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Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Exudes the Spirit of Scottsdale

Of all of the cities in the U.S. operating under a duality, I find myself drawn back to one in particular time and time again: Scottsdale. Known as “The West’s Most Western Town,” this locale embraces its laid back desert ambiance while simultaneously styling itself as a contemporary destination with plenty to offer in terms of art, shopping, dining and ... Read More »

Surf, Sky & Spirit at Tower23 Hotel San Diego

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As California’s southernmost metropolis, San Diego is a veritable coastal paradise that’s widely lauded for its fabulous climate. Often referred to as “Mediterranean” in nature, the region boasts moderate warm daytime and cool evening temperatures nearly year round that rarely reach the point “too hot” or “too cold.” This is just one of many reasons San Diego has been anointed ... Read More »

Royal Blues Hotel an Elegant Oceanside Enclave

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Just south of Palm Beach, along Florida’s eastern coast, lies scenic Deerfield Beach—a city well known for its pristine and clean coastline and the array of recreational water activities delighting both residents and tourists.  Here world-class boating, fishing, diving, boarding and more are all within close range. Other nearby attractions include golf courses, polo clubs and the famous Quiet Waters ... Read More »

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa a Splendid Respite

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South Florida, or “SoFla” for the enlightened, is home to more than five million residents, which is understandable given the region encompasses gorgeous coastal cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. The area has remained a tourist hub for decades, even now attracting over 12 million visitors annually. A quick look at the weather makes it obvious why. For ... Read More »

The Ambrose Hotel Santa Monica Mastering Boutique Hospitality

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There’s just something about a boutique hotel. Maybe it’s the quaint locales or the stylish upscale accommodations. Perhaps it’s the extraordinarily personalized level of service or the charming and unexpected touches that make it abundantly clear you’re not at a cookie-cutter chain operation.  It’s these things and more that draw me to boutique properties time and time again, especially when ... Read More »

Via Veneto Santa Monica Dishing Star-Caliber Italian Cuisine

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Los Angeles is a city known as much for its distinctive award-winning eateries as it is for its celebrity residents. In fact, many of the city’s restaurants—particularly those frequented by Hollywood’s elite—often become as revered as the star clientele, themselves. One such establishment is Via Veneto in Santa Monica, which enjoys its fair share of celebrity patronage. From David and ... Read More »

Culinary-Forward Seafood at Eddie V’s San Diego

Courtesy Eddie V’s/Darden Concepts Inc.

Next time you have a hankerin’ for swordfish from Block Island, scallops from Georges Bank or Yellowfin Tuna from the Caribbean, there’s no need to charter a jet to satisfy your craving for seafood sensations like these. Instead, those fortunate enough to be in “America’s Finest City” can just head downtown to Eddie V’s San Diego location—adjacent to the waterfront ... Read More »

Dynamite Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $100

Credit Diamond Candles

Valentine’s Day has become big business, and is certainly a holiday that retailers love. In fact, last year it was reported that retail spending for this holiday would reach a record $18.9 billion. While on Valentine’s Day it’s fun to shower your special someone with gifts that showcase the extent of your adoration, there are plenty of great gift ideas ... Read More »

Enchantment Aboard the Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise

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Whether you’re a tourist seeking adventure in the Big Apple or are a long-standing resident of New York City celebrating a special occasion—or just looking for a fabulous night out, the Spirit of New York dinner cruise along the New York Harbor offers a truly memorable experience afloat. The frivolity starts the moment you arrive at Chelsea Pier and step ... Read More »

Eat Like a Local at City Kitchen NYC

Credit Michael Kleinberg

You’d be hard pressed to find many locations in New York that can impress locals just as easily as they draw in tourists. But City Kitchen at the Row NYC hotel isn’t the typical foodie hot spot. That much is apparent when you first step in and observe the warm and communal atmosphere of this bustling food hall. The space ... Read More »