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Walk Wailea and Discover The Wonder of Hawaiian Beauty

Dec 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Tim Cotroneo

For those considering Maui’s plush Wailea hotel zone, which includes hotels such as the Grand Wailea, for their next vacation... Read More

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

Own a Piece of Arkansas History With a Unique New Residence Club Concept

Dec 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Private Residence Clubs have been around since the early 2000's—they were basic offshoots of the fractional idea, where the buyer becomes the owner of a fraction of the property, and is allowed to use it for an equal amount of time, expressed in fractions. If the buyer has a 1/10th share he has about five weeks of time at the property. The Private Residence Club is basically a high end, multi-amenity luxury fractional. They were popular at the outset, but with the decline in the economy, many did not survive. Those that did, however, are doing well.... Read More

What to Pack for an African Safari

Dec 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

It happened—you decided your life was lacking true excitement and the only cure is an authentic African safari complete with leopards, buffalo and elephants, live in the flesh. Up until now, you might've only seen such creatures on TV or behind secure fencing, so this is going to be quite the exhilarating travel experience.... Read More

How to Tip in Europe

Dec 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris  |  5 Comments

Tipping in the U.S. is a huge deal—you are considered a pompous jerk if you tip too little, and look rather silly if you tip someone who doesn’t work for tips, like say your cardiologist. When traveling the concept of tipping is a difficult one to grasp, especially in Europe, where each country has different gratuity protocol; and if you tip too much, you will look like a foolish American; too little though, and your service may purposefully be unsatisfactory.... Read More

Follow in Jack Hanna's Footsteps on This 11-Day African Safari

Dec 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

With one show airing for fifteen years, and another in its sixth season, American Zookeeper Jack Hanna is well loved by animals and people alike. His series Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild recently made an appearance in Africa, and Orient-Express Safaris wants others less fortunate than the world-traveler to relive the episodes through an 11-day journey into the “Heart of Africa with Jack Hanna.” The excursion allows wildlife-enthusiasts and thrill-seekers the opportunity to venture into the African wilderness without sacrificing the everyday luxuries of Western civilization.... Read More

Best Holiday High Teas Hosted by Luxury Hotels Around the U.S.

Dec 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

Great news for Anglophiles: You don’t need to travel to Jolly Olde England to get a proper holiday tea, complete with scones and real whipped cream and Yuletide cheer. Some of America’s favorite luxury hotels have adopted the tea tradition—and for those who don’t hold it year-round, the holidays are a popular time for this warming and family-friendly afternoon splurge.... Read More

Tour the Locations of Your Favorite Blockbuster Movies

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

Champagne Tasting in Reims and Épernay on a Day Trip From Paris

Nov 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

More than Burgundy, more than Bordeaux, the wine that France is most known for is that bubbly elixir called Champagne—a heady blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier that can only come from the region of the same name, and which is synonymous with celebration and luxury.... Read More

A Culinary Tour Through Costa Rica's Exotic Countryside

Nov 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Costa Rica is a naturalist's dream come true. This diminutive country—the size of West Virginia with a population of four million—has made its mark on the tourist map by devoting more than a third of its land to natural parks and wildlife preserves. Its reputation as an ecological sanctuary, filled with carefully preserved fauna and flora, is legendary. From the rugged, volcanic mountain peaks to the tropical rainforests, to the world-class surf, this country rocks.... Read More

Where to Stay, Eat & Sightsee in Beijing | Guide to China's Capital

Nov 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Shanghai might have the fashion flair and Hong Kong has the finance factor, but don’t discount Beijing. The Chinese capital has to be one of Asia’s most fascinating destinations thanks to a history that dates back to ancient times, proximity to picturesque sections of the Great Wall, cutting-edge arts and architecture, and a steadily improving food and nightlife scene.... Read More

Best Beaches in Europe

Nov 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  8 Comments

White powder sand, secluded enclaves, staggering cliffs, crystal clear water, and swaying palms are just some of the reasons travelers flock to the beaches winding around the European coastline. Whether you want to surf, build sandcastles with the kids, ride jet skis, snorkel among the marine life, or merely sleep in solitude, there is a beach waiting for you in your favorite destination across the Atlantic. We’ve picked five from the long list of impressive places to dig your feet in the sand and bask in nature’s beauty on your next luxury vacation in Europe.... Read More

