May 5, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

 Happy Cinco de Mayo!! 
How about a fantasy trip to my favorite Mexican destination - The Ritz Carlton Cancun - to celebrate the day?

My dream day would be spent on the beach in one of these cabanas...soaking up some Mexican sunshine and catching a few waves in the crystal clear Caribbean.

Raise the flag and the drinks are delivered...

I can't imagine a better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than to be in Cancun with a margarita in my hand! Salud!

May 1, 2015

Happy May Day and Derby Weekend!

Can you believe it's May? I finally feel like Spring has sprung...our trees are flowering and, in the ultimate sign that it is almost summer, we opened our pool yesterday. And, tomorrow is my favorite event of the spring...Derby Day!

Some people wait for Super Bowl Sunday, others mark their calendars to watch Wimbledon, but for me, the first Saturday in May has always been my favorite sporting day of the year. Just as it has on every first Saturday in May since 1875, The Kentucky Derby will be run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky this Saturday, and I can't wait. I love the pomp and circumstance, the crazy hats, the back stories about the horses and their owners, trainers and jockeys, and I always tear up when the band plays My Old Kentucky Home when the horses walk onto the track. For the record, I have picked the winner of the past two Kentucky Derbys - this year my pick is Dortmund.

California Chrome winning the 2014 Kentucky Derby
I love visiting Kentucky - particularly during racing season. Go here for my Derby Day post from two years ago when I shared tips for getting the most out of a "horse" themed trip to Kentucky.

My friend Patricia of PvE Design is a Louisville native...I love her Derby Day illustration:

via, PvE
And, if you are having a Derby party or looking for authentic Kentucky recipes to celebrate on Saturday, look no further than my other blog buddy, Elizabeth,  of Pine Cones and Acorns' who recently posted 15 Fabulous Kentucky Derby Party Ideas...


How will you be celebrating Derby Day? Who is your pick to wear the blanket of roses this year?

2013 Winner - Orb

May your mint julep cup runneth over...wherever you may be wandering this weekend...



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 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...