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If You Could Marry a Hotel Chain, I Would Be Guilty of Polyandry Right Now

9 Nov


And I don’t think my husband would mind. We love the Kimpton hotel brand…to a ridiculous degree. No, they don’t pay me anything to say this. I just can’t help myself. There are those rare businesses that just get it right, and when you find one, you fall hard for them. You develop a loyalty […]

Who Has Seen the Wind?

29 Aug

Wind 2

Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you: But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through.   Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I: But when the trees bow down their heads, The wind is passing by. ~ Christina Rossetti     Turns out, we can see the wind, […]

Find a Sunny Spot and Lie Still

25 Jun

Coconut Bay

I recommend that to anyone for Christmas vacation, if you possibly can. Cari lives in Dominica, a small island in the West Indies (near Venezuela). She didn’t much want a crowd at her home for Christmas–tiny island, tiny houses–so it made sense to plan a trip to one of the nearby islands. We wanted someplace […]

Families in Paradise

31 May


G says that what everyone likes best about Puerto Rico is that you can go to the Caribbean without leaving the U.S.  You get the same soft beaches, the vivid water, and the high-octane rum drinks at tourist class hotels—but if you forget your passport, you can still get on the plane.  Puerto Rico has […]

Oh Continental, I Love When You Talk French….

10 Nov

Or Techno, or Psychobabble, or whatever this is. Because, God knows no one in the OnePass Program can understand it: Effective Jan. 1, 2011 * System–wide Upgrades: Elite members earning 100,000 Elite Qualification Miles (EQMs) or 120 Elite Qualification Points (EQPs), will earn six one–way, System–wide Upgrades. Two additional System–wide Upgrades will be issued every […]

An Open Letter to Continental Airlines

1 Oct

Dear Mr. Smisek and Continental Staff: I’ll begin by acknowledging that flying has changed a great deal for all of us since 2001. I have been traveling with Continental since the early 1990s, and I recall that it used to be easier for all of us on both sides of the experience. Am I correct […]

In the Footsteps of Isabella Bird

9 May

An intrepid explorer, a writer, a woman who never could settle or settle down. The Victorians called her a “lady traveler.” Isabella Bird was allergic to staying in one place for too long. She wrote long, meticulously descriptive letters. She rode astride, but objected when the press reported on her manly dress and unconventional habits. […]