Carmel Valley Ranch | Carmel, CA

Carmel Valley Ranch | Carmel, CA

Many of us know Carmel, California for its beautiful coastline, storybook-style architecture, fine art community and abundance of hotels, restaurants, and shops. The beauty of this area draws people from around the world and is perhaps one of the most beautiful places on earth. What many people don't realize is that there is an entirely different side of [...]

Ritz-Carlton | Denver, CO

Ritz-Carlton | Denver, CO

There is something exhilarating about being in Denver, Colorado...maybe it's that crisp Rocky Mountain air, maybe it's the 300+ days of sunshine a year, or maybe it's the laid-back urban vibe that the city evokes. Whatever it is, the Mile-High City {nicknamed so because its elevation is exactly one mile above sea level} offers a nice juxtaposition between [...]

Allegretto Vineyard Resort | Paso Robles, CA

Allegretto Vineyard Resort | Paso Robles, CA

When someone mentions the California Wine County, I'm sure Napa Valley is the first place that comes to mind for most people. However as some wine lovers are aware, there has been a quiet evolution going on in California's Central Coast for the past decade or so that is offering a viable alternative to Napa [...]

Brush Creek Ranch | Saratoga, WY

Brush Creek Ranch | Saratoga, WY

Let's be honest, we've probably all done it at some point...dreamt about leaving the craziness behind and finding a remote cabin on acres of land ~ I think the Dixie Chicks said it best in their song Cowboy Take me Away , "Set me free oh I pray, closer to heaven above". It's an allure that's [...]

Belmond El Encanto | Santa Barbara, CA

Belmond El Encanto | Santa Barbara, CA

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 [...]

L’Auberge de Sedona | Sedona, AZ

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 [...]

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn | Sonoma, CA

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 [...]

Enchantment Resort | Sedona, AZ

Enchantment Resort | Sedona, AZ

Jaw-dropping. That is the only way to describe my reaction when I first laid eyes on the incredible scenery surrounding the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona. Property The Enchantment Resort {ER} is nestled at Boynton Canyon with its steep, vermillion-colored walls and interesting rock formations. The setting is nothing short of breathtaking. The resort blends into the natural [...]

Four Seasons Scottsdale | Scottsdale, AZ

Four Seasons Scottsdale | Scottsdale, AZ

When visiting Scottsdale, Arizona, I generally stay near Camelback Mountain so I was excited to visit the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North {FSS}, located approximately 30 miles from the Phoenix airport on the outskirts of town. I knew the FSS was located farther out from town and I wasn't sure what to expect or if I [...]

Farmhouse Inn ~ Forestville, CA

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 [...]