Discover Bhutan with Remote Lands Bespoke Travel Design Services

Nov 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris  |  3 Comments

Remote Lands is “the world’s foremost" bespoke travel agency focused on Asia alone. With over 20 years of traveling experience under their belts, founders Catherine Heald and Jay Tindall created the agency to bring luxury travelers to areas that have been left relatively untouched by modern society. The company specializes in unique, difficult to arrange trips that require extensive insider knowledge and attention to detail.... Read More

The Village of Amalfi: Your Base For Exploring the Italian Coast

Nov 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Melanie Votaw  |  2 Comments

The port town of Amalfi is the perfect home base for exploring the rest of the Amalfi Coast, but it’s worth some time by itself. Though smaller than Positano, Amalfi contains the Coast’s signature pastel buildings that almost look like they’re floating down the cliff face toward the Mediterranean Sea. It’s busy during the tourist season, but it’s still a small village with its own tiny beach and hilly pedestrian streets.... Read More

Where to Dine, Shop & Sightsee in Stockholm | A World-Class Cruise Destination

Nov 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Carrie Coolidge  |  1 Comment

Stockholm is one of the most desirable destinations on Baltic and Northern European cruise itineraries for good reason. Most cruise ships dock right in the city center, but you won’t fall into a tourist trap. Indeed, this city is anything but touristy, although it is an ideal and welcoming place to be one.... Read More

Exclusive 'Power on Ice' Adventure in Finland From Bentley Motors

Nov 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  2 Comments

Snowmobiling, a nighttime husky sled safari, traditional Finnish smoke saunas and dinner at an historic reindeer farm—that’s after a full day of driving Bentley's hell-for-leather across the frozen wastelands of Finland at speeds that would give your grandmother an aneurysm.... Read More

Where to Stay, Eat and Shop in Shanghai | Guide to China's Largest City

Oct 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen  |  1 Comment

Over the past decade, Shanghai has regained its stature as one of the world’s most cosmopolitan, fast-paced and connected cities. With world-class hotels catering to travelers of all stripes, unparalleled luxury shopping, and a nightlife scene that positively pulsates with energy, it’s quickly become one of the top destinations on every jetsetter’s list.... Read More

Scariest Halloween Attractions Around the U.S.

Oct 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  2 Comments

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

Awaken All Your Senses in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Oct 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss  |  2 Comments

Bucket list aside, this magical Mexican colonial town, San Miguel de Allende, looks too good to be true, but isn't. Superlatives lack descriptive power to express the palpable joy that a simple stroll, or chance encounter will evoke in this enchanting enclave. Those narrow, cobblestone streets that offer peeks at the most charming doorways, arches, courtyards, parks and vistas are not Disney creations, but finely preserved remnants of a proud historically significant area that echoes its past and embraces its present ever so graciously.... Read More

Exploring Little Italy Neighborhoods Around the U.S.

Oct 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Italians love to celebrate their heritage (With the last name Imperatore, I know this quite well). At the heart of the culture is the desire to bring people together over an enormous spread of food, good wine and lots of laughter. Though Italians need no excuse to proclaim their pride, October is really their time to shine as it happens to be Italian Heritage Month.... Read More

Top 10 Items on Our Autumn Bucket List

Oct 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

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.... Read More

Cozy Up to New England's Farmhouse Cottages This Fall

Oct 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  2 Comments

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

All-Inclusive Mexico Vacation to Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa

Sep 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss  |  2 Comments

What happens when you want to immerse yourself in the culture and cuisine of your luxury vacation locale and your companions want to soak up the sun? Head for Huatulco where everyone will be happy. Located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, in the state of Oaxaca, Huatulco's tourism is centered on its nine bays where the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean providing a stunning vista.... Read More

Celebrating Santa Barbara With a Month Long Epicurean Event

Sep 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Santa Barbara has long been crowned with the title of our American Riviera. From the recent English royalty who graced the nearby polo fields, to the many celebrities, including Oprah, who call it home, this is a place to be. Anytime of the year will do, but there is one magical month that encapsulates its essence and that is October.... Read More

New Website Revolutionizes Travel Abroad for Volunteers

Sep 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Joseph Vasquez  |  1 Comment

Apparently people are climbing over one another these days to be a volunteer. Why? Many say it’s a life changing experience. I suppose that's reason enough. Unfortunately, traveling abroad can get expensive, so Volunteer Forever has developed a new platform to help those working for free who don’t have a lot of money, act like the next Mother Teresa, without breaking the bank or their spirit.... Read More

