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Retreat of the Week: Kimpton’s Hotel Triton

It’s time for some sweet treats in San Francisco! July is National Ice Cream Month, and Kimpton’s Hotel Triton in San Francisco is observing the occasion with its popular Haagen Dazs Sweet Dreams package. The hotel, known for its fun and playful vibe, actually celebrates the cold and creamy treat year-round in its Haagen Dazs “Sweet Suite,” which was recently refreshed.

Haagan Dazs Sweet Treat suite // (c) 2014 Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month in the Sweet Suite at Kimpton’s Hotel Triton in San Francisco.

Available July 1  through Sept. 1, 2014,  the Sweet Dreams package is bookable on the hotel website at www.hoteltriton.com and includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations for two
  • Haagen Dazs ice cream delivered nightly to your door
  • A groovy ice cream scoop to bring home
  • A signature Triton rubber ducky

Guests can further indulge their sweet tooth by booking their stay in the hotel’s notorious themed Sweet Suite, featuring the “Sweet Spot,” an ice cream cabinet that is stocked with bowls, scoops and spoons and complimentary cartons of Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Best of all, guests can enjoy as many cartons as they desire and a portion of each “Sweet Suite” guest’s tab is donated to the Haagen-Dazs brand’s charity of choice, Delancey Street Foundation.


Retreat of the Week: Quail Lodge & Golf Club

Guestrooms at Quail Lodge // (c) 2014 Quail Lodge & Golf Club
Guestrooms at Quail Lodge // (c) 2014 Quail Lodge & Golf Club

Quail Lodge has been a family favorite in the Carmel Valley for years. With world-class golf, a myriad of hiking trails and the Monterey Peninsula at your fingertips, the property is an ideal spot for a weekend getaway. The resort was recently rejuvenated and reopened last year. The new look features historic California ranch and Spanish colonial design elements that result in a look that is comfortable, modern and distinctly Californian. Each guestroom has a private deck or patio that overlooks the lakes, golf course or lush gardens. Some rooms have fireplaces which add a cozy feel to the atmosphere of the room.

The lobby at Quail Lodge // (c) 2014 Quail Lodge & Golf Club
The lobby at Quail Lodge // (c) 2014 Quail Lodge & Golf Club

Resort guests can dine at Edgar’s, located in the Quail Golf Club, which offers lunch and dinner featuring California cuisine. Golf is available on the 18-hole Robert Muir Graves-designed golf course that is now managed by KemperSports Management. There is a heated outdoor pool, a bocce court, tennis courts and weight and cardio center as well. For the adventurous, the on-site Land Rover Experience Driving School allows guests to climb behind the wheel and master a variety of off-road obstacles.


Retreat of the Week: Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage to open May 15.
Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage to open May 15.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will shine the spotlight on Palm Desert, Palm Springs and its surrounding California resort destinations once again this April but, in May, a new light will shine in the area with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage. The hotel will open on May 15, in time to welcome those looking for an early summer retreat.

The prominently-situated Palm Springs hotel will feature 244 resort rooms and suites, residences, a two-story luxury spa, more than 30,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space and destination dining with sweeping valley views.

The resort embraces indoor/outdoor living with an emphasis on muted natural hues and tactile materials, as well as a stylized interpretation of the desert environment that creates a more harmonious transition between the luxury hotel and its surroundings.  Dining venues will include a visually dynamic exhibition kitchen at State Fare Bar Kitchen and a restaurant specializing in steak, seafood and fine wine, The Edge. Perched bluff-side with unparalleled views of the Palm Springs valley, The Edge will offer the perfect gathering place for year-round cocktails, celebrations and stargazing.

Resort amenities will feature cliff-side swimming and serenity pools and an alluring, artfully-designed destination spa. Guests will also be availed access to the desert’s finest curated golf and tennis experiences with exclusive arrangements at premier courses and clubs, accentuated by close proximity to a wide array of cultural and recreational activities – including more than 20 miles of hiking/biking trails, polo grounds, world-class shopping and more. The resort will begin taking reservations on March 17.


Four Things for the Perfect Hotel Stay According to My 4-Year-Old

Hotels as told by Audrey. // (c) Janeen Christoff 2013
Hotels as told by Audrey. // (c) Janeen Christoff 2013

What makes a hotel perfect in the eyes of a child? Four things, according to my 4-year-old daughter. I asked her to enlighten me so that I could choose a hotel that would meet her high standards for our trip to Boston. Here is what she said:

1: A Jumpy Bed. She prefers her hotel bed to be springy and large – perfect for jumping on and flopping about. The Westin Heavenly Bed seems to be a winner in this respect.

2. Food Delivery. By this, she means room service and nowhere did my daughters’ eyes light up more than at the Four Seasons Vancouver where the macaroni and cheese was a highlight of the menu.

3. A Giant Pool. Since she is 4, I am giving her some leeway on this, since pretty much every pool is giant to her. For Boston in the fall, this will be a challenge, I think…maybe somewhere has an indoor pool?

4. A Bathtub. For the simple fact that she hates the quick shower and had to take one at the last hotel that we stayed at, she told me that hotels should all have bathtubs. I couldn’t agree more.

Best Hotels in Canada

Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver // (c) 2013 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver // (c) 2013 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

U.S. News & World Report has released its inaugural ranking of the Best Hotels in Canada, and I was excited to see that my favorite hotel in Vancouver is at the top of the list — The Fairmont Pacific Rim. My family had an amazing time at the property and, while the downstairs lobby is bustling with stylish 20-somethings, the staff also catered to kids, bringing mine ice cream while my husband and I enjoyed glasses of champagne.

Out of the 218 luxury hotels across Canada evaluated for the 2013 rankings, 22 properties scored high enough to earn a place on the list of the Best Hotels in Canada. The top five are:
1. Fairmont Pacific Rim; Vancouver
2. Rosewood Hotel Georgia; Vancouver
3. Ritz-Carlton, Montreal; Montreal
4. Hastings House Country House Hotel; Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
5. Auberge Saint-Antoine; Quebec City

For the complete list of the best hotels in Canada, visit U.S. News and World Report list.