All posts by Katie McElveen

South Carolina-based freelance writer Katie McElveen was working in public relations when a travel writer friend asked her to take on an assignment that he couldn’t handle. Six months later she'd quit her job and was roaming the globe. Since then, her work has appeared in publications such as Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Spa, Real Simple, Business Traveler, Season, Town & Country, Fodor's, and Southern Living.
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 AC Hotel Barcelona Forum by Marriott/Facebook
AC Hotel Barcelona Forum by Marriott/Facebook

When was the last time you actually used the clock radio in your hotel room? Or needed help getting the bag you carried on to the plane into your room? That’s what we thought. Which is exactly why you wont find a clock radio or a bell desk in... Read More

 Grand Hotel Kronenhof
Grand Hotel Kronenhof

For sheer escapism and decadence, nothing beats a trip to the spa, where you can spend the day luxuriating in warm pools, saunas, and cozy relaxation areas stocked with herbal teas, great magazines, and lovely-smelling products for your hair and skin. If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy those rejuvenating superpowers... Read More

Rock Bar/Ayana Resort Bali
Rock Bar/Ayana Resort Bali

Whether it’s Champagne and caviar on a Parisian terrace, or a bag of marshmallows around a campfire in the Berkshires, there’s something intensely satisfying about eating outside. But these six outdoor restaurants take dining al fresco to the next level. A meadow in the Swiss Alps Day-trippers from Pontresina and St. Moritz often fuel up for (or... Read More

Edisto Beach State Park. Bache Monument. 'Credit: DiscoverSouthCarolina.com_2009'
Edisto Beach State Park/DiscoverSouthCarolina.com

If the invention of sweet tea and mint juleps are any indication, southerners know how to do summer. Here are five small, waterfront towns calling you to fly south for the season. Beaufort, South Carolina South Carolina’s second-oldest city is set on a coastal isle surrounded by a backdrop of marshes, old... Read More

The library at Restoration Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina
The library at Restoration Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston may keep one foot planted firmly in the past, but a flurry of new hotel projects mean South Carolina’s most colorful city is planning for the future. The Restoration Hotel It’s hard to believe that the Restoration Hotel opened nearly six years ago as condominiums, then a self-service condo hotel;... Read More

White Elephant Village
White Elephant Village

This year, break out of the mimosa-and-pancakes Mother’s Day routine and take your mom on an adventure she’ll never forget. We’ve done the planning — you just need to do the packing. 1. The Chatwal Hotel (New York City, NY) Why: For an unforgettable Mother’s Day, check in to this neo-Georgian Stanford White-designed... Read More

Carimar Beach Club in Anguilla
Carimar Beach Club

Anguilla’s celebrity magnet status is well-deserved; stars ranging from Paul McCartney to Lady Gaga have spent time on one of the island’s 33 dreamy beaches. Luckily, you don’t have to be an A-lister (or be able to spend money like one) to visit this stunning, laid-back island. Here’s our... Read More

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A view of the stars from Elqui Domos in Pisco Elqui, Chile
Starry view/Facebook.com/ElquiDomos

There’s nothing quite like looking up and setting your sights on the stars. The weeks ahead and spring are prime viewing times, too, thanks to celestial events like a super-bright full moon on February 22; close encounters with planets (Jupiter on March 8 and Mercury on April 18); and... Read More

Cap Juluca
Katie McElveen

If it’s an idyllic setting you want, look no further than Cap Juluca, a Morroccan fantasy that sits amid the spun-sugar sand and turquoise water of Anguilla’s Maunday’s Bay. Chic, intimate, and impeccably cultured, the resort’s 70 rooms are set within 15 white stucco two-story villas with private terraces... Read More

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Living room at The Allison Inn & Spa in Oregon
Living room/The Allison Inn & Spa

What’s the best thing about winter? Curling up by the fire in one of these fabulous hotel rooms. Bear rugs not required (but preferred). Big Cedar Lodge (Ridgedale, MO) Big stone fireplaces and rustic furnishings up the cozy quotient at this Ozark Mountain retreat. Rooms start from $368. The Allison Inn & Spa... Read More

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A summer cabin in a tiny isle outside Trondheim, Norway’s original capital.
A summer cabin in a tiny isle outside Trondheim, Norway’s original capital/Katie McElveen

Norway’s dramatic fjords lie within a rugged mosaic of more than 30,000 islands and skerries — dotting the west coast of the country for more than 60,000 miles, from Bergen to Kirkenes. The best way to take it all in is from the water, where the magnitude of the coastline soars... Read More

Viceroy Bali
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Bali, the dreamiest of isles, offers instant nirvana thanks to a near-perfect blend of natural beauty, soul-soothing mysticism, and untamed elegance. And it’s no surprise that refined resorts take advantage of the gorgeous landscape with extravagant outdoor spaces, near-prescient service, and pampering spas. Here, a photo tour of some... Read More

Carnival Breeze

It’s 4pm aboard the just-launched Carnival Breeze and while the bars are humming, this too-late-for-lunch-too-early-for-dinner hour tends to be a bad time for anyone looking for food, which would be me. But just when I’m thinking that my choices will be limited to ice cream (not enough) or a... Read More

Hotel Valley Ho

Scottsdale’s desert summers are hot, dry, and perfect for spending a day at in one of the city’s luxurious spas – especially when treatments are on sale and come with full-day access to pools and sundecks complete with ravishing desert views and the cool relief of misting fans. Fresh off... Read More

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Chile Alpaca

There’s a reason we love to visit the wine country: The closer you are to the source of what’s swirling in your glass, it seems, the more you appreciate that cabernet or chardonnay. But if driving from tasting room to tasting room isn’t quite your style, consider sampling wine... Read More