Category: North America

The coast of California: a magnificent seven

The coast of California: a magnificent seven

The Pacific Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is one of the most scenic drives on the planet, a natural challenger to such famous jaw-droppers as Australia’s Great Ocean Drive between Adelaide and Melbourne, the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies and the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Here are just seven of its pageant […]

Photograph of the week: The Cloud Gate, Downtown Chicago

Photograph of the week: The Cloud Gate, Downtown Chicago

The Cloud Gate, better know locally and affectionately as The Bean, is a surreal, giant reflective structure in downtown Chicago that brings the tourists flocking for this skewed vision of the Windy City’s skyline. Designed by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor and dominating the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park, The Bean throws back crazy images […]

Explore Lake Charles, Louisiana in luxurious style!

Explore Lake Charles, Louisiana in luxurious style!

When most people travel to Louisiana it usually goes something like this: 1. head straight to New Orleans; 2. eat (at overpriced, touristy spots) and drink (way too many watered-down Hurricane cocktails) alongside swarms of other tourists on Bourbon Street; 3. stay wherever you can get reservations in the French Quarter and never leave the area. However, […]

9 intimate, luxurious hideaways fit for Royalty and celebrities

9 intimate, luxurious hideaways fit for Royalty and celebrities

Does the phrase “fit for Royalty” sound good to you? Or maybe these days we judge the beauty and exclusivity of a luxury getaway by the celebrities who have visited it. Here are 9 intimate, luxurious hideaways that are fit for Royalty and celebrities – some of which have already been visited by them. 1. […]

Photograph of the week: A moonlit Palm Beach

Photograph of the week: A moonlit Palm Beach

The light of the full moon caresses the dancing waves of the sea in this week’s photograph of the week which was captured along the shoreline of Palm Beach, Florida. The barge in the background casts the sole shadow on the horizon, while the light from a midnight cruiser shines in the distance. Thank you […]

New York’s best bakeries

New York’s best bakeries

New York is a city made famous by its food. Home to a diverse mix of cultures, the Big Apple is filled with all manner of culinary delights, from macaroni cheese to matzo ball soup. However, it’s the baked goods which really get the taste buds tingling. After all, what could beat a freshly baked […]

The best NYC luxury hotels with a pool

The best NYC luxury hotels with a pool

What are the best New York City luxury hotels with a swimming pool? Many people visiting NYC with kids ask me this question, as do some guests who regularly swim laps for exercise. Space is at a premium in NYC, so there are very few luxury hotels with a swimming pool. It’s a great amenity, […]

Top 10 luxury rooms with a view

Top 10 luxury rooms with a view

There’s nothing better than rolling over and waking up to a stunning view of our beautiful world. So we’ve searched far and wide for the rooms with some of the most incredible views imaginable, ranging from those only accessible by flying in by helicopter to sleeping outside in the African wilderness for 360 degrees of […]

 7 reasons to visit Las Vegas

7 reasons to visit Las Vegas

Being female, teetotal and anti-gambling to boot, Las Vegas is probably one of the last places you might imagine I would choose to go. I have, nevertheless, visited Sin City no fewer than five times. The first occasion was a family holiday back in 2001, and the subsequent trips have all taken place since 2009. […]

Lesser-known luxury island escapes

Lesser-known luxury island escapes

Ask people to draw up a bucket list of islands they would most like to visit and Zanzibar, Barbados,, Tahiti and Sri Lanka are the likeliest candidates to top the polls. Here, we look at a quartet of smaller, lesser know islands that offer an intriguing alternative to the A list and might well be […]

Summer fun in Lake Tahoe

Summer fun in Lake Tahoe

It was the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley that introduced the world to Lake Tahoe. Snow is big here. The more of it the better. From skiing to snowboarding to tubing; if it requires snow, there’s a stretch of mountainside here where you can do it on. But as winter comes and goes, so […]

The 9 best bacon festivals across the US

The 9 best bacon festivals across the US

Pure bacon madness. Bacon Sundaes, Miso Bacon Steamed Buns, Chicken Bacon Apple Sausage Sliders and Thai Style Curried Coconut and Bacon Paella all washed down with a Maple Bacon Old Fashion. That’s just the tip of the bacon iceberg when you attend bacon festivals like the first festival on our list, the annual Bacon & […]

Top 10 stops along Florida's A1A Scenic Byway

Top 10 stops along Florida’s A1A Scenic Byway

Florida’s Historic Coast is an eclectic combination of old-world charm and history, natural habitat, and beachy fun. The drive south along the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway from Ponte Vedra to Flagler beach is a visual feast of fish shacks, colorful beach houses, and 42 miles of unspoiled cinnamon sugar beaches. Step back into […]

The top 5 seafood restaurants in Boston

The top 5 seafood restaurants in Boston

Having lived in Boston for a few years, I came to appreciate what fresh seafood really can taste like.  Being on the coast has major advantages, like fish caught the same morning, lots of availability, and a sustainable mindset.  When looking for where to dine on seafood in Boston, there are many places to choose […]

For the best food, festivals and fun, head to Montreal, Canada

For the best food, festivals and fun, head to Montreal, Canada

Just like the United States postal service’s motto, “Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail” shall prevent Montrealers from throwing a fabulous festival. Be it musical, comedy, fashion, dance, circus, film or food & wine based, they’ve got it covered, and leave it to those crazy/generous Canadians to throw many a bash for free-particularly […]

Interview with Kat Judge, Owner and Head Chef of AliKats Mountain Holidays

Interview with Kat Judge, Owner and Head Chef of AliKats Mountain Holidays

Kat Judge, along with her husband Al, runs the chalet company AliKats Mountain Holidays based in Morzine, France. They offer truly exceptional catered Alpine chalet holidays to their guests. Ever since Al and Kat met at a fancy dress party in Stoke Newington in 2006, they talked about moving from London to the Alps to […]

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