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My Night at the Museum: The 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City

I love great hotels and it’s a segment of the travel industry that I pay a lot of attention to. So when a few years ago a new player in the industry popped onto my radar, I was immediately intrigued. Although we’ve seen in recent years a growing trend of so-called boutique lifestyle hotels, the fine folks behind the 21c brand weren’t just early adopters, they well and truly paved the way for others to follow. With all of this in mind it was with no shortage of excitement that I finally had the opportunity to patronize one of their properties when I spent some time in Oklahoma City.

What is 21c

Since at least the Great Recession, there has been a revitalization of lost or nearly lost neighborhoods and communities in cities of all sizes around the world...


The Corinthia Hotel Lisbon: A Perfect Home Away From Home

A few weeks ago I joined Viking Cruises for a sailing along the Douro River in Portugal. Since it was my first time in the country, I wanted to make sure I had enough time to explore and experience everything in my own unique way, so I arrived into Lisbon a few days before the start of the cruise. This wasn’t just a nice way to see more of Lisbon, but it was also a necessary slow start so I could recover from jet lag and gently ease into my Portuguese adventure. To help me with this transition, I had the great opportunity to stay at one of the best hotels in the city – The Corinthia Hotel Lisbon – that, as I learned, was the perfect home base for my pre-cruise explorations.

About The Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

Lisbon’s 17th tallest building, the five-star Corinthia Hotel Lisbon ope...


A Few Reasons To Love The Saint Hotel in Key West

Key West Florida

Over the decades Key West has taken on an almost mythical reputation. An enclave for pirates and anyone looking to escape from the rest of the world, a home for Hemingway, a vacation for Truman – the community has earned its reputation over the years as being a place of not only escape, but refuge and it was with a lot of anticipation that I finally arrived into this strange little town at the edge of the country. What helped set the tone for me was my very quirky but also very luxurious boutique hotel, The Saint. Part of the Autograph Collection of hotels the distinctive mix of design and decadence matches its central Key West location with ease, and it also prepared me for the day that was to come.


A hotel’s location is always important to me, but that was especially tru...


Finding An Unlikely New Home at the Four Seasons Orlando

Today I’m pleased to share a guest post from good friend and fellow lover of all things Disney, Brandon Owen. Brandon has spent decades visiting Disney Parks around the world, amassing a treasure trove of great tips and tricks along the way. That’s just one reason of many why I’m thrilled he agreed to share his own unique experiences at the Four Seasons Orlando, a resort that I also dearly love. To learn more about Brandon as well as follow his own travels around the world, please be sure to follow him on Instagram and also check out the interview I conducted with him all about Shanghai on this episode of the Explore the World Travel Podcast.

Looking down at my clothes and back up at the luxurious entrance to the Four Seasons Orlando, I began to wonder if I should have dressed up ...


7 Reasons to Stay at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Walt Disney World Florida

For my first visit to Walt Disney World, I knew I wanted to stay on-site. Maybe in the future when I have more experience with visiting I’ll think about off-site options, but I wanted that first trip to be special and I couldn’t have been in a better hotel than the Swan and Dolphin Resort. Not only was it comfortable and accommodating, but its proximity to the Disney parks and experiences was spectacular. There are a lot of choices when it comes to planning a Walt Disney World vacation and I know it can all be very confusing, so today I want to share some reasons why I personally loved my own stay at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and why I think it’s the perfect option for anyone who wants to add a little magic to their Disney experience.

I’m partnering this year wit...


The Hotel Roanoke: Going Back Home in Style

Roanoke Virginia

Being a tourist in my former hometown of Roanoke, Virginia was at first a strange thing. It is unusual to return to a city where one has spent so much time not to see friends or family, but to experience the destination as a visitor. I loved the experience though and at the heart of my visit was staying at the historic Hotel Roanoke. This grand old lady has long served the community as the preeminent luxury hotel in the entire region, a title it still holds today. It was also the ideal home base for me as I explored not only Roanoke, but all of Virginia’s Blue Ridge which is why today I want to share some of the qualities that make the Hotel Roanoke so very special.


The history of the city of Roanoke and the eponymous hotel are inextricably linked and that connection started wit...


4 Reasons To Love The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond

Richmond Virginia

It’s safe to say that the luxurious Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia is not your average hotel. Built by a tobacco magnate in the 19th century, this impressive property has had a decidedly quirky history. From housing alligators in front of the hotel to surviving fires and downtimes, the Jefferson Hotel of the 21st century though has never been better, as I learned during a recent stay. Today I want to share a few reasons why this remarkable hotel should play an important role in anyone’s visit to Richmond.

Remarkable History

The long history of the Jefferson Hotel could, and has, filled entire books so this one paragraph will in no way do it justice, but I think it’s important to understand a little of the property’s provenance...


Reimagined Luxury at the Historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach

Cavalier Hotel Virginia Beach

I can imagine relaxing in the Cavalier Beach Club, sitting back with a gin fizz and listening to the nightly musicians including Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller or even Bing Crosby. Shiny new Studebakers would roll past and everyone was in their Sunday best to enjoy a night out on the town. Although this could easily describe New York or Chicago in the 1940s, it also perfectly describes the Golden Age of one of the country’s most lauded historic hotels, The Cavalier in Virginia Beach. Although the hotel languished for a number of years, it was recently completely renovated and brought back to its Big Band glory, with lots of quirky 21st century touches thrown in along the way...


What to Know Before You Go: The Aloft Hotel at the David Whitney in Detroit

Detroit Michigan

In 1914, construction on a new 19-storey building began at the junction of Park Avenue, Woodward Avenue, and Washington Boulevard in Detroit. Named in homage to the great lumber and shipping magnate David Whitney Jr., this was the skyscraper of its time and instantly became an American classic. With a massive 4-storey atrium, it was hard not to be instantly impressed walking into this symbol of America’s great golden age, and thankfully that feeling persists through to modern times. Although the Whitney sat in disuse for years, it was recently remodeled inside and out, bringing back that grand old era and making it accessible for today’s visitors. It was also my home base during my most recent visit to Detroit, thanks to the gorgeous hotel that calls the Whitney home.

Detroit Michigan

Aloft Detroit a...


Discovering the Magic of Copenhagen at the Nimb Hotel

Copenhagen Denmark

For my first visit to Copenhagen, I knew I wanted the experience to be special. Since it was also my first vacation in a long time, I felt added pressure to make sure every detail was perfect. A big part of the perfect trip for me is always rooted in the hotel, and in Copenhagen I made the best choice possible when I booked a room at the incomparable Nimb Hotel. I wish I could say that it was a brilliant decision on my part, and while it sort of was I also didn’t fully understand the importance of the Nimb until I spent a few days there. I now have a go-to hotel in Copenhagen and today I want to share why it was such a special experience for me.

Historic Flair

Tivoli Gardens first opened in 1843, making it the 2nd oldest amusement park in the world and a fixture in Copenhagen for gener...