San Francisco’s Hotel Vertigo: Equilibrium is Overrated

I am always on the lookout for the perfect boutique hotel when staying in San Francisco. There’s something special about staying in a smaller, more intimate hotel versus a huge chain hotel. First the customer service is always better; second the hotel is usually filled with a lot of charm.

When we decided to head to San Francisco for the Fourth of July weekend I knew I wanted a hotel that was not in your typical touristy area. I wanted to stay in an area that had a lot of great restaurants and was a quick Lyft ride to the Embarcadero. That way we could get the best of both worlds.

I had never heard of Hotel Vertigo, but after looking into it I realized it was in my ideal location. Located in San Francisco’s Nob Hill, Hotel Vertigo was the perfect boutique hotel for our weekend away. If you are not familiar with San Francisco, Nob Hill is a short walk from Union Square where all the shopping happens! I will admit that the Tenderloin is nearby which is not the safest at night. However, all the locals will tell you that you will find the BEST restaurants in the Tenderloin (it’s true). Plus, you can avoid walking through this area at night if wanting to explore at night time while staying at Hotel Vertigo.

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Checking into the Hotel Vertigo is like stepping into a Hitchcock movie – literally. Back when it was the Empire, the hotel played a cameo role in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1956 thriller “Vertigo.”

The modern and vibrant lobby welcomes you in. I could seriously spend hours in the Lobby alone. Even the staff was incredibly friendly during our stay. During the weekdays the lobby offers guests a nice complementary wine reception in the evenings— a perfect end to your long day, or great start to your fun night. [Read more…]

Experiencing the Napa Valley Wine Train

My husband and I frequent the Napa Valley often. Something about the area is just so magical, no matter what time of the year. Living so close to Napa Valley I’ve been spoiled tasting at incredible wineries, soaring over the vineyards in a hot air balloon, and eating my way through the area at some incredible restaurants. However, one thing has always been at the top of my list – the Napa Valley Wine Train.

It’s not uncommon to see the wine train pass by you while wine tasting or driving through the Napa Valley. Often times I would stop what I was doing at wineries just so I could watch the Napa Valley Wine Train go by, wondering what an experience on it would be like. Passengers on board wave as they pass you by, looking so incredibly happy. I mean, how could they not? They are drinking wine while taking in the Napa Valley scene.

Finally the day came where I got to cross an experience on the Napa Valley Wine Train off my bucket list.

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Moon Palace Jamaica Grande To Open Early 2015

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Jamaica is on my bucket list and I can’t wait until the day I can mark it off my list. Just today I got word that one of my favorite resorts, Moon Palace, will be opening up in Jamaica early next year.

We love all things about the Moon Palace Resorts— from the hospitality to the spaciousness of the resort— and thoroughly enjoyed our stay while we were in Cancun. Palace Resorts  sets the standard in luxurious, all-inclusive resort accommodations and we can’t wait to visit its newest property, Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, which will be the first Palace Resorts property located outside of Mexico.

In true Palace Resorts form, the resort offers guest a true experience. [Read more…]

The Westin St. Francis- San Francisco Historical Hotel

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Growing up near San Francisco, I would spend weekends visiting Union Square watching the elevators from outside the historic Westin St. Francis go up and down, wondering if there were any famous celebrities or important political figures staying in the hotel. The guests staying at the hotel always seemed so happy as they walked in and out of the lobby, which intrigued me as a child. What made The Westin St. Francis such a landmark hotel?

When I had the opportunity to stay at The Westin St. Francis, memories of my childhood flashed back. I couldn’t wait to live out my childhood dreams of staying there, especially with my husband. Weekend getaways are hard to come by now that we have children, so we take full advantage when the grandparents offer to babysit.

The moment you step into the lobby of The Westin St. Francis, you are dated back to the 1900’s. This well-preserved hotel offers guests the grandeur of the past, coupled with contemporary luxury and style. An historic Magneta Grandfather Clock welcomes you along with marble columns, ornate balconies and intricate woodwork that transport guests back to the elegance of yesteryear. [Read more…]

Omni Hotel and Villas: All-Inclusive Resort in Cancun

If I could describe paradise, the Omni Hotel and Villas in Cancun, Mexico would be it. This recently renovated, all-inclusive resort is everything you would imagine a five-star hotel would be and more.

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My husband and I recently stayed at the Omni Hotel and Villas to celebrate our six year anniversary and I couldn’t imagine celebrating it anywhere else but here. From the moment we stepped foot onto the resort a sense of tranquility overcame us. The friendly staff awaited our arrival and helped escort us to our luxurious room.

The Omni Hotel and Villas put us in an Executive Suite overlooking the ocean. The room was incredibly spacious and our view was breathtaking. The picture above is the view from our balcony. [Read more…]