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Amangiri

Hubby and I booked a two-night stay at the Amangiri this summer as a late anniversary present to each other.  After an exhilarating stay on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, we drove two and a half hours to the 600-acre property, which is off Highway 89 just 16 miles north of Page, Arizona.  The Amangiri, whose name means “Peaceful Mountain”, is one of …

Austin Eats

Hubby and I dropped the kids off at summer camp at the beginning of the month and took the opportunity to bum around Austin for a weekend.  It had been about 5 years since my last visit, which is pretty lame.  You see, I have no excuse not to visit more often since I have a sister there.  We hit a good cross section of …

Explore Arizona: The Grand Canyon

Around the great state of Arizona, when one talks about “the Canyon”, one is referring to the Grand Canyon.  For we have lots of canyons, Canyon de Chelly, Salt River Canyon and Glen Canyon to name a few, but none has the mystique of the Grand Canyon.  We are the Grand Canyon State, after all.  It is nothing short of awe inspiring to stand on …

Explore Arizona: Winslow and the Hopi Reservation

Part II of our Easter vacation to the Navajo and Hopi reservations found us based out of the town of Winslow, Arizona, at the historic La Posada Hotel.  We had planned to spend a day touring Hopi Mesas One, Two and Three, while taking some time for small side trips to Meteor Crater and Grand Falls. Winslow and La Posada Before the Eagles made Winslow, …

2017 Restaurant Bucket List

A Phoenix food writer, Dana Vollmer with cocktailsandcactus.com, encouraged a group of local food writers to come up with a restaurant “bucket list” for 2017.  These would include a list of places in AZ we would like to visit, whether they have been open for some time or are set to open.  I was up for the challenge, and had so much fun writing it, …

Mofongo and Chilis, and a little José Andrés

Beach vacations are all about hanging out in a hammock with a good book in one hand and a tropical rum drink in the other. But in Puerto Rico, I was torn…I had all these grand plans to explore the island (you know the rain forest and the colonial villages), but then I laid eyes on this little spot outside the Ritz-Carlton Reserve’s reception area…the Positivo Sand …

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico

On Puerto Rico’s north shore, just west of San Juan, lies Dorado Beach, a coastal stretch of rolling palm groves and white-sand beaches that is a thriving scene of resorts, golf courses and residential communities. Among the more touted, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a hideaway destination with a history for excellence and distinction in the Caribbean. In 1905, a Jamestown, New York physician, Alfred T. Livingston, visited Dorado and was …

The Singular Patagonia

The Singular Patagonia hotel is located on the premises of the Puerto Bories Industrial Complex just outside the town of Puerto Natales, the “gateway” to Torres Del Paine National Park in southern Chile.  Opened in 1915, the Frigorifico Puerto Bories was an abattoir and cold storage facility that, at its peak, processed more than 250,000 sheep a year.  The British owners were the first to …

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

Before I move on to our tour through Chilean Patagonia, I would like to answer a few questions I have been asked about our hotel in the Atacama, the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa.  Located in the Catarpe Valley on 7.5 acres, just two miles from the plaza of San Pedro de Atacama, the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa appears to be nearly indistinguishable from its natural …

La Comida de Chile

There are some places where I have traveled that resonate with me, places that seem so familiar that I almost believe I may have lived there in a previous life. Chile is such a country. It is a country with an incredible diversity of topography, from the high, arid deserts in the north, to the beautiful, blue glacier masses in the south. It is a …