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Vienna’s Ringstrasse Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Vienna’s Ringstrasse celebrates its 150th anniversary by hosting events throughout 2015. From military grounds to showpiece boulevard: Vienna’s Ringstrasse celebrates the 150th anniversary of its opening in 2015. The largest construction project in Vienna’s history marked the capital’s transformation from an imperial capital to a truly European metropolis. Throughout the year the Ringstrasse provides the backdrop for a diverse range of large-scale events that play out in the buildings lining the boulevard and its squares and parks. Cultural highlights include the world-famous New Year’s Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Musikverein, the Music Film Festival on Rathausplatz...

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Pop Up Picnic San Diego Does Date Night Right

If you’re looking to up the ante on date night romance or turn an ordinary date into an extraordinary and memorable one, look no further than Pop Up Picnic. This company creates turnkey, one-of-a-kind experiences that are as elegant and imaginative as they are convenient and affordable. Conceived by Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals & Design, Pop Up Picnic proffers an instant date replete with everything needed for a dreamy, vintage-themed daytime or sunset picnic for two. You simply choose the date, time and location and let Pop Up Picnic handle the rest—the food, beverages, accoutrements and ambiance—for an al...

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Vienna Introduces New Restaurants for 2015 Restaurant Week

Vienna introduces new restaurants for 2015 restaurant week. A new restaurant for a top chef, a crossover store for a luxury sparkling wine brand and high-end patisserie, a bastion of traditional Viennese dining culture – and that’s just for starters. There’s never a dull moment on the Austrian capital’s restaurant scene. One of Austria’s best chefs launched his own restaurant in January 2015. Christian Petz, whose career highlights include cooking up a storm as chef de cuisine at the Meinl am Graben restaurant, helping the Palais Coburg Wien on its way to a Michelin star and providing the creative...

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Expansion Persists for ‘Soothe’ Mobile Massage-On-Demand

We’ve all had them. Those days that start off perfectly fine and then take a hard left turn onto the stress superhighway.  On these rough days in particular, there’s nothing like a relaxing massage to calm your nerves and alleviate anxiety. But, all too often we don’t know in advance we’re going to have a “bad day” and, thus, didn’t have the foresight to make a therapeutic massage appointment at the spa, which is surely booked solid weeks in advance. Indeed, unless you’d thought to book an appointment well ahead of time, that post-workday or workout massage is going...

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Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Hosts Third Annual Cheese & Wine Festival

The Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort will be hosting its third annual Cheese & Wine Festival in Los Cabos, Mexico on March 7th. After the destruction of Hurricane Odile this past September, the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort is celebrating the rebirth of Los Cabos with the return of its third annual charitable Cheese & Wine Festival. On Saturday March 7, 2015 beginning at 6:00 p.m., locals and tourists alike will come together to indulge in wine, bread and cheese from 10 of the industry’s best cheese and wine vendors. “As Los Cabos continues to rebuild from the hurricane, it is important for us to help bring fun, light-hearted experiences back to the community for both locals and visitors to enjoy,” said Renato Mendonca, General Manager of the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. “With the Sheraton being the only resort in the area with two five star diamond award-winning fine dining restaurants, we pride ourselves in bringing one-of-a-kind culinary experiences to Cabo. And similar to previous events, our Cheese & Wine Festival will benefit a local charity, Sarahuaro AC Foundation, which provides women and children with workshops focused on community action and building self-esteem.” The Sheraton Hacienda del Mar emphasizes creating events in the best interest of the local community all while providing guests with extraordinary culinary experiences. The resort strongly pushes programs that encourage...

