La Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi at Grand Hotel Tremezzo

On my very first day of my holiday in Italy, I took a call from my CEO – I’d received a promotion that I didn’t even know I was up for. Woah! What a lovely surprise and killer start to a gorgeous vacation. If you can be lucky enough to align major life perks, I’d…

Ausonia Hungaria

After experiencing the crushing cloud of tourism overcrowding and humidity, I was so happy with my decision to stay on the beautiful island of Lido. Once the island was selected, I struggled to decide between budget hotels, the old grand dame of the beach, and the historic, but newly renovated Ausonia Hungaria. One glimpse of…

Villa La Mirabella

After a long conference in Basel, I trained down to Lake Como for a few glorious days at the eleven room, Villa La Mirabella. This family-run villa from the 1860’s is well situated just north of Tremezzo in Griante which is handy for all types of ferries and is in walking distance of plenty of…

Venissa

Next to Burano, on the island of Mazzoboro is the most charming place on the planet, aka, Venissa. Part Michelin-starred resto, part osteria, part small hotel, and part vineyard, this place is absolute heaven. I started my visit with a walk through the gardens that are especially known for their artichokes. Nine retirees from neighboring…

Coach & Horses Kew

When I found out that Chihuly was exhibiting in The Royal Botanic Kew Gardens for the first time in some 30 years, I instantly knew what I’d be doing for Memorial Day. The problem was Memorial Day is also a bank holiday in the UK, so every hotel was a fortune. That’s how I found…

Hotel Ambassador Nyon

Just to the north of Geneva is the tiny town of Nyon and one of the headquarters of my company. While on my last trip, I was treated to the privaledge of staying four nights at the new Hotel Ambassador. The hotel is perfectly located in the middle of the town, on the top of…

Cecconi’s Shoreditch

Tucked off of the lobby of Redchurch Townhouse in Shoreditch is London’s second outpost of Cecconi’s. I’d visited the Miami outpost once and wasn’t wowed by it, but the prospect of room service Neapolitan pizza was very intriguing. I’d actually made a reservation for their “Sunday Feast” where they turn the bar into a buffet…

Redchurch Townhouse

Last weekend I was lucky enough to stay at the charming Redchurch Townhouse in the Shoreditch neighborhood of London. This was my first time staying at a Soho House property so I wasn’t sure if it would totally be my vibe or not, but after reading about the property opening and snagging a killer deal,…

The Westin Great Southern

Last week I visited the old hometown of Columbus, Ohio. So much has changed – new hotels, restaurants, shops, commons areas. All the things. This meant that the only thing that translated to a work budget was the old nice spot of the Westin Great Southern in downtown Columbus. My colleague and I had hoped…

1 Hotel South Beach

So, I finalllllly had my weekend away at the gorgeous 1 Hotel South Beach. I must say, I visited several times back when it was the Gansevoort, and it is much lovelier now. Rather than take photos of random people in swimwear enjoying the pools, etc., I thought perhaps you could just find some much…

Macaron & Mayhem Guide: Marfa, TX

Keep in mind Marfa is a tiny town of just a few thousand people. Some locals I spoke to made mention that travel magazines have overly written up the town to be larger than it is and I’d have to agree. Still, a lovely trip, but here are a few tips to keep you on…

Hotel Crescent Court – Dallas

One more night in Texas! What a fun trip full of bits and pieces of everything high and low. The trip ended on a very high note, at the Hotel Crescent Court. The lobby was just DIVINE. Like could this be my living room? Or someone send me some funky flowers? I mean… And the…