LUXURY TRAVEL

Garden Fresh takes on whole new meaning at Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, N.C.

This post is also available in our digital magazine, Issue 2, page 58. I can vividly remember my first bite of the gorgeous Spring Seasonal Salad I ordered at Madison’s in Highlands, N.C, the signature…

Luxury Hotel Review: Maalu Maalu in Sri Lanka

If you have followed my Instagram account @houseofanais, you know already that our family of five had the holiday of a lifetime full of adventure when we were touring around the lovely island of Sri…

Travel Insight: Hot Hotel and Travel News for Spring Break

The temperatures may still be cold in some places, but we’ve got some hot travel news to share. Spring Break is on the mind of many right now. Myself, included. Where will your travels take…

When in North Carolina, the Southern Season store in Chapel Hill is a Must-See

Southern Season in Chapel Hill, N.C. Since 1975, Southern Season in Chapel Hill, N.C. has been the premiere destination for gourmet and specialty-food items. At 59,000 square feet, it is the biggest gourmet food store…

Travel Insight: How Country Inn and Suites by Carlson is Changing the Guest Experience

It may soon be the talk of the country, but the national hotel chain Country Inn and Suites is getting a brand new overhaul. It will still have the same charm that its loyal guests…

Travel Insight: Luxury DIY Spa Tips from The Umstead Hotel and Spa

My hometown dream spa is the Umstead Hotel and Spa located in Cary, North Carolina. This five-star gem reopened last July after an extensive renovation. As I learned on my visit, a spa day here…

Garden Fresh takes on whole new meaning at Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, N.C.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa grows many types of radishes in its garden

This post is also available in our digital magazine, Issue 2, page 58. I can vividly remember my first bite of the gorgeous Spring Seasonal Salad I ordered at Madison’s in Highlands, N.C, the signature…

Luxury Hotel Review: Maalu Maalu in Sri Lanka

Maalu Maalu Resort, Passekuhad, Sri Lanka

If you have followed my Instagram account @houseofanais, you know already that our family of five had the holiday of a lifetime full of adventure when we were touring around the lovely island of Sri…

Travel Insight: Hot Hotel and Travel News for Spring Break

W Resort in Bali

The temperatures may still be cold in some places, but we’ve got some hot travel news to share. Spring Break is on the mind of many right now. Myself, included. Where will your travels take…

When in North Carolina, the Southern Season store in Chapel Hill is a Must-See

Southern Season chocolate covered straweberries

Southern Season in Chapel Hill, N.C. Since 1975, Southern Season in Chapel Hill, N.C. has been the premiere destination for gourmet and specialty-food items. At 59,000 square feet, it is the biggest gourmet food store…

Travel Insight: How Country Inn and Suites by Carlson is Changing the Guest Experience

Country Inn and Suites New Design

It may soon be the talk of the country, but the national hotel chain Country Inn and Suites is getting a brand new overhaul. It will still have the same charm that its loyal guests…

Travel Insight: Luxury DIY Spa Tips from The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Umstead  Spa_Peppermint Treatments

My hometown dream spa is the Umstead Hotel and Spa located in Cary, North Carolina. This five-star gem reopened last July after an extensive renovation. As I learned on my visit, a spa day here…

Leigh Hines’ Top 10 Skimbaco Moments of 2013

Skimbaco in NMB

Even though I cover luxury hotel and travel for Skimbaco, which is nothing ordinary in the least, I live a very ordinary life in Raleigh, North Carolina.  When you check my linkedin profile, you’ll see…

Travel Insight: Disney Sparkles During the Holidays

Pluto at Epcot During Christmas

Disney is magical every day of the year, but during the holidays, it is especially special. So grab your glass slipper, and let’s take a tour. Red is a classic Christmas color, and it shines…

Holiday Special: An Italian Tablescape Inspired by Travel Warms a Home

Vietri Holiday

After opening gifts from Santa this year, many of you may gather with family for a meal over a festive, holiday table. Vietri’s Old St. Nick pattern is one of the most popular Christmas patterns…

Travel Insight: Holiday Shopping in Raleigh’s North Hills

Hyatt House Raleigh North Hills

Oh, this time of year, there is so much to do. Trees to decorate, visits with Santa, and gifts to buy. Take a deep breath, and put some fun in that holiday shopping by planning…