Author: Merilee Kern

The Hermosa Inn Arizona a Unique Boutique Hideaway

Share: Nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley, Arizona—an exclusive Phoenix enclave that’s just minutes from bustling Scottsdale—lies a AAA Four Diamond boutique hideaway called Hermosa Inn. Originally the residence and studio of iconic cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee, this one-of-a-kind boutique resort is the quintessential blend of modern luxury and authentic southwestern charm. Here you’ll revel in world-class amenities amid a peaceful desert ambiance that’s punctuated by striking panoramic views of the neighboring Camelback Mountain. With just forty-three casitas, The Hermosa Inn is ostensibly the most intimate of the region’s luxury resorts, which translates to highly personalized service that’s...

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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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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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Insights from ‘The Prince of Luxury’ Noel Shu

Share: With a moniker like “The Prince of Luxury,” it’s clear that Noel Shu is no ordinary entrepreneur. This 27-year-old self-made millionaire has accomplished more in business than many do in an entire lifetime, already boasting a client roster that includes billionaires, celebrities and royal families. So keen is his business acumen and venerable his reputation, Shu’s clout earned him a VIP invitation to the last U.S. visit of China’s president, Xi Jinping, alongside other revered titans of industry the likes of Bill Gates and Jack Ma. Today, Shu brings his wealth of expertise and impeccable panache to the...

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5 Disruptive Luxury Travel Trends Shattering the Status Quo

Share: With the global luxury market collectively growing at 4 percent to an estimated $1.15 (€1.08) trillion in 2016, according to a recent “Bain & Company Luxury Study,” coupled with optimistic forecasts that the luxury goods market will pick up this year, the hospitality industry is gearing up for elevated demand among both leisure and business travelers. This amid evidence that, despite widespread geopolitical uncertainties, luxury consumers are redirecting their spending toward new and more personalized high-end experiences like luxury travel, food and wine. “The luxury market has reached a maturation point,” said Claudia D’Arpizio, lead author of the...

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