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Stay Active at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Heading to Hawaii this summer? If you’re looking to stay active and entertained, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has set up a summer of fun and sun overload! They are offering six completely different awesome activities that will appeal to anyone and everyone.

Dave Scott Triathlon Experience

Triathlon enthusiasts know Kona as home to the IRONMAN World Championship, and they certainly know Dave Scott (aka “The Man”), six-time champion and first inductee into the IRONMAN Hall of Fame. This summer, Dave will personally host a series of triathlon clinics July 25-30, August 15-20 and August 22-27, available exclusively to a very limited number of guests at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Each clinic will be five days of highly-personalized coaching by Dave and his team, focused on all disciplines of triathlon, for all athletes from motivated novice to seasoned veteran.

Camp Manitou at Hualālai

Kids ages 9-17 will delight in attending Camp Manitou at Hualālai, an exclusive partnership with the heralded Camp Manitou, one of the nation’s foremost overnight summer camps. From July 4 to August 26, the Camp will feature outstanding programs and staff, focusing on group bonding through an array of cultural, recreational and explorative activities at the Resort and throughout Hawaii Island, with single and multi-day itineraries.

Wild Wellness Retreats

Join America’s top fitness and wellness instructors at Hualalai for a series of five-day retreats, designed to get the body and mind into optimal condition, through a wide variety of practices, training methods and healing arts. The retreats, held between July 10 and August 28, include Zack Schares’ Hawaii Island Boot Camp, July 10-14; Intense Yoga Immersion by Sean Phelps, July 17-21; Ally Bogard Retreat, July 24-28; One Love Retreat by Dr. Nikki Starr Noce, August 7-11; Millana Snow’s Journey Within Retreat, August 14-18; and Total Wellness Made Sexy by Nikki Sharp and Fern Langham, August 21-25.

La Dolce Vita

The annual Resort-wide celebration of the sweet life, returns to Hualalai with a series of celebratory events June 2-4, co-hosted by Executive Chef Massimo Falsini and winemakers Steve and Chrystal Clifton (Palmina, La Voix). A variety of spa, retail and lifestyle experiences add to this popular weekend of Italian-inspired indulgence.

Joe McNally Photography Workshop

Based on the amazing photo above, this class is a must-do! Photography aficionados are invited to learn and/or refine their camera skills June 9-12 with legendary National Geographic photographer Joe McNally. As guest photography instructor, McNally will lead a series of interactive photography and lighting workshops, sure to enhance the skills of any aspiring shooter.

Hawaii Master Artists Series

Guests are invited to dive deep into Hawaii’s contemporary art scene, as local talent unveil masterful works of art at the Resort, July 4 - August 26. Exclusive shows will change every two weeks, and feature artist workshops, local-style “talk story” collector receptions and private dining experiences with master artists.

They all sound so awesome, I don’t think I can choose! How about you? Make your reservation here, and let us know how it went!

Posted by Elizabeth on 05/13 at 08:30 AM


Hawks Cay Resort Launches Environmental Education Program

Just in time for summer vacation, Hawks Cay Resort is launching their Camp Hawk Environmental Education Program. The camp offers kids ages five to 12 the opportunity to learn about the unique Florida Keys ecosystem and beyond with engaging topics that range from bugs to birds, sea creatures to creepy critters—and even Florida’s wacky weather!

Hawks Cay Resort has always had great programs for kids, but this new program takes the resort camp experience to a new level. Hawks Cay knows parents want kids to be engaged and enriched on vacation, so they set out to develop a curriculum-based program that fulfills an educational need while at the same time making the process fun, fresh and exciting!

The Environmental Education Program is offered daily at Camp Hawk from 9am–1pm for multiple grade levels: K-1st, 2nd-3rd and 4th-6th. The morning session is $60 and includes lunch. For campers interested in a full day experience, the session is $90 and includes lunch, a snack and access to the afternoon adventure program, which features themed games, crafts and more.

The Environmental Education Program rounds out the resort’s newly enhanced schedule of activities created by Hawks Cay’s Director of Resort Experience, a.k.a. The Fun Concierge. Activities create bonding opportunities for families as well as experiences for parents and children separately. Hawks Cay is a complete destination for families eager to escape to a flip-flop lifestyle. The resort offers every activity imaginable above and below the water including dolphin experiences through its onsite Dolphin Connection facility. The centerpiece of the resort for families is the newly renovated Coral Cay Activities & Adventures, home to the kids club and teen lounge and featuring a swimming pool, pirate ship pool, sports venues and more.

photos courtesy Hawks Cay Resort

Posted by Elizabeth on 05/10 at 08:30 AM
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Yes, It’s Time to Relax in St. Barth’s!

