Arrival/Check-In: I arrived at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe around 2 p.m. after a 2.5-hour drive from Los Angeles. The front croquet lawns mimic an Old Hollywood feel, with history-rich black-and-white equestrian photos and crystal chandeliers in the entryway. I admired the teal and gray color palette as I walked into the inn, where a welcoming staff member greeted me with fresh water and lemon. Arriving for my best friend’s wedding weekend, I knew immediately it would not be one to forget at this luxe countryside retreat full of history and present-day charm.
Guest Quarters: I stayed in a Premier suite located on the one-level, 21-acre property. My room was tucked away down a few lovely, flower-filled paths, past beautiful gardens and meticulously groomed lawns. It was extremely quiet and felt like I had been transplanted to an elegant countryside estate in Europe. I walked into my room and was happy to see a fireplace for chilly California nights, a wet bar, a king-sized bed with luxe linens, a chaise longue and a modern bathroom with an oversized shower. There was plenty of space to spread out, feeling like my own guest studio, including a private patio with garden views — such a pleasant surprise and a perfect place to relax between wedding activities during the weekend.
Services/Amenities: I loved that the hotel staff were more than accommodating and went out of their way to make our stay special. Everyone was extremely friendly and happy to hold a couple of things at the front desk the night of the wedding to make it convenient for me to grab items without going back and forth to my room. My friend’s wedding took place on the front lower lawn, followed by a cocktail hour and reception at the Azalea Lawn. It was private and intimate, surrounding us with rich greens, bistro lights and a clear California sky. The natural elegance of the greenery and lush flowers created an enchanting space. I also enjoyed the nooks of the inn, including seated areas with fireplaces trimmed in geometric and floral tiles, as well as a whiskey bar, The Huntsman, located inside. There are so many thoughtful details at this property, and it truly created a weekend of memories I will always cherish.
◆ Character, history and location near the quaint downtown village of Rancho Santa Fe, boasting coffee shops, restaurants and neighborhood charm, makes the property and surrounding areas incredibly walkable — a fun and accessible weekend on foot.
◆ The locally sourced California restaurant, Morada, located at the front of the property, offered burgers, Reubens and baked mac and cheese as well as delicious salads that could be enjoyed inside on a studded leather seat or outside on the patio overlooking the front lawns. The fresh menu and open spirit created a dining experience to make guests feel right at home.
THE INN AT RANCHO SANTA FE
5951 Linea del Cielo
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
tel 858 756 1131
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
United Airlines is making international travel more accessible. United announced the largest trans-Atlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new destinations including Amman (AMM), Jordan; Bergen (BGO), Norway; Azores (PDL), Portugal; Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Spain; and Tenerife (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands. All new routes, set to begin in spring 2022, are not served by any other North American carrier.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Walker Hotel Tribeca is blushing pink with an exclusive offer benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month, guests can book an all-pink guestroom, among additional amenities.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
Insight Vacations, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland are offering the chance to win a free trip to Ireland for two, valued at $6,000. Oct. 18–22, The Road to Ireland contest page will be updated daily with a new clue and question that contestants will need to answer for a chance to win a trip for two on Insight’s Country Roads of Ireland tour in 2022. Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. PST Oct. 29 to submit answers.