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A Visit to the Florida Riviera: Sunny Isles Beach

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The City of the Sun and Sea welcomes you to Sunny Isles Beach. An aptly named city that showcases South Florida’s glorious weather, pristine white sand beaches and mesmerizing turquoise blue waters. Located just 30 minutes north of Miami International Airport and a quick 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale, this barrier island sits between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Sunny Isles Beach stretches 2.5 miles along the oceanfront, offering a destination for couples, families and singles alike. What was once home to two story budget motels is now filled with sleek, contemporary high rises and luxury resorts that line the Atlantic Ocean beachfront.… Read more

Sunny Isles Beach Most Luxurious Resort: Acqualina

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First impressions leave lasting memories. Drive through the gates of the stunning Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, and you will see what I mean.

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(Photo courtesy of the Acqualina Resort and Spa)

Impeccably cared for resident-owned, Rolls-Royce sedans frame the hotel’s European-style piazza entrance.

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(Photo courtesy of the Acqualina Resort and Spa)

Art and Design

Walk into the Mediterranean inspired lobby with incredible details from the marble floors to Venetian stucco to the red, gold and aubergine color palette of the brocade fabrics to the chandeliers that draw your gaze up to the dramatic ceiling.… Read more

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Adults Only Vacation to Pueblo Bonita Pacifica in Los Cabos

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When you are searching for the perfect place to go on your luxury vacation and your expectations include white sand beaches, stunning views, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, innovative dining and your very own butler, then Pueblo Bonito Pacifica in Los Cabos is your destination.

At the tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez meet is an exclusive residential community known as Quivira Los Cabos. Within the gates of this secluded area is a luxury property known as Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort and The Towers at Pacifica. 

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The natural beauty of the area makes an impression on you instantly.Read more

Southern Hospitality Meets Luxury at Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee

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Linger Longer at the Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee. Located just 90 minutes from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, on the aptly named, Linger Longer Road, is the entrance to a community that is an integration of residential living, club lifestyle and full service resort. At the center of Reynolds, situated on the shores of Lake Oconee is The Ritz Carlton Resort.

Image courtesy of The Ritz Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee

The Resort: It’s all in the details.

This AAA Five Diamond resort and spa located between Atlanta and Augusta is surrounded by deep green landscape, sky high trees and the sparkling waters of Lake Oconee.Read more

A Seafood Lovers Vacation to the Florida Gulf Coast

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Exploring the Ringling, shopping on St. Armand’s Circle and dining at seafood restaurants across Tampa, Sarasota and Long Boat Key while on vacation on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Sandy white beaches, sunshine, seafood and a slower pace were the goals of my recent trip to Florida’s Gulf Coast. My ultimate destination was Long Boat Key, exploring Sarasota’s dining and art space along the way.

Flying in to Florida’s Gulf Coast

While choosing the airport you fly into is usually based on other factors than the food scene within the terminal, this was actually a decision maker for me. Having learned that the Tampa International Airport did a massive $154 million renovation with a focus on their design, culinary and concessions, I wanted to see what this meant from a traveler’s standpoint.… Read more

Wine Tasting Around The World

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Wine tasting and exploring three wineries from around the world including VIK from Chile, Ruffino from Italy and Kim Crawford from New Zealand.

How much fun would it be to travel the world touring wineries, tasting wine, learning about their history and operations and even talking food and wine parings? If you are a wine drinker, sampling wines from a variety of vineyards is part of the enjoyment you get from each glass. Having the opportunity to explore wines from around the globe just enhances not only the taste but the education on how each bottle is produced.

I recently had the opportunity to meet with 3 winemakers from Italy, New Zealand and Chile.… Read more

An Interview with Certified Master Chef Derin Moore

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An interview with Certified Master Chef Derin Moore of Reynolds Lake Oconee on creating a top rated culinary destination for members, guests and golfers.

Are you familiar with the title, Certified Master Chef? This is the highest honor issued by the American Culinary Federation to currently just 68 chefs in the U.S. at the peak of their culinary expertise. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Certified Master Chef, Derin Moore, while visiting Reynolds Lake Oconee located near Atlanta.Chef Derin Moore Reynolds Lake Oconee

The very first thing you notice about Chef Derin Moore is his stature and intensity. And then his warmth, sense of humor and passion for what he is doing comes through.… Read more

7 Chicago Luxury Hotel Suites That Exceed Expectations

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When traveling to a city with world-class museums, architecture that makes for the most memorable of skylines, a magnificent mile of shops, a vibrant theater district, shimmering waters of Lake Michigan and a top rated culinary scene, high expectations for luxury hotel accommodations are not a surprise. Here are seven of Chicago’s most luxurious suites, in no particular order.

7) Ritz Carlton: The Presidential Suite 

Located on the famed Magnificent Mile above Water Tower Place, the Ritz Carlton Hotel stands surrounded by the energy of the boulevard. Once inside, the serenity and grandeur of the hotel’s design welcomes you.

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The Presidential Suite is an expansive 2,900 square feet of luxury.… Read more

Hyatt Cooks Up The Good Taste Series Culinary Competition

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Hyatt Cooks Up The Good Taste Series Culinary Competition – Eleven chefs from Hyatt hotels compete Iron Chef style for winner to attend global competition.

If you are a fan of Food Network shows Iron Chef or Chopped or Bravo’s Top Chef, you can imagine how nerve-wracking it must be for the chefs competing to win that coveted title. Their culinary knowledge and creativity are all tested in a fast paced environment. To say the kitchen is “hot” is an understatement!

In the spirit of these shows, I was invited for the second time to judge a chef competition for the Hyatt Corporation. In their The Good Taste Series competition, Hyatt chefs compete against their colleagues to win prizes and the opportunity to travel to an international destination for the ultimate in competitive cooking events.… Read more

A Foodie’s Day Trip to Milwaukee

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A Foodie’s Day Trip to Milwaukee – Exploring 5 culinary spots from Danish pastry to coffee roasting to craft beer to custard to seafood in the area. 

When you think of Milwaukee, what foods and beverages come to mind? I bet I can guess: brats, cheese and beer. All true! Yet, Milwaukee has a vibrant culinary scene that you need to hear about.

Exploring the food world within a city doesn’t just mean what you find in the city’s downtown. In fact, creative and innovative options can be found all around town. The first gem on my road trip to Milwaukee started in Racine.… Read more