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Glorietta Bay Inn, Coronado, California

        One of my favorite movies of all time is Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis. The movie was filmed in Coronado-a lovely beach community in San Diego. Coronado exudes old world charm.  I recently had the pleasure of staying at The Glorietta Bay Inn in Coronado. Overlooking San Diego’s scenic Glorietta Bay and one block from the Pacific Ocean, this Coronado landmark is comprised of an 11 room bed and breakfast and 89 rooms in the contemporary buildings surrounding the mansion. The mansion rooms have recently been remodeled while keeping the old world charm.  
     I especially enjoyed relaxing in the lobby and taking in the warm ocean breeze. The Glorietta Bay Inn serves a hearty continental breakfast which includes fresh fruit, cereals, bagels, bread, yogurts, tea and coffee. There are also gluten-free options.  
     Each room has a refrigerator, and the facility has washer and dryers for hotel guests to use. The Glorietta Bay Inn is centrally located to shops, gyms and the beach. The Glorietta Bay Inn is a historical monument with architectural integrity. A true gem in Cornoado!

Gloriettta Bay Inn
1630 Glorietta Bay Boulevard
Coronado, CA 921118
(800) 283-9383
Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, California

    With an impressive entrance and manicured grounds Omni La Costa Resort is the ideal getaway. La Costa combines natural beauty with perfect weather making it an perfect location for an escape from everyday life. It has an acclaimed spa, exceptional golf courses, tennis courts, several pools including a water slide and luxurious guest accommodations. La Costa attracts guests seeking wellness and relaxation, and I certainly enjoyed the serenity of La Costa!
    Guests can grab a quick bite to eat at the on-site cafés, which are located at the Spa(I recommend the Honey & Calendula Body Buff!) and poolside. The Marketplace brews fresh coffee and offers a choice selection of grab-and-go snacks, locally made gelato, pastries, and other treats. It’s open 24 hours, too!

Omni La Costa Resort
2100 Costa Del Mar Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 438-9111

The Apple Farm Inn 

    The Apple Farm Inn is a wonderful getaway in the heart San Luis Obispo, California. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.  They are happy to share information about the area and what events are happening around town.  In the lobby you can relax and sip on a glass of wine, fresh apple cider, lemon water, tea or coffee. There is even apple cider and candies in the room as well as a coffee maker.  This charming, non-smoking hotel has spacious rooms with a gas fireplace and high-speed wireless Internet access.  The Apple Farm Inn has a heated pool and spa and free parking.
     The Apple Farm has a lovely gift shop with seasonal, local and Apple Farm products.  The Bakery provides local farm to table cuisine, fresh pastries and pies that are world famous!  Every stay includes a $ 5 dining credit to use at their bakery or restaurant.  The pumpkin muffins were so delicious that I bought extra to take back home.

The Apple Farm Inn
2015 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
1 (800) 255-2040
(805) 544-2040
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

    As I pulled up to The Park Hyatt Aviara Resort the valet greeted me with a welcoming smile and a refreshing chilled bottle of water. The Park Hyatt Aviara is situated on over 1,000 lush acres and offers views of the Pacific ocean and scenic landscapes of the Batiquitos Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary.   
    As I walked through the grand entrance of The Park Hyatt Aviara I was embraced by the sweet smell of jasmine.  There are oversized guestrooms and suites, four exquisite restaurants, 24 hour in room dining, lively lounges, a 24 hour fitness center, swimming pools for children and adults, babysitting services, a beauty salon,  as well as tennis and golf.  The Park Hyatt Aviara is the home to the LPGA Kia Classic and offers a botanical oasis that challenges the novice and seasoned golfer alike.   
    I took an invigorating walk around the Batiquitos Lagoon and afterwards I went to the Spa and indulged myself in a body treatment, The Coconut Sugar Scrub. The spa was clean and inviting with a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. 
    At the end of the day I enjoyed a warm cup of tea and listened to the piano player who plays from 2-6pm daily. The restaurants at The Park Hyatt Aviara offer fresh, seasonal and organic cuisine. The Vivace is a four diamond signature Italian restaurant offering interpretive, regional cuisine.  This Five Star winning hotel is worth experiencing and I highly recommend making it your ultimate vacation destination! 

