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LOUIS XIII Announces Fairmont Le Château Frontenac as the Newest Global Fortress Destination

Luxury French Cognac, LOUIS XIII, is proud to announce Fairmont Le Château Frontenac with the distinguished honor of being named the newest global LOUIS XIII Fortress destination – a highly coveted global designation which is bestowed upon an establishment. As a LOUIS XIII Fortress, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac will become a guardian of LOUIS XIII’s heritage by sharing their legacy, craftsmanship, and dedication to excellence with their patrons. LOUIS XIII Fortresses are given the prestigious opportunity to house LOUIS XIII’s magnum crystal decanter filled with their exquisite blend of up to 1,200 eaux-de-vie sourced 100% from Grande Champagne, the first cru of the Cognac region. The...

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All-Natural DIY Beauty Recipes for Flawless Skin

Fighting premature aging and skin damage is a billion dollar business that has people desperately seeking ways to get youthful-looking skin. After years of research, scientist and beauty expert Sheetal Rawal successfully launched Apsara, her own skincare line of effective anti-aging products. Rawal loves sharing the wisdom she’s learned on how to properly care for your skin. Rawal says that some of the top reasons for premature aging include poor lifestyle, eating habits, stress and not taking care of your skin with the proper products. She recommends the following tips: being mindful of your lifestyle, as well as the foods...

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Cruising Southern France with Viking River Cruises

I read the email aloud to my husband with growing dismay. Staying in Avignon, France, on our own as a prelude to boarding the Viking Delling with Viking River Cruises and cruising the Rhone River for their Portraits of Southern France cruise, we learned that we would not be cruising anywhere anytime soon. River cruising in Europe is one of the most wonderful ways to see the individual countries but, sometimes, when the snow in the Alps is especially deep and melts into the Rhone River in the spring, it means the river is too high for cruising. Because...

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Confirmed Anti-Cruiser Loved Viking River Cruising!

Let’s begin with why I strongly dislike (only because it’s not nice to say HATE) ocean cruises: seasickness; queuing  up with thousands of  peeps who all seem to be vying for the “how-high-can-I-load-my-plate-with-mediocre-food-from-the-buffet-table” award; long, boring days of bobbing around the high seas with nary a speck a land in sight; wasted hours getting  off ship at each port and then having to drive long distances to get to to town-repeat for return to ship, having to fork over additional big bucks for ‘canned’ shore excursions, being reduced to  watching Vegas wanna-be entertainment, etc. Which is why I wasn’t...

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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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Carlous Palmer: Fashion in a Prehistoric Paradise

Fashion designer Carlous Palmer is known for his artistry, but also his advocacy for the environment. For his education, Palmer became the first student to graduate from the Baltimore School for the Arts with a focus in fashion design. Carlous also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and Baltimore City Community College under a full tuition scholarship based on his skills in fashion design and illustration abilities. He has studied under artists like Carole Byard and Joyce Scott. Since then, Carlous Palmer has used his classical artistic talents and environmental sensibilities to create his designs out of...

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A Tour North Up The Seneca Lake Wine Trail

The waiter comes out uneasily, holding no menus or wine, like a messenger on a mission. “Yes sir, we do have Chianti,” whispers Craig, a waiter at Stonecat Café, an acclaimed organic regional restaurant nested in Hector, New York on Seneca Lake of the Finger Lakes. “We just don’t put it on the menu, since we like to feature our local wines.” Stonecat Café has a good reason to focus on homegrown wines. They are located directly on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, which holds 32 wineries close to the east and west sides of the deepest of the...

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The Centre For Well-Being at The Phoenician

While my husband Norm and I spent a few days at The Phoenician, we were fortunate enough to spend an afternoon at The Center for Well-Being (CFWB). It is easy to refer to their use off  “rebirth, rejuvenate, and renewal” in describing the experience, and the sense of well-being that seeps through your body upon entering the building. The CFWB describes itself as a retreat for body, mind and spirit. “According to ancient legend, the mythical phoenix rose from the ashes of its past to be reborn and celebrate renewal. This power of transformation, whether of the body, spirit...

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Rancho La Puerta and Its Art

Over the past four years, I’ve been fortunate to experience Rancho La Puerta twice. The first visit was as a journalist and presenter and the second time as a presenter. Once you’ve experienced this destination spa and wellness center, it is easy to see why it averages a 65% return rate. This space of 3,000 acres has over 30 acres of gardens, hiking trails, organic farm, pools, two spas, fitness center, and numerous other activity rooms. It has evolved since originally founded in this location in 1940.  by Edmond and Deborah Szekely started the Ranch as the original destination...

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Modern Luxury to Relaunch Scottsdale Magazine

Lifestyle publisher Modern Luxury is redesigning, reinvigorating, and relaunching the new Scottsdale Magazine. We were invited to attend one of the relaunch events  for a fashion-forward culinary journey, combining diverse couture by Neiman Marcus and cocktails accompanied by delectable bites by T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. The relaunced T.Cook’s, with its new Mix Up Bar, provided a perfect combination for this captivating evening. Elegance encompassed the surroundings, with hues of purple, deep blues, and jewel tones dominating the evening dresses. Black, white, gold and silver did accent the jewels. This season is displaying many high...

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Oregon Truffle Festival, Dogs, Growers, and Gourmands and Recipe

Since 2009, I’ve seen press releases on the Oregon Truffle Festival (OTF), held every January.  This year it is January 24-26th. OTF has always been of interest, as I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate truffles. After getting my down coat and pants for the holidays, I was able to cover “The Culinarian Experience” track at OTF in Eugene, Oregon in 2013 and highly recommend it for 2014 truffle lovers. While a gourmet experience was expected, the opportunity of my meeting growers, owners and trainers of truffle dogs, research scientists, and worldwide truffle experts provided an exceptional weekend. The majority of...

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Last Minute Gourmet Christmas Dinner Menu

Includes video instruction for each recipe. Last year my Christmas wish was to spend at least one month in France in the new year, just to enjoy the lifestyle.  After ringing in the New Year and didn’t give it considerable thought as I made my months went from winter to spring.  In mid-summer, much to my surprise, I received an invite from Chef Katherine Frelon to attend her cookery school in the Burgundy region of France at La Ferme de La Lochere in late August.  It was my Christmas in July!  The incredible French countryside adventure I had been...

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