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Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Wine Auction 2015 Nets $1.8 Million

***POST-EVENT ALERT & PHOTOS*** LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO’S WINE AUCTION 2015 NETS $1.8 MILLION The Triennial Event Contributes to Remarkable $4.5 Million Raised over the Past Three Months by The Women’s Board of Lyric Opera. WHO: The evening’s guest list welcomed Chicago’s philanthropic elite, including:Erica and Jim Sandner, Marilynn and Carl Thoma, Shirley and Patrick Ryan, Kim and Miles White, Nancy Searle, Christina and Ronald Gidwitz, Caryn and King Harris, Cathy and William Osborn, Tina and Byron Trott, Stephen Kaplan and Alyce Sigler, Nancy and Scott Santi, Alex and John Nichols, Lindy and Michael Keiser, Alpana Singh, Peter and...

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The Langham’s Chuan Spa & Health Club

Wellness-focused spa earns prestigious award from renowned luxury travel resource. Chuan Spa & Health Club (330 N. Wabash), located in The Langham, Chicago, announced it has received a Five-Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide. The wellness-focused destination, seamlessly integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies and treatments, is the only spa in Chicago to receive this prestigious status, as showcased on ForbesTravelGuide.com. Chuan Spa is the latest addition to the luxury travel ratings that have been the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958.  “We are thrilled to receive the top ranking—the first in the state of Illinois and in...

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Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate

Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate The Biltmore is the essence of luxury. They have announced their newest lodging offering – Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate and will begin accepting reservations starting March 2, 2015, for stays beginning Dec. 1, 2015.* Village Hotel joins the Inn on Biltmore Estate to provide a range of options for guests who want to stay overnight on the estate. Village Hotel will be centrally located in Antler Hill Village, a convenient home base steps away from shopping, dining, the Winery, live music and outdoor activities. It offers a casual and inviting atmosphere, inspired by the eclectic...

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Palace Resorts $40,000 Wedding Contest

Palace Resorts $40,000 Wedding Contest Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest days for engagements, after the holiday season. If you’re a recently engaged bride-to-be, Palace Resorts has a wedding contest running through February 27, 2015. The value of the wedding package is $40,000! Palace Resorts has partnered with Weddings by Funjet on the Royal Wedding contest where the winners will win their dream wedding, valued at more than $40,000, at the brand’s signature property, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. It’s over the top and fabulous in every sense of the word – photos, flights for up to 8...

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Oxford Capital Group, LLC Announces Plans to Open “LondonHouse”

Oxford Capital Group, LLC Announces Plans to open “LondonHouse” The London Guarantee Building is among the highest profile properties in the city of Chicago. Oxford Capital Group, LLC has just announced plans to open “LondonHouse” at the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive in the spring of 2016. This latest lifestyle hotel development from Oxford Capital Group, LLC will feature a 452-room hotel within the historic Alfred S. Alschuler-designed London Guarantee & Accident Building, blended with a new 22-story architecturally synchronized Modernist glass tower designed by Chicago’s Goettsch Partners. Built on the site of Fort Dearborn in 1923, the...

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Wine and Chocolate Pairing Tips from Wine Spectator

Owen Dugan, features editor at Wine Spectator recently published the article “Matched” in the February 2015 issue. He breaks down the complexities of pairing wine and chocolate, into five simple tasting guidelines. This Valentine’s Day, explore the dimensions and experience, the right blend of wine and chocolate with your special someone. TASTING GUIDELINES There are few hard rules in matching wine and chocolate, but the following general principles will help focus your aim. • Taste broadly. Don’t limit yourself to the planned. matches; happy matches can come from unexpected, combinations, and the more you taste the sharper your palate...

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ECJ Luxe Collection Opens At Mizner Park, Boca Raton

If you looking for a luxury retailer to fill your needs, ECJ Luxe Collection has just opened at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. They are showcasing everything from exotic cars, timepieces, jewelry, fine art, to over-the-top, posh experiences. ECJ Luxe Collection,  an ultra luxury superstore concept offering rare timepieces, fine diamonds, private aviation, rare super automobiles, collectibles and one-of-a-kind experiences, opened its doors to the public today at its new store in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. This is the third location for the ritzy retailer, with showrooms on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, and in Sunny Isles Beach. The...

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