Les Ilets de la Plage

Everybody needs a little relaxing time—even you! So take that vacation time, and head to Les Ilets de la Plage in St. Barth’s.

Les Ilets de la Plage

Stay at Les Ilets de la Plage, a quiet, understated resort of 11 villas located on the beautiful St. Jean Beach with a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom layouts either on the beach itself or among the hillside’s lush tThe two-story beach villas are one-bedroom (extra beds for kids available) with a kitchen, dining and living room area. The terrace, complete with a teak table and sun chairs, faces the beach and surrounding gardens. Garden villas are three-bedroom with their very own private garden area.unding gardens. Garden villas are three-bedroom with their very own private garden area.

Les Ilets de la Plage

Take them up on their 3-Night Summer Package and you’ll get three nights in a Caribbean villa, a 4x4 rental car, welcome amenity and a daily pastry delivery just for you.

Les Ilets de la Plage

Spend all your time on the beach, chill out with multiple spa treatments, experience the incredible duty-free shopping or focus on the night-life. No one can tell you what to do, because it’s your vacation! Maybe we’ll see you there!

photos courtesy Les Ilets de la Plage

Posted by Elizabeth on 05/06 at 08:30 AM
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5 Summer Travel Deals from Awesome Resorts!

From kids eat free promotions to complimentary water park passes, these summer deals are awesome!

Luxury Shopping Package at The Condado Plaza Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico

In partnership with Puerto Rico’s newest shopping hotspot, The Mall of San Juan, The Condado Plaza Hilton has created a special package for shopaholics who would also enjoy exciting watersports. As the only hotel overlooking both the Atlantic Ocean and Condado Lagoon, the Condado Plaza is the prime launching pad for a wide range of water activities including kayaks, stand up paddleboards, snorkeling and pedal boats. With a wealth of shopping and on-property features, the Luxury Shopping Package includes:

· Full American Breakfast for two at The Condado Plaza Hilton
· The Mall of San Juan Passport to Shopping discount booklet
· Visa Gift
· A pre-fixed Kona Grill menu for two ($50 value)
· A complimentary glass of mimosa or cup of coffee when shopping at Kate Spade New York
· A complimentary personal stylist appointment and beauty consultation at Nordstrom
· A gift with any purchase of $100 or more at Tommy Bahama
· A $50 Gift Card to Nouvelle D’ Spa to indulge in spa services
· One free specialty beverage at Teavana
· A complimentary, specialty beverage and 10% off a purchase of $200 or more at Daniel Espinosa Jewelry Boutique
· A 10% discount on one hour Watersports Rentals
· Two welcome drinks at the Moon Bar, considered the perfect spot to see and be seen in the center of the hotel lobby

Set along the vibrant Condado strip of San Juan, The Condado Plaza Hilton offers award-winning fine dining at Pikayo, the flagship restaurant of acclaimed Puerto Rican Chef Wilo Benet; a calm, cove-like beach and exhilarating water sports; four oasis-style pools, including the only saltwater pool in Puerto Rico; natural and artificial indigenous themed reefs; and more. To get the full info on the package, click here!

Summer Getaway Package at South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island, FL

Spanning two and a half miles of shell-laden beaches framing the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico, South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island is offering a fourth night free plus kids eat free breakfast with the Summer Getaway package, available for travel from May 1 through September 30. Also included in the package, guests receive a coupon book with more than $250 in savings on resort outlets from rounds of beachfront golf and water sports to island cruises, spa services, dining, shopping and more. Additional activities offered at the 330-acre destination beach resort and wildlife preserve include tennis, nature tours, sailing lessons, fishing, interactive children’s programs, a full-service marina with boat rentals and more. Want the deets? Click here!

Kids Eat Free at Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, FL

This summer, Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in South Florida, invites families to take a bite out of summer with its Kids Eat Free promotion. Families staying at the resort May 1st through September 30th enjoy the added bonus of kids eat free at select restaurants at the resort. With the purchase of a parent’s entrée, up to three children ages 12 and under enjoy free breakfast buffet at the resort’s acclaimed Palm Court which boasts a dramatic transparent ceiling, as well as complimentary kids’ menu lunch and dinner at 501 East, an all-American cuisine style restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. While staying at the resort, families also enjoy a half-mile private beach, 50,000 sq. ft. Waldorf Astoria Spa, six pools, over a dozen food and beverage outlets and lounges, daily-themed Quest Kids Camp, and a variety of water sports including surfing on the resort’s FlowRider, a dual-sided wave simulator. Ready to pack your bags? Here’s what you need to know!

