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Sense Beach House Makes Perfect Sense in SoFi, Miami

I love Miami. I love it for the beach, the nightlife, the food, the international vibe and the culture. I’ve been there with a girls’ getaway weekend, a bachelorette party, for DesignMiami and as a couple’s trip with my husband. It never struck me as a family destination until my husband and I decided that […]

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Four Seasons Washington, DC: Family-Friendly Luxury in Georgetown

Washington, DC, is a very special place to my husband and me – it’s where we met! We were both there (separately) on business for just a few days, and met in Union Station just minutes before we boarded the train to New York City. So we knew that our first trip to the nation’s capital as a family had to be amazing! The easiest way to insure a fantastic visit? Stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown, for family-friendly luxury in the city’s most beautiful and vibrant neighborhood.

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The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass., is a picture-perfect New England country inn.

Red Lion Inn: A Return to My Very First Hotel

Although it’s my never-ending quest to experience new destinations, there is something to be said for revisiting special places. This fall, my husband and I stayed at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass. This beautiful historic inn in the Berkshires also happens to be the very first hotel at which I ever stayed! I […]

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Have a Golden Christmas at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris!

The Best Hotel Christmas Trees Around the World

In the past, I’ve dreamed of being like Santa and circling the globe to see all the best Christmas decorations. But this year, I’ve decided that it would be more fun to stay at all of the hotels with the best Christmas trees! First I looked at the best hotel Christmas trees in the US, and now it’s time to travel the world. Here are my favorite hotel Christmas trees in Paris, London, Amman, Vancouver, Malawi and Kuala Lumpur.

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The Beverly Wiltshire's stunning tree might have satisfied Irving Berlin's dreams for a White Christmas in Beverly Hills.

The Best Hotel Christmas Trees in the US

For the past few years, I’ve fantasized about traveling the world like Santa to see all of the best Christmas decorations around the world. But a recent trip to The Plaza Tree Lighting to meet Santa and the Saks Yeti got me thinking about a different sort of trip this year… A look at the best hotel Christmas trees around the United States! These hotels in Beverly Hills, Washington, DC, Dallas, San Diego, Charleston, Florida, Virginia and Montana really get decked for the holidays.

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The New York Palace celebrated the completion of its $140 million renovation with a swank party in its famous courtyard.

Gossip Girl Here: New York Palace Gets a Fabulous $140 Million Makeover

It’s been more than a year and a half since, Gossip Girl went off the air and I still miss it. So I certainly wasn’t going to pass up my chance to take a tour of The New York Palace, which has just completed a $140 million renovation. This luxury hotel, famous for its large courtyard that faces Madison Avenue, played a starring role in Gossip Girl, as almost half of the main characters have lived there (or even own it) at some point in the show. The Palace always looked good on TV, but this new facelift makes it absolutely spectacular. As Mayor Bloomberg said in his speech at last night’s grand opening party, “Serena van der Woodsen would definitely approve.”

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The final four courses of our Il Lago tasting menu at the Four Seasons Geneva. From top left: lobster risotto, cheese tortelli, sea bass and roasted pineapple with ice cream and crumble.

Italian Indulgence: Tasting Menu at Il Lago at The Four Seasons Geneva

A delicious six-course Italian tasting menu overlooking Lake Geneva? Yes please! Not only did we have an unforgettable stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues Geneva, but we also had an unforgettable meal at Il Lago, the hotel’s signature Italian restaurant. Switzerland borders Italy, and 6.5% of Switzerland speaks Italian (typically Swiss Italian) as […]

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The Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues in Geneva is the city's first hotel, having opened in 1834.

Family-Friendly Luxury at the Elegant Four Seasons Geneva

Geneva is an elegant city and the pinnacle of elegance is the Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues Geneva, which opened in 1834 as the city’s first hotel to welcome visiting statesmen. Now elegant is typically not the kind of adjective that you would align with family-friendly… and yet, the Four Seasons Geneva was family-friendly beyond my wildest dreams, the kind of vivd, travel-fueled dreams that an early-rising toddler usually disrupts.

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