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Tastes August Newsletter


ummer might be over soon, but that doesn't mean all of the fun has to end. We've got great vacations, new restaurants, luxurious spas and more ideas to help ensure your transition into fall will be smooth and enjoyable.

Raise the Steaks

Sink your teeth into a juicy steak this month at one of the best steakhouses near you. If you'd rather man the stove yourself, check out the new book by Rick Tramonto, chef/partner of Chicago area restaurants TRU and Tramonto's Steak & Seafood. His Steak with Friends features 150 excellent recipes for sharing steak food with your peeps at home.

Follow the Vine

September is a perfect month to escape to one of the great wine regions of the world. To help make your quest easier, we've compiled lists for Top 10 Wine Country Inns in the U.S. and Top 10 Wine Country Inns Worldwide. Among our destinations are a historic boutique property in Argentina, surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves and featuring views of the looming Andes mountains. Closer to home, we've found a lovely property oozing Southern charm. It is situated on the Virginia Wine Trail and offers access to several vineyards. Read our lists to get the details.

Do the Cowpoke

Been there, done that. We feel your pain. That's why we've looked into quite a different travel experience from the usual luxury jet-setting: Wild West Ranches. Get in touch with your inner cowboy (or gal) and plan a stay at one of our Top 10 Wild West Ranches in the U.S. and Worldwide. Don't worry, you don't have to slum it — most ranches offer top-of-the-line amenities and gourmet dining.

Sip and Soak

Treat yourself to a dinner experience at a restaurant with a renowned wine list at one of the destinations featuring Top 10 Wine Lists. Or if you'd like to sip in a more casual setting sans the three courses, visit one of our choices for Top 10 Wine Bars. If you feel like literally bathing in wine, head to one of the Top 10 Wine Spas Worldwide.

Trade in Your Car

The end of summer is a lot like January in the sense that we crave a fresh start with a whole new look, new clothes and, perhaps, a new car. If you're in the market for a hightech crossover, check out the Ford Edge Sport, a smart and stylish model that offers drivers a luxury feel at a reasonable price. You also might feel inspired by our list of Top 10 Luxury Sedans, boasting premium four-door cars that are designed for elegance, quality, comfort and high performance.

Meet a Gunslinger

With the advent of live streaming movies to watch anytime, we have more options than ever before. But endless choices haven't made the agony of decision-making any easier. So what to see on a chilly autumn eve? A cool and classic Western! Check out our picks for Top 10 Westerns, from Sergio Leone's top spaghetti oeuvre to the best of the Duke.

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