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, California
(760) 448-1234 

The Marsh 

    If you are looking for a wonderful retreat where you can get into your "zen zone", then The Marsh is the place for you. It is an integrated wellness center situated on the edge of a scenic Minnetonka wetland. It is a medically-based fitness facility that includes an indoor lap pool and water therapy pool, group exercise classes (Pilates and Yoga), a full-service spa, restaurant, a small boutique and six overnight guest rooms. I especially enjoyed swimming in the indoor lap pool. 
    The Spa has several treatments which include massages, facials, acupuncture, life style and weight loss programs and salon services. The Aromessence Body Polish &  wrap includes a steam shower, a full body exfoliation and mask application with a warm blanket wrap followed by a an application of special oils and moisturizing lotion.  After enjoying a Spa treatment I recommend going up to the Mediation Tower that overlooks the wetland.  
    The Marsh has a large membership and it has a strong commitment to one's health and wellness. They offer some complementary services during the first 30 days of the membership that include a one hour consultation with an exercise specialist, a private session with a certified Pilates instructor, 30 minute consultation with a licensed physical therapist, and 50% discounts at the spa service of your choice.  
    If you want to stay at a quiet, low key place where you are greeted by the friendliest people ever, then The Marsh is the place for you. 

The Marsh 
15000 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345
(953) 935-8905

Hotel La Jolla-Curio Collection by Hilton
By Judi Mjelde

     The Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton is just steps away from La Jolla Shores Beach and La Jolla Village. This centrally located non-smoking boutique hotel is close to shopping, The Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego. 
     The hotel staff is knowledgeable and very friendly! They provided me with literature about La Jolla and made some great suggestions on what to do and see in La Jolla. The Curio Collection reflects the independent and unique character of each hotel’s local area. 
      I enjoyed spectacular ocean views from my furnished balcony. The rooms are clean and peaceful. Each room includes a large flat screen TV, coffeemaker, charging station, work desk and small refrigerator.  
     Perched on the 11th floor is The Award winning Cusp Restaurant. The food specializes in seasonal produce and local faire. I highly recommend The Chilaquiles (a tasty egg dish that includes black beans and roasted tomato salsa).  The homemade granola was delicious! My husband loved the Pan Seared Scallops which included a coconut black rice, grilled corn and a Thai red curry sauce. The bar serves craft cocktails and local and beers. The dining experience is taken to another level of enjoyment due to the panoramic ocean views from the floor-to-ceilings! It’s worth going to just watch the sunset!
     Having the fitness center on the premise was an added plus.  The hotel provides complimentary bicycles to cruise around the area. The outdoor pool is heated all year round and it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the fresh sea breeze. 

Hotel La Jolla
7955 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 
(858) 551-3600
Hotel La Jolla- Curio Collection by Hilton

The Inn at Spanish Bay
By Shari Kilstofte

     Nestled among majestic Monterey pines and fronted by a Scottish Style links golf course this hotel provides breathtaking coastline views!
     All the guest rooms feature stylish and comfortable furnishings with a warm, cozy fireplace making this an ideal retreat! If you love to golf, then you’re in for a treat! The landscaped grounds, pine forest, Pacific ocean create a perfect setting for a glorious golfing experience! 
    Was able to catch up on some reading as I sat on the private balcony of my scenic room. Each room has complimentary Wi-Fi, LCS flat-Screen televisions, fireplace and lavish modern bathrooms with signature amenities.  The scenic room was located on the upper level.
     The Inn provides several fantastic restaurants and it’s just a stroll away from the award-winning Spanish Bay Club and Tennis Pavilion.

The Inn at Spanish Bay
2700 17 Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, California 93953
(831) 647-7500
The Inn at Spanish Bay

