A sense of place

The Rosewood London, where English heritage meets contemporary sophistication.

The Rosewood’s wrought iron gates beckon guests to visit the only hotel grand courtyard in London.

The Rosewood’s wrought iron gates beckon guests to visit the only hotel grand courtyard in London.

When you’re staying in the British capital, it’s all about location. So, on a recent trip to London, my family and I stayed at the […]

Hawaiian homecoming

A trip to Maui is a return down memory lane.

Sunset from the deck of Kimo’s restaurant in Lahaina.

Sunset from the deck of Kimo’s restaurant in Lahaina.

I moved to Maui when I was 9 years old and left when I was 13. Since then, I’ve always had a place in my heart for this enchanting, down-to-earth locale. As the phrase “Maui no ka oi” […]

You better Belize it

The nascent tourism industry in this Central American country presents adventures around every corner.

The staff at Blancaneaux Lodge will customize any experience for you, including a romantic dinner for two (they do some fancy decorating with flowers) under the stars overlooking Privassion Creek. The staff at Blancaneaux Lodge will customize any experience for you, including a romantic dinner for two (they do some fancy […]

WAY TO GO, SPORT!

The sporting life comes alive in the Dominican Republic.

Guests can play 90 challenging holes of golf, right on property.

Guests can play 90 challenging holes of golf, right on property.

When you think of a Caribbean getaway, it’s likely that visions of crystal blue water and sugary beaches dance through your mind. Let me be clear: A visit to Casa de Campo in La Romana, […]

Berlin REVEALED

United for 25 years, it’s a hub for creative energy and history.

The Haus der Kulturen der Welt is Berlin’s national center for the presentation of international contemporary arts.

The Haus der Kulturen der Welt is Berlin’s national center for the presentation of international contemporary arts.

STORY: Ava Roxanne Stritt

There’s something special about Berlin, Germany—a charisma, a charm, a stunning aliveness. You can feel the creativity, […]

Destination Winter: Snowmass, a fitting name for this powdery wonderland

Aspen/Snowmass Winter 13/14

You’re so lucky!” I listened to at least the twentieth person tell me during my visit to Snowmass, Colorado. The subject of my fortune? More than 2 feet of pure, powdery snow in just 24 hours conditions that made it quite challenging to arrive in the Rockies from Atlanta. Though the journey was fraught with delays, the rewards of a Colorado whiteout were worth […]

Into Africa: A thrilling two stop exploration of Kenya’s abundant wildlife

STORY: Giannina Smith Bedford

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In my 30 years, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to more places than most people can claim in a lifetime. But I’d never been to Africa. I always wondered about the world’s second largest continent the people, the wildlife and the culture so different from my own. When the opportunity arose to explore a small part of this vast land with […]

The jewel of SoCal

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Experience La Jolla’s alluring beauty with a stay at La Valencia Hotel

FEATURE: Giannina Smith Bedford

 

La Valencia Hotel-15La Jolla. It means “the jewel.” A hilly seaside community with sparkling ocean vistas, glowing sunsets and dreamy temperatures (typically topping off in the mid to upper 70s), this affluent San Diego enclave truly depicts the beauty of a flawless […]

SIMPLY NOW | TRAVEL FAR: Mallorca, Spain

Mallorcan reverie

A visit to this Spanish island delights all the senses

 By Giannina Smith Bedford

Phototastic-2014-07-07-11-44-25Mallorca is a 360-degree canvas of visually arresting panoramas. Look one way to admire limestone cliffs cascading into the vast blue sea; look another to survey fertile landscapes blossoming with olive, orange and lemon trees. Its mountainous terrain offers trekking and cycling adventures galore while its coastal villages preserve history and culture with […]