Saturday, December 19, 2009

What A Difference A Year Makes: The Colony Palms Hotel

Over a year ago, I jogged by The Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs one early morning and it reminded me of the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. Making a mental note, I figured I’d give it a shot on my next trip, which turned out to be over New Year’s Eve. I loved the look and the feel of the place, but the service was somewhat lacking. One year later, I gave it another shot and was very pleased to find that it had greatly improved. Not only that, but the food at its restaurant, The Purple Palm, was also much better.

For my staff’s annual retreat (which they deserve for working at substandard University pay!), we went to Palm Springs (which the University did not pay for, before anyone starts getting their feathers ruffled) and had our luncheon at the Purple Palms. The atmosphere, service, and food were impeccable. A great time was had by all. By the time the molten lava cake dessert came out, everyone was wishing they had booked rooms to take a nap!

The rooms are extremely comfortable, perfectly appointed, and I especially like the toiletry products that they carry now. A vast improvement over what they carried a year ago.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Journey Back to Savannah, Pt. 2

Each time I go back to Savannah, I have my list of faves that bare repeating: Mrs. Wilkes for lunch, the Pink House for dinner (oh that Fried Pork Chop), and of course the ice cream at Leopold’s. Each time I go I also pick up a few new faves as well; on this recent trip, for restaurants it was Alligator Soul, located near the Telfair Museum. Just take a look at those Fried Green Tomatoes!

The ambiance, service, and food are definitely worth returning for.

The Andrew Low house in Lafayette Square was also a new discovery; this one definitely calls for a repeat visit, as many of the furnishing were moved or removed for the filming of Robert Redford’s upcoming civil war movie.

Unfortunately, no interior shots were allowed; but trust me, it is worth a tour, as it has been painstakingly restored to its original grandeur.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Journey Back to Savannah

The plane had barely landed from my conference in Memphis and I was back at the airport heading to Savannah for my annual trek. I just love that city; however, if I ever visited during the summer months, I’m sure I’d be singing a different tune. This is the second time I stayed at the Hamilton-Turner Inn; what a fantastic place. I cannot recommend it highly enough; fantastic staff, delicious breakfasts (as good as any restaurant), rooms that are immaculate and perfectly appointed...and a killer location. Appropriately enough, this first batch of photos that I shot on my most recent visit to Savannah are from Lafayette Square, the area where the Hamilton-Turner Inn is located.

Two of The Hamilton-Turner Inn:

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