Top Foodie Destination in South America Awarded to Peru

Sep 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  2 Comments

In a country where simple ingredients like corn, potatoes and chili peppers are staples of the cuisine, you wouldn’t necessarily think it would be worthy of epicurean high praise—but you’d be wrong.... Read More

Vermont Offers First Bites of 2012 Harvest

Sep 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

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

Discovering the Surprisingly Modern Side of Moscow

Sep 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka  |  1 Comment

It is just over twenty years now since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and it is my very first time in Moscow. I have read about government reform and social advances, but it was my firsthand experience that amazed me of this new revitalized cosmopolitan city.... Read More

6 Unlikely Wine Regions Around the World

Aug 31, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  5 Comments

Certain parts of the world are like sacred ground for oenophiles, namely France and Northern California. But a number of unexpected locales are also getting into the wine business and turning out vintages that are receiving a lot of attention.... Read More

How Did They Name That Town?

Aug 31, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  2 Comments

Fact: There are 28 Springfields in the United States, according to the United States Census Bureau—and that’s not even the most-recurring place name in the country. But for every uninspired destination name, there’s one that’s so wacky, you might wonder whether some town official from way-back-when named it on a dare.... Read More

4 Favorite Leaf Peeping Destinations in the U.S. This Fall

Aug 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

We know summer isn’t officially over just yet, but what’s the harm in looking ahead to some great fall travel destinations? Besides the crisp weather and wardrobe change, a tale-tell sign that autumn has arrived is the colorful conversion of the leaves around us—from vibrant yellow and orange to deep red and brown.... Read More

Top 5 Things to See & Do in Door County, Wisconsin

Aug 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial  |  3 Comments

May I introduce you to Door County? If "Where?" should be your response to this question, you are not in the minority. But should you overlook Door County, called the Cape Cod of the Midwest, you are making a mistake. First, let me tell you just where Door County is located. This region is the Wisconsin peninsula that juts into the water between Green Bay (to the west) and Lake Michigan (to the east).... Read More

Falling for Virginia

Aug 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

A true wine touring experience is not only what you sample, it’s about what you do, see, smell, and taste along the way. The beautiful Commonwealth of Virginia offers endless possibilities for exploration and discovery all year round—and harvest time is no exception when Virginia invites you to "Discover your Local Crush" during October, Virginia Wine month.... Read More

Touring World Famous Architecture Destinations

Aug 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

One unsung bonus of travel is that it makes students of us all. Subjects like religion, world history and art—which many people snoozed through in school—become a thousand times more interesting when you’re actually in the place that that the saints walked and the world-changing battles were fought.... Read More

Glamping & Luxury Safaris in Kenya | Kichwa Tembo Tented Camps

Aug 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

Glamping has become one of the hottest luxury travel trends over the past few years—up-scale tents nestled into the natural surroundings; eating meals under the stars; getting acquainted with the great outdoors and its indigenous wildlife. Thrill-seekers, families, couples and solo travelers alike have all gotten on board with this new fad. These types of resorts are located on nearly every continent, but if a trip to Africa (and a real safari that doesn't take place at an amusement park) is still on your bucket list, the tented camps of Kichwa Tembo, Kenya are a great place to cross it off.... Read More

Fun Adventure Tours For Thrill-Seekers

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 luxury tourism trend. Ignore the vertigo and see the world from the greatest possible heights with adventures including everything from hot air ballooning to heli-skiing to paragliding.... Read More

4 Private Jet Tours Flying Around the World This Fall

Aug 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

Traveling to some of the world's most sought after, remote and exotic locations used to mean extensive research, weeks of planning and crammed airplanes...but not anymore. Now, under the care of private jet travel companies, all you have to do is choose your dream tour, relax in the comfort of your private plane, and know every last detail is taken care of. They offer some of the best luxury vacations with itineraries revolving around everything from extraordinary islands to the Golden Triangle, to UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here are a few of the once-in-a-lifetime educational and enriching trips taking place this fall.... Read More

Where to Stay, What to Do & Where to Dine in Monte Carlo

Aug 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Emyr Thomas

The Principality of Monaco is one of those mythical places that is featured as a necessary stopover in the summer months for movie stars, captains of industry and royalty alike. It is a place to be seen, to wear your best outfits and to put it all on black at the casino.... Read More

All-Inclusive Resorts with the Best Food

Jul 31, 2012  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal  |  1 Comment

