About Susan Edel

I am a native Californian with a passion for luxury travel and photography. After living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the majority of my life, I have recently relocated to the beautiful Central California Wine Region of Paso Robles. I am enjoying exploring the central coast and all the benefits that living in this beautiful region offers. As a Luxury Lifestyle Travel Agent and owner of Saratoga Travel, it is my pleasure to explore all that is out there and to continue seeking the next best luxury resort. As the Founder and Editor of No Ordinary Resort, my digital magazine reviewing the finest resorts in the U.S. and beyond, it's my intention to share my experiences at these distinctive resorts with you through my posted reviews and photography. I hope you enjoy it. Follow me on Facebook www.facebook.com/NoOrdinaryResort, Twitter www.twitter.com/NoOrinaryResor(no T), and Instagram www.instagram.com/No.Ordinary.Resort

Transitioning Over….

I want to thank each and every one of you who have been following and supporting me since I started this blog. I truly appreciate it.

Since I started my second blog, SKEdaddle, it’s been hard for me to manage both sites and because my information and photographs are related to my travels, I have decided that I will slowly be transitioning from this blog over to my SKEdaddle blog. It’s unfortunate that most my followers are on this site but the transition makes the most sense for me.


Won’t you please follow me over?

My hope is that you will continue to follow and support me over at SKEdaddle. If the spirit moves you, please click on the link and hit the follow button. I will be posting much of the same things I post here, along with much more fun travel related information as well.

Thank you again for all your support!


“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens


Kona Sunset

Space Shuttle Endeavour Flies Right Over My House

Today the Space Shuttle Endeavour was making its way down to LAX and flew right over the Bay Area. It was flying down the Peninsula and I live a little more inland so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to see it. But I started thinking about all the planes that do fly over our house going to Moffett Field so I thought I would take the chance and hang out in my front yard just in case. Half-heartedly thinking that it would fly by, I was messing around with my camera and its settings when all of a sudden I hear the engines of the plane.

In a panic, I start looking for the plane through my lens and trying to focus not realizing I had left it on an inappropriate setting. Talk about the biggest missed photo op ever!! At least I got these – this is with a 300mm zoom and I cropped in slightly to get closer but can you imagine if these had been in focus! These were taken from my front yard – a little bit of history literally flew right over my house today.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” Audrey Hepburn

Beauty comes from within you and kindness is the gesture that expresses that beauty.