This week finds me starting one of those fantastic vacations where I first arrived at my destination and thought, “Wow, I get to stay here for (fill-in-the-blank number) days?”. I’m enjoying misty mornings and sunny days in Carmel, CA this week. Geared up with binoculars to spot sea otters and the occasional whale in the ocean below, I look forward to sharing my adventures with you.

The weekly buzz for this week includes a cautionary tale from Travel Codex to readers who might be excited to stay at an IHG property and start earning tons of points right away. Click here to read about the poor fellow who ended up with a measly 1,000 IHG Rewards points instead of the 90,000 he thought he was going to get, and what you can do to make sure you don’t end up in the same situation.

Here are some of the most popular posts this week from Magic of Miles, in case you missed one you’d like to read –

5 of the Coolest Food Themed Hotels
It’s All About the Hotel Bed
6 Reasons Why Your Hotel Key Card Stops Working
Magic in Japan: Day in Hiroshima

This #1 most popular post this week had so many responses you can look forward to similar ones in the future –

11 of the Wackiest Travel Gadgets You Don’t Need

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!