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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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6 Tips for Luxury Travel with Your Dog

When you imagine traveling with your pet, you may worry you’ll be stuck in budget accommodation or limited to driving. However, the world is becoming more dog-friendly, and places where you couldn’t usually take pets, are now becoming more accepting of canine companions. Here are some tips to help you travel in style while still keeping your furry friend by your side. 1. Check your airline’s policy Traditionally, traveling with your dog on a plane has meant your poor pooch has to be put in the cargo hold unless you can register them as an emotional support animal. However,...

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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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Seeing Rainbows in Oahu, Hawaii

The island of Oahu should be named the “Rainbow Island,” because every time I visit the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, it’s rains once or twice and rewards its residents and visitors with a colorful rainbow. Like the colors of the rainbow, the diversity of Hilton Hotels in Honolulu and Waikiki Beach offers accommodations for every budget. One of the most iconic luxury vacation destinations is the Rainbow Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach. Set on 22 acres, the beachfront rooms and suites are located near tropical swimming pools, a salt-water lagoon, 20 restaurants and bars and...

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Tourist Hotspots: What Are China, USA And the UK’s Favourite Travel Destinations?

Canada averages 632 air-miles per person in yearly travel, higher than US and UK Mexico receives 35 million American tourists yearly, over a quarter of their own population Andorra most tourist-heavy nation, with 39 tourist visitors for every person A recent study estimated the global expenditure on tourism to be just short of $1.5 trillion, with cheap flights and rising economies broadening the horizons of many. Whether you’re venturing into unknown lands or returning to favoured holiday spots, tourism is an invaluable industry to so many countries. Get Going travel insurance have gone in-depth to look at the most travelled...

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Suite-Life on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner

Walking onboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner before it set sail from Los Angeles, through the Panama Canal to Miami, each guest received a flute of sparkling wine before receiving their suite key card. The Seven Seas Mariner was constructed as the first all-suite, all-balcony ship in 2002. During the summer months, she sails along the coast of Alaska in comfort and style. Other months, she takes guests on longer sailings to some of the most fascinating ports in the world. With over 350 suites, measuring from 301 to 2,002 sq. ft., guests sleep European king-size Slumber Bed with a padded...

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Graveyard of the Great Lakes: Tobermory’s Shipwrecks

“Voyaging begins when one burns one’s boats,  adventures begin with a shipwreck.” ~ Michel Serres Canada’s maritime history is replete with stories of ill-fated schooners, container ships, trawlers, passenger vessels and other craft that have foundered due to nasty squalls, thick fog banks, menacing currents, jagged shoals, human error and a host of other perils. Over the centuries countless lives have been lost, and thousands of storm-battered ships have been violently pulled under into the stygian depths. In reverence to the thousands of shipwrecks entombed on the bottom of Canada’s Great Lakes, mariners have ominously nicknamed this recurrent zone...

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The Re-Imagined InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

There are three ways to arrive to the newly re-opened InterContinental Hayman Island Resort: by helicopter, seaplane or onboard a luxury yacht sipping flutes of sparkling wine, while enjoying light canapés. Fly into Sydney Airport and connect to Hamilton Island Airport. Each mode of transportation immerses guest in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Whitsundays, part of the Cumberland Islands, located off the coast of Queensland. Guest have a choice of staying in a luxury room, suite or villa located in one of three wings located at the beach, lagoon or pool. One of the most stunning accommodations is the three...

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MAD About Everything–In All the Best Ways

Unlike many designers and architects, Timothy Jung, the creator of MAD Designer Stage, does not have a fixed style and direction in design. As Jung says, “There’s nothing new in this world. To me, the most important thing, is how to use different inspirations, styles, collective unconsciousness, emotions, materials and knowledge from others to weave an unprecedented new tapestry. It is about making irrelevant objects, artifacts, decors coexist in a spatial space in harmony, transcending norms, trend and fashion. We don’t like expected answers! We learn through observations and first-hand experiences with no hypothesis to start with, because they...

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Harvest Wine and Culinary Tour Through Temecula

During Harvest season, winemakers Jon McPherson and Javier Flores wake up before colorful hot air balloons fly right over their grapevines at the boutique Carter Estate Winery and Resort in Temecula Valley. In mid to late September they wake up around 2:30 a.m., when it’s cool and crisp, to select and collect their finest grapes to make their award winning wines. Temecula Valley offers more than 40 boutique to grand estate wineries, 9 different breweries, and some extraordinary artisan restaurants and shops. Located about 22 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the days are warm in the summer and cooler in the...

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Make Travel Matter: Luxury Gold’s Sustainable Journey to Ecuador

Guests help build local infrastructure as part of a WE Village’s development project in Ecuador The fires in the Amazon rain forest are just the latest tragedies in the ongoing destruction of one of Earth’s most vital eco-systems. Luxury Gold, a leader in luxury guided journeys, continues its pledge to make travel matter with the launch in 2020 of a new five-day ME to WE culturally immersive journey extension dedicated to helping preserve Amazonian culture. For this unique journey, Luxury Gold has partnered with social enterprise ME to WE to connect travelers with indigenous communities and the rain forest,...

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Oʻahu, One Island, Many Adventures

Soaring high above Oʻahu, Hawaii from my comfy perch in a Blue Hawaiian helicopter, I marveled at the diversity of the island. From craggy cliffs and mountains to dramatic coastlines, verdant valleys and lush rainforests, this special slice of paradise has it all. And a helicopter ride is one of the best ways to appreciate such vast natural beauty. On a Blue Hawaiian Helicopters O‘ahu Complete Island tour, you’ll experience the full range of landscape, from the turquoise reefs of Waikiki and iconic Diamond Head to pristine Hanauma Bay and white sand Waimanalo Beach. You’ll get to see Mokoli’i...

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