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Celebrate Christmas in True Yankee Fashion

Dec 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Handmade confections, roasted chestnuts, Yule logs and incredible decorations warm the Northeast with holiday cheer. Here’s a handpicked roundup of favorite traditions, from the White Mountains’ annual Cookie Tour to the peppermint pigs of Saratoga.... Read More

Top Movie-Themed Tours of 2012

Nov 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

We’ve all heard that old axiom, “Life imitates art.” And further to that, especially lately, vacations imitate the movies. Obviously not down to the plot details—at least not all the time—but more and more, travelers seem to be booking itineraries that take them to James Bond’s London, Twilight’s Washington coast, or “the Shire” as fabricated in rural New Zealand.... Read More

Semi-Precious Spa Treatments

Nov 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Crushed pearls and spun gold are no longer the stuff of fairytales and billionaire whims; they’re now among many precious and semi-precious ingredients used for signature treatments at your favorite luxury spas. Ranging from exotic to ethnically-inspired to amazingly extravagant, these multi-karat treatments are a brilliant way to spoil yourself or someone you love.... Read More

12 Most Chilling Halloween Attractions

Oct 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Some people like to celebrate Halloween in scanty costumes; others like to indulge in sweets; and then there are the ones who want to scream, be utterly grossed out, and have nightmares for weeks afterward. For the last group, this author thinks you're a little nuts, but here’s a roundup of the most fright-tastic attractions on the continent, and here's hoping your li'l heart can handle it.... Read More

Mexico's Grand Solmar Penthouse Suite

Oct 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

With sweeping views of the ocean and surrounding rock formations, the 6,232 square foot, four-bedroom penthouse is an exclusive Mexican getaway, perfect for upcoming holiday travel or special occasion.... Read More

10 Things to See & Do This Fall

Oct 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

From the minute coffee shops put their "Pumpkin Latte" signage up, we all knew that autumn had arrived...and while some people mourn the shortening of days and incoming cold weather, most of us also anticipate fall's many delights. Autumn brings grape-picking season at wineries, family holiday feasts and weekend harvest festivals. Simple luxuries, you could say—but the ten experiences in this roundup are things that every person should experience at least once in a lifetime.... Read More

Ultimate Spa Services for Men Around the World

Oct 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Whether in need of a muscle-relaxing massage, soothing skin treatment or even laser hair removal service, men are flocking to spas across the globe. We bring you some of the best the world has to offer for luxury men’s spa services.... Read More

Charming Farmhouse Cottages of New England

Oct 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Fall brings our nesting, comfort-dining instincts to the fore—which is why the friendly farmhouse inns of New England have such a magnetic effect. From the 5-diamond comforts of Relais & Châteaux to a homespun cottage on a working farm, these properties promise a warm welcome complete with fresh-baked cookies by the fire.... Read More

Wine Regions With Cultural Cachet

Oct 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

As industry experts advised in our “Wine Country Tips” travel piece earlier this year, it’s not smart to plan a wine tasting tour where each day is packed with back-to-back tastings. It wears out the palate...or worse. Three wineries per day is a good maximum number for the amateur wine aficionado. And what should you do with the rest of the time? More than dining and napping, if you choose.... Read More

On Board Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Oct 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Recently named the “Best Cruise Line” in Los Angeles Times' 2012 Readers Choice Awards, the boutique river collection of luxury cruises has a world of options. Also named to Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List and consistently placing on the Platinum Circle and Reader’s Choice awards, Uniworld cruises 13 rivers in 20 countries around the globe; the ships can be found throughout Europe, Egypt, Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia offering top-notch service and accommodations.... Read More

Game, Set, Paradise | Curtain Bluff Launches New Tennis Circuit

Sep 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

With four tennis courts steps from the ocean, Curtain Bluff Resort is a stunning setting for a game of tennis in the Caribbean. The luxury all-inclusive resort is offering both a vacation in paradise and a chance for guests to test their game with world-class Grand Slam tennis pros in instructional clinics and match play. Curtain Bluff has 72 rooms and suites, all with staggering seasape views.... Read More

Discovering the Beauty of Vail in Fall

Sep 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

The changing of the seasons is upon us, and the Vail Valley in Colorado is the perfect place to enjoy the colors of Fall. From scenic walks through mountain trails to unique culinary experiences and wonderful family memories, the golden leaves are a welcome sight in the high country of Colorado.... Read More

