THE HILTON HOTELS OF BRANSON: DOWNTOWN DELUXE SISTERS

The Hiltons of Branson are two sister hotels in a prime location: footsteps from both the Historic Downtown and Branson Landing, an entertainment multiplex on Lake Taneycomo. Both are newly renovated for a first-rate Branson experience. My stay, sponsored by the Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Tourism Bureau, was at the Hilton Branson Convention Center. It’s […]

THE ALISE CHICAGO: HISTORIC HOTEL WITH A PLAYFUL VIBE–AND CUPCAKES

Pineapple Hospitality Group is a small boutique-hotel chain you should know. The family-owned hotelier, founded in 2011 and based in Bellevue, Wash., operates eight unique hotels in prime locations across the country. Seven are on the West Coast; the newest is a Midwestern property–The Alise Chicago. The hotels are different but significant architecturally, and they […]

LOCKVIEW MOTEL: COMFY, COZY DOWNTOWN SAULT STE. MARIE, MI

A delightful place to anchor your stay in Sault Ste. Marie is the Askwith Lockview Motel. It’s a comfortable, family-run motel with affordable prices and a friendly 24-hour staff.   The key advantage to staying at the Askwith Lockview Motel is its downtown location on historic Portage Avenue. Just across the street is Soo Locks […]

BOTSWANA: BASKING IN THE EXOTIC BEAUTY OF THE OKAVANGO DELTA

Mapula Lodge was the last stop on our 16-day journey that began in Cape Town (originating in Chicago), South Africa, so we had stayed in charming lodges and classy hotels along the way. This one–to the remote reaches of Okavango Delta in Botswana–was the most magnificent in a one-with-nature, take-your-breath-every-minute way. Mapula’s greatest amenity is […]

DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE’S INDIGO HOTEL: A MODERN TAKE ON A HISTORIC SITE

Between Nashville’s 3rd and 4th Avenues is the historic Printers Alley. Once home to a young Andrew Jackson’s law practice and stables for his horse, this little back street by the 1890s became the printing and publishing capital of the world. Alongside these flourishing businesses sprouted saloons and speakeasies to cater to after-hours thirsts for […]

11 REASONS YOU MUST GO TO MONTERREY, MEXICO, RIGHT NOW

Mexico’s third-largest city, Monterrey (with two r’s), is long known as a global business destination, but it is growing in popularity with pleasure travelers as well. With the Sierra Madre Mountains as its backdrop, Monterrey welcomes visitors with an accessible location, robust hotel stock, international cuisine, trendy bars and clubs, modern and historic art and […]