Author: Jill Weinlein

Las Vegas Winning Meal at Mandarin Oriental

Share: After winning at the roulette table at the ARIA Resort & Casino, my friend and I celebrated at the nearby Mandarin Oriental Hotel with a decadent lunch at MOzen Bistro before flying back to LA. Walking into the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, we immediately noticed a pleasing aroma of citrus tea notes, instead of cigarette smoke. The purifying air system filters the essence of orange, tea and cypress through the lobby and corridors of guest room floors. We learned the older hotels in Las Vegas just don’t have the updated air purifiers. Since the 47 stories high Mandarin...

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Scottsdale’s Most Elegant Family Resort

Share: Checking into the grand Hyatt Regency in the Gainey Ranch area of Scottsdale, the front desk attendant offered me a glass of cactus cooler with a straw to sip on my way to my room. This large resort is offers an elegant Frank Lloyd Wright motif in all the common areas. This makes sense since there are over 11 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the greater Phoenix area of Arizona with the most famous being Taliesin West. My standard room #2743 was located in a quiet section of the property with a big tree offering shade and privacy...

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Outrigger Waikiki Signature Experience

Share: Sitting outside of the new Voyager 47 Club Lounge, guests at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach can watch surfers and paddleboarders catching waves. The Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort debuts a new exclusive Voyager 47 Club concierge experience for guests staying in the oceanfront and ocean view guest rooms. This special lounge offers morning espresso and premium coffee, charcuterie, pastries, and a variety of island baked breads that include cranberry walnut, Hawaiian sweet bread, purple taro bread, and guava bread. Guests enjoy topping them with pineapple, strawberry guava and mango curds. At the lounge guests return after a...

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Morning Hike and Spa at Miramonte Resort

Share: Every morning should begin with a magenta sunrise silhouetting palm trees, just like the one I witnessed my first morning at the newly renovated Miramonte Resort & Spa. The sun splashing the skyline with bursts of purples, pinks, orange and yellow created an awesome moment. Another great way to start the day is to take an early morning hike with Mark Jeffrey, the General Manager of the Miramonte Resort. He enjoys bringing along his friendly yellow Labrador, Derby. Tell the front desk staff that you would like to hike with Jeffrey, and they will arrange a hike the...

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Supermodel Cindy Crawford’s Casa Umami Burger

Share: Back in 2001 I interviewed Jenny Crawford Malouf, the mother of supermodel, fashion icon and businesswoman Cindy Crawford. Known as part of the “Silver Foxes,” a group of celebrity parents, Malouf along with Sal Pacino (Al Pacino’s father) and Nikki Robbins (motivational speaker Tony Robbins’ mother) worked together on a few “Silver Foxes” lifestyle videos. Malouf shared with me how Cindy rose to be one of the highest paid models in the world. Born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois, her first professional cover on a magazine was during her junior year in high school. Soon after she competed for the Elite...

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