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Morro Bay’s Secret Season Brings Epic Sunsets Perfect for Harvest, Wine and Weddings

Recently named one of the Best Small Towns in CA by Country Living Magazine, Morro Bay is an Instagramers dream, especially in October and November, aka Morro Bay’s Secret Season. With miles of beaches and an unavoidably beautiful 576-foot tall volcanic rock sitting at the front of a bustling harbor of sailboats, kayakers, otters, pelicans and sea lions, Morro Bay is the place to stay this time of year. Morro Bay’s Secret Season also coincides with Central Coast wine harvest found in nearby award-winning wine country. Fall harvest day tours are easily accessible from Morro Bay and many wine touring companies will pick up customers in front of their hotels. In celebration of the...

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Hawaiian Luxury: The Four Seasons Oahu in Ko Olina

Two years ago the JW Marriott in Ko Olina became the Four Seasons Oahu. Set among green lawns and a dramatic coastline with the Waianae Mountains in the background, the Four Seasons connected with designer Mary Philpotts and invested millions of dollars to transform the 17-story property into the most luxurious resort in the area. I had the opportunity to enjoy lunch at the resort’s Waterman Lounge and Bar with Yvonne Hunter, the Director of Public Relations and Joy Goto, with Stryker Weiner & Yokota. Meeting them at a table next to a circular pool, I mentioned how it’s much...

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5 Luxury Hotels in Cape May

A few holidays back, my siblings and I decided to send our parents on trip and we chose the picturesque Victorian town of Cape May, New Jersey. Researching this Garden State destination was my first introduction to this idyllic seaside town and I’ve been sharing this little gem with friends ever since. I spent several weeks up and down the Jersey Shore some summers ago and cannot wait to make my way back! There is something unique about Jersey beaches that just leaves you wanting more. Cape May is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a...

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The Most Luxurious Rooms in Mazatlán

Mazatlán, the “Pearl of the Pacific,” long known for its endless beaches, deep sea fishing and mass-market accommodation now offers secluded luxury quarters. Sumptuous rooms may be hidden away in modernized historic landmarks or secreted to the top of 15-storey towers, positioned for memorable Mexican sunsets. With a little insider knowledge, those who prefer to be outside the limelight yet demand luxurious lodgings can be satiated. While some with a penchant for luxury come for the Angela Peralta Theater’s internationally acclaimed opera and theater, all will come back for Mazatlan’s smiling, topnotch service and charming vibe. Casa Lucila Boutique...

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A Lake District Winter Birdwatching Guide

Article and infographic republished with permission, originally published at http://www.craigmanor.co.uk/. We are lucky enough to have many birdwatchers stay with us at Craig Manor. So, this winter we decided to put together this guide to some of the best birdwatching spots in the Lake District. We start at Winderemere, which isn’t far from Craig Manor and is a great place to see birds all year round. Wintering Goldeneye join Great Crested Grebes and Red-Breasted Merganser’s on the lake. In fact, the number of waterfowl on Lake Windermere doubles over the winter. Dramatic Haweswater Nature Reserve is a fantastic place...

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Tallest Skyscraper West of the Mississippi in Los Angeles

Sitting in a booth eating sushi at the Sora restaurant located on the 69th floor of the Wilshire Grand, I commented to my friend about the magnificent views of Los Angeles. Located inside the newly opened Wilshire Grand, this upscale, world-class and state-of-the-art 73-story high-rise, offers multiple dining options in the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Inside the office building is the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles, with 889 guest rooms on the 31st to 68th floors. Everywhere you look are million-dollar views. The lobby on the first floor is not the registration area for the hotel; instead hotel...

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The Most Luxurious Rental in Los Angeles

Oh the parties you will have at the sprawling four-bedroom, ten-bathroom penthouse that sits atop downtown Los Angeles’ luxury LEVEL high-rise on the 34th and 35th floors. Professionally designed by Robert Bailey, you and your guests will gaze out the 13-ft floor to ceiling windows offering 360-degree views of Los Angeles and beyond. From the minute you exit the security elevator on the 34th floor into the elegant entry, one notices the opulent natural limestone flooring that continues through the kitchen, living and dining areas, as well as outdoor terraces. Warm woods include walnut, ash, and oak. The expansive window walls...

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Exploring the Enchanting Channel Islands from Oxnard

Touring the Presidential Suite at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort in Oxnard,  I admired the 1,600 sq. ft. space that includes a spacious master bedroom complete with a king-size bed and balcony looking out to the Pacific Ocean. There is an adjoining bathroom with a large inviting whirlpool soaking tub. The second bedroom features two queen-size beds and a full bathroom with walk-in shower. The grand living room and dining area have another balcony looking out to the picturesque Channel Islands. Appreciating the views, I wanted to learn more about the Channel Islands chain that runs from...

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Fun Halloween Treats at Disney’s California Adventure

Now that it’s autumn, Disney has decorated their parks with happy haunting decor, selling devilishly divine treats to enhance their guests’ experiences. Get your Park Hopper ticket to experience All Hallows’ Eve Celebration at both Disney theme parks in Southern California: Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure until Oct. 31, 2017. During Halloween Time, stroll through the stores, restaurants and visit the food carts for creative themed treats that are only offered once a year. Here’s some of my favorite treats: Throughout both parks guests can purchase a souvenir Poison Apple stein drink with a choice of fresh grapes or...

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Mountains, Monasteries and More in the Mystical ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’

A revered lama and leading astrologer, Master Wengdi of the Paga Monastery in Bhutan, told me that I’m a fire monkey, born under a metal sign that imbues me with confidence and energy. Driven to success, I often gravitate towards leadership roles where I can exercise control and call upon my ability to draw people to me. But, I can be competitive and stubborn (true), allowing my strong will and needs to overwhelm me, sometimes making decisions based on emotion and not logic (also true). To help balance the forces within me, Master Wengdi recommended that I practice patience...

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Staying in a Mansion in Cusco, Peru

Just two blocks from Cusco, Peru’s historic Plaza de Armas is a 16th century mansion that once belonged to the city’s mayor, Don Domingo de Artaza, from 1573-74. Built in the colonial architectural style, the estate was the essence of luxury and comfort. His granddaughter sold the home in 1618 to Alonso Perez de Villarejo, a priest from the Cusco Cathedral. In 1980 the mansion became a National Historical Heritage site, and now the Aranwa Boutique Hotel chain runs the property. While maintaining the integrity of the structure, they also take care of numerous museum pieces, including historic paintings,...

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