Articles by Fran Endicott Miller

Southern San Mateo County: Museums, Gardens & Wine, Oh My!

Southern San Mateo County: Museums, Gardens & Wine, Oh My!

California’s San Mateo County – home of Silicon Valley and Stanford University - brims with so many unique attractions, it’s difficult to know where to begin your exploration.

Estate Yountville Unveils Remodeled Vintage House, Hotel Villagio & Spa

Estate Yountville Unveils Remodeled Vintage House, Hotel Villagio & Spa

Visitors to the Napa Valley can find overnight accommodations as diverse as the states and countries from which they venture. From quaint B&Bs to luxury resorts, variations in gracious wine country hospitality exist at every turn.

Santa Barbara’s Bacara Sparkles Anew as a Ritz-Carlton

Santa Barbara’s Bacara Sparkles Anew as a Ritz-Carlton

Recently added to The Ritz-Carlton portfolio of 100 properties worldwide, Santa Barbara’s iconic Bacara resort has never looked better.

Santa Barbara Beckons: A 24-Hour Guide to The American Riviera

Santa Barbara Beckons: A 24-Hour Guide to The American Riviera

Santa Barbara – the stunning seaside enclave known as The American Riviera – has weathered its recent fire and rain storms with a community spirit that is stronger than ever.

24 Hour Getaway – Downtown Napa

24 Hour Getaway – Downtown Napa

Having long been considered merely a pass-through to other popular wine country locales such as Yountville and St. Helena, Downtown Napa is now considered a glamorous wine country destination unto itself.

Las Alcobas Sets a New Standard for Napa Valley Luxury

Las Alcobas Sets a New Standard for Napa Valley Luxury

By definition, Napa Valley could well be described as an anachronism. The region’s beloved liquid commodity is as old-school as it gets, but is now often made with state-of-the-art computerized equipment.

California Luxury Travel Trifecta – Mendocino, San Jose, Santa Barbara

California Luxury Travel Trifecta – Mendocino, San Jose, Santa Barbara

For those who subscribe to the notion that California luxury travel is isolated to spots within arm’s reach of either the Golden Gate or the Hollywood sign, we’ve got a secret – three actually.

San Luis Obispo's Tolosa Wines Imbue a Tangible Sense of Place

San Luis Obispo's Tolosa Wines Imbue a Tangible Sense of Place

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

Stop and Smell the Roses at Calistoga's Solage, An Auberge Resort

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

Press Your Escape Button at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto

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.

Intercontinental The Clement Monterey is Everything You Wish It To Be

Intercontinental The Clement Monterey is Everything You Wish It To Be

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

Provenance Vineyards Seeks the Best Expression of Napa Valley, and Finds it in Recently Released Fortitude

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

The Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North Perfectly Echoes its Sonoran Sense of Place

The Four Seasons brand is distinguished by the ‘sense of place' aesthetic demonstrated at each of its resorts worldwide.

The Hideaway Perfectly Reflects Carmel's Relaxed Sophistication

The Hideaway Perfectly Reflects Carmel's Relaxed Sophistication

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

4 Reasons to Make The Marker Your San Francisco Hotel

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.