Things to See & Do in Vermont During the Fall

Sep 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

With the 5th annual Naked Table Lunch in downtown Woodstock rounding out August’s final weekend, Vermont got a head start on the harvest festival season—as befits the northernmost New England state. Thanks to its widespread support of artisanal farms and “cottage” food producers, Vermont is a delicious destination at any time of year…but fall brings particular bounty. No wonder locals, neighboring New Englanders and even Tri-State residents look forward to it.... Read More

Architecture Tours From Rhode Island to Rio de Janeiro

Aug 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

The Martin House Complex is a main attraction on the “All Wright All Day” tour in Buffalo/Niagara.... Read More

Flightseeing Tours With a Bird's Eye View

Aug 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

It’s a bird...it’s a plane...it’s a tourist! While fear of flying is a common travel deterrent, “flight-seeing” is an ever-more-popular tourism trend. Ignore the vertigo and see the world from the greatest possible heights—for example, this paragliding adventure over the Aspen peaks, offered by Aspen Paragliding through select area hotels including the Gant.... Read More

Olympic Facilities After the Games

Jul 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Olympic host cities are expected to marshal tremendous resources in a relatively short time-span to create state-of-the-art constructions, first-class athletic facilities and streamlined infrastructure–all of which is under a worldwide spotlight during the Games. But these are not set pieces, to be broken down after the curtain falls. Olympic facilities stand for decades, often even outlasting the public memory that once upon a time, the Games came here.... Read More

Photo Tour of Morocco

Jul 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Christine Kirk

Things are not always what they seem, and Morocco is a luxurious travel destination that has been branded in a way that doesn’t do it justice. It is a country steeped rich in Arab culture. As an American, if you don’t have much experience with Arab countries, Morocco is a good place to start. Take a photo tour of this enchanting African country and get to know it a little bit better.... Read More

Urban Glamping Around the World

Jul 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Tree houses, yurts, modified Airstream trailers and other alternative shelters are making a big-city comeback as the “glamour camping” trend moves into urban centers around the world. As to the appeal of urban glamping—well, any child of the city or the suburbs who ever “camped” in the backyard on a summer night can understand. You’re right in the middle of it all: hearing snatches of city noise, grazing on easy-to-replenish food supplies, and sleeping under the stars, in a comfy bed that someone else will make up the next morning.... Read More

Small Town 4th of July Celebrations

Jul 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

From the New England seacoast to the mountain mining towns, small town USA loves a good Fourth of July party. Bring the dogs, dress up in stars-and-stripes, grab a beach blanket, and check out the parade.... Read More

Luxury Hotels Through Rose-Colored Lenses

May 31, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Monochrome and Earth tones may be the most popular hues for sophisticated urban hotels, but the rose garden palette is currently livening up design hotel rooms from Paris to Rio de Janeiro. This virtual bouquet of rose-colored rooms is your reminder that the world is best experienced in color.... Read More

Boat-Up Luxury in the Yachting Capital of the World

May 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

With 300+ miles of inland waterways and 50,000 registered yachts, Fort Lauderdale is dubbed “the Yachting Capital of the World.” It’s home port to the two largest cruise ships in the world, and home to the largest boat show in the world (Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show).... Read More

Incredible Epicurean Vacations

May 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Culinary travel is getting more delicious, and ambitious, every time we turn around. A slew of new, creative and highly specialized culinary travel experiences take the entire niche to the next-level.... Read More

Third Party Certified Sustainable Luxury Resorts

Apr 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Want to make sure you stick with your Earth Day travel resolution of only frequenting truly eco-friendly hotels in 2012 and beyond? The best way to be assured that a business isn’t just “green-washing,” but is really sticking to sustainable practices, is by looking for a third-party certification from a recognized green building rating system. As a look at this gallery will prove, it’s possible to be “certified sustainable” without compromising anything in the way of luxury.... Read More

Luxury Hotel Specialty Staff You Didn't Know Existed

Apr 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

When luxury hotels started employing beach butlers and romance concierges, it seemed like overkill on the specialized services front: Did people really need a special attendant to spritz them with cucumber water and recharge their Blackberry while bringing them another margarita? The answer, over time, is “YES, YES, YES.” Specialty staff, whether they’re offering bespoke luxury or professional expertise, are becoming ever-more popular in hotels across the country. And customer needs—as this roundup shows—are becoming more eclectic by the day.... Read More