Movie and Treats at The London NYC in New York, NY

Plan a summer getaway to NYC and enjoy a family movie night in a spacious, newly-debuted London Crown Suite, offering 600 square feet of luxurious surroundings. Boasting a King Bed and a Queen Sleeper Sofa, London Crown Suites are perfectly suited for family travel. Book a stay in a London Crown Suite via The London NYC’s website and receive a complimentary Royal Movie Night amenity that includes an in-suite movie on the suite’s 50-inch television as well as popcorn, sodas, nuts and chocolate bars for four guests. Babysitters are available upon request. Find out more here!

Fun in the Sun at El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico

For a sun-splashed Caribbean escape this summer, El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Puerto Rico, is offering a Fun in the Sun package with free daily admission for a family of four to the resort’s seaside Coqui Water Park. Also included in the package is a $50 nightly resort credit, which can be used towards rounds of golf on the renowned Arthur Hills designed 18-hole golf course, spa treatments for both kids and adults at the Waldorf Astoria Spa and Ki’ Children’s Spa, watersports on the resort’s 100-acre private island, dining at the resort’s 23 food and beverage outlets, and more. Inspired by the nearby El Yunque Rainforest, the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System, Coqui Water Park delivers 2.4 acres of thrill and adventure including exhilarating slides, a lazy river, infinity edge pool and more. Check it out here!

Don’t forget to let us know where you’re headed this summer!

Posted by Elizabeth on 05/03 at 08:30 AM
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3 Summer Lake Vacations You Won’t Want to Miss

Quick, what do you picture when you think of the quintessential American summer? The lake house, of course! This week we’re sharing three awesome places for a fantastic summer on the lake.

View from the new house

Lake Minocqua, Wisconsin

What’s the first thing you need for a perfect lake house vacation? A great lake, of course! And that’s exactly what you’ll find on Lake Minocqua in Wisconsin. According to Travel Wisconsin, Lake Minocqua qualifies as watersport heaven. Within the area there are more than 3,200 lakes excellent for fishing, boating, water-skiing or long afternoons splashing in the water with family. Out of the water, there’s the Willow Reservoir, the Oehmcke Fish Hatchery, the Wildwood Wildlife Park and Sheer’s Lumberjack Shows. And don’t forget to partake in the most famous part of Wisconsin: cheese!

Kids at Smith Mountain Lake

Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

If Virginia is more your style, head to Smith Mountain Lake in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Created to produce electricity and manage nearby water flows. The lake is 250ft deep and covers 32 square miles. power boating, canoeing, sailing, parasailing, swimming, fishing, water skiing, wakeboarding, and jet skiing are all popular activities on the lake, or you can head to Hot Shots for some mini golf and pizza!

Images of Acadia.  Near Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine.

Mount Desert Island, Maine

The beautiful Mount Desert Island in Maine is a wonderful area for a lake vacation. Acadia National Park is the main(!) attraction and offers tons to do for all ages. The water is a little chilly even in summer, but there’s still swimming, biking, hiking and exploring of the local history to keep even the most screen-centric kids occupied outside. Bar Harbor is a great place to visit—with not just water activities, but also shopping, dining and sightseeing!

Posted by Elizabeth on 04/29 at 08:30 AM
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All About My Weekend in Portland

Head over to the Destination Side of Poshbrood to hear all about my awesome trip to hipster enclave Portland! We hit the Portland Saturday Market, the 4T trail, the famous Voodoo Doughnuts and much, much more!

photo courtesy Kevin C. Norris

Posted by Erin on 04/26 at 08:30 AM


The Best Inn in Portland

the Inn at Northrup Station

I received a discounted rate so I could review this location!

In desperate need of a mini-break, I headed off to Portland last week. Purely by accident, I ended up staying at the best inn in the city—the Inn at Northrup Station!. With a retro feel and impeccably designed furnishings, you’ll feel at home right away at the Inn, and like me, you definitely won’t want to leave. The bright, happy colors throughout the Inn are perfect for a pick-me-up vacation: fun, light and exciting!

the Inn at Northrup Station

Every room is a suite with a sofa sleeper, two televisions and a very comfortable work area. The desk chair was so comfortable, I actually added it to my Amazon wish list! If you do need to keep up with work as I did, charging stations, USB ports and electrical outlets are readily available. Passes to a local fitness center are available at the front desk, but yoga mats are provided in your room, so you can get your zen on without leaving the suite. Many of the rooms have great private decks or patios overlooking the street, and the Signature King Suite includes a kitchen area with full-sized fridge, microwave, stove, oven, dishwasher and, most importantly, a Keurig coffee brewer.

