Author: Lillian Africano

Away From Home for the Holidays

Share: Yes, it can be fun to celebrate at home with family and friends. But sometimes it’s even more fun to leave behind all the preparation, the cleaning and wrapping and cooking in favor having it all done for you. This year, there are so many options for carefree holiday celebrations. Here, we have a few. Busabout offers several trips to celebrate the holidays in exotic locales among like-minded fellow travelers. These trips combine food and fun in fantastic European locations that are steeped in holiday spirit. Eastern Festive Trek: This December, discover all the jingles and bells of...

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Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is Oct. 21-22, 2017

Share: Lighthouses and select museums throughout the state will host the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey weekend on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.  This is an opportunity to visit each participating lighthouse over the weekend as you tour the state to help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation. These majestic beacons have played an important role in New Jersey’s history, guarding mariners and protecting our coasts for three centuries. Lighthouses serve as a reminder of American ingenuity while honoring the values of safety and heroism. Visit the lighthouses and museums on the Challenge for an opportunity to...

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The Rubens at the Palace: A Bridge Between “Old” and “New” London

Share: The Rubens at the Palace, a Legend in the Heart of the ‘New Victoria’ Victoria is having its moment. Thanks to a landmark new property development, this leafy neighborhood of palaces, parks, and theaters is rapidly becoming the coolest, most cutting-edge destination in London. The $2.8 billion Nova complex, which was completed this year after four years in development, is bringing new life to Victoria. Comprising five striking buildings, this “urban village” offers 85,000 square feet of inventive and inspirational restaurants, bars and shops. The Rubens at the Palace, one of the most luxurious and distinguished hotels in London, sits right opposite Nova, in...

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Travel for Great Wines

Share: Lovers of fine wines have been traveling the world for years, to taste and enjoy the drink that Robert Louis Stevenson described as “bottled poetry.” Nowadays, it’s easier, with so many wineries providing not only tastings, but also unique accommodations, to enjoy exceptional wines along with exceptional holidays. Italy Frescobaldi Toscana: In Italy, the Marchesi Frescobaldi family have been making wine for longer than 700 years. Today, guests can experience living like royalty at the family’s Pomino and Nipozzano castles, located in the enchanting Chianti Rufina region (about an hour from Florence). Each castle has a a unique...

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Jura 10: A Unique Island Whisky

Share: Jura 10​, an Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the first release in Jura’s new core line for the U.S., arrived on the market this past spring, and judging from the taste and price, it should do well here. I found Jura 10 to be a smooth, light, delicious and well-balanced scotch with strong vanilla and caramel notes. Just lovely, with a delicate finish. Easy to drink straight or with ice/water. For me, this makes Jura 10 an excellent value–easily competitive with scotch that costs two, perhaps even three times more. Produced by one of the oldest distilleries in...

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