Estancia La Jolla
By Judi Mjelde

    Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is a beautiful hacienda-styled resort nestled between San Diego’s seaside villages of La Jolla and Del Mar. Centrally located and close to The University of California, San Diego. The land that Estancia stands on was formerly an equestrian ranch and the hotel’s rancho-inspired architecture was built to be reminiscent of this. The lobby mimics the stable like buildings that once stood there and the Baja themed restaurant, Mustangs & Burros, actually stands where the tack room once stood. 
    Estancia La Jolla boasts 210 deluxe guest rooms and suites that exemplify California style and comfort, including spacious Estate Suites and a Presidential Suite. All rooms have exquisite touches such as plush bathrobes, a Keurig coffee machine, complimentary bottle of wine-and let me tell you this is not just any ordinary wine, as it is made especially for Estancia La Jolla from the Trinitas Cellars in Napa Valley California! Other amenities include a mini fridge, work desk, flat screen TV and wireless internet access. Estancia La Jolla provides excellent valet parking, too.
    Our room had a lovely balcony with an expansive view of the lush gardens. The grounds are an inviting setting for weddings and outside parties. Estancia La Jolla is a dog friendly hotel, also.
    Estancia La Jolla’s dining venues are outstanding! I had an amazing breakfast at The Adobe that included French toast with fresh berries, whipped mascarpone and candied pecans! The Mustangs and Burros restaurant boasts Baja inspired cuisine and accommodates special diets including vegan and gluten free dishes. The Portobella Tacos were delicious! Estancia La Jolla offers a free shuttle service within 5 miles of the hotel so I decided to take a shuttle to La Jolla Cove to take a beach walk as I watched people snorkeling around the cove and observing the seals on the rocks. 
    Being an avid swimmer I thoroughly enjoyed the heated saltwater pool. There are other recreational amenities that include an executive fitness center, bike rentals, lawn games and a 7,000 square foot full service spa!
    I couldn’t wait to experience Estancia La Jolla’s Spa as it has been voted Best Spa Day Location in San Diego Magazine and Best La Jolla Day Spa in La Jolla Village by News Readers Choice. It was hard to choose from the several treatments offered by I decided to try the The Ginger Renewal body treatment. I recommend arriving at least a half hour before your treatment to take advantage of Eucalyptus infused steam room and the whirlpool. I love to be pampered and The Ginger Renewal did not disappoint! My massage therapist had 18 years of experience, and she was terrific! She started out with a special ginger scrub, and then I was wrapped up with warm towels as she continued to massage my feet and hands. I did not want the massage to end! 
    Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa provides excellent customer service, fresh cuisine and a world class spa that everyone will enjoy! 

Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa
9700 N. Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, California 92037
(805) 550-1000
[email protected]

Top of the Hill Travels
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
By Judi Mjelde

  The Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa is the perfect Island getaway with a variety of activities that the whole family can enjoy! Situated on the quiet side of Coronado near the ferry landing The Coronado Island Resort and Spa has nearby access to popular San Diego attractions including Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. 
  Coronado’s climate is perfect for outdoor activities. One can go jet skiing or just take a stroll down Orange Avenue. The Coronado Marriott Resort and Spa has three pools. One can hang out at the pool deck and enjoy an outdoor pool bar equipped with a pop up oyster and taco bar. The hotel offers complimentary beach cruisers, also. I enjoyed a refreshing swim in the lap pool-which is a comfortable 82 degrees year round. 
  The Cali-Coastal Restaurant, Albaca, has panoramic views of San Diego Bay and indoor and outdoor dining. The food successfully combines Latin Baja California flavors using simple food with quality ingredients. Albaca has food options for vegetarians and gluten-free diets, too.
  The rooms are spacious and quiet. I enjoyed lovely ocean and city views from our deck. It was fun to see the beautiful flamingos in the ponds that surround The Coronado Marriott Resort and Spa, and the grounds are beautifully landscaped. The Coronado Marriott Resort and Spa is the perfect destination vacation!

Coronado Marriott Resort & Spa
2000 Second Street
Coronado, California 92118

Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma at Point Ruston Waterfront
 By Judi Mjelde

  When I walked into our hotel room at The Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma at Point Ruston Waterfront the first words that came out of my mouth was WOW! I was hit with a panoramic view of Puget Sound, and this waterfront view was breathtaking! 
  Our room was spacious with two sinks in the bathroom as well as a sink in the room next to a coffee maker for convenience. I loved having a little refrigerator in the room as I could collect goodies from the many shops and dining places around the hotel. All the boutiques including a movie theatre and a public market are within walking distance to the hotel.
  The Copper and Salt Northwest Kitchen serving Italian and Pacific Northwest food is situated in the hotel. The restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes with the maple mascarpone were delicious! 
  The Silver Cloud Hotel has a fantastic state-of-the art fitness center. After I did weights and the elliptical, I enjoyed a lovely swim at the rooftop pool. There are excellent walking trails surrounding the hotel, too. 
  With its ideal location and wonderful amenities, The Silver Cloud Hotel at Point Ruston Waterfront is the best place to stay while in Tacoma!

