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alfway through the year and 2015 seems to be flying by faster than any other year we can recall. As the year passes us by we find ourselves asking the grand ole question… Are we traveling enough this year? With summer in mid-swing the time to travel is now more than ever. Sometimes we find ourselves so wrapped up in everyday business that we soon realize we haven’t satiated our need to see the world and the warm weather has come and gone. This seems to be the problem for most of our readers as we hear it time and time again, “We just can’t find the time to get away.” Stop the excuses it’s time to make some moves!

Do yourself a favor, go to our website and find a destination you have always wanted to visit and then book it! Even if the booking takes place six months from now at least you have started the process and it will give you something to look forward to. This issue is chock full of amazing vacation spots around the world for you to get inspired by, one of these could be your next getaway! From far away destinations like Hong Kong and Macau to Malaga Spain and even local staycation options right here in LA! This issue includes a stellar LA City guide to provide new and classic options right here at home. We just returned from a trip to Macau the “Vegas of the East” and wow was it not what we expected. The city is comprised of so much culture and history from its Portuguese and Macanese blend of influences. Throw in a strip of casinos and luxury resorts with the ultimate in shopping and dining and you have one amazing city. Who knew? Next up we made our way via ferry over to Hong Kong. This bustling city rivals New York with its fast pace, fine dining and couture fashion. The trip was certainly a once in a lifetime experience we will never forget! If you are looking for a quick jaunt just over the border we have multiple resorts in Mexico featured in this Endless Summer issue as well as a breathtaking luxury train ride through the Rocky Mountains to the world famous Banff, Canada. Whatever your vacation needs are this issue has you covered! Make your summer endless and get those vacations on the books!

Jennifer & Michael

Where are we off to next?

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Meet The Team

Emily Ung

Design Director

Huey Bui

Photography Director

Jaime Komer Fitness Travel

Tanya Pascua

Style & Fashion Director

Ken Alcazar

Associate Photography Director

Katie Dunlop Fitness Travel

Alyssa Kuhlman Marketing & PR Travel Writer

Stephanie Vinsel Photographer

Ava Roxanne Stritt Spa Travel

Erin Sprinkel & Angela Margolis

Dave Wrobel

Sarah Dandashy

Kate Roland & Leah J. Smith

Sterling Social Events

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Seana Pierce Travel Writer

Entertainment & Nightlife

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Rachel Rudwall & Andrea Feczko How 2 Travelers

Contributing Photographers Brian Dowling Chris Dunn Halina Kubalski Taylor Cole

Kelly Magyarics Travel Writer

Kathryn Lejeune Travel Writer

Susan Watkins Travel Writer

Katie McElveen Travel Writer

Leslie Moore Travel Writer

Richard Carroll Travel Writer

Christopher Dela Cruz Travel Writer

Courtney Kretchman Travel Writer

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Spring Issue Launch Party

supperclubLA, Hollywood The Los Angeles Travel Magazine Spring Issue Launch Party Celebration at supperclubLA featured entertainment by Zen Arts, DJ D-Dub and Talon Reid, along with Tito's Handmade Vodka Hosted Cocktails. Guests danced the night away while sipping travel themed drinks and also entered to win a variety of travel getaways and a Mediterranean Cruise from Celebrity Cruises. Stars of the hit television show Vanderpump Rules, Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz hosted the exclusive event. The power couple debuted the ultimate resource for the west coasts savviest travelers among celebrities, magazine contributors, city officials, media guests, and local Angelenos. Red Carpet Photos: Huey Bui Event Photos: Ken Alcazar Event Sponsors: Alcazark Photography, AMG Media Group, Boulevard Hospitality Group, Celebrity Cruises, How 2 Travelers, Huey Bui Photography, Sterling Social, SuperCool Creamery, Tito's Handmade Vodka, The Strand Hotel NYC and Zen Arts.





SCENE COLOURPOP COSMETICS 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON, Hollywood, CA - Guests enjoyed an afternoon of beauty and celebrating ColourPop’s first anniversary. The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting was in attendance with her glam squad consisting of makeup artist and ColourPop collaborator Jamie Greenberg, as well as hairstylist Christine Symonds. While Isabelle Fuhrman played around taking photos in the gif photo booth, Jordana Brewster was busy creating a custom ColourPop shade of eye shadow.

With nine events, drawing more than 30,000 attendees over the course of the weekend, the White Party Palm Springs continued its reign as the largest gay dance music festival in the world. This year, Producer Jeffrey Sanker added an all new “ Wet 'n' Wild” daytime water park event to the White Party schedule, alongside its award-winning line-up of signature pool parties, evening events and performances. Fashion icon Kelly Osbourne was crowned 2015 “Queen of White Party.” The weekend also featured live performances from Jordin Sparks, “Glee” star Alex Newell, Natalie LaRose, Katy Tiz, RWL, Novel and Nova Rockafella - as well as Grammy-winning superstar LeAnn Rimes.  PHOTO CREDIT: Marques Daniels

The Neon Carnival, the famed late-night outdoor dance party created by Brent Bolthouse returned to Indio, CA on Saturday, April 11th for the sixth consecutive year with amusement park rides, games and more. Entertainment’s biggest names came out to party after night two of music’s most celebrated festival including Leonardo Dicaprio, Justin Bieber and Scott Eastwood.  

Gran Centenario, a tequila rich in history and features the angel of victory as a symbol of independence and achievement, invited guests to the Skybar for an evening of celebrating “ Angels In Training.” 35 individuals whose stories of selflessness and virtuous service in the Los Angeles Latino community were recognized by Gran Centenario and celebs alike. Special guests included Actor Ryan Phillippe who arrived looking dapper was seen making it a boy’s night as sipped on specialty cocktails and chatting freely with attendees and taking photos. The soundtrack for the night was provided by Brody Jenner as he displayed his DJ skills with his turn table partner William Lifestyle.  Photo Credit: Rachel Murray/Getty Images

The American Cancer Society’s Birthday Ball was held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on June 6th. The event was hosted by Academy Award winner Kathy Bates during National Cancer Survivor’s weekend which featured a special performance by American Idol alum Katharine McPhee. Kathy Bates addressed attendees personally at the benefit sharing her Cancer story and fight for life. After a clean bill of health and being Cancer free, Kathy Bates talked about how she now suffers from Lymphedema. The event featured live and silent auctions and a chance to win six nights in Greece (two nights each in Athens, Mykonos and Santorini), courtesy of Starwood Hotel & Resorts and award-winning round-trip business class tickets for two on Turkish Airlines, valued at $23,350.  Rachel Zoe and Molly Sims, shopped for a cause on May 16th as they hosted Ovarian Cancer Research Fund's 2nd Annual Super Saturday L.A. at the historic Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. The event - expanding to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas this September - offered premier brands at deep discounts, with 100% of the proceeds supporting OCRF's research grants. Guests such as ​Ashley Greene, Rachel Roy and Louise Roe got designer deals from the likes of Trina Turk, French Connection, Rachel Zoe, Tommy Hilfiger, elsyewalker los angeles, James Perse, n:Philanthropy and more.  

Hollywood Carnival – Los Angeles Cultural Festival took place June 27th, on Hollywood Blvd. miraculously transformed into a Grand Carnival & Street Extravaganza with paradegoers and masqueraders dressed in vibrant, breathtaking costumes dancing to pulsating rhythms of Calypso, Soca, Samba, Reggae, Zouke, Latin, Punta, Meringue, Mariachi, Reggaeton, Blues, Jazz, Steel-pan, Indian, Asian, African, Middle Eastern and other worldly music.  Photo Credit: Jeannette Ceja

The Atlantic Records BET Awards After Party celebrated nominees and performers at HYDE Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails on June 28th. Guests included Atlantic Records recording artists Janelle Monáe, Meek Mill, Wale, K. Michelle, Kehlani, Omarion, Tyrese, JoJo, B.o.B, Sevyn Streeter and more. Photo Credit: Jeannette Ceja





You asked ... Q. My fiancé and I cannot agree on a honeymoon destination. I am dying to go to Bali while my fiancé doesn’t want to spend too many hours on a plane. How do we compromise? A. While Bali is an amazing destination, it does take a long flight to get there. There are many beautiful destinations that would work for a compromise, we highly suggest Costa Rica. The people are some of the friendliest locals we have encountered, the cost of accommodations is very reasonable and it offers pure natural beauty along with adventure, relaxation and plenty of culture.

Q. What should I do to stay healthy and active when I travel? A. We have some great advice for staying active while on the road. Check out the articles by Jaime Komer, a former Olympian and Katie Dunlop from Love, Sweat and Fitness in our #LATravelFit section. We highly recommend always staying hydrated, watching your salt intake and adding in some healthy transport options like renting a bike while touring new destinations.

Q. Which apps do you suggest for making travel easier? A. There are so many great apps out there for travel but the necessities include Google Translate which is always a good app to have on hand for communication issues. When traveling internationally don’t forget to download the OANDA Currency Converter. With its quick ability to calculate ATM and credit card rates you will never have to question the cost so feel free to shop until you drop! Hotel Tonight is a great app for those that just want to go with the flow and not get bogged down with a locked in itinerary. It also comes in handy if your plane gets delayed or cancelled and find yourself needing a hotel room asap…hey we have all been there!

Q. I am meeting my friends in Greece for some much needed girl time but I have a few extra vacation days. Do you think it’s safe to travel alone as a female? A. Despite what you think after seeing the movie Taken, the world outside our countries borders is not full of kidnappers and danger. As women, we are often taught to regard the unknown as a threat, which is unfortunate because it keeps us boxed up where we feel safe. The truth is that in many, if not most places, if you travel with intelligence and be responsible you are probably at least as safe as you would be in any major city here. There are a lot of great networks to connect female travelers all around the world like or our personal fav where successful women around the world join forces and enables them to form meaningful connections worldwide. You can ask about the customs and things to do once you get to the area, or even make plans to meet up. If you are still worried, grab one of the many great products from like their blinged out pepper spray or the ahh!-larm, a personal alarm with LED safety light on a gold keychain clip.

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Kid Friendly Places that are Fun for Adults Too

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Hi I’m Sarah! As a concierge at one of the top hotels in Los Angeles, it’s my business to know all the hip and fun things to do around town. Follow me as I dish out advice and discover new things to see and do in beautiful LA.

Summertime family fun Summertime in Los Angeles is personally my favorite time of the year. The days last a little longer, the evenings are a little balmier, and there is no shortage of activities to do around the city. Since school is out, many try to seek out events and activities that are family friendly. Whether you have a few kids in tow, or are just some adults looking to do something “ fun,” check out a few of my summer picks! The last bookstore

The la zoo

Just as its name implies, The Last Bookstore fills every inch of its space with new and used books, vinyl records, and evening graphic novels as though it truly was the last bookstore… ever. Started in 2005 as an attempt to focus owner Josh Spencer’s love for books and procuring the obscure for resale, The Last Bookstore quickly grew to be one of the largest independent bookstores still in existence. Take your kids and explore what might actually become one of the last independent bookstores. The famed book archway should not be missed!

With over 1200 animals housed on 113 acres, the Los Angeles Zoo is a great place to spend the day. Interact with some of your favorite animals from chimpanzees, hippopotamus, and even koalas, and see the rare California Condor. Take your time and explore the Botanical Gardens, the Rainforest of the Americas, the Elephants of Asia, and even their famous area called The Lair—dedicated to endangered amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles. The Zoo has been active in over 30 conservation projects, so stop in on Endangered Species Day to find out a little more about what they are doing to help. A plus, parking is always free!

#Concierge Tip: Check their site for a listing of weekly events. Also, head to the back room to discover hundreds of thousands of books for $1! the la zoo




#Concierge Tip: Family Fun Fridays offer discounted admission to families of four!

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cinespia at the hollywood forever cemetery

Sunnyday Scoot Go ahead and explore LA this summer in one of the most unique ways possible—in a three wheel, two-seater scooter, aka Scoots! SunnyDay Scoot specializes in guided day tours around town where you get to drive yourself. Most of the tours are private or semi-private to keep numbers to a minimum. Their various tour options include a Sunrise Tour, Movie Tour, Red Carpet Tour, and even a Romance package for those looking for something really outside the box. It’s one of the most interactive ways to scoot about town, and they guarantee a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will surely make you smile. You can’t beat that! #Concierge Tip: Live in LA? No need to take a sightseeing tour, they offer adventure rides too!

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Griffith Park's Free Shakespeare Festival

Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

California Science Center

It’s rare to experience culture on a budget, but in Los Angeles, it is totally possible. Imagine your favorite Shakespeare plays performed outdoors by some of the city’s most talented actors. All of this for free! The Free Shakespeare Festival is a great way to introduce your young ones to theater classics like Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo & Juliet, in a fun and relaxed environment. It’s also a great summertime date night activity. Whatever your reason, this is a classic Los Angeles experience that you can’t miss. Shows run Thursdays through Sundays from June 25th through August 30th!

Who needs a drive through when you have a cemetery and a plush lawn to sprawl on while watching some of Hollywood’s most famous flicks? Cinespia’s movie night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery has been a success ever since their 2002 summer debut. Rightfully so, since every night is just a magical, fun, and unique experience for family and friends. Saturday evenings from the end of May until the middle of September, they feature classics like Dazed and Confused, The Wizard of Oz and Animal House among many more. This year Cinespia wants you to share what you’re packing on social media by tagging your picnic spread with #cinespiapicnic. They will then repost the best spread of the week!

#Concierge Tip: Arrive at least two hours before the show to get prime seating and enjoy a picnic al fresco.

#ConciergeTip: Arrive shortly after doors open to claim your space, enjoy your picnic dinner, and get ready for show time!

Located in the middle of Exposition Park, The California Science Center specializes in science and technology, but with a hands-on twist. Currently they are hosting the historic Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, complete with a Jerusalem 3D IMAX experience. For those more space inclined, they are also the permanent home to the incredible Space Shuttle Endeavor! Of course, around every corner there is something new and fascinating to discover. Take your kids to learn about how the world works, or come with your friends to remember all the things you learned when you were a kid. Either way, the California Science Center is a great way to beat the summer heat! #ConciergeTip: Make a day of it and also visit the Natural History Museum located just next door!.


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chinatown summertime nights

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Chinatown Summertime Nights Both a food event and summertime concert series all wrapped up into three Saturday night events, the Chinatown Summertime Nights is a “new” summer season tradition. Gourmet Food Trucks assemble and add to the numerous Chinatown culinary offerings, great tunes are provided by host 89.9 KCRW’s DJs, and local artists showcase their wares in a flea market style set-up. Chinese cultural activities and even cooking demonstrations are presented by local organizations that add to the whole experience! The neighborhood is electrified with energy, culture, and people for this family-friendly event. #ConciergeTip: Planning to have a few drinks? Take the Metro Gold Line to the Chinatown Station.

Duff's Cakemix

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Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Duff’s Cakemix is LA’s coolest bakery hands down. Imagine a do-it-yourself cake and cupcake studio where “you make it, we bake it” is the motto! They bake up delicious flavors like confetti cake, marble, chocolate, and also offer a gluten-free chocolate option. It’s the perfect place for a party for your little one, or if you just want to drop in for an afternoon of fun, they usually have a few spots open for walkins too. This isn’t a kids-only studio, Duff’s is a great option for adults too! As they say, you are never too old to play with your food!

Tag, you’re it! Who doesn’t love a game of Laser Tag? Opening at 3 pm most days in Sherman Oaks, Ultrazone is one of the coolest places in Los Angeles for laser tag. Strap on a vest and step carefully into the dark maze of passageways. Beams of light pierce through the fog-filled space. Somehow one game will never be enough. This is the perfect afternoon activity if kids are in tow, or even if you are a group of adults looking for something different. It’s OK, we won’t tell.

You might drive by this tiny live music venue located on the Cahuenga corridor, but don’t let its unassuming entrance fool you. The Hotel Café is one of the best live music venues in the city, showcasing incredible up-andcoming talent alongside established bands and singers. The space is intimate, but the experience is huge! The Hotel Café has grown from its coffee shop roots when it first opened in 2000. Now it hosts shows seven days a week and has featured talents like John Mayer, Katy Perry, Ingrid Michaelson, and Meiko performing acoustic sets to full performances by The Lumineers, Fitz and the Tantrums, Mumford and Sons, Weezer, and Bruno Mars.

#ConciergeTip: Reservations highly suggested for weekend visits!

#ConciergeTip: Most nights you can purchase a $30 night pass and play unlimited games throughout the evening!

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#ConciergeTip: Jumping with a young one? They have Toddler Time, specifically dedicated to allowing smaller kids to explore the park safely.


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The Vegas of the East

Over 450 years ago the Portuguese controlled Macau where they built churches, fortresses and grandiose homes in a distinctive architectural style that still stands out to this day. In 1999 Macau was returned to China and while many expected the Portuguese legacy to be erased, Chinese authorities realized that Macau’s unique heritage held enormous potential to promote the region as a tourism destination. In the last decade, the Chinese have renovated buildings back to their original Portuguese style and made every effort to celebrate and share Macau’s colorful history with the world.    Known to many as the “Vegas of the East,” Macau now houses a wide variety of resorts and casinos. Showcasing many of the brands we know in Las Vegas, Macau is home to big names including the MGM, Wynn and Venetian. But don’t be fooled, there is more to Macau than gambling. The number of tourism sites alone provides visitors with enough to experience if placing bets is not in the cards. Traveling to this historic city without visiting the Ruins of St Paul would be a sin. It is one of the most visited

attractions in Macau and for good reason. Originally built in the 17th century, in 1835 it was destroyed by a fire and what remains till today is the facade of the Church and St Paul’s college. Another must visit is Macau Tower which soars 338 meters above the city and is the 10th highest freestanding tower in the world and the 8th tallest in Asia. Construction on the tower started in 1998, after a visit by Macau businessman Dr. Stanley Ho Hung-Sun to the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand. He was so impressed with the Sky Tower; he decided to build one like it in Macau. A visit to the tower wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the Skywalk adventure they offer. Imagine standing outside in the open air on the tower deck looking down at the city below. There are no handrails and nothing to hold on to. The staff is with you every moment of the way taking photos at every turn. No need to be scared, you are attached to safety lines by a harness and the activity is completely safe. You even have the option of running, jumping into the air and gliding along the deck which is thrilling and nerve-wracking at the same time!


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The Outdoor Observation Deck provides breathtaking panoramic views of the Macau cityscape and the islands of Hong Kong on a clear day. There is a Revolving Tower Restaurant that takes 60 minutes for one revolution during your dining experience. If you feel you could conquer the world after your Skywalk experience why not up the ante and try SkyJump or Bungy Jump. For those of you who would like to jump from the Macau Tower and are looking for a less challenging way to do it than Bungy, the SkyJump is the next best thing! Designed and invented in New Zealand, SkyJump is a controlled decent experience and you jump from the same platform as Bungy at 233m/764ft. Described as Base Jumping you will be attached to a wire cable and your descent takes around 17 seconds before you come to a very smooth landing (on your feet) at the ground floor plaza at the base of the tower. The SkyJump is different from Bungy jumping as you don’t free fall or rebound and you jump in a standing position and stay that way all the way to the ground.

Stay & Play Located right in the center of Cotai, The Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central is the largest hotel in Macau with 3896 rooms and growing. Providing the ultimate in luxury the resort embodies a sophisticated classic elegance. Home to world-class retail stores, a wide variety of restaurants and cafés, live entertainment and two casinos the resort is spread over two towers, Sky and Earth. With a distinctive design and impressive functionality every room is fully equipped to cater to the modern day traveler. LATM Tip: Upgrade your stay to include the Sheraton Club and Club Lounge. The Club offers guests an exclusive place to enjoy more privacy, connect with friends and enjoy full buffet breakfasts, all-day snacks, drinks and afternoon hors d’oeuvres. Club guests also enjoy exclusive poolside cabanas and spa enhancements.

Relax & Rejuvenate The resorts in house spa, Shine has three outdoor swimming pools and offers a holistic approach to health and fitness with Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance®. Shine is the largest Shine Spa in Asia Pacific.




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Located on the third floor of the hotel, it offers 15 treatment rooms, a beauty zone and hair salon. Fusing Eastern and Western traditions inspired by the Chinese Zodiac and the five elements of Feng Shui—metal, wood, water, fire and earth—the vast spa menu pampers the mind, body and soul with signature treatments. Offering a relaxing ambiance for treatments that soothe and renew, Shine helps locals and tourists alike unwind and de-stress. Tasteful treatment rooms and calming music set the tone as clients get ready to be pampered.

Dining The dining options on property are endless, with three signature restaurants offering options for every palate. Enjoy authentic Italian food at Bene, indulge at Macau’s one-of-a-kind Asian hotpot and seafood restaurant, Xin, or relish international flavors at Feast. Room service is also a fantastic choice for those looking to keep it low key. Our favorite was Xin which offers Asian hotpot, fresh-from-the-tank seafood and a wide variety of Asian-inspired dishes. The concept of Xin, which stands for freshness, was inspired by the numerous markets offered throughout the city. Each guest is seated with their very own hotpot set up and the options include an infinite bank of possibilities. To swish your bits of protein and veggies through your own pot of seasoned broth instead of having to endure a communal pot that may not be precisely adjusted to your taste is a real treat.  The showstopper of all dining experiences offered at the Sands Cotai Central is Shrekfast. Feel like a kid again with this gourmet brunch style feast complete with characters from the DreamWorks portfolio. Take your photo with Shrek or Kung Fu Panda all while feasting like royalty. The food options are endless and the performances have everyone joining in on the fun.

