Entries by Irvina Lew

Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel

The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, has been the Grande Dame of Beverly Hills since its debut in 1928. An exclusive, black wrought-iron-gated entry drive separates The Wilshire Wing — the original 10-story Renaissance Revival building that faces famed Rodeo Drive — from the newer, 14-story Beverly Wing, with its many balconied rooms overlooking […]

The Hotel Jerome, Aspen

Hotel Jerome has been central to Aspen history since Jerome Wheeler — who sold his share of Macy’s department store and invested in a railroad, silver mines and real estate during the 1879– 1893 silver boom — built the Hotel Jerome in 1889. The luxurious four-story, red brick and limestone structure with imposing arched windows […]

Family Bucket List: andBeyond Phinda Homestead

Going “on safari” had never been on my bucket list. In fact, until I actually had the incredible, transformative opportunity to stay at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, a private big-five game reserve located a four-hour drive north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, I believed the closest to the African experience I’d ever have was on […]

Santa Rosa, California, for the Family

Santa Rosa, in mid-Sonoma County, is located about 55 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge between Sonoma and Healdsburg, in the Russian River Valley wine country. The county seat is a vibrant small city, with theater, arts and a multitude of outdoor activities. Although better known for its wines and even breweries, it’s […]

A Family Sojourn in South Africa

South Africa is the southernmost country on the continent of Africa, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west; Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique across its northern borders and the Indian Ocean, to the east. Covering almost 500,000 square miles and with a population of about 58 million, the country fascinates from its urban centers […]

10 Tips for Travel Success

At a recent event, I listened to a couple complaining — albeit separately — about a recent trip. Essentially, “he” treated his wife and high school-aged sons to an exotic foreign destination the boys didn’t enjoy; likewise, “she” was furious with him. He insisted on planning the trip and scheduled a daily, all-too-exhausting, sun-up to […]