Budgeting for summer travel can be difficult. Extra expenses like meals, entertainment, and incidentals can quickly turn a planned bargain vacation into a bank-busting trip. So to avoid hidden fees and sticker shock, some savvy travelers are turning to all-inclusive vacations.... Read More

Olympic Host Cities After the Games | From London to Sydney (Photos)

Jul 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

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 Olympic Games. But these are not set pieces, to be broken down after the curtain falls.... Read More

Where Celebrities Stay, Eat and Party in Los Cabos, Mexico

Jul 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Dorothy Cascerceri  |  2 Comments

Los Cabos, which is situated at the southernmost tip of California’s Baja Peninsula, is the number one celebrity hotspot in Mexico, attracting A-listers such as Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney and more.... Read More

How to Enjoy a Wine Country Vacation

Jul 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Thinking about a trip to Wine Country? Forget what the tourist guides say, and get the best memories—and best bottles—using these practical pointers from insiders. We asked a wine writer, wine region rep, and two estate professionals to help.... Read More

Morocco Travel | Where to Stay, Eat & Discover Hidden Gems

Jul 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Christine Kirk  |  1 Comment

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. Morocco is always billed as a destination with sand dunes as far as the eye can see, and camel rides to dinners in the desert. The Real Housewives TV show and The Sex and the City movie release did little to dispel such images—and instead, simply added Manolo Blahniks to the mix.... Read More

A Surprise Vacation to Rome | An American Express Travel NEXTPEDITION

Jul 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver  |  3 Comments

There is absolutely no research, strategizing or stress in planning an American Express Travel NEXTPEDITION. Find your travel sign, take a ten-minute phone call to discuss your travel personality and let them do the rest. You will not be disappointed.... Read More

Travel to Cartagena, Colombia | A Caribbean Crown Jewel in South America

Jul 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss  |  1 Comment

Faceted at the northern peak of South America and surrounded by the Caribbean Sea is the Colombian gem Cartagena. This historic city is as far from danger as any of the hot spots of the international glitterati. It's beaches, architectural charms and gourmet dining make it a "must-see" on the bucket list for the traveler in the know, as well as a popular port city for the luxury cruise ship crowd.... Read More

Three Cool Things To Do in Maui For Free

Jul 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza  |  1 Comment

When many of us think about tropical vacations, the word “paradise,” or balmy, white sand beaches, one of the first places that comes to mind are the beautiful islands of Hawaii. It has almost become a cliché, however, the mixture of exotic terrain and eclectic cultural diversity found among... Read More

Glamping in Top Travel Destinations Around the World

Jul 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  2 Comments

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 back yard on a summer night can understand.... Read More

Kaanapali | Maui "Signature" Beach

Jul 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

All of Hawaii is known for its breath-taking beaches, and Maui is no exception. Kaanapali Beach, located in the Northwest region of the island, was voted “America’s Best Beach” in 2003, not only for its white sand and clear water, but for its unique cultural and geographic attractions. The beach is home to two championship golf courses... Read More

Summer Camps For Kids Offer Five-Star Experiencies

Jul 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Nature hikes, softball, musical theater, and the occasional chaperoned overnight excursion—these used to be the components you could pretty much expect from a summer camp program anywhere in the U.S. But how things have changed. These days, certain summer camps and summer schools are offering enrichment and entertainment value on par with an adult-geared luxury vacation.... Read More

Independence Day Celebrations in Small Town, USA

Jul 2, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Fourth of July celebrations bring quality time with friends and family, delicious BBQ favorites like hot dogs and hamburgers, and a highly anticipated fireworks finale. From Maine to the Florida Keys to Arizona, small towns around the U.S. are gearing up to enjoy some good old fashioned Americana via parades, concerts and historical reenactments. We picked a few of our favorite country-wide gatherings to inspire some patriotic pride for the holiday.... Read More

7 Exotic Destinations to Go for A Swim

Jun 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  1 Comment

While some of the best hotel pools offer stunning views in relaxing locales, nothing beats swimming in one of Mother Nature's beautiful bodies of water. If you're tired of doing laps at the resort, you may want to explore these other places to splash around in some of the most exotic travel destinations around the world.... Read More

Independence Day Celebrations Honor U.S. International Heritage

Jun 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza  |  1 Comment

As soon as summer hits, cities across the United States get geared up to celebrate our nation’s most collective party — Independence Day. Fourth of July parades color city streets with a hurricane of red, white, and blue flags while concerts and festivities maintain patriotic sentiment well into the evening with bouquets of sky-splitting fireworks lighting up the night. It’s a series of traditions that Americans across the country know by heart. Almost every... Read More

Baby Beluga | Churchill, Manitoba, Canada!

