In the summer of 2017 we decided to do something we thought we would never do–take a cruise. We found ourselves in a situation where we wanted to travel to somewhere fun, but had absolutely zero time to plan a trip. On a whim, we started looking into cruises to see if there were any smaller ships out there that might cater towards our love of good food, need for adventure, and desire to experience unique destinations. After an exhaustive search we found, and booked, a Windstar cruise. So naturally, we also needed to write a Windstar cruise review.
Windstar Cruise Review – The Star Legend
To kick off this Windstar cruise review,
Tokyo’s Park Hyatt hotel is one of the most famous hotels in the world. It reached iconic status by being featured in the movie Lost in Translation
, but was known to world travelers as one of the nicest hotels in Tokyo long before. Although the Park Hyatt Tokyo is one of the most excellent hotels in the world’s largest city, is it worth it to stay there? In this Park Hyatt Tokyo review I’ll take a look at the location, service, and our room at the Tokyo Park Hyatt, as well as how we received a discount on our stay.
Before visiting Excellence Playa Mujeres I had a very strict rule–no all inclusive resorts. I’ve heard the horror stories of stale buffets, sub-par service, and the all inclusive cast system (“you need a wrist band for this pool”). Let me start by saying Excellence Playa Mujeres (EPM) is not one of those all inclusive resorts. The quality and level of service we experienced at EPM rivaled that of any five star resort. Moreover, because the resort is couples only (as opposed to adults only), everyone is there for the same reason. This made it easy to mingle with the other guests.
Before I dive into my Don Cesar hotel review I want to provide fair warning. I may be biased. I am in love with The Don. So much so that it is my hotel of choice when traveling to the Tampa, FL area. That being said, here is a recount of our experience, along with a few things I’m not so much in love with about The Don Cesar.
The Don Cesar Hotel Review
As you approach St. Pete beach from Tampa the Don Cesar will be one of the first hotels you see. It is a pink palace that is simply unmistakable.
On a recent trip to Australia we decided to take a little detour from the beautiful beaches, amazing scuba diving, and bustling cities to spend a little time in the rain forest. And boy are we glad we did. But to start our story off properly I have to disclose that the rain forest was not on our original itinerary. It wasn’t until a friend suggested we check out Silky Oaks Lodge that it made the list. As such, it seemed only fitting that I put together a Silky Oaks Lodge review to share the experience we had.
Silky Oaks Lodge Review
Silky Oaks Lodge is a one-of-a-kind ecolodge that is nestled above the Mossman Gorge River in the Daintree rain forest.
The Hermitage Inn
, our fourth inn and the catalyst for a vexing habit I’ve found myself adopting… procrastination. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the, “I just don’t have time” and “that can wait until tomorrow,” mantra. All of the things that get in the way of being productive: exercising, family, the holidays, eating, working, napping, shopping, cleaning the house, painting one’s nails, daydreaming, watching the golden globes… So I sit down after far too much evading the topic to write this post, something I have actually been excited about writing since I got in the car to head home.
We were invited several weeks ago up to New Hampshire by a friend of mine to join her on a hike of Mt. Washington, an annual tradition for her family. Having missed our vacation last March and failing to conquer our hike of Mt. Lincoln on the Lincoln-Lafayette loop over the summer (infuriating summertime, snow-covered dead president!) we jumped at the chance to take on the highest mountain in northeastern U.S. Since it is a bit of a drive to North Conway and the mountain from the city, we decided to take a mini vacation for a romantic weekend in the mountains.
10K run, cuisine hunt, road trip and of course the prospective inn adjudication. Divine exhaustion! Actually, I was excited for the weekend of April 3rd and couldn’t wait to head down to The Red Lion Inn
in Cohasset, MA. The Inn presented an intriguing puzzle and I am extremely fond of puzzles.
New Years Day this year was exponentially more than just a new day with a fresh year tacked on the end. We accidentally had an adventure that lead us to many firsts, including what is currently our favorite Inn in New Hampshire. We enjoyed a quick bite of exquisite cuisine, heavily poured cocktails and cozy accommodations with a side of mutually amorous conversation; oh yeah and the stunning view from our room didn’t hurt either,could have been straight from a Monet. But let me back up and start from the beginning…
After a fun, despite somewhat mundane, New Years Eve we set off to visit friends in the wilderness of New Hampshire.