Sac Historic House Profile: The Sainte Claire

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!


Flower Farm Inn, Loomis, CA

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!


Sac Historic House Profile: The Claremont Hotel & Spa

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 – […]

Meet Me on the Terrace of Hotel Raphael, Paris

Copyright Hotel Raphael.

Right now I can think of nothing more glorious than a sunset glass of champagne on this terrace. Found via and originally

Happy daydreaming!

Sac Historic House Profile: The Citizen Hotel

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 […]

Dream Hotels, Wizard of Oz and Merry Christmas!

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 […]

Wish List: An Outdoor Shower

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, Florence

© 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 […]

L’Occitane Verbena Products and Praise for the Lemon

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 […]

Sac Historic House Profile: The Huntington Hotel

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 […]