Jun 22, 2012  |   Contributor: Sharon Spence Lieb

“Welcome to The Beluga Capital of the World,” says Greg, my guide. “We’ve got the happiest whales on earth.” Good thing, because I’m ready to hug a beluga. I’ve flown nearly 2000 miles from Charleston, SC to Churchill, Canada to swim with snow-white whales summering in Hudson Bay. “What makes a whale happy?” I ask, scrambling into the “Sea North Tours” Zodiac with eight other intrepid travelers. Greg’s answer: “A fish buffet. No predators. Warm waters for raising their baby belugas. Paradise, right?... Read More

San Juan Puerto Rico | Land of Gastronomic Adventure

Jun 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial  |  1 Comment

Confession: I’ve been to San Juan twice. Each time I visited as a cruise ship passenger for a partial day visit and each time I departed liking it but not loving it. So when the opportunity arose for a more comprehensive peek at the Puerto Rican haunt, it was with mild... Read More

Grace Bay Club Offers Family-Friendly Luxury Vacations in the Caribbean

Jun 19, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Caribbean is definitely a popular spot for luxury vacations, filled with resorts and villas, and with the steady weather bringing sunshine and cool trade winds, it's no surprise that travelers flock there. Grace Bay Club chose its spot very well; located on the small 38 mile wide island of Providenciales, on the western end of the Turks and Caicos some 80 islands (with only eight inhabited), guests will be surrounded by clear waters and white sandy beaches.... Read More

A Roadtrip Through Southern California in the New Lexus GS 350 F Sports Sedan

Jun 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson  |  1 Comment

Knowing the Lexus GS 350 F Sport Sedan I was to put through its paces shared the DNA of the world-renowned Lexus LFA supercar was a bit intimidating. A friend recently had the opportunity to drive the LFA and described it as “a sports car on Viagra.”... Read More

Wayward Wallace Discovers Silver Lining in Idaho

Jun 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Karin Leperi

Billed as the “Silver Capital of the World,” Wallace is a living ghost town located in what is known as the Silver Valley of northern Idaho. Although the town has about 1,000 residents, Wallace packs a powerful punch for its small size. These days, Wallace has found its silver in the lucrative business of tourism, claiming to be the “Center of the Universe” and being the staging center for forays into a gilded past of the Wild West.... Read More

“Skoal?” No, Viva, Scuol! | Switzerland

Jun 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Linda Fasteson  |  1 Comment

Switzerland is renowned for its spectacular scenery, soaring mountains, fresh air and outdoor recreation. What better place for a rejuvenating vacation than a country known for its healthy lifestyle? The Swiss are also renowned for their spas, luxurious amenities and vacation resorts... Read More

Life on a Luxury Houseboat | Lake Powell, Utah

Jun 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Debi Lander  |  3 Comments

Spending a week aboard a posh houseboat off the shores of Lake Powell is an exceptionally distinctive vacation option. My temporary “ownership” of a luxurious floating-condo made me feel like Leonardo DiCaprio stretching out on the Titanic as “king of the world.”... Read More

VIA Rail Lets You Discover the Beauty of Canada by Train

Jun 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

If you ever dreamed of a long-distance rail journey through forests and along lake shores, stopping at picturesque little towns, then repairing to your cabin to watch the scenery go by, here's a tip from friends over the border: That experience is closer and less expensive than you think.... Read More

Stargazing in the World's Best Romantic Vacation Destinations

May 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm  |  1 Comment

There is nothing quite like looking to the night sky. From the front porch of your favorite ranch to the sandy shores of luxury resorts and spas around the world, here at the top places to go stargazing.... Read More

The MINI Road Trip of a Lifetime to the South of France

May 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Carrie Coolidge

In mid-May, I experienced first-hand what it is like to be a MINI Cooper owner when I went on a whirlwind trip to France to experience a celebration of the brand known as MINI United 2012. MINI United is a biennial owners convention/festival that occurs in a different part of Europe or the United Kingdom every two years.... Read More

Things to Do in Maui | Hawaii at its Best

May 21, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

With its sundrenched beaches and majestic landscapes, Maui continues to rank high among the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. Whether you're after some heart-pounding adventure or looking for a little romance, Maui offers something special for just about everyone.... Read More

