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New York for the Untourist | Presented by The James New York

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: The James New York

With virtually endless things to see and do in NYC, it’s important to be strategic when planning your sightseeing—so many landmarks, so little time. The good news is: swapping out some of the major tourist traps for more local attractions means skipping the massive crowds, long lines and unnecessary stress that goes along with them. Here are five savvy suggestions for having a relaxing and authentic New York City experience:

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The Suite Life: The Presidential and Ritz-Carlton Suites in San Francisco

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Traveling up Stockton Street in San Francisco, there’s building after building, all beautiful and historic. And then there's the Ritz-Carlton. It is a massive, white, seven ionic-columned, neo-classical building on Nob Hill. Winner of so many hospitality awards, it’s easy to lose count. Built in 1909, it was once the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s Pacific Coast headquarters.

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4 European Hotels With Distinctive Signature Style

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Oscar Raymundo

French couturier Yves Saint Laurent once said, “fashions fade, style is eternal.” This point of view is well-suited for designing a top destination hotel. To be considered “best-dressed,” properties not only have to have a signature vibe, but this unique look cannot go out of fashion by the time the next travel season rolls around.

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Visas Waived for Summer Olympics in Brazil

Jun 6, 2016  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The 2016 Summer Olympics are right around the corner. And among other things to worry about—accommodations, tickets to specific events, packing lists, Zika virus—one thing you won’t have to fret over is acquiring a tourist Visa. Brazilian officials have stated that travelers with a US, Japan, Australia or Canadian passport, will not need the government document from June 1 through September 18.

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Providence Hosts Two James Beard Award-Winning Chefs for One Night Affair

Jun 6, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

Providence, a two Michelin restaurant, has made its mark as one of LA’s premiere fine dining restaurants in its almost 11-year run. To celebrate the milestone, Chef/Owner Michael Cimarusti is hosting a collaborative, multi-course prix-fixe dinner for one night only on July 19. Cooking with Cimarusti are James Beard award-winning chefs Daniel Patterson (of LocoL Watts) and Dave Beran (formerly of Next in Chicago). 

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Enigmatic Istanbul in Winter

Jun 6, 2016  |   Contributor: Dan Avila

Sometimes the best travel experiences come from not following the crowds. In fact, in one of the world’s most lauded cities, avoiding the herd can result in a far more enriching experience. Istanbul is a destination that stirs the emotions of historians, culture lovers and travelers alike. If you are prepared to visit this enigmatic city out of peak season, some of its greatest treasures can be enjoyed (almost) all to yourself.

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The Low Down on Luxury Hotels & Private Jet Partnerships

Jun 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Luxury hotel brands and private jet partnerships seem like a natural collaboration, yet the number of high-end properties partnering with aircrafts is pretty slim. Other than Las Vegas which has its fair share of jet alliances (makes complete sense), many of our favorite global brands have yet to jump on the trend.

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The Montage: Southern California's Beachside Retreat in Laguna

Jun 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

It doesn’t take too much foresight to build a superb resort in Southern California. Simply procure beachfront property and point the entire resort towards the expansive Pacific Ocean. The Montage Laguna Beach did just that and opened this resort on 30-acre plot of highly coveted, pristine oceanfront land in 2003. Thirteen years later, the resort remains a beloved destination for locals and well-heeled travelers from as far as China and Germany.

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Downtown Miami Dining Adventure by the Pubbelly Boys

Jun 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Everyone in Miami with any grasp on the culinary or social scene knows of the Pubbelly Boys, and loves their restaurants. People rave about the original Miami Beach location and inquire of newcomers: have you had their brunch? Have you been to Pubbelly Sushi yet? And if they work or live anywhere near downtown, they’re heading to the historic Langford Hotel to check out their latest, PB Station.

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Elevate your Cabo Vacation Experience to the Next Level | Sponsored by Cabo Villas

Jun 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Cabo Villas

Select a participating Los Cabos, Mexico villa property and stay by Oct 15, to receive over $600 in added values plus a 7th night free! Take advantage of CaboVillas’ endless Summer Sale and receive a FREE one-week car rental, 60-minute massage, private chef, 2-for-1 activities, margarita welcome, private transfer and more!

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Out to Lunch in London

Jun 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Like most major cities, dining options are plentiful in London, and sometimes it can be difficult trying to navigate which to try. If you’re in the city for lunch, we scoured the scene to find a few choices to get your culinary experiences started. From hotel restaurants to river cruise boats and traditional afternoon teas, here are a few of our favorite destinations within the bustling city:

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How to Plan a Trip Around the World

May 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Organizing your first trip around the world can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not a planner by nature. But luckily, you’re not the first traveler to take on the undertaking, and certainly won’t be the last. In an effort to help you get the ball rolling, we queried experts in the travel industry and wanderlusters who’ve gone on their share of round-the-world (RTW) trips and put together a list of general guidelines to help you get started.

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Bentley Hits the Road With South American Travel Itineraries

May 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s an exciting time in luxury travel. With an experiential focus, the industry is continuously creating new immersive opportunities for sojourners looking for creative getaways. These curated packages are even being fashioned by some of our favorite luxury brands such as Bentley’s Be Extraordinary experiences. Launched late last year, the automaker began organizing invitation-only gatherings featuring some of the world’s leading minds.

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What to See & Do in London This Year

May 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

London offers so many attractions, choosing what to do on a visit can seem challenging. Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely stroll along its historic neighborhoods, a riveting game of football at the Olympic Stadium or a unique cabaret in Bloomsbury, the city never fails to disappoint. Here are some of its current happenings going on this year that can’t be missed:

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6 Honeymoon Ideas for Avoiding the Typical Beach Getaway

May 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you ask most brides about what they’re looking forward to before their wedding, many will mention the honeymoon. With all the planning that goes into the big day, it’s not hard to see why brides are counting down the days until they are married and headed out on their first trip as Mr. & Mrs. As far as destinations go, beach locales usually top lists for the romantic getaway. 

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