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Author: Susan Lanier-Graham

Luxe Layovers: PHX

Remember the days when the thought of an airport layover brought shudders and a sense of dread? Today’s airports are breaking out of that mold—and breaking all the old rules—to offer bespoke services to modern travelers. From luxury lounges, modern spas and art museums to wine bars, gourmet restaurants and markets filled with fresh produce, airports around the world are revolutionizing the travel experience. Discover a new place each month for your next luxe layover. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: PHX Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport started out in the 1930s with a single runway. Back then, PHX was...

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Five Top Luxury Resort Spas In Scottsdale Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona has some of the world’s most luxurious resort spas in the world. No one is certain why the area has so many award-winning spas. Perhaps it’s the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert or endless Arizona skies or wisdom of Native Americans who call the Southwest home. Whatever the reason, Scottsdale’s resorts offer unique treatments, many using ingredients of the desert’s rich bounty—adobe clay to purify the skin, agave to soothe dry skin, jojoba oil to heal, prickly pear to moisturize and creosote to cleanse. Here are some of the most luxurious resort spas in Scottsdale. Waldorf Astoria...

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Virginia’s Clifton Inn: Southern Charm, History And Luxury

Clifton Inn is a historic Relais & Châteaux hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. Set in picturesque and historic Albemarle County, Clifton Inn is a short drive from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, sitting on land that once belonged to the third U.S. president. Today, you can stay in luxury at the elegantly remodeled Clifton Inn, but history will surround you during your stay. Clifton Inn’s history As you wind up the driveway towards Clifton Inn, it’s easy to see why this is such a treasured location. The stately home, with its wide front porch and tall columns, looks out across the rolling Virginia...

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Burgundy Terroirs: Wines of Maison Louis Latour

One of the highlights of the recent Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF) was the wine seminars presented by Wine Spectator and hosted by Bruce Sanderson, the magazine’s Senior Editor. I attended three seminars during the festival, including one examining the Burgundy Terroirs and wines of Maison Louis Latour. Our gracious host was Louis-Fabrice Latour, general managing director of the winery and the eleventh generation to run the company. It was a magnificent tasting of six 2009 Louis Latour Pinot Noir offerings. About Domaine Louis Latour Domaine Louis Latour is one of the few wineries in Burgundy...

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Georg Riedel and Angelo Gaja: An Interview with Visionaries

Every wine enthusiast is familiar with Riedel Glass and lovers of fine Italian wines know Gaja Winery. I recently attended a wine tasting hosted by these two industry greats and had an opportunity to sit down with the owners of both companies–Georg Riedel and Angelo Gaja. The once-in-a-lifetime experience was pure pleasure as I listened to the stories of these two visionaries. When I met the two men–the calm, mild-mannered Austrian Riedel and the energetic, ever-moving Italian Gaja–I immediately felt as if I was the center of their universe. The two had an easy banter back and forth that...

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Saint-Tropez’s Fairytale Castle: Chateau de la Messardiere

Saint-Tropez, or “St. Trop” as it is often called by those who frequent southern France’s playground, started off quite humbly as a port city and fishing village. By the early part of the last century, Bohemian artists from Paris made it their summer playground and soon jet setters from around the world flocked to this Mediterranean gem. Made famous by Brigitte Bardot, Saint-Tropez has become the ultimate summer playground. One of the best places to call home while visiting the charming town on the French Riviera is Château de la Messardière. Perched on a hillside overlooking not only the...

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