Recently during a business trip to Santa Monica, I reading an article in Los Angeles Magazine [/i]entitled WEEKEND GETAWAYS 2008, which focused on a list of ideas for weekend escapes..one in particular caught my eye:
SUGGESTION[/b]# 11 Eating Apple Pie in Julian
Settled in 1869 by a former slave who struck gold, with a Main Street thats precious without being mushy, the mountain hamlet of Julian (about an hour northeast of San Diego) resists the clichs of a tourist town. Skip the omnipresent
CRITICAL POINTS:THE KEATING HOTEL
IS NOT for everyone!
IS PERECT for those who know what they want!
This was a BLEISURE add-on event,
three unbelievable evenings at The Keatingthanks to a great LL auction.
Several on-line reviews (a couple came up on tripadvisor.com), created a cautious approachafter all when seasoned travelers complain about no shower doors & water on the floor, not enjoying quiet evenings,
here my A320 window seat, bumping along around 30,000 feet, trying to recover from several days of in Honduras.might as well pound out a few lines on my notebook and share the adventures.
Nope, nothing like my last trip to this Central American paradise when we staying at Pico Bonito, courtesy of the minimum bid auction we scored at Luxury Link.
This time it was a lot more basic, a little less expensive and a humbling authentic journey.
The stimulus was
On our way to Patagonia (Chile and Argentina), we decided to break the flight and to spend a day and night in Santiago before heading further south and another three nights in Santiago before flying back to Miami.
For years, we avoided Chile**, but decided it was time to go.
Using Marriott Reward points, we reserved a room at the Santiago Marriott (points are more fun to spend than money). On-line booking was a snap and our one bedroom corner suite (thanks to Platinum upgraded accommodations)
The four night LuxuryLink auction package for the Juniper Hill Inn proved to be the perfect pre-holiday escape destination (for two travelers from South Florida looking for fresh snow, quintessential Christmas decorations and unparalleled hospitality).
The Juniper Hill Inn is an impeccably restored Colonial Revival mansion sequestered atop the highest hill in historic Windsor, VT. The 15+ acre estate offers commanding views across a private frozen lake as well as majestic snowed covered
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