2017 Best of the Best is Here!

Published once a year, this comprehensive catalog lists more than 1,100 Virtuoso preferred hotels and resorts and destinations that Virtuoso advisors have chosen specifically for unique settings, extraordinary service, and top-drawer amenities. 

Hotel Majestic, Barcelona

Hotel Majestic is located on the Passeig de Gracia (much like being on Michigan Avenue in Chicago) between two Gaudi sites right in the heart of Barcelona. The Passeig de Gracia offers wide, walkable streets that feel safe any time of the day or night. Although the Hotel Majestic was in the middle of ritzy shopping and sightseeing, it was also a walkable distance to the neighborhood of Gracia—which quickly became one of my favorite areas—offering restaurants, an authentic market, and a couple of cute bodegas (wine stores where we could have a wine tasting at 9am)…

Flying the Friendly Skies: Thanksgiving Edition

It’s the biggest travel weekend of the year. Lines of weary travelers snake around the security barriers, toes tapping as yet another traveler readjusts their overweight suitcase at check in….scores of television cameras documenting the scene with ten-second interviews and those of us at home happily watching….thankful we are not in the fray. What happens when your travel plans collide with Thanksgiving weekend??? It’s simple….you plan.

 

FC Barcelona Futbol Fanatic

Travel is about the experience—about memories shared for a lifetime. It’s less the list of monuments and museums and more about the convergence of passion and travel. Sometimes even I find myself getting so caught up in sights and budget that I forget that it’s the moments that stir my heart that count. I will forever remember the sheer excitement I witnessed in my husband the day Barcelona played. What a glorious day!

 

Weekend Getaway to Chicago

Sometimes no matter how much we need a vacation, all we have time for is a quick getaway.  Even I can have a finite about of time I can be out of the office, but adventure beckons and I go on the search for a destination within driving distance of my home in Carmel, Indiana.  Chicago is a great town to explore and re-explore.  Although I have been many times (especially when my children were younger), there always seems to be something new to check out—particularly in the food department.

Recently, The Man and I spent the weekend in Chicago with my stepson.  We were looking for activities that were (hopefully) fun for an almost-twenty year-old.  I booked our Virtuoso preferred property, the Park Hyatt Chicago and reached out to the fabulous hotel concierge for assistance.  The concierge helped me create an entire weekend’s itinerary offering suggestions and giving insight as to what is new in the city and the hours of operation of tours and restaurants.