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5 Warm Weather Getaway Ideas

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I know the winter can seem long, even living in Portland. The days can be cloudy, rainy with only small bursts of sun. People say that your first winter here is the hardest and they aren’t kidding. I haven’t had to deal with a full season of winter in almost three years so I’ve been in for a rude awakening.

Paul went crazy buying jeans when we first moved here because he only owned shorts when we moved here. I just finally got caught up and order pants and sweaters to replace my year-round Cali wardrobe of sundresses. I’m definitely craving warmth and sunshine right now to break up all this grey.

If you’re feeling just blegh about the weather, here are a couple of my favourite warm weather getaway ideas that I would suggest to get your summer fix! (more…)

Travel Guide: Maui, Hawaii

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Paul and I went to Maui in April and it was one of the most relaxing vacations I’ve been on in a long time. It’s our second time visiting Maui, the last time was in 2007 when we went for our honeymoon! It was really lovely to getaway to somewhere so beautiful and it was shoulder season – so not crowded.

If you’re thinking of visiting, the weeks following Easter are the BEST times to go. The spring break crowds have dissipated, there are lots of lounge chairs to choose from, the pools are not crowded and you’ll get great weather too.

Getting There – If you can fly direct from your city to Maui, do it. It will make your vacation THAT much more relaxing without having to change planes in Oahu. I was able to get a direct flight from LAX to Maui on Hawaiian Airlines. The flight is already long enough as it is, if there’s a way to make your vacation go smoother for an extra $100-200, I would go for it.

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Getting Around – I do recommend renting a car because everything on Maui is quite spread out. To get the most out of your time there, it’s nice to have a car so you can explore different parts of the island. We stayed at The Four Seasons Maui + Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea and it was still about a 50-minute drive to get to the historic town of Lahaina. We splurged on a jeep with four-wheel drive because we planned on driving the Road to Hana. Pick-up was easy from the airport (we took a shuttle) and dropped it back to the same location (we went with Alamo).

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Have a Healthy Breakfast at Joy’s Place – Need a break from the hotel breakfast buffet? Grab a green smoothie, breakfast burrito or an Acai bowl from this cute little local deli. Stock your hotel room with their fresh juices, baked goods and wraps for lunch. They also have kombucha on tap! Joy’s Place is great for helping you keep healthy on vacation. (more…)

The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea – Hawaii

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Aloha!

Paul and I recently traveled back to The Four Seasons Maui where we first honeymooned over 7 years ago. If you’re looking for an example in stellar service, this is THE place. I joked that you actually turn off your brain when you arrive here. The staff do all the thinking for you and truly anticipate your every need.

Case in point, we arrived at noon to check-in to the Four Seasons Maui. I hopped out of our jeep with a crate full of fresh fruit and banana bread from our trip to the Maui Farmers’ Market. Before I had time to think or even ask, the valet asked me if I needed my fruit refrigerated. Why yes, I do! I asked if he could it put it in the hotel kitchen fridge in case our room wasn’t ready yet and of course, that was not a problem at all.

This is the Four Seasons difference. The staff don’t say no. They ask – how can I help? Upon our arrival to the hotel we were greeted with traditional Hawaiian leis, a scented cold towel and a beverage – all very thoughtful. Here are a few other things we loved from our recent visit:

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The Cabanas + Pools – What I think really made our trip a vacation were the complimentary cabanas over at the main pool at the Four Seasons Maui. Unlike other resorts, use of the cabanas are included in your room rate and there are no additional resort fees that you have to pay. Paul had a skin cancer scare last year – so we are always seeking out an umbrella or shade. Luckily, we had no problem finding a cabana and shade here!

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Every morning Paul and I would trek on down to the main pool and find a cabana either facing the pool or the ocean. One of the amazing team members would set-up our chairs with towels and kept coming around with complimentary cold water, fresh fruit, an Evian spritz, cucumber slices for our eyes, scented cold towels, baked treats and a chance to say hello or a genuine chat. The resort even offers complimentary sunscreen, so all we had to remember to bring were our sunglasses and something to read. Now THAT’s heaven.

The service here is what separates the Four Seasons Maui from everyone else. The staff really go above and beyond and they are TRUE professionals – not a bunch of students on summer break! The service is so consistently high and definitely what I took away from my visits to their properties in Toronto and Punta Mita. (more…)

The Fairmont Kea Lani – Maui, Hawaii

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Welcome to paradise.

Paul and I recently called The Fairmont Kea Lani home during our visit to Maui, Hawaii last month. We needed a vacation where we could just DO NOTHING. Lounging by the pool, maybe a yoga class or a workout was pretty much all we could imagine for our trip. The only thing I booked was dinner at this Luau – otherwise it was all about the full-on chillout.

Upon arrival, we were each greeted with traditional Hawaiian leis and a cold, refreshing glass of guava juice. Our car was parked by the valet, our luggage whisked away, check-in was a breeze and we were ready to relax. The hotel recently underwent a $70 million dollar renovation with fully remodeled suites and villas, so our timing couldn’t be more perfect for enjoying all the things the hotel had to offer. Here’s a look at our visit:

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The Beach Villas – If you’re traveling with a large group or family the 2 or 3 bedroom oceanfront beach villas are an amazing option. Each are equipped with a full kitchen, BBQ grill and plunge pool along with a washer & dryer. It’s like your own private bungalow just steps from the beach! (more…)

The Old Lahaina Luau

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Whenever I arrive at a new destination, I try to sample as much of the local food as possible. So what better place then at a traditional Hawaiian Luau to get a taste and feel for the local culture! The Old Lahaina Luau in Maui, Hawaii did not disappoint and I would easily recommend it for anyone planning a trip to Maui.

Located in a historic plantation town, The Old Lahaina Luau includes dinner and a show and is perfect for families or a special night out. At our table, there were three other couples all celebrating their wedding anniversary! If you think a luau is cheesy – it’s not. Just go with the flow, enjoy the welcome cocktail (drinks are also included all night), explore the grounds, indulge in the delicious food and watch traditional hula dances under the Hawaiian stars.

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I had no idea what to expect. If anything, my expectations were quite low after a less than stellar experience on my last trip to Oahu. The Old Lahaina Luau went above and beyond what I expected and it was a fantastic date night out for Paul and I.

If you get the chance, choose Traditional Seating – where you are seated on the floor on comfy cushions. It also means you get a great spot near the front, as the tables and chairs are located behind you. The venue has tiered seating, so every seat has a pretty decent view. (more…)

Maxi Dress Madness

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With the weather finally getting warmer, I’ve been taking inventory of my maxi dresses – my go-to uniform for Sunday brunch and lazing around. I found this beauty at a Billabong store in Maui. The Dream Escape Maxi Dress was perfect with a pair of wedge heels for my short stature (5’2″) and flowy enough that it was a nice light outfit to wear out in the heat. At night I would pair it with this cropped jean jacket in case it got chilly.

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I took my maxi dress out for a spin at the Maui Farmers’ Market last week, where Paul and I stopped to pick up some fresh fruit to stock our hotel fridge during our stay. I ended grabbing bananas, fresh Maui Gold pineapple, homemade banana bread and local organic lemons for our morning lemon water.

We’ve started traveling with a paring knife and a small tupperware container just for our lemon water. I swear, the daily shot of vitamin C is what keeps me healthy when I’m away. (more…)