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.


Country Life, House Envy, Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rental of the Week: Pixie Nook Cottage, Cornwall

August 12, 2015 • By

This week’s stylish vacation rental is Pixie Nook, a charming, 300-year-old luxury cottage located in Cornwall, England. Designed with indulgence in mind, you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets from the hot tub and wake to the sound of bird song at this romantic self-catering holiday cottage squirreled away on Bodmin Moor. Jewel hues, upcycled vintage finds and bold Designers Guild fabrics create a vibrant and contemporary cottage vibe that makes for an idyllic getaway for two.



City Seeker, Culture, Destinations, Events

3 Fabulous Reasons to Be in Los Angeles this October

August 7, 2015 • By

Sunny Southern California is always nice. But this October things are really popping. If you’re thinking about traveling and are wondering where you should go next, here are three reason to be in Los Angeles in October of 2015.

1. Dracula at the Ace Hotel

This Halloween, Hollywood’s most alluring bloodsucker gets a new soundtrack. The original 1931 screen version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula was made when limited sound technology existed, so no musical score was ever composed and there were very few sound effects.

Dracula at Ace Hotel is presented by the LA Opera and features Phillip Glass and Kronos Quartet

Dracula at Ace Hotel is presented by the LA Opera and features Phillip Glass and Kronos Quartet

Legendary composer Philip Glass wrote a new film score in 1998. His music blows the cobwebs off this horror classic and adds depth to the emotional layers of the story.READ MORE