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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Brasada Ranch, Powell Butte

Savvy travelers these days are looking for more than cookie-cutter vacations, they are looking for unique experiences that are authentic to the local area that offer life-long memories…and intuitive resorts are picking up on this trend. Ranch-style properties have been offering luxury experiential travel adventures for years labeled as “glamping” {glamorous camping}. The appeal of […]

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The Inn at Entrada, St. George

The Inn at Entrada {The Inn} is a small luxury resort residing within an upscale gated golf community in St. George, Utah. Set among the striking red rocks and near the entrance to Snow Canyon State Park, The Inn boasts a prime location for both its beauty and proximity to local attractions and activities. Property Serenely situated on […]

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Enchantment Resort, Sedona

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 […]

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Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North

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 […]

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Happy Labor Day Weekend! Enjoy + Explore

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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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