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Haunted Ozarks at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs

The mountainous, quirky little town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas is full of surprises, but one of the most startling is the presence of supernatural visitors. Eureka Springs is home to one of the most haunted hotels in the United States: The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa. I personally find ghosts and their stories endlessly fascinating, so I knew I would have to go by and see the hotel for myself. The Crescent has a long and unique history. Originally built in 1886 as a luxury resort for wealthy and famous guests, it quickly became too much to manage and...

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Pali Wine Tasting Room in Santa Barbara

Walking along The Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara into the Funk Zone, you soon come upon 10 blocks filled with an eclectic mix of galleries, shops, restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Converted warehouses are decked out as wine tasting rooms for local wineries in the Santa Barbara County and Central California. We stopped inside the Pali Wine Co., which is located just two blocks from the ocean and Santa Barbara train station.   Once inside, we selected two tasting flights of five wines each, the Pali Wine Taste and Tower 15. Tim Perr and Scott Knight co-founded Pali Wine...

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Time to Get Away: 5 Unique Luxury Vacations You Need to Try

Ready to get away from it all and go somewhere off the beaten path? Here are five of the most luxurious unique vacations every travel enthusiast needs to try. Are you ready for a vacation? Are you beyond ready and need a vacation to reboot and relax. Forget about those cookie-cutter vacations that have you traveling with the masses. They leave you more exhausted than when you left. Instead, consider one of these unique vacations full of luxury, charm, and memory-making. Pack your bags and get ready for the luxury vacation of a lifetime. The only question is how...

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Photo Essay: Luxurious Desert Getaway at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

All photography ©Dale Sanders 2019, article written by Christine Sallas   Relax and Recharge If you’re looking for a luxurious escape that truly connects you back to mother nature, look no further than the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Located in the Sonoran Desert near Pinnacle Peak, this western, adobe style property blends in perfectly with the beautiful mountains and desert of the surrounding landscape. Rooms in the resort are spread out across Southwestern style casitas, all with stunning views of the desert and the unique formations of Pinnacle Peak. You can enjoy Scottsdale’s 330 days of...

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Santa Barbara’s Newest Elegant Hideaway

There’s a new boutique bed and breakfast for discerning travelers, blending “old world” charm with “new world” comfort at Hideaway Santa Barbara. Located in the West Beach area on Montecito Street, it recently opened in June, 2019. The Kirkwood Collection, known for their special destinations in San Luis Obispo, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, recently acquired a 1908 California craftsman with a carriage house under a canopy of trees, which they later converted into nine unique guest rooms, some with fireplaces and sitting areas. Founder and president Alex Kirkwood is excited about this new property. “We are delighted to present Hideaway...

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River Cruise Showcases Chicago’s Gems

Ah, Chicago! Famous for its colorful history, vibrant culture, sports teams, food and yes, climate, this Midwest hub is a magnet for visitors. They come to tour its venerable museums, take in a show at one of the many renowned theaters and performance venues, cheer on the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Bears, munch on a slice of Chicago style deep dish pizza, shop till they drop on the Magnificent Mile and stroll along picturesque Lake Michigan (unless it’s mid-winter when Mother Nature does its best to live up to the town’s nickname, “The Windy City!”). Chicago is also...

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Top Vacation Trends of 2019 You Never Expected for the Luxurious Traveler

Summer is already here and vacations have gone into full effect. Whether your idea of a vacation is spending a week on the white sands of Greece or a quiet retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains, your vacation is what you make of it. Sure, you may encounter some travel issues along the way but you have to choose to not let it ruin the entire vacation for you. Now, when it comes to vacationing, you have the typical vacationers who are just happy to be on vacation period, regardless of whether or not they have the fancy upgrades....

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The Ultimate Jet Setter: 5 Luxury Adventure Travel Destinations to Visit in 2019

Are you ready to make 2019 your most fun and exciting year ever? Then it’s time to add these amazing luxury adventure travel destinations to your plans. A luxury lifestyle means that you can literally take pleasure where you find it. Throw in a spirit of adventure and the places you can visit are the stuff of most people’s dreams. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Here are the destinations you should add to your luxury adventure travel bucket list. The Galapolos Islands These islands make up a volcanic province in the Pacific. They’re part of Ecuador, lying around six hundred miles off...

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Irish Tourism Boosts River Shannon Barging Industry

European Waterways’ Unique Irish Cruise is Buoyed by Ireland’s Record-Breaking Tourism Numbers Ireland is on track to welcome a record number of visitors for 2019, according to the country’s Central Statistics Office (CSO).  Among the beneficiaries of this tourism boom is European Waterways.  The company’s one-of-a-kind hotel barge cruise on the River Shannon aboard the Shannon Princess has already sold out all of its cabins for 2019 and more than 50% for 2020. A big part of the cruise’s attraction is an itinerary that offers a “deep dive” into Irish history, culture, and gastronomic offerings.  Its excursions include tours of magnificent estates,...

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The Charming Gables Inn Sausalito

There are two ways to get to historic hotel The Gables Inn in Sausalito: one by car and two by sea. Built in 1869, the selection of rooms in the boutique bed and breakfast include a king-size bed, fireplace, sitting area, large whirlpool bathtub, and outdoor terrace with unobstructed views of the sparkling blue bay to San Francisco city. Located on Princess Street, it was the first hotel built in the Sausalito hills. Wine and cheese is served daily during social hour at 5:30 p.m. A light breakfast buffet is served every morning starting at 8 a.m. For those...

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The Heart of Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam is one of my favorite cities. Originally colonized by the French, Hanoi’s landscaping and architecture reflects a strong Parisian influence. Historic landmarks, such as the Hanoi Opera House and the St. Joseph’s Cathedral, highlight Hanoi’s exquisite blend of Parisian and Vietnamese culture. Vespas and motor scooters take up the streets. In addition, small tables and chairs are inside and outside the restaurants, where people enjoy the famous Vietnamese coffee and pho. Our Airbnb apartment was located in the heart of Hanoi, and there, we were fully immersed in the culture of the Vietnamese people. Our first morning,...

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