Chilean Wines: Long on Unique and Flavorful Notes

Oct 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

The concept of grapes and winemaking was little known in Chile before Spanish conquistadors invaded during the 1500s, planting Pais vines which are now considered the country’s national grape. At the time, Pais, also known as “mission grapes,” fed a growing need for sacramental wine used during Catholic masses.

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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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Giving Back to the Dominican Republic With Fathom Cruises

Oct 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

We all love travel—going to an exotic place to have a new experience and the personal growth that comes from it. But some travelers want more, a sense of purpose and doing something meaningful with their time and giving back to the communities they visit. One company helping sojourners do just that is Fathom cruises. The brand has partnered with not-for-profit organizations in Cuba and the Dominican Republic, and has developed a series of volunteer activities where passengers work side by side with locals on community projects.

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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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Céleste Earns Michelin Star in Its First Year

Oct 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you’ve ever dined at Céleste inside The Lanesborough, you may have to work a little harder now to score a reservation in the coming months. The one-year-old eatery just received its first Michelin star for its French-inspired, modern European cuisine. Céleste is helmed by Chef Eric Frechon, who now holds five Michelin stars (three at Epicure and one at 114 Faubourg), has been in the industry for over 35 years.  

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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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The Members-Only Soho House Opens 17th Property in Barcelona

Oct 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The Soho House is notorious for being one of the best and most-exclusive private clubs in the world. Tomorrow, the members-only brand will add a 17th property to their collection with the opening of the their Barcelona property. Housed in an 18th century building in the Gothic district, the property will include 57 guestrooms, two restaurants, a spa with indoor swimming pool, a rooftop pool, gym and a 36-seat screening room.

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