Luxury Villas of Southern California

Mar 28, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Enjoy the Southern California sunset in your own private villa. From Santa Monica to Malibu to Laguna Beach, these luxury villas offer guests accommodations that could rival some five-star hotels. Check out these gorgeous Southern California villas that are available to house your friends and family during your next beach vacation.... Read More

Seafood Adventures Across the Globe

Mar 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Whether it's extra-peppery mignonette sauce for their Fanny Bay oysters or traditional Portuguese Bacalhau at Easter supper, seafood lovers are particular about their favorites, and will often go great distances to enjoy them. But for those extra-avid eaters, here’s a roundup of singular experiences that go beyond merely a fine meal, and create a whole adventure around the eventual mouthwatering prize.... Read More

9 Superb Hotel Breakfasts Around the World

Mar 13, 2012  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

You could spend all day leisurely sipping exotic juices and European coffee at the Peninsula's peerless riverfront spread. The pastries are of particular note, a fusion of French technique (Thailand, then Siam, was surrounded by colonial French Indochina) and native ingredients.... Read More

Quebec's Gourmet Foodie Delights

Mar 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

International travelers sometimes refer to Canada as "one giant Whole Foods." If that's the case, then Quebec is the deli section: chock-full of game meats, stinky cheeses, sweet maple pastries and ice wine. Of fast foods, it has many - poutine being the most infamous - but when it comes to gourmet, this French-Canadian province pulls out the stops with presentation and ingredients.... Read More

Exploring the Wilds of Australia

Mar 6, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Explore the abundance that is Australia. Known for its wild Outback and plethora of wildlife, there is only one way to experience it: by immersing yourself in the some of the most beautiful, most secluded and most luxurious lodges, camp sites and resorts. Come with us as we unveil some of the best places to stay, play and relax in Australia.... Read More

British Columbia | Home Grown and Tasty

Feb 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

It makes sense that British Columbia would rush to raise the flag of the local/sustainable/seasonal dining movement. Fertile lands, temperate climate, bounteous sea life and incredible foraging are nature's gift to Canada's southwestern coastal province. The people tend to be an educated and sensitive lot - many of whom have moved from other parts of Canada or the world to follow their dreams of artisan cheesemaking or the 100-Mile Diet. And the mayor of Vancouver has vowed to make it the "greenest city in the world" by 2020. Because, as this gallery will show, the green, organic and artisan foods to be found within 100 miles of Vancouver can offer an out-of-this-world dining experience, every day.... Read More

The ABCs of the ABC Islands

Feb 3, 2012  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Skip Hooters, T.G.I. Friday's, and Se?or Frog's, all located behind Palm Beach's high-rise resort strip, and eat on a beach pier at The Pelican instead. For barefoot dining, try Moomba Beach Bar & Restaurant (one of the best beach bars in the world according to CNN) or the Flying Fishbone just outside of town. For a local meal, head to The Aruban Chef serving fare like calco stoba (conch stew) and fresh fish. Finally, don't miss a sunset drink at Bugaloe Pier where stiff mojitos are served at happy hour from 5-6 p.m.... Read More

Where to Go in 2012

Jan 27, 2012  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Tokyo boasts the most Michelin stars of any city in the world, with a culinary landscape of incredible and incredibly expensive foods. And with an ever-increasing focus on Japanese food stateside, travelers are more and more excited about and willing to venture to Tokyo's crowded, bustling streets. What's more, beyond the Michelin-starred eateries, budget travelers can have a ball in Tokyo on the cheap.... Read More

Resolution Trips for the New Year

Jan 20, 2012  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Instead of tan, come back from your vacation healthier and thinner. In place of tacky trinkets, bring back healthy foods and exercise routines. At the Pritkin Center, you'll meet with a team of doctors, dieticians, and physiologists. But don't think it's all about deprivation. The setting, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is stunning, and the meals are so delectable, you'll marvel that they're so good for you. Five to six times a day, you'll feast on such delights as panzanella herb salad, tuna carpaccio, stone crabs, sockeye salmon on morel risotto, and yes, chocolate mousse.... Read More

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