Maui’s on my mind as your LA Travel Diva heads off on a working vacation (lots of fun, some writing) to the magical Hawaiian island with her spiffy, new, personally designed and very colorful UGOBag all packed for the trip. I ordered the bag from the start-up Los Angeles company about a month ago. They asked me to send a photo or photos of what I wanted to put on the luggage plus the colors I wanted to use on the trim. I selected a great photo that Richard (my husband) shot in the Turks&Caicos where we spent the day during a Caribbean cruise on Silversea’s Silver Spirit. He shot the ship with his feet in the foreground and the Spirit in the back. It’s cool, check it out.
You can have any pictures put on your bag from selfies to destinations, family albums, it’s really a neat idea, just go to www.ugobags.com and tell them Patti sent you (and no I do not get any kickbacks etc.).
So while me, my UGObag and Richard do Maui we will be filing stories and photos about places and things we find on the island. We are going back to Hyatt’s Andaz to try Morimoto, a restaurant that opened there after we left the hotel last March, to a new upcountry pampering spot , Lumeria Crystal Spa and we’re returning after many years for a day at the fabulous Grand Wailea Spa (which will be followed by dinner at the hotel’s most romantic restaurant, humuhumunukunukuapua (which is quite a Hawaiian mouthful that was named after the state fish and sits on a million gallon saltwater lagoon filled with tropical fish.) So you really need to keep coming back to read more about all those and the Diva discoveries along the way.
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Patti Pietschmann's been plugged into the LA scene for years as author of Harper Collins' best selling ACCESS travel, former contributing editor to LA Magazine and various radio gigs. She has traveled the world with her husband Richard, on assignments and for personal pleasure, has enjoyed hundreds of cruises (she and Richard started young), eaten in restaurants around the globe, spa hopped, trekked, hiked and hit the ground running. The former Teen Editor of Newsday in New York, Patti was also a co-west coast editor of Departures Magazine, and a frequent contributor to such diverse media as Cruisecritic.com, LA Times, Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Virtuoso's Voyage, Luxurydomain.com, Bel-air Magazine, Priority Magazine, dozens of in-flight magazines, and more.