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

Hotel Review: Roche Harbor Resort

Name of Hotel: Roche Harbor Resort Location: Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington Rating*: 5/5 (*Rating Scale – 1: Terrible, 2: Poor, 3: Average, 4: Very Good, 5: Excellent) Type of Traveler: Families, Reunions, Girlfriend Getaway, Romantic Best Time of Year: Summer Key Features: Marina, Character, Water, Wedding Chapel Drawbacks: Hard to get to, somewhat seasonal Side Notes: I recently had tickets on Kenmore Air that had … Continue reading Hotel Review: Roche Harbor Resort

Hit the “Road to Hana”

Over a million people visit Maui each year. Many choose to stay on the west or south end of the island and never adventure far from their resort area. But don’t overlook the famed Road to Hana. Depending on your adventure meter, it could be your greatest life adventure. There is a reason it is called the “road” to Hana. The journey to Hana and … Continue reading Hit the “Road to Hana”

Cancel for Any Reason Travel Insurance

I got a call from a friend yesterday asking me if she should buy travel insurance for a domestic flight. This question is becoming an increasingly important decision, especially in light of last week’s recent terrorist attacks. The only time I typically buy travel insurance is when I book a big summer trip to Europe. I do this mainly because I try to pay as … Continue reading Cancel for Any Reason Travel Insurance