Month: September 2017

BANKERS HILL Bar + Restaurant Embodies ‘Craft America Cooking’

Share: There’s nothing I love more than finding unique neighborhood nooks—eateries that, although somewhat off the beaten path, are making a notable impact on the local culinary scene. One such San Diego venue is BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant. While near the city’s famed Gaslamp District, this restaurant sits on the corner of 4th and Ivy, duly detached from deep downtown commotion. While this lively eatery is decidedly unpretentious and unfussy, also giving patrons much bang for the buck, make no mistake that the chef-driven cuisine here is “craft America cooking” at its finest. Classic favorites are gratifyingly re-imagined...

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A Cool $45K Will Get You a Night at This Private Island in the Maldives

Share: As you begin planning your fall and winter travel coverage, if you’re looking for an ultimate luxury destination, get Coco Privé Private Island on your radar. This luxurious Maldivian island is available only for exclusive hire. With six beautifully designed villas, it’s the perfect secret escape for those on the look-out for total privacy and solitude. For $45,000 (plus taxes) per night, guests will enjoy the premier amenities of the island for themselves and up to nine of their closest (and luckiest!) companions. Guests are transported by luxury private yacht from the airport to the island where the...

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Paris Can Wait: An Elegant Cinematic Travelogue

Share: While watching actress Diane Lane tour Southern France in Eleanor Coppola’s first motion picture, Paris Can Wait, I thought: This movie will appeals to women and lovers of good food and travel. Eleanor Coppola is the wife of Academy Award winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, and mother to filmmakers Sofia and Roman Coppola. She caught the movie-making virus from her family while in her 70s. Married to Francis for 54 years, she accompanied him with her children while he made such blockbuster films as Apocalypse Now. Later, Eleanor helmed behind-the-scenes documentaries for her husband and daughter. After telling a...

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Fun Halloween Treats at Disney’s California Adventure

Share: Now that it’s autumn, Disney has decorated their parks with happy haunting decor, selling devilishly divine treats to enhance their guests’ experiences. Get your Park Hopper ticket to experience All Hallows’ Eve Celebration at both Disney theme parks in Southern California: Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure until Oct. 31, 2017. During Halloween Time, stroll through the stores, restaurants and visit the food carts for creative themed treats that are only offered once a year. Here’s some of my favorite treats: Throughout both parks guests can purchase a souvenir Poison Apple stein drink with a choice of fresh grapes...

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Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Gets Multi-Million Dollar Makeover

Share: As the fifth largest city in the United States, more than 22 million visitors flock to metropolitan Phoenix every year. With a bustling downtown quadrant comprised of around 100 square blocks, this section of town is teeming with fun and exciting things to do—keeping tourists duly entertained and engaged. From professional sports, live music and fine dining venues to festivals, museums, and an endless stream of events at the 24-acre convention center, downtown Phoenix is a bustling hub with an appeal all its own for leisure and business travelers, alike. No matter your reason for visiting metro Phoenix,...

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