Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber spends a lot of her time on the road less traveled. From street markets in Venice, Italy to great BBQ in Lockhart, TX Felber shares her special destinations with you.

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Happy Holidays!

 What a year it has been! Happy Holidays from our family to yours.

2020 In Our Rearview Mirror

Bye 2020! We decided to take a road trip down Rt 66 to say goodbye to 2020, and driving and taking your time has it's advantages. The towns were deserted, and we had a chance to really talk to people and experience some very special places.

2021 we are ready to meet you and to get back on the road again -let's have a great year! 

Winding My Way Though Napa Valley Wine Country

I have been on an amazing journey lately - I've fallen in love with the art of winemaking. It's fun to get to enjoy a great glass of wine, but getting to meet and know the winemakers, and to appreciate the love and dedication that goes into making the wines makes that glass a memorable experience and one that you want to share.

Getting to visit Napa Valley has always been a dream, and I can't believe that I'm here! It's always good to travel with a game plan of what you want to see and do, but this was a last minute job so I decided to just take to the road and see where I ended up.

What an amazing experience, and I've met so many interesting, wonderful people along the way. Now that I know how much there is to see and do here I can't wait to come back.

Falling in Love With Fall

Fall is such a magical time to head North, especially after surviving another brutal Texas Summer. This Lifestylist has been busy traveling almost every week to beautiful areas in New York, New Jersey and Michigan. Where is your favorite Fall destination?

Traveling in Style

This Lifestylist is on the move a lot. We are busy tracking trends, interviewing the people who make things happen, and making sure that we make time for our family and friends.

As part of this it may be because I have a birthday coming up but I swear that I couldn't find my credit card and license at least five times because I was using a different purse or wallet, and since I have been traveling with a larger carry-on bag instead of my usual camera and computer bags I keep thinking that I have left something behind.

Since I have become an Amazon Influencer, I have been doing a lot more research into what products might make my traveling easier, and I have discovered it might be time for a few changes. When most airlines charge you extra for luggage and some even ding you for what you carry on, it's important that you make the most of every item and pound.

It's time for me to upgrade, and I'm looking forward to sharing what I have learned here.

End of Summer Travels

Where has the Summer gone? We've been busy exploring new destinations and shopping for our latest venture - the Lifestylist Look shop in Dallas, Texas.

It has taken us our usual routes and we've discovered some great small towns, attended an incredible antique car show, enjoyed some of the best corn we have ever had at a corn festival, and sat for hours enjoying the beauty of the Finger Lakes.

We hated to go home, but we are already planning our next trip to this beautiful area -take a drive and explore it yourself!

Manager at Westin Downtown Austin Goes Too Far

Summer is here! If you travel as much as we do you can see more families in the airports and hotel lobbies, and this seems like the perfect time for us to talk about how different hotels treat their guests, and what a hotel staff can do to create a memorable experience for their guests.

We are so fortunate to be able to stay at the Hammocks Communities when we travel as often as possible to the Finger Lakes region of New York. When we stay at one of the larger brands, our loyalty has been changing on who is our first choice, especially after an experience that my niece had Memorial Day weekend.

We wrote about the experience a group of young professional women had at the Westin Downtown Austin on our Lifestylist Advisory page, and I'm still really disappointed that Marriott International (who purchased the Starwood group) chose to ignore our requests for information on this incident, and in fact gave the manager who caused the issue our information. The more he writes things that are blatently not true, the more upset we get.

I love watching Below Deck on Bravo because I appreciate their attitudes (usually) towards their guests, and we live vicariously watching others experience their top shelf service. Words can be the biggest diffuser of a situation, or can work like pouring gasoline on dry wood.

Accusing a guest of something - especially before you have facts will never end well, and will quickly eat away at any loyalty the customer may have had to your brand. Embarrassing a guest in front of her friendswill create a story that will be told over and over, and people will remember the ridiculous actions of a manager over and good things the hotel may have done. This includes sending a bottle of "champagne" to a guests room that you have accused in front of other guests of using a fake ID and never acknowledging in fact it was a legal form of ID.

We used to love staying at some of the bigger brands because they offered conistency no matter where we stayed, unfortunately that sense of security no longer seems to be the case.

We would love to hear about what hotel brands have given you the best customer experiences, especially if they are a smaller brand that we don't hear about all of the time. We just know that this Westin will be one that we avoid unless changes are made.