Checking Back In Hotels During Pandemic – My Marina del Rey Hotel Stay

I love to stay at hotels.  Always have.  Always will.  So when I decided to finally venture back out there in the midst of the pandemic we are forced to continue to still live with, I decided on The Marina del Rey Hotel located in pretty…you guessed it…Marina del Rey, California.  So, what is travel […]

Quick Tips For Flying During The Pandemic

Last week I did two things that I have missed so much.  I flew and I checked into a hotel.  It was great!  But it was different.  Now that I’m back home, I want to share my personal quick tips for flying during this pandemic.  I also want to compliment the two businesses that I […]

Rachel Recommends-Tips For More Organization & Less Stress

As seen in my KTVK Your Life Arizona segment today.  More organization and less stress are my New Year’s Resolutions.  So far, I’ve been slowly but surely tackling this goal.  It works!  I’m feeling less stressed.  Less clutter means more calmness.  Look at some of my tried and true tips and tools as well as […]

Rachel Recommends: Downtown LA Hotel Indigo Delivers

Looking for a good hotel to stay in that is in downtown LA?  Last weekend I discovered a great one that is now my new favorite downtown LA property. The Hotel Indigo delivers and exceeds expectations.  Located close to LA hot spots like the Staples Center and LA Live, this boutique hotel is convenient, comfortable […]

Our Sofitel Stay In New York City

My first visit to New York City two weeks ago included a little French flair.  This is because we stayed at The Sofitel Hotel.  My husband has stayed there for business so he decided that is where he would return and we would kick off my (and our daughter’s) very first visit to the Big […]

My New York Blog Week-Entry 1 – Try Broadway Our Way!

Finally!  I got to go to New York City!  We did so much that I have decided to share our experience and recommendations in several articles instead of one long overwhelming post. Today I include that, and a very unexpected surprise, that we experienced with a big celebrity!  Today, let’s talk Broadway.Tomorrow’s post will be […]

My #1 Favorite Washington DC Hotel Is The Park Hyatt

I have found my #1 favorite Washington DC hotel.  The Park Hyatt!  Since I have family in the DC area and I was a former Southwest Airlines marketing manager, I have traveled to our nation’s capital a lot.  So, I have stayed in many hotels in that area.  My latest stay in July has been […]

AZ To DC On A Train: Our Amtrak Family Travel Adventure!

Manic:  Considering traveling from Tucson, Arizona all the way to Washington DC.  By train.  With six of us traveling together.  Hubs, myself, our college guy, our teenage girl and my husband’s dear parents. Was this idea manic or managed? Managed:  We did it on Amtrak and my answer, our experience and a few train travel tips are […]

Hotel Review in Santa Monica: The Viceroy Hotel

Unique boutique hotel, The Viceroy in Santa Monica, California had me curious.  Last time we stayed in Santa Monica, we totally indulged and spent way too much money at the lovely Shutters on the Beach resort hotel.  That blog post coming soon.  We absolutely loved it, but with one in college now and one headed there […]

Top Travel Sized Toiletries for Guys & Gals

With spring break and summer vacation just around the corner, here are our top travel sized toiletries for both the guys and the girls.  My blog beauty expert, Bianca, also a beauty expert for Walgreens, showed me what’s hot for the travel beauty bag based on quality and customer feedback.  Take a look and don’t […]

Classy Cabins AZ: A Cool Getaway Destination

Looking to get out of the heat now or to pre-book the perfect Fall Break getaway?  Look no further than the lovely Flagstaff/Williams/Grand Canyon area where the beautifully furnished Classy Cabins AZ are available to rent for a terrific family vacation!  These gorgeous cabins also are great for a romantic trip for just the two […]

Our 3-Day Getaway to LA: Cool Things To Do

As I promised, here is my short blog article about the fun things my girl and I enjoyed during our brief visit to the City of Angels.  We loved our hotel stay at the London and you can read our hotel review about that here. We found some cool things to do when we ventured […]

The Unique & Chic London Hotel in LA: Our Review

In a little under three days time, my daughter and I made the most of our quick trip to LA a few weeks ago. We exeperienced Hollywood as well as a few other super cool LA activities. As her spring break wound down, we snuck over to Cali for a walking UCLA college tour (more on […]

My Family’s Review of Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain in Tucson

With spring break and summer break upon us for many, here is my family’s review of the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain resort in Tucson.  I like to provide travel reviews on my blog for your vacation planning.  I will never ever regret the time and money we spent as a family traveling through the years.  Our […]

AZ Travel: My Review of New Camby Hotel, Formally Ritz Carlton

When The Ritz Carlton left Phoenix, I was disappointed.  Having been there for business lunches, high tea and a mother and daughter staycation a few years back, the nice property was a Phoenix staple. Curious about the replacement hotel, The Camby, Autograph Collection, I decided to sneak away all by myself during my daughter’s Fall […]