After The Grand Depart...Yorkshire's Finest

It has been a special weekend in Yorkshire and the Grand Depart showcased the region for the world to see. An occasion not to be missed, I proudly lined the way and cheered on the cyclists before the official start at Harewood House. If you thought Yorkshire was just about flat caps, flying whippets and Hovis adverts then think again...Yorkshire rocks!

My view of the famous race.

My view of the famous race.

Not a native of Yorkshire but having lived here for more than a few years, here are some old favourites, new openings and places you might want to try.

A recent opening in Leeds, The Man Behind the Curtain is a new restaurant by Michael O 'Hare. I haven't made it yet but have heard good things. 

Team Sky stayed at Rudding Park, one of my old favourites, located just outside Harrogate.  Choose the newer Follifoot rooms for luxury accommodation here.

In Harrogate, enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake at world famous Yorkshire Tea Rooms, Bettys or if you're after a more fine dining experience try Van Zeller which comes personally highly recommended.

Swinton Park offers luxury hotel accommodation in a peaceful setting near Ripon (another one I need to try!) of if you are looking for a luxury self catering break visit Gorgeous Cottages.

Studford Luxury Lodges opened earlier this year and can be found in the North York Moors National Park. Each lodge has its own spacious decking, hot tub and sauna.

Studford Luxury Lodges

Studford Luxury Lodges

A tiny selection of what Yorkshire has to offer but one thing's for sure it's not short on luxury. 

Welcome to Yorkshire

A Summer Road Trip - USA Style

The last time I did a Californian Road Trip was in 1995, a whole nineteen years ago. I have no idea where the years have gone. My boyfriend (now husband) and I travelled from San Diego to San Francisco on the well trodden Route 1. I still have great memories of that road trip as well as print photos. Imagine that,  life without digital photos, smartphones or Twitter.  Needless to say most of it is committed to memory. So am I just reminiscing about how it used to be? No. I am about to embark on a similar trip and to say I'm excited is an understatement.

Funny how things change, in 1995 I didn't book a thing, just turned up and checked in. This time all the accommodation is booked in advance,obviously not as much of a free spirit as I used to be! With a few different turns from the old itinerary this is what the 2014 trip looks like:-


Days 1-3 

Healdsburg: h2 Hotel   


Days 4-5

San Francisco: The Inn Above Tide


Days 6-8

Yosemite: Little Ahwahnee Inn


Days 9-12

Carlsbad: Four Seasons Residences


Days 13-14

Palm Springs: Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage


Days 15

Grand Canyon: El Tovar


Days 16-18

Las Vegas: Mandarin Oriental


Days 19-21

New York: The Broome Hotel


In 1995, I didn't get to see the wine region, Yosemite or Vegas + Grand Canyon so it should feel a little different. New York isn't a mistake, it is a stop off on the way back. To think you used to get a free stopover included in your flight price...Not any more. Now I just need to fill in the activities...

Sleepover at Cheval Three Quays, London

A week ago, I was lucky enough to join three other bloggers for dinner at new London residence, Cheval Three Quays. Not your average Monday evening! Overlooking Tower Bridge, these new luxury serviced apartments opened last month and having previewed a one bedroom apartment, I was suitably impressed. 

After champagne and canapés on the balcony, dinner was served in the fabulous Penthouse Apartment with stunning views over Tower Bridge and beyond. A good night was had by all and I have no doubt that this new property will have a very successful future.

See full review  on Passage To Luxury

Thank you to Poppy Loves, Lela London, Adventures of a London Kiwi and general manager Dean Madge for your thoroughly enjoyable company.