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The Ritz-Carlton – Let Us Stay With You

Written by Patti on October 8th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Are you just waking up? Or are you at the breakfast nook with a cup of coffee?

I like to spend Saturday morning daydreaming. Some folks daydream in black & white. I daydream in Ritz-Carlton blue.

Some of my favorite memories of the past two years have been beyond the doors of some of the Southeast’s most gorgeous Ritz-Carltons. I’ve spent a late night in the kitchen with Chef Matt Murphy in New Orleans, drinking wine and filling up on extravagant cuisine, as everyone buzzed around us. Eric & I drowsed under the stars next to our casita in Cancun, after an afternoon of cooking classes in the most amazing teaching kitchen you can imagine. In Palm Beach I was so fortunate to receive a four handed facial in the world’s most gorgeous and self indulgent spa, the Eau Spa. Holly and I laughed until we couldn’t breathe while trying to navigate a canoe in Orlando and then spent an afternoon in the lazy river pool on a very special girls’ weekend. Showing bestie John the charms of club level in sparkling Amelia Island added to our years of memories together. A Segway lesson was crossed off our bucket list in Reynolds Plantation. Lumen, the lobby bar in The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta was the venue for an afternoon of fun with special friends Melanie & Vanessa, drinking bubbly and nibbling treats for Melanie’s birthday. I have met some amazing people during my visits and feel like the luckiest person in the world to call so many of them friends – Char, Rudy, Miss Judi, Valerie, Lisa, Hannah, David, Matt, Johnny, Dietrus, Joe, Paulina, Christine, Donald, Sandra, Alison, Adam, Jessica, Michelle (both of you!) to name just a few.

So it’s no surprise that this new ad campaign is close to my heart. The Ritz-Carlton is not just a hotel, it’s a place where magic happens.

The Ritz-Carlton will always stay with me.

If you have never been, the holidays are coming up. Wouldn’t a weekend away with a loved one make the perfect gift?

Why, yes, it would.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Barbara Streisand – The Way We Were


5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Holly says:

    That trip was the most fun – ever!

  2. Lisa says:

    Although, technically, I guess they are a chain — they are so un-chain like. Each hotel is unique and reflects its location.
    But what you can always count on — fantastic ambiance, gracious service, wonderful food and lots of fun. They are fancy, posh hotels but not snobby. The best combo.

  3. Patti says:

    It was fun because of you, my sweet Holly!


  4. Patti says:


    I like to think of them as a collection of hotels. They are the gold standard, aren’t they?


  5. Patti says:

    Miss Ava!

    I didn’t receive your note?

    And I am always dreaming of The Ritz!