the Inn at Northrup Station

You might not actually need that Keurig, though, because you can always grab a cup of freshly brewed (ground just for you!) coffee and some colorful candy in the lobby area. Seriously, the amenities at this place are five star all the way! An excellent continental breakfast is served each morning along with a Wine Down Wednesday wine tasting and a Hop-py Hour craft beer tasting on Thursdays.

the Inn at Northrup Station

Need to get outside for a minute? The awesome rooftop terrace is a great place to get away, eat a quick meal or just hang out!

the Inn at Northrup Station

Portland’s public transportation system is a dream compared to other cities, and the street car stops right outside the hotel. Free passes are available at the front desk along with helpful directions to anywhere you need to go in the city. Or if you want to go on your own, borrow a bike and head out on an adventure!

Headed to Portland? Make your reservations for the Inn at Northrup Station here. I’ll be sharing about the rest of my Portland adventure next week!

photos courtesy The Inn at Northrup Station

This is a location review post. All thoughts and opinions expressed on Poshbrood and Posh Blog are our own.

Posted by Erin on 04/22 at 08:30 AM


Kids Cook at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Does your kid love to get in the kitchen and cook up a storm? Do you have a candidate for Top Chef Junior on your hands? If so, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Cooking Camp for Kids should be #1 on your list for summer travel!

Camp starts Sunday night, with a welcome dinner and a guest chef demo, followed by two full days of cooking. Kids learn basic skills, kitchen and food safety, prepping skills and get to experiment with pastry-making. Oh, and you get to enjoy the fruits of their labor along the way! The camp wraps up with a graduation and a dinner buffet.

Kids Cooking Camp Package Includes:

• Three nights accommodations in a traditional double-double
• Breakfast buffet in the Grand Dining Room each morning
• Welcome Reception and Chef Demonstration on Sunday evening
• Two days of cooking classes
• Family lunch and Chef Demonstration on Monday
• “Graduation” dinner on Tuesday night
• Group photo
• Two tickets to Summer Waves Waterpark
• Two tickets to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

While your budding young chef is off learning the fine art of food design, you’ll have time to explore the delightful Georgia coast on hotel-sponsored day trips to Cumberland Island, St. Simons Island, Sapelo Island, Okefenokee Swamp Park, Fort King George, Howfyl-Broadfield Plantation or on your own. From carriage rides, golf, dolphin cruises, beach fun and bike exploring are all available as well—or just relax by the pool or at the Jekyll Island Club Salon & Spa.

The hotel itself is part of the Jekyll Island Club that was very popular into the 1930s but was hard hit for patrons after the two World Wars and the Great Depression. When the state of Georgia purchased the island for to create a public state park, several of the Club properties were leased back and are now the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

Sounds like a great couple of days for the whole family!

photos courtesy Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Posted by Elizabeth on 04/19 at 08:30 AM
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Where Do The Rich And Famous Go To Unwind?

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One of the joys of world travel is suddenly discovering your idols at play. What if you could plan your itinerary to coincide with theirs? These skittish birds require precise timing and placement, particularly if you’re going to sneak up on the Sallow Swift (say that three times after a few sips of Chablis) before she migrates. And no, you don’t have to tag her.

Those savvy, private charter guys at Stratos Jets have tracked the celebrities we crave. They pored through geo-positional data on Instagram and other sources to predict which luxurious destination these pairs and flocks of celebrities would alight at next. Any one of these lavish places could be on your itinerary this year.

In Destinations of the Rich and Famous, Stratos showed how the paparazzi-weary were searching the globe for the ultimate in exclusivity. The more social flocks—led by Leo, the Lesser-Speckled Oscar Winner—have returned repeatedly to preen upon the Caribbean shores of St. Barts. On this ritzy French island, only directly accessible by private jet, your family could also spy (a star-spotting contest?) those timid sparrows Demi, Paris and Miley.

A photo posted by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on

Following their seasonal path, the snowbirds are flown to Mammoth, CA. Here, it’s hard not to bump into the stars: Gwen Stefani makes out with Seal, Mariah Carey in hot water, movie stars on the moguls and monograms on the marshmallows in your hot chocolate. Where to next?

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According to the Stratos flight crew, it depends on how much jet-setting you’re prepared to do. If you choose to follow Paris Hilton, you could be on a 22-country, 95-city marathon. If Steve Aoki is more your tempo, there are only 7 countries and 19 cities to cover. Whoever your choose to spend your vacation with, consult with Stratos first if the stars are in your sights.