Entertainment The House of Dancing Water is a spectacular $250-million acrobatics extravaganza produced by the ex-director of many Cirque du Soleil shows, and plays nightly. This is not your average Cirque du Soleil performance so make sure to purchase tickets well in advance. You don’t want to miss this show! ■


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Hong Kong The Pearl of the Orient




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Always reinventing itself, the city of Hong Kong is an oasis of culture, nightlife and amazing food. Incense-filled temples fight for space with shimmering new skyscrapers; trendy art galleries share a block with old trinket shops and dim sum is offered at every corner. The city offers such an eclectic mix of Asian culture and modern new world traditions. A British colony until 1999, the city is now considered a Special Autonomous Region of China allowing the Hong Kong government a bit more freedom in handling their own affairs than any other part of China.

Stay The Upper House, Hong Kong Designed by lauded Hong Kong architect Andre Fu, The Upper House is the most elegant and sleek hotel you’ll find in Hong Kong with renowned panoramic views and the utmost level of service. Rated as the #1 hotel in Hong Kong on Trip Advisor, this hotel succeeds in blending understated luxury with peaceful tranquility. Within close proximity to a shopping mall and top-choice restaurants, The Upper House offers both convenient access to the city as well as a skyscraper-level retreat from the hustle and bustle below. Beginning on the fourth floor lobby, a collection of specially commissioned artwork takes passersby on a journey—from the wooden-arched escalator on Level 6 to the romantic candlelit columns on Level 49. Rising from street level, a beautiful 10-story water-themed installation called “Rise” inspires viewers to journey up throughout the floors of The Upper House, inviting them to experience a modern odyssey into the tranquil urban escape. Choose from 117 rooms, including 23 suites. Rooms begin on Level 38, ensuring that every room promises a stunning view of either the harbor or the island. Whether you stay in Studio 70 accommodations or one of the Penthouse accommodations, each room provides a spacious and opulent environment. Cushioned window seats and L-shaped loungers lie in the Upper Suites, while the Studios dazzle guests with vistas of the island and mountains. Every room welcomes guests with walk-in wardrobes, rain showers, giant tubs, remotecontrolled blinds, and bamboo and limestone décor. Free WiFi, flat screen TV, an interactive iPod touch, and a dual-temperature wine-fridge also await guests in their rooms.

The staff at The Upper House truly go above and beyond, aiming to give you a stress-free stay. Professional and attentive to any and every need, the service is the x-factor that makes this chic hotel memorable in the minds of its guests. Relax on the Lawn, the secret garden found on Level 6, get your sweat on at the gym, or join a complimentary yoga class on the weekend. From the abundance of Ren toiletries to the free maxi bar snacks and espresso machine, you’ll find every needed amenity. The Upper House prides itself on being ecofriendly. Hybrid luxury cars for private hire, organic and locally-sourced food, and in-room body motion sensors in guest rooms to save electricity are just a few examples. The hotel even uses iPod touches for a paperless check-in and check-out method. Visit Café Gray Deluxe, located on Level 49, and savor the cuisine of Chef Gray Kunz. Featuring signature dishes from the best locations in Europe, Asia, and America, Café Gray Deluxe offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, early supper, dinner and an evening at the bar. Reserve the private dining room, fit for 12 guests, with its stunning harbor view dining perfect for either a family or business gathering. Friendly service, world-class views, and inspiring artwork are just a few reasons why The Upper House stands above other hotels in Hong Kong. When you travel to this deep-harbor metropolis, look no further than the calmly elegant choice of The Upper House. EAST Hotel A trendy hotel resting in a less busy nook of Hong Kong island, EAST Hotel (sister property to The Upper House) is a premier lifestyle business hotel from Swire Hotels conveniently nestled within Island East, one of the city’s most prominent business districts. Awarded as one of the Top 10 Hong Kong Boutique Hotels as well as one of the Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in China in the years past, EAST introduces guests to its refreshing balance of work and pleasure. With 345 invitingly large rooms, including six suites, the hotel accommodations feature floor to ceiling windows, Apple TV in select rooms, an iPod touch and 37-inch flat screen TV in every room, a rain showerhead, espresso machine, and free WiFi along with a work station. A mix of marble, bamboo, and wood décor bring forth a modern ambiance inspired by the natural environment of the land. Order

in-room dining any time of the day or night, with 24 hour per day service. For the ultimate view and luxury, choose a corner harbor view room—you’ll feel enveloped in the breathtaking skyline of the city and Victoria Harbor as you view it all from your King size bed. Situated along Quarry Bay, next to Tai Koo MTR subway station, EAST provides easily accessible transportation. It also lies right next to Cityplaza Shopping Center—the largest shopping mall on Hong Kong Island—and is a 45 minute drive from Chek Lap Kok International Airport. With its close access to a large handful of advertising, architectural, and fashion companies, EAST houses an art collection inspired by these influences that bespeak nature, youth, and vitality. These thought-provoking pieces of artwork add to the warmth and trend that make EAST uniquely beautiful. Guests can go for a swim in the outdoor heated pool or exercise at the Beast (Body by EAST) Fitness Center. Laundry services and a 24-hour front desk are also available to guests. Check out the all-day Feast Café for tasty Western and Asian dishes. To unwind after a long day of exploring or business, visit Sugar, the hotel’s rooftop bar and deck featuring a delicious selection of cocktails and tapas paired with panoramic city views. This is one of the top bars in Hong Kong and once you see the view, meet the staff and sample the cocktails you will know why. From signature dishes and cocktails to popular favorites, Sugar goes above and beyond to prove they are one of the best. From the rooms, dining options, and proximity to the local business district, this hotel welcomes travelers from across the globe. If you’re in the mood for gourmet food and luxury brand shopping amidst artfully stylish décor, EAST is the perfect choice for your stay in Hong Kong!

Food & Beverage Asia's top culinary capital, the city of Hong Kong is home to numerous top chefs from all over the world showcasing all types of international cuisine. However fancy your gastronomic desires are, they are likely be fulfilled in this happening city. From something simple like a bowl of savory noodles to freshly steamed dim sum, there is no question why Hong Kong has been labeled as the “Worlds Food Fair.”


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With so many fine dining restaurants to choose from the decision making process can be difficult. Many of the restaurants in Hong Kong have been influenced by both Eastern and Western cultures. Food enthusiasts can indulge in cuisines from all over the world including Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, India, Europe, and America. Looking to take your dim sum experience to a whole new level? Look no further than Man Wah. Located inside the Mandarin Oriental on the 25th floor, Man Wah is a romantic and exclusive dining event that should not be missed when visiting the Pearl of the Orient. With beautiful panoramic views of Victoria Harbor and the city skyline, Man Wah serves traditional Cantonese cuisine in a lavish setting complete with lanterns and silks tapered along the walls. From start to finish the service is impeccable and the food is beautifully presented. The menu is extensive and includes a set dinner menu, list of Chef ’s specialties, a wide variety of dim sum and a la cart options. Mixed drinks are shaken to perfection and the wine list will satisfy even the most discerning connoisseur. A trip to Hong Kong would be incomplete without enjoying a cocktail at Ozone the “World’s Highest Bar.” Situated on the 118th floor of The Ritz Carlton Hotel, the views from the outdoor terrace are enough to make your entire trip worthwhile. For more breath-taking views set up a reservation at Tosca. Also located at The Ritz Carlton, this Southern-Italian restaurant located on the 102nd floor is a gem all its own. The decor is sensational, with high vaulted ceilings, fountains that take center stage and chandeliers that sparkle from the cities nightly light show, A Symphony of Lights. The open kitchen offers a glimpse into the Chefs Italian playground, where you can watch in anticipation as your dish is being prepared. With a symphony of east meets west, the Chef knew precisely which tools to create a flawless meal. The colorful presentations on each plate stood out as the flavor in each ingredient came together like a perfect marriage. For traditional French Bistro style cuisine dine at Plat du Jour which is located just a short walk from East. The quiet setting and romantic ambience make it a stop you won’t want to miss, especially when traveling with your loved one. The menu offers French classics like Escargot and Steak Frites while the décor provides burgundy undertones and a casual elegance. ■




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Top 5 things to do in Hong Kong 1. Shopping From couture filled boutiques to street markets at every corner, Hong Kong has an abundance of shopping options. Just about anything you could ever want to buy can be found in Hong Kong’s lively street markets. Don’t miss the Ladies’ Market, home to more than 100 stalls selling clothing and accessories or the Temple Street Night Market, where you can find everything from noodle vendors to jewelers. Cat Street is known for antiques while Apliu Street Market has electronics of all kinds, and Fa Yuen Street is good for finding a new set of kicks. 2. Victoria Peak The Peak is one of the top attractions and definitely worth battling the crowds to enjoy. The peak showcases the best lookout point in the city with panoramic views from all angles. To reach the Peak Tower at the mountain's apex, you'll take the scenic red tram, which has been operating since 1888.

3. Big Buddha Lantau Island is home to the 202 ton statue “Tian Tan Buddha,” referred to by many as the “Big Buddha.” The massive bronze statue is one of the main attractions in Hong Kong. Take the Ngong Ping 360 gondola to arrive at this magnificent creation as it offers impressive views of North Lantau Country Park, the South China Sea, and the surrounding countryside. 4. Disneyland Each day, as the sunlight fades, millions of tiny lights transform the entire park and present the best of Hong Kong Disneyland in a whole new light. Shining brightest of all is the all new Disney Paint the Night nighttime spectacular—a symphony of music and color that will truly make your imagination soar. Other must-see attractions include Flights of Fantasy Parade, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, The Golden Mickeys and also Fantasy Gardens where Mickey, Minnie and Goofy make surprise appearances to meet and greet guests.

5. Kam Shan Country Park (Monkey Hill) Located north of Kowloon the park is home to jogging trails, barbecue and picnic areas, panoramic views and lots of monkeys! This park is famous for its conservation of macaque monkeys and while cute and cuddly looking they are everything but so don’t be fooled! The macaques are the largest group of mammals in the park. Locals believe these monkeys are probably descendants that were released by pet owners in the 1920s, whereas wild macaque groups native to Hong Kong have almost disappeared due to habitat destruction and over-hunting. There are roughly 2,100 wild monkeys in Hong Kong; 1,800 of them reside in Kam Shan Country Park. Keep in mind there is a hefty fine for feeding the monkeys and we definitely saw why as they are extremely aggressive.


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Helsinki By: Tanyel Jasmine Kabay


re you envious of all those adventurous stories of far flung destinations? Fed up of living vicariously through tropic filtered Instagram pictures? If so, Helsinki is a destination you won’t want to miss. No other city boasts an experience of a lifetime such as this intrepid travelers paradise! Why Now: This award winning and invigorating city offers a multifaceted array of opportunities and possibilities. Helsinki is a modern pocket sized European country known for its design and high end technology. 2015 will see Helsinki accelerate into the sporting world as hosts to the 15th Olympic Gymnaestrada, which will present a stadium of 21,000 gymnasts from over more than 50 countries worldwide. This great archipelago gateway consists of roughly 330 islands, averaging 19 hours of daylight in the summer months.




Where to Stay: Klaus K Hotel in Helsinki is a great choice to rest your head whether for business or personal exploration. This creative and modern hotel’s history, heritage and design are replicated in the citie’s DNA. Situated in the centre of Helsinki it provides the ideal location, you are idyllically within walking distance of all the city has to offer from interior design shops and fashion boutiques to galleries and museums. Klaus K has a beautiful boutique day spa, the comprehensive and tailor-made spa treatments restore vitality to your skin while pampering your body and soul. Sit back and enjoy a chilled glass of champagne and start your 48 hour holiday in style. Activities: The Design District Helsinki hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Design District Week, Design Markets, and Late

Night shopping, and have even created local guides showcasing designed architectural tour walks in the city. The tour which started in 2012 is still as popular today as it was then. Art and fashion enthusiasts enjoy the infamous shopping district of Helsinki which offers an array of shops, pop up vintage markets, galleries and museums. It would be a travesty not to mention the Moreau Kusunoki museum which proudly won the ‘Guggenheim Architecture Competition’ a landmark of 20th-century modernism. Clad in locally sourced charred timber and glass, the environmentally sensitive building comprises nine low-lying volumes and one lighthouse-like tower, connected to the nearby Helsinki’s South Harbor. The Social Scene: Finns might seem a bit quiet and reserved at first, but meet them in a bar and you’ll

discover a whole new dimension to the locals. Finns love to party and weekend nights in central Helsinki is where it’s most evident. From stylish hipster rock shows to classy cocktail lounges, there’s enough supply of nightlife in Helsinki to cater to all preferences. Housed within the walls of Hotel Klaus K, Ahjo is a combination of stylish chic and modern cool. The bar lounge welcomes you with giant neon lights and a uniquely positioned bar, this is definitely the place to be seen. If a pub or bar is more your style for a night out then you must make a visit to Bar Moskova. Together with the adjacent Bar Corona, both owned by eccentric filmmaker brothers Kaurismäki, it has an electrical atmosphere that cannot be replicated elsewhere, giving one no choice but to succumb to the feelings of starring in your own ultra cool Russian Spy film.

Dining: The long daylight hours in Helsinki have inspired some Scandinavian restaurants to open doors later in the evening. These can be found at some of the most affluent areas. SPIS is an 18-seat homey-like Nordic restaurant serving artisan wines, Nordic brews and fresh food from local ingredients that are cleverly displayed as art on a plate. The menu illustrates the Nordic’s love for everything organic and fresh, Chef Antero Aurivuo and Perttu Jokinen have based their culinary concept around a feast designed from sourcing locally grown vegetables. However, they aim to please all appetites and offer at least one fish and meat entrée. Another critically acclaimed and internationally known foodie’s paradise is Gaijin. This restaurant ranks high among Helsinki’s best Asian eateries. At Gaijin, eating

is all about socializing and most of the dishes have been designed to be shared. The chef offers two set menus and by choosing one for your entire table, you can sample such delicacies as foie and unagi (glazed eel, duck liver, apple flavored tapioca pearls) or you can jump on board the train of flavors and try something more traditional. The main inspiration around Finland’s epic nation is its iconic scripture, ‘The Kalevala.” Published in 1835 by Elias Lönnrot, Lönnrots beliefs liberated the Finns who no longer wanted to exist in the shadows of its two powerful neighboring countries Sweden and Russia. The Finns are a proud colony and love nothing more then to welcome you with open arms enlightening you on their journey of self definition and cultural awakening. A visit to the award winning city of Helsinki will leave you wanting to go back for more! ■


Leah Smith & Kate Roland And just like that summer is officially here, our absolute favorite brunch season! We know the beach is calling your name, along with Mimosas and hash browns, so we are here to rescue that rumbling stomach and provided you with some new brunch spots off the worn and beaten path otherwise known as hotel row. Pack your sunnies, flip flops and appetite and hurry to these summertime brunch retreats.

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Hidden amongst small retail and an apartment building, you’ll find a little sign reading “Aestus.” Blocks from the ocean and bustling promenade, you will be thankful you walked the extra mile to enjoy a new local favorite. Chef Alex Ageneau brings his experience (Royce and Patina) and French culinary flare to this open kitchen, farm to table establishment. Dinners here demand a reservation but their brunch is still relatively a secret (a delicious and brilliant secret) so you’ll be free to roam in whenever your hunger pains strike. This is the place to order steak and eggs! Their juicy cut of meat is accompanied by a perfectly poached egg on top of mushroom, farro and spinach. For something sweet try their light and flavorful pistachio cake. Of course, brunch wouldn’t be complete without an accompanying cocktail. Our favorite is their signature champs-élysées (cognac, green chartreuse, lemon, demara, angostura bitters).

Aestus, 507 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica, CA. | 424-268-4433 Brunch served Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.





The newest brunch on the block is Joe Jonas’ Southern eatery Hinterland in Santa Monica. It’s already one of the toughest tables to secure west of the 405, and they just started brunch! Hinterland, which is also owned by restaurateurs Matthew Hechter and Chris Brandon, serve up New American Seasonal Coastal Cuisine by Chef Max DiMare. Using local produce to create many brunch favorites like French toast (easily one of the best French toasts in town) to classic, oysters; this place is destined to be a local favorite. The General Manager, Arsen Vasquez, will introduce you to the best rose in town while you take in the local sights and sounds of Main Street. The small, intimate space boasts a raw bar, exposed brick and marble table-tops, along with outdoor seating making it a perfect spot for a summer day.

Hinterland, 2917 Main St.,Santa Monica, CA. | 310-399-0805 Brunch served Sun. 10 a.m.–3 p.m.


Chef Roy Choi is definitely a culinary celebrity here in Los Angeles. Between his famous Kogi food trucks and hip restaurants he seems to be unstoppable. A-Frame, in Culver City, is no exception to his flavorful resume. The old IHOP building now houses Aloha inspired fare with communal picnic tables and laid back patrons. This is one of LA’s rare scenes where Hawaii and brunch come together. While we love adventurous meals like their Musubi Plate (think homemade Spam and Kaluha Pork), the all you can eat pancakes are just too good of a deal to pass up. Our favorite stacks include the Lilikoi Butter and amazing Banana Mac Nut ($15 unlimited). Pair these with all you can drink cocktail options (Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Michelada and Hite Korean Lager) and you’ll have a hard time leaving before the dinner rush!

A-Frame, 12565 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA. | 310-398-7700 Brunch served Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Oh my, let’s start with the cocktails. Brunch just isn’t brunch without cocktails. You’ve got the staples on the beers and bubbles menu, but also offered is a slew of cocktails from a French Margarita, (made with tequila, yellow chartreuse, yellow pepper, lemon, smoked salt, and firewater bitters) to a Garden Mojito (concocted from white rum, pineau de charentes, lime, sweet peas, nastiurtium). But then there’s the food, oh the food. With Kris Tominaga at the helm (The Hart & The Hunter), this French cuisine offers a fun Santa Monica twist. The menu has everything you could want, salads (although not something we typically eat at brunch), to grains & eggs (faro, wild rice, crisp quinoa, braised mustard greens radish, scallions, fried egg). If you’re looking for something sweeter, try the Dutch Pancake (berries, lemon, honey, crème fraiche).

Cadet. 2518 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA. | 310-828-3300 Brunch served Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.





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Micro Breweries to Mead Makers When considering a trip to San Francisco, many of us think of the Golden Gate Bridge, awardwinning wines and unique culinary experiences but recently, a growing group of aficionados of slow food, localism and sustainability are thinking micro-breweries. By Leslie Moore

You only have to wander down the cold beverage aisle in your local grocer to realize that what was once a fledgling industry with a few artisan brewers has stratified into the rapid bloom of distinctive and sometimes questionable blends with equally unique names and distinctive label art that fill the shelves today. ThirstyBear Brewing Co. Organic Brewery and Tapas House

Hopefully, if you are on a micro-brewery tour, you love beer and there is no better way to familiarize yourself with the unique flavors of ThirstyBear’s brew than to order the beer flight. Take your time; savor the different flavors and complexities of their regular and seasonal offerings and then move on to a big, cold glass of your favorite fresh from the tap!

about the food and the best beer pairings. If you have a big appetite, try the paella, with saffron infused rice, housemade chorizo and an abundance of fresh seafood. If you are feeling more adventurous, load your table with tapas; we did, and everything paired well with my preferred beer, Grizzly Bear Red! The tapas were rich in flavor; authentic with a modern flair that will leave you wanting more. The hop cured salmon and the mussels and clams steamed in Polar Bear Pilsner are to die for!

The concept: pair the first and only brewery in San Francisco to brew certified organic beer with a sustainable, green certified tapas restaurant. The outcome, owner Ron Silberstein’s bustling brewpub with fabulous

At ThirstyBear, you will find an extensive and very creative menu firmly rooted in traditional Spanish cuisine and a dedication to sustainable, local foods. The staff is very knowledgeable

A word of advice, leave room for a real treat; dark chocolate gelato made with Thirsty Bear “Kozlov Stout”! A fantastic end to a great experience!

food and very worthwhile beer offerings served in a contemporary atmosphere.


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flagship meads, Orange Blossom and California Gold, are made in the traditional style, with only raw, unpasteurized honey, yeast and water. Clean, very fragrant, and not as sweet as you might think. This dryer quality of San Francisco Mead is achieved by aging the mead for a full year or longer. By adhering to this standard, almost all of the honey is turned into alcohol, leaving a complex, earthy bouquet of pollen, honey and fruit. In this sanitary, no-frills space, Sarah and Oron, in addition to the traditional mead, are producing specialty flavors such as Apple Pie, which is actually a Cyser, mead made with cider instead of water that results in a mead so decadent, it could be served over ice cream, and Coffee, a coffee infused mead with a flavor reminiscent of sneaking whiskey laced coffee to the 4th of July parade – only better! Anchor Brewing

Anchor’s rich history in brewing dates back to the days of the California Goldrush, when German brewer Gottlieb Brekle started making steam beer in an old saloon near Russian Hill, creating the yet to be named Anchor Brewery, America’s first and oldest craft brewery. The tour, which is both funny and informative, takes you through the impressive history of Anchor Brewing, a long history impacted by personal tragedy and historic events such as earthquakes, fires and prohibition through an unlikely rescue in the ‘70s by Fritz Maytag (yes, of that Maytag family) to today. It includes an educational tour of the traditional copper brewhouse, where you will learn how Anchor carefully adheres to time-honored craft brewing methods in modern times. Once the learning is over, it is time to celebrate in the taproom decorated with a fascinating collection of historic and vintage beer paraphernalia. Here, if you have the fortitude, your guide will take you through a tasting of each of Anchor’s exceptional beers. Be wary, the pours are very generous! And now for something completely different… San Francisco Mead Co.

Like me, when you think of mead, you might think of medieval warriors boasting about their conquests over slopping mugs of mead. Or maybe you think of monks silently making wine from honey as a byproduct of their virtuous beekeeping. Think again!




