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Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, New York – Hotel Review

The Gilded Age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the rise of the Great Camps, built for wealthy families in the Adirondacks, an area of New York State about a five hour drive North of New York City. Most of the camps consisted of luxurious log cabins, influenced by the British Arts and Crafts and American Craftsman movements, and many were modeled after Swiss chalets. The Sagamore …

Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, California – Hotel Review

One of the things I’ve come to truly enjoy in hotels are the lounges. While not all lounges are created equal, I’ve enjoyed exquisite lounges in far flung places, but possibly the best lounge I’ve visited was the Club Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is in a landmark building in the Nob Hill district. The neoclassical structure opened in 1909 housing offices of the Metropolitan Life …

Even Hotels Norwalk, Connecticut – Review

NORWALK – InterContinental Hotel Group’ Even hotel in Norwalk, Connecticut is of its kind in world. With the hotel’s opening in June, the chain didn’t just introduce a new brand; rather, it introduced a new philosophy in the hotel industry. The concept is simple but at the same time revolutionary. Think of a mix of boutique, spa and hip combined with the message to keep active and stay healthy.
I arrived …

Ritz-Carlton Westchester, White Plains, New York – Hotel Review

White Plains, New York, in the heart of Westchester County, is just a thirty minute drive north from New York City. Construction of major parkways and expressways in the 1960s, as well as the location of large retail outlets such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Sears in White Plains, has led to the city becoming a popular and flourishing suburb of New York City.
The twin 44-story towers of …

5 Winter Getaways for the Holidays

If sipping hot chocolate or an iced cactus cooler sounds like a good way of escaping the frenzy of the holiday season, there’s still plenty of time to plan an escape to a quiet place where you will be pampered, be it in the desert or near a ski lift.
Now that we’ve piqued your interest, please read on for our top five recommended winter getaways.
Four Seasons Hotel Moscow
Moscow, Russia
While …

Short Stay: Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, Canada – Hotel Review

Vancouver is notable for many things, including its seaport and the Winter Olympics, as well as being home to four Fairmont hotels.  One of them, the Fairmont Pacific Rim, opened its doors in February 2010 just prior to the 2010 Olympics, and is a towering structure 48 stories tall (the first 22 stories are the hotel and the remainder is comprised of condominiums).
The building itself is attached directly to part …

Sofitel Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Hotel Review

One of the things I love most about staying at a Sofitel, no matter what its location may be, is that it makes my trip – at least in part – also a visit to France, regardless of my actual destination. The Sofitel Philadelphia is no exception.
I arrived at the property, located in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia, after a quick two-hour drive from New York City and immediately …