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Author: Beth Graham

Intuitive Service — at One Ocean Resort & Spa

True confession: A few times a year, I drive 20 minutes from my home and spend a few nights at a luxury boutique hotel. It may sound crazy to some, but I get to wake up at the most beautiful beach in all of Florida. But there’s another reason I indulge myself with this excursion. Quite simply, it’s to be pampered. I’m a big fan of Downton Abbey and I often joke that I need a lady’s maid, my own personal attendant. Breakfast in bed doesn’t happen often in my house (okay, it’s never happened) but at my favorite...

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Historical Luxury in the Heart of the Oldest City

I’ll put St. Augustine up against any other U.S. city in terms of charm. Sure, as America’s oldest city, it’s bustling with historical ambiance and attractions, but it also has a certain je ne sais quoi that adds a level of quaintness I don’t find in other cities. This ranges from the historic district lined with cobblestone streets to quaint cafes and offbeat artisan shops. St. Augustine, located just 30 minutes south of Jacksonville, was established in 1565 by Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and the Spanish influence is still prevalent throughout the city. The many historic structures...

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Italy Embraces Luxury Wine Travel

I love wine and I love to travel. So what could be better than combining the two? Just like culinary travel and adventure travel, wine travel is gaining popularity. Wine travel offers enthusiasts the opportunity to truly experience the wine production process, and if you travel at the right time of year, to actually be part of harvest and production. As a former Italian expat, I was excited to go back “home” and tour some of the luxury wineries and resorts in Tuscany and Umbria. Winerist, a UK-based website dedicated to bringing the best travel experiences to wine and...

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