About Life Is Suite
Any way you spell it, whether you’re a long-time reader or you’ve stumbled across our brand of boutique hospitality for the first time, we’re happy you’ve stopped by to visit our little slice of travel-heaven.
For everyone who loves to explore, eat and savor every moment, dive in. We think you’ll agree: Life is Suite!
If you love exploring new places, this category is for you. Our travel insiders will fuel your wanderlust with itineraries, destination spotlights, themed round-ups and more.
Foodies and craft cocktail connoisseurs: Get the 411 on the latest food + beverage trends and recipes, straight from the world’s best chefs and bar directors.
We know how to wine, dine and wow from birthday parties to weddings, corporate retreats and everything in between. Here’s everything you need to plan, host and pull off an epic celebration.
Find out more about what makes us at Kimpton tick, as well as the people, programs, causes, culture and projects we hold dear.
Whether you're a solo business traveler or a family of five, we've got you covered with tips about packing well, traveling better and staying healthy and happy while you're on the road.
Life is Suite Contributors
A freelance writer, editor and brand storyteller, Aleigh has been written and edited stories about food, restaurants, and travel for more than a dozen years, including spending several years as the food and dining editor for Charlotte magazine. Her work has appeared in Charlotte Home + Garden, The Charlotte Observer, AAA Living, Charlotte Parent and Charleston Home. Find her work online at AleighAcerni.com.
Kelly Aiglon Guest Contributor
A true hospitality insider, Kelly has been writing about hotels and restaurants across the U.S. for 15 years, developing official city visitors guides, authoring the Hotels chapter of the first-ever Louis Vuitton Chicago Guide, and blogging to no end about how tourists can explore cities like locals. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, AAA Living magazine, Chicago magazine, Modern Luxury magazines and DailyCandy. Along with having a passion for the hospitality scene, Kelly loves Chicago's live music venues, vintage shops, and beautiful parks and architecture.
Rachel Bell Guest Contributor
Rachel Bell is a freelance writer and communications consultant who specializes in writing all kinds of content for consumer audiences. Based in San Antonio, TX, Rachel's a military spouse and mom of two girls — a well-traveled 5 year old and a soon-to-be-well-traveled 9 month old who know how to behave in fancy hotels and restaurants, by golly. Check out more of Rachel’s work at TheRVBGroup.com.
Ave Bradley Creative Director & Senior Vice President of Design
As Vice President of Design, Ave spearheads the creative design charge for Kimpton’s hotels and restaurants, ranging from photo shoots to guest-room styling. Hospitality Design magazine recognized her work with a “Wave of the Future” award in 2012. Ave draws constant inspiration from international travel, flea markets, and the creative and entrepreneurial community surrounding her.
Katy Davis Guest Contributor
A former Adweek reporter and Missouri native who didn’t see a beach until she was 17, Katy now lives with her husband and daughter in the charming coastal town of Wilmington, NC. She freelances for advertising and marketing clients around the country. Her work can be seen at Katydavis.com.
Kate Donnelly Guest Contributor
Kate Donnelly, a Midwesterner, is a New York City-based freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Food and Wine, The New York Times, T Magazine, Fodors, and Refinery 29. She also a contributing editor at Fathom. She travels for the food and the shock of the new. Katedonnelly.contently.com
Suzanne Halperin VP, Catering & Banquet Brand Operations
Suzanne is Kimpton's resident catering goddess. She's been a Director of Catering in luxury hotels for over 25 years -- 18 of them with Kimpton! Entertaining is her passion, and she loves experimenting with new foods and drinks in search of new, innovative ways to prepare and present them.
Mark Hiss Guest Contributor
Mark is a San Francisco-based writer and editor. He was founding editor of both the visitor guide WHERE San Diego and Performances, the playbill magazine for Southern California’s leading performing arts groups. He is author of numerous travel guidebooks, including Frommer’s California Day by Day. His interviews with architects, artists and designers run monthly in San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine.
Eric Hiss Guest Contributor
Regularly navigating the world in search of off-the-beaten-path and enlightening stories, award-winning travel writer and photographer Eric Hiss has contributed to dozens of publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Delta Sky and Outside Magazine. Even after logging hundreds of articles and passport stamps, travel remains his ultimate rush. Sharing his love of the business and craft, he also teaches travel writing at WritingPad.com. Passionate about the intersection of new media and travel, Eric co-founded the global travel blog wandermelon.com, and also consults with tourism destinations, helping them develop content and a more effective online presence. Check out more work at Erichiss.com.
Nick Kembel Guest Contributor
Nick is a 'settled backpacker' who has called Taipei home for the last decade. He is the author of 'Taiwan in the Eyes of a Foreigner' and loves exploring Taiwan with his kids Sage and Lavender. He writes on East Asia at Spiritual Travels. For more of Nick's work visit nickkembel.com.
Matt Kirouac Guest Contributor
Matt Kirouac is a New Hampshire native and culinary school graduate who lives in Chicago. He writes about food and beverage both locally and nationally. In his spare time, Matt enjoys walks along the lakefront, spending time with friends, dancing the night away, and pursuing his latest hobby: archery. Read more of his work at mattsland.net.
Jennie Lin Guest Contributor
Jennie is a writer and editor based in the Bay Area. She was the editor of the travel guidebook Let’s Go: California and has written and edited for numerous magazines, start-ups, museums, and luxury hotels and casinos. She’s trying to work her way through all 59 national parks—but can't seem to stop returning to Alaska.
Alex is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has written for a number of magazines, airlines, museums and retailers, and she's forever pursuing cheese plate and craft cocktails in new cities.