A Taste of Naples, Florida | A Foodie Tour Around the City

May 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Naples, Florida was named by its founders, who described the site as reminiscent of and surpassing the bay in Naples, Italy in beauty, beach and climate. You will be the judge of Naples, once you have experienced this magical spot that has long been an enclave of affluent Midwesterners and other discerning folks, who are enamored with the climate, culture, fauna, flora and food scene in South Florida.... Read More

Four Great Island Destinations

May 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver  |  3 Comments

Anyone who has ever vacationed on an island will tell you the smaller the better. Sometimes more difficult to get to, beaches tend to be more pristine, there are fewer crowds to cramp your style and plus you earn bragger's rights to almost anyone for your off-the-beaten trail trip. While there is always a beach involved when it comes to visiting an island, there is still a wide variety of climates to choose from, so whether you are in the mood to take off to the tropics or would prefer a bit of cooler weather, there is a lone isle out there with your name written all over it. Take a look at a few great destinations to consider for your next getaway.... Read More

Women's Luxury Leisure Travel Goes Solo

May 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  2 Comments

If you’re considering giving Mom the gift of travel this Mother’s Day, there’s one thing you may not need to factor into the planning: whether the family can attend. Yes, that includes you. Women are traveling solo more than ever—and not just for work.... Read More

Magical Destinations on the Islands of Denmark

May 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Selzer  |  1 Comment

The majestic kingdom of Denmark is situated in North Western Europe between the Baltic and the North Seas. This often overlooked Scandinavian nation is home to one of the most ancient royal dynasties in Europe and has emerged from the twentieth century almost entirely unscathed.... Read More

Destination Paris: An American Express Travel NEXTPEDITION

Apr 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver  |  1 Comment

After weeks of waiting, a small package from American Express arrived just before the intended departure. Inside the box held all of the tools needed to guide any traveler through a weeklong vacation.... Read More

Madada Mogador in Eclectic Essaouira, Morocco

Apr 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Quiet, unassuming, minimalist – these words best sum up Madada Mogador, a comfortable riad centrally located in Essaouira, a picturesque port resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Madada Mogador’s relaxed atmosphere is due in great part to its willowy manageress, Pauline, and her helpful, unobtrusive staff.... Read More

Early Spring and Off-Season Rates Come to the Adirondacks

Apr 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

The 2012 “Winter That Never Was” has had an interesting effect on the Northeast, effectively cancelling out the muddy season in the Adirondacks and nearby regions. Locals are already testing out the bike trails around Lake Placid and reporting that they’re in mid-season condition.... Read More

5 Fabulous Girlfriend Getaways in the U.S.

Apr 4, 2012  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal  |  1 Comment

Getting away with girlfriends is a time-honored tradition, but perfecting the art of bonding with a girlfriend while on the road is a hard-won achievement. And for the one tasked with suggesting (or choosing) the travel destination, the pressure is on.... Read More

Sports Cars Make Luxury European Tour Through Austria & Italy

Mar 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

This spring, Loeven Sportwagentouren, known for having some of the best luxury cars and being the sports car touring company of choice, is offering a stylish new excursion through the most picturesque parts of Austria and Italy.... Read More

Door County, Wisconsin Offers Cozy Winter Travel Adventure

Mar 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Ruth Mitchell

Most people think about visiting Door County Wisconsin in the summer or fall, but the winter can be a great time too. This beautiful peninsula just north of Green Bay (Packerland) is often referred to as the New England of the Midwest, but its microcosm of... Read More

Feel Like a King or Queen For a Day In Stockholm, Sweden

Mar 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Linda Fasteson  |  4 Comments

http://www.cityroom.com/stories/travel/2012/02/14/feel-like-a-king-or-queen-for-a-day-in-stockholm-sweden/... Read More

“Polar Bears Out My Window” | Churchill, Manitoba Canada

Mar 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Sharon Spence Lieb  |  2 Comments

Churchill, in Manitoba Canada, is known as “The Polar Bear Capital of the World.” On my flight aboard Calm Air, I relax with the onboard magazine, “Up Here.” One story grabs my attention: “Polar bears are the largest, strongest, and most blood-thirsty of Arctic predators,” writes Dean Cluff, wildlife biologist for the Northwest Territories government. “They only know how to hunt and kill to earn their next meal.”... Read More

Limited Edition London's Exclusive Fashion and Food Events

Mar 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Carrie Coolidge

Long considered one of the top fashion and food capitals of the world, there has never been a better time to visit London than now, while the city celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as well as the year in which the capital city hosts the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.... Read More

Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge Wins 2012 Design Award

Mar 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

Having never visited a cloud forest, which sounded to me like some magical, fantasy place where Hobbits might reside, I was really looking forward to spending the night at Mashpi Lodge, which was nestled deep in a 2,600 acre private Andean reserve. I had been forewarned that the lodge was still a few months away from being finished so I would be dining in the staff quarters, (the grand opening is scheduled for April 2012.) But I didn’t mind one iota since the lodge had just been awarded the coveted Wallpaper* magazine Design Awards 2012 for Best Resort!... Read More

Saffire Freycinet Lodge | Tasmania's Coastal Sanctuary

Mar 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Combining a relaxing luxury vacation with the best adventure travel experience has never been easier with high-end lodges popping up in exotic destinations around the world. Saffire Lodge located on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula offers a care-free stay with opulent accommodations while encouraging a connection with nature.... Read More

9 Phrases Every Traveler Should Know

Mar 6, 2012  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal  |  1 Comment

No matter the travel destination, arriving somewhere new with a good handle on the local language is really helpful. Skipping the charades-style hand gesticulating and the awkward stumbling through the native tongue makes for much easier communication — and it’s also much more fun.... Read More

The Art of Travel from Orient-Express & London's National Gallery

Mar 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  1 Comment

Climb aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the world's most famous luxury train, for an unforgettable excursion this spring focusing on Italy’s most precious art treasures. Orient-Express has hitched up to The National Gallery in London for a new series of The Art of Travel Journeys, headlined by the "Renaissance Rivals - Leonardo and Michelangelo” journey.... Read More

Western Australia Offers Exotic Vacation Destinations

Feb 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Daniel Pott

When you think about luxury travel, you may not think about Gondwanaland, Australia. However, it may quickly become one of the best family vacation ideas as this Western Australian region is one of the most gorgeous destinations on the planet. Gondwanaland refers to one of... Read More

Is Jet Set Surgery a New Luxury Travel Trend?

Feb 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  2 Comments

Getting out of Dodge for a little "work" is nothing new. After all, the rich and famous have been heading to clinics around the world whenever they feel the need for a little nip and tuck since the nose job hit Hollywood.... Read More

Adventure Travel to New England for a Unique Winter Sports Experience

Feb 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Ruth Mitchell  |  3 Comments

What a rush it is to be pulled behind a team of 12 powerful sled dogs. Even though I had a bucket list long before I even knew what a bucket list was, dog-sledding was certainly not on it. However, the experience ranked as some of the best adventure travel to-date.... Read More

Best Fantasy Camps for Grownups

Feb 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Next vacation, you may be relaxing on a sun lounger, somewhere tropical, or maybe spending a couple weeks in the Hamptons. But check this out: The guy in the office next to yours is going to be dancing on Broadway.... Read More

Aruba Tourism Authority Offers New England Patriots a Free Vacation

Feb 9, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Aruba Tourism Authority has reached out to the losing team of Super Bowl XLVI, the New England Patriots, to offer the entire squad all-expense paid vacations to the island.... Read More

Romantic Getaways for Valentine's Day

Feb 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  2 Comments

One of the best ways to celebrate Valentine's Day is with a romantic getaway for just the two of you. Leave your worries behind and prepare to feel the love at these romantic destinations... Read More

South Pacific Food and Wine Festival Launches in March

Feb 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

The only thing that beats a great meal is a great meal in a fabulous setting; and proving this once and for all will be the point of the inaugural South Pacific Food and Wine Festival this March, where visitors can explore the bounty of South Pacific cuisine in the company of a cadre of international star chefs.... Read More

The ABCs of the ABC Islands

Feb 3, 2012  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Fashion designers have capsule collections, and so does the Caribbean. Three of the region’s southernmost islands, just off the coast of Venezuela, form the “ABC islands”: Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, each with its own cachet. They are exotic yet ready-to-wear. They’re like the less pricey, less fussy Maldives of the West, without the haute over-water glass-bottomed huts.... Read More

Romantic Weekend Getaways | Coronado Island, San Diego

Feb 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Cassandra Latimer

Whether you’re looking to surprise your valentine with a laid-back cozy weekend or an extravagant romantic getaway, Coronado is the perfect destination. Just across the bay from bustling downtown San Diego, Coronado is a world of its own.... Read More

Single-Food Festivals Worth a Thousand-Mile Journey

Feb 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

Food festivals can be divided into two categories: those that showcase a broad and diverse culinary spectrum; and those that hone in on a single ingredient and celebrate it to the tens.... Read More

