What do you think of when you hear the Poconos? If heart-shaped bathtubs come to mind, it’s definitely time to pay this part of northeast Pennsylvania a visit. This scenic region is home to 2,400 square miles of breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, woodlands and winding rivers. And those retro, heart-shaped or champagne-glass-shaped tubs are defi nitely a thing of the past. “We’re a destination known for outdoor adventure and well-being,” says David Jackson, vice president of sales for the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.
THERE ARE FEW THINGS BETTER THAN AN AUTUMN DAY in Bucks County. Sure, the bucolic setting, complete with stone farmhouses, rolling hills and classic main streets, is charming any time of year, but fall is when it really shines. It may be only under an hour from Philadelphia, but Bucks County offers a breath of fresh air—and it’s not just for couples seeking romantic getaways. With inns, full-service hotels, restaurants and plenty to do, Bucks County is an ideal choice for meetings and events.
PITTSBURGH IS A HAPPENING PLACE. Buzzwords like sustainability, innovation and affordability have been standard operating procedure for years, which may come as a surprise to those who still conjure images of smokestacks and steel when they think of Pittsburgh. The walkable downtown is an accessible hub of culture and business, surrounded by three rivers and a patchwork of 90 charmingly distinct neighborhoods.
I spent last week visiting two extraordinary properties in San Diego:
NESTLED ALONG THE FOOTHILLS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS IS THE CITY OF BOISE. Its name is French for wooded, and you need only view a panoramic shot of the City of Trees to see that its nickname is well deserved. This American beauty has plenty to offer visiting groups, conferences and conventions-from its unique cultural heritage activities to its vibrant wine scene and overabundance of scenic expeditions.
Bask in Boise’s Basque Culture
The stately 1920’s Hotel Casa Del Mar, which sits right on the sand in Santa Monica, is always a magical place to visit. But never more so than when Derek Hughes is in residence. A "modern conjurer" and comedian, he’s performing a show he calls Insomnia in a private suite on a half-dozen dates over the next few months. I caught a preview performance of Insomnia and it’s both astonishing and charming. The space where Hughes works his magic is limited to 50 guests, giving you a close-up view of the goings on and a chance to participate. Still,
Last week I spent 36 hours in Temecula Valley, hosted by the Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. Just ninety minutes, and roughly as many miles, from Los Angeles Temecula offered a small-town infusion of holiday cheer that can be difficult to come by among the palm trees and sprawl of LA.
When I was invited on a combination staycation and quick getaway by Kimpton Hotels I quickly said yes. These boutique properties are among my favorite places to stay, especially since they welcome dogs of all sizes and breeds. That meant my golden retriever Carlos could come with me.