Hotel Review: The Arrabelle at Vail

Name of Hotel: The Arrabelle at Vail Square Location: Lionshead area at Vail, Colorado Rating*: 5/5 (*Rating Scale – 1: Terrible, 2: Poor, 3: Average, 4: Very Good, 5: Excellent) Type of Traveler: Skier Best Time of Year: Winter/Summer Key Features: European village architecture, ice skating rink, spa Drawbacks: Dining options Side Notes:   The Arrabelle at Vail Square is a RockResort property.  My parents were big … Continue reading Hotel Review: The Arrabelle at Vail

Hotel Review: La Samanna St. Martin

It’s been awhile (25+ years) since I’ve stayed at a Caribbean resort but my memory of most of them was disappointment at the lack of cleanliness, superior service and beautiful décor.  Belmond’s La Samanna Resort on the Caribbean Island of St. Martin changed my perception.  We picked St. Martin because of the ease of flights from Seattle (just one connection in Atlanta) and picked La … Continue reading Hotel Review: La Samanna St. Martin

Sweet 16 in the City of Angels

What kind of trip do you take with three Seattle teenage girls to celebrate their 16th birthdays? That was the dilemma … Palm Springs – too boring for teenagers Beach resort – are there enough activities for these active girls? New York City – too far for three days Chicago – too cold Los Angeles – perfect! After much conversation with two of my mom … Continue reading Sweet 16 in the City of Angels