Hotel Havana

After the depression subsided a bit after checking into the Hilton Palacio del Rio, I set out on foot, dodging crickets along the way, to find Hotel Havana, a member of my beloved Bunkhouse Hotels. This group never fails to deliver and Hotel Havana was no exception and why I made stops here on three…

Hilton Palacio del Rio

Ah San Antonio… not one of my favorite places that I’ve ever visited and the Hilton Palacio del Rio was right in line with the town. There was nothing totally wrong with it- town or hotel. The town is like a Dave & Busters sponsored Disney world with a murky stream of a manmade river…

Hotel Alexandra Barcelona

Hotel Alexandra Barcelona was selected by my work for a few days of meetings. The location was great, central to Gaudi architecture and some serious shopping. My room was on the top floor and was GORGEOUS, though I heard other colleagues say that theirs were less than charming. Would I stay here again? No. The…

MiM Sky Bar Sitges

When I booked my trip to Sitges, I was torn between the gorgeous ME Terramar and the MiM Sitges, a bit more centrally located. For this particular trip, I made the right call for me, but still had a great experience snooping around the MiM Hotel (whose lobby is stunning, by the way). I snuck…

Beso at ME Sitges Terramar

ME Sitges Terramar had a lovely restaurant, Besos, situated with beachfront views. There was also a small oyster bar in the lobby and rooftop bar that was quite the hot spot one evening and then completely closed for the season with no warning the next. As I saved it for my last night I was…

ME Sitges Terramar

Between two work trips, I spent a lovely long weekend at the ME Sitges Terramar hotel on the beach southwest of Barcelona. The common areas were really beautiful, a testament to the town and landscape around them. The room was large, but simple, with a nice view of the ocean. Let’s take a tour, shall…

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

A few weeks ago I received a text from a girlfriend asking if I could do two weeks in Australia with her on a whim. Andddd this is why we are friends! I told her my big vacation budget for the year had been spent. So, we settled on a long weekend in Cancun with…

Auberge du Chateau

In Nyon Switzerland there is a tiny little square lined with just one restaurant and one little wine bar. The whole thing looks out over the lake. It is just picturesque and the cutest. I took advantage of a cool, but pretty evening to dine outside at Auberge du Chateau. They like to start their…

Hotel Ambassador Restaurant

My home away from home recently has become the simply chic Ambassador Hotel in Nyon Switzerland. However, it was just this trip that I finally tried their restaurant. After working in the garden and sipping on rose wine, I started chatting with the charming restaurant manager, Walter, who insist that I must dine with them….

Layered Raleigh

There’s a new bakery in town. Wait, make that a croissanterie. Yep, that’s all they do are variations on the croissant! I had occasion this week to just happen to need a French good luck charm and this seemed like a much more reasonable alternative to say…mmm…Cartier? More calories though. Bummer. I was in a…

Snacks the Size of Wheezy F. Baby

I recently had the pleasure of an across the land pond visit to Wheezy F. Baby. Not the Li’l’est Wayne’s house exactly, but the Li’l-est Wayne in Indiana anywho. I saw my own littlest Wayne’s (super hip code for niece and nephew) and my charming SIL made me this more that l’il Key Lime pie…

Chalet d’Adrien

While La Grange was less than impressive for my first Verbier meal, the next day brought me to Le Chalet d’Adrien. The chalet is perched up just a quick 10 minute walk up the mountain from the main street in town. The exercise was nice and the view was gorgeous on a Sunday morning heading…