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Dreaming of Some Sun in the Dreary Weather? Here are 2019’s Top Holiday Destinations

If you live in the northern hemisphere then you’re likely looking towards the warmer months, to a time when scarves will be a thing of the past and your nose doesn’t go numb when you step out of the door. In the meantime, it can feel cold at home and booking a winter vacation might be your only answer to getting through the colder weather. Whether you’re on a budget or have a bit more to spend, there are plenty of destination vacations to cure your winter blues. 1. Cancun Cancun has been a vacation destination for the well...

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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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Twice-As-Nice Holiday Treats

With 334 days leading up to December, make the most of the season by enjoying the holiday’s quintessential flavors like gingerbread, peppermint and cinnamon – with double the festive treats to please every taste. Transform one vibrant holiday flavor into two festive treats that family and friends are sure to love. Nothing signals the holiday season like the sweet and spicy snap of gingerbread. Enjoy this must-have flavor in freshly baked Gingerbread Men Cookies or a Triple Chocolate Gingerbread cake. Peppermint offers a refreshing, sweet taste that’s perfect for gifted treats like Peppermint Crunch Popcorn and Peppermint Bars. Also,...

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Robert Redford’s Wine Country Estate

Not one of Hollywood’s Ordinary People, especially when it comes to super-star actor, director and supporter of the arts, Robert Redford recently celebrated his 82nd birthday and announced his retirement as an actor. His final film, The Old Man & His Gun in which he stars with Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck and plays a real-life career criminal and escape artist was released in September to rave reviews. For decades, Redford’s permanent residence has been in Utah, home of his Sundance Institute.  He and his artist wife, Sibylle Szaggars, also own a Napa Valley wine-country retreat where they enjoy...

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Global Etiquette: Holiday Gifting/Re-Gifting

It’s the time of year that can be challenging for most of us—who, what and how much to gift for the holidays. I’ve many of my own thoughts, but I came across Sharon Schweitzer’s list of 10 rules of holiday gift giving etiquette and she makes excellent points covering most situations. Sharon, is an international etiquette expert, author, and founder of Access to Culture. When discussing gift etiquette opinions are all over the place. For me, it is important to stick to a budget and choose gifts for the individual, not by the dollars you spend. Most people discover...

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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...

Rio de Janeiro Has Views That Will Boost Your Instagram Likes

Gone are the days when tourists would only evaluate accommodation and flight prices before booking a trip. A survey conducted by British insurance company Schofields Insurance confirmed a trend that is clearly seen every day in the feed of thousands of Instagram users: being in scenarios that yield spectacular photos is a priority for travelers. According to the survey, which interviewed 1,000 Britons aged 18-33, 40% of people prioritize how “Instagram worthy” is the destination they will visit. The photographic aesthetic for social networks outweighs items such as cost, local cuisine and whether alcohol is sold at low prices...

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...

Sparkling Wine and Spirits Gift & Cocktail Ideas for the Holidays

Holiday parties and celebrations are all around! Sparkling wine, spirits and cocktails are a must when entertaining. Here are some holiday cocktail recipes you won’t want to miss! Best buys are included below. Cheers!  Simple sparkling wine and spirits cocktails recipes for single-serves and crowds. Sparkling Holiday Punch   A bubbly and festive addition to all holiday festivities. 8 oz. Chambord Liqueur 8 oz. Cranberry Juice 2 chilled bottles Korbel Brut Cranberries Pour ingredients into a large punch bowl or pitcher and stir. Top with raspberries or cranberries. Herbarium Holiday Pitcher A refreshing and light break from heavy holiday indulgences. 4...

The Best Holiday Displays in California

During the holidays, some of the most luxurious hotels in California have constructed the largest and most spectacular gingerbread houses and holiday displays that are featured throughout the lobby and hotel.  Here are the best of the best: Montage Beverly Hills Guests and visitors at the Montage Beverly Hills are dazzled with multiple brightly lit trees, a menorah, and life-size sleigh with mistletoe above to sneak a memorable kiss. Life-size nutcracker soldiers made of fondant stand at attention in the lobby of the hotel. The Montage Beverly Hills is offering special programs for the entire family. Younger guests can...

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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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A Tourist’s Guide to Luxury Florida

Florida is a wild state – there’s so much to do and so much to explore. From the starstruck beaches of Miami to the scrubland to the swamp, you’ll find no shortage of luxury tourism during your visit. So what are you waiting for? Book up, do your research and get to travelling! The Beach and the Deco District Shopping, lounging, bathing, swimming, drinking, burning, laughing; Miami beach is one of Florida’s most iconic locations. Take the edge off the heat and lounge near the sparkling waters of the U.S. coast, cocktail in hand. Many high end hotels, five...

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