Staying Sane During the Holidays

It’s amazing, isn’t it? It seems like Thanksgiving just passed – and indeed it did, one week ago! – and now the holiday season is in full swing. When Thanksgiving falls at the end of November like it did this year, it seems to be an incredibly fast downhill ride into the holidays, and the feeling of being out of control can quickly take hold. Continue reading “Staying Sane During the Holidays”

Get Back in Step at Travaasa

I’m thrilled that my latest piece for Denver Life appears in the October issue of the magazine – all about Travaasa Austin, where I’m going with my mom and sister next week. I can’t wait! Hope you enjoy reading about this destination that’s relaxing AND energizing! Click here to read the piece!

Breathing In New Life at Indaba – The Spa at Innisbrook

Earlier this week, I had a chance to spend some quality time at Indaba – The Spa at Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort in Palm Harbor, about 45 minutes northwest of Tampa. The invitation to indulge in a few spa treatments couldn’t have come at a better time, what with looming deadlines, and a busy travel schedule that hardly left time to breathe. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but was I ever ready to let go! Continue reading “Breathing In New Life at Indaba – The Spa at Innisbrook”

Pamper Mom This Mother’s Day

It’s that time of the year again, when we set aside a day to thank our moms for everything they do and have done for us. Though we should thank our moms more often, this is the perfect time to pamper your mom and show her how much you care. Continue reading “Pamper Mom This Mother’s Day”

curing holiday problems

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The holidays are quickly approaching… next week brings Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah, and just a month later, Christmas. Time is quickly passing by, and the self-imposed pressures of the holidays are quickly mounting. I’m not sure why, but I seem to book travel leading up to the holidays, which results in even less time to ready, and even more stress to get everything done. Here’s how I’m curing my holiday problems… Continue reading “curing holiday problems”

a different way to take your cuppa joe


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Traveling, I’ve heard people raving of their favorite spots to grab a cup, or watch a roast. Vanessa from TurnipSeed Travel loves the coffee found in Maui, while Pola of Jetting Around sips hers at a favorite shop in Chicago.

Sunday’s National Coffee Day, so I thought I’d share a few different ways to enjoy your next cup of coffee – whether that be a new destination, a new drink, or a new experience all together.

New Orleans’ Windsor Court Hotel’s The Grill Room offers an impressive flaming Café Brulot, a culinary tradition in NOLA. The cocktail is infused with brandy and spices through a siphon that was made popular during the Prohibition. For a regular cup, you’ll also find the “Windsor Court Blend” of coffee created by Orleans Coffee Exchange and available for purchase.

photo courtesy of Rome Cavalieri
photo courtesy of Rome Cavalieri

The Grand Wailea jumps in on the coffee action it’s own coconut blend of coffee cultivated at nearby Molokai Island called “Ulu Niu” in collaboration with the resorts Executive Chef Eric Faivre and Coffees of Hawaii.

Italy’s well-known for its coffee, and the Rome Cavalieri has made a name for itself, too. The property is now offering a new selection of cappuccinos, macchiatos and coffees, including a gold cappuccino topped with gold dust for its Golden Anniversary. Coffee with bling!

Coffee in New York State? Sure! The Finger Lakes region serves up Java Gourmet and Keuka Lake Coffee Roasters, fusing coffee and food into an award winning, artisanal, coffee-based specialty food company.

Guests at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan, can indulge in three unique coffee cocktails as they overlook the skyline of the city on the 27th and 28th floors of the hotel’s glass tower atCygnus 27

OK, let’s talk spa!

The Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose is itself located on a coffee plantation, and offers a Costa Rican Coffee Scrub in its Kuö Spa.

At the W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, the AWAY Spa offers the “Café con Coco Scrub,” a freshly prepared combination of Encantos Puerto Rican coffee grounds, local shredded coconut and kukui coconut oil. Yum!

photo courtesy of The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
photo courtesy of The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

The Zen Spa at Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino boasts a coffee-infused stress relieving treatment for business travelers called “The Executive Man.” Designed to relieve stress from head to toe, the treatment includes a “Cappuccino Buff” that uses a ground coffee exfoliating scrub for the caffeine-driven traveler.

The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkley, Calif., is offering two coffee-based treatments through December: a Coffee Fruit Anti-Aging Facial that features organic Hawaiian coffee fruit extract; and the Tropical Coffee Fruit Renewal, a full-body treatment that begins with a Hawaiian Coffee Fruit and organic sugar body scrub, followed by a massage.

So, there you go. The next time you need a cup of coffee, consider these different ways to get your caffeine fix!

dads like to be pampered, too!

Ojo Caliente Mineral SpringsFather’s Day is Sunday, and it’s time to thank the Dad in your life for everything he’s done for you. Here are a few ideas you may want to check out – after all, dads like to be pampered, too!

Oakville Grocery in Napa Valley has a few items that you can toast Dad with: the Ruhstaller Beer Trio, a Wine Gift Set, an Oakville Grocery Apron for the grillin’ dad, a Cocktail set, or a combo set with Ruhstaller Beer and Chunky Pig Bacon Popcorn.

If your dad really wants to be pampered, check out these spa offers designed just for him.

  • At the Mii amo Spa in Sedona, Ariz., the Journeyman’s Facial uses products crafted specifically for men and includes a facial and foot massage. Ahhh…
  • The Men’s Fitness Face Therapy at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa in Ojo Caliente, N.M. includes skin care, hot herbal towel therapy, and a soothing face, neck and shoulder massage. The stress just melts away…
  • The Men’s Microbrew Break at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Penn. features a deep cleansing and relaxing facial, massage and lunch, served with a locally brewed beer. Cheers!
  • What Ales You at The Spa at Travaasa Austin outside of Austin, Texas, is another brew-based treatment that includes a massage and peppermint foot care, while enjoying organic Texas ale.
  • The Men’s Vitalizing Massage at the Sundara Inn & Spa in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. focuses on either relaxation or deep tissue based on what dad needs.
  • The Spa Ritual in Calgary, Canada, is offering the Zen for Men Package – designed just for men – with a therapeutic massage, scalp treatment and a sports pedicure.
  • If he’s Eastern European-bound, your dad may want to indulge in the Gentleman’s Manicure at the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Budapest in Hungary, which includes grooming of the nails and cuticles, exfoliation and a hand massage for a professional look.

However you celebrate Father’s Day, the greatest gift of all is a simple, “I love you.”