Walla Walla, WA, Pt. 2: Where to drink wine

L'Ecole No 41

Walla Walla, WA is emerging (and now has a Courtyard Marriott). That much was covered in the first part of this series. But once you’ve unpacked and refreshed at the Courtyard Walla Walla, you’re officially on the wine-tasting clock. The rolling earth of Walla Walla, USA Today wine mecca, is cut unevenly into more than 160 wineries, all of which […]

Walla Walla, WA, Pt. 1: A hidden gem emerging (now with a Courtyard Marriott)

1000th Courtyard Marriott celebration

The call of the American west was for a time our country’s dominant narrative. Grand opportunities awaited, stretched across big country and vast landscapes—grand, big, vast—and in 2015, the impressive scale that made the west remains—in the Rockies, in the plains, in the rest. Walla Walla, Washington, a town within a county sitting flush with the Oregon border, is in its […]

Summer in Spokane, Washington

Monroe St. Bridge over the Spokane River at sunset. (Credit: Visit Spokane)

My adventure to Spokane, Washington came at the perfect time. The month of July in my beloved hometown of Los Angeles can be overwhelming. The malls and theme parks are flooded with kids on summer break. School’s out, but the freeways are jammed with tourists flocking to the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, I longed […]

Hotel profile: Four Seasons Seattle

Room at the Four Seasons Seattle

I was recently in Seattle touring Silk Air’s new 737 plane and the Boeing plants. I spent the first three nights at the Westin, which is a fine hotel, but for the last night, I was invited to stay at the Four Seasons Seattle. The Four Seasons is arguably the best hotel in Seattle—as is the […]

The Seattle Seahawks’ 2014 Victory Parade

Seattle Seahawks Victory Parade Feb 2014-004

I was in Seattle last week to witness SilkAir welcome its first Boeing 737-800 but as luck would have it I was also able to catch the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl win and victory parade while I was there! Unfortunately, it was unseasonably cold and because the parade started really late and I was dressed inappropriately, watched […]

Staying Safe During the Inauguration

Photo of Washington, D.C. from Shutterstock

This weekend will see a huge influx of people into Washington, D.C. to celebrate the second inauguration of Barack Obama. Though the turn out is expected to be less than four years ago, the capital is still bracing for over 500,000 visitors. In anticipation of so many tourists, Mike Kelly, CEO of On Call International, […]

A Night at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel


By Caroline Livengood: My husband Chase and I stayed at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel for a night on our recent trip to the rainy city, and I wish we could have had more time there. Here are a few highlights: Location: Situated in downtown Seattle, we were within easy walking distance of numerous attractions including […]

5 Reasons to Stay at the Hotel Alexis in Seattle

the lobby from the other side

By Caroline Livengood: My husband Chase and I spent the weekend in Seattle and stayed at the Hotel Alexis in downtown. After only one night we actually discussed how much better life would be if we could just take up residence at the Alexis permanently. I could go on forever about why we loved it, […]