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Post Ranch Inn: Staying Small in Big Sur

There are very few properties you stay at in life where you don’t want to leave, where time stands still, your soul is settled, and all seems right with the world. Post Ranch Inn, located on the stunning Big Sur coastline in California, is just one of those places. Post Ranch Inn is as close to heaven as you can reach, almost literally. Perched 1,200 feet above the ocean and straddling a mountain ridge providing views to the Pacific on one side and the Santa Lucia Mountains on the other, the exclusive 39 rooms are an oasis from the...

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Luxe Layovers: PHX

Remember the days when the thought of an airport layover brought shudders and a sense of dread? Today’s airports are breaking out of that mold—and breaking all the old rules—to offer bespoke services to modern travelers. From luxury lounges, modern spas and art museums to wine bars, gourmet restaurants and markets filled with fresh produce, airports around the world are revolutionizing the travel experience. Discover a new place each month for your next luxe layover. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: PHX Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport started out in the 1930s with a single runway. Back then, PHX was...

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Techie Trek To Palo Alto

Silicon Valley is the hub for business on the West Coast, so it’s no surprise that travel to the area is booming.  While much business travel is pretty mundane, it doesn’t have to be.  When you want to add a little pizzazz to your trip, Palo Alto is the place to do it. In the heart of the action, Palo Alto is the ideal hub, whether your business takes you to LinkedIn, Google, Facebook or the thousands of tech companies that dot the San Francisco hills. While most business travelers are members of a car rental company’s frequent renter...

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Beer Town USA Goes Upscale

Milwaukee — It’s long held the reputation as Beer Town, and today, even though the city shines with a Calatrava art museum, funky converted warehouse districts, trendy restaurants and chic boutiques, beer still is an iconic part of the city for travelers. Just as the beer culture has changed from Milwaukee’s Best to craft brews like Lakeshore and Sprecher, the hotel scene has morphed from Holiday Inn to independent, boutique properties like the Brewhouse Inn & Suites. And yes, this year and a half old hotel is in the old Pabst Brewery.  How’s that for getting your beer in a...

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Pebble Beach Concours Weekend: An Intoxicating Symphony For The Senses

Story by Katianna Hasbrouck with Maralyn D. Hill, Photographs by Katianna Hasbrouck and B. Wiley‎ The 64th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was held the third  weekend in August.  This is no ordinary weekend. From the time you hop on California’s Highway 101 headed towards Monterey, the excitement is tangible. There is something different in the air.   An Aston Martin careens by, then another and another, followed by a McLaren! Chasing each other with fluid grace, taking corners with the smoothest of ease, these vehicles in their wakes generate great fun for followers. Taking Route 68 into town can take the momentum away, as one comes...

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Five Picks For Fall And Winter Travel

For those located in the Northern Hemisphere, fall is upon us and winter will be here before we know it. Whether you embrace turning of the leaves and eagerly anticipate fresh powder or yearn to shed woolen layers and feel the warmth of the sun, Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, owner of Passepartout Homes, has ideas for your fall and winter travel plans. With luxury properties on four continents, Paola’s options are seemingly limitless, but somehow she managed to choose her top five picks for fall and winter travel. Cambodia Tucked in between Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, Cambodia is...

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Santa Barbara’s Four Seasons Hotel: Every Season Counts

There are few places that feel destined to be exactly where they are – the Four Seasons in Santa Barbara is one of them. Situated just yards from Montecito’s dog-friendly Butterfly Beach, with consummate views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands lining the horizon, the Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore, Santa Barbara (its lengthy official title) is classic Santa Barbara. Built in 1927, the original coffered ceilings and saltillo floor tile in the lobby reflect the Spanish Colonial Revival design that was all the rage in the later 1920s. Period furnishings (some from the original property, some...

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Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries

Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries: A Life-Changing Experience A delectable way to discover Crete and its distinctive cuisine is by participating in one of the finest programs offered for food-culture enthusiasts and students alike: Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries (CCS). CCS offers a variety of annual seminars on Cretan cuisine and culture, conducted in Crete’s rural communities, at historic sites, and on organic farms in mountain regions not usually visited by tourists. These seminars are unique not only on Crete, but in the international culinary scene because of their intensity of purpose.   CCS was founded in 1997 by Nikki Rose, a Greek American...

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Breaking The Hotel Mold In Delft

There’s a spot in my traveling heart that loves quirky finds. Don’t get me wrong, just about every destination has must-sees that visitors will plan their days around, but sometimes it’s the kooky finds that bring an unexpected smile to your face. Case in point, Delft– about a half-hour’s drive from Amsterdam, this quiet spot oozes Dutch charm. With bikes and canals at every turn, it’s easy to come home with hundreds of pictures. Delft is where Johannes Vermeer spent his life painting. It’s where Delft Blue pottery has been produced by hand since the 17th century and where...

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Private Shopping In Buenos Aires

When thinking of Buenos Aires, Argentina, thoughts of the tango, Parisian-style architecture, polo and prime beef come to mind. But if you visit the capital of Argentina without an empty suitcase and an abundance of US dollars, I can promise you’ll leave with a pang of regret. Not only is Buenos Aires an outstanding shopping city, but thanks to a favorable exchange rate, especially with the blue dollar rate, visitors can leave with incredible deals on fine, handcrafted Argentine products. From custom leather items to jewelry to home goods, Buenos Aires is a treasure trove for even the most...

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Discover Canada’s Unknown Gem: The Gaspé Peninsula

As a travel writer, I’m thrilled when I discover a hidden gem – a lesser known destination where tourists can immerse themselves in an authentic experience. In fact, I feel compelled to share such a find. However, I write with trepidation because exposing the location can bring more visitors. If the destination then becomes crowded and commercialized, the experience loses what was real and special in the beginning. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to Canada’s Gaspé Peninsula, because it is a stunning jewel.  To find the hidden gem, head north toward a mountainous strip of land, including an extension of...

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Our Puerta Privada Experience, An Incentive To Remember

Our one night incentive at the Omni Scottsdale Resort was more than expected. Arizona is noted for its Mexican/Spanish heritage. This Omni Resort goes even further by adding a Moorish-inspired touch of Andalusia, Spain. For Omni Montelucia, located at the base of Camelback Mountain, the phrase “Montelucia,” translating approximately to “mountain light,” was appropriate.We checked in early afternoon to enjoy the property before our Puerta Privada Experience. Our anticipation had been building, as we were contacted ahead of time to see our preferences on massage therapists and then came a call from Chef Tom. He wanted to check the...

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