The “Nectar of the Gods,” sometimes referred to as honey wine, is traditionally made from three simple ingredients: honey, water and yeast. Who knew! I bet you also didn’t know that there is a burgeoning industry fermenting, until now, just under the radar and ready to go shoulder to shoulder with micro-breweries and cottage wineries around the world. We discovered San Francisco Mead Co. in an unassuming warehouse in the Bayview area of the city and are we glad we did. Here, owners Oron and Sarah Benary have lovingly created a premium mead with a very tasty lineup. Their

On our tour, we sampled Blackberry Mead, which, although a little young, already boasts its true potential as a delightful mead. Next on the horizon is a Hops Mead, a mead made with dry hops which will lend the floral characteristic of the hop to the mead instead of the bitter taste desired for beer. If you, like most of us, were unaware of the dramatic revival of mead, I strongly suggest you plan a visit to San Francisco Mead. I promise you, you will be pleasantly surprised and will be able to go home and impress your friends with something new and truly special. ■

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San Diego Count y From Tacos & Tequila in Encinitas to Strip Steak in the Heart of the Gaslamp District, San Diego County Tops the Charts as a Destination for Dining. By Tarra Laperdon


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San Diego is recognized for its beaches, parks, and pleasantly warm weather but it also offers many unique and remarkable dining and beverage experiences. Dining experiences here range from extravagant Chef tasting menus to casual bar bites by the beach. For those looking to treat themselves and enjoy a night out with abundance La Jolla and Del Mar are the perfect destinations. La Jolla, a prosperous neighborhood north of the city curves itself along the Pacific Ocean coastline and provides San Diego County with a laid back yet classy dining scene. Must experience ocean view restaurants include Georges at the Cove and The Shores. Georges at the Cove is ideal for fresh seafood and creative libations. Beyond compare to any other California inspired cuisine, Chef Trey Fisheye provides guests with meticulously detailed plate presentations and delectable flavor profiles. The Shores Restaurant, has been serving locals and tourists alike their take on fresh seafood and a Pacific inspired menu that leaves guests satisfied and wanting more. With 32



Del Mar, another exquisite and prosperous beach town, offers more enticing dining experiences that will ignite your senses. Il Fornaio, a local favorite, is an authentic Italian restaurant that serves lunch and dinner. Known for their seafood linguine mare chiaro and their traditional pennoni alla vodka, all menu items are freshly prepared by Executive Chef Maurizio Mazzon.

Finally, for those looking to have some fun, good drinks and a lively night out, The Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego is certainly not to be missed. For specialty craft cocktails stop at the Noble Experiment. For more of an elegant beverage experience the Baliwick on 5th street offers Florida inspired cocktails. One of our favorite spots located directly in the heart of it all is the Gaslamp Strip Club. Before you go there, get your mind out of the gutter. The restaurant and bar is named after their famous Strip Steak and this establishment does keep it PG, well maybe not all the time!

For a more informal and casual dining atmosphere a visit to Encinitas and Cardiff is a must. Not only are both of these areas known for their amazing surf spots, but they also showcase some of the most authentic Mexican food in the county. Creditable restaurants include that of Las Olas in Cardiff and La Especial Norte in Encinitas. Both of these authentic Mexican restaurants feature food and drink selections that will make you feel as though you are in dining in Cabo San Lucas.

The restaurant is 21-and over, showing off an old-school supper club setting, complete with an extensive cocktail selection and food menu. They don’t mess around here with community grills for guests to cook their own steaks on. The restaurant features an impressive collection of artwork by the world-renowned "pin up" artist Alberto Vargas and it is the perfect destination for an entire evening out. From start to finish there is no need to leave once you have settled into your very own curved leather booth. â–

culinary expertise from Executive Chefs Bernard Guillas and Percy Oani, The Shores Restaurant has won numerous awards.

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Beyond Country, Nashville’s Fresh New Fl avors By Leslie Moore


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Sure, some of the boozy honky-tonks on and around Lower Broadway are as appropriately cliché as you’d have hoped, but as you walk down this four block stretch of fabulous neon and open air bars, your ears fill with the sounds of folk, rock, funk, R&B, bluegrass and punkabilly (your guess is as good as mine) and the energy is as electric as the ubiquitous neon above. By night the scene is filled with tipsy revelers, by day, avid shoppers snatching up cowboy boots, hats, belts with large rhinestone buckles, anything that screams classic Nashville! But there is a new Nashville and it’s all about the food. With 21 institutions of higher education, extremely affordable housing and the strongest employment rate since the great recession, millennials are flocking here and with them sustainable restaurants and new Chefs trying to take over the Nashville scene.




Etch Restaurant

Margot’s Café

Chef Deb Paquette has been at the forefront of Nashville’s food scene for the last 30 years, so it’s little surprise that her new adventure with Etch has found her once again “making good food that everyone can enjoy.” Ingredients are prepared with precision to create original dishes that are a composite of skillfully layered flavors and textures. The décor is modern and rather minimal, featuring earthy tones and natural elements; a perfect backdrop to this chef ’s beautifully presented creations.

In up and coming East Nashville, Margot’s Café enjoys a loyal following of friends, neighbors and travellers alike. The space, originally a 1930’s service station, is a playful hodgepodge of exposed brick, colorfully painted walls and white table-clothed tables that evoke hospitality, grace and simplicity all at once. The menu, which is always changing, demonstrates a dedication to fresh seasonal ingredients and inventive yet rustic French and Italian cuisine

Husk Restaurant: A Celebration of Southern Ingredients

A rising second-tier city with a casual, hip culture and a growing and quickly changing food scene, Nashville will provide you with a very unique and entertaining culinary vacation. Enjoy the most musical time of your life no matter your ear and a culinary adventure no matter your palate. ■

Within walking distance of historic Broadway in a building that dates back to the late 19th century, Chef Sean Brock merges his contemporary cooking style with his fierce loyalty to the South, reinventing Southern cooking. While a culinary forward experience, Chef Brock’s use of ingredients and recipes found at the family table of his childhood gives you a true appreciation for the flavors of the South.

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Cheers to the Food and Wine of Santa Barbara Count y By Tarra Laperdon


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Santa Barbara, the beautiful beach town and coastline seat of Santa Barbara County, offers many luxury dining options, fine restaurants, and wide varieties of vino experiences with over fifty different wineries to choose from. The laid back casual beach setting proves to be the perfect place to travel to for food and wine. Due to a variety of microclimates and soils, wine entrepreneurs and local wine makers are gifted with high quality grapes that create a handful of wine selections. Ranging from the LaMontagne Winery to the Summerland Winery the region specializes in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. Jaffur Wine Cellar offers wine tastings throughout summer from 11am-5pm daily and is known for their principal varietals such as Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Mourvedre, Petite Syrah, Pinot Noir, Rousanne, Syrah, and Viognier. Craig Jaffur, the winemaker dedicates his time to producing outstanding Rhone versatile wines with “new-world independence.” Interested in pursuing all that wine country has to offer? Get your own key to wine country. The key allows individuals to further indulge in the unique and exclusive experiences in Santa Barbara. Access allows key holders to take part in special experiences and events exclusive to the area like meeting the winemakers, upscale food and wine pairings, barrel tastings, blending sessions and open houses. Santa Barbara also features excellent restaurant selections for both locals and visitors to enjoy for any occasion. With many locations set on the gorgeous coastline, the wide range of restaurants make the dining scene unforgettable. A few of our favorites include the Hungry Cat, Restaurant Julienne, and of course Finch and Fork. The Hungry Cat provides a contemporary spin to Santa Barbara seafood, known for their oyster shooters and the seafood platter, the restaurant is a must stop dining adventure. Restaurant Julienne run by Chef Justin West focuses on the classics such as the chicken liver while the Finch and Fork provides comfort style cuisine. Whether one is looking to delve into new dining experiences or pursue a romantic meal on the coastline, Santa Barbara’s dining selections are unlimited. Finally, don’t forget to purchase tickets for Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest, the ultimate fall and wine food festival that takes place from October 9th-12th. This event offers both food and wine tastings from some of the areas hottest locations, a silent auction, live music, winemaker dinners, and barrel tastings. For more information and to purchase tickets for this event, please visit ■





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Focused As stars on the hit reality series Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, Morgan Stewart and Brendan Fitzpatrick’s relationship has blossomed right before our eyes. From dating to planning their next vacation as an engaged couple, this whirlwind romance is on track to set the test of time. While both have an eye for fashion, the couple is planting new roots in Beverly Hills with style and class. When they’re not filming, you can find them enjoying the open ocean with Naos Yachts, lounging poolside at Hotel Bel-Air or sipping cocktails at The Nice Guy. Even with St. Tropez right around the corner, Brendan & Morgan love to getaway together and can’t get enough trips on the books. As they say, the couple that travels together stays together and these two are travel perfection.




Photography by: Huey Bui,

Get Her Look: Bariano,

Get His Look:

Tom Ford, Sunglasses: Barton Perreira, Location: Marina Del Rey Vessel: Naos Yachts,


Photography by: Huey Bui,

Get Her Look:

Walter Mendez,

Get His Look:

Walter Mendez, Location: Marina Del Rey Vessel: Naos Yachts,




Photography by: Huey Bui,

Get Her Look:

Walter Mendez,

Get His Look:

Zara, Location: Marina Del Rey Vessel: Naos Yachts, Food & Beverage: The Prince & Pantry,

LATM: Where was your first trip abroad? MS: Switzerland. BF: Paris. LATM. Where have you travelled during the show and where would you like to see the show go next? MS: We have gone to Mexico, China, the Bahamas, Wyoming, London & Las Vegas.

MS: I don’t really think it’s been that stressful because we are the way we are on and off camera; so far it hasn’t been that strenuous.

LATM: If you could travel with anyone in the world (besides each other) who would it be and where would you go?

BF: We are both very confident and have great communication in our relationship so what you see on the show is pretty accurate. We have received a lot more positive feedback rather than negative about our relationship from our viewers which we really appreciate.

MS: Karl Lagerfeld, wherever he would want to go I am down.

LATM: What is your ideal vacation? BF: We both would love to see Australia, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for visiting during Season 4.

MS: We went to St. Tropez last summer and are going again in a few weeks, we love it there.

LATM: What has it been like to have your dating relationship translate from real life onto reality T.V. with an audience to watch?

BF: I prefer a relaxed vacation on the beach with a cocktail in hand doing as little as possible.

BF: I would actually like to travel alone. It would be cool to go somewhere foreign by myself and meet new people. Traveling alone forces you out of your comfort zone so I think that would be a unique experience that would really benefit me in the long run. LATM: Who is your favorite LA designer? MS: Lady and the Sailor I love their t-shirts it’s very classic and very me.


Travel is really important to us because it gives us a chance to reconnect. We are fortunate we can travel together and experience new things.

” - Brendan F itzpatrick

BF: Hedi Slimane, Yves Saint Laurent. LATM: What is your favorite thing to do when you have time off from the show? MS: Sit, taking time for ourselves during the show can be difficult. It is very busy and we are always with the same people. I really enjoy working out, going to dinner and we really try to travel as much as we can. BF: Travel is really important to us because it gives us a chance to reconnect. We are fortunate we can travel together and experience new things. Our first trip together was New York City; it really showed us how well we travel together. LATM: What are your plans for after the show? 42



MS: I love the show, I know it’s a lot of work but it’s so involved and you become this weird dysfunctional family. I really would love to have my own talk show someday. I would love for my website to continue to grow. I would even consider doing standup, most comedians are men, and I think I can be pretty humorous. BF: I’ve had a career in real estate before and during the show and I see that continuing. I am going to stay on that track and also focus more on the developer and designer side of the business. LATM: Name your favorite places in LA: best hotel/best restaurant/best activity or attraction and best place to get your drink on. MS: Hotel Bel-Air, we are frequent visitors and like to escape locally. My favorite activity is to

hit the Tomoko Spa, it is the most incredible Japanese Spa on Beverly Drive, it is lights out incredible. The Nice Guy is our go to for a night out. BF: Yes, the best hotel is by far the Hotel Bel-Air. Madeo is both of our favorites when it comes to dining in Los Angeles. I like to go golfing on any of the great courses around here especially the LA Country Club, Bel-Air Country Club and Hillcrest. LATM: How do you see yourselves as a couple in the next five years? MS: Definitely married, we will continue to motivate each other, possibly have a baby within five years. BF: I agree.

Dreaming of your own yacht experience? Now you can charter brand new Beneteau monohulls and Lagoon catamarans. You can rest assured that you will find your charter yacht in great shape, ready to go. Isn’t it time for you to get out and enjoy Southern California? w

About Naos Yachts: Owner, Charles-etienne Devanneaux is a renowned racer on two continents. As a child, he began collecting new Beneteau brochures as the models were released. He sold his first Beneteau sailboat at the age of 18 and was hooked. In 2009, Charles founded Naos Yachts in Marina del Rey and acquired the Beneteau sailboat territory that includes Southern California from the Los Angeles/Orange/Oxnard County line in the south to Morro Bay in the north. Lagoon territory extends from the Mexican border to Morro Bay and both Lagoon and Beneteau include Hawaii. Charly has built a team of professionals that know their boats. Every team member has years of experience racing and cruising, most professionally. This level of professionalism and dedication to clients has led Naos to become the leading sailboat dealer on the West Coast.  In addition to new and used yacht sales, the Naos team takes great pride in offering sailing lessons, as an ASA certified school.


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Rent a brand new Audi at Silvercar From reservation to return, Silvercar has re-imagined the car rental system. First, start with a premium car—an Audi A4. Add the Traveler, a downloadable app that gives you control over the entire rental experience, from accessing your car to receiving your receipt. Wireless, paperless, and, most importantly, painless for you, the Traveler can get you started on your next SoCal roadtrip. 

Primp & Pamper Aqua Thai Massage With a 5 star rating, Aqua Thai has become quite popular with its followers. Spa treatments range from traditional Thai massage to Swedish and deep tissue so no matter how you like your massage, they have you covered. The most popular treatment is definitely the combination of Thai and Swedish together.




Makeup at Blushington Specializing in professional makeup applications in a chic feminine atmosphere, Blushington knows how to give you the look you want. At their location in West Hollywood they use and retail Stila, Becca, Julie Hewett, and Kevyn Aucoin products. Choose a Temptu airbrush foundation or a Camera Ready package, which includes a Full Face application plus extra contouring and color choices.

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Treat your Locks at Society on Melrose Trust LA’s hottest inclusive salon, Society, for a fresh cut and style perfect for your next big event. This innovative West Hollywood salon specializes in everything from blowouts to Keratin treatments. Leave with an eyecatching new haircut that speaks volumes.

Fig & Olive on Melrose In a city that churns out a new trendy restaurant as fast as they spin out the new A–list celebrity of the moment, The Fig and Olive is a rare phenomenon. If the service and quality of food stays consistent this restaurant will be here for a very LONG time! The theme is centered around local and imported ingredients focusing on flavors from the South of France, Italy and Spain. Fig & Olive carries over 30 different extra virgin olive oils from all over the world and are sold within

Emporium Thai, Westwood Established in the year 2000, owner John Sungkamee and his family have always had the same goal; give the people what they want, treat them like family and they will always come back. They truly believe that a strong family bond along with the most authentic Southern Thai food will bring them the kind of customers that will dine at their restaurant for many years to come.

Our city is the Mecca for plastic surgery, couture shopping, beach bodies, and ridiculously frustrating traffic but we love it and can’t get enough. From the first time visitor to the newest transplant there are so many great places to visit and incorporate into our lifestyle that it can be seriously overwhelming. We put together some of our top places to help steer you in the right direction from our favorite Thai restaurant to where we get our hair did the guide below will help you get straight to the good stuff!

the restaurant. They also offer an extensive wine list with pairings that work well with the menu selection. Crostini’s are a must here; try an assortment of the many they have to offer. Don’t miss the Fig Gorgonzola Tartlet, this buttery puff pastry concoction will melt in your mouth and leave you wanting more. Boxwood at the London West Hollywood Under the direct supervision of Executive Chef Anthony Keene, the culinary experience at Boxwood has been re-invented to attract foodies from all over the globe. Local Angelenos and tourists alike can take in awe inspiring views while they enjoy a variety of Californian inspired small plates. This newly revised menu brings seasonal, fresh local produce, seafood and high quality cuts of meat all served with a new flare. The ambience is energetic yet elegant. With a central cocktail bar, local mixologists strum up some very tasty concoctions such as the Cinful Pimms-Peligroso (Cinnamon Tequila, Pimms, Ginger Beer, Orange puree, lemon twist) or the

Chocolate Cherry Martini (Chocolate Cherry Baileys, Godiva Liqueur, Luxardo Cherry). Save room for dessert and finish your meal off in style with an order of the English Sticky Toffee Pudding (Mascarpone Cheese and Brown Butter Ice Cream). Rok Sushi, Hermosa Beach Sushi and sake are a combination that almost everyone craves, and what better way to satisfy that craving than enjoying it by the beach? Rok Sushi is a perfect spot to enjoy a casual night out right in the heart of Hermosa Beach. Locals and visitors alike flock to this unique sushi spot for the ambience, attentive service and variety of menu and bar options. The Little Door, Santa Monica This Mediterranean style restaurant really brings out the charm and excitement of the Santa Monica area. Brunch selections include an array of items from seared foie gras with poached eggs, fingerling potato frites, and lentils to duck

confit hash. The dinner menu includes popular items from couscous “Royale” with lamb stew to Merguez sausage. For those looking to indulge in some pre-selected dining options by the Chef, the Chef ’s Selection Menu is an excellent opportunity for a feasting adventure. Leaning with the Mediterranean vibe at hand, appetizers consist of a “Mezze” Mediterranean assortment and entrees like the grilled marinated white sea bass with saffron espelette sauce. The meal is then finished with dessert du jour served with either brewed Italian coffee or Moroccan mint tea.

Cure Your Sweet Tooth Sweet E’s Bake Shop Sweet on the eyes as well as the taste buds, this little bake shop in West Hollywood takes dessert to the next level. Sweet E’s attention to aesthetic is evident in every carefully crafted detail, from the trendy packaging to the sprinkles on top. High quality ingredients guarantee it’s more than love at first sight.


Escape Locally Westlake Village Inn Centrally located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the Westlake Village Inn is a luxury hotel with a California twist. The 17-acre property boasts a vineyard and private lake making it an ideal destination with a European feel. Each room at Westlake Village Inn provides a view of excellence with lakeside, golf course, garden or mountains from your very own private patio or terrace. Suites feature fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, and spacious bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs for the ultimate relaxing experience. Mondrian Hotel For the perfect stay after a night out on the Sunset Strip look no further than the Mondrian Los Angeles. As you walk into the lobby you instantly feel the luxury set in, the madness outside slowly fades away and the urban chic décor gives you a sense of relaxation. Whether here for business or pleasure, the outstanding staff, excellent cuisine and nightlife that can rival any club in LA this hotel is an oasis in the heart of Hollywood. Beautiful, spacious rooms with very trendy design features will make you question ever leaving. If relaxation is your main plan then you are at the right place. For a happening nightlife scene look no further than Skybar which has been a mainstay in Los Angeles for over a decade.




With some of the most stunning views in the city Skybar hosts the who’s who of the Hollywood celebrities that can be seen here on a daily basis. It is rare for a bar or lounge to survive in Los Angeles for more than a few years as the trends change often, yet Skybar has maintained its popularity year after year. Guests that stay at the Mondrian feel like VIP as they lounge at the pool during the day amongst Hollywood’s elite or while sipping on cocktails at the lobby bar. The location of the hotel is within walking distance to the Beverly Center, Melrose Ave as well as being situated right on the world famous Sunset Strip. Herringbone, a restaurant presented by Enlightened Hospitality group has quickly become a foodie hotspot in the LA dining scene and a must when staying at the Mondrian. Recently replacing the iconic Asia De Cuba, local culinary experts are more than pleased with the transformation that Herringbone has become. By bringing ocean to table cuisine that showcases some amazing seafood concoctions using local seafood, produce and the finest cuts of meats available, the restaurant has quickly become an institution. The menu offers something for everyone, stop by for a casual poolside lunch or reserve a table for dinner before a night out on the town. Stay after dinner and enjoy a handcrafted cocktail like jalaberry strawpeño (strawberry and jalapeño infused tequila; lime juice and

agave nectar) or the achilles peel 13 (strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and blueberry infused vodka; st germain, lemon juice, simple syrup and orange juice). Both are fabulous representations of the mixologists capabilities. Don’t forget to stop by for a casual Mexican meal at the newly founded Sayulita which is a new taco and tequila pop up inside the Skybar. Dine barefoot while you enjoy their famous fish tacos and tasty margaritas.

Work it Burn 60 A boutique gym located in the heart of Brentwood, Burn 60’s goal is to maximize calorie burn in just 60 minutes. Every class is different, mixing up treadmill interviews with floor work and free weights. As if the knowledgeable trainers were not enough to motivate you, the awesome music mixes inspire you to push harder. Your abs will thank you for giving Burn 60 a try, and you might even bump into a celeb or two. The first class is free, and parking is easy with a huge lot located across the street.

