Puerto Vallarta's Casa Velas Boasts Gourmand-Focused Experiences, Impressive Botanical Gardens and Four AAA Diamonds

Jun 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

If you’re a foodie seeking a gastro-oriented all-inclusive resort retreat, then Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta is for you. As one of the many properties in the lauded Velas Resorts portfolio, I was truly impressed with this particular location’s continual efforts to keep its culinary options interesting and innovative. Indeed, this adults-only luxury boutique resort is helping set new and noteworthy standards in the all-inclusive realm at large.

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Tower23 Welcomes New Executive Chef & Revamped Menu at its Beachfront Restaurant

Jun 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If there’s one thing that San Diegans absolutely love, it’s al fresco dining. And, if our outdoor table includes ocean views, then forget it, we’ll be there for hours. Which is exactly what happened to me when I visited JRDN at Tower23 one evening for dinner. Three hours later, and we were still sitting there, people-watching and sipping on French press coffee.

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Throw Your Teen the Most Epic, MTV-Approved Coming-of-Age Party for $2M

Jun 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In Hispanic cultures, many celebrate the coming-of-age of their daughters with a quinceañera on her 15th birthday. In the US we have Sweet Sixteen parties—some more elaborate than others (thanks, MTV)—for both males and females, and Jewish cultures celebrate Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. But one thing remains, no matter how you choose to celebrate, this day is all about your beloved teen.

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Outdoor Adventures, Wine Tastings & a Michelin 3-Star Restaurant, Meadowood Knows How to Vacation

Jun 18, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Tucked away in the heart of Napa Valley, completely enveloped in all directions by ush greenery, Meadowood is a secluded hideaway of opulent proportions. You won’t find any flashy signs or over-the-top amenities here. Meadowood takes a different approach to luxury with simplistically elegant suites, private, intimate spaces, and seemingly-endless leisure activities that connect guests with nature and more importantly, their travel companions.

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The “Garden Fairy” of The Ranch at Live Oak/Malibu Offers Quick Tips on How to Do Farm-to-Table the Right Way

Jun 16, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When it comes to eating healthy, many of us know the right restaurants and have some favorite recipes, but not everyone goes as far as to grow their own ingredients. Whether you’re thinking about getting into gardening for the first time or you consider yourself a veteran, Trish Mazure probably has a thing or two to teach you. Known as The Ranch at Live Oack/Malibu’s own personal “garden fairy,” Mazure has mastered the craft of gardening and uses her expertise to maintain the property’s .5-acre grove. 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles’ Rooftop Finally Open to the Public, Debuts Summertime Dining Series

Jun 8, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

To celebrate summertime, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles has announced a bevy of new culinary and beverage options for guests. The summer program features seasonal wines, tasty cocktails, small plates and sweet desserts, all served at their WP24 Rooftop Patio.

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You Definitely Won't Find Beer in the Broil King Keg 5000

Jun 8, 2015  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Summer grilling season is officially upon us. If you are like us and love barbecuing as much as we do, we would like to introduce to you the Broil King Keg 5000. With this unique kamado-style design (which is a traditional Japanese wood or charcoal stove), the Keg 5000 charcoal cooker features 480 square inches of cooking surface, including a 280 square inch cast iron cooking grate, a 200 square inch chrome secondary surface (allowing more room for food), and two removable exterior side shelves with tool hooks for easy access.

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The Sold-Out WonderFarm Event Celebrates Farm-to Market Dishes With Local Chefs and Artists

Jun 5, 2015  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Tomorrow night, Atlanta locals will be gathering at the new Ponce City Market for a celebration of food and art at WonderFarm. From 7 to 11 p.m., local chefs, artists and mixologists will gather together for a night of fun, charity and farm-to-market fare.

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Throw On Your Complimentary Designer Boots & Live Like a Cowboy at The Ranch at Rock Creek

Jun 5, 2015  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

No one stays indoors in Montana. The state’s outdoor recreation industry, despite bitterly cold winters, generates $5.8 billion annually, nearly a tenth of America's, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. As a huge advocate of the Big Sky state, I usually make a trip once a year, if not more, to hike, fish, horseback ride, shoot and otherwise frolic amid Montana's bucolic beauty. The Ranch at Rock Creek also knows guests love to enjoy the outdoors. "Pretty much [every] guest just wants to be outside. And we just make that as easy as possible,” said Patrick Little, the Activity's Director of The Ranch at Rock Creek. 

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Get an Insider's Peek at What It's Like to Be Crowned the San Pellegrino World's Best Restaurant

Jun 4, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Every year the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants ceremony is held and unless you’ve actually been there, you may not realize just how big of a deal it truly is to be chosen. Not only is it amazing to even break the top 50, being crowned the world’s absolute best eatery is an achievement second to none. 

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Santa Monica Grand Tasting Showcases 25 of LA’s Best Chefs During 2-Day Event

Jun 4, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Meet-and-greets are great, but eat-and-greets are much tastier. Fans of great chefs and great food won’t want to miss the Santa Monica Grand Tasting event at the Santa Monica Pier on June 13-14. During the weekend, foodies can mingle with 25 of Los Angeles’ best chefs, watch them in action, and eat to their hearts content.

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White Hart Inn Brings Classic British Cuisine to Connecticut

May 28, 2015  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Although a fixture in Connecticut’s Northwest corner for over 200 years, the White Hart Inn has evolved from prior notable owners, like Edsel Ford (an alumnus of nearby Hotchkiss School) and tea maker John Harney who got his start crafting blends in the inn’s basement. As much as the hotel has changed over the years, one constant is that the bar and restaurant both continue to serve as gathering places for NYC weekenders, parents visiting their children at nearby boarding schools, and locals connecting over their favorite libations. And Chef Annie Wayte hasn’t missed a beat.

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Gordon Ramsay's Latest Maze Grill Location Opens at Original Aubergine Site

May 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Last month Gordon Ramsay opened Maze Grill at 11 Park Walk, the original site of the Aubergine restaurant where the chef got his start over 20 years ago. The new restaurant reflects Ramsay’s love for Manhattan’s steakhouses with a menu that consists of poultry, fish and rare-breed steaks.

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Firehouse American Eatery in Pacific Beach Gets $1M Red Hot Makeover

May 22, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Firehouse American Eatery + Lounge in San Diego’s Pacific Beach officially reopened for business earlier this month after being closed for a $1 million renovation. The restaurant, which first debuted nearly a decade ago, brings some serious class to the beach with its new look, which includes Japanese-inspired wall treatments, mirror installations, and panoramic views of the ocean. 

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Seabourn Adds Zodiac Shore & Kayak Excursions to Trip Offerings

May 22, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

This summer, Seabourn will be adding new Zodiac and kayak shore excursions to their list of offerings. Called Ventures by Seabourn, the trips will journey on three Northern Europe voyages and will include optional shore adventures. Taking place aboard Seabourn Quest, the tours will also be enhanced by expert guides, scientists, scholars and naturalists providing in-depth insights into each destination’s ecology, wildlife, history and culture.

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