My Top Picks in Napa Valley, California

by Eric Hrubant Luxury travel isn’t just my business, it’s my passion.  I have many business trips and vacations in the works over the next two years: South Beach in Miami, the Côte d’Azur in France, Malibu, and Queens, New York to see my …

My Favorite Experiences in Sonoma County

by Eric Hrubant I love Sonoma County, California. Located just 60 miles north of San Francisco, you’ll find temperate weather, magnificent wine, decadent dining and tons of outdoor fun. The region is open and locals are enthusiastically anticipating your arrival. If you’re looking …

A Day in Provence, France

by Jamie Edwards Provence has its own aura, its own colorful, prismatic vibe. It is all too easy to fall in love with the hilltop villages, most with stone church steeples punctuating a cobalt blue sky. To fall for the iconic lavender fields, …

My Beloved Florence, Italy

by Amy & John Brueckner Hello CIRE friends!  Amy here…  I don’t want to make you jealous, but I’m headed to ITALY this week!  And specifically, one of my favorite cities in the world, Florence.  I’ve been to Firenze three times before: once …

Wonderful Wine (and More!) in Willamette Valley, Oregon

by Eric Hrubant I am wild about Willamette Valley, Oregon. Early pioneers traveled on the Oregon Trail for months before discovering the perpetually green forests, ever-changing multi-colored meadows and the expansive fertile valley perfect for planting vineyards. Today Willamette (pronounced wuh·LA·muht) Valley is …

Wellness Around the World: 4 Inspiring Experiences

by Jamie Edwards Self-care is a term receiving much attention lately. And rightly so. We are emerging from our cocoons after a long year of hibernation. What better time to take care of ourselves from the inside out? Strengthening our mental and physical …

5 of my Favorite Fabulous Hotels in Los Angeles

by Eric Hrubant When people say they’re going to LA for the weekend, they’re likely not going to downtown Los Angeles (not that there’s anything wrong if they did!), but likely escaping to the prominent destinations of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, …

Botswana is the Magic Kingdom

by Jamie Edwards There is no sound I can think of that compares to that of the African bush. Silence. Almost complete silence, except for the distant (and sometimes not so distant) roar of a lion, the slow, steady, padded thump of an …

The Four Seasons Punta Mita is the ‘Perfect’ Resort

by Jamie Edwards I love traveling to hidden, off-the-beaten-path, inaccessible, far-flung destinations. I love hotels that are boutique in size, blend seamlessly into the environment, and whose entrances are easily passed unnoticed. The Four Seasons Punta Mita is not one of those places. …