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You’ve had a hard day. Bluebird skies, untracked powder in the Back Bowls and perfectly executed turns on groomers. You feel good. You look good. It’s time to hit the après scene and celebrate, but a basket of wings and a beer just won’t do. (more…)

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Typically viewed as a nuisance in the city, alpine villages view snow as the gift of all gifts from mother nature. For the big mountain resorts in the Colorado Rockies, significant snow storms represent cash falling from the skies.  If you count yourself among those wanting to hit the slopes and carve a few black diamonds before the warm weather arrives, there is no better time for a weekend getaway. (more…)

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R Block8 Hip Hotels in NYC

Fall time means orchard strolling and pumpkin picking for most, but we see nothing wrong with adding a cosmopolitan twist to a season full of country clichés. And if you’re looking to add some “apple” to your autumn itinerary that doesn’t actually involve picking fruit, why not head to the Big one? (more…)

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In today’s high tech world—where even email threads seem archaic in comparison to a Google hangout—the continued merits of business travel are up for debate. Ask the salespeople and the dealmakers, and they’ll laugh in the face of the modern digital landscape. In their world, nothing beats an in-person meeting when a deal is on the line and you’re looking to close. But does that triumph outweigh the mental and physical strain of balancing on-the-go with on-the-job? (more…)

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From rooftop terraces transformed into enchanting winter wonderlands to charming, artisan markets selling handcrafted novelties and gifts, hotels from Vancouver to London are pulling out all the stops to offer one-of-a-kind holiday pop-ups, festive events and even a few deals to guests and locals alike this winter. Here are some of the most festive (and luxurious) holiday experiences in the US, Canada and Europe.  (more…)

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R Block10 Great Wines You Can Find This Holiday Season

Pairing wines with your holiday meals can be harder than it might seem. After all, a typical meal is usually a smorgasbord of turkey and stuffing or ham, sweet (or mashed) potatoes, pees (or perhaps a string bean casserole) and—to make things even more of a culinary mosh pit—gravy or other sauces.  (more…)

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The champagne cocktail is a classic libation to ring in the new year. It also works wonderfully at holiday parties with its festive hue. AJ Rathbun, GoodLife Report’s resident mixologist and author of Champagne Cocktails: 50 Cork-Popping Concoctions and Scintillating Sparklers has provided us with some interesting ways to jazz up your champagne toast.
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R Block1 Brooklyn Bridge—Sleek, Lean, Chic and Green

Even in a destination as packed with luxury accommodations as New York City, there’s always room for 1 more. Fresh on the scene since February, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is primed to be a must-book for eco-conscious travelers looking to trade in the bustle of Manhattan for the greener (in every sense) pastures of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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Five Easy Northeast Beach Towns For Last Minute Travel

While booking a summer rental—in advance—is usually the best way to get your beach fix on, last minute weekend trips to the beach are a reality for most and can provide exactly the kind of whimsical lift your soul needs—if you pick the right town. (more…)

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R BlockSounds Of Summer: 8 Outdoor Amphitheaters To Visit This Summer

Ah, summer. The season of BBQs, baseball and the beach. Give those summertime soirees their due, but few things can compare to live music at a beautiful outdoor venue with the warm summer breeze wafting through your hair and a cold drink in hand.

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There are certain bragging rights that come with riding my beat-up used bike as I slalom between the trucks and taxis in New York City. Last July, however, I decided to exchange the exhaust of Manhattan’s avenues for the pristine air of the Rockies and my $200 Taiwanese ten-speed for a state-of-the-art Orbea road bike as I put my vacation in the hands of the “adventure concierges” at Aspen’s Little Nell. (more…)

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R Block10 Outdoor Dining Spots in the U.S. To Hit This Summer

Rooftop Bars have been all the rage of late in big cities, from New York to L.A. and everywhere in between. And while this trend shows no sign of stopping, with more and more watering holes opening up atop dormant rooftops, most are suited for drinks and appetizers and are not true outdoor dining destinations. (more…)

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R BlockRaw Bar Hopping – 8 Great Oyster Bars in NYC

In the book The Big Oyster, Mark Kurlansky writes “before the 20th century, when people thought of New York, they thought of oysters.”  Though that sentiment along with New York’s oyster population has diminished over the past two centuries with the city’s drastic growth, oysters are currently making a strong comeback in Mahattan via the Oyster Restoration Research Project. (more…)

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R BlockSartorial Splash – A Versatile Summer Dress Shoe

No matter how stylish your flip flops may be, there’s something inherently more elegant in a closed-toe shoe. With the Swims Loafer, you can go from a country club lunch to a neighborhood pool party without the trouble of a costume change. (more…)

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Whether you’re headed out to Coachella or simply craving the warm desert comforts of Palm Springs, consider these 3 spots

Thanks to new hotels, restaurants and festivals, Palm Springs is experiencing a cyclical renaissances of sorts. Similar to swings in the stock market, Palm Springs has a way of falling out of grace for years at a time only to roar back into vogue.

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A Growing Number of Luxury Hotels Have Launched Innovative Environmental Initiatives

Not too long ago, hotels routinely replenished towels and bed linens with nary a thought to the environmental or monetary impact. (more…)

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R Block6 Las Vegas Sports Books to Bet On

The Olympics are bigger. The World Cup is arguably better. The World Series certainly has more history. But when it comes to the sheer amount of money put down on a bet, nothing beats the Super Bowl.

 

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R BlockBest Luxury Hotels for “Active” Travelers

While relaxing vacations certainly have their virtues—think pina coladas on a white sand beach, or a deep tissue massage at a desert spa—many people prefer a daily dose of action and adventure on their vacations. No, I’m not talking about golf, or tennis or long walks on the beach. I’m talking about real activities and adventure—perhaps even a little danger. (more…)

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R BlockBest Library Bars

Ah, the library bar. An urban oasis steeped in history (quite literally). Vintage, deep-seated armchairs, mahogany shelves and leather bound books ease the soul, while a single malt scotch calms the nerves after a long day of work. Ron Burgundy’s kind of place. My kind of place. (more…)

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6 Great Farm-to-Table Restaurants With On-Premise (Or Nearby) Gardens

The slow food revolution has swept across the country. While restaurants in Europe and elsewhere have been utilizing locally sourced produce, meat and dairy for some time, Americans were slow to catch on. Thanks to activist chef Alice Waters and others, restaurateurs around the country are beginning to realize the benefits of buying locally, (more…)