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Feliz Navidad From Isla Cozumel

Celebrating Christmas in the tropics promised to be a grand family adventure with no snow, no tree, no turkey, no stuffing and zero stress. During the traditional season of gift giving, Cozumel was the present we gave to ourselves! Cozumel’s Tormentos Reef “That was one of the best dives I’ve ever done!”, Kathryn proclaimed after surfacing at Cozumel’s Tormentos Reef. Comprised of coral pinnacles towering approximately 20 to 30 feet high and interspersed with wide, sandy areas. The colorful coral heads are adorned with purple and orange sponges, brain and whip corals. Tormentos is a veritable ocean garden where...

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Yountville’s Fascinating Art Walk

For the past eight years the town of Yountville in the Napa Valley wine country, has displayed an exquisite outdoor art collection by local and U.S. artists. Over 30 colorful pieces of art enhance Washington Street, strategically placed along the one main street. Some are in front of trendy restaurants, others near luxury hotels and charming inns, wine tasting rooms, a spa and a museum. Gordon Huether partnered with Yountville Arts to create the Yountville Art Walk. With his guidance and willingness to lend four sculptures, the Yountville Art Wall was born. Tourist can pick up an Art Walk map at...

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The Trendy Duniway Hotel Portland

What makes The Duniway Portland, a Hilton Hotel special is their friendly and thoughtful staff, especially Concierge Extraordinaire John Conway. Stepping into the warm, eclectic, living-room style lobby, one admires the trendy furniture and tchotchkes on the wall behind the reservation desk. There is a glass-encased Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the Ghostbusters franchise, an iconic camera, and a record player with a stack of vinyl records to play. Curated books from the largest independent book store Powell’s are on display. Conway is usually one of the first people to welcome guests. He stands near nostalgic items that include an old typewriter,...

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Ditch The Cold and Spend NYE in Cancun at NIZUC Resort & Spa

Who wouldn’t want to ring in the New Year in a tropical paradise at one of Cancun’s most luxurious resorts? NIZUC Resort & Spa will be hosting an incredible New Year’s Eve bash under the stars that is perfect for guests looking to celebrate with that special someone, friends or family.  This year, guests will say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 with an exclusive dinner on NIZUC beach, complete with live cooking stations led by Executive Chef Sylvain Desbois and his team from the resort’s top restaurants. Revelers will enjoy a variety of drinks and NIZUC margaritas as they dance the night away to live band and DJ performances. To...

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Inspirato and Lumière provides luxury residences, high-touch service, and incredible ski access in Telluride

The Lumière Hotel in Telluride is getting a facelift this season—and a new name. Lumière with Inspirato is a new collaboration between the award-winning property and the leading luxury hospitality company known for the highest standards in residential vacations. All Lumière with Inspirato guests will enjoy the pinnacle of first-class service that both brands deliver, with special benefits for Inspirato club members. With an unbeatable ski-in, ski-out location in the heart of Telluride’s Mountain Village, Lumière with Inspirato offers a boutique collection of one- to five-bedroom residences that meet the high standards of all Inspirato properties, designed with the discerning traveler in mind. Guests...

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Pacha Mamas

As Virtuoso Travel Consultant, Speaker, and International Event Planner & Fundraising Specialist, I have had the privilege of travelling to some of the most magical and mystical places around the globe. Each has its own beauty, charm and spirit. When I plan any trip for my clients I use my own experiences and global connections to create memorable and unique itineraries. Through my years of travel, I have seen some awe inspiring scenery and met interesting people, however, some trips remain with me longer and touch me deeper than others. My recent journey throughout South America has proven to...

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Island Time, Ohio style

Most people, even residents of the Midwest, are incredulous when they hear there are islands in Ohio, I was born and raised in Chicago and I’m embarrassed to admit I knew nothing of their existence. I had to look at a map for proof, but it wasn’t until I actually visited the area that my doubts were dispelled. Known as the Lake Erie Islands, these bodies of land are clustered together in the lake’s western basin, north of Ohio’s mainland. Easily accessible from the metropolitan centers of Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo, they’re regarded as the Jersey Shores of the...

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Arrival of 35-foot Fraser fir signals the start of Christmas at Biltmore

A towering 35-foot Fraser fir tree arrived at America’s Largest Home this week, the finishing touch after weeks of decorating Biltmore House for the holidays. Christmas at Biltmore, the estate’s annual holiday celebration, formally begins Saturday, Nov. 3 and runs through Jan. 6, 2019. The 35-foot Banquet Hall tree is Christmas at Biltmore’s star attraction each year. Santa rode aboard a horse-drawn carriage to usher the tree to the front door of Biltmore House. It took more than 40 staff members to hoist the tree onto their shoulders and carry it into the Banquet Hall, where a system of ropes secured the tree in place....

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SHARE by Curtis Stone on Princess Cruises

Walking on-board the Emerald Princess, I admired the 19 deck cruise ship with almost 900 glass balconies attached the 1,539 guest rooms. What makes this ship extra special is Executive Chef Curtis Stone’s fine dining restaurant SHARE. It’s featured on only three Princess Cruises ships, to provide passengers an celebrity chef culinary experience while at sea. Chef Curtis Stone creates an inviting dining room with walls of glass windows for ocean view dining in an opulent setting. Inside a private dining room are photos of Stone and memorabilia, including his first recipe Orange Cake that he wrote out in...

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Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Ups the Luxury Ante

A Star is Reborn It may take nine months to have a baby, but the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore took a full 12 months to birth their new look of luxury. Nowhere is it better showcased than in The Suite Collection. Perhaps rebirth is a more fitting description since it was the same interior design team of Hirsch Bedner Associates as they were responsible for the original interior in 1994! Their brand-new colour palette draws its inspiration from the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and close to the hotel. Four Seasons Hotel Singapore unveils luxury themed...

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Brexit and the Big 5: e-passports for UK Entry in 2019

Countries that will be able to use e-passports for UK Entry in 2019 If you have been frustrated by the notoriously long passport lines at London’s Heathrow Airport, which the last time we went through there, took almost three hours, you might want to start planning your visit after April 2019 — provided you’re from one of five countries. “We’ll open the use of e-passport gates at Heathrow and other airports, currently only available to EEA nationals, to include visitors from the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan,” UK Finance Minister Hammond proclaimed in a speech. What is the...

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Luxury Thanksgiving Travel Experiences

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The smell of dried leaves in the crisp fall air, it’s finally boot and sweater season and the fall color palette just makes you feel warm inside. It’s the official kick-off to the holiday season and it means time spent with family and friends. Growing up there were three Thanksgiving celebration options. First, our family would come to my parents house and my mom would cook. Second option we would go to my grandparents house or third we would travel to Floral Park, New York and celebrate at my aunt and uncle’s. The third...

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