10 Reasons to Stay at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort

Feeding the elephants on arrival at Anantara Hotel Chiang Rai

It took the longest travel day to get to the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort, in northern Thailand. My journey began by flying from New York to London on British Airways. During the six-hour layover, I took a shower in the club and had brunch at a nearby pub before flying 11 hours […]

Difficult to Get a Good Night’s Sleep in Miami Beach

Thompson Miami Beach Check-In

I was just in Miami to attend the South Beach Wine and Food Festival as a guest of Certified Angus Beef. The first night they put me up at the Thompson Miami Beach and the next two nights, I stayed at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Both are beautiful hotels but it was the first time […]

My 2014 SPG Amex Holiday Challenge

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If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m a big fan of the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express. In fact, every traveler I know who has the card loves it because of its perks like redeeming Starpoints for free flights on over 150 airlines with no blackout dates or transferring Starpoints to nearly […]

Choice Hotels’ Best Internet Rate Guarantee: An Empty Promise?

Choice BIRG Screen Shot

If you book hotel rooms on the internet, you’ve likely encountered the online price guarantee. The specifics vary among chains, but the essential promise is always the same: Find the same room for less on another website, and we’ll beat it. Choice Hotels takes it one step further by offering a free night to travelers […]

Del Mar Racetrack for My Dad’s Birthday

Del Mar Racetrack

I talked my dad into coming to California for the winter since Connecticut is no place for someone in their eighties. A few days after he arrived, it was his birthday, and so I wanted to do something special. Last year for his 85th I took him to Las Vegas since he loves to gamble—blackjack, craps, […]

Marriott Hotels Cyber Monday Promotion

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Happy Cyber Monday! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now that the turkey is packed away and we’ve all stuffed ourselves with enough stuffing to last us until Christmas, it seems it’s time to make a dent in your Christmas shopping for the season. Cyber Monday is here and the best part about it, besides […]

31 Reasons to Stay at Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu

Turtle Bay Resort

Aloha! I was recently invited to attend the “re-opening” of the Turtle Bay Resort on “Oahu’s fabled North Shore”—and I found the property so amazing that instead of my usual 10, I’ve included 31 reasons to stay at Turtle Bay Resort (TBR): 1. Location Turtle Bay Resort is just a 55-minute ride from Honolulu’s International […]

10 Reasons to Stay at Terranea Resort

Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California

Thirty minutes south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on the Palos Verdes Peninsula coast lies arguably the most beautiful piece of land in the United States. I know this because I spent my sophomore year (pic below) at then Marymount College Palos Verdes (now Marymount California University), living in an apartment complex next door […]