• Miramonte Resort and Spa : Desert Escape

    “I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence, something throbs, and gleams…” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince We headed out to Indian Wells on a Saturday afternoon. It had been a hectic morning, and the sun was blazing, the traffic, late star, hectic morning made for a grumpy crew. The short 2-hour ride from OC felt longer. When we arrived at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa, bathed in the familiar desert heat, we switched to vacation mode. Lying at the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Miramonte immediately puts one in a relaxed…

  • Quail Motorcycle Gathering

    Motorcycles, Ice Cream and Keanu Reeves in Carmel

    Last May, I had the privilege of attending and working on “The Quail Motorcycle Gathering” in Carmel, CA. As social media manager of Acorn Woods Communications, we worked with The Quail Events group of the Quail Lodge a few months before the event. The event is a celebration of the Evolution of the Motorcycle, honoring both pre- and post-war eras of the world’s finest sports and racing bikes. Not being a rider myself, what I did appreciate was the history and physical beauty of the motorcycles. Not to mention, the camaraderie of riders. Plus, there was the location! The Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel Valley! Besides, any chance…

  • #TravelTuesday: Discover Dreamy Destinations in the U.S. and Beyond at the Travel & Adventure Show

    One of my favorite shows to cover as a journalist is the Travel and Adventure Show in Long Beach. This year the 11th Annual Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show took place last February 27 and 28 at the Long Beach Convention Center. It was awesome! Talk about a virtual tour around the world. There were hundreds of exhibitors including local US destinations as well as countries across the globe. I always go to the National Park Service section first during the Travel Show. They have tons of information on parks including Sequoia and Kings’ Canyon, Yosemite and more. This year the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary. Now…

  • Hotel Zephyr San Francisco

    Travel Tuesday: I left my heart in San Francisco at Hotel Zephyr to be exact

    We had less than a day and one night to spend in San Francisco, so we wanted it to count! The best decision we made was to book a room at what is possibly the coolest hotel on Fisherman’s Wharf. Just one night at Hotel Zephyr not only provided a great home base from which to explore the city but it was also a destination in itself. You’ll have to watch the Periscope videos I made below to get a taste of what I mean. Hotel Zephyr used to be the Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf and it spans over the entire block bound by Jefferson, Powell and Beach St. It has…

  • Monterey Bay

    #TravelTuesday: Weekend at Hyatt Regency Monterey

    It’s not about the destination but the journey getting there. But when driving out to Monterey for the weekend, then the destination is everything. The last time we drove up the Central Coast to Carmel by the Sea, we took the scenic winding road up the Pacific Coast Highway. It was going very well until the kids started feeling queasy. So this time, we decided that we could try to get to Monterey from Huntington Beach under 6 hours, by driving up the 5 to the 101. It took slightly longer than 6 hours through not very scenic rural views. An exception was the drive through the pretty vineyards of…

  • Carlsbad Lagoon | Photo by Marcie Taylor 2015

    Staycation Destination: Carlsbad

    There’s more to Carlsbad than Legoland. Don’t get me wrong, Legoland is definitely a family favorite, but for this little weekend getaway, we wanted something else. Something low key and relaxing. Only an hour away from Huntington Beach, Carlsbad is an ideal staycation destination. Though it is a beach town like our Surf City, it has a different vibe. The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa was an ideal place to spend the night. It has comfy accommodations and is conveniently located to many points of interest, yes, including Legoland. But as I mentioned, we didn’t even visit the amusement park. Before checking into the Sheraton, we had lunch at a…

  • Travel Tuesday: A Desert Escape at The Boulders Resort in Arizona

    The drive to Arizona is smooth and uneventful. And then the landscape starts to change. There are cacti on the side of the road and tumbleweeds. Large granite boulders jut out from the desert and you wonder if they are real. In fact, they are 12 million years old kind of real. And that’s how this luxury Waldorf-Astoria Resort got its name – The Boulders. Somewhere on the border of Scottsdale, we arrive at one of the world’s most celebrated hideaways in Carefree, Arizona. The Boulders, a Waldorf-Astoria resort, has 160 guest casitas and 60 villas shaped into the natural terrain, many bordering the two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Jay Morrish,…

  • Travel Tuesday: Wellness Weekend At Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

    There is so much I can say about the awesome weekend I had in Santa Monica, CA. I stayed at the LEED Certified, eco-friendly, sustainable Shore Hotel. I got a massage, ate raw, vegan, painted and even did beach yoga. But for now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.   What a wonderful day! #weather #instaweather #instaweatherpro #sky #outdoors #nature #world #love #followme #follow #beautiful #instagood #fun #cool #like #life #nice #happy #colorful #photooftheday #amazing #santamonica #unitedstates #day #autumn #us #shorewellness A post shared by Marcie Taylor (@marcietaylor) on Oct 12, 2013 at 11:46am PDT

  • Experiencing SpaRitual at Glen Ivy Hot Springs

    One of my favorite escapes is historic and beautiful Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona. So when I heard about the event to launch Glen Ivy’s partnership with SpaRitual, I made plans to be there. Any excuse to relax at Glen Ivy and cover myself up with mud is good for me. The drive to the Inland Empire from Orange County mid-week is not too bad. When I arrived at Glen Ivy at 11:00am, the place was already teeming with people. A room was set-up with SpaRitual’s eco-conscious product line and I received a mini-hand treatment. I love how SpaRitual is committed to providing spa and nail care products that…

  • Somewhere Beyond the Sea – Carmel-by-the-Sea

    The six hour road trip, from Huntington Beach in Orange County to Carmel by the Sea in Monterey County, California takes you down a scenic route. And it can really be a relaxing drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, except when you are traveling with kids in tow. Driving for so many hours with no DVD to keep time can be challenging. Even with their Nintendo DS and iPhone devices, there was always that nagging question of:”Are we there yet?” After taking in the breathtaking coastal views and stopping for lunch at San Luis Obispo, we finally enter Carmel. The first thing that hits you is the scent of pine.…