Fabulous Florence: From Fiesole to the Ultra-Arno

Florence always makes me happy! I lived here for a year in the late 80's and have been back at least a dozen times since. The city remains true to its impressive 15th century architecture, proud Florentine style, and mind-blowing Renaissance art. Here is my view from my home at the wonderful Il Saliviatino hotel, …

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Roman Holiday: Stunning Hotels, Vatican at Dawn, Ostia Antica & a Seaside Resort

    Rome is the eternal city that travelers visit time and again, and somehow it never stops providing awe and joy! This trip I visited several of the city's top hotels to check out which are the best fit for our clients. Hotel Eden, located at the top of the Spanish steps, is part …

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Lake Kora – Historic Adirondack Great Camp Escape!

Resort to Laura Madrid is always on the hunt for magical places to take over on an exclusive basis for THAT fitting occasion. Many of my clients are thinking about that BIG BIRTHDAY, multi-generational gathering, or another lifetime milestone to celebrate with loved ones. From ranches, to private islands, to villas and chalets, I pride …

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Twin Farms: Heaven found in Vermont!

Welcome to Twin Farms - A Relais & Chateaux country estate about an hour or so from Burlington, VT in the charming town of Barnard. The Welcome at Twin Farms keeps on giving - hand crafted chocolates from the in-house pastry chef, guests of Resort to Laura Madrid are always welcomed with Dom Perginon, and …

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Ireland: A Breath of Fresh Air!

  Ireland is a spectacular country that begs to be re-visited again and again. In recent years it has been off-the charts popular for many reasons, but I am convinced that what makes people really embrace the country is that the Irish are unabashedly friendly, welcoming and gregarious! No-one forgets to greet you with sincerity. …

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New York – DOWNTOWN – Four Seasons Preferred Partner Leadership Forum

One of the things that insures you are exceptionally well cared for when you travel, is my relationship with the top hoteliers around the globe. My agency is affiliated with the very best luxury hotels in the world, including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts which is near and dear to my heart. Yes, the product …

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Tuscany: Sun-Soaked Amore!

Tuscany is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in Europe and a place that I and many of my clients eagerly return to time and again. From world heritage hill towns such as Pienza and San Gimignano, to highly regarded wine-estates like Chianti to Montalcino to Montepulciano, to seaside villages from Grosetto to …

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UnBELIZEable…Reef Time!

Belize can be a jungle and reef adventure, and my trip was a 9 day extravaganza of both. I have divided my blog recaps between Jungle - click here - and reef...read on below. If doing just the beach, Belize can be a long, lazy weekend jaunt. The Belize Barrier Reef is a 300 kilometers …

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You Better Belize It! …Jungle Love

Belize is a gem in the rough! Talk about a country that has so much to offer but is so under-discovered. My family and I cave-tubed, zip-lined, puddle-jumped, road-transferred, kayaked, hiked, horse-backed, golf-carted, biked, jogged, paddle-boarded, motor-boated, parasailed, snorkeled, and hamocked our way from the jungle to the Caribbean. Belize borders Guatemala and Mexico, and …

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Lake Austin Spa – A Wellness Retreat or a City Stay on the Lake?

Welcome to Lake Austin Spa. Just 40 rooms and 30 minutes outside of downtown Austin. Relaxed, comfortable, beautiful. What I loved about retreating at Lake Austin was that I could actually take the resort boat into Austin for dinner if I wanted - and I did for a spectacular dinner at the Eberly! But if …

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