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Luxury 2.0: Brands Up the Ante for Travelers

Luxury 2.0: Brands Up the Ante for Travelers

“Someone should do a study of the human brain and how quickly it can adjust to luxury.” ― Tina Fey, Bossypants The stock market continues to soar to new heights. Silicon Valley continues to mint shiny new titans whose net worth is nothing short of staggering. And, according to recent studies, the number of millionaires...
Fly, Fly Away: 2017 Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Fly, Fly Away: 2017 Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Picture floating peacefully above the city of Albuquerque during the calm wee hours of the morning with the Sandia Mountains and one of those famous New Mexico sunrises as a backdrop and you can begin to imagine why droves of visitors annually descend upon sleepy Albuquerque to attend the city’s annual International Hot Air Balloon...
Summer, Sand, Sun: The Islands of Southern California

Summer, Sand, Sun: The Islands of Southern California

  When most people think of Southern California, they immediately conjure up images of Los Angeles or San Diego or, perhaps, for the desert and Coachella lovers among us, Palm Springs. However, for real aficionados of the Southern California lifestyle, the aforementioned metropolitan hubs are merely promising previews of the treasures to be beheld in...
A Very Royal Tour: 48 Hours in Copenhagen

A Very Royal Tour: 48 Hours in Copenhagen

  As I begin this account of my self-described “royal tour” of Scandinavia, allow me to say from the outset that if European royals or their biographies hold little or no interest to you, then you might just want to skip ahead to the “48 Hours in” section of these chronicles where I relay my...
Welcome to LivingWells Concierge

Welcome to LivingWells Concierge

For years, I have been asked about my tips for planning visits to any number of destinations. Where to stay? What to do? What must absolutely not be missed? And it Is with those questions in mind that I decided to create a vehicle for answering all of those queries and so many more. Today,...
First Look: The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

First Look: The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

The heavily trafficked intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards in Beverly Hills has been the source of both great anticipation and speculation among Angelenos for quite some time now. The hallowed location that, among other distinctions, counts the home of the Golden Globes, otherwise known as the Beverly Hilton, as its neighbor and the...
Puerto Vallarta: Through the Lens of Hollywood

Puerto Vallarta: Through the Lens of Hollywood

Lights! Camera! Action! Like Hepburn and Tracy or, more contemporarily, Lawrence (Jennifer) and Cooper (Bradley), Tinseltown has enjoyed a long and fruitful alliance with our neighbors to the south. And, by neighbors, I am of course referring to Mexico, and more specifically to Puerto Vallarta, that cinematic hamlet on the Bay of Banderas that has...
72 Hours in NYC: The Return of a Local

72 Hours in NYC: The Return of a Local

Like much of the breathing world, last November I found myself staring at a television screen as it panned across the streets and landmarks of New York City. Despite the momentous nature of the events that would unfold over the course of that evening, the travel scribe in me could not help but be transfixed...
Out on the Road Southwest: Las Vegas, Pt. 2

Out on the Road Southwest: Las Vegas, Pt. 2

The final leg of my latest roadtrip across the American Southwest with Davey Wavey was, thankfully, decidedly less rustic and more in the vein of how I generally prefer to travel. That is to say, it was more luxurious and there was not a teepee or recently slaughtered animal anywhere on the itinerary from this...
Out on the Road Southwest: Palm Springs, Scottsdale & Beyond, Pt. 1

Out on the Road Southwest: Palm Springs, Scottsdale & Beyond, Pt. 1

Call me a sucker, or a glutton for punishment even, but when my good friend, YouTuber Davey Wavey invited me to join him on a new roadtrip, I didn’t hesitate even an instant before saying yes – despite the obvious foreboding that should naturally have accompanied such a decision given our most recent escapades in...
Austin | Trekking Across Texas, Pt. 3

Austin | Trekking Across Texas, Pt. 3

The final chapter of our Lone Star State trek finds us in Austin (aka Hipsterville). Austin On the second to last day of our journey across Texas, we zipped into Austin and made a beeline to Lake Travis Zipline Adventures. O ye of little faith who thought this trip could possibly end without a spot...
Houston | Trekking Across Texas, Pt. 2

Houston | Trekking Across Texas, Pt. 2

On day 4 our Lone Star State road trip took us to Houston. Houston If Dallas hadn’t beat them to the punch, it occurs to me that Houston might have just as easily adopted the tagline “Big Things Happen Here” as well because let there be no doubt that Houston is certainly big. The city,...
Dallas | Trekking Across Texas, Pt. 1

Dallas | Trekking Across Texas, Pt. 1

The open road holds an enduring allure and there is arguably no destination with more of said road than Texas. Or at least such is the feeling experienced by anyone who has ever dared engage in the daunting, yet revelatory adventure of driving across America’s second largest state. Defined by its reputation for cattle, cowboys,...
The New Face of Luxury on Lake Tahoe

The New Face of Luxury on Lake Tahoe

It seems only fitting that the first and only AAA Five Diamond resort in the Lake Tahoe region would also be home to a new project that promises to represent the new face of luxury on Northern California’s most famous lakefront. Heretofore, one of the great conundrums posed by a visit to Lake Tahoe has...