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Margaritaville Beach Resort: 5 O'Clock Somewhere

Relaxed Luxury at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: Relaxed Luxury in South Florida We recently stayed at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida and loved the relaxed luxury vibe. The property is cool, fun, and still has a new resort feel (it only opened in November 2015). You will feel your troubles melt away as soon as you you enter the casual but functional lobby. […]

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California During a recent visit to Palm Springs, California, we stayed at Amin Casa and were completely and pleasantly astonished by the magnificent property. Known as the Gloria Swanson Residence (the silent film Hollywood actress owned the property)—and more recently known as Arenas Gardens Hotel—Amin Casa has been impeccably refurbished, modernized, and improved by […]

McCool Travel: keep your new year's resolutions at Canaan Valley Resort

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions at Canaan Valley Resort

It is easy to make new year’s resolutions but often difficult to keep your new year’s resolutions. With a number of winter activities to experience, therapeutic facilities to enjoy, and variety of food options to sample, Canaan Valley Resort struck me as a most convenient place to keep your new year’s resolutions. That realization struck me this past weekend—the first weekend […]

Sunrise from Viking Star, Monaco

IHG vs SPG Points Analysis

This article assumes the reader has basic familiarity with earning travel points, redeeming travel points, and analyzing category point bonuses. For basic information about frequent flyer point valuation, please read Determining the Value of Travel Points. Earning SPG Points Because of a strong recommendation from my favorite points guru, I shifted some spending and interest to the SPG program […]

8 Great Boca Resort Relaxed Luxury Features to Enjoy

8 Great Boca Resort Relaxed Luxury Features to Enjoy

In the mid 1920s, Addison Mizner, a preeminent architect of South Florida mansions, built what was then one of the most expensive and lavish properties in the world. Celebrities, wealthy, and upper class moguls considered Mizner’s retreat as “THEE” place to people watch and be seen. Imagine The Great Gatsby and the Roaring Twenties. [ OK, I am […]

virginia tech pond

Blacksburg Hotels and Unique Lodging Near Virginia Tech

After a few visits to Blacksburg, Virginia—my son is a student at Virginia Tech (which won the “most satisfied students” honor)—I have experienced a wide variety of Blacksburg hotels and lodging options. Blacksburg, Virginia, besides being the home of Virginia Tech, is a vibrant, small college town, nestled in an area of incredible natural beauty. The Blacksburg […]

New Orleans Hotel

5 Steps to Find Cheap Hotel Rates

Here are 5 steps I typically use to find cheap hotel rates. Some numbers are included from an actual stay to show how I saved over 50% for a stay at Country Inn & Suites in New Orleans: 5 Steps to Find Cheap Hotel Rates 1. Search on company website A friend suggested Country Inn & Suites for my trip to New […]

Hotel George food

8 Great Hotel Advantages (over Airbnb)

As an independent travel consumer advocate, I am not loyal to any one supplier or way of doing things. As a travel consumer, I seek value—certainly I have preferences and I recently published an article about Airbnb advantages. Here I flip the script and present hotel advantages, with some help from friends. 8 Great Hotel Advantages (over Airbnb) […]