Entries by Helen Benefield Billings

Up in the Clouds at the Loews Regency San Francisco

Making the Rounds with Helen Benefield Billings Loews Regency San Francisco Hotel wows with sweeping city views and personalized service. A recent journey to Asia required an overnight in San Francisco and my travel radar was set directly onto this luxury retreat up in the clouds, located in the downtown financial district. Perfectly nestled within […]


Making the Rounds – It’s Always Summer in Miami

December 19, 2017   |   By Helen Benefield Billings As temperatures continue to fall in most areas of the country and we anticipate the upcoming holiday season and winter conditions, Key Biscayne in Miami, Florida remains sunny and balmy year round, making it an ideal long weekend or conference destination. The Ladies and Gentlemen of The […]

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Making the Rounds – Raising the Glass to the Sweet Life

September 22, 2016   |   By Helen Benefield Billings With sweeping views of their 60-acre apple orchard and the scenic Hudson Valley as their backdrop, the folks at Angry Orchard Hard Cider in Walden, New York recently teamed up with Pete Nelson and his talented crew of craftsmen from Animal Planet’s hit TV show “Treehouse Masters” […]

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Making the Rounds – Heaven in Hell’s Kitchen

Midtown Manhattan’s Ink48 is Kimpton Hotels’ contemporary boutique hotel in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, providing guests a fashionable and elegant environment that is at the same time warm and inviting, thanks to its friendly and helpful staff. Spacious, well-appointed rooms with a modern flair offer city or Hudson River views. The hotel is within easy […]

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Making the Rounds: Belmond Charleston Place Hotel

No trip to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina would be complete without staying at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel. Elegant service in an inviting, genteel environment lent itself quite perfectly to several days of walking tours and shopping on King Street, followed by decadent meals and precious moments of relaxation during our recent visit in July. […]


Making the Rounds: The Alchemy of Food and Drink

By Helen Benefield Billings The “alchemy of food and drink” is definitely the ideal description for Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen’s brainchild, Rx Boiler Room in Las Vegas. Moonen, along with Bar Manager and Mixologist Eric Smith, presents a union of eclectic comfort food presentations and handcrafted artisan cocktails at what is surely Las Vegas’ most […]