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I recently had the opportunity to spend two nights at The Allison Inn & Spa. Walking into the peaceful retreat makes it easy to see why the property is referred to as "The living room of the Willamette Valley". After a short drive from downtown Portland (just under an hour) and a lovely meandering drive amidst vineyards to reach the hotel, arriving at The Inn was like arriving at a soothing sanctuary. There were nature-inspired sculptures next to the entrances, greeters that swiftly opened the doors, and a friendly front desk staff. Continue reading below the photos.

Exterior of The Allison Inn & Spa

Stairwell at The Allison Inn & Spa

After a quick and easy check-in, I went to my room on the second floor. Furnished with a soothing color palette, the spacious room had a table near the entry with a plate of sweet bites waiting to be enjoyed, a gas fireplace, window seats with vineyard views, and a plush king bed. There was a minifridge stocked with glass bottles of filtered water, and a basket of Oregon snacks (including chocolate covered hazelnuts) to discover. Read more below the room photos. 

Guest room at The Allison Inn & Spa

Guestroom at The Allison Inn & Spa

But perhaps one of the most unique amenities of the room was the large bathroom with a walk-in shower and a large soaking tub complete with bath salts and a pillow, as well as a sliding door that opened to look out at the room and the windows with relaxing views. Read more below the bathtub photo.

Spa tub at The Allison Inn & Spa

Within my room there was also an outdoor patio with a charming sitting area perfect for enjoying morning coffee or a glass of local wine. Read more below the photo.

Patio at The Allison Inn & Spa

Offering an idyllic setting close to hundreds of Willamette Valley vineyards and tasting rooms, The Allison Inn & Spa provides a wine-infused setting at every turn. In the Spa, guests can select from a variety of treatments that incorporate the area's grapes and wines, as well as a pedicure salon, spa boutique, and separate men's and women's locker rooms with lounges, steam rooms, and saunas. Read more below the photo of the pedicure salon.

Pedicure Salon at The Spa at The Allison Inn & Spa

On the same floor as the spa, guests will find a large fitness room with cardio machines and strength training equipment, as well as an indoor pool surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that open during warmer months. (Editor's note: I was there during the late fall, but with the large windows and the skylights, the pool had an airy, outdoor feel). Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at The Allison Inn & Spa

For dining, the award-winning Jory has large windows looking out to the vineyards and surrounding area, along with an open-kitchen where guests can watch the food preparation. The seasonal menu changes to incorporate locally sourced ingredients,and an extensive wine list that includes Austin Knoll wines, created from The Allison Inn's own vineyards. Read more below the photo of Jory.

Jory at The Allison Inn & Spa

Throughout the property, guests can explore the hotel's extensive art collection that includes 500 original works of art created by 100 Oregon artists. Within each of the hotel's 85 guest rooms there are least three original works of art. While one of the most unique pieces can be found by the pool, "Slackwater Terroir" by Oregon Professor Jay Noller features four types of soil: Jory, Nekia, Woodburn, and Amity, sourced directly from the property's soil during construction. Continue reading below the photo of "Slackwater Terroir".

Slackwater Terroir at The Allison Inn & Spa

In addition to the indoor spaces, there are beautiful pathways to meander around the property, as well as gardens with lounge chairs, and specially selected sculptures (including some that are for sale) around The Inn. Read more below the photo.

Exterior of The Allison Inn & Spa

After dining multiple times at Jory, relaxing in my room with the window seat, fireplace, and soaking tub, swimming in the pool, and unwinding at the spa, there is only one thing I would change...two nights wasn't long enough at the Inn or in the Willamette Valley. 

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Perched along the Pacific Ocean, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers a casual, yet elegant setting in Laguna Beach. Most of the luxury resort's guest rooms and suites have ocean views and private patios or balconies, while first floor rooms have sea views and fire pits. There's also 42-inch flat-screen TVs, as well as DVD players, coffeemakers, and full marble bathrooms with double sinks. Plus, there's The Ritz-Carlton Club Level with exclusive amenities. Continue reading below the photo.

