Posted on December 2, 2016
I’m totally referring to the dog.
Wishing you all the happiest Friday.
The Other Hubby
Posted on November 28, 2016
“I wish I had this and I wish I had that. I wish I was this and I wish I were that.” No, that is not a line from Dr. Seuss or the latest rap lyric to hit the airwaves. It is the jumble of words that are used too often in our society. I feel like the sound of complaining is at full volume wherever you are these days. I find myself singing along to those negative tunes as well. So, I decided to give up complaining and was inspired to hit the stop button once and for all. I challenged myself for a whole week to not let out one peep of a complaint from my lips. It was not easy. However, when I did find myself getting frustrated or needing to vent, I trained my mind to immediately think of something that I could smile about. I tapped more into my gratitude bank and focused on whatever goodness was around me. Because, what I’ve learned most about this experience is that there is goodness in every corner. Even in the days that are filled with unexpected hiccups. You just have to look for it. Seeking the good within any moment is the secret to ending your complaining streak. So, when the Monday morning alarm clock went off, I focused on the aroma of the fresh brewed coffee, or when the downpour of rain hit, I thought about my plants on my patio needing water, or when my work days felt full of projects, I envisioned my upcoming vacation. I realized it is a conscious decision I must make every single day. Take it from me, choosing gratitude over complaining will only allow more goodness to fill your world.
The Other Hubby
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Posted on November 18, 2016
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Posted on November 15, 2016
I have been a fan of hotels ever since I was a little boy. I remember staying at a hotel by Disneyland in California thinking it was indeed the most magical place. You don’t have to make your bed and you get food delivered to your room. Sounded like a slam dunk to me.
The older I grew in my years, the more luxurious my taste in hotels grew. I am humble to say that I’ve had a great life when it’s come to traveling. From the Four Seasons to the Peninsula, I have laid my head on some of the coziest and finest hotel bed pillows.
One place five star hotel I still had to check off my bucket list was The Ritz Carlton. “The Ritz” name grew to popularity with a strong reputation in the hotel industry as the “king of hoteliers and hotelier to kings.” Did you know the very first US Ritz opened in 1911 off 46th Street and Madison which was than followed by my hometown of Philly in 1913 (on Broad and Walnut Street).
The ritzy hotel empire has grown to over 29 countries and counting. So, I guess you can say I have many places to visit in the years to come. One hot spot and I mean – – HOT, I wanted to really experience was The Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain. For me, it was a random choice for a weekend getaway as the property is located outside of Tucson, Arizona in a town called Marana. The Dove Mountain Community is a huge 800 acre community where the 253 room resort and spa sits. For all your golf fanatics, you would totally appreciate the Jack Nicklaus Signature courses. It has a very casual vibe yet sophisticated architectural the blends into the Arizona southwest.
I am one of those dudes that goes on Trip Advisor and checks out the real pictures of hotel rooms and amenities from actual guests. I’m all about an honest review and a star rating. The Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain was rated one of the highest resorts in all of Arizona. It also raked up a ton of awards from Travel & Leisure Magazine and Conde Naste. I could not wait to get my weekend booked!
From the Phoenix area, it is about an hour and half (maybe shorter if my fiancé was to drive you) to the grand entrance of The Ritz at Dove Mountain. The drive down you could do with your eyes closed, as it is nothing but open roads and dry desert as far as the eye can see.
But, thankfully after a turn off Tangerine Rd, you start to see the sign you’ve been waiting for!
THE DOVE VALLEY COMMUNITY ENTRANCE.
At first I was not sure what to expect, the long drive up was sprinkled with residential homes, some spiratic large custom beauties, but mostly desert landscape at its finest. As you followed the signs through the windy roads around around the last circle, you are presented again with the very monument you want to see…
As you continue another short drive up the mountain, you start to see glimpses of the unique Arizona-esque architecture. Paining a color that that blends beautifully into the surrounding mountains but pops just enough to know it is the to serve and welcome you.
At first, the tall building reminded me of a Disney-inspired resort tucked into the most breathtaking mountain landscape But, as we pulled up to the valet that Ritz Carlton customer experience charm kicked right in. If you have not heard, The Ritz is known for their top-notch, “we are here to please” service.
