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Yountville’s Fascinating Art Walk

For the past eight years the town of Yountville in the Napa Valley wine country, has displayed an exquisite outdoor art collection by local and U.S. artists. Over 30 colorful pieces of art enhance Washington Street, strategically placed along the one main street. Some are in front of trendy restaurants, others near luxury hotels and charming inns, wine tasting rooms, a spa and a museum. Gordon Huether partnered with Yountville Arts to create the Yountville Art Walk. With his guidance and willingness to lend four sculptures, the Yountville Art Wall was born. Tourist can pick up an Art Walk map at...

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Celebrate The Season At The Swarovski Holiday Bus Located At New York City’s Most Iconic Destinations

Swarovski’s Holiday Bus is out and about and ready for the holiday season! They just celebrated the opening of their crystallized Holiday Bus, which will be traveling throughout New York City and stopping at some of the city’s most celebrated holiday destinations through December 28, 2018. The Swarovski Holiday Bus will have Swarovski’s most popular holiday collections on display for gift-giving inspiration, as well as hot cocoa, sparking treats and live music. Updates on the Swarovski Holiday Bus’s location and programming will be posted throughout the month on the brand’s Facebook page, @Swarovski.NorthAmerica. Spreading brilliance throughout the streets of New York, the double-decker Swarovski...

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Go Beyond Pecan Pie this Holiday Season

  When deciding which dishes to serve this year at holiday gatherings, consider going beyond traditional recipes and use beloved seasonal ingredients in new ways. For example, while pecan pie is top of mind for many dessert-makers, it’s also a perfect time to make new dishes with an ingredient like pecans, also known as The Original Supernut. Naturally sweet and nutritious, the pecan lends itself to nearly endless holiday menu inspiration. It hasn’t been an easy year for the pecan industry, but you can support American pecan growers and #PledgePecans – that’s a promise to add one more pecan-friendly...

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4 Favorite Dishes You Didn’t Know Pair with Champagne

While you may think of Champagne as just for toasting, experts point out that it can actually be quite food-friendly. “Champagnes with a higher proportion of Chardonnay in their blends — such as the signature style of Champagne Taittinger — can be particularly versatile when it comes to food pairings,” says Chicago-based sommelier, Belinda Chang. For this purpose, Chang recommends the family-owned and operated champagne house, which offers a distinctive, light and delicate style, a longer aging period before release and sustainable production processes. “Every self-respecting foodie and wine geek knows to pair Champagne with a towering icy plateau...

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Fall in love with Cape Town

There’s nowhere quite like Cape Town, the jewel of South Africa. This fascinating city is a meld of cultures, history and landscape, crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain. Often regarded as synonymous with the “Mother City,” (Cape Town’s affectionate moniker), this landmark is the single most welcoming icon to its people, as well as to travelers from around the globe. Named a New Seven Wonders of Nature, the mountain is one of the oldest on earth, six times older than the Himalayas and five times older than the Rockies. It forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, which...

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The Chemistry Behind Humboldt Distillery

What defines a mad scientist, one could say is his passion for his craft. In this case, Abe Stevens is the chemist behind Humboldt Distillery and mad about distilling organic spirits in the small town of Fortuna, California. With a degree in chemistry and biochemistry, this fifth generation Humboldt county proprietor is concocting award-winning craft spirits. Abe founded his distilling playground in 2012 after several years of working in the pharmaceutical industry. He was ready to take a break and contemplate where he was headed next. He says it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment he made a decision,...

4 Favorite Dishes You Didn’t Know Pair with Champagne

While you may think of Champagne as just for toasting, experts point out that it can actually be quite food-friendly. “Champagnes with a higher proportion of Chardonnay in their blends — such as the signature style of Champagne Taittinger — can be particularly versatile when it comes to food pairings,” says Chicago-based sommelier, Belinda Chang. For this purpose, Chang recommends the family-owned and operated champagne house, which offers a distinctive, light and delicate style, a longer aging period before release and sustainable production processes. “Every self-respecting foodie and wine geek knows to pair Champagne with a towering icy plateau...

Yountville’s Fascinating Art Walk

For the past eight years the town of Yountville in the Napa Valley wine country, has displayed an exquisite outdoor art collection by local and U.S. artists. Over 30 colorful pieces of art enhance Washington Street, strategically placed along the one main street. Some are in front of trendy restaurants, others near luxury hotels and charming inns, wine tasting rooms, a spa and a museum. Gordon Huether partnered with Yountville Arts to create the Yountville Art Walk. With his guidance and willingness to lend four sculptures, the Yountville Art Wall was born. Tourist can pick up an Art Walk map at...

