Month: July 2017

Uniworld Launches U, a River Cruise for Millennials

Share: While other river cruise lines simply add features designed to appeal to millennials, Uniworld has boldly staked out the millennial market with a unique new brand called U. With two ships—the A and B—each carrying a maximum of 120 passengers, the brand is aimed at reaching 21- to 45-year-olds with a combination of luxury, casual elegance, customized cuisine, entertainment and shore excursions. To educate travel agents in the same age group as the target demographic, Uniworld launched a contest (through August 15th) to have agents compete for spots on the sneak-peek cruise sailing a Paris to Paris itinerary...

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Ritz-Carlton Charlotte: Ideal Weekend Getaway for Cocktail & Craft Beer Aficionados

Share: When you have a busy travel schedule as I do, it’s nice to feel at home when you’re on the road. There is no place more like home than the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, North Carolina, where a recent visit was a pure delight. My trip to The Queen City was inspired by the summer weekend getaway package, Pints and Provisions, offered by the Charlotte Ritz.  Though I wouldn’t be able to spend the weekend, I wanted to learn about the ultimate craft cocktail and beer weekend, which starts with an early 2 p.m., Friday check-in. As I sat in the lobby...

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Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine 101

Share: While exploring Napa Valley and Sonoma, my companion and I stopped at three wineries, and received a crash course in Wine Tasting 101. Guess what state in the United States makes the most wine?  California makes 90% of the wine in the U.S.  It takes about six or eight clusters to fill a wine bottle; that’s approximately 600 to 800 wine grapes, or about 2.4 lbs. of grapes. One barrel of wine contains about 740 lbs. of grapes or 24.6 cases of wine. In a bottle of sparkling wine, there are about 44 million bubbles in a bottle. Best...

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Art House Hudson Exhibiting “Actual Art” Icon Tery Fugate-Wilcox

Share: In a recent Luxe Beat Magazine exclusive interview, I talked with Art House Hudson gallery owner and founder, Christene Selleck. She shared with me her vision for the gallery and how she met the iconic Tery Fugate-Wilcox. His exhibit “It’s Time” is on display now, through September 4, 2017 and features a collection commissioned by the late Steve Jobs, “The Steves,” along with other Actual Art collections including: “Don’t Leaf Me Alone” and “Slow Burn.” Tery is a National Endowment for the Arts laureate with creations found in collections at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Australia, NYC Parks and museums...

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Yountville: California’s Culinary Capital

Share: Strolling along the sidewalks of Yountville, one soon notices this is the culinary capital of Napa Valley. The 1.5-mile-long town offers more Michelin stars per capita than any other destination in California. The restaurants of esteemed celebrity chefs Michael Chiarello, Philippe Jeanty, Thomas Keller and Richard Reddington have attracted an international foodie crowd for years.  Three Michelin stars have been awarded to The French Laundry and one star for Bouchon, Bistro Jeanty and Redd. What I discovered is that not only is Michael Chiarello a chef, sustainable farmer, vintner and television host, his popular Italian restaurant Bottega offers bold Italian...

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