48 Hours in Vancouver – A Perfect Getaway From Seattle

If you find yourself basking in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, why not take a weekend to spend 48 hours in Vancouver? The city is just a scenic two-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle and perfect for a quick 2 day getaway. We stayed downtown in the heart of all the action – Vancouver is packed with parks, waterfront views and cool…

Top Things to See on Whidbey Island, the Perfect Day Trip from Seattle

Whidbey Island is a fun and scenic day trip from Seattle, Washington. This quiet island is about 60 miles long and 10 miles wide at its widest point. To help you with a streamlined itinerary, I’ve compiled a list of top things you must see and do on Whidbey Island. Whidbey is about an hour drive from downtown Seattle to the ferry terminal…

the Lanzarotta Guest House in Eugene Oregon

The Lanzarotta Bed & Breakfast: Luxury Meets Nature in Oregon!

The Lanzarotta Bed & Breakfast is a unique and special bed and breakfast in Eugene, Oregon. As we drove in on the windy country road, we were focused on spotting deer in the trees, that could dart in front of our car at any moment.

We were deep in the heart of nature, and the tall trees arching overhead like an urban barrel lining &hellip…

Hotel Centro Sonoma – A Great Getaway to Wine Country

I recently visited the newly opened Hotel Centro Sonoma Wine Country — a new property in the Tapestry by Hilton collection – and what a treat. It’s brand spanking new (it opened in April 2024) and it’s fresh and fabulous! Hotel Centro Sonoma is literally in the heart of Sonoma wine country – it’s easy to get to and centrally…

Parenting Adult Children: The Art of Letting them Fly

Parenting adult children and trusting your adult kids to forge their own way is not for the faint of heart. “Give them wings to fly” they said,  “You’ve done your job, now watch them flourish” they said. Clearly, they aren’t the anxious mums lying awake at 3 a.m., with worst-case scenarios racing through their minds…

3 Days In Mexico City: The Perfect Itinerary

We spent 3 days in Mexico City. It was just long enough to capture the heart of this diverse and sophisticated city and experience many of its highlights. A trip to Mexico City is ideal for a long weekend mini-break. This low-key city has a blend of rich culture and history, interesting architecture, and some of the world’s finest cuisine&#8230…

Visiting The Pyramids of Teotihuacan with Kids in Mexico City

Visiting the pyramids of Teotihuacan with kids is an adventure that blends history, culture, and a bit of physical activity into one easy day trip from Mexico City. This ancient city is just an hour’s drive from the center of Mexico City (depending on the time of day), and is home to some of the most iconic (and massive) pyramids in the world…

Why XOMA by Viadora Is the Perfect Home Base in Roma, Mexico City

We were thrilled to finally visit Mexico City as it’s been on our travel bucket list for ages, and the XOMA luxury hotel & apartments by Viadora was the perfect home base in the Roma district. We found, to our surprise, it was so much better than an ordinary boutique hotel!
Mexico City is filled with rich history, stunning architecture, incredible art, and…

Why The Amsterdam by Viadora is Condesa’s Best Kept Secret

Mexico City is huge, and choosing the right area and the right accommodations can feel overwhelming. The Amsterdam by Viadora is a luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of La Condesa that offers luxury one and two-bedroom suites. After doing extensive research on the different neighborhoods, I opted to make Roma and Condesa the home base for our family. Both districts are centrally…

Elevate Your Everyday With Melinda Maria Jewelry

When I think about which jewelry to wear, I always consider what vibe I’m feeling that day. Jewelry has the power to not only add the finishing touches to an outfit but also change my entire mood. Sometimes I’m in the mood for my timeless classics: my wedding bands, simple earrings, etc., but lately I’ve been experimenting with layering…