Hermès Birkin Bag Becomes Even Harder To Acquire In 2018

The chasm between demand and supply of Hermès Birkin handbags is greater than ever according to the latest market research conducted by ultra-luxury consignment service, Baghunter. Factors such as a growing US economy and celebrities continually pictured with Birkin bags have both contributed to an increase in demand. Meanwhile, a decrease in Birkin owners willing to sell their coveted possession has brought about a mini-Hermès drought across the secondary market. As one of the largest consignors of Hermès bags in the United States, Baghunter has analyzed company data including the number of clients and collectors inquiring about selling or consigning...

Ultimate Andrea Bocelli Experience

Italian singer, songwriter, and record producer Andrea Bocelli has often been described as having the most beautiful voice in the world. Bocelli is currently on tour promoting his latest album Si. His tour will end at the Teatro del Silenzio (Theater of Silence) in Lajatico – Tuscany on July 25, 2019. Following this final performance, he’s opening up his home after the show to a handful of exclusive guests! Seating is limited, so please find details of the experience below and be sure to book your reservation early…this VIP luxury travel experience will not last. Andrea Bocelli Experience Teatro del Silenzio...

Celebrate The Season At The Swarovski Holiday Bus Located At New York City’s Most Iconic Destinations

Swarovski’s Holiday Bus is out and about and ready for the holiday season! They just celebrated the opening of their crystallized Holiday Bus, which will be traveling throughout New York City and stopping at some of the city’s most celebrated holiday destinations through December 28, 2018. The Swarovski Holiday Bus will have Swarovski’s most popular holiday collections on display for gift-giving inspiration, as well as hot cocoa, sparking treats and live music. Updates on the Swarovski Holiday Bus’s location and programming will be posted throughout the month on the brand’s Facebook page, @Swarovski.NorthAmerica. Spreading brilliance throughout the streets of New York, the double-decker Swarovski...

Chef Adrianne Calvo Shares Her Thanksgiving Secrets

If you close your eyes, you can almost smell the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. Yes, it’s that time of year when we start planning our holiday menus. What side dishes will accompany your holiday bird? Should we serve white or red wine? Chef Adrianne Calvo was kind enough to share some of her Thanksgiving secrets, including her recipe for “Your Best Turkey Ever!” and Evergreen Autumn side dish. Chef Adrianne Calvo just released a two-volume set of cookbooks, publishing her 100 finest recipes, entitled The A-List: Vol. I and II. Chef Adrianne delves into starters, desserts, and everything...

Holiday Baking and Wine Pairings

There are few holiday traditions as sweet as baking a selection of treats to share with family and friends. This is especially true for the California winemaking family the Mondavis as it is for families across America. As the season begins, Janice Mondavi, wife of third-generation CK Mondavi and Family co-proprietor Marc Mondavi and their four daughters, Angelina, Alycia, Riana and Giovanna, always set aside time to gather for an afternoon of holiday baking. Their Grandma Rosa was an incredible cook, and the tradition continues through the generations. It should surprise no one that in this household, instead of...

Celebrate the Holidays at National Harbor, Md.

Washington, D.C. region’s  premier waterfront escape features Santa, larger-than-life ice sculptures, performers, stunning holiday décor and displays National Harbor has quickly become one of the nation’s top holiday waterfront destinations, offering both family activities and romantic getaways for couples. Each year, National Harbor welcomes Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center’s amazing ICE! This year, the fun begins on November 16 and runs through January 1, 2019.  The world-famous interactive ICE! attraction will showcase the true meaning of Christmas with its rendition of the ever-popular Peanuts holiday story, A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. Beloved characters including Charlie Brown,...

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Ultimate Andrea Bocelli Experience

Italian singer, songwriter, and record producer Andrea Bocelli has often been described as having the most beautiful voice in the world. Bocelli is currently on tour promoting his latest album Si. His tour will end at the Teatro del Silenzio (Theater of Silence) in Lajatico – Tuscany on July 25, 2019. Following this final performance, he’s opening up his home after the show to a handful of exclusive guests! Seating is limited, so please find details of the experience below and be sure to book your reservation early…this VIP luxury travel experience will not last. Andrea Bocelli Experience Teatro del Silenzio...

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Celebrate The Season At The Swarovski Holiday Bus Located At New York City’s Most Iconic Destinations

Swarovski’s Holiday Bus is out and about and ready for the holiday season! They just celebrated the opening of their crystallized Holiday Bus, which will be traveling throughout New York City and stopping at some of the city’s most celebrated holiday destinations through December 28, 2018. The Swarovski Holiday Bus will have Swarovski’s most popular holiday collections on display for gift-giving inspiration, as well as hot cocoa, sparking treats and live music. Updates on the Swarovski Holiday Bus’s location and programming will be posted throughout the month on the brand’s Facebook page, @Swarovski.NorthAmerica. Spreading brilliance throughout the streets of New York, the double-decker Swarovski...

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