Meixi Lake Hotel Sets Down Roots in China's Emerging Hunan Region

Oct 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Once a center of agriculture in China, Changsha, located on the Xiang River, was known as an important commercial city in the first millennium BC. Yet after the Sino-Japanese War and 1938 fire, the town was destroyed and captured by the Japanese in 1944. In the years following, the city was rebuilt and its population nearly tripled by the 1980s. Today, it is a major port for rice, cotton, timber and livestock and is once again an energetic city with magnolia-lined streets and a hub for the arts.

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Nigel Barker Weighs In on Traveling With Kids, AC Buckhead & Creativity

Oct 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Beth Graham

Nigel Barker is best known as a global fashion photographer and as one of the judges on America’s Next Top Model. I caught up with Nigel at the grand opening of the AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza. Barker is the global brand ambassador for this European-style property catering to millennials and the creative class. As a guy who spends seven months of the year on the road, simplicity, function and fashion in a hotel brand are key. In our time together we discussed travel, how millennials are changing the industry and what helps him stay creative.

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The Alluring Charm of Carmel-by-the-Sea

Oct 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Beth Graham

Carmel-by-the-Sea, a quick drive from Monterey, is a tiny village along the Pacific Coast. The streets are pedestrian-friendly, lined with art galleries, wine tastings, performing arts venues, and cafés. There’s so much packed into this one-square mile enclave that you’ll need a few days to take it all in. And you won’t need a car, just comfortable shoes and a relaxed state of mind.

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Marriott Takes On Millennials With Live Hotel

Oct 14, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Marriott is making a play for Millennials (who isn’t?) with their newest hotel in Charlotte. M Beta, which officially opened on October 11, is the brand’s first technology-centric property designed as an innovative approach to hotel stays. I made a trip to the Queen City for the hotel’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, and to see firsthand how Marriott could engage this particular Millennial.

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Eat, Stay and Play in One of Canada's Most Diverse Cities

Oct 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Montréal is possibly one of Canada's most diverse cities. It’s a place where summer festivals showcase everything from jazz to French music and local culture, a destination where the present meets the past through architecture and long held traditions and ultimately a city where visitors go to experience gourmet food and a lively nightlife. This year marks Montréal’s 375th birthday, and if you have yet to visit The City of Saints, here’s a quick guide on where to stay, what to do and how to get the best out of your Canadian excursion.

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Fairmont's Canadian Castle on the Cliff

Oct 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

The Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, a massive Norman-style, 405-room hotel overlooking the St. Lawrence River is overwhelming when you first approach it. The three-hour drive east of Quebec City over a forested mountain road dotted with small villages does not prepare you for the massive French castle-esque property standing above the water.

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Chef Craig Strong Dishes on His Award-Winning Laguna Beach Restaurant

Oct 7, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

The multi-award-winning Studio restaurant is located inside the Montage Laguna Beach, and is the kind of place that immediately puts you in a California state of mind. Situated on a cliffside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Studio offers an ever-changing 
à la carte menu inside an artistic, Craftsman-style venue. We recently visited the eatery to check out its menu and speak with its Executive Chef Craig Strong.

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7 of San Francisco’s Best 2016 Halloween Parties

Oct 6, 2016  |   Contributor: Maria Palacios

October is finally here and we all know what that means…Halloween is right around the corner! There’s no better way to spend your Halloween weekend than in San Francisco where the costumes are scarier, the music is louder, and the parties are truly one of a kind. Locals know that October 31 is more than just another holiday, it’s a way to celebrate their crazy city by dressing to the nines in extravagant costumes. 

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This Trendy Hotel Brand Will Open Inside the SLS Vegas

Oct 6, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Hotels within hotels are Vegas’ jam. By the numbers, MGM Grand and Wynn Las Vegas have the most with four properties inside their resorts. Mandalay Bay and Caesars have three and Monte Carlo, Aria, Mirage and The Venetian each boast two separate hotels within their walls. While some are more discreet—The Mansion inside the MGM or the Villas at the Mirage—others are easily about like Nobu inside Caesars Palace.

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Six Senses' Remote Island Resort is Giving Us Major Wanderlust

Oct 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Unless you know your geography very, very well, you may have no clue where Félicité Island is located. The small, granitic archipelago sits two miles east of La Digue Island in Seychelles, Africa and served as a coconut plantation in the early 1900s until the 1970s. At that time its population was around 50, but fast forward to 2016, and the remote destination is now the home of Six Senses’ newest resort Zil Pasyon.

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Fall Theater & Dining Venues to Explore in NYC

Oct 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Pumpkin spiced lattes, colorful leaves, butter-soft leather gloves and New York City—some things are just better in the fall. Although the city is ideal to visit anytime of the year, autumn just has a certain flavor to it that is best consumed in the City That Never Sleeps. The Big Apple’s shows are one of the greatest draws to the state. Tourists alone bought 7.7 million tickets to Broadway shows last year, and this year attendance is set to outpace the attendance for all of New York and New Jersey’s sports events combined, including Yankees and Mets games.

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4 Amazing Luxury Hotels in the Once-Forgotten City of Yangon

May 12, 2015  |   Contributor: Bennett Stevens

During British colonial days before World War II and for a brief period in the 1950s, Burma was one of the greatest exotic luxury destinations on earth. And no wonder, with writers and poets like Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell helping to set traveler's imaginations alight through their writing. It is also home to the legendary Strand hotel, which is said to be one of the most luxurious in the entire British Empire, almost a destination in itself.

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Where to Stay in Northern Greece: 7 Luxury Hotels to Call Home

Jun 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Stefanie Payne  |  1 Comment

There are accommodations in every price range, offering every level of inclusion or abandon, at nearly every destination around the world. What makes a hotel stay outstanding instead of just good and fine is the level of attention to detail. At a macro level, these standout details are things like over-sized towels, spacious and uncluttered rooms, great wine and food, a multitude of amenities and, of course, an unbeatable location.

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MGM Bets on a Full House in DC

Oct 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s finally something to celebrate coming out of the Capital Region this winter—and it has nothing to do with the election. Bringing the first luxury gaming resort experience to the area, MGM National Harbour will open its doors on December 8. Minutes from DC on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland, the $1.4 billion resort will feature a casino, celebrity-chef restaurants, nightlife, a 27,000-square-foot spa and retail shops.

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A Guide to Paradise Island, Bahamas

Sep 29, 2016  |   Contributor: Michelle Farber Ross

From white sandy beaches to pristine turquoise waters, the Bahamas remain one of the world’s top destinations. Nestled off the coast of Florida, this tropical paradise is a charming refuge for people seeking a slower pace of life. Venture downtown to Nassau where small-scale pink, blue and yellow British colonial buildings line the streets to create a warm environment to shop for crafts and search the local boutiques for treasures. 

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