Silver Cloud Hotel at Point Ruston
Waterfront-5125 Grand Loop-Ruston
WA 98407
(253) 319-8300

The Hyatt Regency in La Jolla
By Judi Mjelde

  La Jolla is known as “The Jewel of the Pacific” and The Hyatt Regency is a jewel of a hotel in the heart of La Jolla! The Hyatt Regency combines European Charm with Southern California Comfort. This spacious hotel sits on 11 beautifully landscaped acres with over 400 rooms and suites. Even the pickiest of travelers will be impressed with the comfortable rooms equipped with air conditioning, HDTVs, iPod docking stations, WiFi and extra thick signature pillow top beds. 
  I love to exercise so I was in heaven with the amazing junior size Olympic lap pool. There is a fitness center that is open 24/7 and there are lit tennis courts, too. 
  The Hyatt Regency is centrally located and is just steps away from world class restaurants. There are outstanding restaurants on the premise and there is 24-hour room service. There’s a bar/lounge and a poolside bar, too. For Dinner we enjoyed dining at Drift. The seasonal menus highlight regional ingredients and there is lovely outdoor seating with firepits.
There is a variety of delectable dishes that can be made vegan and gluten-free. I enjoyed The Kale and Farro Salad with heirloom tomatoes and The Brown Butter Cavatelli Pasta with wild mushroom ragu, spinach and parmesan cheese. The flatbreads are delicious, also. 
  This vacation destination is close to The University of California, San Diego, and excellent shopping. It took me less than 10 minutes to walk to a wonderful shopping area which included Whole Foods Market, CVS and Nordstrom’s rack. The Hyatt Regency Hotel is just minutes away from Sea World, The Torrey Pines National Reserve and Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course. I recommend giving yourself enough days to enjoy what The Hyatt Regency has to offer. 

The Hyatt Regency Hotel
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, California 92122
(858) 552-1234

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
By Judi Mjelde

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills certainly deserves Forbes consistent 5 star rating! From the valet to the front desk I was greeted with a warm and knowledgeable staff. 
The hotel is extremely accommodating with its check in and check out times which was great for me since I was in the field all day covering events in Beverly Hills. 
This elegant and sophisticated hotel is clean, safe and beautiful. I stayed in the Grand Double Classic Suite that had 2 double beds with a spacious sitting area and a French balcony. The monogramed pillow case with my initials on it gave the room a personalized feel. The plush bedding and comfortable beds provided me with a fantastic nights sleep! I highly recommend the spa treatments at the Ricari (translation means “Recharge” in Italian) situated on the 8th floor. Also on the 8th floor is the roof top swimming pool and a terrific fitness center equipped with that latest brands of workout machines.
L’Ermitage’s restaurant, L’Restaurant, provides fresh seasonal dishes and a variety of organic smoothies. The menu has creative entrees such as Carrot Coconut Soup, English Pea Orzo and Eggplant Tahini Dip. 
L’Ermitage is the perfect place to stay if you want superb service and fantastic accommodations!

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
9291 Burton Way
Beverly Hills, California 90210
(310) 278-3344

The Beverly Hills Hotel
By Judi Mjelde

The Iconic Beverly Hills Hotel also known as The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows and fondly nicknamed the “Pink Palace” exemplifies elegance and provides impeccable service!
There are 210 guest rooms and suites and 23 bungalows.
The hotel sits on 12 private beautifully manicured acres.
I felt like a movie star as I entered the grand lobby on their signature red carpet. I admired the classic Banana Leaf wallpaper that adorns the hallways. The Banana Leaf motif is throughout the hotel and provides a beautiful signature look.  
My room was a Deluxe Twin Room which had a spacious sitting area and luxurious bathroom. 
I enjoyed the tropical gardens and exotic flowers that lined the path on my way to the pool. The pool is a good size to do laps. The pool side has 11 private poolside cabanas that are equipped with phone charging stations, apple TV, personal safe, mini refrigerator and plush robes! There fitness room has state of the art equipment to enjoy a great workout.
The Beverly Hills Hotel provides complimentary bikes and I suggest riding down the wide palm lined streets to Rodeo Drive where the shopping is marvelous! 
There are three excellent places to dine at the hotel which are The Polo Lounge, The Fountain Coffee Room, and The Cabana Café. I enjoyed a delicious quinoa salad with fresh greens, radishes, cucumber, tomatoes, and sprinkled quinoa tossed with a delicious lemon vinaigrette dressing. I highly recommend the McCarthy Salad, a signature salad at The Polo Lounge, that has grilled chicken, eggs, avocado, cheddar cheese, beets, and tomatoes tossed with the Fabulous Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing! All the desserts are made on the premises including homemade ice cream. I loved The Carrot Cake with pineapple and a toasted coconut cream cheese frosting which was best carrot cake I have ever had!
From spa treatments to exquisite dining The Beverly Hills Hotel is the perfect vacation destination!

The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90210
(310) 276-2251
Toll Free (855) 350-0079
[email protected]