Fire pit at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The property offers an array of amenities for guests, including an oceanfront fitness center with cardio machines and strength training equipment, as well as two outdoor swimming pools and whirlpools. There's an Eco Adventure Center, wellness clases including Yoga and Pilates, two tennis courts, children's playground, and lawn areas with Adirondack chairs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Read more below the photo.

Pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton Spa has 12 luxurious treatment rooms, as well as a Salon & Spa Boutique. Continue reading below the spa photo.

Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

For dining, there are two restaurants, including Raya with signature Latin dishes prepared with locally-sourced produce, sustainable seafood, and organic meats. enoSTEAK features a modern steakhouse setting with wood-paneled walls and a showcase wine cabinet in the center of the restaurant. For casual dining with ocean views, 180Blu has a lounge style setting, and the Dana Pool Cafe has poolside food and beverages. 

Check availability at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

 


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*The information in the article above was provided by the Hotel del Coronado. Offers, rates, and packages are subject to change. 


Across from downtown, The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina offers a family-friendly setting with a full-service marina, three outdoor pools, and multiple restaurants. Guest rooms and suites feature custom beds, private balconies, and bathrooms with soaking tubs. Read more below the guest room photo.

Guest room at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

The Family Parlor Rooms have 750 square feet of space with a king bed, sitting area with a fireplace, and a separate room with two twin beds, while Garden Studio Suites have a spacious design with a living space and furnished balconies. Offering a range of services and amenities, discover 5 Top Amenities at the property below the photo. 

The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

5 Top Amenities at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

1. Charleston Harbor Marina

Located on site, the full-service marina provides complimentary water trolley access to downtown Charleston, as well as 24-hour security dock space that can accommodate more than 450 boats, high speed fuel, laundry, and shower facilities. 

2. Beach Club Tiki Bar

Charleston's only Tiki Bar provides panoramic harbor views, and a menu of sandwiches, salads, and light fare.

3. Estuary Spa 

Featuring coastal-inspired ambiance, the Estruary Spa offers an array of pampering services with individual and couples treatment options. 

4. Charleston Harbor Fish House

Serving fresh seafood with a seasonally changing menu, the award-winning restaurant offers waterfront dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

5. Games & Activities

Providing a variety of activties for guests of all ages, the hotel has season kid's camps, photo scavenger hunts, beachside fire pits with kits for roasting s'mores, and a 30-person movie theater. There's also volleyball, bocce, aqua golf, cornhole, and life-size chess.

Learn more about The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

Patio view at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor


Perched on a hillside along the Pacific Coast, Monarch Beach Resort celebrates the California Coastal lifestyle. From private beachfront dining at Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern to surf lessons on the beach, the property embodies a SoCal way of life. Fresh off a $40 million transformation, guest rooms and suies feature ocean-inspired furnishings by Rodrigo Vargas Design, and the family-friendly property has a kids club and family pool with splash zones. In addition, the resort offers a variety of signature experiences for all interests. Continue reading more below the resort photo.

Outdoor Pool at the Monarch Beach Resort

Four Signature Experiences at Monarch Beach Resort

1. Miraval "Life in Balance" Spa

Overlooking the ocean with private beach access, the recently opened spa provides an array of treatments, services, and programs focused on health and wellness to reinvigorate the mind, body, and spirit. 

2. Monarch Beach Golf Links

The 18-hole championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., is an award-winning course. Set along the ocean, the 6,600-yard course has the Club 19 Restaurant and Grill, Mindful Golf Programs, and a top-ranked golf boutique. Read more below the photo.

Monarch Beach Resort

3. Miraval Tea

Focused on a healthful experience, the Miraval Tea is a high tea experience that includes chef-created lighter menu items, as well as custom blended teas like the Monarch Beach SoCal Citrus and Prickly Pear Black Tea. In addition, the tea includes spa access and $50 off a spa service. 

