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The Many Faces of Scottsdale

By |2018-05-18T03:23:57+00:00May 11th, 2018|Food and Drink, Hotels & Resorts, Scottsdale, The Traveling Pooka|

Whenever I used to think of Scottsdale, I thought of two things—golf and the desert. Of course, it’s so much more than that. On a recent trip, I was surprised at the diversity of activities, especially the many “walkable” neighborhoods of Downtown Scottsdale. Here’s a small sampling: Old Town -- For “Old West” ambiance, check [...]

Malbec in Mendoza

By |2018-05-10T18:53:20+00:00April 27th, 2018|Argentina, Food and Drink, Hotels & Resorts, Spas and Wellness, The Traveling Pooka|

Looking out my window on a cloudy, gloomy evening, I cheered myself up by reaching for a glass of Malbec. This rich, deep-colored wine from Argentina has the flavors of blackberry, plum, black cherry, and chocolate. Although Malbec grapes are difficult to grow in many areas, the grapes thrive in Argentina’s famous wine-growing Mendoza region, [...]

Find Your Happy Place at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

By |2018-05-18T03:01:23+00:00June 2nd, 2017|Hotels & Resorts, Spas and Wellness, The Traveling Pooka|

Gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, private access to Miami Beach, oceanfront fine dining, and a prestigious address on Collins Avenue, the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort (CMWR) is the newest “gotta go to” spa resort on our radar. We met in person with their management team recently to learn more about this newcomer. The first [...]

Mary Poppins at Rosewood London Redefines “Medicine”

By |2018-05-18T03:00:15+00:00April 12th, 2017|Hotels & Resorts, The Traveling Pooka|

The (relatively) new London Rosewood is the kind of “medicine” I’d gladly take any day. It’s getting “a thumbs up” from All Aboard clients, who enjoy its traditional English style, great central location, and decor of modern elegance. One thing that separates this beautiful restored Edwardian manse from some other 5-stars is that it also [...]

Le Hotel Bristol’s Palace Pasha 2014

By |2017-09-25T03:27:51+00:00November 14th, 2014|Hotels & Resorts, The Traveling Pooka|

Maybe, it’s the two languid white Birman cats Fa-raon (French for pharaoh) and his queen Kleopatre (translation not required) who soften the chic world of Le Hotel Bristol in Paris, creating a universe that is at once tres elegant and easy for living. They call Fa-raon the “Palace Pasha,” since he seems to believe he [...]

If Walls Could Talk: The Peninsula Paris Arrives Late Summer

By |2017-09-25T03:27:51+00:00August 4th, 2014|Hotels & Resorts, The Traveling Pooka|

Even with The Ritz and Crillon currently unavailable and being renovated, there’s no shortage of 5-star hotels in Paris Le Bristol, the Meurice, and Plaza Athenee to name few. Regardless, come August 1, 2014, the iconic Asian brand of Peninsula joins the elite list. The-Peninsula-Paris Pooka and I had dinner with the new [...]

Berlin Revisited Hotel de Rome and more

By |2017-09-25T03:27:51+00:00June 13th, 2014|Hotels & Resorts, The Traveling Pooka|

Hotel de Rome Bar Berlin Berlin has more bridges than Venice, a city park roughly the size of NYC’s Central Park, and an island on the river Spree with multiple museums for easy exploration. Berlin is a happening, dynamic, and layered city whose transformation and integration since the famous wall came down is [...]

Staying at Capella in Ixtapa

By |2017-09-25T03:27:51+00:00January 11th, 2010|Hotels & Resorts, The Traveling Pooka|

Pooka decided it was too cold to breathe. I mean, even the fish in the Florida Keys are freezing, literally, to death. Jumped on a non-stop flight Saturday morning and a few hours later Pooka is staring at glittering seas, reclined upon a white couch with lemon yellow pillows, one toe in a brilliantly blue-tiled [...]

Auberge du Soleil, Artichoke Soup, and Beehive Cake in Wine Country

By |2017-09-25T03:27:51+00:00November 12th, 2009|Food and Drink, Hotels & Resorts|

 A three-day long birthday celebration in Sonoma required a week of recuperation. Well, maybe longer, since the party was early in September, and it's now November. Most of the time, we enjoyed meals prepared by our hosts at their gorgeous home overlooking the Sonoma Valley in California. Sitting on the top of a small mountain, [...]