12 Reasons to Stay at The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

The Moana Surfrider view

The Moana Surfrider will always be a special hotel to me since I used to stay there back in the late 1990s when I first started to travel to Hawaii. Back then, it was a Sheraton but in 2007, Starwood re-branded it into a swanky Westin Resort & Spa. What’s even better is that it […]

9 Things to Love About the Royal Hawaiian

Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach

Yesterday I featured the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa and today I’m here to tell you about its sister Starwood property, the Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort. These two have a lot in common, besides being managed by the same hotel company. The most important is that the Moana Surfrider is in the oldest […]

A Farmer’s Market in a Hotel

Exoctic fruit Hyatt Regency Waikiki Farmers Market

One of the coolest amenities I’ve ever seen at a hotel was at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. They recently introduced a Farmer’s Market in their atrium every Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm. The Pualeilani Atrium has over 60 shops and boutiques on the ground floor of the Hyatt Regency […]

10 Reasons to Fly Hawaiian Airlines to Hawaii

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I’ve been lucky enough to visit Hawaii close to 20 times and I’ve flown all the major carriers to and from the mainland—including American, Delta and United. When I flew American and Delta, I felt like I could have been going to New York; there was no difference whatsoever in the service or aircraft. United […]

How to Travel to Hawaii Cheaply with the New Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard

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Great news! Hawaiian Airlines, with MasterCard, Barclaycard US and Bank of Hawaii, recently announced the official launch of their new Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard, and I attended their press conference in Honolulu to learn all about this exciting card. In short, this credit card is a great option for those who have always dreamed […]

Travel Video of the Week: Drone Footage of Dolphins and Whales

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Here’s an incredible video shot off the coast of Southern California using—get this—a drone! Captain Dave Anderson, the man behind Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, recently posted this five-minute video showing thousands of dolphins and three gray whales migrating off the coast of San Clemente. There’s also a humpback whale with her calf […]

Smugglers’ Notch: Vermont’s high-octane, family-friendly activity campus

Smugglers' Notch, high-octane and family-friendly Vermont escape

Smugglers’ Notch (Smuggs) is a legendary ski resort in Northern Vermont. This self-contained walkable mountain village is continuously rated one of the top ski areas in the US—and when you consider that it’s famously kid-friendly, you have a winning combo. Children have room to roam the slopes, numerous activity areas from an indoor playground to ice […]

Swimming with manatees in Crystal River, Florida

A manatee photo bomb in Crystal River!

A tiny town on the Gulf coast of Florida is the only U.S. destination where you can legally swim with manatees in the wild. That is why I was at the Plantation on Crystal River dressed only in a wetsuit before dawn on the coldest day of the year in Florida, when ice crystals were actually starting to […]