James Taylor's Childhood Home Sold for $120K Over Asking Price

Aug 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Although Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter James Taylor’s childhood home sold in June, details of the sale have been kept closed until now. Purchased by James Keith “JK” Brown and Eric Diefenbach, major art benefactors from Manhattan, the seven-bedroom Chapel Hill house on Morgan Creek Road was bought for $1.66 million. 

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Finding a Perfect Parisian Vacation Rental

Aug 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Oscar Raymundo

Our Parisian apartment was on the second floor of a residential building on the Left Bank, right around the corner from the picturesque open-air market on Rue Cler. Here, true Parisians shop for flowers, croissants and coffee on Sunday mornings, our greeter told us. We could also walk to the Eiffel Tower, or see the very tip of it from the living room window. 

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The Sophisticated Side of Oklahoma City

Aug 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Kavita Daswani

Exit Crosstown Boulevard off I-40 into Oklahoma City and the initial impression isn't great—boarded up businesses, abandoned warehouses and deserted streets. Venture a couple more miles in, however, and everything changes. Sophisticated restaurants pop into view and a juice bar and Pilates studio show signs of prosperity. Anchoring this new landscape is a handsome seven-story brick structure, reading “Osler Building” above the entrance.

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Boston's Newest Penthouses Demand $300,000-a-Year Price Tag

Aug 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

At $26,000 and $30,000 a month respectively, the Charles and Fenway penthouses at 30 Dalton in Boston are clearly not your average luxury properties. Located inside a 26-story apartment community near Fenway Park, both residences are currently two of Boston’s most extravagant retnals on the market. 

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5 Luxury Hotels With Fashion Designers Behind Their Runway-Chic Uniforms

Apr 2, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Luxury hotels typically pull out all the stops when it comes to designing their property, deciding on which furnishings to use and what amenities to provide. But those looking to set themselves apart go even farther by hiring fashion designers to create their runway-style staff uniforms. 

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Part 2: Coasting Along the Mekong on Viking River Cruise's 15-Day Trip

Aug 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

The Magnificent Mekong cruise starts and ends in Vietnam. During the first portion you'll make your way through Cambodia before venturing back through Vietnam. Once in Vietnam, you'll head to the French-conceived, former capital city of Hanoi which is filled with cultural sites, Buddhist temples, pagodas and a lively Old Quarter. 

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Waldorf Astoria Heads to the City by the Bay

Aug 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Come 2020, the City by the Bay will feel just a bit more sophisticated with the opening of a new Waldorf Astoria property. The Hilton brand announced it will be debuting its iconic hotel on Mission Street between Ecker and 1st streets. It will occupy the first 21 floors of a mixed-use development that will include entertainment, retail and office space near the Transbay Transit Center.

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Peninsula Beijing Offers the City's Largest Guestrooms Following $123M Remodel

Aug 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

To celebrate The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels’ 150th anniversary, the Peninsula Beijing is undergoing a $123 million transformation. Set for completion in February 2017, all guestrooms and public spaces have been redesigned, offering a combination of ancient and contemporary Chinese artistry.

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Italy Tops the List for Fall & Holiday Travel in 2016

Aug 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This week, hordes of travel agents, industry professionals, journalists and bloggers have descended upon Las Vegas for Virtuoso Travel Week. The yearly event is put on by the luxury travel network which is comprised of over 380 agencies with more than 11,400 elite travel advisors in 30 countries. With a few more days left, the by-invitation-only organization has released its findings for the upcoming travel season.

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Part 1: Coasting Along the Mekong on Viking River Cruise's 15-Day Trip

Aug 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

In my years experiencing Viking River Cruises, my love affair with the brand and its itineraries has grown even stronger. And I’m not alone in my adoration. Among its laundry list of awards, Viking was recently awarded “Best Cruise Line for Luxury River Cruises” at the Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence.

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