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Crystal Sails Into Asia

Combining the incredible luxury of Crystal Cruises’ impeccable service, superb dining and enrichment experiences of all kinds – with Asia is a recipe for enchantment. The Crystal Experience has been rated World’s Best more than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history, and there’s a reason for that. From the outstanding appointments in staterooms and suites to the near telepathic, warm service, Crystal provides stimulation and cosseting in such measure that it’s a very hard act to follow. The line is substantially expanding its presence in Asia next year, bringing both the 922-passenger Crystal Symphony and the...

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Too-cool-for-school Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee

  Milwaukee’s  re-purposed 100 year old mattress factory is knocking them dead ever since its transformation out of the Industrial era into an urban, luxury hotel. At first glance the  Iron Horse Hotel, in Milwaukee’s happenin’ Fifth Ward nabe (just a short walk from the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum) makes you think it’s going to be too-cool-for-school, but it manages to stop just short and surprise you by being all about warm, friendly hospitality and cozy comfort. This uber-trendy, loft-styled boutique hotel manages to pull off an industrial chic, bad-boy biker vibe (complete with iron chandeliers fashioned from motorcycle...

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Cooking With The Cannibals

Meet Lance Seeto. He has become one of the most influential chefs not just for his food; but for his inspirational lessons of life, humanity and diet he has learned from an ancient civilization. The message he brings back from the descendants of one of the oldest but now extinct human species on the planet is clear – why is humankind so unhappy and sick? What is the meaning of life? And are the foods we eat everyday slowly leading us to a lifetime of disease? From the perspective of an entire native people, when it comes to humanity;...

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Four Seasons Elk Chili From the Handle Bar

While visiting Jackson Hole, we wanted to spend a night on the mountain. Since the Four Seasons had just been awarded the best ski resort, it made sense to check this hotel out and we’re pleased that we did. We decided to eat at the Handle Bar, a lively establishment that is a favorite in Jackson Hole. This American pub is certainly more elegant that most pubs we’ve visited, but just as inviting and comfortable. Looking out at the Grand Tetons was magnificent. The Handle Bar is known for a wide selection of American and International beers, whiskeys and...

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Executive Chef Patrick Turcot of Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu and His Menu

Visiting Quebec is always a pleasure for us. This time, our excitement increased as we ventured further east to Charlevoix and Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu. Both my husband and I enjoy all varieties of luxury hotels. However, the charm of a classic establishment can provide such a feeling a comfort- especially when it has maintained its charm and added modern conveniences. Our group of twenty arrived late afternoon. After a chance to rest and refresh, we joined Executive Chef Patrick Turcot for champagne and then dinner in Le Charlevoix Restaurant, with its view of the St. Lawrence River. Chef...

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Two Nights in the Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone

A visit to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming was a lifelong dream and last fall I finally I got my chance. During my end of September trek, the sky was unfortunately laden with gray clouds as the first snowfall was expected. But snowy skies would not damped my spirits; I had entered the hallowed gates of Yellowstone — the 2.2 million acre gem that shines with incredible landscape diversity. I drove along with a mixture of goose bumps and glee. Driving within the park proceeds slowly. Backups occur whenever a large animal appears. Drivers simply stop in the middle...

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Go to Kutna Hora and Czech Republic

“Go to Prague and Czech Republic” discovered the food, local sites, and fine hotels in the capital city of the Czech Republic. The stay at Prague got everyone on the local clock, plus we had a fascinating day trip to Melnik and the Lobkowitz Castle with its antique furnishings, restaurant luncheon of wild boar with dumplings, and wine tasting. This current article continues the adventure, transitioning through Kutna Hora and on to Brno in the southern part of the country. Kutna Hora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the filming location of numerous motion pictures. Its St....

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Perfect Antidote to Seattle’s Winter Grey Palette, New Chihuly Garden and Glass

As soon as I entered the exhibition I thought that this is exactly how Alice must have felt after she tumbled down the rabbit hole into a fantasy world. This one is populated with surreal, kaleidoscope-colored glass creations ranging in size from minute, gem-like balls to a 1,340-piece, 100-foot long sculpture, hovering high overhead in the “Glass House”, inspired by Dale Chihuly’s two favorite buildings, Paris’ Sainte-Chapelle and London’s Crystal Palace. Done in vibrant shades of orange, yellow and red, it offers a warm sunrise/sunset glass-framed view of the Space Needle towering behind the building. As you meander through...

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New Zealand: Wellington and Beyond

  While I can’t prove this statistically, I’ve read that a trip to New Zealand is high on many bucket lists. And so it should be. First you have its capital city, Wellington, which Lonely Planet called the coolest little capital in the world. And so it is. Located on the southernmost part of New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington is a cultural hub with impressive museums, a lively music scene and, according to some estimates, more cafes and bars and restaurants per capita than New York City, the place where I lived most of my adult life. Yet during...

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Oh la la, Cal-a-Vie Spa Brings Pampering and Provence to Southern California

When it comes to five star destination spas it’s hard to really rank them:  they all offer gorgeous accommodations, great treatments, fitness and healthy food.  What it really comes down to is a certain je ne sais quoi that is highly personal. Arriving at Cal-a-Vie, a destination spa nestled 40 minutes north of San Diego, I feel like I’m pulling up to a friend’s massive French Country estate (If my friends owned 200 acre properties in Provence!)  The architecture and manicured grounds are stunning, and the result is an instant feeling of relaxation. There is no real check-in process...

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Amazon Luxury Yacht Fishing Expedition

By Larry Larsen Few travelers have heard of the Rio Negro, which flows southeast a short distance along the Venezuela and Colombia border and then winds its way through the Brazilian state of Amazonas; it meets up with the also little-know Rio Solimoes to form the mighty and renown Amazon River. What many people don’t realize is that both rivers are larger than the Mississippi. Their conjunction is near Manaus, the gateway city to the Amazon Basin, about the same size as Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S. Despite the sizes of the rivers – the basin...

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Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)—A Unique Phoenix Treasure

The MIM is a Phoenix museum featuring a host of musical instruments from all over the world. Opened in 2010, Robert J. Ulrich, former CEO of Target, the retailing giant, founded it with assistance from his friend Marc Felix. They were inspired by visiting a museum of the same name in Brussels, Belgium. Total costs to date to complete and stock the Museum have totaled hundreds of millions. MIM’s  mission statement is: “The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches the world by collecting, preserving, and making accessible a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in...

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