A look at The Singular, a luxury expedition-style lodge in Puerto Natales, Patagonia.
The Singular from the water

The craft beer brewed at the end of the world comes to the table in an official-looking bottle, emblazoned with the logo of The Singular hotel, where its Chilean creator, 27-year-old Dario Matus, works. Matus serves as the sommelier at the hotel outside Puerto Natales in Chilean Patagonia, making sure that the boutique property’s wine list […]

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A look at Cavallo Point Lodge, a LEED-certified property in Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Fog over Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito

Earlier this year, I wrote a story for USA TODAY’s Green Living Guide about LEED-certified hotels.  As I did my research, I was pleasantly surprised to find that one national park property, the Cavallo Point Lodge in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, had reached Gold certification. I resolved to check it out in person as […]


Photo Friday: Hotel Pools

by Chris on August 3, 2012

This week’s Photo Friday looks at treats – and nothing spells heaven to me than free time spent by the pool.
Hotel pool at the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s Photo Friday theme is TREATS. It took me a while to think about what I consider my favorite travel treat. Your first instinct is to think about food. I have a big sweet tooth and nothing makes me happier than eating gelato […]


Winning: Downtown Napa, Revitalized

by Chris on July 24, 2012

Downtown Napa has been on the rise for the past few years. A look at some of the restaurants and hotels that are fueling the change.
Storefronts of Downtown Napa

This week, I’m serving as a paid spokesperson for Hilton HHonors’ Seven Tickets to Paradise Sweepstakes. The contest, which is open to Hilton HHonors members, features seven prize packages and ends on Aug. 31. I previewed one of the prizes, the “Your Ticket To Dine,” in Napa Valley this past weekend.    Napa Valley has been […]


An eerie night ghost hunting at The Stanley Hotel, otherwise known as the haunted hotel that inspired The Shining. And yes, it’s creepy.
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

This is the fourth post about my Colorado roadtrip.  “The Shining” Hotel Horror movies and scary books were a real problem when I was a tween. All my friends were plowing through Stephen King novels and going to flicks such as The Amityville Horror. But whenever I would try to do the same, I’d wake […]


Something I’d like to see more of: Powestrips for tech-y couples, included with your hotel room.

This post is part of my recurring series of hotel trends I’ve seen on the road: One of the biggest problems I’ve had in recent years is being able to charge all of the electronic devices that I bring on trips. Between the iPad, the iPhone, one of my cameras and a laptop, the outlets […]


The final piece of my Four Seasons LA stay: The Four Seasons at Westlake Village.
Four Seasons Westlake Villlage

For my final Four Seasons LA stay, my husband and I got in our car and started driving west out of the city, all the way to Westlake Village which straddles Los Angeles and Ventura county. While I’ve driven up the Pacific coast to Malibu and Brentwood, I had never been as far inland as […]


California Dreaming: Beverly Wilshire

by Chris on February 23, 2012

My tour of Four Seasons hotels in LA continues with a night a the Beverly Wilshire, otherwise known as the “Pretty Woman hotel.”
The exterior of the Beverly Wilshire, Los Angeles, California

Many people don’t know that the Beverly Wilshire, made so famous as the hotel in Pretty Woman where Richard Gere wooed bubbly prostitute Julia Roberts, is part of the Four Seasons portfolio. The company has managed the legendary property, which has housed everyone from Elvis Presley to Warren Beatty to John Lennon to Barack Obama, since […]


California Dreaming: Four Seasons LA

by Chris on February 21, 2012

California Dreaming month continues with some LA luxe. A look at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.
Four Seasons LA

California Dreaming month continues with a look at some Los Angeles luxe, appropriate for Oscar Week. When I was in southern California last month for the LA Times Travel Show, I partnered with the three Four Seasons properties in the Los Angeles area, spending a night at each one so I could compare and contrast […]


Bedding Down: The Luxury Bed and Breakfast

by Chris on February 13, 2012

A lodging trend that I’m happy to see more of: The luxury bed and breakfast. A few examples, found in Napa Valley.
luxury bed and breakfast, Miliken Inn & Spa, Napa

One of my favorite lodging trends in recent years: The appearance of the luxury bed and breakfast, one that has the sensibilities of a boutique hotel with the personal touches that you’d find in a small establishment. I have very definite ideas on what a good bed and breakfast looks like, which come from too […]