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Expect the Unexpected at the Four Seasons Scottsdale

credit Peter Vitale

Arizona’s high desert has a unique magic and mystique all its own and, when it comes to the Four Seasons Scottsdale, guests can also expect the unexpected—starting with its Sonoran Desert locale.  For one, “lush” and “desert” aren’t normally two words one would associate, but in the high Sonoran Desert you’ll find iconic saguaro cacti standing tall amid bright desert ... Read More »

Blue Man Group: Fresh, Fun, Loud and Messy

Photo credit Denise Truscello

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 »

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

Courtesy Sundance Helicopters

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 »

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 »

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 »

Culinary Excellence Endures at the Waldorf Astoria NYC

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By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor The iconic Waldorf Astoria New York hotel—world-renowned for five-star accommodations and premier amenities—is notorious for its impeccable standards whereby luxury and refinement reign supreme in all that it offers. This includes the property’s award-winning food and beverage program that has stood the test of time, making itself as relevant and revered today ... Read More »

Sofitel New York: Parisian Chic in the City

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By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor With so many hotel options in New York City it’s difficult to be distinctive. But the Sofitel New York hotel effectively sets itself apart from the pack by bringing the French style of luxury living to discerning guests taking a bite of the Big Apple. While boutique in its service sensibility, Sofitel ... Read More »

Go east, young man, go east…and Yokoso!

By Mickey Charles, Roz Charles / Travel Editor, Photojournalist Philadelphia, PA – And make it a point to bring your family with you, those old enough to appreciate a trip such as this one. That is a phrase attributable to Horace Greeley, the great American journalist and political figure of another age, about going east if you are young and ... Read More »