Things to do when staying at the Arizona Biltmore


While You’re in Phoenix… Staying at the Arizona Biltmore is an ideal jumping point for taking in the sites and tastes of Phoenix. Here are some additional places you may want to check while you’re there: Piestewa Peak Hike (formerly Squaw Peak) This is a short 1.2 miles to the top hike, but not for […]

Elegance and entertainment at the Arizona Biltmore

Arizona Biltmore Gardens

Arizona Biltmore My stay at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona was a nice surprise. I was expecting austere and pricey, and what I got was elegant, comfortable and friendly.  The picturesque setting mimics the art deco design of Frank Lloyd Wright with a stunning natural backdrop of Camelback Mountain and Squaw Peak and there’s […]

Musical Instrument Museum


When I think of Phoenix, world class museums rarely come to mind. Well, at least until now. That’s because I just discovered the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) which opened in April of 2010. The $250-million project was the brainchild of Bob Ulrich, former chief executive officer and chairman of the Target Corporation.  He took his […]

My Trip to Phoenix (March 2012)

Chef Michael Mina

This past week I was in Phoenix, Arizona to attend the US Airways Media Day. Instead of just going out for that one meeting I made a fun trip out of it.

My Visit to the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix, Arizona


Happy 2011! I hope you had a great holiday. Thank you for allowing me to take you with me on my 2010 trips. It wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without you, and I hope 2011 brings us the same. In case you were not checking emails over the holidays (is that even possible?), I’m […]

Ritz-Carlton Phoenix


 To get to Phoenix I flew United Express, though it was really United’s partner airline Skywest (you can always tell what airline you are on not by the plane’s paint job but by the safety card in the seat-back pocket). The sole flight attendant on the 50-seat CRJ200 was named Katie. From her innocent smile […]

My Top 2009 Hotel Rooms


Copacabana Palace — Rio De Janeiro, Brazil The most prestigious hotel in South America is the Copacabana Palace. It was built in 1923 and practically every celebrity (Tom Cruise checked in just after we checked out) or dignitary who has visited Rio has stayed here. Here’s my trip report. JW Marriott — Guanacaste, Costa Rica […]

Montelucia Resort & US Airways Media Day


Greetings from Arizona! I made it back home to L.A. from my insane around-the-world trip, which took me from: Los Angeles to Phoenix, Phoenix to Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach to New York, New York to Brussels, Brussels to Delhi, Delhi to Nagpur, Nagpur to Bombay, Bombay to Shanghai, Shanghai to San Francisco, San Francisco […]