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Blue Man Group: Fresh, Fun, Loud and Messy

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I had seen the famed Blue Man Group Las Vegas show before albeit more than a decade ago. Even so, I recently proceeded to secure tickets to see what has since become a Vegas entertainment staple. I wondered how, or if, this show had evolved so it would seem fresh and new the second time around. Now having seen Blue ... Read More »

Health-Boosting Food & Beverage Finds

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While many resolve, or re-resolve, to follow good nutrition practices when the New Year rolls around, it’s important to sustain those healthy eating habits all year through.  Luckily, modern food and beverage manufacturers are developing innovative products in convenient form factors that make sticking to a healthy diet regime easier—and tastier—than ever before.  Here are a few wholesome, delicious and ... Read More »

What’s Old is New Again at the Napa River Inn

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There’s nothing I love more than an immersive vacation experience—one that transports you to a time and place that connects you with the past in a palpable way while adhering to modern standards and expectations. This is what I encountered during my stay at the historic Napa River Inn in downtown Napa Valley. But, don’t let the quaintness of this ... Read More »

High & Mighty: VIP Grand Canyon Helicopter Picnic Tour

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When visiting Las Vegas there’s no better VIP experience than buzzing the famed strip by helicopter en route to a tour of the Grand Canyon—especially one paired with a champagne picnic in the colossal canyon, itself. And, no company does this better than Sundance Helicopters that for nearly 30 years has been making passengers feel high and mighty in Sin City. ... Read More »

Slimdown Secrets of Food & Fitness Superstars

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By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor For most of us mere mortals, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen can be tough. Those who really struggle with weight loss and maintaining healthy lifestyle choices can feel a lot like Sisyphus, the mythological Greek figure eternally doomed to push a giant boulder up a hill over and over only ... Read More »

Epicurean Exploits Abound at Casa Velas Hotel Puerto Vallarta

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By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor Nestled within an upscale residential neighborhood just a 5-minute drive from the Puerto Vallarta airport sits Casa Velas—a serene adults-only luxury boutique resort that’s helping set new and noteworthy standards in the all-inclusive realm. As one of the many properties in the Velas Resorts portfolio, which have earned no less than 43 ... Read More »

Guy Gifts: Man Cave Fav’s – Part 2 (Barware)

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By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor This holiday season help the special guy in your life trick out the bar in his man cave, making him the envy of his buddies.  Whether his space is used to watch sports, enjoy home audio and video entertainment, play games, enjoy quality libations, or generally bask in secluded R&R, here’s an ... Read More »

Guy Gifts: Man Cave Fav’s – Part 1

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By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor This holiday season help the special guy in your life trick out his man cave, making him the envy of his buddies.  Whether his space is used to watch sports, enjoy home audio and video entertainment, play games, enjoy quality libations, or generally bask in secluded R&R, here’s an array of gift ... Read More »

Classic Father’s Day Gifts with Modern Twists

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By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor With Father’s Day on fast approach, now is the time to find that perfect gift reflecting just how much you love and appreciate the “dads” in your life. Here are a few thoughtful and budget-friendly gifts that offer modern twists on perennial Father’s Day classics: Esquire magazine’s Shirt & Tie Collection (www.menswearhouse.com) ... Read More »

The Art of Hospitality at Row NYC Hotel

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By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor Travelers seeking to plunge themselves into the pulse of New York City’s famed Times Square area need only book a stay at Row NYC—an independent hotel that prides itself on offering guests an immersive experience in the very heart of Manhattan. While the coveted location, itself, has operated under various identities of ... Read More »