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Fish Photography: The Ultimate Undersea Skill

In keeping with our promise to provide Shoot Like a Pro photography tips, this time we’ll delve deeper into fish photography. Photographing fish is widely considered to be the most rewarding specialty in underwater photography. In his book, Mastering Underwater Photography, renowned fish photographer, Carl Roessler, dubbed it “the ultimate undersea skill.” While an entire book could be written on this subject, what follows are some quick tips for novice underwater photographers to help them successfully photograph these moving targets. Use the right tools These days just about any digital camera is a capable tool for making fish pictures....

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Colorado Springs Offers Endless Adventure

I’m a sucker for a room with a view. It doesn’t matter if it’s water, mountains or a cityscape. I’m not picky. But, some views deserve extra special recognition, like the one at The Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs. All the guest rooms and suites offer breathtaking vistas of snow-capped Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods landmark, with its dramatic red rock formations. The panorama is drool-worthy and you may not want to leave your spacious, well-appointed abode – ever! Rest assured, though, it’s not only the rooms that have a view...

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Best Artisan Chocolates in Beverly Hills

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet award winning pastry chef and talented chocolatier Kriss Harvey in his chocolate kitchen in the Arts District in Los Angeles. Named as one of America’s Top 10 Pastry Chefs, Chef Kriss was formerly the Executive Pastry Chef at The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel. Looking at his arms, I noticed his tattoos told a story about his culinary journey. He trained under some of Europe’s greatest chefs, including Oriol Balaguer and Emmanuel Ryon in France, and worked in the kitchen of the Ritz Carlton and the Wynn Las Vegas....

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‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ in Rancho Mirage

As the lyrics of the famous Irving Berlin song goes “If you’re blue and you don’t where to go to, why don’t you go where fashion sits? Puttin’ on the Ritz.” When the Ritz-Carlton resort re-opened in 2014 in the Greater Palm Springs area of Rancho Mirage, the desert community embraced it for its luxury beauty, un-wavering commitment to service, dining and wellness options. Built in the late 1980s as the Lodge in Rancho Mirage, the resort offered the most desirable panoramic views of the Coachella Valley. When it was slated to become a Ritz-Carlton, the financial backer Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy...

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Hassle Free Summer Sips: Premium Canned Wine from ON Y VA

As recently as a few years ago, the concept of wine in a can wasn’t exactly a luxurious one. No more! Canned wine has only increased in popularity in recent years, and as the demand has increased, so has the quality. Now, consumers can have delicious, high quality wines in a convenient canned package. No more need for corkscrews and cups, just open the can and go! Exceptional wine can be enjoyed anywhere you are, without the hassle. That’s what French wine importer David Milligan Selections is aiming for with their entry into the canned wine market, ON Y...

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Backpacking Through Asia

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” My dear friend Danny Giger lived his life by this phrase; to say he always lived every day to its fullest is an understatement. After Danny passed away in December of 2018, our memories of his love for his family and friends, zest for life and sense of adventure inspired my three best girl friends and I to embark on a month-long journey of backpacking through Asia. We began our journey in Bangkok, Thailand, where we rode in “tuk tuks,” or taxi bikes, through the hustle and bustle of...

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Five Unique Sleepover Experiences For Solo Travelers

What sets the world’s best hotel experiences apart from the rest? A dash of something different – nothing beats a mind-blowing setting or evocative detail from a long-lost era. Flash Pack curates group adventures and experiences for solo travelers in their 30s and 40s, and hand-picks some of the most unique hotels from across the world. When traveling solo, there are many things to take into consideration before embarking on your journey. Preparation is key. The solo traveler will want to find a place to unwind and regroup at the end of the day. Whether it’s a night in...

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Summer Fun at Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

What used to be the site of a Travelodge and Pacific Sands Hotel, is now the LEED GOLD certified oceanfront Shore Hotel. Located just blocks from the historic Santa Monica pleasure pier and west of downtown Los Angeles, over 50% of the construction waste materials, including metals, concrete, stucco, terrazzo, wood & carpet were recycled or salvaged from the two hotels to build this luxury eco-friendly boutique hotel. Opening in 2011, the hotel offers an open-air, U-shaped design allowing guests rooms to receive natural light, as well as taking full advantage of the Pacific Ocean views. The Shore Hotel...

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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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12 Trips for Dads Who Love to Travel

Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Why not treat Dad to a bucket list adventure? From trekking in Chile, to cycling Northwest Arkansas, to playing cowboy in Wyoming or golfing in Montana, a world of active pursuits awaits. Below are 12 of our favorite vacations for the adventurous Dad. Torres del Paine Trek: Dad can take in the glaciers, lakes and spires of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park on the guided O Circuit trek with Adventure Life. He’ll hike around the remote north side of the Patagonian massif as well as the classic W, spending nights under...

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Cheers to the Original Sam Malone

Father’s Day Cocktail recipes and gift ideas can be found at the end of the article and fun facts about the “Cheers” TV series. Happy Father’s Day! My father, Peter Jarvis, always has been and always will be my hero. He is supportive, loving, hilarious and his spirit is contagious. Seriously, my dad lights up every room he walks into, puts a smile on every face and is always the life of the party. Say, “What?” My Dad is the Real Sam Malone… It wasn’t until I got older that I found out that my dad was the inspiration...

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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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