A Luxury Stay on the Big Island: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

I’ve been lucky enough to visit the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai three times in the last few years, and I have to say, it’s quite possibly my favorite resort to visit on the planet. There’s no doubt it’s one of the best resorts in Hawaii, and it’s easy to see why. This 5 star property features everything from 7 pools and 5 restaurants to an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus designed golf course set on a volcanic landscape. For our trip, we left at the end of January, which is high season for the Big Island as people try to escape the cold. It’s also the perfect season for whale watching, and if you’re lucky, you can see them right from the beach at the resort. Leaving Austin for this January/February trip was the perfect way to escape the cold fronts that had rolled into Texas, and the weather in Hawaii was perfect. “Winter” on the Big Island tends to be in the 70s/80s with lows in the 60s, so while you’ll want to pack a sweater, it’s much more mild than most other destinations.

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Checking In: The Radisson Red in Downtown Portland, Oregon

The brand new Radisson RED Portland Downtown only opened in November, so I’ve been one of the first bloggers to get to check it out. To book a stay, currently using it is only 37,500 Radisson Rewards points a night, which is a really good deal! So the total for a 3-night stay like my trip would only be 112,500 points! If you’re low on points, Radisson Rewards also often offers a Points + Cash option. Because of my Gold status with Radisson Rewards, I also received a free upgrade upon check-in to a beautiful and spacious corner room for the duration of my stay.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Vancouver, BC

Vancouver has been on my bucket list for quite awhile, so when my Alaska Seabourn cruise took me from Anchorage to Vancouver, I knew I had to stay a few extra days to explore the city. The last time I was in Vancouver, I was only 4 years old, so I was very excited to experience Vancouver for the first time as an adult. I’ve seen beautiful photos of Vancouver so much over the last few years on Instagram, so I knew I was in for a great trip! Check out this post for where to stay and what to do in Vancouver.

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Checking In: Archer Hotel (Austin, TX)

A little while back, I had the pleasure of spending a night at the Archer Hotel Austin at Domain Northside. The boutique hotel has eight floors with 171 rooms described as "rustic luxe" style, including several unique suites like the Archer Den that I stayed in. Some rooms of note have standout features such as private balconies and free-standing tubs. For dining, there is one restaurant on property, Second Bar + Kitchen, run by award-winning Chef David Bull.

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