A few weeks ago I packed my little family up and made the little trek from Phoenix to LA in hopes of escaping the heat. We love LA. Mostly because it's where we met back in 2010 and also where we lived during our peak party years. Lots of memories from that time and friends that are family to this day.
I recently partnered with BumbleBFF and Mountain Shadows Resort to host a girl’s staycation in Paradise Valley, Arizona. As part of the Staycation, Mountain Shadows Resort hosted us for dinner at their premier resort restaurant, Hearth ‘61. Hearth ‘61 offers fine dining and a full bar within the most relaxing atmosphere. Dining there was such an amazing experience! The restaurant has amazing mountainside views, as well as views of the resort’s pool. The kitchen is open so guests are welcomed and encouraged to observe their food being prepared with fresh ingredients and time-honored cooking styles.
Next time you vacay in Palm Springs you HAVE to visit Avalon Hotel’s restaurant, Chi Chi! I recently had the pleasure of dining there and it was the best! Everything about Chi Chi is perfect. First of all, the general atmosphere in the restaurant is so cute. Everything is bright and white, and it has such a calming vibe. Chi Chi has the cutest bar and the drink selection is so extensive. They definitely have whatever you’re in the mood for.
Recently I was invited to attend an event at The Graduate Hotel in Tempe, Arizona; the college town of Arizona State University. This boutique hotel captures the charm and vibrancy of this young and fun college town and is located right across the street of ASU and within perfect walking distance of all the action located in downtown Tempe.
Who doesn’t love a good staycation?? I know I do, and Hotel Valley Ho knows how to do it right! Hotel Valley Ho is mid-century modern and contemporary hotel located in Downtown Scottsdale, Arizona. It is such an interesting hotel because of its unique architectural design and historical roots. John B. Mills, Robert Foehl and his wife Evelyn, opened the hotel way back in 1956 and built the hotel with the belief that “the important thing is to make your guest feel wanted” and from experience I can tell you that they still take that belief seriously today!
This past weekend we made a little trip out to Tucson for some of the world's best Mexican food. We let the JW Marriott Starr Pass spoil us a little, and we stuffed ourself every hour on the hour with delicious food!
Did you know thatTucson is home to the most authentic Mexican food north of the border?? Most of these restaurants are found found within a 23-mile area that includes the City of South Tucson, downtown and lower midtown. At these restaurants (many are actually family-owned and decades old) the settings are casual and ingredients are fresh. And most have been around a VERY long time.
Last week we had a "date weekend" at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn. We were LONG overdo for some down time, and a "date NIGHT" just wouldn't suffice. This property SCREAMS romance. Think: desert meets Old Hollywood. I love an environment that allows you to wear your Yoga pants OR dress to the nines! Either one will do.
It was 1926 and despite the full, heady swing of the “Jazz Age,” Delos Willard Cooke at age sixty-two was tired. His career as a railroad and steamship executive in New York was coming to a close. He, a nephew of banking mogul J.P. Morgan, could now look back with pride at his long career in transportation, which included being a top executive at the Cunard Steamship Line, vice president of the Erie Railroad, and federal fuel administrator for the state of New York.
Yesterday I attended a fabulous (by any foodie standards) event at the JW Marriott Resort. It's literally just a couple of miles from my home, but it feels like a vacation the minute you pull up.
The event was held outside at Bar 1936 and then later taken inside to a private dining room inside Lincoln. Lincoln is known for its locally-sourced, modern cuisine while Bar 1936 is know for its uniquely crafted cocktails and sharable, tapas-style plates.
Paris - a recap, sort of. ----- Well, our Paris trip has come and gone. I've been looking forward to that trip since pretty much as far back as I can remember. Just like LA, it was one place I dreamed of living even before I had ever been. When I would tell most people that, they would try to dim it's sparkle. . . "it's not how you expect it, you won't like it, it's expensive, the people are rude" and on and on and on.