House Envy, Unique Stays, Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rental of the Week: Venice Beach House

September 1, 2015 • By

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for our Stylish Vacation Rental of the Week!

Today, we’re heading to a luxury beach house retreat in Venice, California. If you’re planning a trip to sunny SoCal, consider this beach house rental for your holiday home stay.  It’s bright, sophisticated and perfectly located near the famous sand and surf, as well as restaurants and shops.

Stylish Vacation Rental in Venice, California

Stylish Vacation Rental in Venice, California


City Seeker, Destinations, Tips

What to Do in Seattle in September

August 29, 2015 • By

September is the perfect time of year to visit Seattle. The summer crowds have faded away. The weather is still mild and – at least for this area – somewhat dry. Hotels start offering their off-season prices around this time, too.

So what is there to do in Seattle in September? So, so much.

The Harbor in Seattle, WA is a Great Place to Get Away to This September


Country Life, Destinations, House Envy, Unique Stays, Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rental of the Week: A Farmhouse in Italy

August 26, 2015 • By

Immersed in the peaceful Italian countryside, Cascina Serenella is a stylish vacation rental consisting of a traditional farmhouse, fully restored and surrounded by private gardens. You’ll find an orangery, an orchard and a vegetable garden as well as a unique sense of style.

This charming home stay can accommodate up to 12 people at once, meaning friends or extended families can relax, play or celebrate together. This is a perfect spot for a traditional house party. I love house parties! Wait ’til you see the dining room, and you’ll be planning your own…

Vacation Rental of the Week - Typical Farmhouse Cascina Serenella Italy


Unique Stays, Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rental of the Week: The Red Grouper – Florida

August 19, 2015 • By

Have you ever considered a house boat as a vacation rental? You may now after you see this unique holiday home! The Red Grouper is a one bedroom, one bath floating house located at Stock Island Marina Village. With direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, its the perfect way to experience Key West by water.

Stock Island is located just over the bridge from Key West, about a 15 minute ride to Duval Street. It’s close enough to enjoy all the action of downtown and still kick back in a more laid back atmosphere. The Marina Village is home to a colorful and friendly array of live-aboards and seasonal visitors, giving you a unique  ‘Old Key West’ feel.

Stock Island is a little quieter than its more famous neighbor, Key West, but close enough to experience all the party Keys have to offer.

the red grouper - vacation rental


Hotels, USA

Hotel Love: Belmond Charleston Place

August 18, 2015 • By

I haven’t posted a hotel review for a while. But recently I booked a room through at the Belmond Charleston Place. The whole experience inspired a new Hotel Love feature. You can read about the entire trip here – but for now, let me tell you about the hotel…

We arrived to one of my favorite greetings of all time – “you’ve been upgraded”.

Those three little words set the tone for the three days that followed.  We’d come to the hotel directly from horseback riding in 99º weather and we felt hot, sweaty, messed up and – well – stinky.  The staff seemed to overlook this and treated us like visiting dignitaries.



City Seeker, Destinations, USA

5 Days in Charleston, South Carolina

August 17, 2015 • By

Mr. H recently had business near Charleston, South Carolina and I went along because – well, you know – any excuse for a road trip!  The business part of the trip ended on a Thursday, so we decided to take a long weekend exploring Charleston and the surrounding areas.

Historic Houses of Charleston, SC

Historic Houses of Charleston, SC

Even on a road trip I love a luxury hotel as much as the next girl, but I don’t like to pay rack rate. So I did a quick search of‘s carefully curated boutique hotels and luxury properties to see if anything was available on short notice. I found two hotels in the Charleston area that looked particularly nice. We couldn’t choose between them, so we decided to split our five days up between the city itself and a more rural property, simply because they both looked like fabulous places.