A Day of Fun: Waikoloa Beach on the Big Island

When I set foot in the Waikoloa Beach Marriott® Resort & Spa, I stopped in my tracks. That’s because the first thing I saw — straight ahead of me across the open-air lobby — was the brilliant blue ocean meeting the horizon, segmented by palms swaying in the breeze. It’s a scene that whispered in …

From a Local Expert: Four Days in Washington, D.C.

At first glance, planning a trip to Washington, D.C., can seem intimidating. After all, the District is filled with hundreds of years’ worth of history and culture — if you’re a first-time visitor, where do you even begin? That’s why we talked to a local expert: Donald W., a Coordinator of Customer Relations at Marriott …

Park City for Non-Skiers: Four Ideas for Winter Fun

Last December, Vail Resorts opened the new Quicksilver Gondola that connects Park City Mountain Resort and the neighboring Canyons Resort, creating the country’s largest ski resort.  Skiers, rejoice! But what about those of us who aren’t so keen to hit the slopes? As a non-skier myself, I was happy to discover that the town offers …

Three Festive Ways to Enjoy the Holidays in London

There’s something extra magical about Christmas in London. Maybe it’s the cheery red double-decker buses and nostalgic red phone boxes intermingling with expansive green parks and trees. Perhaps it’s the historic landmarks and cobblestone lanes, which look even more impossibly charming when they’re adorned with sparkling lights and a dusting of frost. After recently visiting …

Local Flavor: High West Saloon in Park City, Utah

If you like your skiing and hiking with a side of culinary genius, Park City has just the place for you. In a town known for its silver mining heritage, High West Saloon is a foodie treasure filled with liquid gold. I learned about this rustic yet classy tavern from the concierge at Marriott’s MountainSide, …

Orlando Day Trip: Ponce de Leon and Pancakes

If there’s anything I’ve learned from living in Orlando for nearly 10 years, it’s that sometimes I feel compelled to trade in theme parks for state parks. I love rollercoasters and fried food as much as anybody, but there are times when my soul yearns to connect with something other than crowds of tourists. And …