Our guest poster this week is Barbara Wanless: Hi, I’m Barbara Wanless, an accidental tourist who gets creatively lost in order to discover the roads less traveled. A life-long voyageuse and gourmet chef, I am committed to finding the ‘best’ of everything. Send me your recommendations and reviews of your favorite destinations!

Posted by Erin on 04/15 at 08:30 AM


What’s New at Family-Friendly Resorts

Hotels and resorts are always upping their game when it comes to appealing to families and kids. We’ve covered some of the best, but as the desire for family travel grows, new additions pop up every day. As you’re planning your summer getaway this year, keep these awesome locations in mind!

We covered Le Méridien’s awesome offering last year, and the hotel is still doing a great job of welcoming kids. Le Méridien makes sure their kids offering is fun and educational for the whole family by focusing on multi-generational travel and inclusiveness. Each location offers a Discovery Guide of family-friendly activities to encourage and inspire curiosity for the local area.

Westin offers Westin Family—a full calendar of interactive activities created with kids’ well-being in mind and designed to inspirie kids to interact with their environment and try something new. And isn’t that what vacation is really about in the end?

The Ritz-Carlton introduces young guests to both the natural wonders and the rich cultural traditions of the local area. With their family offering, designed by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, resorts offer a diverse collection of activities based on the four pillars of the program—water, land, environmental responsibility and culture. (We covered this great program here!) And when you stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, you can get tucked in at bedtime by a Pirate, Princess Amelia and hotel mascot, Amelia’s Treasure!

Even Holiday Inn is getting in on the fun with their KidSuites®. Many of their properties feature a personal space area for kids—within your hotel suite itself! With bunk beds, TV, Nintendo, games and toys, kids will have plenty to do in their very own clubhouse! Not every property offers this option, though, so check before you make a reservation!

Have you run into an awesome hotel for kids? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted by Erin on 04/12 at 08:30 AM
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48 Hours in Florida with your Best Friend

from our wonderful guest poster, Kate Rockland

Dana grew up in the house next to me in New Jersey. While not opening windows to shout to one another (there was no texting in the 1980’s!) we would dream about one day travelling somewhere tropical together, without our parents.

Oh, joy! Fast-forward twenty years (okay, thirty) and we were finally setting out on a trip, only instead of being parent-free, we were child-free! Between the two of use, we have five young children, so we were super-stoked to vamoose.

After touching down in Orlando, Dana and I made a beeline for the Ritz Carlton, Grande Lakes. The spa is 40,000 feet and mixes their own products from a rooftop herb garden. We enjoyed their Citrus Grande Escape which is 120 minutes of ooh-la-la. The treatment includes all-over exfoliation with a home-grown orange peel mixture, a bath and a full-body massage. In addition to their own ingredients, the spa uses Eminence skincare products.

Later that day, we ate dinner at Portobello Country Italian Trattoria in Disney Springs. I had the Rigatoni Calbrese ($22), which has sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, olives and escarole. The sauce was delicious. Dana wanted to try a signature drink, and had the Mediterranean Mule made from limoncello, fig vodka and ginger beer. I highly recommend making reservations here the day before; the wait time as we were departing was two hours plus. I felt a little guilty being at Disney without my three children, but the feeling evaporated when I was able to duck inside a nearby shop and scoop up the latest Star Wars toys.

The next day we embarked on the second leg of our girl’s getaway, driving 2.5 hours to West Palm Beach. As Palm Beach virgins we were thrilled to score a last-minute room at the world-famous Breakers resort. Built in the 1800’s by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler, fifty million dollars a year is put into its upkeep, from the spa (renovated in November) to the new 6,000-foot fitness center that holds spin and yoga classes from its deck overlooking the rolling Atlantic.

The Breakers is such a delight to the senses, such a magical, lovely place, that words can hardly describe the experience of staying there. We were given a tour of the new Flagler club, a 25-room boutique hotel-within-the-main-hotel which opened in October. It has a private entrance, and a stay comes complete with a chauffeur, meals in its exclusive, Mad Men-esque lounge, complimentary mini-bar and Tesla car. While touring we came across grandparents who were once taken to the resort as children, now bringing their own broods.

In the main hotel, we wove in and out of ballrooms like children, gazing at the tapestries and ceilings painted with portraits of America’s founders, including Queen Isabella of Spain and Christopher Columbus. Tapestries from the 1600’s line the lobby, which require a special seamstress who is flown in from D.C. to make repairs.

