Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara

Discretely nestled in the foothills overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean you will find an enchanting hideaway called the Belmond El Encanto. This property exudes glamor and elegance in an understated manner and offers a sophisticated comfort that is captivating from the moment you arrive. Property The property has a vast history with the original craftsman-style cottages […]

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L’Auberge de Sedona ~ Sedona, AZ

Discretely nestled along the banks of Oak Creek in the breathtaking Red Rock region of Sedona, Arizona, L’Auberge de Sedona has created a secluded, luxurious and tranquil setting located steps from Uptown Sedona. Property The configuration of this property is situated such that it starts creekside then dramatically elevates up the hillside, offering guests the option of […]

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Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn ~ Sonoma, CA

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, located in the Sonoma Wine Region of California, is a unique property that sits atop a natural, thermal mineral spring that was discovered by the Native Americans in the early 1800’s. The Native Americans considered this site sacred healing grounds and as word spread over the years, a hotel was […]

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The Quaint Charm of San Juan Bautista

Located just an hour south of bustling Silicon Valley, CA is the quaint city of San Juan Bautista. This charming little town has managed to maintain its humble origins and has respectfully preserved its history and authenticity. You won’t find trendy stores and Michelin Star restaurants but you will find a town steeped in history, filled […]

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The Nines ~ Portland, Oregon

Every once in a while serendipity happens ~ a fortunate happenstance where everything aligns perfectly and you find yourself right in the midst of it. It’s such an unexpected and pleasant surprise. I feel like this happened to me on my visit to The Nines hotel in Portland, Oregon. In all honesty, I just needed a place […]

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11 Tips For Reducing Travel Stress

Let’s face it, travel these days can be stressful. Over the years, I have developed some strategies that have actually made traveling fun for me again. I thought I’d share some tips that may help you find the fun in traveling as well. 1. Apply For An Expedited Airport Security Program We’ve all stood in […]

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Safari by Geoffrey Kent

Move over Jonathan Goldsmith, Geoffrey Kent may have just dethroned you as the most interesting man in the world (or more likely is the inspiration behind the Dos Equis character). Geoffrey Kent, founder of Abercrombie & Kent ~ the premier luxury adventure travel company, has released his first memoir, Safari. Geoffrey’s stories read like an Indiana Jones/Ernest Hemingway meets […]

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Exploring The Russian River Valley

Napa Valley and Sonoma are world-renowned for its wines, fine restaurants and luxury accommodations. A person could spend weeks and weeks exploring this region and only scratch the surface. So with as many times as I have been to the Napa Valley wine region, it was refreshing to discover yet another sector that I have never visited…the […]

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Farmhouse Inn ~ Forestville, CA

There is a reason I titled my site No Ordinary Resort, it was my intention from the beginning to feature distinctive, boutique style hotels that offer personalized service, unique locations and experiences, and represent a one-of-a-kind property. And although I do have larger properties listed on my site, The Farmhouse Inn represents my initial concept precisely. This property may be small […]

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July! A wonderful day to celebrate our Independence and take a moment to be grateful for our freedoms. Thank you to all the men and women who defend these freedoms. I seem to have a love affair with the American Flag, so here’s a little tribute with a collage of a few […]

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