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Author: Jenna Intersimone

Jockey Hollow Restaurant Lives in a Historic Setting

When I moved to my new home in the historic and bustling New Jersey city of Morristown, I knew I was in for a real culinary delight. From previous visits from my former home located about 45 minutes away, I already knew that I could head to Nagano for quality sushi in an authentic atmosphere, Guerriero’s Ristorante for Neapolitan-style dishes with unique flavors and Origin Thai for scrumptious Thai food in an elegant setting. What I didn’t know was that the iconic Vail Mansion in downtown Morristown, built in 1917 and formerly the home of first AT&T president Theodore...

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Winemaking De-mystified at Beneduce Vineyards

A wine connoisseur I am not, but I’ve definitely made an effort to visit local wineries, whether I’m in San Gimignano or Seneca Lake for the weekend. This has been especially true for the wineries that are in my New Jersey backyard; these include the Four Sisters Winery in Belvidere, Cape May Winery in Cape May and Amalthea Cellars in the Atco section of Waterford Township. One thing I have noticed is that in the United States, wine isn’t for kids. This doesn’t come as a real shock. In America, wine isn’t a part of our daily lives. Instead, we sip...

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Atlantic City Redefined

As I drive into Atlantic City on a bustling sunny Saturday afternoon, with the air heavy with the promise of short dresses and tall drinks, there is an invisible cloud that hangs above. Although I know it lingers behind sad “cash for gold” signs, dark back alleys and mahogany boardrooms with hopeful sellers, I don’t immediately see it beneath the flashing lights and well-dressed people in the casinos. Behind closed doors, the future of Atlantic City is uncertain. Within 18 months, four casinos in the legendary town have turned off their last fluorescent light. Throughout the past eight years,...

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European Hostels Forge Into Luxury

When I visited the Amalfi Coast, a world-renowned stretch of Italian coastline known for its pastel colors, old-world charm and turquoise waters, I foresaw my accommodations, Hotel Londra, to be as alluring as the destination. Unfortunately, one of the two did not live up to expectations, and it wasn’t the Mediterranean region that has been around since the sixth century. Upon booking my trip with a popular tour group, bus2alps, I was given the option of staying at Hotel Londra or Seven Hostel, both located in Sant’Agnello, which is minutes from Sorrento. As most logical Americans and unlucky moviegoers...

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Finding Luxury in Jamaica

Those in need of a luxurious beach getaway to escape from busy, working cities know exactly where to turn as they book their flights for destinations such as Monaco, Bali and Capri. They yearn for impeccable hotel service, lavish amenities, exotic excursions and undisturbed beaches. The last place they look is Jamaica, which in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was ravished by such catastrophes as Hurricane Gilbert of 1988, the Persian Gulf War from 1990 to 1991 and the U.S. and Canadian economic recessions of the early 1990s. Back in those days, Jamaica was characterized by barbed wire, drug-pushing...

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Personalized Services in Travel’s Future

The most coveted time of the year is finally underway. As the weather has warmed and the sun has come out, luxury travel lovers have been fantasizing about all of the enthralling destinations they will visit this season, prepping their itineraries and their wardrobes. Skyscanner.net, an international travel comparison search site, took travelers’ imaginations to new heights by publishing a report on what they deem to be the future of travel in 2024. To no surprise, Skyscanner said that within 10 years, technology and personalization will advance our travel experiences by reinventing customer service. However, how will hotels and...

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The Rebirth of Floridian Real Estate

My childhood memories of Florida don’t include crystal-clear blue waters, high-rise apartments with private infinity pools or 30-foot yachts cruising the spellbinding Gulf of Mexico. Instead, when I think of Florida, images of dragging summers in empty, gray neighborhoods form, conjured only after endless road trips stuffed in the back of a Ford Explorer. It is these dreary memories that have kept me from venturing to Florida for more than 15 years, because I simply couldn’t imagine that, amidst all the hype, the “sunshine state” was very interesting. I thought that it wholly maintained an air of lifelessness, nestled...

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The Little-Known Luxury of New Orleans

New Orleans can seem to be a decidedly un-luxurious place. The city that began its life in 1718 as the dump site for French convicts and prostitutes hasn’t changed so much today, as it remains a well-known capital for alcohol, sex and debauchery. However, these aren’t the only things that the Louisiana city is defined by, which is why over nine million people visit New Orleans every year. It’s also a town where tourists and locals alike savor fine Creole and Cajun cuisine, explore historical architecture in many forms and dance to jazz music on every street corner. Even though...

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A Tour North Up The Seneca Lake Wine Trail

The waiter comes out uneasily, holding no menus or wine, like a messenger on a mission. “Yes sir, we do have Chianti,” whispers Craig, a waiter at Stonecat Café, an acclaimed organic regional restaurant nested in Hector, New York on Seneca Lake of the Finger Lakes. “We just don’t put it on the menu, since we like to feature our local wines.” Stonecat Café has a good reason to focus on homegrown wines. They are located directly on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, which holds 32 wineries close to the east and west sides of the deepest of the...

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Southampton, New York: a village of refined, seaside luxury

Dashing families of history buffs usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to travel. Instead of getting to relax on beautiful beaches alongside crystal-clear seas in quaint cities with stellar shopping, they get dragged to stuffy, dark structures with teeny gift shops, while their loved ones explore hundred-year histories with smiles stretched across their tanned faces. There aren’t many locales where history and luxury meet to form a one-of-a-kind vacation. However, it never has to be this way. Southampton, the legendary village tucked within New York’s exclusive Hamptons, is a famous gem worthy of the...

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The Many Modest Municipalities Of Cape Cod

When the well-traveled look to plan their next destination, their minds jump to the most notorious of cities: Los Angeles, Paris, New York City. Even as a travel writer, I am no exception to this rule. I relish in visiting a new city, where I can book my hotel, grab a guidebook and go exploring without any complications. However, when recently planning my first visit to Cape Cod, I wasn’t completely sure where I should start. Since Cape Cod is a region, even sometimes considered an island, it isn’t immediately obvious in what city one should book their hotel,...

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Grand Cascades Lodge: A Rustic Retreat Of The Kittatinny Mountains

There is a modern, upscale renaissance of classic Adirondack-style lodging, energized by the natural allure of surrounding mountains; an elaborate combination of dark wooden beams, natural stonework, high ceilings and intimate fireplaces; subdued jeweled tones in a rustic palette of greens, browns, yellows and reds; undisturbed views of lush woodlands and mountainous terrain. Could this be Colorado, Washington, possibly Minnesota? Try New Jersey. As a western New Jersey resident and frequent traveler, I always feel an unfortunate edge of surprise when I see a look of disdain roll across another’s face when I tell them I’m from the Garden State....

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