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The Phoenician Scottsdale a Phenomenal Family Vacation Destination

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“Family-friendly” and “luxury resort” are often mutually exclusive, however, one Scottsdale luxury resort—The Phoenician—has managed to marry the two concepts in spectacular form. Although this AAA Five Diamond property exudes elegance, understandably attracting the likes of every U.S. President (post-office) since–and including—Ronald Reagan among its VIP guest roster, the resort is also a delightful playground rife with on-site fun and ... Read More »

7 Reasons You’ll Crave Oceana Coastal Kitchen San Diego

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While San Diego has no shortage of fantastic restaurants, in early 2015 a fresh face appeared on the region’s distinctive dining scene in the form of Oceana Coastal Kitchen. This airy bayside eatery dishes up chef-driven, seafood-centric California cuisine amid sweeping waterfront views that’ll keep you coming back for more. At the helm of Oceana Coastal Kitchen, which is ensconced ... Read More »

Scratch Cooking Shines at Civico 1845 San Diego

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If you wander down India Street in San Diego’s Little Italy section, you’re likely to notice a bustling neighborhood addition: Civico 1845 restaurant. This quaint, rustic-chic eatery is a breath of fresh air relative to the plethora of Italian dining options surrounding it. What truly sets this eatery apart is its vehemently authentic and hand-crafted approach to Southern Italian cuisine. ... Read More »

Savings and Smiles with Hilton Anaheim’s ‘Center of SoCal’ Package

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While some vacations are about getting away from it all, Hilton Anaheim’s “Center of SoCal” package is about being right at the heart of it all—in this case, having both close proximity and specialized access to the very best entertainment venues Southern California has to offer. From now through August 31st, Hilton Anaheim is offering summertime pleasure-seekers incredible values both ... Read More »

7 Trendy Places to Eat, Drink and Dance in Scottsdale

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Imagine a desert oasis where you can enjoy award-winning cuisine and partake in nightlife unlike any other. Well, Scottsdale is that place and it’s a perfect locale for a quick weekend getaway. Don’t know where to eat or what to do? No time to research and plan a dining, imbibing and socializing schedule ensuring your brief vacation is an utter ... Read More »

Expect the Unexpected at the Four Seasons Scottsdale

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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

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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 »

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 »