Events & Festivals

Fashion Week Exudes A Whole Lotta Fun This Year

Fashion Week Exudes A Whole Lotta Fun This Year

by Renee Blodgett on Oct 01, 2014

At this year's Fashion Week, there was a plus size runway show, the best of Paris street style, kids showed up looking more fashionable than the best women in my college class and Iggy Azalea Channels "Basic Instinct" in a ...

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SALT’s Cultural Festival & Journey to Arctic Beaches

SALT's Cultural Festival & Journey to Arctic Beaches

by Harriet Constable on Sep 27, 2014

This October I’m heading to SALT, a cultural festival taking place on an Arctic beach in Norway. It looks absolutely awesome. The festival begins its journey on the mountainous island of Sandhornøy, just south of Bodø. Over the coming years SALT ...

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Lebanese Foodie Alert: November Cooking Festival in Beirut

Lebanese Foodie Alert: November Cooking Festival in Beirut

by Susan McKee on Sep 25, 2014

  A Cooking Festival is set for November 6, 7 and 8, 2014, in Beirut, Lebanon. Hours for the fourth edition of the fest are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day in the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center in downtown ...

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The Savannah Food + Wine Festival Thru November 16

The Savannah Food + Wine Festival Thru November 16

by Susan McKee on Sep 23, 2014

  A Food & Wine Festival takes place on both Ellis and Johnson squares (and other venues) in Savannah, Georgia, November 10 through 16, 2014. On tap are cooking demonstrations and classes, gala dinners, heritage hog roast, wine tastings, candlelight tour and ...

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6 Off-the-Beaten Path South American Festivals For Your Bucket List

6 Off-the-Beaten Path South American Festivals For Your Bucket List

by Jessica Festa on Sep 15, 2014

Of all the people, on all the continents, South Americans really know how to party.  Their indigenous roots and Christian colonization leads to an amazing assortment of fiestas.  Chose from indigenous harvest festivals to religious holidays to music performances, with ...

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North America

Finz Seafood & Grill For Harborside Dining on Salem’s Scenic Waterfront

Finz Seafood & Grill For Harborside Dining on Salem's Scenic Waterfront

by Renee Blodgett on Oct 01, 2014

Surrounded on three sides by windows overlooking Salem Harbor, the Finz Seafood & Grill ...

Farm-To-Bar: Pickle Back, Apricot Tequila & Watermelon Rum at New York’s Black Tree

Farm-To-Bar: Pickle Back, Apricot Tequila & Watermelon Rum at New York's Black Tree

by Jessica Festa on Oct 01, 2014

Black Tree’s interior near the bar. Photo courtesy of Black Tree. While we here at ...

Europe

Fashion Week Exudes A Whole Lotta Fun This Year

Fashion Week Exudes A Whole Lotta Fun This Year

by Renee Blodgett on Oct 01, 2014

At this year's Fashion Week, there was a plus size runway show, the best ...

SALT’s Cultural Festival & Journey to Arctic Beaches

SALT's Cultural Festival & Journey to Arctic Beaches

by Harriet Constable on Sep 27, 2014

This October I’m heading to SALT, a cultural festival taking place on an Arctic ...

Lodging

2 Hotel Gems in Salem Massachusetts

2 Hotel Gems in Salem Massachusetts

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 30, 2014

There are two great hotel options in Salem Massachusetts worth adding to your New England hotel list. The Hawthorne Hotel is a historical and classic hotel in the center of Salem that offers unique, boutique-style accommodations that ooze the history of ...

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Emerson Inn By The Sea, Where New England Charm Meets Ocean Views

Emerson Inn By The Sea, Where New England Charm Meets Ocean Views

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 28, 2014

Meet Emerson Inn By The Sea, a charming and authentic inn nestled on the ocean in Massachusetts' historical Rockport.  The inn is intimate with only 36 rooms, all of them unique in character and presentation. Imagine a massive old historical house ...

