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.)…

7 Great American Parks for Staying in Shape

Always feel like in you’re in a different city for work, and can’t seem to stick to your fitness routine? Well, no need to drag your feet—TPG Contributor Ryan Gargiulo has found seven cool parks around the U.S. that will allow you to get some fresh air and (free) exercise, all while doing a little…

12 Best Irish Pubs Across America

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 St. Patrick’s Day getting closer, many pubs will be packed with patrons with pints in hand. Though everyone feels Irish on this holiday, TPG Contributor Michele Herrmann actually reflected…

Layover Lowdown: San Francisco International Airport

Our “Layover Lowdown” series feature airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights, offering tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as some things to do if you find yourself with time to explore the nearby city. TPG Contributor Katie Hammel guides us through San Francisco International Airport. A hub for United…

7 Sunny Spring Break Destinations for Families

The best award travel deals for Spring Break are usually booked far in advance, but many families simply aren’t able to be that organized. Fortunately, TPG Senior Contributor Jason Steele can suggest some great Spring Break destinations for families that can still be booked with points and miles—even now. Finding Spring Break (late March through early April) award availability for an entire family…