Buy it Moods of Norway Select an edgy-designed suit from Moods of Norway at their Venice Beach location or their Hollywood location on Melrose. As the brand that exists to make happy clothes for happy people, Moods of Norway will suit you up handsomely with a style that leaves everyone smiling. From the Stein Tonning Tuxedo Jacket to the evening blue colored Stein Flo Donegal Suit Pant, there are plenty of dapper choices for your attire! ■


All Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer! By: Chris Dunn


any of us naturally associate the romantic, leisurely appeal of train travel with an European setting. While this luxurious mode of vacationing is certainly far less common in North America, there happens to be an extraordinary train excursion much closer to home waiting to take you through some of the most beautiful scenery on earth! Look no further than the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer, which offers unique rail routes from Vancouver, B.C. to a choice of either Jasper or Banff over the course of two unforgettable days. Speaking of accolades, we start our journey off in Canada’s ‘Most livable city,’ arriving downtown at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Rocky Mountaineer partners with the Fairmont Hotel group to provide a first-class stay at both ends of your trip, and if you only have a limited opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of Vancouver, the Fairmont is your best bet. Personalized and thoughtful five-star service combine here with location, location, location! Step out of the hotel lobby and you are less than half a block from major attractions such as the Vancouver Art Gallery or the city’s main shopping street. If time permits, widen your exploration while participating in Vancouver’s extremely active lifestyle by taking a bike out for the afternoon—the Fairmont provides everything you’ll need, and what better way to work up an appetite for your evening meal! Many of us find that our travel experiences are enriched by eating locally, and when in Vancouver you can’t go wrong by opting for seafood. With this in mind, head out for an unforgettable dining experience at the Blue Water Café. Nestled in the city’s trendiest




restaurant district of Yaletown, the Blue Water Café has garnered Vancouver’s ‘Best Seafood Restaurant’ award since 2007. For all-out decadence we recommend the seafood tower, a two-tiered presentation that comes with a little of everything, all from local, sustainable harvests. Cap off your evening as many locals do with a scenic stroll along the seawall before returning to the Fairmont for a restful sleep in preparation for tomorrow’s early start. The next morning you are transported down to the city’s main train station, where your Rocky Mountaineer hosts are waiting to greet you with genuine warmth. As Canadians are well-known for their polite, friendly, hospitable character, you can be sure your hosts exemplify these qualities. From the outset it’s also obvious that they really do love their work, and as your journey progresses it’s not hard to see why. Once the city limits are left behind, settle in to enjoy a constantly changing scenic adventure. Soon the Fraser River is seen roaring far below, its breathtaking course culminating at a point known famously as ‘Hell’s Gate’. Before long the landscape has completely changed from lush old growth forest to semi-arid desert canyons, giving the feeling that you’ve somehow been transported to a completely different place on earth. And this is still only the beginning, as non-stop scenic highlights continue to roll on by throughout your entire Rocky Mountaineer experience. At any point you can let yourself drift in conversation or lose yourself in a book without having to worry about missing out on anything. From intriguing details of local flora and fauna to the colorful history of bygone town sites and


other points of interest, your Rocky Mountaineer hosts provide just the right amount of informative narration, with well-timed humor often adding to the enjoyment. As far as the enjoyment of one’s palate is concerned, this is a non-stop ride! Sit back and relax as you take in the unfolding view from your upper level dome car seat while indulging in the all-day snack and bar catering service. At breakfast and lunchtime, gather below in the dining level where five-star chefs prepare exquisite, regionally sourced meals. From top grade Albertan beef to fresh-caught sockeye salmon, the menu is an all-Canadian crowning affair, and Rocky Mountaineer spares no effort in providing locally produced foods (and wines!) along the way. Over breakfast we couldn’t help remarking on how delicious the jam on our croissants was; our server then timely informed us it came from a berry farm we happened to be passing by at that moment. And wouldn’t you know it… suddenly that jam tasted even more delicious! Midway through the trip the train pulls in to the city of Kamloops where you will stay overnight in one of several affiliated hotel accommodations. Upon entering into the city’s outskirts, the window view presents an interesting bit of contrast. Originally built up around the gold rush, the community’s once gritty, hard-working historical roots come into full display. Once you are out strolling the downtown main street, however, a flourishing culinary scene awaits your




discovery. To kick off your evening’s adventure with some unique local flair, make sure to stop in at the Noble Pig Brewhouse. This highly popular establishment is widely known for its deep fried pickles, an offering which most everyone rates as “Surprisingly good.” Day two features even more breathtakingly scenic splendor, as snow-capped peaks of the Rockies begin to grace the full 180 degree overhead view of your dome car. Whether your destination is Jasper or Banff, you can be sure to spend this day in awe of the sublime and majestic surroundings. As hosts and guests alike keep their eyes peeled for frequent wildlife sightings, make sure to have your camera ready at hand! Moose, elk and bear are just some of the big ticket items you might very well spot. Our itinerary took us along endless feats of railroad engineering up through numerous mountain passes, until our final destination of Banff was reached, and there we checked in at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. As Canada’s oldest national park, Banff is unparalleled for its surrounding natural beauty, and for those who like to travel in style the Banff Springs Hotel is unquestionably the choice accommodation. It’s rooms are plush and modernly appointed while the hotel itself is historic and, quite simply, grand to behold inside and out. As with each step along the way in your Rocky Mountaineer adventure, you can expect nothing but the best in refined Canadian hospitality here.

We highly suggest spending at least two nights in order to enjoy some of Banff’s many attractions. Go on a guided mountain hike, try your hand at fly fishing in the nearby Bow River, or simply relax with the exquisite spa services provided at the Banff Springs, followed by some leisurely shopping in the town. If your seasonal timing is right, why not head up for a day of skiing! Banff’s Sunshine Village ski resort has the longest ski season in North America, and even though our visit took place at the end of April, snow conditions were remarkably good and our day on the slopes was thoroughly enjoyable. When eventually the time came to say goodbye to our hosts, it was not without a tinge of regret that we were leaving the Rockies behind. Having spent many years venturing far and wide in search of beautiful places on this earth, the Canadian Rocky Mountains still gets our number one vote, a conviction that is reaffirmed more strongly with each subsequent visit. But wait… it’s not over until it’s over. As a parting bonus of your encounter with Rocky Mountaineer, the return flight from Calgary to Vancouver provides a dazzling aerial view of all that you’ve just been through. Be sure to get the window seat! ■ For more information, visit


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Feed Your Soul & Seek Adventure in the ATL By: Christopher Dela Cruz


irst step off the plane when landing in the ATL and you quickly realize you are in the South. Immediately you get a sense of Southern hospitality and the warm air outside provides a warm welcome. Known as HOT-lanta, there is so much to do in the city to our surprise; the opportunities are endless. Upon arrival and to truly fit in with the locals, grab a bourbon on the rocks and a hearty soul food meal to start your visit off right. Transportation Tip: Known to be commuter friendly, the city has optimal public transportation options readily available through MARTA. The MARTA runs straight to and from the airport and is quick, easy and most importantly clean, safe and inexpensive.

Get to Know the City

If this is your first time in Atlanta make sure to take advantage of the Atlanta CityPASS, which grants you access to all the popular tourism sites. Not to miss stops include the World of Coca Cola, College Football Hall of Fame, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Zoo, CNN Studio Tour, Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. While all are spectacular places to visit, it is the Georgia Aquarium that will take your breath away. The Georgia Aquarium is Atlanta’s most popular attraction for visitors and locals alike. The highlights include beluga whales, a very educational and fun dolphin show, plus every kind of ocean inspired exhibit you can think of. The exhibits are interactive and not only can you see the exhibit but you can also be part of the experience. The most breath taking part of the Georgia Aquarium is the infamous tunnel you walk through where you can watch all the active marine life swim all around and above you. We had the rare opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour of the Aquarium and were blown away. To see the amount of work that is put into taking care of these animals really allowed

for a much better appreciation of the aquarium. They house onsite doctors who provide physicals and checkups on a regular basis, a pharmacy for prescription medication needs, and a continual lab of professionals are consistently checking and testing the water to make sure that all aquarium and animal standards are being met.

The Place to Rest Your Head

stands out for its distinctive exterior skull at the Little Five Points location and the grungy uniqueness of the interior at the Midtown location. The Vortex is known for their Coronary Bypass burger (the name should say it all) and their Holy Water cocktail. It may sound dangerous, but the risk is worth every sip and bite.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, located just a short drive outside the city and a quick 15 minute ride on the MARTA is conveniently located and provides a luxury stay combined with the flare of the south. From the modern and oppulent entrance and lobby to their breathtaking residential suites the Mandarin is a perfect choice when visiting the area. This specific Mandarin Oriental is a boutique style hotel that greets you by name and is always looking to go the extra mile to ensure you are satisfied with your experience.

Dining at Bacchanalia is completely the opposite of The Vortex; it is a 5 course, fine dining experience located roughly ten minutes outside of the downtown area. Everything from the location to the very last bite of your meal is an experience. One you will not soon forget and one you will not want to end.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental is an oasis of well being for the mind, body and spirit. The spa is a sanctuary to rejuvenate and get centered after a long day of exploring.

Each providing such a unique taste on its own and accompanied by a meal, these dishes are presented in small precise portions. Take them in and really savor each delectable bite that tantalizes the taste buds. If you’re looking for a cocktail to pair with your meal be sure to try their Keen Ice, which is their signature version of a mint julep and an original sazerac.

Another great experience at the property is their farm to table dinner where the hotel showcases specialty bourbon cocktails, southern food made with the freshest ingredients and live blue grass entertainment to soothe the ears and take your dining experience to the next level.

Feed the Soul

There are plenty of great options throughout the city but if you are looking for the best Bacchanalia and The Vortex are two places not to miss. These are two very different restaurants, but both provide delicious menu options. The difference of course being the atmosphere and ambiance dining at these two restaurants will take you from one extreme to the other. The Vortex is highly recommended by the locals and anyone who has visited. The restaurant

LATM Recommendations: Atlantic Tuna Tartare, Georgia White Shrimp, Jamison Farm Lamb, Brie De Meaux Gelato & Coffee Semifreddo

The staff at Bacchanalia surpasses expectations, along with a professional head chef in charge and the owner meticulously making sure every detail is perfect, you can ensure an authentic fine dining experience. With the many cultures encompassing Atlanta there are many things to see and do, whether you are traveling alone, with your family or even with friends. It is a place that caters to everyone. When visiting the ATL be prepared to drink your fair share of bourbon, enjoy the comfort food and reap the benefits of Southern hospitality that is waiting for you around every corner. ■



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By: Jeannette Ceja


hen thinking of Colombia, travelers may have been introduced to the South American country through the more populated metropolitan cities such as Bogotá, Cali or Medellín. With so many modern cities and small towns, Colombia offers a wide variety of regions for travelers to explore. A definite must visit when traveling to Colombia is the city of Cartagena. Officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Cartagena has been able to maintain its charm and picturesque appeal since the city was founded in 1533.

Take a walk in the historic Old Town that has been surrounded by a colonial wall. Encounter the Spanish influenced buildings still intact as you pass by the many restaurants, boutique “casa” hotels and retail stores. Described by locals as a “romantic city,” the setting is perfect for couples with the vibrant colorful homes in the background and horse carriage rides at night. Take a tour inside one of the historical churches Iglesia Santo Domingo or Iglesia San Pedro Claver. Buy fresh fruit from a palenquera, you can’t miss them—women dressed in bright colorful dresses wearing containers of fruit on top of their heads.

Stop for a drink in one of the plazas in the old town, where musicians and singers will serenade to you as you enjoy the view. Home to the Cartagena International Music Festival, Cartagena Film Festival and the Hay Festival there are many reasons to visit through out the year. Celebrate with the locals every November 11th, Independence Day when the Spanish no longer ruled over the city. Stop by the historic Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. A castle and a fort-Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas named for the counts of Barajas and for Spain’s King Phillip IV. Positioned on top of the San Lazaro Hill, wander amongst the grounds and tunnels


that took up to 300 years to build. Visitors can choose between a self-guided audio tour or a private tour guide can show you around the twelve sites of interest for an additional fee. A private tour guide is highly recommended, tour guides will boast in sharing their city’s history like my tour guide Luis- 83 years old and still giving tours at Castillo de San Felipe for the past 40 years.

that will take you to any of the 28 islands for lunch and excursions such as snorkeling, scuba diving along the coral reefs, a visit to an aquarium or jet skiing. Or for an ultra exclusive experience stay the night and wake up on your own private island.

Situated on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, the majestic Islands of Rosario provide visitors with the perfect getaway. Listed as a destination in the book “100 Places Every Woman Should Go” by author Stephanie Elizondo Greist, the islands are just a 45-minute boat ride away from Cartagena. Choose between a day tour

For solo travelers or groups of friends, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. As a city with an active nightlife, there are many bars and nightclubs. Ask the locals, and they will rave to you about the famous Cafe Havana that became internationally recognized ever since Hillary Clinton’s visit back in 2012. If you




Tip: Be sure to set aside additional money for the small harbor tax fee.

like to dance salsa, don’t miss the hot spot Tu Candela. Another must do, is a ride on the tour bus “Chiva” a colorful and loud bus, where a live band will literally play and sing in the last row. There are two tours, one during the day that ventures around the old town of Cartagena and the modern side of the city, Bocagrande. The second tour is the “Night Rumba,” aka the party bus tour. Make sure you choose which tour best suits your group, little did my mother and I know there were two different tours at the time. That was until the guide handed us a bottle of rum and Tutti Frutti soda for the ride. Going to a nightclub with my mother was definitely a first for me. ■


Mexican retreat

Villa del Palmar:

Finding Wellness in Loreto

By: Courtney Kretchman


itting quietly off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula is a hidden jewel in Loreto called Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa. After an easy twohour flight from Los Angeles and a half-hour shuttle ride from Loreto Int’l Airport, you are transported from what feels like the middle of nowhere to exactly where the universe wants you. Kind smiles and quenching lemonade greet you at this luxury destination resort, soon followed by a special hand washing ritual— signifying all your stress be left outside the hotel doors. Then your journey begins.




ACCOMMODATIONS It should be noted that check-in is surprisingly smooth—especially if you email any special requests in advance, such as dietary restrictions. Convenience is a big value at this resort, right down to your room key—or lack there of. Instead, a magical little bracelet is placed on your wrist. No room keys to lose or get deactivated here, just this little waterproof accessory that never fails to let you in your room. Rooms are spacious, ranging from 645 to 5,000 square feet, with private balconies overlooking the glittering Sea of Cortez. Amenities include equipped kitchens, whirlpool bathtubs and in-room washer/ dryers.

There are three restaurants on the almost 4,500-acre property—all of which can provide room service and accommodate gluten-free, vegan, and even kosher (if notified in advance) diners. Menus aren’t taken lightly here. You’ll find everything from morning mocktails and customary chilaquiles to delicious brick-oven pizza. Each meal is prepared like a work of art and presented with all the care of a gallery curator. Thanks to their solar panels and incredible onsite Desalination Plant, Villa del Palmar Loreto is a fully self-sustaining property. At

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least 100,000 gallons of water are purified every day just for the resort. Yes, you can drink the water here, which is truly a luxury.

GET ACTIVE Take a hike! Go leisurely on a guided hike or easily navigate the marked trails on your own. If you go during Wellness Week, morning yoga and meditation are an extraordinary experience not to be missed—where you become one with the sand, while sounds of the rippling tide play just a few feet away. Namaste. For seasoned and first-timers alike, paddle boarding and kayaking are heavenly on this

serene tide. Or you can book a boating excursion around the Coronado, Danzante and Del Carmen Islands where incredible untouched rock formations become your backdrop. Take the opportunity to jump out and snorkel. The local sea life is an indescribable reminder of the glorious world beneath the waves.

If you want to leave the property, there are shuttles into town regularly. Established in 1697, you will find a lot of California history in the City of Loreto. You’ll also find that life seems simpler in Loreto, there might be one traffic light in the entire town. But don’t arrive around lunchtime or you’ll experience the evacuation of Siesta.

Jacques Cousteau wasn’t wrong when he called this, “The Aquarium of the World.”


COMING SOON! The 7,400-yard Rees Jonesdesigned golf course will be absolutely palatial by late fall 2015.

The Sábila Spa is a 39,000 square-foot oasis of pampering and tranquility named after the surrounding Aloe Vera. Like the resort itself, the spa’s unpretentious décor pays homage to the land it sits upon. Beyond the grand doors of this


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three-story refuge sits a gym, salon, fresh juicery, separate men’s and women’s areas, Aloe Vera and Epsom salt tubs, plunge pools, treatment rooms, and a pristine rooftop tennis court. Take time to breathe in the restorative spa scents—such as invigorating lemongrass and minty eucalyptus in the wet rooms, or warm cinnamon and orange essences mid-massage. The massage therapists here put in more training hours than in most U.S. destinations—and it shows. Sábila Spa will surely become known as one of Mexico’s top spas in the near future. Fine details around Villa del Palmar Loreto are indicative of the pride here. Chocolate-dipped cookies left in hand-tied cellophane at turndown service. Hand towels charmingly twisted into animal shapes. A signature “green drink” you’ll come to crave every morning, and miss once you get home. The list goes on. It’s funny how a relatively unheard of locale, just over rolling hills and unpaved roads where goats graze, can become the exact place you learn to exhale. Or maybe that’s just Wellness in Loreto. ■






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Around the World Party Destinations By: Tanyel Jasmine Kabay Have you ever wanted to party at a soiree like a Royal, attend a banquet under the stars like a Sultan, celebrate in an arena like a Gladiator, be decadently entertained like a Geisha or perhaps a blow out carousel like a sheikh is more your style?! Well fear not intrepid travelers for I have wandered the globe in pursuit of the perfect, around the World, Summer Party Destinations.




London - Boujis Vibrant, cosmopolitan and unique are just a few words that best describe a party capital so electric you may need to reserve a lifetime ticket to this one way destination in order to explore all the adventurous possibilities one might have when traveling to London. Boujis just screams A-List; the reputation of this club is like no other. This entrancing club has entertained the likes of Prince Harry, Duchess Beatrice and Kate Moss to name a few. Boujis ventures beyond West London’s South Kensington and has recently hosted at prestigious events. In 2013 members were invited to party in Ibiza, celebrate at the Film Festival Cannes, Grand Prix in Monaco and the Audi international polo at the Guards club in the Windsor Great park, clearly setting the standard for luxury and style. The club has reconstructed glow lights impersonating stars hidden deep within the all black and dark blue interiors, above are beautiful model acrobats swinging from giant bird cages and fire breathing male dancers circulating the dance floor, enclosing us in a mass ball of excitement and uncertainty. It’s unbelievable to think there is a themed event every time you party at Boujis.

Japan - Le Baron De Paris Whilst most cities seduce you with their subtle charm, Tokyo knocks you off your feet and drags you in. Over night the city blossoms into a profusion of giant neon lights and paper lanterns. Tokyo is arguably one of the most attractive cities in the world! Le Baron de Paris greets you with dark red lit underground S&M / Geisha boudoir chic interiors. The club is formally based on the original Le Baron. A famous celebrity hangout in the heart of Paris, this club entertains both the local and Hollywood glitterati, such as: Beyonce, Jay Z and John Mayer. They are all members at this exclusive spot, rumor has it there are two secret rooms and several table areas around the club that can only be accessed by the rich and famous.

Rome - Akab When it comes to nightlife, there's no shortage of ways you can paint the town red in Rome, after dark it’s pretty spectacular, the city comes alive with the ornate monuments basking in the moonlight. Romans go out late, stay out late and they love to dance! So as they say, when in Rome, do as the Romans do and get your party shoes on with the city's best dance club. Akab has fast become the new It-girl on Rome's nightclub scene. The club is known as the ‘Super Club’ with its infamous DJ line up and extraordinary entertainment set in the heart of the capital. It has an electrical atmosphere that cannot be replicated elsewhere and whilst depicting my surroundings I try desperately to paint a true image of what I’m encountering; its likeable of a trophy room redesigned by a retired ringmaster. It is decorated in the faded wares of a onceglorious arena, dancing beneath a trapeze bar in carousel booths. This magnificent venue is truly a partygoer’s paradise.

Abu Dhabi - Amber Lounge Sensational Abu Dhabi is a desert of dreams and a party wonderland to feast your eyes upon. This provenance is plush and golden which reflects in its remarkable nightlife. The Amber Lounge Celebrity Yacht is a legendary after party cruise; guests are guaranteed an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. In 2015 Abu Dhabi will once again host the last race on the F1 calendar and Amber Lounge will throw the Grand Finale Grand Prix Weekend after parties aboard the yacht. After boarding the ship docks in the heart of the harbor where guests are treated to a festivity of drinks, canapés and cocktails whilst dancing into the night. Spectacularly the night is finished off with a show stopping blow out off fireworks. This elegant and world class affair is one not to be missed out on!

Istanbul - Reina Turkey is a zesty cultural scene where all the young royals, aristocrats and new age fashion elite can be found schmoozing champagne and sipping cocktails; Istanbul boasts a night out for all tastes. Glitzy and glamorous Reina has achieved its ambition, becoming one of the most prestigious entertainment venues not only in Turkey but also around the globe! Famous across the borders for being an A-lister hotspot as well as a meeting point for international statesmen, a location where businessmen sign agreements worth billions of dollars and where world stars can be found celebrating. I have to admit having a drink at Reina is indeed a very special pleasure with stunning ocean views of Europe on one side and Asia on the other; it is a truly unforgettable experience. Add to this the silhouette of Istanbul with its historical buildings and it's magnificent bridge, and you have the perfect skyline to party under. ■ 63

luxury vacation homes

Balboa Island Vacation in Style!

1400 South Bay Front, Newport Beach This South Bayfront location on Balboa Island is absolutely stunning. With five full bedrooms and five bathrooms, the home sits on the widest point of Newport Harbor with fabulous channel views from Corona del Mar to the Balboa Pavilion. This ideal vacation home features two large living areas, one upstairs and one down, showcasing everything Newport Harbor has to offer from the floor to ceiling windows. With direct boardwalk access and proximity to downtown shops and restaurants, this home has it all. Located only two blocks away from the quaint downtown area of Balboa Island, just a quick walk gets you right to the heart of the center. Rent a bicycle and cruise down the boardwalk for miles to gaze at all the beautiful homes and yachts along the coastline.