That is exactly what we got when you walked through the grand lobby that really captures you at first sight. The tall glass windows framing out the most stunning desert views with a glimpse of a sparkling oasis in the distance.
Did I happen to mentioned they have an amaze-ball coffee bar?
The Ritz at Dove Mountain has a variety of rooms, suites and bungalows to choose from so we opted for the Mountain View Room.
I am all about a mountain looking right into my window – and, that is JUST what we got!
Can I get an “AMMMMEEENNNN” for privacy.
Now, the room at first sight is not going to blow your socks away if you are use to blingy-New York-modern styled boutique resorts. However, the bed was not too soft, not too firm and the patio out side definitely had a “WOW” factor in regards to its picturesque view. My favorite part was seeing this furry fella at our door stop. I guess he wanted to say hello and welcome us to his part of the world. Mr Bunny sat out there for a good 30 minutes, just chillin like a villain.
Wild life at The Ritz Dove Mountain is nothing unusual. It is something guests should actually get use to when they visit the property!
I mean let’s face it. We are in the middle of the desert! Surrounded by absolutely nothing. You better get use to seeing some desert critters while on a hike or out for a bike ride.
The look on my face says it all.
It was not that bad though and the very kind ranger was an all star when it came to making us feel comfortable. And by us, I’m talking about me and the group of six year old girls gathered around me.
But, don’t get alarmed – this snake was harmless. The Ritz really does know how to do it right when it comes to adding that extra something “special” to guest experience. They even have a resident tortious name “Rocky!”
After some creepy crawly petting zoo style fun, Nick and I made our way to one of the main pools (yep, there are a few on the property – including a water slide!!)
As the night started to cool down, we made our way back to our room for some grub. I give the room service team an A+ because they could not have been any nicer and they give you the exact minutes over the phone when your food would be delivered.
Take a peak at the spaghetti bolognese we ordered (hey, we are two Italian dudes – we cold not help ourselves!).
For the record it was perfect. One of the best things to order on their menu.
And, look at this sweet hand written card! Now, that is what I’m talkin about.
The Ritz nails it when it comes to making their guest feels extra special.
Don’t judge us – we are on vacation.
This round we went for the tortilla soup, cheese quesadillas…oh, and did I mention the hod fudge sundaes?
The tortilla soup was incredibly unique and worth every bite, same goes for the sundae. I am not sure what was in that cold concoction but it was a chocolatey smooth delight with an extra kick at the end.
After our last bite, we ended up in a heat and food coma.
That even met passing up this bad ass looking breakfast buffet. How could I say no to pancakes!!!
So, we decided to work off the bricks of food we devoured in our stomachs the night before and go for a much needed cruise around the area. The Ritz provides free bikes and helmets for the whole family! You can stick to an easy ride down a street or get your mountain man bike ride-on through the hilly trails.
We voted for the sleek (pre-school) ride down the street.
Side note: It was 110 degrees outside.
The Ritz spa itself is a completely separate building with a his and her side, a ton of treatment rooms, lovely smelling products and a private pool and hot tub area for JUST spa guests.
Can you say no kids??!
Nick chose a deep hydrating facial which he raved about!
I had a massage which was just ok.
I’ve had MUCH better.
However, the overall envious, first class customer service and one of a kind landscaping made our trip so very special. We would definitely recommend The Ritz at Dove Mountain to anyone looking for a luxury, lodge-like, private, sophisticated, and PEACEFUL getaway.
Besides, we may just add this hidden gem to our potential wedding location list!
Not too shabby of a place to say “I DO!!”
It is clean, well maintained and a secret summer getaway that you must take advantage of!
The Other Hubby
Posted on November 14, 2016
This month’s full moon came the closest to Earth that it has been since 1948
Make sure to take a few moments to look outside and enjoy the magic.
The Other Hubby
Posted on November 13, 2016
The more conscious a person is on a daily basis about making more thoughtful decisions, and how they act and engage in a kinder, more giving, more humane and more compassionate fashion, the more fulfilling life will feel for them.
– Matt Jacobi
Posted on November 11, 2016
God Bless America.
I love this country.
The Other Hubby