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Author: Christine Sallas

Photo Essay: Discover Auberge Du Soleil Spa, Experience True Zen, Inside And Out

All photography ©Dale Sanders 2019, article written by Christine Sallas Located in the heart of California wine country, Auberge du Soleil features some of Napa Valley’s most luxurious, decadent accommodations, spectacular view of the valley, and has recently been named as a recipient of Forbes Travel Guide’s prestigious Five Star Award for the seventh year in a row. In addition to its incredible resort offering, Auberge du Soleil is home to the exclusive Auberge du Soleil Spa. This incredible and indulgent spa is the perfect setting for that long-awaited romantic getaway. A long-time member of Relais & Château, an...

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The Wicked Rabbit: Go Down The Rabbit Hole At This Omaha Speakeasy

When most people think of a speakeasy, the images that come to mind are often dark alleyways, a secret entrance, and some 1920s style vintage cocktails! And even for modern-day speakeasies, that’s not too far off the mark. Speakeasies can still be found all over the United States; they remain popular going-out destinations for tourists and locals alike. Even in the sleepy, friendly mid-western states, there are speakeasies galore for you to visit! My favorite new bar is a hidden speakeasy in Omaha, Nebraska called ‘The Wicked Rabbit.’ The vibe is amazing, the drinks are delicious, and the whole...

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Luxury Vacations In Paradise: Celebrate The Holidays On Velaa Private Island

Dreaming of luxurious vacations may put you in mind of tropical island paradises and exclusive resorts. But what if you could combine those two things into a deluxe, private island paradise in the Maldives? Well, you can! That place exists, and it’s called Velaa Private Island. Located in the Noonu Atoll north of Male, this incredible island is a haven for guests where everyone can be treated like royalty. With the holiday season nearly upon us, a vacation spent in a luxurious, boutique-style resort in a tropical paradise might just be the best solution! Escape the cold and snow...

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Vala’s Pumpkin Patch: Holiday Family Fun In Nebraska

I have to admit that as a girl who primarily grew up in the deep South, I didn’t spend a lot of time growing up participating in typical fall traditions. We didn’t visit pumpkin patches or apple orchards when I was a kid. Trust me, typical fall weather in Alabama and Georgia? Let’s just say it’s not conducive to sweaters and scarves. But now that I’m living out west, it seems it’s time for me to see what all the fuss is about! During my last visit to Omaha to perform with the symphony, my fabulous host and her...

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Small Town Vibes And The Bonds Of Family In Black Mountain, North Carolina

About 15 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina is a little gem nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Black Mountain. Voted ‘Best Small Town In Western North Carolina,’ Black Mountain is famous for its art, crafts, music, and beautiful scenery. But the area is special to me for more personal reasons. Black Mountain (and the unincorporated town of Ridgecrest) is where my maternal grandparents lived for a significant portion of their lives. Our visit this past weekend was a bittersweet one; we were meeting to pay tribute to my grandmother at her memorial service, as she passed away this...

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Smart Home Technology: The New Frontier In Luxury Living

Luxury properties often evoke images of opulent gardens, large pools, marble in the bathrooms, and grand chandeliers in the foyer. But there’s a new side to luxury living that you may not know about: smart home technology. This technology is a step up from your Amazon Alexa sitting in the living room or kitchen; this smart technology takes luxury living to a brand new level. What Is A Smart Home Now? Smart home technology is changing, and consumers are staying interested. More than 80% of consumers either already own or would like to purchase connected home products for their...

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The Springs Resort and Spa, A Unique Luxury Getaway In The San Juan Mountains

My husband and I don’t have what you would call a traditional family life. After all, as a musician that frequently travels for work, I’m gone a lot performing and travelling to auditions all over country. We got married on a Thursday, and by Monday morning I was back at work in Kentucky while he stayed at his work in Florida. Needless to say, we ended up having to skip a traditional honeymoon. Finally, just this past July, my husband and I decided to take a long weekend and call that our honeymoon. We live in beautiful, colorful Colorado,...

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Haunted Ozarks at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs

The mountainous, quirky little town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas is full of surprises, but one of the most startling is the presence of supernatural visitors. Eureka Springs is home to one of the most haunted hotels in the United States: The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa. I personally find ghosts and their stories endlessly fascinating, so I knew I would have to go by and see the hotel for myself. The Crescent has a long and unique history. Originally built in 1886 as a luxury resort for wealthy and famous guests, it quickly became too much to manage and...

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Photo Essay: Luxurious Desert Getaway at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

All photography ©Dale Sanders 2019, article written by Christine Sallas   Relax and Recharge If you’re looking for a luxurious escape that truly connects you back to mother nature, look no further than the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Located in the Sonoran Desert near Pinnacle Peak, this western, adobe style property blends in perfectly with the beautiful mountains and desert of the surrounding landscape. Rooms in the resort are spread out across Southwestern style casitas, all with stunning views of the desert and the unique formations of Pinnacle Peak. You can enjoy Scottsdale’s 330 days of...

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Ozarks Inspiring Thorncrown Chapel

When I arrived at Inspiration Point for my first summer of performing with Opera in the Ozarks, I knew that at least some of my time would be spent exploring the gorgeous scenery around me. Driving the curving mountain roads, going for my daily runs, and strolling through the hilly, winding streets of downtown, I felt a profound peace settle over me as I relaxed into the feeling of the aptly named Inspiration Point. This place was truly chock full of inspiration and charm: a musician’s dream! On one of my earliest drives into nearby Eureka Springs, I rounded...

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Photo Essay: Luxury Dining Aboard Holland America’s Ship the Koningsdam

All photography ©Dale Sanders 2019, article written by Christine Sallas An evening aboard one of Holland America’s cruise ships is a luxury affair by any standards, but it can be made even more luxurious with elegant experiences at Club Orange or the Pinnacle Grill. The Holland America cruise line is known for its excellent food and superb service, and Club Orange allows guests to enjoy even more luxury benefits. My own dining experiences took place aboard the Koningsdam, one of two ships in Holland America’s line that has begun offering an exclusive Club Orange restaurant for members. Aboard Koningsdam...

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