Fully furnished, amenities include a washer and dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, oven and refrigerator. The beach styled dĂŠcor compliments the location and is faultless. If you are traveling as a family this vacation rental is for you, providing everything one could need to make themselves feel right at home. There is no reason to stay in a hotel when you have a property like this one available to you. Guests will feel more

then comfortable when they sit in the modern New England style living room with panoramic views of the passing yachts in the harbor. Not surprisingly enough you may not want to leave to return home after staying in this beauty! To book this property for your next getaway contact Newport Beach Vacation Properties at (949) 706-9745 or visit

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Balboa Peninsula The Oceanfront Oasis

1003 East Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach This sizable property has more than enough space for multiple families looking for an oceanfront getaway. With a total of eight bedrooms and eight baths and a whopping 3,570 square feet, this home has everything you could need to start the vacation of a lifetime. Pieced together for the ultimate vacation rental, you’re merely steps away from the well beaten path of the Balboa Peninsula. Walk outside the front patio and you are just minutes away from several cozy restaurants and bars that make the Peninsula such a popular hangout. Beautifully remodeled, this home is near the world famous Wedge which has a surf break you must see to believe. The home features a beachfront Master Suite with private elevator and kitchen as if the amenities were not enough. On a clear day gaze at panoramic views from Dana Point to Catalina. With a total of six bedrooms in the main part of the house there is also a detached guest house with two bedrooms and bathroom when someone needs some quiet time. The guest house has its own deck with stunning beach and bay views. There is also an

additional private office complete with a loft bed, 3/4 bath and laundry room adjacent to the main house. Situated between the main house and guest house is a private brick courtyard and Jacuzzi for those relaxing evenings when a night out seems too much of a daunting task. Walk, ride or run the boardwalk and encounter some of the best people watching that Newport Beach has to offer. Outdoor and sports minded

enthusiasts will appreciate the homes proximity to beach-oriented water sports such as beach volleyball, surfing, body-boarding and paddleboarding. Surrounded by beauty, beach activities, world class dining options and plenty of shopping you will have the vacation of a lifetime here! To book this property for your next getaway contact Newport Beach Vacation Properties at (949) 706-9745 or visit


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Corona Del Mar Beachside Bliss

2824 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar If you’re looking for relaxation, this five bedroom, four bath home is the perfect choice for your next vacation rental. With amazing panoramic views of the ocean and a location just steps away from the beach, this laid back property will have you checked out from the real world in no time, once you settle in here you will feel right at home. Situated high on a bluff the sunrise and sunsets are unlike any other in Orange County. Whether you watch from your master bedroom balcony or patio below, the unobstructed view is breathtaking. It’s hard to take it all in as the sun pierces the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Newport Harbor and Corona Del Mar Beach. Fully revitalize in the master bedroom suite as the sounds of the waves crash against the shore like a lullaby eases you to sleep. When you awake in the early morning walk down the steps to a serene, peaceful beach that will reinvigorate any soul needing a time out to relax. This vacation home, although only minutes from the business of Pacific Coast highway, can be your escape from everyday life. Reminisce on




the front porch with friends and family as you watch the sun go down each evening against the Southern Californian sky. Watch the yachts, sailboats and fishermen cruise by as you sip on a glass of wine awaiting your evening meal. Entertain in the courtyard between the main house and the casita with a home cooked meal from the gas BBQ. The main house has four bedrooms including a master bedroom en-suite with breathtaking views on the second floor, fireplace, flat-screen TV, and new carpeting. All bed linens, bath towels,

and beach towels are included. There are two additional guest bedrooms on the 2nd floor. When staying at this property you are just minutes from world-class shopping at Fashion Island and there are so many activities and great destinations at your fingertips. From Crystal Cove State Park to Laguna Beach just a short drive away, there is something here for everyone. To book this property for your next getaway contact Newport Beach Vacation Properties at (949) 706-9745 or visit


Health & Wellness travel

How to Turn Any Vacation into a Wellness Vacation By Ava Roxanne Stritt Spa Travel Gal & Co-Founder of Wellness Travel Media

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Health & Wellness travel

Sometimes, a vacation is just a vacation. Maybe you’re so overdue for a time out that you don’t have enough energy to put together an itinerary. Or maybe you just don’t want to commit to a full-blown wellness vacation even though you know it’s a good idea. It’s not too late. You can decide when you get there and incorporate decisions that can transform your trip into a healthy and fun getaway. After all, it would negate the idea of a wellness vacation if the planning portion stressed you out. Here are some easy and fun ways to turn any vacation into a healthy one.


Pack (or purchase) a few healthy splurges Get a gorgeous new pair of sunglasses, possibly from the Costa line of sunglasses. They are the most fashionable find that actually do protect your eyes, while making you look and feel fabulous. Don’t settle for cheap grocery store sunscreen with chemicals and unknown ingredients. Pick a sunscreen that will truly treat your skin—try Natura Bisse Diamond White sunscreen. Luxury and healthy can and should happily coexist. Healthy can smell good too! Instead of coconut cocktails, choose Sun Shield Coconut lotion by MyChelle. One application and you’ll feel and smell fantastic! Another great option is Fleur’s CC Crème, it provides the perfect amount of skin protection and soft tinted coverage.


Don’t spoil your appetite It’s easy to feel tempted and drink that extra margarita or splurge on those high calorie nachos. After all, you “earned” it, right? Rethink the dysfunctional messages in your brain; junk food is not a reward. Eating food that nourishes your body and gives you energy is a reward. If you must, pick just one meal a day (or better yet, one part of that meal) where you let your healthy eating habits slide. If you opt for a sugary cocktail instead of a simple glass of red wine, consider that your dessert. Otherwise, your poor body will need a vacation post vacation to get back on track. Limit alcohol and caffeine when traveling, too. Both can dehydrate your body and leave you feeling and looking a bit weathered and old.


Get moving Look for fun, active events, preferably outdoors. You will feel better and have more energy if you go for a bike ride or explore a nearby trail. Plus, you’ll get to experience more of the region you are visiting, see it from a new perspective and most likely score some great photos, too. Downtime is important, but balance it with something that stimulates your heart and mind. Not sure how to squeeze it in? Simply do some morning stretches and yoga postures on the sand or on your balcony. Exercise does not have to be complicated, simply move more.


Visit the spa A spa experience goes far beyond spoiling; it’s about mental and physical health. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates stress accounts for as many as 75 percent of doctor visits. “We live in a busy world and often don’t have time for quiet self-reflection,” says Anne Dimon, a Co-Founder of Wellness Travel Media. “A spa vacation can allow that time for self, an important part of a balanced life.” Bottom line: Spas counteract stress. Check in with your body and ask what it needs to fully relax and reset. Don’t forget to take advantage of any on-site saunas, steam rooms, relaxation rooms and healthy infused water or tea. Even just a short treatment can transform your day. Grab a memento from the spa shop, like organic lotion or essential oils. This is a great way to maintain that good feeling throughout the rest of your trip. ■


Health & Wellness travel

, Columbia SC Whether you’re in Columbia, S.C., for health, fun, luxury or just exploring the region out of curiosity, there’s one must-visit destination that covers it all. The Healing Waters Spa is a unique spa model that seamlessly blends a relaxation sanctuary with a medical spa. Don’t stumble over the word “medical.” This is no sterile, white-walled doctor’s office. Although Healing Waters is staffed with a medical doctor, who is also a plastic surgeon, this facility is one of the most beautiful havens you’ll ever experience. Sip on infused spa water or herbal tea in your private, luxurious nook that is padded from any stress of the outside world. Nestle into your cushy robe and enjoy a healthy and delicious lunch. Your body and mind unwind in this loungy escape—but it has only just begun. Healing Waters strives to make their clients feel beautiful, both inside and out, with its menu of offerings and top notch customer service. The




thorough list of treatments—from cutting-edge technology to traditional massage, spanning the best of the world’s botanical and chemical ingredients is what makes Healing Waters stand out as one of a kind. The spa’s intelligent and intentional organization also makes it shine. Healing Waters year is divided into four different quarters, each with a different emphasis: calm, balance, correct and restore. All four are destined to give your body what it needs, so you can then focus on being you. During the quarter of “balance,” you start with a visit to the steam room, and then balance it out with a cool facial cloth and cucumber slices to reduce inflammation in your eyes before the unique combo of a balance hot poultice body ritual, power facial and CoolScultping. The ritual includes a body scrub, cleansing body mask, steam therapy and a unique massage with warm Thai herbal poultices. Then, you are treated to a Swedish-style massage with a special “balance” body lotion. The facial is next on the

agenda, which can be customized to each guest’s preference. Choose from a long list of options, such as toning, exfoliating, masks, a neck massage and microdermabrasion. These two more traditional spa treatments are perfectly woven into the next portion of your spa day on the medical side for a treatment called CoolSculpting. This cutting-edge service targets fat without the need for invasive surgery, by freezing and breaking down fat cells that won’t budge with a healthy diet and exercise. CoolSculpting is relaxing and effective. Other medical options include laser treatments, such as BBL or halo, as well as Botox, Voluma and even true plastic surgery. You’ll find the Healing Waters spa inside Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, part of Palmetto Health, the largest and most comprehensive health care system in this region of South Carolina. So relax, unwind and know that you will be well taken care of. ■

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Columbia SC

Where to Stay, Where to Shop, Where to Dine


Hyatt Place - With two Hyatt Place locations in the area, this is an easy choice. Opt for the new one in downtown Columbia, for an urbanluxe feel with all the comforts of home and more.


One Eared Cow Glass - This hand-blown glass gallery art studio will definitely make you leave with an appreciation for both glass art and the artists themselves. It was started by two former University of South Carolina art students. My shelves now hold a large blue vase from this remarkable studio. Dazzles - This shop is known for having the perfect selection of gowns for any special occasion, along with an extremely knowledgeable and helpful staff led by owner Jill Rowland. Everyone who walks in the door feels like a queen, as they slip on glamorous gowns and then walk down the mirror-lined runway in this shop. Miss Cocky’s - Find the perfect game-day or any-day outfit at this unique store specializing

in University of South Carolina game-day outfits. While there, be certain to grab some Pride and Glory, the country’s first cohesive collegiate beauty brand crafted uniquely for each university by my pal creator and founder Jennifer Walsh.

M Cafe (Miyo’s) - Lunch will be both memorable and healthy with the most innovative sushi in town and possibly in the Southeast. Look for lighter fare here. Miyo’s offers different, innovative restaurants all over the Columbia region.


The Blue Marlin - Dinner can’t be beat if you opt to visit the Blue Marlin and sample almost any of their dishes. Be sure to start your meal with the complimentary collard greens as a starter, for the award-winning shrimp and grits. The seafood tastes so fresh here that you will think you hear the ocean outside.

The Wired Goat - Breakfast can’t be grander than with the perfect cup of coffee, and that is what The Wired Goat serves up in Chapin, S.C.—just a few exits from the Healing Waters spa. Also visit the soon-to-be brewing location downtown. Fresh and health conscious is on the menu here.




Post vacation The Clean Program

Everyone knows that when we return home from a vacation our bodies are not what they were before we left. Typically we go on a diet plan and exercise routine for weeks if not months before we travel only to throw it all down the drain once we start our vacation. Personal trainers and nutritionists will give you all the advice you can handle on how to stay fit and healthy while traveling but the problem is most of us don’t listen to the advice. The main reason the advice doesn’t sit too well is because the term vacation means that we stop our daily routine, and this includes eating a clean diet! The average person will put on between 3 to 10 pounds on a vacation and it always seems so hard to take off once we return. That was until now! We have found the perfect way to rebound back to your pre-vacation body and possibly be even better than you were before in only 21 days! What is this miracle 21 day program? Is it healthy? Can I do it? It’s called “The Clean Program” and yes it extremely healthy and yes you can do it! If you speak to anyone who has done the program they will all tell you the same thing, they can’t believe how easy it was and that typically they want to stay on the program even after they are done.

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The Clean Program is a 21-day detox diet that was designed by Dr. Alejandro Junger, a New York City cardiologist and leader in the field of integrative medicine. He developed this program to treat chronic symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, headaches, depression, fatigue, weight gain, and insomnia. Basically, these ailments are due to a build-up of toxins in our bodies and when we address this we not only eliminate the intake of toxins into our system but we replace them with pure, healthy nutrition to revitalize every cell in our body.

By allowing the digestive system to work more efficiently with the use of probiotics and clean nutrition advised on the plan. By helping cleanse the liver through proper supplementation and clean nutrition. By taking out the nutritionally void foods in our diet and replacing them with nutritionally loaded superfoods to give us optimal health. The way the Clean Program works is very simple, you receive your kit right to your door that includes a 21 day supply of meal replacement shakes, liver detoxing enzymes and probiotics. Also included is a guide book inside including healthy, tasty recipes to help make your meal preparation a simpler task. You start the day off with a shake, a solid meal for lunch and a shake for dinner. You also are allowed snacks as well as your supplements throughout the day. Your blood sugar will always be stable, you will not feel hungry and you will watch your waistline get smaller by the day. Daily emails will be sent to you reminding you of your daily supplements as well as any other specific details needed to be known for the day. Email support is also available if you have any questions regarding the program. This comes in handy if there is a certain food or food product that you want to know if it is allowed on the plan. 73





Fit Favorites When it comes to working out and getting healthy, motivation plays a big part in your success and what you wear and put in your body can really up the ante. Baggy sweats and old t-shirts may sound comfy but why not upgrade your workout wardrobe, add some key fitness helpers and get on that cleanse you’ve been talking about for some time now? We’ve put together a few gear and nutrition upgrades to help you look and feel better than ever! #gamechanger

Drink Up Clover

Created in 2013 by three friends who share a passion for food, wine and great culinary experiences, Clover juices are packed with three pounds of produce in every cold-pressed bottle. They go to great lengths to source produce locally right here in sunny California and that produce is delivered and juiced seven days a week so you can guarantee nothing but the freshest product. Whether you’re new to cleansing or have cleansed a million times before, Clover offers three signature options that will help attain anyone’s goal and each cleanse promises to leave you energized, glowing, detoxed and feeling great!

Positive Energy

Available in several juice and lemonade flavors, Positive Energy’s revolutionary beverages are made with 100% pure fruit juice and green coffee beans straight off the branch. Each juice is only 60 calories and contains the amount of caffeine equivalent to up to one large cup of premium coffee, making it the ideal pick-me-up for morning or afternoon. Positive Energy contains no added sugar, no preservatives, and no artificial flavors; plus, all products are non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher. Blend in an all-natural smoothie or simply enjoy over ice—this is a great way to stay cool and positive.

Look the Part G-Loves

Be Up

G-loves workout gloves come in a range of fashionable collections to improve your workout and look good! Available in a multitude of hues & prints from metallic and neon to animal print, camo, wonder woman and Swarovski crystal studded to name a few. Crafted from neoprene, G-loves protect precious hands from calluses and are lightweight & durable. All of the gloves are made in the USA with the highest quality materials. Ideal for lifting, tough mudders, crossfit, cycling— essentially any hardcore activity that requires grip & support. 

Be Up embraces the spirit and grace of today’s woman. Whether at home, at the gym or simply on the go, Be Up makes functional and fashionable activewear infused with a lifestyle component born not merely to dress but to inspire and accompany you through the journey of your life. We love this criss cross tank which is fully breathable, offers a four way stretch and moisture wicking for only $56!


Shashi socks, the cool feet socks that are high tech ensure feet keep cool during the sweatiest summer months thanks to breathable mesh fabric while the slip-resistant grip ensures you won’t lose your balance. Shashi socks are even cut separately for left and right to embrace the shape and curve of the foot. The cool feet socks offer the ultimate in mesh and polka dot grips for comfort and performance. From the yoga or Pilates studio to downtime in the locker room and then off to the street or just plain keeping feet cozy while lounging about, Shashi Cool Feet Socks are a treat for your tootsies!


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Hydration: Tips to feel your best,

look your best, and be your best on the road. Our body thrives

when in balance. We’re hydrated, energized, and ready to take on our summer travel adventures with full gusto!

Jaime Komer Olympic Medalist, Proactive Lifestyle Specialist, & Co-Founder of Athlete. Yogi.Traveler (AYT). She works with youth to elite athletes, including USA Teams, MLB, UCLA Athletics. Jaime is on a mission to explore and teach proactive methods, experience the world with an open perspective, travel everywhere, and inspire others along the way.

Whether you’re sipping on sunshine in Italy or embracing the Southern California beachside manner we call home, you want to feel your best, look your best, and be your best. This is why we need to go right to the source: hydration.

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What happens when we’re out of balance and dehydrated? Say hello to achy joints, skin woes, premature aging, fatigue, digestion issues, headaches, and foggy-head syndrome (that’s what I call the jetlagged, no energy, indecisive, what-timezone-am-I-in? sensation). Hmm, so much for a brilliant vacation.

Beyond Water

Your hydration level is influenced by what you eat, drink, inhale, the weather, activities and of course your physical composition. Here are a few of my favorite ways (including the why’s and the how’s) to hydrate while jet setting across the globe.

Give Me “Bits of Awesomeness” Most of us have heard electrolytes are good for you, but what are they and how do we get them? Electrolytes are electrically charged bits of awesomeness (not the technical term) that are vital for your muscle contractions, nerve impulses, and the entire healthy functioning of your body. They leave the body via sweat and bowel release. The chief minerals in electrolytes include sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. So throwing some extra table salt on your salad won’t make up for all the sweat you lost while surfing at Bondi Beach. Instead, take advantage of local favorites to nourish your body. Opt for fresh seaweed (sodium) in Japan, figs (calcium) in Greece, quinoa (magnesium) in Peru, avocado (potassium) in Indonesia, and olives (chloride) in Spain. Image: by Achilles Imperial Photography



Raw, Local and Nutrient-Dense

Flow and Glow

When foods are cooked, many of the hydrating properties and nutrients are lost. This is one of the reasons why fresh, plant-based, raw cuisine is a beautiful option if available when dining. Plus, you’re likely to experience the best local, in-season produce first-hand. From farm to table to a nourished body inside and out, we’ll cheers to that. Image: Nutty Delicious Delight created by Jaime Komer

Your hydration levels influence your energy. So the better hydrated you are, the better you feel, the healthier you are, and the longer you can go about doing what you love. In this case, striking yoga poses in between poolside play at the luxury hotel, Castello di Casole, Italy. Your body can only absorb so much water at one time. So instead of gulping down an entire water bottle after an outdoor yoga session, take a few sips every 15 minutes or so.

Hydration and Easy Digestion

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Combine antioxidant-rich and highly alkaline forming plant-based foods into a fresh juice or smoothie. For longer lasting energy, opt for the smoothie, as the fibrous skins of the fruits and veggies are usually still included (compared to juices which are strained while going through the juicing process, thus removing much of the fiber). Programs are approximately $24.99 (typically 8-16 weeks). Heart rate monitor $70, Stride Earphones $50 (or purchased together for $100). The heart rate monitor and Stride Earphones are not required.

Why yes, I’d love a fresh coconut while basking on my towel in the aspiring beach town Mancora, Peru. Raw coconut water is rich in electrolytes, vital for keeping our body and mind in tip top shape.

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Hold on to your coconuts! The hearty meat found inside is a delicious treat of healthy and nutrient dense fats, called medium chain triglycerides. This type of fat burns similar to carbohydrates, making it a solid source of fuel for the body, compared to other saturated fats which are stored in our cells.

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The days of relying on expensive, bottled water for purity and good taste have passed; the ZeroWater Tumbler is a convenient, affordable (only $14.99) option ideal for bringing on business trips, vacations, road trips and more! Just fill it up after security for clean water or in your hotel so you do not have to buy the expensive bottled water!

BPA-free, leak-resistant bottle provides 000 dissolved solids anywhere potable water is available


Ergonomic design that fits easily into most cup holders as well as gym/active/ sports bags Next-generation five stage filter with color change indication makes it easy to know when to change the filter All of ZeroWater products employ a patented 5-stage Ion-Exchange filter which guarantees to remove virtually all dissolved solids from tap water. ZeroWater is the only filtered water that meets the Food and Drug Administration’s requirements for Total Dissolved Solids in purified bottled water.


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This Seasons Top 3 Fit Tips for Travel By: Katie Dunlop of Love Sweat Fitness

As an avid traveler, I’m often caught doing tricep dips in airports and lunges down the hallways of hotels. It may not always be the most convenient to exercise while traveling, but it is always possible! I love sharing easy workouts you can do no matter where you are traveling or how small your hotel room is. Exercising doesn’t have to mean a full-out hour-long workout. It can be as simple as making a few adjustments to your day.

Take the Stairs! It sounds obvious, but all too often we skip the stairs only to stand and wait for that ever tempting elevator. If you can commit to take the stairs instead, you will actually save time and burn calories fast. You can expect to burn about 10 calories for each minute of stairs you climb! So enjoy the fresh air and take those stairs! The only thing you’ll miss about the elevator is the awkward silence between you and five other strangers crammed in there.

Vacuum Everywhere You Go! It’s not what you’re thinking…. Don’t worry there won’t be any floors cleaned here! This is all about tightening up your tummy. No one can deny the inevitable travel belly bloat that ensues after days of eating new foods and sipping delicious cocktails. One of the best ways to keep your stomach in check is by “vacuuming.” This is where you pull your belly button into your spine, keeping your core tight and engaged. Try to hold this position while breathing regularly for about 60 seconds, relax and repeat. If you can do this often, you will notice your lower belly begins to appear much flatter. This is a perfect exercise to do while driving, sitting on an airplane or touring your favorite destination.

Don’t Sit Down! Well, not on a chair at least. Next time you are stuck in an airport for hours, don’t spend the entire time slumped in a chair waiting for your flight. Instead, try holding a wall sit. Stand with your back against a wall and feet about hip distance apart. Slowly slide down the wall and step your feet out two feet form the wall. Make sure your knees are stacked right over your ankles to create a 90-degree angle. Hold this position for 30 seconds, come to standing rest and then repeat. This is an excellent way to build lower body strength and keep you busy while you wait!




