Recently, I watched the documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor and the film got me thinking about the scarcity of luxury and quality in this modern world. There is something so inspiring in a beautifully designed evening gown or a multi-course meal prepared with care and forethought or a luxury hotel that is actually… luxurious!
Today we went for a cup of tea and a stroll around the Flower Farm Inn in Loomis. This is a great venue for weddings, with a red barn for the reception and cute farmhouse B&B for the bride and groom. Little chickens running around the enclosed garden area. It was charming and lovely!
Nestled in the green hills of Berkeley, overlooking the expanse of the bay and San Francisco beyond, stands the historic Claremont Hotel. Built in 1915, the landmark hotel/resort has long been a favorite of bay area residents and visitors from further afield. It has the look and feel of an old world spa – […]
Copyright Hotel Raphael.
Right now I can think of nothing more glorious than a sunset glass of champagne on this terrace. Found via http://www.raphael-hotel.com/fr/galerie.htm and originally http://lepetitparistours.blogspot.com/.
Authentic, influential, surprising, eclectic, and all-American. These are the five words that developers of the Citzen Hotel in Sacramento gave to designers Candra Scott & Anderson when they decided to transform the neglected Cal Western Life building into a 198-room, boutique hotel. They felt the words characterized the typical Sacramentan and they wanted the […]
I so wish I had written this (too short) article on the must-see hotels of the world. I think about things like this all of the time!
Been watching far too much tv lately. Stuff on the Lifetime channel, even! Can I just say that my hands-down favorite part of The Wizard of Oz […]
Photo courtesy of Calistoga Ranch
When I was young, my family and I got to tour a house in Big Sur that some friends were renting for the weekend. The house was huge (or at least it seemed that way then!) with floor to ceiling windows that looked out onto the cliffs and ocean […]
© The Four Seasons Hotel
Okay no I didn’t get to go visit this one… not yet at least.
I was sitting/waiting in a hot car recently (and I mean hot as in Sacramento summer hot) and flipping through Virtuoso Travel magazine when I stopped cold at the ad for the new Four Seasons […]
One of the wonderful details from our recent stay at the Huntington Hotel was the L’Occitane Verbena toiletries. I have never been tempted by those other hotel toiletries with their strangely flat and tiny soaps and smelly shampoos… but these were different and irresistible. The packaging was nice, the size was right for a […]
When was the last time a hotel made you feel like putting on a vintage Givenchy gown and ordering an Old Fashioned at the bar? Never? Well…
Welcome to the Huntington.
Located in the rarefied air of Nob Hill in San Francisco, the Huntington Hotel has been charming guests since its first incarnation as […]