4. Surf, Body Board, and Body Surf Classes

Led by the area's top instructors, guests can experience quintessential beach activities by partaking in a class to learn how to surf, body board, or body surf.

Check availability at Monarch Beach Resort

Monarch Beach Resort


Happy National Pumpkin Day! In honor of this day infused with pumpkin spice, jack-o-lanterns, and a celebration of this favorite gourd, we've pulled together three luxury hotels offering special seasonal pumpkin-infused amenities. 

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

This oceanfront luxury resort is situated in the World Pumpkin Capital. For a limited time, the property is offering the signature One Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Facial, featuring a 100% natural plant-based pumpkin enzyme masque, high in beta carotene and Vitamins A and C. In addition to the special spa offering, the Santa Cruz Coffee Company will be serving the Ultimate Pumpin Spice Latte at the resort through Halloween. Want to experience it all? The resort is offering a Pumpkin Experience package that includes the facial, pumpkin pastry, and a one night stay. 

Check availability at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

 

2. The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa

The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa

The Asheville resort is celebrating Halloween October 27-29, 2017 with pumpkin carving contests where guests can view the entries and vote on their favorites, plus Halloween crafts, children's activities, scavenger hunts, guided history tours, a hot cider station on the front porch, and the Autumn Abundance Champagne Brunch on Sunday, October 29.

Check availability at The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa

 

3. Keswick Hall at Monticello

Keswick Hall at Monticello

The Spa at Keswick is offering the Pumpkin Perfect Fall Special, which includes a 30-minute massage enhanced with autumn scents, and a 30-minute warm foot massage. For children, there's also a Kids' Costume Bash on Friday, October 27. 

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Featuring a prime downtown location, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver blends modern design with natural materials, and views of the Rocky Mountains. The hotel's Club Level has dedicated concierge services, and the spa recently added a new hair and nail salon. For dining, ELWAY'S Downtown, owned by NFL Hall of Famer John Elway, provides a signature steakhouse menu infused with the spirit of the mountain city. Continue reading below the restaurant photo.

Elway's at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Convenient to major attractions like the Denver Zoo, Larimer Square shopping, and Coors Field, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver offers a central location for families to explore the Mile High City, while enjoying a variety of on-site amenities. Read more about three of the top family-friendly amenities at the hotel below the photo. 

Double Queen Club Guestroom at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver

1. Ritz Kids City Camper Experience

This Ritz Kids program brings the outdoors inside with an in-room indoor tent for sleeping and playing, as well as a Colorado wildlife story book, plush lion stuffed animal, coloring activity, and choice of a S'mores cupcake or sliced apples, nuts, and hot caramel sauce. Please note: Ritz Kids City Camper packages available in One Bedroom Suites and Deluxe Suites, and can be arranged via the hotel's guest relations team.

2. Ritz Kids Very Important Kids Program

Young travelers are greeted with a welcome gift at check-in, that includes an activities book and scavenger hunt. There's also a children's menu with kid-friendly choices at Elway's Restaurant. 

3. Mommy-To-Be & Children's Spa Services

Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Planning a getaway with the children before new baby arrives? The hotel's spa offers a variety of Mommy-To-Be Services for pre-baby pampering, as well as snacks. Plus, the spa offers Ritz Kids Spa treatments with age-appropriate pedicures, facials, or hair styling for special Mommy-and-Me time at the spa. 

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Offering a secluded setting for guests seeking additional privacy, the Panorama Suites at the Bayerischer Hof is an exclusive collection of spacious suites overlooking Munich's rooftops. One of the floor's unique accommodations is Suite 725. Designed by Siegward Graf Pilati, this two-level, two-bedroom tower suite has a residential feel with a bedroom, study, and walk-in wardrobe on the ground floor. On the same level there is a spacious marble bathroom with double sinks, steam bath, separate shower, whirlpool soaking tub, and Molton Brown amenities. Continue reading below the photo of the suite's glass-walled bedroom.

