Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

Travel Radar: CabFest Napa Valley


If I lived on the West Coast (Southern California), I would hop in my car, get on the road, and drive to Napa to attend CabFest. Cabernet is one of my favorite grapes and I love drinking them. I would learn more about this wine from the legendary Karen MacNeil, but the highlight would be all that wonderful California Cabernet Sauvignon juice. I can’t make it this year, but it is definitely on my radar for next year.

DC Living: Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival – Charlottesville, Va

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It’s baaack. The Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia is returning April 7-9, 2016. I’ve heard so much about the wine trail festival and have it on my radar to go this year with my wine friends. Early Mountain, one of my favorite Virginia vineyards will be there and a few I’ve recently discovered. In total, over 25 vineyards will be represented. Charlottesville is a quick 2-hour jaunt from DC and has great restaurants and lots of places to explore.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, February 26 at 10 a.m. and will be available on the website and the Charlottesville’s Visitor Center on the downtown mall.

See you on the trail.

Travel Radar: Amanera by Aman – Dominican Republic

The luxury hotelier Aman have recently opened their Caribbean property and my goodness is she beautiful. Amanera in the Dominican Republic is situated on over 2000 acres on Playa Grande overlooking the ocean. Take a gander and be prepared for jaw-dropping travel dreams where the ocean and the jungle have made a luxury hotel baby courtesy of Aman. I mean come on, man.

{Seriously, Amanera. Seriously.}

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{A library for me to read in between pool breaks.}

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{I’m relaxed just looking at the spa entrance.}

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{The husband can rolls cigars while I’m at the spa.}

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{I can definitely see watching a sunset and sunrise from here.}

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Washington, DC Living: Staycation at the Fairmont Georgetown Hotel


The Fairmont in Washington, DC is located in the Georgetown corridor and close to numerous restaurants, shopping, and a nice walk to all the site-seeing venues. I recently had the pleasure to have an overnight stay at the property to discover their newly remodeled rooms and to see what plans the property has for the near future. DC is a hotel town. Being we are the Hollywood of politics, it makes sense that hotels play a key role in the city. We have conventions, tourists, schools, and more vying for attention when visiting.

The Fairmont is a substantial hotel. When I walked in I didn’t realize how big the hotel was in size. It has over 400 rooms and all the rooms are being remodeled or have been remodeled with each having a DC theme. The rooms have enough outlets and USB chargers, so all my devices could charge at the same time. And they have an HDMI hookup for the TV. I like to travel with my HDMI cord for streaming and it’s changed my travel game.

If fitness on the road is your thing like it is mine, the in-house gym is run by Balance Gym and features daily classes, cardio equipment, and Crossfit. Plus, you can order from the restaurant to your room Paleo or gluten-free food options.

My favorite part of a hotel is their bathroom amenities. Yes, I judge a hotel by this. The Fairmont has Le Labo. Let’s discuss this for a minute. Le Labo is the cult French fragrance company that started out as perfume and now has linen wash (divine I tell you), candles, and body washes and soaps. These are the type of bathroom amenities you actually want to take. (more…)

Travel Radar: The Ritz-Carlton – Aruba

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I have a love affair with luxury in all its forms – especially hotels. The Ritz-Carlton is one of my favorite luxury properties and this new location in Aruba is on my travel radar. I first heard about this new location last year and it is definitely only my list of places to visit. Aruba is a beautiful island and I can see myself in the cabana, with my eyes on the water, flipping through a magazine, and drinking a sweet libation infused with the best Caribbean rum.

The property boasts a lot of great features and amenities including every guest room and suite having their own private balcony, Asprey bathroom amenities, a 24-hour casino (if that is your thing) and spa. I’ve had the best sleep ever on a Ritz-Carlton bed. I don’t know what types of feathers they use, but it is always a pleasure to sleep there.

The property also has two swimming pools and is on the beach. I like to alter my sun exposure between the pool, the beach, and the cabana. Repeat. I never met a spa I didn’t like and the hotel has a 15,000 square foot spa with 13 treatment rooms, steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools which are perfect after some time at the gym or the daily fitness classes.

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba is definitely on my list for an anniversary vacation later this year.

{I can slumber here. For reals.}

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{My favorite floor at any Ritz-Carlton property is the Club Level.
This Club Level lounge has my name all over it.}

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{Let’s have a drink, shall we?}

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{Cabana, all day, every day.}

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{Yes, I like to workout on vacation.}

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{But, I follow that up at the spa.}

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{Such a gorgeous property. I can’t wait to visit.}

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Travel Radar: The Vines Resort & Spa – Mendoza, Argentina

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It’s been five years since I visited Argentina and I am itching to go back. I recently discovered The Vines Resort & Spa and all I can say is “wow.” The resort is a part of the Leading Hotels of the World and in the heart of Argentine wine country. The Andes Mountains are on one side and the Uco Valley on the other. I can see myself practicing yoga, reading, and relaxing while looking at gorgeous views.

If you’ve watched A Chef’s Table on Netflix you will recognize Francis Mallman who has a restaurant on the property. And it’s on my list to eat there. I’m thinking I should go work harvest in the vineyard and my reward will be my stay.

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{I’ll take the cabana on the left, please.}

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{Wine, all the time!}

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{I want to dance with a gaucho}

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{And watch Mallman cook with fire.}

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{Here’s where I will end each day of working in the vineyard, eating, and sipping Malbec.}


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Travel Radar: Wellness Suites at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

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As a beauty writer, I can’t see writing about beauty without writing about travel, especially spas. I’m a spa junkie, especially on vacation. I believe it adds to the experience. Traveling is hard. It’s fun, but it’s hard. The long lines, the waiting, the delays can wreak havoc on your psyche when you travel so a spa allows you to regroup and get back to the center. You.

I am glad to see hotels embracing the wellness movement because it is not going away. I want my fitness, wellness, beach, and fun all at the same place. That is why I’m drooling over the Wellness suites at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. The suites have Alchimia Aromatherapy Kits in various scent to help you relax and reenergize. There are only twelve suites, but I know one has my name on it.

Wellness Wednesday: Seek Retreats

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It’s that time to start planning 2016 adventures of sun, sand, and surf. Three of my favorite things. One retreat group I like is Seek Retreat. Seek Retreat handles your lodging, your wellness, and your workout. They have retreats all over the world and you select one according to the destination and you will be on your way.

I always advise people when they are planning to attend a retreat solo to go with an open mind. I’ve met some of the best people in the world on a yoga retreat or wellness vacation when I was by myself. Also, you learn so much about yourself traveling alone. You discover the real you.

One of my favorite yoga teachers Mary Beth leads a retreat in Sayulita every year through Seek Retreat and it’s on my list to go in 2016.

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