Thursday, May 23, 2013
As a huge fan of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, BC, I was fascinated to learn that the upscale Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® chain has just opened its first property in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Viking Cruises, long a purveyor of cruises along inland rivers in Europe, Russia, Egypt and Asia, has announced its expansion into the arena of ocean cruises. The launch of Viking Ocean Cruises, announced May 17 marks the introduction of the travel industry’s first new cruise line in nearly a decade.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
I’ve been visiting the Westin Bayshore ever since I moved to the Seattle area in 1983 and subsequently discovered the wonderland that is Vancouver, British Columbia. My wife and I returned to Vancouver and the Westin during a lovely April weekend.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Following the successful completion of a series of battery system modifications, safety checks and test flights, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will place its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet back into service effective June 1, 2013.
Monday, May 6, 2013
I’ve stayed at many Embassy Suites during my business and leisure travels and found that, while generally predictable, they are usually predictable in a good way. The Embassy Suites Biltmore in Phoenix is an exception in that it is unpredictable in many good ways.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Hungry for something different one recent weekday evening, we took the recommendation of a friend and headed to Cascina Spinasse on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. It was outstanding!
Monday, April 22, 2013
Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk recently unveiled its new “Historic Pearl Harbor” package intended to provide visitors to Oahu an enhanced opportunity to delve into an iconic part of the island’s history.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Crockett’s Public House in Puyallup, Wash., about 35 miles south of downtown Seattle, was recently featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives but enjoyed a loyal following long before its television debut, and for good reason. On a recent sunny Sunday (yes, there are sunny days in Seattle), my wife and I headed south to try this place out.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
My wife, a/k/a The Timid Traveler, enjoys Indian food but is very particular about where she orders it. Cities including London, Toronto and Vancouver meet her criteria of being cities with a large enough Indian population that the chances of getting really good Indian food are fairly high. So it was with great delight that we spotted Salam Bombay on the corner of Burrard and Alberni in downtown Vancouver.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Emirates, the world’s largest international air carrier, will inaugurate non-stop service Oct. 1 between New York’s JFK airport and Milan, Italy (MXP), introducing the airline’s only non-stop service from the U.S. to Europe.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
When I read this, I was incredulous: United Airlines flight 638 en route from Denver (DEN) to Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI) on February 2 diverted to Chicago’s O’Hare (ORD) and a family was thrown off ... because the parents complained about the graphic nature of the in-flight movie!
Saturday, April 6, 2013
As often as I fly, I was surprised to hear a subtle difference in the pre-flight announcement during my most recent trip. As it turns out, the small difference I heard could be pretty important.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
A brand new restaurant in Des Moines, Washington is bringing authentic Neapolitan pizza to the area and adding to its growing local restaurant scene.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sometimes, you’re just in the right place at the right time.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
I recently spent three nights at the Courtyard by Marriott in Downtown Tulsa and found the property to be fine in many ways, though it did have a few notable shortcomings.
Friday, March 22, 2013
If you travel internationally, even if that is just between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, you’ll likely be exchanging currencies at some time. How to do it most economically?
Sunday, March 17, 2013
After a travel blogger was unceremoniously thrown off a trans-Atlantic United Airlines flight in February for taking a picture, I decided to conduct a poll to compare various airline policies regarding in-flight photography.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Hawaiian Airlines has launched non-stop service from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Auckland, New Zealand, making it the first U.S. carrier flying into Auckland.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A travel blogger was unceremoniously thrown off a trans-Atlantic United Airlines flight in February for the heinous offense of (wait for it...) taking a picture!
Monday, March 11, 2013
The pending merger of American and US Airways will do more than combine the two carriers’ in-flight operations; it will also change the dynamics of the airlines' clubs in ways that will affect members of other airline clubs as well.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
After seeing the Fish Tale Brewpub on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, my wife and I thought it looked like it would be worth the 45-minute drive from our home south of Seattle to Olympia. We were right.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Most travelers, frequent or occasional, have seen them: those medications designed to protect your health while traveling. Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out two of them.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
In an announcement appropriate for Valentine's Day, beleaguered American Airlines and US Airways announced that they have agreed to merge.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
I travel to Washington, D.C. often enough that I keep a farecard for the Metro handy so I can get off the plane at Reagan National, walk to the Metro, and be whisked to my destination. On my most recent trip, a minor malfunction revealed gaps in Metro’s systems as well as in its customer service.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
I’ve stayed at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown hotel several times over the years and have found there is much to recommend it, including its location. Now, I can add newly refurbished guest rooms to that list.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Airlines regulators in the U.S., Japan, India and Europe have grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliners after a recent spate of problems, including one that required an emergency landing and evacuation in Japan.
Monday, January 14, 2013
United Airlines is being sued by the Illinois Regional Transit Authority (RTA), which charges the carrier with running a sham office in a rural county to avoid paying millions of dollars in sales tax on the jet fuel it purchases.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Starting in 2014, Viking River Cruises will be offering adventuresome travelers the opportunity to cruise the majestic Irrawaddy River in Myanmar and Thailand.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I grew up in Arizona and spent a good portion of my adult life in California, so I like to think I know good Mexican food when I taste it. Add that I’m a foodie, and you can imagine how happy I was to discover a Mexican restaurant in Washington state that appeals to my love of good Mexican food.
Friday, January 4, 2013
As a fan of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, I have long wanted to visit Gatsby’s Diner in Sacramento. This Christmas visit, I played the “Dad” card and insisted the family gather there for dinner. No one was disappointed.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
While not exactly a frequent guest at Omni Hotels, my few experiences have been outstanding, which is why I chose the Omni San Francisco for a Christmas night getaway after my wife and I spent several days with family in Sacramento.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
I flew a Virgin airline for the first time this Christmas season and found that Virgin America is, as its marketing “positioning statement” says, “A breath of fresh airline.”
Monday, December 24, 2012
By their nature, "best of" lists are always limited and subjective. That said, I present my personal evaluations of the "best of" my recent hotel experiences, as updated at Christmastime 2012.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Viking River Cruises in early December placed an order for 10 additional Viking Longships, bringing the total number of new ships launching in 2013 to 10 and the number launching in 2014 to eight.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
I spent four nights here while presenting at a conference and found the hotel to be quite nice, if somewhat less conveniently located than others at which I’ve stayed in the Washington, DC area. I also uncovered an important caveat for coffee drinkers.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
After visiting the Hotel del Coronado many times over the years, my wife and I decided to spend two nights at the historic property to celebrate our 20th anniversary just after U.S. Thanksgiving. There is a lot to recommend about the Hotel Del but there are also some caveats, including prices that I found very expensive - even by resort standards.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
When I arrived at the Westin Stonebriar Resort in Frisco, just north of Dallas, Texas, my initial impression was that this hotel had grown a bit long in the tooth and hadn’t quite kept up with the times. After three nights, it had won me over, though there are some shortcomings that ought to be corrected.
Monday, November 5, 2012
The e-mail from American Airlines to its AAdvantage® members started on a promising note. The "Subject" line said, "Double miles, with our thanks."
Now that the state of Washington’s liquor sales are no longer the exclusive purview of the state and we’re able to get a far better variety of spirits and liqueurs, I was able to buy a miniature (50 ml) of St. Germain liqueur the other day and tonight revisited a cocktail my wife and I discovered during a visit to Chicago.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts will officially open the Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort and Spa, a stunning 156-key 70-acre property formerly known as the Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and Spa, on Nov. 3.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Viking River Cruises is offering holiday cruises from late October through December, offering guests a chance to enjoy the picturesque holiday markets and atmosphere of Europe as well as the comforts of the new Viking Longships.