Suite 725 Bedroom at Bayerischer Hof

On the second level of the suite is a bedroom with floor-to-ceiling views of Munich's iconic monuments and red roof tops, as well as a separate washlet. There's a spacious living room with two dining areas, Nespresso machine, lounge areas, 55-inch flat-screen TV with a Samsung hi-fi system, and a French balcony. Read more below the living room photo. 

Suite 125 Living Room at Bayerischer Hof

In addition to the opulent decor and spacious setting, guests of the suite also receive complimentary access to the Blue Spa and the Night Club with live entertainment, as well as ironing services, dog packages, and choice of pillows and blankets. Read more below the photo of the Bayerischer Hof. 

Bayerischer Hof Blue Spa Pool at Night

The Bayerischer Hof is a historic hotel in the heart of Munich. Opened in 1841, the property has the Blue Spa with a pool, lounge, gardens, and a variety of treatments. Palais Keller has original Bavarian specialties and a bakery, while Atelier offers a Michelin-starred dining option. Closer to Frauenkirche, Viktualienmarkt, and world-class shopping, the property is an ideal base for exploring Bavaria's capital city. 

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Bayerischer Hof Blue Spa Terrace


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Set on the shores of Lago di Garda, the Grand Hotel Fasano offers guests a luxurious retreat with an emphasis on service, fine cuisine, and wellness. Originally the hunting lodge of the Austrian royal family, the property has a comfortable climate year-round, as well as the recently opened AQVA PARC, which is an open-air wellness area connected to the AQVA Spa with a heated infinity pool, cooler sport pool, and a children's area with a waterslide. Continue reading below the photo.

AQVA PARC Pool at Grand Hotel Fasano

Providing an ideal retreat for gourmands, the Grand Hotel Fasano has four gourmet restaurants as well as Bar La Terrazza, led by Chef de cuisine Matteo Felter, a young and talented chef from the Lake Garda region. His cuisine combines the traditional Italian dishes from northern Italy with creative and innovative twists, providing a unique dining experience that is both classic and modern. The property's Restaurant Il Fagiano features a romantic setting with a lake shore location and candlelit terrace. Read more below the photo of Restaurant Il Fagiano. 

Ristorante Il Fagiano at Grand Hotel Fasano

Ristorante Magnolia is named after the two ancient magnolia trees outside, and serves a lunch menu of homemade pastas, starters, and grilled main courses in fine Italian tradition with locally-sourced ingredients. Trattoria Il Pescatore specializes in Mediterranean fare with an emphasis on fresh fish, and La Darsena is located in a restored old house a short drive from the property with a lakeside, modern setting, as well as moorings for arrivals by boat. Continue reading below the photo of La Darsena.

La Darsena at Grand Hotel Fasano

The lakeside Bar La Terrazza serves lunchtime meals including light dishes such as salads, along with homemade pastas, and barbecued fish and meats. Continue below the photo of Bar La Terrazza. 

Bar La Terrazza at Grand Hotel Fasano

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Offering an on-site vineyard and a private label wine, Calistoga Ranch is a luxury nature resort with an award-winning Napa Spa and fitness programs. Featuring sustainable practices throughout the resort, guests can explore acres of scenic hiking trails, participate in painting and photography classes, play bocce ball, do yoga, or take a beekeeping course. In addition to a variety of on-site amenities, Five Star Alliance guests receive special perks at the resort. Learn more below the photo of a wine cave dinner. 

Wine Cave Dinner at Calistoga Ranch

The nature resort's accommodations are set within 50 free-standing guest lodges, including Deluxe Lodges, One- and Two-Bedroom Lodges, as well as the Estate Lodge. Providing a refined environment for rustic relaxation, the lodges have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to natural surroundings, wood floors, and furnishings with clean lines inspired by nature. Plus there are outdoor showers and bath gardens, cedar sun decks with gas fireplaces, and some lodges have private outdoor hot tubs. Continue reading below the photo the outdoor shower photo. 

Outdoor Shower at the Calistoga Ranch

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary access for two people to the Auberge Spa facility with a watsu soaking pool, steam room, and Jacuzzi. 

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