Shayla Martin Guest Contributor
Shayla is a travel, food and culture journalist with published work in New York Magazine, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, The Local Palate, Eater DC and more. Her work has led her to live in New York City; Washington, DC; Madrid, Spain and Durham, North Carolina where she now resides, with visits to countless other cities, states and countries between. She's passionate about storytelling, especially the stories that inspire people to travel the world. For more of Shayla's work, visit ShaylaMartin.com
Jessica McCoy Guest Contributor
A freelance writer, recipe developer and food photographer, Jessica is also the blogger behind the food and travel blog, All She Cooks. When she’s not writing, Jessica loves adventure, both in the kitchen and around the world. She dreams (quite literally) of buying boots in Milan and flying off to San Francisco on a whim.
Laura Moore is a freelance writer based in Toronto. She has written about travel, lifestyle and digital strategy for a variety of publications in the U.S. and Canada. Once she wrote about the best products for surviving a zombie apocalypse. Hot tip: it’s basically camping gear. She has never regretted taking snacks from a hotel mini bar and thinks a lot about moving to the Isle of Skye so she can wear sweaters all year round.
Dan Nguyen-Tan Guest Contributor
Dan is one of the founding executives of PUBLIC Bikes. He takes great pride in his role shepherding PUBLIC’s collaboration with Kimpton on its custom fleet of PUBLIC Bikes. Dan consistently has cookies on his desk because dessert is his middle name and bicycling is his game. A former paperboy, busboy, politician, finance guy, and top Girl Scout cookie buyer, Dan wears lot of sweaters while biking in San Francisco.
Geoff is a travel & lifestyle writer tackling the globe one soccer match at a time. When he's not chasing after a story, he serves as a consulting copywriter for a variety of hospitality brands. He's written for several outlets including Bloomberg, Travel Channel and Robb Report and has created copy for numerous food & drink, lifestyle and travel companies. You can keep up with his travels and check out his work at geoffnudelman.com.
Shannon O'Donnell Guest Contributor
Shannon O’Donnell has traveled around the world since 2008 using storytelling and photography to support community-based grassroots tourism through her website, A Little Adrift. She was named a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year for her work and she published her acclaimed first book, The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook, in October 2012. She continues to travel for the better part of each year and can most often be found with her camera in hand at local markets all over the world.
Whitney is Head of Social Media for Kimpton. When she’s not running a contest or tweeting with our awesome guests, she’s on the road, learning about destinations, cultures and what makes people tick when they travel. Based in San Francisco, she loves sharing her Bay Area adventures one Instagram shot at a time.
Christina Ricchiuti-Dubin Guest Contributor
Chris is a blogger who is relentless in her pursuit of a good road trip. From the hottest spots in town to under-the-radar hidden gems, she's found that the best trips have a mix of both. Besides her travel blog, PackedSuitcase.com, you can also find her work on Huffington Post, TravelChannel.com and Edible DC.
Mike Ryan Director of Bars
Mike oversees the training and education of Kimpton’s bartenders, as well as helping to open or refresh our collection of bars and lounges around the country. He has more than 15 years of experience in the culinary/bar world and he helped lead Sable Kitchen + Bar in Chicago to national prominence. Sable was named one of the best bars in the country by Food & Wine and one of the top hotel bars by USA Today, among other accolades.
Haley Shapley Guest Contributor
Haley Shapley is a freelance writer and editor based in Seattle who contributes travel, lifestyle and health stories to a wide variety of publications. She’s visited all 50 states, adores adrenaline rushes, and believes in handwritten notes. Although she’s always planning her next far-flung adventure, she thinks the Pacific Northwest is pretty much the best place ever, so she tries to stick around as much as possible. Visit her website at haleyshapley.com.
Kristin Slye Guest Contributor
From 1999–2003, Kristin was a Director of Sales and Marketing for Kimpton in San Francisco. Since then, she’s continued on as a consultant for numerous special programs, most notably KimptonPets and KimptonKids. When she’s not contributing to the Kimpton experience or writing about it for Life is Suite, Kristin is a mom, avid dancer, proud San Franciscan, and nemesis of the ordinary. She’s also the Owner/Creative Ace of Slye Marketing. Find her on Facebook.
Spencer Spellman Guest Contributor
Beginning his travel-writing career as a writer and editor for a travel guide publisher, Spencer has spent the last few years freelancing, with his work having appeared in National Geographic's Intelligent Travel blog, The Los Angeles Times, Drink Me Magazine, AFAR Magazine, AOL Travel, and Expedia. When Spencer isn’t traveling, you can find him in Los Angeles attempting to visit every single taquería and find the best whiskey cocktail. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and at his blog, The Traveling Philosopher.
Corinne Whiting Guest Contributor
Corinne is a Seattle-based freelance writer/editor who covers culture and travel beats for destinations ranging from Walla Walla to the Galapagos Islands. She hails from the other Washington (the city), where she worked as associate editor of WHERE magazine before heading west. She's now the "Seattle expert" for 10best.com, the D.C. City Guide editor for Amtrak's Arrive, and a regular contributor to outlets like USA Today, HILuxury, seattleite.com, the National Cherry Blossom Festival publication, and state visitors’ guides. When not savoring the splendor of the Pacific Northwest, she sates her global wanderlust as often as possible. See more at travelcorx.tumblr.com.
Faith Yi Senior Manager, External Communications
Faith’s love for travel has taken her from the confetti-strewn cobblestones of Venice during Carnevale to the aurora borealis in Reykjavik, Iceland. All the while, she hopped from hostels to hotels to homestays, which shaped her experience of global hospitality along the way. Now settled in San Francisco, Faith translates Kimpton’s stories and ideas one tweet and blog post at a time.