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Commonwealth Boston, For Old World Luxury In the Heart of Kenmore Square

Commonwealth Boston, For Old World Luxury In the Heart of Kenmore Square

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 24, 2014

For baseball fans -- particularly Red Sox ones -- the Commonwealth Hotel in the heart of Kenmore Square is a perfectly convenient hotel to stay at if you're in Boston for a game, particularly if you want to combine sports ...

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Hotel Options For Charlotte North Carolina

Hotel Options For Charlotte North Carolina

by Jessica Festa on Sep 24, 2014

Next time you're heading south or have North Carolina on your travel agenda, here are some hotel choices for you to consider. North Carolina, as a Southern state, carries with it a legacy of famous Southern hospitality. Charlotte, the state’s largest ...

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The Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, A Stone’s Throw From Nantucket Ferries

The Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, A Stone's Throw From Nantucket Ferries

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 22, 2014

We discovered the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis Cape Cod by accident.  Originally we were going to stay with friends on the road to Cape Cod for several days, overlooking a small lake and doing very else but ...

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Arts

Fashion Week Exudes A Whole Lotta Fun This Year

Fashion Week Exudes A Whole Lotta Fun This Year

by Renee Blodgett on Oct 01, 2014

At this year's Fashion Week, there was a plus size runway show, the best ...

Kito Mbiango Integrates Ikebana Into His Japanese Art

Kito Mbiango Integrates Ikebana Into His Japanese Art

by Megan McDonough on Sep 30, 2014

When it comes to artistic talent, sometimes living in New York City makes me ...

Food/Wine

Finz Seafood & Grill For Harborside Dining on Salem’s Scenic Waterfront

Finz Seafood & Grill For Harborside Dining on Salem's Scenic Waterfront

by Renee Blodgett on Oct 01, 2014

Surrounded on three sides by windows overlooking Salem Harbor, the Finz Seafood & Grill ...

Farm-To-Bar: Pickle Back, Apricot Tequila & Watermelon Rum at New York’s Black Tree

Farm-To-Bar: Pickle Back, Apricot Tequila & Watermelon Rum at New York's Black Tree

by Jessica Festa on Oct 01, 2014

Black Tree’s interior near the bar. Photo courtesy of Black Tree. While we here at ...

Asia

Kito Mbiango Integrates Ikebana Into His Japanese Art

Kito Mbiango Integrates Ikebana Into His Japanese Art

by Megan McDonough on Sep 30, 2014

When it comes to artistic talent, sometimes living in New York City makes me ...

Private Gym, Soaking Baths & Steam Room Galore at Tokyo’s New Otani Spa

Private Gym, Soaking Baths & Steam Room Galore at Tokyo's New Otani Spa

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 27, 2014

I recently had an opportunity to experience the Spa at the New Otani Hotel ...

Pacific

Homestay Options For People Who Equally Love Nature & Culture

Homestay Options For People Who Equally Love Nature & Culture

by Jessica Festa on Sep 15, 2014

“There’s no place like home”. This phrase is one we encounter often in Christmas ...

Kings Canyon Rim Hike & Beyond “Down Under”

Kings Canyon Rim Hike & Beyond Down Under

by Sherry Ott on Sep 05, 2014

Kings Canyon Rim Hike I heard the howling as soon as I lay down to ...

Products

The Magic & Simplicity Behind Magellan’s Echo Smartwatch

The Magic & Simplicity Behind Magellan's Echo Smartwatch

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 27, 2014

Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices for vehicles, fitness, outdoor and mobile navigation, isn't just about GPS. They also offer the very cool (and colorful) Echo smartwatch, which has sporting applications like golf, skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. ...

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Functional & Fun Miggo Camera Straps For Your DSLR & CSC Cameras

Functional & Fun Miggo Camera Straps For Your DSLR & CSC Cameras

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 25, 2014

I discovered the very fun and functional Miggo camera straps for DSLR and Mirrorless (SCS) cameras at a CE Week event in New York in the early summer. It's a great way to comfortably carry your camera around your neck while ...

