April 28, 2015

Paradise at The Viceroy Anguilla


The Viceroy Anguilla is such a stunning property that I keep coming back to it again and again when suggesting Caribbean escapes for my clients. While researching a pre-Holiday trip for one client, I realized that it is also an incredible value during the summer and fall.


 One of the things I love about this property is the abundance of villa and residence options offered - offering two to four bedrooms, private plunge pools and full hotel amenities, they are absolutely perfect for families, multi-generational trips or couples traveling together.


Their "Linger Longer" promotion offers a fifth night free from now until December 19th (excluding Thanksgiving week)...and as a Virtuoso property, guests booking through a Virtuoso Travel Advisor also receive complimentary daily breakfast, a $100 spa credit and an upgrade if available. 

And, although, the fifth night free deal is not available, I was amazed at how reasonably priced the villas were for Thanksgiving - what a perfect place to give thanks with your family! Thanksgiving week is already selling out fast, so don't hesitate if you are interested.

What are you waiting for?? You can thank me when you are chilling on that gorgeous beach with an umbrella drink in your hand...

April 24, 2015

On My Radar Screen

Happy Friday!!! Sometimes the weekend just can't come soon enough...this week was that way for me. I have been longing for the Spring weather, only to find myself holed up in my office at the computer - busy, busy, busy!! I am definitely NOT complaining - just ready for some relaxation and a little sunshine.

Here's what is on my radar screen this week...

I enjoyed this New York Times article featuring different writers sharing their favorite streets in twelve different European cities. Do you have a favorite street in a particular city? My favorites are the Via Margutta in Rome and Rue du Bac in Paris.


I am joining the "StyleFocus" Lifestyle Linkup organized by Heather from Style Mind Chic and Jennifer from A Well Styled Life...I linked one of my favorite personal travel posts...click on over and check out all the great links, or, better yet, join in! 

An Ode to Provence from Tina of The Enchanted Home is one of my favorite blog posts EVER (and that is saying a lot because my fellow bloggers publish some pretty memorable posts)...I was ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the beauty of this post, only to find that Tina so thoughtfully recommended my travel advisory services at the end of the post. She is such a sweetheart! I will be more than happy to plan a trip to Provence (or anywhere) for anyone interested! 

Marsha from Splenderosa says Aloha from her trip to Hawaii...she is one lady knows how to travel in style! 

via Vogue
You probably won't find this apartment on AirBnB any time soon...but how swoon-worthy is this stunning Paris apartment featured by Albertina of Mimosa Lane?

I would LOVE to partake in one of The French Basketeer's incredible French Food Camps! I am missing the May class by a mere five days when I am in San Diego next month - I would SO have driven to Laguna to participate.  Add that to my bucket list...along with a flower arranging class at The London Plane in Seattle and one of Sharon Santoni's Brocante Tours.

Last weekend, we saw Woman in Gold - have you seen it yet? Helen Mirren is such an amazing actress and the movie is excellent - two thumbs up from me! I recently visited the Neue Galerie in New York and saw the actual painting by Gustav Klimt featured in the movie - remarkable!

So, that's a wrap for this week...have an absolutely beautiful weekend, my dears...wherever you may be wandering...


April 21, 2015

The Chanler at Cliff Walk ~ Newport, Rhode Island

Last weekend, we headed up to Rhode Island to visit our son at school in Providence, and detoured to one of my all time favorite places - Newport, Rhode Island. We were away from home for all of 36 hours, but we packed a lot into a short amount of time and it really felt like a vacation!

We stayed at the incredibly elegant hotel, The Chanler at Cliff Walk.  Originally one of the grand "cottages" in Newport, The Chanler was the first mansion built along Cliff Walk, as the summer retreat for New York Congressman John Winthrop Chanler and his wife Margaret Astor Ward, great granddaughter of the distinguished businessman and millionaire John Jacob Astor. Today, staying at The Chanler is the closest you can get to experiencing life in the Gilded Age (unless you happen know someone who owns one of the few remaining mansions dotting the coastline). 

Our Room - The Regency Room
Each of the twenty rooms are different - featuring interior design inspired by the "grand interiors of the past". We stayed in the Regency Room and it was absolutely stunning - with an elegant design with high ceilings and architectural details that truly made me feel as if I was a guest in one of the Newport mansions.  We had a huge  terrace that looked out onto the lawn with views to the ocean beyond. It was a gorgeous setting to say the least! 

While each room is unique in style, they all offer gas fireplaces and luxuriously appointed bathrooms. Some rooms have ocean views and terraces, others are smaller with views of the gardens. This is one hotel where it makes sense to go through the photos on their web site and pick the room you love and book that exact room - everyone's taste is different and not all rooms will appeal to all people.

The Louis XVI Room
The Renaissance Room
The Georgian Room
The English Trellis Room
The Williamsburg Room
The Martha's Vineyard Ocean Villa

As its name implies, the hotel is right at the start of the famed Newport Cliff Walk, offering direct access to one of the prettiest walking paths in the world, along the rocky coastline of Newport. Beyond the beautiful interiors and killer views, The Chanler is also home to The Spiced Pear - voted one of the most romantic restaurants in the country, as well as the The Veranda for breakfast and lunch; The Cliff Walk Terrace open during the summer season; and The Bar, a classic spot filled with mahogany and leather and famous for its cocktails.  If you decide on a night on the town (or a day of shopping) the hotel offers a house car to take you the short distance in and out of town - no need to for a designated driver or to hunt for a parking space.

The oceanfront fire pit is the perfect place for evening cocktails...
What a perfect setting for a wedding!

I took a ton of pictures on my phone and many of you saw them on Instagram. Because we visited in early April before anything was in bloom (and the fact that I was using my iPhone), I decided to share the hotel's photos instead of my own. But after my visit, I can attest 100% that even these photos don't truly display the beauty of this lovely hotel - not to mention the genuine and attentive service of the entire hotel staff. You will just have to go visit it yourself!! 

PS...I did snap this photo of the ladies' room in the lobby...isn't it pretty? :)

 (all photos except the one above are via The Chanler at Cliff Walk.)

April 17, 2015

Who Can Resist A Great Sale?!

Did you know Europe has gone on SALE?? 

Well, not exactly, but with the US Dollar reaching it's strongest point in nearly a decade, NOW is the time for Americans to go to Europe!  Any time I can save nearly 25%, which is how much the Euro has declined against the dollar in the past year, I figure I have gotten myself a nice bargain.  Of course there is no way to know which direction it may go from here...all the more reason to plan that trip quickly! 

Here is what is going in MY fantasy shopping cart...I bet you aren't too surprised!




Lake Como

If you could hop on a plane today and head to Europe, where would YOU go? 

Just like with any good deal, traveling to Europe is more popular than ever this year.  I am currently planning over a dozen trips to Europe for clients in the next three months - I LOVE my job but when I am this busy, blogging tends to fall by the wayside a bit. I promised to be back to a more regular schedule soon!

No European trips planned for me yet, but I do plan to enjoy every minute of Spring in Connecticut this weekend. Have a lovely weekend, my friends...wherever you may be wandering...