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A Passion For Prague

By: Susan Watkins





I stand on the magnificent

Charles Bridge and take in the sweeping view— the Vltava River rushing below me, the fairytalelike Prague Castle on the hill, the proud spires, towers and turrets of the city pointing to the sky. Surrounding me on this bridge are statues of saints and heroes, frozen in time as if calling out from history to tell their stories to all who will stop and reflect. The evocative melody of Smetana’s The Moldau, the song of this river which was forbidden to be played in the dark years of Nazi and Soviet occupation because of the national pride it invoked, stirs in my mind as it has done for over a century in the hearts of the Czech people. In an attempt to capture the allure of Prague, many have sought to nickname her—The Heart of Europe, The Golden City, The City of a Hundred Spires, A Symphony of Stone... all are apt, and combined, they speak eloquently of the essence of Prague—but you must visit and experience this enchanting city for yourself. We arrived in Prague anticipating its fabled romance, culture and history. On the 20 minute ride into the city, our driver regaled us with his stories of Praha, as it is called here, gave great advice on sightseeing, beer drinking (a great national pastime), and how to experience his city like a native. Our appetites whetted, we soon arrived at the door of our hotel, ready to begin our adventure. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL PRAGUE Enviably located on the Vltava River, just steps from the famous Charles Bridge and minutes from charming Old Town Square, the Four Seasons Hotel Prague embodies all that is gracious and beautiful about Prague. This

great hotel of Europe actually has the intimacy of a small boutique hotel, it's elegant lobby filled with dramatic fresh flowers and graceful European furnishings. Guest rooms are the epitome of serenity and comfort. Incorporating authentic Czech turn-of-the-century design, guest rooms feature ceilings which have been hand painted by local artists and chandeliers sparkling with the world renowned Czech crystal. Comfy beds, sumptuous carpets, spacious living areas and modern bathrooms featuring plush linens and amenities provide a luxurious retreat from a day of sightseeing. At The Four Seasons Hotel Prague where gracious service is hallmark, you’ll relax and soak in the ambiance of this city which is beloved by so many. CottoCrudo, the Four Seasons’ stylish restaurant and lounge, is a “must dine” while you are Prague. CottoCrudo has a “cooked and raw” concept, featuring a tantalizing array of Italian antipasti—meats, cheeses, and sashimi as well as innovative Italian classics, Czech favorites, seafood and homemade pasta. The restaurant’s wine list and creative cocktails, coupled with its unique menu, energetic setting, river views and attentive service all make for a truly satisfying dining experience.

Of Castles, Kings & Alchemists

Top on the list of places to see for every visitor to Prague is the legendary Prague Castle. It’s romantic storybook image is splashed across the skyline of this beautiful city, inspiring the imagination with stories of days gone by when Prague was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire. You can spend all day on the enormous grounds of Castle Hill, wandering lush gardens, the

“To visit Prague is to feel like you’ve stepped back in time... These venerable buildings have borne witness to momentous and heartbreaking events in history” 83


Other memorable stops along the walk included one of the oldest Jewish museums in Europe, the Pinkas Synagogue Memorial and the splendid Spanish Synagogue.

Toasting And Feasting In Prague

You’ve heard it and it is true—Prague is world famous for its beer! Plus, it’s quite the dining destination. While you can always pop into a local pub or café to enjoy Czech favorites such as goulash, dumplings or strudel, the city is also filled with fine dining establishments. One of the best is the lovely Bellevue, located right on the Vltava River with commanding views of the castle. The setting is stylish, modern and elegant with rich plum, noir and crystal palettes. Specializing in international as well as Czech cuisine, Bellevue is especially known for its excellent food and wine pairings—every dish is a culinary perfection and artfully presented. Bellevue’s knowledgeable servers and sommeliers know how to choose from the extensive wine list for the perfect accompaniment. We promise, dining at Bellevue will be the highlight of your visit to Prague!

Prague By Moonlight

Royal Palace, St. George’s Palace and Golden Lane, home of yesteryear’s goldsmiths and mystical alchemists. The highlight on Castle Hill is surely the spectacular gothic St Vitus Cathedral, site of royal weddings, christenings, burials and coronations of the Kings and Queens of Bohemia. Inside are astonishing treasures, including the remarkable stained glass window by Czech artist Mucha. Wander down from Castle Hill via the long staircase to the Mala Strana - the "Little Quarter" filled with cafes and charming little shops, colorful marionettes hanging in their windows.

A Symphony Of Stone

To visit Prague is to feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Prague was fortunate to sustain little damage during the world wars, leaving the city’s architecture through the ages still on glorious display. These venerable buildings have borne witness to momentous and heartbreaking




events in history—oh, if their walls could talk! Visit the Old Town Square with its gothic Tyn Church, and join the throngs to watch the one of a kind medieval astronomical clock, its parade of golden apostles and a whimsical skeleton calling out the hour. A festival atmosphere reigns here—musicians and street performers entertain, and you can indulge in fragrant grilled sausages and beer at one of the many booths on the square. For an experienced walking guide anywhere in Praha, look no further than Prague Walks. Owner Jitka delights to show visitors her beloved city, exchanging ideas and experiences with you as she goes. How about a walk of Prague Castle, a ghost tour or maybe a pub walk? From many options, we chose a guided walk through the Jewish Quarter, where we visited the 15th century graveyard where astoundingly, over 100,000 people are buried.

As night falls, Prague lights up like a wonderland. Stroll through the Old Town Square where the spires of Tyn Cathedral glisten like Sleeping Beauty's Castle, and take a dreamy carriage ride over cobbled lanes. Or, head for historic Wenceslas Square, a place of great national pride for the Czech people. Filled with gardens, high end shopping and sidewalk cafes, by night, Wenceslas Square’s restaurants, clubs, and lounges come alive—people often party here until daybreak! Prague is also home to first rate opera, performing arts and symphonies. For an evening to remember, take in the opera at Prague’s imperial golden-domed National Theater. After the opera, take a stroll across the street to Prague’s best-known café, Café Salvia. This lively gathering spot facing the river is something of an institution in Prague and has been frequented by all kinds of writers, artists, poets, actors and intellectuals in times past. Here, locals and visitors gather for a meal in spacious art deco rooms, have coffee or cocktails and listen to live piano music. As evidence that now-free Prague has taken her place on the center stage of Europe, don’t be surprised if you hear the pianist offering an emotional rendition of The Moldau, as the people gaze out of Café Slavia’s generous bay windows onto the magic that is Prague. ■


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show. If the animal cries or barks the owner comes running and gives them exactly what they want without ever truly addressing the underlying issue. Round 2 The second session the dogs worked on confidence building with the help of an agility course and through a little hard work (plus of course a few treats) they performed wonderfully. This course is implemented for two main reasons; to build confidence in the dog and to create a sense of teamwork as you do the course with your dog on the leash. Our team of traveling dogs are still going through training as we speak and they absolutely love it there. They are certainly becoming better pets after each session. The staff of trainers at Tackett Service Dogs are absolutely amazing, they treat our pups like their own and have even offered to take the dogs for an extended period of time to guarantee the perfect pet upon return! We are much too attached to let our babies out of our hands so they will just have to become those same well trained obedient dogs through their regular sessions! The dogs of LA Travel give Tackett Service dogs 5 paws of approval rating and recommend that all their furry friends come on by to join them in training. Hey even the best dogs could use a refresher course! â–

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Wide Skies, & a Wilderness in

Nevada By Annabella Biziou

We drive the flat expanse from Utah into Nevada, the road edged with a salt-crusted lake that melts into thick syrup, a perfect mirror to the screen of cinematic clouds overhead. It’s a lengthy drive, but we barely notice, entranced by the immensity of the landscape. We’re en route to Mustang Monument, a philanthropic project-cum-luxury-retreat that has saved over 600 wild horses from unnecessary slaughter in northeastern Nevada. As we pull in, the afternoon light fades and the plains are bathed in unfathomable shades of blue and lilac, a row of colored tipis in the distance, the snow-capped Ruby Mountains behind us.





Mustang Monument began as a bid to preserve America’s iconic mustangs—creatures that capture the free spirit of the Wild West and evolved into what owner Madeleine Pickens hopes will eventually become a sustainable eco-resort, funded entirely by tourism. Born of Lebanese and English parents, Madeleine, a great lover of horses, was mesmerized by the Wild West as a child and eventually moved here to fulfill her dreams. What she found was that the welfare of the mustang was fast declining; little over 100 years ago there were two million of them running free, now it is estimated there are just 30,000 on the range. In bringing together 900 square miles of land, Madeleine provided a refuge for these wild horses that were being rounded up and confined in cramped holding pens and eventually sentenced to the slaughterhouse, deemed a nuisance to farmers and a drain on taxpayer’s money by the government. She went on to construct accommodation as a means of spreading word of her cause, giving travellers from across the globe an opportunity to come out here and see the wilderness first-hand. As Madeleine says, “the West was built on the back of a horse,” and she firmly believes these animals should be given due respect as an American icon.

The resort lends itself to a road trip, with the nearest town being Wells. To drive here from Los Angeles takes roughly 10 hours depending on the route, and it is worthy of a few stops along the way. The northern course passes Sequoia National Park and Death Valley, while the eastern route heads through the Mojave to Vegas and into Utah. Alternatively, the closest airport is Salt Lake City, a two and a half hour drive away, though nearby Wells also permits arrival by private charter flight. And it wouldn’t be wrong to arrive somewhere this special by private plane; it is, after all, probably the only place in the world where

you can sleep in the utmost luxury in a tipi. This is camping - or rather glamping - at its finest. Ten huge hand-painted tipis are raised each spring (for the time being the resort is only open between June and September) furnished with huge beds strewn with printed cushions, wicker armchairs, artisan rugs and glass lanterns. For those more partial to doors and windows, there are ten sprawling cottages, decked out in exquisite fittings and textiles. Madeleine has designed each and every one of the accommodations herself, and likes to gives guests the opportunity to pick their favorite dwelling upon arrival.



Naturally, one of the greatest draws here is the horses; an eclectic bunch, though every one of our group comments on their responsiveness, which is down to a meticulous training program. Among them, the Methodist, a stoic tamed mustang with a waterfall mane reminiscent of Lord of the Rings; Dirty Sanchez, a slight black stallion with a perfect white star; Billy, a screw loose paint with questionable manners and Belle, a prancing dun princess with ample grace. Alongside us, little Dubby trots, a scruffy black and white pup with a silken coat and a gentleness that has the lot of us fawning all day long. I ask Ira, one of the cowboys that rides along with us, whether he has ever left the States. He tilts his flat Buckaroo hat into the sun and says, ever the quintessential cowboy; “I rode a horse into Canada once.” Mustang Monument is not just reserved for horsemen though; Madeleine has ensured there’s plenty to do for non-riders. One morning, a fleet of Can-Am Mavericks carries us through the dust tracks and rock crevices out onto wide-open fields of sagebrush, where the scent clings to the air and adrenaline courses through us. We tumble out into the Goshute Valley, where a more timid herd of wild horses graze a couple of miles out. There’s a huge picnic spread of classic American cuisine, and options to abseil, hike or just lay back on a printed rug and take it all in. The sun is low in the sky by the time we return, coated head to toe in dust, our clothes and faces streaked with mud. At dusk, we wrap up in thick faux fur blankets and collect around the campfire. Steven, a Native Indian, sings quiet songs to the beat of a rawhide drum, which he holds in front of the flames every now and again to tighten. He tells us of his tribal name - Storm of Fire Arrows - and describes the naming tradition, whereby an elder burns a medley of white sage, green tea and abalone shell. Amid the smoke and darkness, a trancelike state unfurls and a vision – in this case fire raining down from the clouds – results in a name. Steven gestures to the eagle feathers on his headdress, each one a gift from a family member or friend, and says, “we believe that all things have their own life, so just because something - anything - is in your possession, that doesn’t mean it’s yours to keep.” Long after I’ve left Mustang Monument behind, long after I’ve washed the sun scorched dust from my clothes, I still catch the scent of sweet sage and think of those wide cloud-strewn Nevada skies, the silence of the plains and the flick of a mustang’s tail. ■









Nihiwatu ON THE EDGE OF WILDERNESS By: Annabella Biziou


e stretch out on the wide shore as the sun sinks before us, steeping the landscape in a golden haze. The tide comes in across an expanse of crushed shells, waves the color of maple syrup, wild jungle tinted sepia. Out to sea, a couple of surfers catch the last of the afternoon swell. A low rumbling beat jars against the quiet song of the sea, its source a trio of horses galloping at the water’s edge, silken tails streaming as they kick up clouds of salt spray. We’re at Nihiwatu, which describes itself aptly as “on the edge of wilderness.” Here on the island of Sumba, cast from the farthest reaches of Indonesia, we’re a world away from our home turf. Despite the long, jagged journey through Hong Kong and Bali, it’s certainly not difficult to settle in. What is now surely one of the most exclusive island retreats in the world began with just the simplest of comforts,

nothing more than a tent on the beach. But while it has certainly come a long way since then, Nihiwatu is somewhat remarkable in that this original philosophy rings through its foundations, a soulful blend of relaxation, community and the magic of the outdoors. And then, almost as an afterthought, there’s a level of luxury designed to satisfy the highest standards set by this generation of demanding adventure traveler. But it isn’t just luxury, it’s luxury with true integrity. The resort contributes profits to its own Sumba Foundation, an organization that co-ordinates initiatives dedicated to water preservation, sanitization, combatting malaria and the construction and running of primary schools. 90% of the resort’s staff is Sumbanese and Nihiwatu’s philanthropic projects stretch far and wide, ensuring its eco-credentials are not just a show of sorts; there’s a raft of plans bubbling away beneath the surface that aren’t shouted from the thatched rooftops.

Once owned by surf-extraordinaire Claude Graves, Nihiwatu now belongs to American entrepreneur Chris Burch and hotelier James McBride, who sent the resort under the knife for a $30 million facelift. It has emerged retaining a good dose of its old charm in essence, but with a new benchmark in comfort and several additional accommodations, including the cavernous two-bedroom Raja Mendaka and a glorious tree-house retreat stilted in the canopy. No doubt some may criticize its dramatic rehaul, but I for one am thankful. While Nihiwatu may have glowed ahead of its makeover, it’s now positively beaming. Despite retaining a distinctly boutique feel, the resort’s guest suites offer something for everyone: families are housed in spacious childfriendly villas, while couples are cocooned in secluded tropical gardens. Villas are dotted far enough apart to offer complete privacy, some two-storied, and all with an enticing infinity plunge pool. Inside, the villas are



“And then, almost as an afterthought, there’s a level of luxury designed to satisfy the highest standards set by this generation of demanding adventure traveler.”

decked out in Indonesian teak furniture and rattan fashioned by local craftsmen. Soaring ceilings, wide glass windows, gargantuan alfresco beds and rainforest showers set the scene, with a series of hand-carved statues and tribal tapestries scattered throughout maintaining a traditional touch. Each villa benefits from a private butler, and the newest Marangga wave-front villas feature additional outdoor spaces with spellbinding views over the surf, huge daybeds and extra minibars. It is touches like these that show how much thought has truly gone into the refurbishment. McBride also oversees operations, his meticulous eye ensuring seamless service in finest detail for every guest. He hired Bernard




Prim, formerly of Aman Resorts, to foster a menu for the newly revamped, toes-in-the-sand restaurant. Fresh produce is served up with traditional Sumbanese Sambal, an Indonesian sauce that varies between islands, dependent on available ingredients. Sumba’s version is light and juicy, packed with tomatoes, a hint of garlic and a heady kick of chili. I spend an afternoon learning the tricks of the trade with Prim in an isolated beachfront kitchen with an authentic stone fire and piles of vegetables sourced from the local markets and the resort’s own organic garden. With his roots in Mexico, spice comes easy to Prim, and his love for Indonesia shines through in each of his dishes. My tutoring complete, I’m left to devour two traditional salads; one of tangy grilled chicken muddled with sweet basil and another of

shredded coconut and white cabbage rubbed in a paste made with turmeric and kaffir lime. But what of more active pursuits? Nihiwatu is known for its surf and boasts a sensational left-hand break right off the beach. At the right time of year, serious pros are in for a treat when “God’s Left”, the goliath of waves, rolls in - though it’s April through October for all, with waves up to 20ft. The resort offers a range of Pyzel Surfboards for guests and there are experts on hand to help hone skills, with award-winning Hawaiian surf master Mark Healey occasionally dropping by to coach budding surfettes. But with so much else to try, we veto the surf in favor of heading inland to trial Nihiwatu’s new


said to live in the rafters. Nihiwatu’s designers studied these native structures and absorbed inspiration for the resort’s villas and pavilions, which feature the same iconic thatched roofs. We pass through and eventually emerge on the coast at Nihi Oka, the dedicated destination spa. In the midst of rice fields and coconut palms, a teak platform overlooks a crescent of beach, where we shoot back pure ginger extract and feast on a menu of nourishing raw treats. Post-breakfast, it’s straight to the private spa bales built for two guests, where spa therapists scrub, wrap and massage all day long. It’s an utterly indulgent treat to be pampered for as long as you like with the waves crashing mercilessly below. spa safari experience. A hike through rice paddies gives way to native villages, where bashful children greet us, some on battered motorbikes, some towing tiny piglets. The houses are one and the same at first glance, but we learn that the structure of each home is no simple affair. Men and women have designated areas within the house, while each feature takes on a human connotation; the roof for instance, represents the hair and the head, built top heavy to provide ample space for the ancestral spirits that are

And this is just one example of Nihiwatu’s pioneering approach to activities. There is paddle-boarding down the nearby river, waterfall trekking, game fishing, diving, spear fishing, horseback riding on the beach at sunset and horse surfing, where wakeboarders are towed by a horse. But better yet is the recently launched equine inspired therapy programme. The aim here is to provide a healing and holistic experience, one in which we can learn a sense of living in the present from these intuitive, intelligent creatures. Intrigued, I put the therapy to the test and find myself herding my chosen horse, Hunter, in a ring around me, alternating between ignoring him and patting him until he accepts me as part of his herd. By the end of the session, Hunter follows me wherever I go, even stopping unexpectedly to let me hop onto him bareback. I leave with goose bumps and a profound sense of peace.

We sink into a rhythm of active, heady days and lowkey nights, interspersed with communal barbecues and classy full moon celebrations. Everyone here seems spun out on freedom, riding on the wave of a life lived boundlessly beside the ocean. On our final afternoon, as the beach is engulfed in its familiar golden mist, we help to release a number of turtle hatchlings into the surf. Nihiwatu pays locals to collect eggs, which are then buried in a dedicated nursery, so that they can be released without the danger of predatory birds overhead. The hatchlings’ tiny powder gray shells are perfect in their intricacy, limbs flailing, button black eyes unseeing. They’re facing south; from here there’s no sight of land, in fact, the next stop is Antarctica. As the first hatchling touches the water, everyone is silent, and I find myself thinking that Nihiwatu is a place for those in love with nature, but more that that, it’s a place for those with a heart for the sea. ■ Rates at Nihiwatu start from $900 per villa per night, based on two sharing on a full-board basis and including wifi. Sumba is a one-hour flight from Bali and there are daily flights from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar.  For those looking to extend their luxurious experience, Indonesia Yacht Charter offers guests of Nihiwatu the opportunity to sail the Indonesian archipelago onboard a private traditional phinisi yacht.



Glamping in Bali

A Tonic for the Soul By: Annabella Biziou






onventional camping be gone, there’s a new breed of tented sojourn with a serious taste for luxury. Sandat Glamping, a collection of uber-luxe accommodations set amongst Bali’s emerald rice paddies, is ideal for those seeking a connection with nature without having to give up on creature comforts. Located in Bali’s spiritual and artistic center - the town of Ubud - this back-to-basics retreat sits high on a hillside enveloped in sacred forests thick with forgotten temples; a world apart from the humming coastlines of Kuta.

Sandat’s owners, Emauela Padoan and her husband Federico, administer true Italian hospitality, while local architects have created a traditional Balinese aesthetic with sustainability at heart. The buildings blend seamlessly with their natural surroundings, incorporating elements of the environment at every turn: the communal dining table is forged from an enormous tree trunk; the camp bar is carved from lava rock sourced from the north of the island. There’s an eclectic wall of mirrors in the lobby, and a mismatch of intricate antiques collected from local shops dotted throughout.

Developed with bamboo and local hardwoods, five tented accommodations (including two suites) have sweeping supple walls that open out onto a private terrace. Three further rooms, the ‘lubungs’, are inspired by Bali’s traditional rice granaries and offer a more stable affair set over two storeys crafted from coconut wood and mahogany with thatched roofs. Under the meticulous eye of Emanuela and Federico, the West-meet-East interiors accomplish surprise and charm in equal measure; in the ‘Tenda Banten White’, the bathroom sink is carved from a log of wood, 97


with its rough trunk scooped out to reveal a polished base. Ivory-toned shells embellish wrought iron lamps, and creamy curtains are tied back from mesh windows giving the room a comforting sense of home. Two skeletal branches suspend a stretch of white tulle from one end of the bed to the other, and handcrafted cabinets are so ornately carved they’re like works of art in themselves. Candlesticks, tasseled cushions and godly statuettes abound, wind chimes are strung from the ceiling and a vase bursts with an exquisite arrangement of fresh flowers picked from the gardens. Outside, a private terrace gives way to a curved plunge pool cocooned in the upper canopy of the forest and surrounded by tropical gardens. Beyond the coconut palms, a sea of verdant rice terraces cuts into the valley like a series of slatted mirrors reflecting the cloud formations above. Spiced tea arrives in blue-and-white printed vintage porcelain; the devil here is truly in the detail. Each tent is color-themed; in addition to ‘Tenda Banten White’, there’s a bohemian orange guestroom and one touched with aquamarine blue. Across the whole property, a collection of painted birdcages, damask velvet lounge chairs,




beaded textiles, hand-blown glass trinkets, and crystal chandeliers give each room a sense of individuality. Of the little luxuries one might expect from a high-end hotel; there’s an iPod dock, wifi, a minibar, hot and cold running water and airconditioning on request if the ceiling fan and cool breezes don’t suffice. This is luxury with a conscience; each eco-structure has minimal impact on the environment, whilst offering guests the ultimate in exclusive accommodation. What’s more, Sandat is the first of its kind here in Bali, a revolution in itself against the slew of cookie-cutter concrete retreats.

