Travel Writing

Rocky Mountain Mecca: Urban fun blends with Old West charm in Denver

Denver, known as the Mile High City for its elevation of 5,280 feet, is the gateway to the Rockies. While the Old West defined Denver, today's city is a vibrant urban landscape embracing its history, celebrating its great outdoor spaces, and reveling in world-class dining and culture. Denver is an ideal year-round vacation destination less than two hours by plane from Phoenix. With a modern light rail system, revitalized downtown, art museums, outdoor activities, and innovative cuisine, Denver holds its own as one of the top cities in the United States to explore and indulge. Upon arriving, it quickly becomes apparent that Denver also is a place of friendly folks soaking up its usually 300-plus days of sunshine.... Read More...

Wandering Window Rock

Exploring Northeastern Arizona's Navajo Nation The navajo Nation is North America's largest Native American tribe with the country's largest Indian reservation, stretching across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. While Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley are popular parts of Navajo Nation lands, the tribe's capital city of Window Rock is less well-known. Located five hours from Phoenix on the Arizona-New Mexico border, it offers the country's only tribal-owned zoo, a veteran's memorial, and the iconic Window Rock formation.... Read More...

Elkhart Lake Wisconsin: You can be lakeside in just a few short hours

Ready to discover a gorgeous hidden gem? Meet Elkhart Lake, Wis. The town is quintessential Wisconsin—quaint, charming, beautiful forests—but with amazing restaurants, beautiful resorts surrounding the lake, and loads of family fun. And the best part? With a non-stop flight from Phoenix to Milwaukee, you can be sipping drinks lakeside by early afternoon.... Read More...
San Francisco International Airport. Photo courtesy SFO

Luxe Layovers: SFO

Remember the days when the thought of an airport layover brought shudders and a sense of dread? Today’s airports are breaking out of that mold—and breaking all the old rules—to offer bespoke services to modern travelers. From luxury lounges, modern spas and art museums to wine bars, gourmet restaurants and markets filled with fresh produce, airports around the world are revolutionizing the travel experience. Discover a new place each month for your next luxe layover. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) started out 85 years ago as a dirt strip in a cow pasture. the city leased 150 acres of land in 1927 for three years (at a cost of $1500/.year) to test the waters and see if an airport would be popular. During its first month of operation, 19 passengers flew into the new airport. the first commercial airline at the new airport was Boeing Air Transport, which became part of the new United Airlines in 1934, along with National Air Transport, Pacific Air Transport and Varney Air Lines. SFO remains one of United's largest hubs. ... Read More...
PHX

Luxe Layovers: PHX

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport started out in the 1930s with a single runway. Back then, PHX was nicknamed "The Farm" because of its isolated rural location. When the city paid $100,000 for the 285-acre airport in 1935, no one predicted that 80 years later, the airport would be in the middle of the Phoenix metropolitan area, encompassing multiple modern terminals and servicing more than 40 million passengers every year.... Read More...

British Bespoke: Your own private London

Anyone can visit London, but when you stay at The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, you are privy to a London that few ever experience. From the moment the driver greets you at the airport, you have only to relax and enjoy your visit to this most regal of cities. The Savoy, founded in 1889 and renovated to celebrate its prestigious heritage, is at once elegant and welcoming. Your room may be the one Monet used to paint the River Thames or where Elizabeth Taylor spent one of her honeymoons. As you move through the spectacular hotel, you might imagine Churchill debating politics over dinner, Gershwin playing "Rhapsody in Blue" or Sinatra sipping cocktails at the bar.... Read More...

Take a Break!

These five staycation destinations in Arizona are sure to leave you relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. As 2014 winds down, many of us lament the fact that we breezed right through the spring and summer months without taking an extended vacation. While it would be nice to book a 2-week-long vacation to the Bahamas, the reality is that employment and family commitments render a dream gat-away almost impossible to coordinate. One way to enjoy some peaceful time away from the office—without spending much money or time away—is to schedule a staycation.... Read More...
Sunset Crater

Drive Through Arizona’s Explosive Past

Sunset Crater-Wupatki Loop Road explores a volcanic landscape and pueblos from ancient residents. About 900 years ago, the ground north of Flagstaff rumbled and shook. A fountain of fire spewed lava and ash into the air, destroying much, yet also creating two sites now crowned as national monuments. The 35-mile Sunset Crater-Wupatki Loop Road lets you explore Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and the pueblo remains at Wupatki (pronounced wuh-POT-kee) National Monument.... Read More...
Clifton Inn

Virginia’s Clifton Inn: Southern charm, history and luxury

Clifton Inn is a historic Relais & Châteaux hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. Set in picturesque and historic Albemarle County, Clifton Inn is a short drive from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, sitting on land that once belonged to the third US president. Today, you can stay in luxury at the elegantly remodeled Clifton Inn, but history will surround you during your stay.... Read More...

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