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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Four Seasons Troon North - A Scottsdale Hotel Review

Before we started pulling our house apart we went to Scottsdale for a few days of summer sun. When I say sun I mean real heat,  up to110 degrees on several days.

Yes it was hot, but it was sunny and dry and I had nothing better to do than lie by the pool and read my backlog of New Yorkers! The Four Seasons was fun. Newly refurbished it was stylish and eclectic with an expensive,  contemporary looking, colorful, modern vibe. It's a fresh modern look without being a  cold,  W hotel clone and I was happy to see it. They still have to finish one of the restaurants which remains a heavier rather dated Southwestern style.

 I can highly recommend a couple of days around this pool, the frozen cucumber lemonade was fantastic!

The rooms are large and are identical , the only difference is their aspect, so think carefully, how much do you want to pay for that view?

Both the Boulders and the Four Seasons are beautifully landscaped with amazing desert plants and for me this is one of their strengths. This is so much nicer than some of the other resorts in the area which seem to be trying to recreate Hawaii in Arizona, which just doesn't seem like a good idea!

The hotel is built around three pools which are right next to each other, including an adult, family and toddler pool. However, though it's beautifully landscaped throughout  this is not expansive property with lots of alternative places to go 

The service was very good and we were impressed by the staff. This is certainly the higher end of the service you would expect in the US, though it doesn't compare with a Asian resort.

More pictures to come...