I’ve praised McMenamin brothers before. These guys really know what they are doing when it comes to hotels and a good time. Edgefield (Troutdale, OR) is a century-old complex of buildings that used to be the county poor farm, transformed into relaxed resort.

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Hotel San José + Wink

I’ve been thinking about Austin, TX a lot lately. It is a place I’ve never been but anyone who has been and knows me says, “You will love it there.” Who am I to argue? I might as well start planning my trip now. First up is Hotel San José, a hotel with a soul. It’s a lovely mix of modern and retro style. With a fabulous location right next to downtown Austin I think it is the perfect place to chill out and get to know the city.
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Cottages of Napa Valley + Bouchon

We are crossing out of the realm of fantasy and into reality. This is my actual weekend! I discovered both these places a couple of months ago and by some foodie miracle they have a package deal together. I am writing this before my weekend takes place, but I have no doubt that it will be fabulous. We are staying at the Cottages of Napa Valley. We have been in wine country before and had a great experience in a similar setting. I like the little cottages because they are more private than a B&B and super cozy. You can pretend that it’s your own little house in paradise. Read The Rest

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