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The exterior of Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island

The exterior of Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island


by Meryl Pearlstein


Set on a bluff overlooking the town of Watch Hill, Ocean House is a meticulous, $149-million recreation of the original 1868 hotel of the same name. While it has decidedly 21st-century luxuries and conveniences, it conveys the mood of an earlier era, when its namesake was the last of eight grand Watch Hill resorts built during the area’s heyday, which lasted into the 1920s.

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The pool at Alila Ubud in Bali

The pool at Alila Ubud in Bali


by Evelyn Chen


Just five kilometers north of Bali’s Ubud village, the Alila Ubud is hidden away in the Ayung Valley. With the lush landscape as its backdrop, a postcard-perfect infinity pool that seems suspended in midair symbolizes the retreat’s paradisiacal ambience, and the property thrives on its reputation as a place for communing with nature. This harmony begins with the hotel’s own construction. The bamboo-pillared lobby overlooks verdant fields from which alang-alang is harvested for the thatched roofs, while the banks of the Ayung River supply the river stones that stud the walls and pavements.

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Japan Airlines' First Class seats on the JAL SKY SUITE 777

Japan Airlines’ First Class seats on the JAL SKY SUITE 777


With an array of newcomers upping the ante for the quality of air travel, Japan Airlines is keeping up with the competition with its new JAL SKY SUITE 777.


After introducing its four redesigned classes earlier this year, Japan Airlines is set to complete modifications on all thirteen of its 777-300ER jets by 2014. The new classes on these aircraft are constructed to evoke a feeling of “one class higher.”

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A view of the vines from Masottina Winery in Italy

A view of the vines from Masottina Winery in Italy


By Anneli Rufus


Thirty miles north of Venice, the scenic route called the Prosecco Road — La Strada di Prosecco — is drawn in broad swatches of green on green on green: green hills, green vines, and yellow-green Glera grapes that flourish here and are destined to become the sparkling straw-colored wine that is the local specialty — and is Italy’s answer to Champagne.

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Morumbi in Sao Paulo, home to Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo, one of Brazil's famous soccer stadiums

Morumbi in Sao Paulo, home to Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo, one of Brazil’s famous soccer stadiums

Winter is coming, and what better way to escape the cold than with a trip to South America? Starting December 16, 2013, American Airlines travelers can book nonstop flights to and from Los Angeles (LAX) and Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU), as well as between Miami (MIA) and Curitiba (CWB) and Porto Alegre (POA), beginning November 21, 2013.

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View from a lodging at Big Bear Lake, CA

View from a lodging at Big Bear Lake, CA


Nothing says fall like the changing of the leaves, perfect weather, Oktoberfest and the great outdoors. And what better way to experience this magical time of year than by saving money while you do it? But you have to move fast.

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A guest room at the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai

A guest room at the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai


by Evelyn Chen


Between the busloads of tourists and the history buffs that flock to this Bund landmark to experience a piece of Shanghai’s history, the public spaces at the Fairmont Peace Hotel might not quite embody its name. But what the property lacks in tranquility, it more than makes up for in iconic status, given its storied past as the Cathay Hotel, built in 1929 and then owned by one of the city’s most notable businessmen, Sir Victor Sassoon.

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The exterior of The US Grant hotel in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter

The exterior of The US Grant hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter


A Historic and Storied Gem in the Gaslamp Quarter


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The US Grant hotel has been a San Diego icon since its debut in 1910. While the handsome hotel itself is a sight to see, its history is what makes this property so fascinating. The land (which was once owned by the Kumeyaay tribe) was the home of San Diego’s first major hotel, Horton House Hotel, until it was bought and demolished by Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., son of the eighteenth U.S. president. In its place, he built The US Grant (named after his father), an eleven-story, luxury hotel in what is now the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego.

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Exterior shot of the MS Nieuw Amsterdam

Exterior shot of the MS Nieuw Amsterdam


by Patricia Mack


Cruise lines routinely “reposition” ships to take advantage of the season or the market for one popular locale over another. Liners move from Alaska to Hawaii, Mexico to Canada or make Trans-Atlantic sailings from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean (or vice versa). This particular Trans-Atlantic voyage, from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona, was seventeen days long and took place on board the MS Nieuw Amsterdam — an eleven-deck, Signature class cruise ship and the second largest ship in the Holland America Line.

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The Hanseatic near the spectacular geology of Gros Morne National Park

The Hanseatic near the spectacular geology of Gros Morne National Park


Around Newfoundland by Cruise Ship – The German Way

 

By John and Sandra Nowlan


We were eagerly awaiting the announcement. When it finally came, it was, as usual, in two languages:


“Eisberg auf der Backbordseite!”
“Iceberg on the port side!”


We were approaching Iceberg Alley, the area of the Atlantic Ocean off northern Newfoundland where the frigid Labrador Current flows slowly south, bringing with it huge sculpted chunks of glacier ice from Greenland.

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