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A guest room at North Block Hotel in Yountville, CA

A guest room at North Block Hotel in Yountville, CA

Explore Northern California Wine Country at the North Block Hotel


A stylish boutique hotel in the charming Napa Valley town of Yountville, North Block Hotel invites lovers of the good life to savor its new Wine Explorer package.


Your Wine Explorer escape will begin with tasting visits to a trio of boutique and well-known wineries. Escorted by a private driver, you will visit each winery and then enjoy a wine country gourmet picnic for two overlooking the panoramic Napa Valley. The next morning, linger over breakfast before indulging in a treatment at the pampering North Block Spa.

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First ever co-curated illy art collection cup

First ever co-curated illy art collection cup

Coffee Culture is Commemorated at Le Méridien’s New Istanbul Hotel


Curated art is one of the latest hot hotel trends, and the Le Méridien hotel group takes the fad to a new level by partnering with illycaffè to debut the first ever co-curated illy art collection cup. This functional piece of art was designed by :mentalKLINIK, a highly acclaimed, contemporary Turkish artist duo (Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir). Selected by illycaffè Art Director Carlo Bach and Le Méridien Cultural Curator Jérôme Sans, the artists are members of LM100, a multi-generational, interdisciplinary group of cultural innovators chosen from the fields of art, architecture, cuisine and design.

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Newly renovated guest room at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

Newly renovated guest room at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco Debuts Fresh Look and Special Reopening Offer


Following an extensive refurbishment, including a new brasserie, the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco is celebrating its silver anniversary with a sumptuous “Fresh Look” package.


As part of the Mandarin Oriental’s fresh new look, each of the 158 guest rooms and suites has been completely redesigned by local interior designer Michael Booth of BAMO. The new custom-designed furnishings with hints of French Deco style help to create a memorable setting for the hotel’s special reopening offer Continue reading “Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco Reopening – Travel Special” »



Oceania Restaurants

on July 23rd, 2012
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Christening Riviera Cruise Ship Barcelona

The christening of Riviera cruise ship in Barcelona

It’s Easy to Book a Cruise — It’s Hard to Pick the Right One


by Andre Gayot


What’s the right cruise for you or me? Let’s start with the size of the ship: Big? Not so big? Small? Big is beautiful, some say. But small can be also, I think. I have tried it all, including a 25-foot schooner, and they all have their charms. How much you will enjoy your voyage depends on many factors: age, temperament, dependence on comforts, openness to adventure, aptitude to control sea-sickness, etc.

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Travel More for Free

on July 19th, 2012
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Jul

Driving up the coast in a Land Rover

Driving up the coast in a Land Rover

by Jeff Hoyt


I recently wrote about how charge and credit cards bonus points can be used to travel for free. That is certainly true, but the more you know, the more bang you’ll get for your no bucks!


I have accumulated more than 150,000 American Express Membership Rewards points on my own. But American Express offered to give me an additional 250,000 points to book my family summer vacation through them, and I was thrilled by the opportunity.

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Virgin Atlantic A330 on the runway

Virgin Atlantic A330 on the runway

It seems that a person can’t go anywhere anymore without overhearing someone else’s cell phone conversation. The one place that seemed safe was the friendly skies. Not so any longer. Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will become the first British airline to allow passengers to use their own mobile phones at 35,000 feet. Using a link-up with Panasonic-owned AeroMobile, passengers will be able to make calls on the airline’s new A330-300 Airbus flights between London and New York, with as many as twenty planes available for this service by the end of 2012. Continue reading “Virgin Atlantic to Allow Sky High Mobile Phone Calls – Travel News” »


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Jul

The northern end of Pismo Beach

The northern end of Pismo Beach

by Jeff Hoyt


When people think of Northern California, their thoughts often turn to San Francisco. Southern California cities that come to mind include Los Angeles and San Diego. But what about the Central Coast of California? Unlike other parts of the Golden State, there are no large cities in the area, allowing the focus to be on its natural beauty. As you cruise the Pacific Coast Highway south of Monterey all the way to Santa Barbara, you’ll enjoy rugged mountain vistas, coastal and ocean views, verdant farmland and picturesque vineyards.


Sandwiched between Northern and Southern California makes the Central Coast an easy place to visit for Californians as well as visitors from around the world looking for a different experience than Disneyland and the Golden Gate Bridge. Although the weather is pleasant year-round, we think the best time to visit is during the harvest.

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Travel for Free

on July 11th, 2012
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Travel for free with American Express

Travel for free with American Express

by Jeff Hoyt


Who hasn’t received one of those marketing postcards that offer a 3-day, 2-night Florida vacation that seems too good to be true? Do you know anyone who went on such a trip, because I don’t! But there are legitimate ways to travel for free.


I’ve been accumulating credit card bonus points for years. Some I’ve turned into Amazon gift cards. Others, I’ve stockpiled. On my American Express card, I’ve been able to accrue more than 150,000 Membership Rewards points just by buying things I normally buy, whether at gas stations, in stores, or online.

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Take a hot air balloon ride, followed by a day of tastings at the area’s top wineries, with Paso Robles Inn's travel special

Take a hot air balloon ride, followed by a day of tastings at the area’s top wineries, with Paso Robles Inn's travel special

Sipping and Soaring in Paso Robles Wine Country


For travelers seeking a one-of-a-kind central California wine country experience, Paso Robles Inn and The Wine Wrangler have created the Hot Air Balloon and Wine Tour Package.


Need to slip away from the rat race for a few days? Then make plans to visit the romantic Paso Robles Inn, situated in a tranquil wine country. Add in an early morning hot air balloon flight, followed by a day of tastings at the area’s top wineries, and you have this memorable escape, which features Continue reading “Paso Robles Inn Hot Air Balloon and Wine Tour Package – Travel Special” »



A bedroom at The May Fair Hotel

A bedroom at The May Fair Hotel


During the fifteenth season of the hit ABC-TV series “The Bachelorette,” Emily Maynard and her suitors encamped for an episode in a set of signature suites at The May Fair, one of London’s most iconic lodgings. Inspired by their adventures, the hotel has created the Bachelorette Bliss Package.


For couples in search of their own celebrity-worthy getaway, the Bachelorette Bliss Package offers a memorable overnight escape. Along with luxurious accommodations, this romantic special includes:

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