While the eco-credentials of Sandat are certainly something to be admired, I sense there’s something more tangible here, so close to the spiritual center of Bali. Lulled to sleep by the rustling of the rice paddies and distant birdcall, you might just begin to feel a part of the land; being this close to nature is a remedy to the city and a tonic for the troubled soul. ■ Rates start from $190 per room per night. Sandat Glamping.

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“’s an adventure into the life and philosophy of an intricate and timeless personality offering incredible insights to Picasso’s thinking and concepts on life.”

Picasso’s Malaga By: Richard Carroll Photography By: Halina Kubalski





A nimble guitarist performing in front of the enormous Malaga Cathedral (1528), his Flamenco- influenced voice echoing on the ancient walkways, the afternoon sun illuminating the guitar strings and his flashing fingers, “Malaga is a treasure. Malaguena’s have kept the charm and roots of Andalusia. Take pleasure from our three springs and one summer and follow the footsteps, Malaga is the place to be.” Though overlooked for years by North Americans, Malaga, in the south of Spain is the place to enjoy the spirit of Picasso, which soared along Andalusia and Spain’s Costa del Sol hooking a ride on the winds of the Mediterranean to return to Malaga, the city of his birth. Depictions of Picasso’s work pop out around every corner offering visitors exploring one of Spain’s most glorious cities a warm welcome to his hometown. The port city, dating to Roman times, has a relaxed character infused with smiles, and handily designed for travelers in chase of culture and sandy beaches, too. Guests arriving by cruise ship are greeted by the Cathedral; the 10th century Castle of Gibralfaro ensconced high on a hill overlooking the harbor, and historic Old Town steps beyond the Cathedral. A short walk from the eye-catching port, Old Town transports visitors into Malaga’s fascinating past with its narrow, cobbled streets winding in a maze of directions all of which lead to sidewalk cafes with busy servers fighting for space with a toothless accordion player from Albania who knows only one song and will share a cup of coffee with a smile. Malaguena’s walk eager dogs through the passageways, friendly vendors sell packets of olive oil-infused almonds for three Euros, and couples of every age hold hands while out on a walk, as church bells sound on the hour, blending nicely with the hum of cafe conversations, A resident explains, “It’s the Spanish way. It’s love on the move.” In contrast to the surrounding buildings of Old Town, marble-lined and pedestrian-only Marques de Larios is elegant and fashionable with antique lighting fixtures, boutiques, and stylish stores. Vivacious girls with far-away looks, couples hand-in-hand, and ladies wearing heels so high they look as if they could pole vault over a chair, are out and about on Marques de



Larios where the lilt and warble of a gaggle of European languages fills the air. Old-Timers in the throes of their daily ritual sit on benches, people watching, gossiping, and telling stories they’ve shared a dozen times. Dinner hour is 10:30 p.m. or later as in most of Spain. On a weeknight the popular Central Café at the far end of Marques de Larios overlooking Plaza de la Constitution hosts seven guitarists, a bass player, and a singer, who sit among the diners at their outdoor seating area and draw a large crowd. Their Malaga songs inspire people to dance and sing spontaneously, while the solid Latin rhythms lock together and reverberate across the plaza -- a moment in time, Malaga style. A few streets from the plaza, Calle San Agustin winds its way from the Cathedral past Joaquin Zaragoza’s Café de L’Abuela and the building where Picasso’s father once lived, to the striking 17th century San Agustin Church and the huge Picasso Museum, one of Malaga’s 34 museums. A city icon, the imposing former palace, a 16th-century, Renaissance-style National Monument with Moorish artisan




touches constructed over Phoenician and Roman ruins, showcases 233 works by the Malaga artist together with paintings, intriguing sketches and sculptures, engravings and ceramics. More than a museum, it’s an adventure into the life and philosophy of an intricate and timeless personality offering incredible insights to Picasso’s thinking and concepts on life. Another attraction on the Picasso footpath is the family home in plaza de la Merced, a 19th century building, where the artist was born and lived for the first few years of his life. The Picasso Foundation, Birthplace Museum displays original works of his diverse art, and exclusive possessions of Picasso and his family. Art connoisseurs can also check out the “pop-up” Pompidou Art Center, opened March 28, 2015, displaying art shipped from Paris, along with some Picasso, the native son. Explored further, the city will not disappoint. Restaurant Patio de Beatas, built on Roman foundations in the heart of Old Town, serves 40 wines by the glass including those from Malaga wineries, and features a creative,

award-winning chef. Adjacent to the harbor, Restaurant Doramar on Casa de Campos, unnoticed by most tourists, is noted for serving some of the best seafood in Andalusia. The chef and owner work closely with local fishermen, offering a dazzling seafood menu. For travelers with a bucket list that covers all Spain, the Barcelo Hotel adjacent to the snazzy Maria Zambrano train station and Vialia, a large shopping mall, can connect visitors via a high speed train to Valencia, Granada, Madrid, Seville, and international destinations, as well. In contrast, the nine-suite Picasso Suites is one of the smallest accommodations in Malaga offering no connections whatsoever, but providing great advice and a perfect location directly across from the Picasso Museum and the San Agustin Church whose olden church bells provide enduring memories for guests. The suites are designed with Picasso’s art, rare black and white photos, and complete kitchens. On order, an authentic Malaga candlelight dinner is served in suite with fine wine. Manager, Luchi Ximenez says, “Everyone leaves happy from here with a big smile. Malaga is a joyful place.” ■



Exploring Peru’s Sacred Valley

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By Katie McElveen





There are lots of ways to get to Machu Picchu, Peru’s mysterious and majestic 16th-century Inca ruins. Some traveler’s choose a multi-day trek along the Inca Trail. Others take a train from Cusco, a romantic city of Colonial cobbled streets and Inca history. I’d chosen a third option: the Inca Rail train from Ollantaytambo. It’s closer to Machu Picchu, just an hour and a half by train instead of the nearly four hours it would take from Cusco. It is also the embarkation point for Inca Rail’s Presidential car, the most luxurious option available. Besides Champagne and two multicourse meals—ceviche made from trout pulled from the Urubamba River, a chocolate tasting, pisco flights--Presidential-car passengers sip unlimited wine and spirits and can take in the landscape from an outdoor balcony. No matter what route you take, it’s hard not to marvel at Machu Picchu, which sits hidden in an Andean mountain valley 2,000 feet above the Urubamba River—and 7,900 feet above sea level. Machu Picchu’s thousand or so residents thrived until they were conquered by the Spanish. 400 years later, armed with a machete and a local guide who had once visited the ruins, Yale historian Hiram Bingham came in search of the lost city of the Incas. Thanks to his efforts, the remarkable site tops bucket lists around the world, and rightly so. From a distance, the site’s magnificence in size and design is evident; up close, meticulous details illustrate the innovative genius of the Incas. Ollantaytambo offers another benefit: it’s just a 15 minute drive from Sol & Luna, a lovely,

culturally innovative resort in Urubamba, which sits roughly halfway between Cusco and Machu Picchu and is the largest town within the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The property is set around gardens planted with bougainvillea, calla lilies, geraniums, mature trees and exotic blooms in every hue. Each of Sol & Luna’s 43 casitas offer an artfilled space filled with colorful tapestries and original murals, sculptures, carved furniture and handsomely rustic ironwork, all of which was produced by Peruvian artists and artisans. Premium and deluxe rooms add creature comforts like heated stone floors, wood-burning fireplaces and oversized bathrooms with soaking tubs to the list. There’s also a pool, a spa, several restaurants and a hotel shop filled with Peruvian wares hand-chosen by Petit Miribel, who, with her husband, Franz Schilter, owns the resort. Art is just one way Sol & Luna brings the Peruvian culture alive for its guests. On guided walks through the surrounding neighborhood, hotel staff members wave to friends working in family vegetable plots tucked behind tall stone walls, point out tiny local restaurants and share the history of the region. Another day, a group of weavers from the village of Chinchero showed us their centuries-old techniques for dyeing alpaca wool using leaves and indigo, spinning the thread and weaving ornate blankets, sweaters and other pieces using traditional handmade looms. A team of Peruvian Paso horses, which are known for their unique prancing gait, are available for trail rides into the surrounding hillsides; one day a week they perform during

a lunchtime show. The lunch and dinner menu are both filled with Peruvian flavors and dishes, like the oversized corn kernels we snacked on between meals, salads made from ribbons of fresh palm heart, mountains of fresh ceviche and a sweet fuchsia-colored drink made from corn called chica. A trip here would not be complete without an introduction to one of the most sacred Peruvian rituals, the Pago a la Tierra, or Tribute to the Earth. The ceremony honors Pachamama, or Mother Earth and begins at sundown before a crackling fire. Dressed in a colorful blanket and tasseled hat, the Shaman called the mountain spirits to the site using sacred flowers. He then builds a packet of offerings, using aromatics, flowers, food and other items, each representative of a request to the gods. After blessing each participant with coca leaves, he adds the leaves to the packet, ties it with string, douses it with wine and asks each person to blow on it three times, sending a wish to Pachamama with each breath. The packet then goes into the fire. Perhaps the most culturally sensitive attribute of Sol & Luna is the reason for its existence: the resort was created to provide funding for the private school that Miribel and Schilter wanted to build for the community. The school became a reality in 2009; today, 150 students, including their own two children, attend. 90% receive free tuition and meals, which are created by the resort’s chef, Nacho Selis. Hotel guests are welcome to visit the school, where they can give the children a chance to practice their English. For visitors, it is the ultimate insider experience. ■



Full of Heart: Authentic San Antonio By Alyssa Kuhlman


nown as the home of the famed Alamo and the blend of Texan and Mexican culture, San Antonio attracts nearly three million visitors each year. The city’s colored umbrellas and thriving restaurants along the peaceful River Walk make it one of the most romantic destinations in the West. Step deep into the heart of San Antonio and you’ll find that with a fusion of Texas hospitality and lively Mexican culture, there’s a land full of plenty to love. Photo By: Marissa Leever

Stay: The Drury Plaza Lying on the famed River Walk, the Drury Plaza Hotel River Walk is an essential part of the San Antonio skyline at night, with its tall tubular tower lighting up in rainbow colors. This makes it easy to find your way back to the landmark hotel at night simply by looking up into the sky. Providing easy access to the charming pathways along the River Walk, the Drury Plaza features a grand lobby with architecture reminiscent of the 1920s and top-quality accommodating service. Free hot breakfast with every choice imaginable, stunning views among the 380 guest rooms, and a number of pools—one of course located on the skyscraper’s rooftop level.

Activities The Alamo Established in 1718 as the city’s first mission, the Alamo is a National Historic Landmark symbolizing a strong display of courage in the fight for Texan independence from Mexico in 1836. While the remaining limestone fortress may seem small, the history of the mission where Davy Crockett and other Texan heroes battled General Santa Ana’s army is anything but small in scale. Spanish frescos from the 1750s, recently discovered, are being uncovered within rooms




Photo By: Marissa Leever


where women and children safely hid during the battle, and an impressive collection of weapons from throughout centuries decorate the hallways. Tip: In the courtyard, make sure to visit the well, at which lies an old car at the bottom—one of the unexpectedly quirky finds on the grounds of the mission.

Scenic San Antonio River Cruise

Photo By: Marissa Leever

Serving both scenic and transportation purposes, the river cruises along the San Antonio River are a must-do when visiting this romantic city. Certain flags in the barges designate whether a boat is a scenic cruise with a guided tour, or primarily a transportation vessel. The river itself, ranging from 3-12 feet deep in places, stretches 15 miles in length. I suggest boarding a river cruise at sunset from the top of the river in the Pearl District. This is an excellent way to get acquainted with the River Walk after first arriving in San Antonio, giving you a prime introduction to all the shops, restaurants, hotels, and landmarks dotted along the river. From spotting faces in the grotto built by the Cortez family to passing under the famed “Selena” bridge, there are plenty of sights to catch your eye!

Market Square

Photo By: Marissa Leever

As the largest Mexican market in the U.S., historic Market Square (or El Mercado) is bustling with the smells of fried corn and sizzling fajitas. Taste and see the flavors of old Mexico where over 100 shops and stalls owned by locals paint a colorful and lively ambiance. Many events are often held in El Mercado and this is a choice spot to buy authentic souvenirs. Find handcrafted pottery, buy an intricately decorated sombrero or cowboy hat, choose fresh food at the farmers market, and be serenaded by shows on the stage. Market Square remains a famous hub for the best gourmet Mexican cuisine in the city, spend an afternoon shopping after you’ve eaten at one of the acclaimed restaurants!

Briscoe Western Art Museum

Photo Courtesy of Visit San Antonio

Named in honor of Dolph Briscoe Jr, the late Texas Governor, the Briscoe Western Art Museum is without a doubt one of the most beautiful museums and venues within downtown San Antonio. Boasting River Walk territory, what once housed the city’s first public library has been transformed into an elegant but timeless museum housing the best artifacts of the American West. Behold Pancho Villa’s heavyweight saddle, a Wells Fargo & Co. Western mail stagecoach, and Santa Ana’s sword. This is a highlight for art-lovers and history buffs alike, along with anyone wanting to breathe in the cultural history of Texas among the 1930s art deco and neoclassical décor.



*Fiesta Season* While everyone may be familiar with the term “fiesta,” in Texas the word carries another meaning: a whole season long celebration full of endless food and music festivals, local royalty in horse-drawn carriages or waving among theme-decorated floats, cascarone confetti and flower blossoms filling the streets, and the tradition of collecting metal pins to decorate a sash. Beginning in 1891, this spring tradition originated with a number of ladies parading in front of the Alamo to honor the heroes from the most significant battles that led to Texan independence: the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. In today’s age it stands out as the highlight of the year in San Antonio, and as they say “everything’s bigger in Texas,” you can rightly assume that includes the extent of the epic nearly 125 year-old fiesta celebration. *The 2016 Fiesta celebration dates will be April 14-24.

The Saga A 24-minute nighttime video light and art show displayed on the stunning façade of San Fernando Cathedral, The Saga depicts the history of Texas through choreographed music and light projection. This breathtaking show in San Antonio’s main plaza, conveniently located by the River Walk, promises to be a memorable highlight from your Fiesta experience! Tip: Try to arrive at least ten minutes prior to the show’s beginning to get a center spot without other viewers in the way of your picture-perfect photo opps!

Battle of the Flowers Fiesta season is filled with dozens of parades throughout a two-week period, but the biggest and most celebrated of them all is the Battle of Flowers Parade. Lining the streets of downtown San Antonio, glittering floats all honoring a




different theme each year receive floral tributes as each float passes the Alamo. A highly-esteemed royal court, elected by the elite Order of the Alamo, wave proudly from the floats, with 24 duchesses, one princess, and one queen. Photo By: Marissa Leever What makes this parade unique is the elaborate gowns worn by the royal court—glamorous dresses that weigh up to 100 pounds and cost equivalent to a luxury car. You’ll notice crowds shouting out “Show us your shoes!” –a tradition to have royalty lift their skirts and display their unconventionally paired shoes, be it jeweled cowboy boots, personalized converse, or whatnot!

Eat Breakfast at Mi Tierra For a delicious and belly-filling breakfast, I suggest visiting Mi Tierra Café, a legendary Tex-Mex restaurant and bakery open 24/7. Nestled in the heart of Market Square, this family-owned restaurant prides itself on the core values of integrity, hospitality, excellence, and service. Decorated with a myriad of papel picado, stained glass, piñatas, colored lights, and murals honoring famous Mexican Americans and Mexicans, Mi Tierra is filled with rich culture.

Lunch at La Fogata While tasting incredible Mexican dishes in San Antonio is one thing, wouldn’t you like to learn how to make famous recipes yourself? At La Fogata, the premier restaurant for out-of-town visitors to experience, you can bask in everything from a mariachi serenade to a lesson on how to make a melon margarita. La Fogata offers five culinary classes: guacamole, fajitas, ceviche, salsa and its award-winning margaritas. With an extensive wrap-patio offering plenty of outdoor seating along with indoor seating, this restaurant is located further out from the city and is a perfect afternoon retreat. Visitors and locals are encouraged to take the Margarita Express to and from La Fogata, the restaurant’s complimentary shuttle accommodating groups of six or more. I recommend trying the award-winning fresh-

roasted salsa, with its signature hint of lime! This uniquely flavored salsa is the perfect companion for your crisp serving of tortilla chips. For a main course, try one of the sizzling Nachos Rancheros de Carne, a beef fajita with cheddar cheese, refried beans, guacamole, and jalapeño peppers. Dessert is a must at this location, and I can’t forget the chocolate-filled Empanadas! This famous specialty is a pastry dough filled with cream cheese and guayaba served with vanilla ice cream.

Dinner at Boiler House Standing within the historic and renovated Pearl district, the Boiler House epitomizes the blend of tradition and contemporary. Featuring Texas Hill Country fare, this restaurant includes gourmet dishes resembling artwork and an evergrowing 120+ wine list. Original fixtures from the boiler room of the Pearl Brewery have been left as incorporated décor for the restaurant, and industrial-chic artwork adorns the interior from the large Texas lone star crafted with wine bottles to the metal-beaded curtains encompassing a circular dining room upstairs. As the Boiler House neighbors the Culinary Institute of America, it comes as no surprise that Executive Chef Jeff White’s menu is creatively inspired. Enjoy a Bitter Creek Chardonnay with a gluten-free appetizer of Popcorn Grits, concocted with crème fraiche and popcorn. Choose among the list of lauded Texas steaks, like the eightounce Allen Brothers Barrel-Cut Filet Mignon.

Evening at La Vista Terrace Offering perhaps the best view in all of San Antonio, La Vista Terrace is a penthouse venue exclusively available for private events. This premier space overlooks the historic Alamo and stuns guests with panoramas of the city’s skyline. Boasting 2,400 square feet of indoor space and a 2,000 square foot outdoor terrace deck, La Vista Terrace is perfect for an evening soiree. Imagine sipping a cold drink at dusk watching the Alamo become deserted and the nearby skyscrapers illuminate the night sky. Between the amorous meandering paths along the River Walk, courageous tales of heroes from the battle of the Alamo, the festive fiesta spirit, and a good ol’ manly steak, San Antonio is the beating Tex-Mex heart of the West. A clean city home to down-to-earth souls, you’ll feel extremely welcomed from the moment you arrive to the minute you leave. From the food to the people you’ll meet, one thing is true: San Antonio gleams with authenticity. ■


This Seasons Hot Hotels

Battery Wharf Hotel Boston, MA

The Battery Wharf Hotel, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is a luxurious boutique property that allows guests to enjoy the full atmosphere and experience that Boston has to offer. Accommodations such as guestrooms, suite and specialty rooms, and executive level rooms are all available depending on the occasion and level of extravagance desired. Each guestroom is equipped with bathrobes, high end bath amenities, European bedding, wireless high speed Internet, and of course a view of the famous Boston Harbor. The Battery Wharf Hotel offers easy access to infamous tourist attractions including the North End (known as Little Italy), the Freedom Trail, and the Boston HarborWalk. Dining on property is a gourmet experience that showcases the finest New England Culinary traditions along with a few North End favorites. Make sure to book The Afternoon Tea which includes seasonally influenced appetizers such as assorted fruit, cucumber sandwiches and freshly baked scones. For those wanting a more private dining experience during their stay, opt for the Aragosta Bar and Bistro. Featuring a prestigious menu, Chef Adamo and Chef Donna Spina have been working in the culinary industry for over twenty years. Learning different culinary skills all throughout Europe as well as the United States, both Chef Adamo and Chef Spina know how to make the dining experience at the Aragosta Bar and Bistro an unforgettable one. For true seafood lovers, a raw bar is offered daily that includes oysters, chilled lobster, and fresh clams. A full bar is also available with an exquisite wine and beer selection. Guests looking to further relax during their stay have numerous luxurious spa options at Exhale Spa. Designed to balance and restore the mind and body, without ever leaving the comfort of your hotel, Exhale’s complete menu of spa therapies offers everything from facials and massages to waxing and healing, and their multi award-winning proprietary fitness classes will sculpt, lengthen, and transform your body. We recommend the Power or Cool Beam Facial, both help to alleviate the affects of travel by hydrating the skin, revitalizing it from sun damage and reducing inflammation. The fitness center invites guests to join them for waterfront yoga classes. A must try is the Flow Yoga class which takes place on the pier overlooking the Harbor. Fusing traditional vinyasa methodology with contemporary dynamic flow, this fluid practice links breath and movement, integrates inner and outer alignment, and balances strength with flexibility. Whether a guest is looking to revive and/or restore their cherished bodies, the Battery Wharf Hotel’s spa and fitness center is the perfect and ideal setting. The Battery Wharf Hotel is a daily plat du jour of Boston’s renaissance environment. Offering 150 fashionably laid out guestrooms with breathtaking views, this lavish boutique hotel is a great choice for any occasion. ■ 110



The London west Hollywood

Hot Hotels

Los Angeles, CA

The London West Hollywood, located in the Hollywood Hills is a sophisticated hotel where sexy and chic meets modern day charm. Its alluring sensation of both class and beauty draws the individual eye into the local vibes of the famous Sunset Strip. With interior designs by David Collins and Culinary selections by bohemian Chef Anthony Keene, the London West Hollywood is a promised luxury stay. This hotel offers various guest room offerings from one bedroom luxury suites like the Royal Vista or the Metropolitan which offers three bedrooms. Each guestroom is equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, a private dressing area with mirrored closets, a luxury bathroom with dual showerheads, and a Keurig coffee maker served with complimentary quality coffees and teas. The staff at the London West Hollywood pride themselves on the top-notch focus that they give to each individual guest ensuring that each and everyone who steps into the hotel feels welcomed and at home. We can certainly attest as our infamous Ask A Concierge, Sarah Dandashy also calls this place home. Certainly the hotel only hires the best of the best. Every morning at the London West Hollywood, guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary trip to the breakfast table that comes complete with morning sweets and savories. For those looking to spend their time relaxing in the sun, the rooftop pool is an all-exclusive experience and is one of the greatest attractions the hotel has to offer. Dining experiences at the property are a splendid occurrence that involves a wide selection of culinary items. Indulge at either one of their three dining outlets which include The London Rooftop, In-Suite Dining by Anthony Keene, or Boxwood. The Rooftop concentrates on a sophisticated approach to innovative mixology that invites guests to dine for either lunch or dinner and to enjoy cocktails and cuisine with a British flair. For those looking for a more private dining venue, the In-suite Dining by Chef Anthony Keene offers a California inspired menu featuring items such as fresh sushi rolls, filet mignon, and the Chefs signature, Roasted Beef Wellington. This in room dining experience is offered 24 hours daily. The London West Hollywood hotel is an oasis of luxury for guests looking to relax and replenish in the beauties and excitement of all that Hollywood has to offer. Offering a wide variety of specialty suites for guests to enjoy, this extravagant hotel guarantees a blissful escape from the hustle and bustle of the Sunset Strip. â– 111

