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Articles by Fran Miller

San Luis Obispo's Tolosa Wines Imbue a Tangible Sense of Place
June 2, 2017
By Fran Miller
Those who consider the Napa Valley to be the heart and soul of California wine country are partially on point. The area is no doubt fertile, producing some of the best wines – and best known labels - in the world.
Stop and Smell the Roses at Calistoga's Solage, An Auberge Resort
May 17, 2017
By Fran Miller
Calistoga’s Solage resort and spa makes it easy to stop and smell the roses – quite literally.
Press Your Escape Button at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto
May 2, 2017
By Fran Miller
The stunning curved glass visage of the Four Seasons Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto glistens over California’s Highway 101, intriguing passers-by with its dramatic profile. The location is atypical for a luxury hotel.
MacArthur Place, Sonoma – A Modern Wine Country ‘Throwback’
April 21, 2017
By Fran Miller
If Napa Valley’s immense popularity has kept you at bay for fear of crowds, traffic ensnarements, and three-deep wine tasting bars, consider a visit to sister valley Sonoma.
Intercontinental The Clement Monterey is Everything You Wish It To Be
March 2, 2017
By Fran Miller
It takes a special type of hospitality talent to create a hotel environment that is all things to all people.
Provenance Vineyards Seeks the Best Expression of Napa Valley, and Finds it in Recently Released Fortitude
February 16, 2017
By Fran Miller
Just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, Napa Valley's verdant landscape is home to approximately 475 wineries.
The Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North Perfectly Echoes its Sonoran Sense of Place
February 15, 2017
By Fran Miller
The Four Seasons brand is distinguished by the ‘sense of place' aesthetic demonstrated at each of its resorts worldwide.
Cavallo Point Lodge and Bardessono Find a Perfect 'Perks' Partner in Lexus
December 2, 2016
By Fran Miller
What do Sausalito's Cavallo Point Lodge and Yountville's Bardessono Hotel have in common, beyond their highly desirable locales, luxe accommodations, sumptuous spa services, and gourmet food offerings?
The Clement Hotel Delivers All-Inclusive Comfort in the Heart of Silicon Valley
November 29, 2016
By Fran Miller
Your introduction to Palo Alto's Clement Hotel takes place a few days prior to your scheduled arrival when an email query arrives from the ‘Guest Experience Specialist.' He would like to know what beverages you favor.
The Hideaway Perfectly Reflects Carmel's Relaxed Sophistication
November 10, 2016
By Fran Miller
The Hideaway – PlumpJack Group's latest acquisition in its growing hospitality portfolio – is a perfectly nuanced addition to Carmel-by-the-Sea. The 24 room inn mirrors the charm and casual elegance of its host Village and provides an ideal home base from which to explore the many attractions and offerings of this coastal gem of a town.
4 Reasons to Make The Marker Your San Francisco Hotel
October 26, 2016
By Fran Miller
Inhabiting what was once the Kimpton's Monaco hotel, The Marker has placed its own original Joie de Vivre stamp on the centrally-located San Francisco property.
Like a Perfectly Tailored Suit, The Gray is a Fit for Chicago
October 21, 2016
By Fran Miller
Like the finely tailored suits worn by the financiers and lawyers in its financial district neighborhood, not a wrinkle is found at Chicago's new The Gray hotel located at the corner of N. LaSalle and Monroe.
Peace, Love, & Harmony at Jenner's Timber Cove Resort
September 29, 2016
By Fran Miller
Artist Benjamino Bufano's famed 93-foot tall obelisk heralds your arrival at Timber Cove, the retro resort situated high atop the Sonoma coastline just beyond the town of Jenner-by-the-Sea.
Festival Napa Valley Wraps Its Eleventh Splendid Season
July 25, 2016
By Fran Miller
For ten days each July, Northern California's wine country finds itself at the heart of a cultural and philanthropic explosion.
The Fairmont Miramar: A Lush and Luxurious L.A. Haven
July 15, 2016
By Fran Miller
The Fairmont Miramar in sunny Santa Monica, California is as known for its magnificent Moreton Bay fig tree as it is for its luxurious accommodations.
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Hotel Valley Ho - Scottsdale, AZ
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Relais San Sanino - Tuscany, Italy
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