We shopped for our children in Coconut Crew, one of eleven boutique stores on the property. I like that they place all their clothing down low, so kids have the option of picking out what to wear! I’d never seen mini Lily-Pulitzer dresses for toddler girls before, so that was a treat.

Next on the itinerary, we swam laps in one of the four pools, then had lunch at The Beach Club Restaurant, which has killer views and an even more deadly-delicious gazpacho. One has the option of renting a private bungalow by the pool complete with a private waiter, but if that’s not your cup of tea there are lovely changing rooms located directly behind the restaurant with full-service showers and lockers to hold your possessions.

After lunch we strolled over to the newly-renovated spa. I had a full body massage, and was delighted to be asked which oil “called out” to me for the masseuse to use. Dana had a facial with Tammy Fender products. She particularly loved the AM cleansing milk and the essential C tonic.

Feeling young and happy, we later ate dinner at HMF. The room is named for the hotel’s founder, and it’s impossible not to feel like you’re a Hollywood actress or famous socialite while sitting at one of the tables. Everywhere you look is glitter, glam—even your ears are awash in modern, fun dance music carefully chosen by one of the Breaker’s 2,000 staff members. Although our waitress said people usually share “two or three plates,” we ended up ordering five or six…it was just so delicious! I highly recommend starting with a meat and cheese plate, Artisan cheeses, membrillo and honeycomb. The Swedish meatballs with mushroom sauce are to die-for, and we were brave enough to try the Baked Alaska that is lit on fire at your table. I loved the Mae West quote on the dessert menu: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Living well is really at the heart of the Breakers experience, from its genuinely happy staff to its organic herb garden used in its nine restaurants to its outdoor yoga to its beachfront walkway we strolled along twice daily. It was difficult to board the plane back to New Jersey, but I had a wonderful 48 hours in Florida. I can’t wait to return for more vitamin C!

Summer specials at the Breakers start at $369 a night and include FREE daily summer benefits of breakfast, Kids 12 and under dine free and free golf! ($35 cart fee applies, per person, per round).

Our guest poster this week is Kate Rockland. Kate lives in New Jersey with her husband and three unruly children. When she’s not making forts out of pillows or begging people to buy one of her two novels, she loves traveling through New England.

Find Kate here:

Posted by Erin on 04/08 at 08:30 AM


From Home Office Eyesore to Gorgeous Guest Suite


When we decided on getting an au pair to help care for our three girls, the looming question was, “Where will we put her?” The only solution was my home office, or the fourth bedroom that had been masquerading as an office/guest room/storage facility.

It was a disaster but with great built-ins, wall color and a great rug. Also, if I may brag, a fabulous glass desk and a white tulip chair upholstered in leopard print. How to make a chic and comfortable guest room/au pair suite while keeping the desk and chair? I had no idea. I love design. I know what I like, I can pick out paint colors, rugs, bedding but laying out a room, arranging furniture and making it all cohesive is not in my DNA. I needed help. And fast.

Enter Havenly. Your new design BFF. I had recently heard about this amazing online professional decorating service that helps you design your dream room, order online and have it shipped to your door. One peek at their site, and I signed up. For $199 a room you receive a complete design experience. Here’s how it works:

1.) Make an account and take a fun design survey so Havenly can better understand your aesthetic and what vendors you like.
2.) Then take photos of the room you want to redecorate along with measurements and upload them to the site.
3.) Add photos of pieces of furniture, lamps, rugs, artwork you want to keep or re-purpose.
4.) Finally, set a shopping budget for your room. I set a budget of $1,500 for the guest room.

I was matched with a professional designer named Eve, who I corresponded with via Havenly messaging on mood boards and looks. A week later, I received two renderings of the guest room. I loved them both, and we went with a combination of elements from both renderings. Eve was very responsive to my questions, respectful of my budget and super-crafty at finding gorgeous case goods and other furniture at reasonable prices. 

Ordering online with Havenly is simply a matter of reviewing the products your designer suggests then adding them to your cart. In one case, some bedding was on back-order. With the au pair’s arrival looming, we couldn’t wait, so Eve found a substitution.

The result is that the Havenly room is perfect. Our three daughters were all very jealous (as was I, I admit) and are already asking for their own room makeovers. I was so thrilled that I am using Havenly again – working with Eve on a summer cabin in Maine and may even do the Havenly mini refresh (only $79 fee) for our living room.

You can check out our before and after’s here: (Don’t judge!)


The only good thing about this photo is Hillary!



Is this the same room???