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Coleman Dome & Modified Dome Tents, A Great Choice For Summer & Fall Camping

Coleman Dome & Modified Dome Tents, A Great Choice For Summer & Fall Camping

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 24, 2014

Travelers likely know the name Coleman. After all, they've been around for a long time, so they've likely used a product or two over the course of their travels.  For most of the camping trips I've taken over the years, ...

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Great Design Meets Beauty With Foreo’s Luna Mini

Great Design Meets Beauty With Foreo's Luna Mini

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 16, 2014

I discovered Forea at a consumer electronics event in New York earlier this summer and fell in love with their fabulous design - they don't just focus on high quality performing products, but pay attention to how they're made and ...

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Coleman Quickbeds, Perfect For Camping or as a Guest Bed

Coleman Quickbeds, Perfect For Camping or as a Guest Bed

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 12, 2014

We recently tried out a standard queen blow up mattress and a single quickbed from Coleman, a brand we absolutely love!  The queen didn't hold up to evening after evening of sleeping, however it was only around $20 and we did also ...

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South America

The Architecture & Stunning Views of Peru’s Machu Picchu

The Architecture & Stunning Views of Peru's Machu Picchu

by Sherry Ott on Sep 26, 2014

I recently returned to Peru's glorious mountainous spot after ten years and sat again ...

The Off the Beaten Inca Trail Route in Peru

The Off the Beaten Inca Trail Route in Peru

by Sherry Ott on Sep 24, 2014

  Taking the Inca Trail through the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu seems to be ...

Central America

León Nicaragua For History, Culture, Sunsets & Volcanoes

León Nicaragua For History, Culture, Sunsets & Volcanoes

by Jessica Festa on Sep 18, 2014

  When I decided to meet up with a friend of mine for a week-long ...

The 4 Star Hotel San Buenaventura on Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan

The 4 Star Hotel San Buenaventura on Guatemala's Lake Atitlan

by Jonny Scott Blair on Sep 17, 2014

Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlan is a family owned and operated 4 star Extended ...

Africa

Useful Tips on Booking a Luxury Safari in Africa

Useful Tips on Booking a Luxury Safari in Africa

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 21, 2014

When planning or booking a luxury safari there are a few questions that must ...

Surreal Reflections Show the Power of Wildlife Photography

Surreal Reflections Show the Power of Wildlife Photography

by Rich Laburn on Sep 18, 2014

“Shapes distorted, dissected by the wind only to be reassembled into abstract designs, a ...

Green

Finding All Things Green in the Big Apple

Finding All Things Green in the Big Apple

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on Sep 05, 2014

  As the dog days of summer approach, make the most out of these last ...

Aspen Ideas Festival 2014: Challenging Limitations

Aspen Ideas Festival 2014: Challenging Limitations

by Sam Perry on Jul 10, 2014

The 10th anniversary Aspen Ideas Festival, produced by the Aspen Institute in collaboration with ...

 

Renee’s Voice

The Winners of the 2014 Travel + Leisure Smitty Awards

The Winners of the 2014 Travel + Leisure Smitty Awards

by Renee Blodgett on Jul 13, 2014

This year's Travel + Leisure Smitty Awards recently announced their ...

Celebrating the Fourth of July Fireworks in the Bronx

Celebrating the Fourth of July Fireworks in the Bronx

by Renee Blodgett on Jul 05, 2014

There are firework celebrations and there are fireworks celebrations. If ...

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A Chat with London Urban Artist Hannah Adamaszek

A Chat with London Urban Artist Hannah Adamaszek

by Megan McDonough on Sep 18, 2014
Great Design Meets Beauty With Foreo’s Luna Mini

Great Design Meets Beauty With Foreo's Luna Mini

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 16, 2014

Women

A Chat with London Urban Artist Hannah Adamaszek

A Chat with London Urban Artist Hannah Adamaszek

by Megan McDonough on Sep 18, 2014
The Aspen IdeasFestival Turns 10

The Aspen IdeasFestival Turns 10

by Sam Perry on Jul 03, 2014

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Life

A Tribute To Our Matriarchs And Our Roots

A Tribute To Our Matriarchs And Our Roots

by Renee Blodgett on Feb 06, 2014

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