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San Diego Sea Air Bliss

There’s something about a view of the water that makes life better. We travel all over the world because we enjoy waking up to a view of waves, some choppy, others calm, but always some shade of blue. Some of the most popular cities in the world enjoy a bay view, but none quite like San Diego’s. This sunny SoCal destination may be a military town, but all that might comes complete with a shine that resonates on and off the water. The San Diego waterfront has a number of easily recognizable landmarks. Truth be told, the sheer size...

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Meet Travel Titan Pamela Hurley-Moser

As someone who does a lot of travel research, I couldn’t wait to interview travel titan, Pamela Hurley-Moser… after hearing about her, I knew I had to meet this woman. One of only 120 worldwide representatives qualified to sell Virgin Galactic’s Sub-Orbital Space Flights, Pam focuses on the extraordinary and runs a profitable business at the same time. When others faltered, Pam soared. The best way to share her journey is to share our interview: Maralyn D. Hill: Pam, share a little about yourself and Hurley Travel Experts? Pamela Hurley-Moser: I’ve been in the travel business for twenty-five years,...

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Penthouse Pampering At Wailea Beach Villas

My alarm clock had gone off at 2am. I’d hauled my way up to Haleakalā National Park in search of a spectacular sunrise and found only bone chilling fog. A drenching rain turned my bike ride down the volcano into something more like a sea kayaking expedition on wheels. When I arrived at Wailea Beach Villas, it’s safe to say signs of my rough morning were pretty apparent. It was a couple hours before check-in time, but the pampering began immediately–iced tea, hot tea and an orchid lei. The sun was coming out and it looked like the afternoon...

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The Triton, Micronautix’s Luxury Aircraft Masterpiece

Say Goodbye to First Class and Hello to Panoramic Views and Stellar Accommodations During the golden age of commercial flight in the 1960’s, airline travel was a luxury in itself. Surrounded by beautiful blonde waitresses, well-off clientele dressed professionally and enjoyed top-shelf drinks, plus an experience not offered elsewhere. However, the 2000s have been cruel to the extravagance of commercial airline travel. Instead, we are shoved into sardine-sized cabins next to strangers in sweatpants, our elbows banged by passing carts serving tap water. With the unveiling of the Triton, a luxury aircraft concept designed by Micronautix, a Templeton, California-based...

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Weekend of Wine In Napa

Napa Valley is the quintessential wine country vacation with good reason.  The concentration of quality wineries, bucolic landscapes and amazing hotels and restaurants make it an ideal getaway to relax and recharge. The charming town of Yountville is the epicenter of Napa.  Despite a population of just under 3,000 people, it boasts three Michelin star restaurants including the venerable French Laundry.  With nearly impossible to get reservations, Thomas Keller fans can still experience the chef’s magic at his other establishments in town including Ad hoc, Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery.  The bakery is a perfect breakfast stop, but expect lines...

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Virginia’s Clifton Inn: Southern Charm, History And Luxury

Clifton Inn is a historic Relais & Châteaux hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. Set in picturesque and historic Albemarle County, Clifton Inn is a short drive from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, sitting on land that once belonged to the third U.S. president. Today, you can stay in luxury at the elegantly remodeled Clifton Inn, but history will surround you during your stay. Clifton Inn’s history As you wind up the driveway towards Clifton Inn, it’s easy to see why this is such a treasured location. The stately home, with its wide front porch and tall columns, looks out across the rolling Virginia...

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There’s No Place Like “Home” When You’re Staying At Sri Panwa, Phuket

The minute I stepped out on my private deck, it became crystal clear how Sri Panwa scored, “Hotel with the Best View in the World”- by Beach Tomato – The Best Beach Property Awards (UK). If you’ve always dreamed of a secluded island retreat, but unlike Richard Branson, you can’t afford to buy a private island, here are a few reasons why Sri Panwa will fill in quite nicely: 1. You just can’t take a bad picture here. Located in the most South-Eastern tip of Phuket (a large island in the Andaman Sea- roughly an hour’s flight from Bangkok),...

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Abu Dhabi’s Beauty: Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, UAE

I approached slowly, feeling a gentle pull, as if by a magnetic force. Then, I wanted to stop, cement my feet to the ground, and simply stare. My mouth gaped open, like an opera singer belting an aria, as I tried to comprehend the extreme, yet serene view. Ahead of me lie a bevy of marble domes, four towering minarets, and a thousand jeweled columns rising from delicate inlaid floors. Yet, I had thoughts of Aladdin and magic carpets in my head. My western upbringing slipped back to childhood storybooks. I recalled pictures from the Tales of 1,001 Arabian...

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Art of the Matter

Can you hear it?  That certain hum? It’s on the streets of one particular bohemian city just outside Orlando.  It’s a beat so distinct it permeates the very core of your soul.  And on any given day that’s precisely what you’ll encounter.  That rhythm.  A kind of impromptu melody, that sings within the hearts of visitors and locals alike.  Though it’s not audible to most, it’s there.  It is.  Look closely and you’ll see it for yourself, in the syncopated footsteps, overt skips, and even the over-zealously playful nature of the people strolling down an avenue called Park in...

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A Racing Dream Realized at the Indianapolis 500

Since I was a little girl, I’ve been captivated by cars. Seemingly born with my hands at ten and two, I started driving on dirt roads when I was seven-years old. My first car came at the age of thirteen–a classic, mint condition ’66 Mustang. That’s also the age I discovered my lead foot. A simple turn of the key and the rumble of the 289 V-8 engine left me feeling euphoric. During the late ‘80s there was no Danica Patrick for inspiration, thus my dream of becoming a professional race car driver faded, while more practical occupations took...

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Indy’s Cerulean, A Gourmet Experience

While visiting Indianapolis, we had numerous delightful experiences in the various establishments that have sprung up, focusing on local and organic ingredients. One unexpected and most surprising visit was discovering Cerulean, which is attached to the Alexander Hotel. Upon entering, you pass a birdcage-like room for private parties, which was ideal, being nice and cozy, with walls acting as an attractive acoustical barrier. The rest of Cerulean’s décor was more contemporary and open. New to the Indianapolis scene, Chef Caleb France and his team deserve to be watched and followed. As I explain our meal, you’ll understand a little...

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