Where to Go in 2012

Jan 27, 2012  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Where should you set your sights next year? In 2011, travelers barbecue and listened to music in Austin, tried shark meat in Iceland, explored the Riviera Maya in Mexico, let their hair down in Las Vegas, sunbathed in Hawaii, and hit the streets of Australia. But where should your frequent flier miles take you in 2012? We came up with a list of 12 cities that bubbled beneath the surface in 2011, but will be drawing in-the-know jet-setters to their shores and skyscrapers next year.... Read More

Adventure Travel to Australia | The Best Glamping Destinations Part II

Jan 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

We already told you about five ultra-luxe glamping experiences across Australia ranging from tiny Pacific coral cays to desert tents in the Red Center. Now it’s time to take a look at five more fabulous nature experiences with one just a few minutes from the center of Sydney, and others that are in some of the planet’s most isolated spots.... Read More

Resolution Trips for the New Year

Jan 20, 2012  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Instead of New Year’s resolutions — usually abandoned by the second week of January anyway — I've come up with seven trips that qualify as New Year’s revolutions. These are vacations, that is, that will change your life. At least a little.... Read More

Things to Do in Utah | Park City Activities Off the Slopes

Jan 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Tracie Heffernan

Park City, Utah might be renowned for its world-class ski resorts, but this alpine destination offers luxurious experiences off the slopes as well. For travelers seeking unique memories in the mountains, Park City has something for the adventurous and leisurely alike.... Read More

Visit London for Once-in-a-Lifetime Events in 2012

Jan 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  2 Comments

London is one of those iconic cities that people gravitate toward — the culture, art, history, and style all exist in a charming and captivating setting that keeps visitors wanting more. Whether you have never been, or can’t count the amount of visits, London will keep surprising its guests over and over again with magical and memorable events continuously occurring citywide.... Read More

Ice Hotel and Quebec Winter Carnival | Bucket List Thrills in Canada

Jan 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Karin Leperi

Whether we admit it or not, we all have them — bucket list items we'd like to check off and experience before we depart ways with mother Earth. Admittedly, one of mine is to embrace winter in a way that celebrates snow and ice and to...well, sleep on ice. Yes, there I said it.... Read More

Travel to Australia for the Glamping Experience of a Lifetime

Jan 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Australia holds some of the world’s wildest, most unspoiled and unique landscapes — from the rainforest and reefs of Queensland to the Red Center of the Northern Territory to the rugged wilderness of Western Australia.... Read More

Things to Do in Kauai | Explore the Island on Bike, Zipline and Paddle Board

Jan 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Shandana A. Durrani

This island has enraptured many throughout the centuries. The ancient Polynesians, legend has it, canoed their way across the vast Pacific Ocean to lay claim to its green valleys and white sand beaches.... Read More

Hershey, Pennsylvania for Non-Chocolate Lovers | Things to Do, See & Taste

Jan 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Karin Leperi

I have never been a fan of chocolate. Where others crave chocolaty delights for dessert, I have always been one to shy away from such treats — preferring alternatives like key lime pie, cr?me brulee, and vintage bread pudding in its stead.... Read More

Project Dreamport Offers Fantasy-Themed Packages to Benefit Charity

Jan 6, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

While there are various fantasy-driven vacation packages to choose from these days, Project Dreamport just may be the epic vessel for a flight of the imagination to take wings and fly. It is a unique give-and-take proposition that combines pleasure with philanthropy.... Read More

PortfolioOne, LLC Offers a New Opportunity in Luxury Vacation Rentals

Jan 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Luxury travelers unite! Lifestyle Asset Group has just launched PortfolioOne LLC, offering equity interest in 12 multimillion-dollar vacation homes in several destinations. From sandy beaches to snowy mountains, now is your chance to get in on a unique alternative to buying that second home.... Read More

Travel Advice From Bob Arno, National Geographic's 'Pickpocket King'

Jan 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Travel safety has been an issue for pretty much as long as humans have existed, and the more globalized and tech-enabled people become, the more nuanced the spectrum of risk becomes.... Read More

Things to do in Los Angeles | JustLuxe's Luxury Travel Guide

Jan 4, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

In the entertainment capital of world, there is always something to do and somewhere to go.Los Angeles is a geographically diverse city, known for the ability for visitors and natives alike to ski in the mountains and surf at the world famous beaches, all in the same sunny day.... Read More

 
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