $22 million refreshment, I wanted to check out what all the buzz was about at Kona Kai. The warm, alluring, tropical atmosphere is inviting and the casual island luxury creates the perfect, relaxing getaway. Are you in need of a vacation? Join me for a visual getaway.  Continue reading

Keauhou’s Awe-Inspiring Views from Sheraton Kona

Sheraton Kona

Along The Big Island’s sun-kissed leeward coast, sits the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, but when the Hawaiian sunset isn’t the most spectacular view of the evening, you know you’ve found something special. The revitalized Sheraton Kona offers diverse landscapes in every direction. From the dramatic lava cliff shoreline to “Rays on the Bay”, Sheraton is a bucket list location.  Continue reading

Not Exactly Roughing It

Beaver Creek LodgeBeaver Creek Lodge, despite its name, is anything but an ordinary mountain lodge. Located at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain in Colorado’s Vail Valley, this sprawling, 72-one-bedroom-suite property is known for its contemporary take on a traditional mountain resort. With endless amenities and a central location in the Beaver Creek Village, staying at Beaver Creek Lodge is not exactly roughing it. After only three days at the resort, I feel in love. I actually discuss the possibility of living in Colorado in the near future with my family because it has so much to offer.

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They Keep Coming Back for More

Rather than just welcoming us with a smile, the breakfast staff at Hard Rock Vallarta Hard Rock Vallarta greeted us with a warm smile first, then conversation, a hug, a balloon for Athena, and continued kind gestures throughout the meal. I think it’s safe to say that they are officially the friendliest hotel staff I’ve met. kudos to you at Hard Rock Vallarta; you know how to treat your customers/family right.   Continue reading

Timeless Escape: Grove Park Inn, Asheville

When I added Grove Park Inn to my 2013 bucket list, I had no idea the extent of relaxation Grove Park Innand resort luxury I was going to experience or how much I truly needed it. Just a two hour drive from our home in Charlotte brought us to another world; a world filled with spacious accommodations, superb dining, unbelievable views, and endless amenities.  We marveled at the spectacular view during our breakfast experience, escaped to a world-class spa, and stepped into a world of glamour inspired by the great American author F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Gatsby theme room. Grove Park Inn was the relaxing weekend away from it all that we desperately needed. Rather than posting, texting, Tweeting, and sharing on Facebook, I turned off my phone, put away the computer, and forgot the camera… most of the time. It was a weekend for us as a family – the perfect relaxing, mountain getaway. Sometimes even extreme adventure seekers need a rest. Continue reading

Friendly Service At Its Finest: Hyatt Place Atlanta Downtown

“Welcome back, Ms. Carter,” was the greeting I heard as I walked through the door at theHyatt Place Atlanta hotel. Welcoming smiles, personal attentiveness, and attention to detail make Hyatt Place Atlanta our return accommodations when we are downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Continue reading

Every Day Is a New Adventure in Atlanta, Georgia

Our recent adventure trip to Atlanta, Georgia was coupled with downtown hyatt_place_atlanta_downtownaccommodations and relaxed, southern dining. Hyatt Place Atlanta Downtown, located in central Atlanta, is within walking distance of the Georgia Aquarium and countless restaurants to match everyone’s taste buds. After a day of hot air ballooning, biplane flying, and whale shark swimming, there is nothing better than a tasty meal and a full night’s rest. Continue reading