Category Archives: Hotels + Resorts

Southern California Road Trip Photo Diary

After cruising around theLos Angles, Long Beach and Santa Barbara areas of Southern California for nearly two weeks, I’m ready to move out there! The nearly endless sunshine, coastal driving, beautiful outdoor settings, and delicious dining venues and bars will do that to you.

I traveled with my friend and fellow blogger, Ian Michael Crumm, and we made so many new friends along the way (and notes of where to check out that we didn’t get to do while there), we are sure to return soon.

Check out the moments below and mini guides on each destination we visited:

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LGBT-Friendly Hotel Brands to Travel With

For Travel & Leisure, I researched and put together a collection of 12 of best LGBT-friendly hotel brands based in North America: Read the rest of this entry

New York City’s Newest Hotels

Make the most of your New York City visit by checking into one of the city’s newest properties during your next visit. From the luxurious Baccarat that opened this past spring to The Renwick NYC, which used to be a long-stay hotel sheltering artists, intellectuals and noted authors, these are the new hotels that’ll enhance your visit to the city this fall and winter: Read the rest of this entry

Weekend Road Trip to Providence and Newport, Rhode Island

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Summer is the perfect time to take a road trip in the northeast for the warmer weather in the region and to escape muggy weather in areas like New York city and further south. I recently partnered with Toyota for a road trip in New England, and went up to Rhode Island since was already making plans to visit Providence for a food story I was working on and to check out different areas in the city. Since I would be driving now instead of using the train to visit (which would’ve been easy and comfortable to do leaving from the Tri-State area), decided to also stop by Newport for the beach, biking and mansion exploring.

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Find more road trip moments below – plus Providence highlights for neighborhoods to visit, a hotel to stay at and LGBT nightlife, and how to spend a day in Newport:
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Hotel Review: Unique Luxury Experience at The Norman Tel Aviv

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As the second largest city in Israel, Tel Aviv is known to be the country’s culture hub with modern lifestyle offerings. The city has a memorable nightlife scene, a range of cafes and restaurants of Mediterranean and international cuisine, architectural and historical gems throughout, and white sand beaches that visitors will never want to leave. There’s a number of different places to stay in Tel Aviv, but among them is the city’s newest luxury boutique hotel hotspot, The Norman Tel Aviv.

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Luxury Ski Travel with the St. Regis Deer Valley: Photo Diary

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While the 2015 Snowpocalypse covers the northeast, I look back at winter wonderland of my time in the mountains of Park City, Utah. While it is currently filled with the Sundance Film Festival goers, I got to experience a taste of mountain life with the luxurious St. Regis Deer Valley earlier this month during its fifth anniversary.  Read the rest of this entry

London Luxury Travel with the Corinthia Hotel London and British Airways

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London is undoubtedly a favorite city of mine, and I try to visit at least once a year. During a recent visit across the pond with the Corinthia Hotels and British Airways, I indulged in English luxury travel with British Airways’ Club World business class and the five-star Corinthia Hotel London in the West End just north of the River Thames and near Trafalgar Square. Read the rest of this entry

Where To Stay In Provincetown

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Everyone should visit Provincetown, Massachusetts at least once, especially if you’re looking for a gay getaway in the north east coast that is not New York City nor Fire Island. I first visited a year ago during Memorial Day weekend, which wasn’t as crowded as during Independence Day weekend or the annual Carnival events (both great times to visit). Once you pick out when you want to visit P’town, you need to figure how to get there (and I already have a guide for that here) and where to stay. Lodging options range from seasonal guest houses to year-round hotels and resorts. Keep in mind the following when booking a stay (based on my article for Passport):

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Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Located at the end of Commercial (the main street in town) on the quieter and artful east side of P’town, the Harbor Hotel offers 129 modern guest rooms and suites decked out in green and turquoise. Amenities of this pet-friendly hotel include free Wi-Fi throughout the structure, parking on-site, and  a fire-pit (above) out in the front overlooking the sea. The hotel also offers a seasonal outdoor pool with Cabana Bar where several different cocktails and grill options are available. Inside the hotel’s lobby, you’ll find a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast (seasonal), an all-day coffee bar and the popular Whaler Lounge for more eats. 698 Commercial St. Tel: 508-487-1711. www.harborhotelptown.com

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Saving On A Last Minute Luxury Stay With HotelTonight

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If you’re a spontaneous traveler, you probably have the mobile booking app HotelTonight downloaded to your iPhone already, but If you haven’t yet you should right away to check out some of the fantastic last minute deals across the major cities and towns across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Mexico.

When I went to London this winter on a press trip I was able to add a couple extra days to the trip and used one to try out the app first hand.  Before flying out, I searched the week before and the days leading to my departure to see what my options could be and where I might be staying. Hotels marked ‘Hip’ and ‘Luxe’ (other hotels categories include ‘Basic’, ‘Charming’ and ‘Solid’) ranged from the Heathrow airport area for $100-$150 for hotels such as the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow, the west side near Earls Court for around $200-250 for hotels such as the Belgraves – A Thompson Hotel, and Central London and SoHo for $200-$350 for hotels such as The May Fair.

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Outfit: The Perfect London View To Wake Up To At The Savoy

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While in London earlier this month, I had the pleasure to stay in and explore the iconic London luxury hotel, The Savoy. Located on the Strand in the southern area of Covent Garden, The Savoy continues to add on new features from its £200 million refurbishment a couple years ago.

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Along with its historical credentials of being the home away from home to icons such as Coco Chanel, Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill,  Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland and  Frank Sinatra, to just name a few, The Savoy also boasts spectacular views of the River Thames.

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Waking up to a glorious view is every traveler’s ideal, and the perfect view here can undoubtedly be found in the Royal Suite (entrance to main quarters above). One of the finest and most elegant accommodations in London and in the world, it’s spread across the entire fifth floor (at 3,498 sq. ft.) and has an Edwardian style interior that’ll make you feel like a royal. When you gaze out its large windows, you can see from Canary Wharf to the House of Parliament and everything in-between.

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I got to explore the suite in one of my final days in London, for which I styled myself in an imported tan Italian wool duffle coat from Gap, and paired with a brown and orange ombre pattern wool blend sweater from Perry Ellis. Added on micro Houndstooth patterned pants from Kenneth Cole in cave that I paired with Ben Sherman’s tan Cranston Leather boots with contrasting red and black laces.

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