Napa vs. Sonoma: Which Wine Country Is Right for You?

Napa and Sonoma are collectively known as California wine country, but while they’re side by side — separated by a mountain range — they’re far from interchangeable. TPG Contributor (and wine-lover) Katie Hammel, a frequent visitor to both, explains their differences and offers advice on what to do and where to stay, eat and drink in both destinations. Cheers! The Basics of…

6 Wyndham US Beach Properties that make for Awesome Awards

With a nod to the quickly approaching start of summer, today TPG Contributor Richard Kerr shares his favorite domestic Wyndham properties that offer both a great beach destination and a solid award redemption. The more I dig into the Wyndham brand, the more I continue to get excited about the recent “revaulation” of the Wyndham Rewards program. For many of you, the name Wyndham might bring to…

7 Cycling Adventures That Will Really Move You

Exploring a destination on a bicycle tour creates a connection to all five senses that you can’t get any other way. TPG Contributor Joel Ward shares seven places around the globe perfect for two-wheeled travel, even if you’re a newcomer to the world of cycling. (As you read on, remember that tours like these are categorized as travel…

10 of the Happiest Happy Hours in the US

To take advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred’s lucrative offer of 3x points on dining on the first Friday of every month, we regularly round up the best in food and drink. With today (hopefully) marking the end of the workweek, TPG Contributor Michele Herrmann has scoped out restaurants and bars that are serving up innovative happy hours, letting you…

Hotel Review: The Fairmont San Francisco

Perched atop Nob Hill, The Fairmont San Francisco has been considered one of the most elegant hotels in town since it opened in 1907 — and after his recent stay there, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan would agree … to a point. Lavishly paved in marble and gilded details, the imposing Fairmont San Francisco offers 591 guest rooms and suites, some…

By the Sea: Laguna Beach, California

In the second installment of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky assures you that you actually can go home again—to Southern California’s stunning Laguna Beach, where he spent several happy years.   Full (and proud) disclosure: I lived in Laguna Beach from 2008 to 2013. My place was across the street from the Heisler Park,…

Favorite Places: Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto

Welcome to the second installment of our new weekend series”Favorite Places,” featuring beloved travel destinations, attractions, restaurants, hotels and more from different members of the TPG team. Today, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan gives us a glimpse of the delightful/delicious Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley, California. While Berkeley is renowned for its hippie culture and top-notch public university, to me, the truly…

Sexy Summer Getaways for Grown-Ups

Are you a grown-up? Do you love summer? Well, then you’re going to love TPG Contributor Christine Cantera‘s picks for destinations that won’t be overrun with families looking to entertain their kids…while you’re just hoping for some peace, a little cultural pursuit, and quite possibly a nice cocktail.  London, England They’re predicting a summer “heatwave” in…

Six Great Summer Destinations for Families

Across America, children are eagerly counting down the days until school’s out for the summer. For them, Memorial Day signals “no more teachers, no more books.” For parents like TPG Contributor Kara Williams of The Vacation Gals, though, it means nearly three glorious months of no carpools, homework help, or packing daily lunches—and instead, ample…

5 Great Easter Destinations in the U.S.

Peter Cottontail will soon be hopping down his bunny trail, because Easter’s on its way. Whether you’re in the mood for historic parades or a good old-fashioned egg roll, TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel suggests a few cities in the United States with Easter festivities worthy of a trip. (Note that listed room prices/award amounts are for Easter weekend, April 3-5, 2015.)…