Chic Little Work Space/Dressing Area

A Parisian photo above the dresser to welcome our French au pair!

Eve coordinated all the bedding and pillows. My favorite is the yellow zebra!


Cozy and chic guest room. Perfectly appointed. The little catch all on the side table says “Bonjour.”

Are you ready for your fun, easy and budget-friendly interior design service? Go to and the promo code “POSH25” now through July 1st, and you’ll get 25% off the design fee for the complete experience. Happy Decorating!

Posted by Elizabeth on 04/05 at 08:30 AM


Cancún for Foodies

Hyatt Ziva

Who else thinks vacation is a great excuse to eat exactly what you want when you want it? If indulging in culinary delights is one of your fave things about getaways, Hyatt Ziva Cancún is the perfect place for you!

Hyatt Ziva

From its unrivaled location at the tip of the Yucatan peninsula to its luxurious Ziva Sky Swim-up Suites, Hyatt Ziva Cancún stands apart from other all-inclusive properties. Unquestionably, the resort’s greatest distinction is the delightful cuisine, because it was literally built for culinary exploration! And the resort is fully committed to authentic gourmet dining, seasonal flavors and fresh, locally sourced ingredients, so you know you’ll be getting nothing but the best.

Hyatt Ziva

While traditional all-inclusive resorts feed the masses with standard all-you-can-eat fare, Hyatt Ziva Cancún provides a world of à la carte options to suit every palate. Nine distinct restaurants offer full menus to ensure that guests’ taste buds never tire:
La Bastille, presenting timeless French cuisine in an elegant, yet relaxed setting for adults only
El Mercado, a bountiful buffet of gourmet international cuisine with both indoor and outdoor seating
The Moongate, offering a variety of Asian specialties, from dim sum to an interactive teppanyaki table
Tradewinds, a casual oceanfront grill by day and a classic steakhouse by night
Lorenzo’s, serving Trattoria-style favorites for lunch and elegant Italian traditions for dinner, including brick oven pizza
Habaneros, featuring tacos and fresh ceviche beachside
Chevy’s, a classic all-American diner with burgers and milkshakes, and even a ’57 Chevy convertible that guests can dine in
Pasteles, a delightful dessert parlor
Casa Café, specializing in all things coffee, plus scrumptious pastries and snacks
In addition to the restaurants, mobile food carts roam the pool and beach areas with tacos, burgers, fresh fruit, sweet crepes and cool refreshments. Plus, in-suite dining, is available 24-hours a day.

Hyatt Ziva

Choices abound at Hyatt Ziva Cancún, not only for dining but also for nightlife and libations. Adults can enjoy unlimited signature cocktails and a wide selection of beer, wine, tequila, and premium spirits at seven distinct watering holes:
Juana Margarita?, a tequila tasting bar offering local tequila varieties and an onsite tequila sommelier
Tres CerveZas, a sports bar and microbrewery featuring handcrafted microbrews and an onsite brewmaster
Sassil Bar, a contemporary lobby bar inspired by the region’s Mayan heritage, featuring both indoor and ocean-view outdoor seating
Punta Vista, a rooftop lounge with panoramic views by the adults-only pool
Dips & Sips, featuring both outdoor and in-pool seating at the swim-up bar
24 Horas, a lively 24-hour lounge
Bar del Mar, the exclusive Hyatt Club Level lounge overlooking the infinity pool, offering both indoor and outdoor seating

It’s a foodie’s dream come true. You will NEVER be hungry—and you have access to tons of different foods. Bon Appétit!

Posted by Elizabeth on 04/01 at 08:30 AM


We Can’t Get Enough Chocolate!

You may have had your fill of chocolate over the Easter weekend, but we sure haven’t! If you love chocolate as much as we do, you’ve probably already visited Hersheypark and many of the other chocolate-related attractions in the United States. So it’s time to broaden your cocoa-bean horizons and hit the international scene with Cadbury World!

Cadbury World in Birmingham, England celebrates anything and everything Cadbury! The park is small, but features a 4D cinema complete with motion seats where you’ll dive into a bowl of liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk, ride the Crunchie Rollercoaster and take to the skies in a Cadbury Creme Egg airship piloted by the Caramel Bunny.

Experience a full-scale replica of 1824 Birmingham where John Cadbury set up his first shop selling cocoa and drinking chocolate made with a pestle and mortar. Live actors set the scene explaining the Quaker lifestyle and why tea, coffee, cocoa and drinking chocolate were so popular.

