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5 Hotels That Lived Former Lives

Nov 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher Boone

It’s not that new, from-the-ground-up hotels are any less esteemed, it’s just that properties with a storied past are just more intriguing. Sometimes to really get a sense of place when traveling, the best suites are the ones found in historic properties that have been around for centuries. Long before these luxury destinations were welcoming guests, they were the residences of princes, the estates of Italian musicians and former prison cells. If their stories don’t impress you, their fine furnishings, list of amenities and scenic locations just might do the trick. Here are five historic properties that have been restored and turned into luxury hotels:

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The Porsche Driving Experience Zooms Into The Golden State

Nov 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

West Coasters, soon you’ll no longer have to head to Atlanta to get in some racing time at the Porsche Experience Center (PEC). The luxury car brand is opening a second location for its driving experience in California. In 2015, the manufacturer opened its first PEC and North American headquarters in Georgia, and with The Golden State being a major market for the brand, the company decided to debut its new facility in Los Angeles County.

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The Family-Owned B&B Carving Out Its Place in Healdsburg's History

Nov 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

The Camellia Inn, so named after the 50 or so varieties of camellias on property, is a short three-block walk from Healdsburg’s main square. As I approached the walkway up to the inn, I could sense its rich history, one attribute of inns that I love. During a delicious breakfast one morning, the inn’s current owner Ray Lewand wandered in and shared the story of the inn which few had heard straight from him.

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7 Private Cinemas Hidden Inside Luxury Hotels

Nov 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Sure, when you’re on vacation, going to see a movie may not sound like your ideal activity. But when the theater is located inside your hotel, that’s a whole different story. Across the globe, luxury properties are offering guests some pretty unique amenities, and among them are private screening rooms. 

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Branson Ditches His Cruise Line for Something Sexier

Oct 31, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Sir Richard Branson isn’t a fan of cruises. Or at least, doesn’t love the sound of them. “I have never been on a cruise, and never wanted to—they sound stuffy and dull. But I would love to go on a voyage—they sound adventurous, exciting and glamourous,” said the entrepreneur during the unveiling of his new cruise voyage line this past month.

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Experience Paris Like A Fashion Week Insider

Oct 31, 2016  |   Contributor: Carin von Berg

There’s nothing like being in Paris during Fashion Week. Not only is the city flooded with some of the best designers in the world, but the French destination is booming with parties, events and plenty of opportunities to hobnob the industry’s most notable names. If you’re headed to the City of Lights next year for any of its fashion weeks, here’s an insider guide to navigating one of its most distinguished affairs.

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Set Your Sights on These Dallas Staycation Destinations | Sponsored by The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club

Oct 28, 2016  |   Contributor: The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club

Dallas is a town that is busy, busy, busy. As the home of over 21 Fortune 500 companies, five professional sports teams, over 200 golf courses, and 23 of the richest American citizens, it’s obvious where Texas gets its reputation for doing things big. Dallas’ location is also conveniently close to a few fun neighboring cities ideal for a quick staycation. Our top picks for a weekend getaway are all within a three-hour driving distance of downtown Dallas and are definitely worth the trip:

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Follow the Fall Colors to Stowe for the Weekend

Oct 27, 2016  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher Boone

There is no place in the world like New England for the fall season. When the leaves change to fiery shades of yellow, orange and red, and the temperature starts to cool, the region becomes an autumn dream, especially if you escape to the countryside. The small town of Stowe in Vermont is a great choice for a day of foliage chasing while still being surrounded by amazing restaurants, luxury hotels and outdoor activities.

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St. Regis Abu Dhabi Goes Sky-High With New Dining Experience

Oct 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Talk about an elevated dining experience. Next month, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates will debut its newest offering for guests looking for a one-of-a-kind event. Launching on November 11, the property will begin hosting monthly dinners on its helipad, 836 feet in the air.

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A Photo Tour of Jackson Family Wines

Oct 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

There’s a misconception that California’s wine country is already fully discovered, overrun by tourists, queues at every tasting room, and that all the wineries are owned by corporations. But none of this is the truth. We traveled to several estates owned by Jackson Family Wines—one of Sonoma County’s true homegrown heroes—and found that there is more than meets the eye here.

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