Restaurant Review: Westward, Seattle

Communal tables, fresh fish and swaying bright lights feel more like small Greek island than high-tech Seattle  (photo Sarah Flotard)

By Ron Bernthal In 2014 Bon Appétit magazine named Westward one of the best new restaurants in the U.S., but even before I had anything to eat I had reason to love it. Located on the north shore of Seattle’s … Continue reading

The Sinatra Table at Scottsdale’s FnB

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By Ron Bernthal When Emily Milic, co-owner of the newly relocated FnB restaurant in Scottsdale’s Old Town, asked me to remove my coat before going to my table for dinner, “because it was a tight squeeze,” I wasn’t sure what … Continue reading

Swiss Mountain Chalet in Suburban Seattle – Willows Lodge

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by RON BERNTHAL After a drive of a just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle I am in the foothills of the Cascades, in the pleasant suburb of Woodinville. With office parks, affluent private homes, two-story residential complexes, a few large … Continue reading

Vakast Introduces Personalized Concierge Service for Online Vacation Home Rentals

Villa Cristina is a charming 2 bedroom house in Sorrento, Italy, which can be rented for $206 per night

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.— Vakast, an online travel agency with the largest inventory of vacation rentals, has introduced a Concierge program offering 24/7/365 live customer support and assistance for its guests and VIP members worldwide. Billed as a “virtual concierge with … Continue reading

HotelsByDay Introduces Mobile App to Book Intra-Day, Short Hotel Stays in US Cities

HotelsByDay has introduced an app to enable travelers to book short-term, intra-day stays at hotels in New York City and other major cities © 2015 Karen Rubin/

NEW YORK  – A new travel technology company, HotelsByDay, has launched aiming to facilitate booking flexible, same-day hotel stays in top U.S. markets. The technology provides access via mobile app on I-Phone and Android, and online, to short-term rooms available … Continue reading

Historic Hotels of America™ Launches Romance Super Site, Guide to Getaways, Weddings, Celebrations

Jekyll Island Club, Georgia, a member of Historic Hotels of America which has just launched a super site dedicated to romance © 2015 Karen Rubin/

WASHINGTON, DC- Looking for a weekend getaway or a romantic vacation or a destination wedding? is your source for romance inspired travel and heartfelt ideas. Use Historic Hotels of America as your guide to plan a luxury retreat, a … Continue reading

Not Just for Valentine’s Day: From Paris to Prague, Phuket to Palm Beach, Romance is in the Air

Jekyll Island Club, Georgia, an island retreat, is a member of Historic Hotels of America © 2015 Karen Rubin/

Romance, like beauty, is clearly in the mind of the beholder. And while we mark romantic occasions with chocolates, flowers, teddy bears, even jewelry, it is a feeling, an experience, ephemeral and effervescent. Travel evokes that same kind of excited … Continue reading

TripAdvisor Names 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards for World’s Best Hotels

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives was named the Top Hotel in the World and The Langham Chicago the #1 hotel in the United States, in the 2015 Travelers’ Choice awards. TripAdvisor®, whose travel sites are accessed by 315 million travelers a month, … Continue reading

CellarPass Partners with Yelp to Expand Online Reservations for Wine, Brewery Tastings, Tours

CellerPass, an online reservations system for winery, brewery and distillery tasting rooms and special events, has just announced a strategic partnership with Yelp.

CellarPass, an online reservations system for winery, brewery and distillery tasting rooms and special events, has entered a strategic partnership with Yelp. With CellarPass, anyone searching for wineries, distilleries and breweries can – with a couple of clicks on their … Continue reading

Search Engine Launches App with Muslim-Friendly Hotel Features

A new app from hotel meta-search engine is the first to include MuslimStars rating system. Available for free download at the iTunes and Google Play store, it offers a database of thousands of hotel deals in more than 83,000 … Continue reading