Cadbury World - Aztec Jungle

Cadbury World also offers a digital, interactive play area, the Purple Planet, that lets you play in chocolate rain and grow your own cocoa tree. Visit the Aztec Jungle where you’ll learn the origins of the cocoa bean, amidst trees and waterfalls, deep in the ancient tropical rainforest. And, of course, watch the Cadbury chocolatiers demonstrate traditional chocolate-making skills complete with the opportunity to make your own sweet treat!

On your way out, make sure you don’t miss the Cadbury Café where you can sample some of the most delicious chocolate treats or the world’s biggest Cadbury shop. Plan a visit and learn more about Cadbury World here!

Posted by Elizabeth on 03/29 at 08:30 AM
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Tax Day Deals from Kimpton


It’s almost that most dreaded time of year again: Tax Day… To ease the pain a little, Kimpton Hotels is offering some great deals (and puns) no matter what city you’re headed to!

Kimpton Chicago Tax Breaks

Hotel Palomar Chicago, Hotel Monaco Chicago, Hotel Burnham and Hotel Allegro
We’re giving our guests a break this Tax Day. If you’re staying with us on April 15th you can pick a surprise perk for only $10.40! How EZ is that?! Guests can choose from one of the following $20 value perk:

—2PM Check Out;
—In-room social/wine hour – bottle of wine or Prosecco delivered to your room;
—$20 off parking; or
—Free appetizer and cocktail at the adjacent bar.


Grand Hotel Minneapolis

Credits and Deductions Package
Tax Day shouldn’t be a dreaded but celebrated! Book a stay at The Grand the month of April and get great savings with their cute Credits and Deductions package!

The package includes:
—Overnight accommodations in a King or Queen/Queen
—A tax-friendly welcome amenity that includes an assortment of local beverages and candy including Payday, 100 Grand and Chocolate Gold Coins
—Use the code SIX15 to get a $25 Credit
—The room tax is on them! (It’s a Deduction! get it? get it??)

Available April 1 – 30, 2016 all Thursdays thru Sundays

Kimpton Seattle: Tax Day Dinner

Alexis Hotel, Hotel Monaco Seattle, Hotel Vintage Seattle and Palladian Hotel
Did you owe money to Uncle Sam this year? Kimpton Seattle’s got you covered with Tax Day dinner on them. On Friday, April 15, 2016 at the front desk and during the 5-6pm wine hour at all four Kimpton Seattle properties, you can enter their Tax Day drawing to win dinner for two that night at the adjacent Kimpton restaurant.


Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh

Relax After You Tax Sale
After the chaos of tax prep, you deserve a little R&R. Take that refund and put it to good use with Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh’s Relax After You Tax sale. Book using the code TAXDAY between 4/15 to 4/18/16 for stays through 6/30/16. The city and state taxes are on them!


Kimpton Philadelphia

Hotel Palomar and Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
Celebrate crossing Tax Day off your list and de-stress with the luxe Relax After You Tax Package.
Book at either the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia or the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia and use the code TAXDAY to get this EZ package for $1,040 (before tax) for stays 4/15-4/18. Includes accommodations in the Presidential Suite at Hotel Palomar or the Majestic Suite at Hotel Monaco, a couple’s massage, an amenity from the chef and a bottle of sparkling wine.


Kimpton Portland

Hotel Monaco Portland
On April 15, sooth your ‘taxed’ nerves with complimentary chair massages during the hotel’s hosted wine hour. Local wines and beer will be served to toast returns or drown your sorrows. Running a little behind? Between April 1 and 14, Hotel Monaco Portland will pick up the postage when you mail your taxes to Uncle Sam. 

Riverplace Hotel, Portland
You file, we file. Whether you go hardcopy or digital with taxes, RiverPlace Hotel with help mend paper cuts and carpal tunnel with free express manicures and hand massages on April 15 during wine hour. The post-tax relaxation continues with a visit from the hotel’s Bedtime Butler. The surprise-and-delight porter makes the rounds with a cart full of treats, including nightcaps, tea and fresh towels, plus aromatherapy, stress balls and gold coins special for Tax Day.

Hotel Vintage, Portland
Hotel Vintage will help you treat yourself this tax day with a little fun. Upon check-in April 15 and 16, you can take part in a Tax Day Treasure Hunt. You’ll receive a short list of clues leading to four spots around the hotel. Takes photos (or a selfie) of the places, post at least one to Instagram and you’ll get a $20.16 dining credit to use at Pazzo Ristorante or Bacchus Bar.

With all these Tax Day Deals, I almost can wait to get filing!

Posted by Elizabeth on 03/25 at 08:30 AM


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