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Kingsmill resort

Williamsburg, Virginia By: Kelly A. Magyarics

Dine, spa, golf and lounge by the resort located on the historic James River. After the first Englishmen landed on the property of the present-day Kingsmill Resort, they established a permanent base and settled at Jamestown the next day. Get a little dose of history (and a whole lot of tranquility) during a stay on the 2,900 protected acres of this waterside complex—especially now that the resort recently unveiled a new spa that boasts couples’ rooms, in-room dining and a relaxation room with a rocking chair-adorned deck that faces the river. Kingsmill offers 425 guest rooms, including one- to three-bedroom condos with kitchens and spacious living areas; some have patios with views of the river or Wareham’s Pond. For the ultimate experience, book one of the four sumptuously decorated and appointed riverside cottages, whose large windows evoke the experience of being on a ship. Five dining options keep palates piqued. The airy vibe, outside seating and live entertainment of James Landing Grille might just be the most fun—and you can’t beat the view, especially around sunset. The upscale-casual Elements 1010 is a celebration of seasonal ingredients with an ever-changing menu. At the striking bar, grab a Manhattan on the James before (or after) dinner, made with proprietary-labeled Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Angostura Bitters and sorghum syrup. The fried calamari with lemons, olives and banana peppers is a can’t miss starter, while the Chesapeake Bay wild striped bass served with tomato risotto, spinach, arugula and balsamic is a fresh, flavorful and authentic ode to the locally-caught fish also called rockfish. The resort is a golfers dream with three championship golf courses on property (the resort is home to the LPGA championship tournament) while tennis enthusiasts can try their hand at a match on one of the resort’s fifteen courts. During the summer months, the River Pool is the place to be. Idle next to the real river on an oversized inner-tube in the pool’s lazy river, where you can let the current carry you around and around (and then sip a Margarita on the rocks at the aptly-named poolside bar and grill Currents.) The resort also touts an outdoor pool behind the spa and fitness complex—and an indoor one with lap lane and oversized Jacuzzi. Other recreational options for the ambitious include boating, jet skiing and paddle-boating down by the marina, walking or biking on the scenic paths nearby, or taking a free shuttle to Williamsburg to soak in a little more Colonial history. But speaking of that shiny new spa, be sure to book one of fifty signature services in one of their seven treatment rooms, like the sampler massage, which offers a little bit of everything: Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone. Afterwards, bask in your relaxation in your robe and slippers in one of the loungers or rocking chairs overlooking that James River, which brought the English to its shores, and today brings visitors to sojourn at a spot steeped in Southern history. ■




Omni Bedford Springs

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Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania By: Kelly A. Magyarics

Its seven restorative mineral springs located on the property have lured visitors since pre-Colonial times, but it wasn’t until Dr. John Anderson built a hotel onsite in 1796 that visitors from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and beyond underwent long, arduous journeys by carriage to soak up the various therapeutic benefits of the seven pools: Sweet, Iron, Magnesia, Black, Limestone, Sulfur and Crystal. The southcentral Pennsylvania resort expanded over the years and played key roles during the Civil War and World War II. The property housed ten Presidents, and was eventually designated as a National Historic Landmark. It fell into disarray and was closed in 1986, but roughly ten years ago the Omni Bedford Springs underwent a $120 million restoration. It reopened in 2007 to return it to its former glory, with its dramatic Georgian-style exteriors reclaimed, its 216 rooms and suites enlarged and updated and a new spa designed to make use of those curative waters. The 30,000-square-foot Eternal Springs Spa is centered on an eighth spring that was discovered during the renovation and whose waters are used both in the treatments and throughout the resort. After the dunk, soak repeat routine; indulge in one of several restaurants like the 1796 Room. The signature steak and chophouse is named for the year Dr. John Anderson purchased the property. Order any of the unapologetically decadent options, like the porterhouse done Oscar style or a just-crackedand-shucked seafood tower. For more of a continental flair, head to the sumptuous Crystal Room, decorated in four regal shades of blue and offering à la carte fare. More casual yet equally striking is the multi-leveled Frontier Tavern. Situated on the façade of the original Stone Inn (the first hotel at the resort,) it is amply decorated with wood, dimly lit and offers approachable cuisine, Pennsylvania brews, and well-crafted cocktails like a Manhattan with local Wigle Whiskey from Pittsburgh. Activities from hiking and biking to s’mores around the fire pit and geocaching keep the juices flowing and banish boredom. A seasonal outdoor pool with an expansive deck, Jacuzzis and private cabanas is joined by a mineral-fed indoor one. Don’t miss the historical tour, which departs from the lobby and delves into detail about the properties rich past. The differences among the springs and how the property went from being a tent-town of spa-going tourists in the late 1700s to an expansive resort that has retained its charm and small-town feel today is an impressive story. On the tour, glean cool nuggets and factoids, like the etchings that brides-to-be used to create with their engagement rings in the library’s windows for good luck. Many of those etchings are still visible today, another example of how the past has left its stamp. ■ Kelly Magyarics, DWS, is a wine, spirits and lifestyle writer in the Washington, D.C. area. She can be reached through her website,, or on Twitter or Instagram @kmagyarics. 113

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Chaminade Hotel & Spa Santa cruz, CA

The Chaminade Hotel and Spa, located in the beach town of Santa Cruz, California, is a AAA Four Diamond awardwinning resort that overlooks the breathtaking landscape of Monterey and the Santa Cruz mountains. The resort is the perfect destination for any occasion that include pure rest and relaxation. Situated on the beautiful California coast, the resort is comprised of contemporary Spanish furnishings and extravagant world-class features that are each individually influenced by the spectacular color palettes which are consistent throughout the resort. The resort offers over 150 comfortable guestrooms, each equipped with amenities including WIFI, a 37-inch flat screen LCD, luxury bath products and microfiber bathrobes. All of the guest rooms are exclusively designed to have granite bathrooms, Beekind toiletries and down duvets that make each guests stay satisfying by adhering to each of their personal needs. The rooms are spaciously spread throughout the magnificent uncultivated landscape that makes up Santa Cruz. Various room types are available ranging from luxury suites to deluxe guestrooms. The luxury suites provide guests with 535 square feet, a separate living room and dining area, a separate bedroom and in room movies and games that make the resort feel more at home. The Sunset restaurant provides fresh breakfast and brunch options, buffet-style selections, interactive cooking displays by the chefs, and healthy dining options. Linwood’s Bar and Grill serves both lunch and dinner and offers modern California inspired cuisine by Executive Chef Kirsten Ponza. In-room dining is also an available feature for guests looking to relax and dine within the comfort of their own hotel room. Located just a few miles away from the wineries, state parks, and the amazing and fun Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, the resort’s location is perfect for exploring all of the amazing wonders that Santa Cruz has to offer. Nearby attractions also include fun activities such as zip-lining, kayaking, surf lessons, paddle boarding, charter sailing, and many different museums such as the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Whether guests of the Chaminade Hotel and Spa are there for business or pleasure the resort offers a perfect blend of impeccable accommodations and service. With nearby attractions and social events continuously occurring, the resort is the perfect stay for making unforgettable memories all year long. ■




The Island Hotel

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newport beach, ca

The Island Hotel, located in the center of Fashion Island in Newport Beach, is an Orange County sanctuary where elegance and perfection come together to form an exquisite stay. The hotel prides itself on providing guests with over the top service allowing them to feel like royalty. Each guestroom proffers with stunning views of the Newport Harbor, the Newport Back Bay and Catalina Island on a clear day. The property offers rooms and suites that range from the Island King to the Lido Flat which highlights 1,305 sq ft of meticulously designed accommodations. Offering a full-size living room and dining area, the Lido Flat is a perfect choice for guests to call home. Exclusive to the Island Hotel is the Island Club, which offers guests special inclusions during their stay. Located on the 20th floor, the club lounge provides a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding area. Island Club guest perks include complimentary light continental breakfast, afternoon snacks and beer and wine during “Wine Down” hour, shoeshine service, dry cleaning and even a personal shopper at their disposal for trips to Fashion Island. When looking for a remarkable and authentic dining experience look no further than the Oak Grill, which is exemplary if we do say so ourselves. Showcasing both classic and contemporary influenced cuisine the restaurant presents a model display of exotic cocktails and mouth-watering dishes. Chef Marc Johnson combines around the world flavors and uses appealing ingredients in order to produce the finest dining experience in Newport Beach. Oak Grill’s relaxing and romantic vibe is expressed through oak accents and floor-to-ceiling windows that lead to a beautiful outdoor seating area complete with fire pits. When perusing the menu our server was exceptional and knew all the right things to order. The Braised Short Ribs served over corn grits with Portobello mushrooms and bordelaise sauce was absolutely delicious, and left us wanting more! The Strawberry Butter Cake was another memorable favorite. The cocktails and extensive local wine list were just as impressive. We loved the refreshing taste of the Garden of Eden with Nolet’s gin, St. Germain, apple sauce, hibiscus flower, hibiscus syrup, lemon, and thyme. The Island Hotel brings the nightlife to Newport Beach at their Aqua Lounge. An appreciable spot for happy hour or an evening out with friends, the lounge excels in their version of a good time. The lounge vibe and ambiance is completed with a live DJ, a mixology table and a delectable selection of cocktails and light appetizers. Beyond massages and facials, the spa at the hotel also provides a list of specialty treatments. For a unique spa experience, schedule a 120-minute Island “Boreh” Remedy. Featuring a blend of spices this treatment reduces inflammation and increases circulation. This stimulating and warming therapy increases relaxation and calms the soul, making it the ideal way to relieve jet-lag after traveling. Overall, the Island Hotel is the perfect place to escape for a luxury staycation or a full week of relaxation and shopping. Just minutes away from Crystal Cove Beach, Fashion Island, Balboa Island, and much more the Island Hotel is in the center of it all. ■



SoInTheKnow with Nayri Leanna Gregor

Effortless Chic Summer Travel Essentials This Summer it’s all about effortless chic. From high-fashion runways to metropolitan street styles, you’ll see mildly structured cuts, free flowing fabrics, and minimal chic prints taking over the fashion scene. Whether you’re globe-trotting or staycationing this year, here are a few trending staples you’ll want in your closet (and suitcase) to create quick, sleek and effortlessly chic outfits.

Lo ok 1: Nav y Bla zer + Sh or ts Blazer: Express Handbag: Valentino Shoes: Halogen Top: Free People Earrings: Chrysmela Shorts: Minkpink Necklace: Vince Camuto

Photo Credits: Art Director & Photographer: Armen Poghosian Photo Editor: Kristine Ovsepyan Hair & Makeup Artist: Antonio Trejo Jewelry Stylist: Tina Teringalian Stylist: Nayri Leanna Gregor


Metallic Espadrilles Displayed front and center at most storefronts are espadrilles from premium designers like Stella McCartney, Tori Burch and Rebecca Minkoff. These gold leather Espadrilles from Halogen are comfy enough for long strolls on the boardwalk and have just the right amount of gold pizazz and wedge heel to pair with a cocktail dress for a night out.


Camel Culottes Pants? A big summer no-thank-you! Instead of tight-fitting bottoms, stay cool in high waist culottes that will easily catch a breeze while looking casually superb.’s draped Killer culottes are a beautiful option, especially because the warm earth tone shade is both Summer fresh and will pair well with every color top or blouse.




Lo ok 2: Cu lo ttes + Of f Sh ou ld er To p Top: Aqua Earrings & Brac elet: Needlenthread 21 Culottes: Adela Mei Shoes: BPshoes Bag: Ted Baker Necklace: Givenc hy Sunglasses: Qu ay Australia


Tropical Cocktail Dress Combine the easygoing nature of a fit and flowy cocktail dress with fun and airy tropical prints and you have a Summer wardrobe must-have that belongs in every closet. Amanda Uprichard’s silk flared a-line cut is petite, regular and curvy bodyappropriate; and is ready to be styled with any pair of solid flats or heels for daytime events, resort parties, and dining dates.



Convertible Tote Bag To handily hold all your belongings, morning, afternoon and evening: This Ivory leather convertible tote from Elizabeth and James converts from a handbag to a shoulder bag with straps for easy beach-to-dinner convenience. Space is not in short supply as it has plenty of room to be used as a beach bag or carry-on for weekend getaways.


Champagne Pearl Ear Jackets During poolside parties and beach barbecues, you want to look your best without the fear of losing your pretty pearls or studs. Chrysmela ear jackets with security locks to the rescue! This stylish accessory has a technology that prevents your earrings from slipping off by safely locking them in from the back. Giving you peace of mind and full control to take your earrings off, when and only when you want, these ear jackets are the perfect touch of class to your effortless chic style.

Lo ok 3: Pi nk Dr ess + Fl ats Dress: Ma je Shoes: Seychelle’s Earrings: Chrysmela Necklace: Rebecca Minkoff Bracelet: Vince Camuto


Oversized Floppy Hat Especially great for sunny retreats, protect your face from UV rays while looking fabulous in a functional floppy hat. BCBG makes these oversized floppy hats with built-in wires so that you can mold and shape its style to your liking. Bonus: it’s luggage-friendly and easily folds and unfolds back to its original shape!

Loo k 4: Flo ppy Hat + Jea ns Jeans: Bebe Top: Tibi Long Necklace: Pandora Earrings & Short Necklace: Needlenthread21 Bracelet: Tiffany & Co


Palm Pendant From Cavalli’s latest resort collection to Rag & Bone’s lapel tops, designers are ramping up palm tree prints like we’ve never seen before. Add the coolness of this relaxing, vibe-setting trend by accessorizing your outfits with Pandora’s Summer collection of tropical palm leaf pendants.



ip Tahitian Vanilla Sugar Wh Smooth, soften, and refine skin with Primal Elements luxurious Sugar Whip. Pure cane sugar and moisturizing ingredients are whipped together to form a sweet creamy lather that rinses cleanly away. Sugar is a gentle exfoliant that leaves skin velvety smooth and refreshed and the formula is paraben free.

This Seasons Hottest Beauty Solutions R ev e a le d As the season changes so should your beauty routine! The condition of your skin and hair matters during the summer, and we’ve got some of the best all-natural beauty products to nourish both from the inside out. Beat the heat and say goodbye to dry, cracked skin, bug bites and frizzy hair (and hello to the cutie by the pool!).




Pineapple Rum Spla sh Co conu t Cr em e Body Butter Wrap your skin in moisture rich luxury with Primal Elements new Coconut Crème Body Butter. Enriched with extra virgin coconut oil for extra rich moisturization, coconut oil has the added benefits of vitamin E which is known for its skin healing properties. Coconut oil also helps keep moisture from escaping from the skin keeping it soft and supple. This unique formula is made with seventyfive percent organic ingredients and is paraben free.


Expr ess® Therapy Amarte Overnight

Amarte Overnight Express® Therapy is a new multifunctional sleeping mask that gives a lift One Step Beyond® routine skin care. Propolis, nano-encapsulated retinol and bioactive peptides synergize within a silk fibroin nanomatrix, harmoniously boosting brightness, tightness, and clarity so you wake up to renewed, supple skin with benefits you can see and feel. Formulated at the Bio-RIC Innovation Center in Seoul, Korea, Overnight Express® Therapy uses only A-grade botanical ingredients and is tested and recommended by Dr. Craig Kraffert, board certified dermatologist and President of Amarte.

Dermovia's La ce fa ce mask Dermovia’s LACE FACE MASK is packed with 30ml of serum and chamomile oil, this hydrating mask pours moisture back into the skin. The LaceTex Delivery System creates breathability in the mask to increase oxygen flow and deeper infusion of the serum into pores. With built-in ear and chin straps, the mask holds in place while contouring and lifting. Just apply, lean back, and relax. Your skin will be completely hydrated and refreshed within 15 minutes and you’ll have dewy, summer-glowing skin by the time you land.

derma e® H yd rat ing Mist with Hyaluronic Acid Instantly rehydrate dry, thirsty skin anywhere on the face or body with this refreshing mist. Contains Hyaluronic Acid, 'nature's moisture magnet' -- an ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Also contains antioxidants Green Tea and Vitamin C to help fight environmental stress for radiant, younger-looking skin. Packaged in a convenient spray-pump, this portable mist is perfect for your purse, car, air travel, or the beach.

derma e® Hydrating Facial Wipes Quickly and conveniently lift away makeup, oil and impurities while thoroughly hydrating, softening and smoothing skin with Hydrating Facial Wipes. Each freshly scented pre-moistened wipe is infused with ultra-moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid that helps condition, soften and smooth skin, leaving it fresh and dewy. Fortified with superfruit extracts Grape Seed and Maqui Berry, these easy, onestep wipes offer antioxidant protection while keeping skin clean and refreshed. Plus, each wipe is 100% compostable and all outer packaging is 100% recyclable.



jane iredale For eve r Pea ch and For eve r Pink Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain Jane iredale Forever Peach and Forever Pink Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain (Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow’s go-to!) is a multipurpose lip and cheek stain, now offered in an alluring peach color that looks like it was created just for the wearer. The non-drying, long-lasting, all natural stain adjusts to an individual’s own chemistry for an irresistible peach shade that will flatter the skin’s unique undertone and enhance natural coloring. Olive butter, avocado butter and wild rose wax soothe and soften lips, while rose flower wax and beeswax nourish and moisturize.


Aviva Hair Rescue Ke ratin Re newa l Masque Everyone’s hair can use a pick-me-up from time to time. Infused with keratin and essential nutrients like Meadowfoam, Burdock, Rosemary and Aloe, this reconstructive hair masque repairs damage and restores elasticity.


No one wants to spend their vacation scratching. Mosquitno has created a simple and all-natural way for children and adults to stay bug-bite free without the use of sprays that can contain chemicals and leave residues on skin and clothes. Mosquitno Bandz are all-natural, nontoxic wristbands made of silicone rubber infused with 100% citronella oil. Each Mosquitno Bandz contains enough citronella to effectively repel bugs for up to 150 hours (or six days) and the bands are waterproof.

When it comes to healthy, beautiful hair, Mastey is the clear choice! Without the use of chemicals and additives that can harm your beautiful locks, you get shiny hair color that will last, vibrancy and dimension you will adore, and healthy ingredients your hair will love. When choosing hair care products, there is more on the line than just the color. With Shampoo and Conditioning Sulfate-free since 1978, hair stays protected. How do the products you choose make an impact on the environment? Mastey products are eco-friendly, green focused, and good for your hair, so you get the gorgeous natural hair color you desire and the peace of mind knowing your hair care products are environmentally friendly!





Endless Summer 30 Photography By: Ken Alcazar Model: Stephanie McPhillips

Get the Look: Dolcessa Swimwear

Things to do in SoCal to ensure Summer never ends

1. Throw a Beach Bonfire (Don't Forget the Smores!) 2. Have a Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl 3. Take the ferry and explore Balboa Island 4. Sip and Feed Giraffes on a Malibu Wine Safari

5. Visit and Volunteer to Save the Seals & Sea Lions at Pacific Marine Mammal Center 6. Test your Skills at SUP (Stand Up Paddle-boarding) 7. Spend a Day on Catalina Island 8. Try a Dessert Sammie from Coolhaus 9. Play a Round of Golf at Monarch Beach 10. Sip Cocktails Poolside at The Hollywood Roosevelt 11. Attend Shakespeare by the Sea 12. Pamper your Pooch with a Day at Dog Beach 13. Reap the Benefits of a Staycation at the Malibu Inn 14. Shop Till You Drop at Figat7th 15. Dine Alfresco at The Little Door in Santa Monica








Photography By: Ken Alcazar Model: Stephanie McPhillips Get the Look: Dolcessa Swimwear

16. Soothe a Sunburn with a Cooling Facial from ra Organic Spa in Burbank 17. Make Waves in Manhattan Beach at the Roundhouse Aquarium 18. Shop, Play & Dine at Malibu Country Mart 19. Hike Escondido Falls Trail to find the 150ft Waterfall 20. Visit The Promenade at Westlake 21. Take a Surf Lesson from Pacific Surf School 22. Book a Whale Watching Cruise with Davey's Locker 23. Toast to the Good Life at The Balboa Bay Club Resort 24. Charter a Yacht from Naos Yachts and Cruise the Southern California Coastline 25. Walk through Old Town Seal Beach 26. Celebrate Sunday Funday with Brunch at Geoffrey's in Malibu 27. Ride the Iconic Ferris Wheel & Roller Coaster on the Santa Monica Pier 28. Take a Yoga Class on WET Deck of the W Hollywood 29. Grab a Bike and Take a Ride on The Strand from Torrance Beach to Will Rogers State Beach 30. Watch the Sunset at High Rooftop Lounge in Venice Beach


Travel the World From China to Slovenia discover your inner explorer with these travel spots we suggest you add to your bucket list ASAP.

The Great Wall of China 126 SUMMER 2015 LA TRAVEL

Coron, Philippines127

The Basilica in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador 128



Predjama Castle in Postojna Cave, Slovenia 129

Get Inspired

"Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer." -William S. Burroughs

One&Only Reethi Rah Resort, Maldives 130







Los Angeles Travel Magazine Endless Summer Issue 2015