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Cheap Cruise Tips

Finding an affordable cruise isn’t quite the same as looking for hotel discounts or bargain airfares. You have to understand how the industry works and learn to avoid the pitfalls that can quickly turn a cruise bargain into a budget disaster.

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Breakfast Smoothies

Want to get the school year off on the right foot? These breakfast smoothies are a great start. Fresh, fruity and uber healthy, these smoothies taste like dessert, but are as nutritious as a yogurt parfait. Made only with fruit, yogurt and nat…

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Best (and Worst!) Ways To Relieve Stress

What’s the best way to relieve stress? That answer may be slightly different for everyone, but there are stress relief techniques that are generally more effective than others–and some that tend to backfire. Here you’ll find s…

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Bridgestone Winter Driving School

Heat Got You? Think Cool Thoughts

Bridgestone Winter Driving School

If the summer heat is making you sweat, here’s a cool thought about what to do this winter.  Head to a resort and spend a day skidding and swerving a car on ice at a winter driving school. Mountain-high resorts are starting to post their winter packages. You can tuck a day learning to drive on icy roads into a ski or snowboard vacation in Steamboat, Colorado.

Photo: WinterDrivingSchool.com /Larry Pierce

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Grilled Corn on the Cob

It’s the height of corn season (and tomato season, watermelon season, cantaloupe season – can you see why I love summer?). Enjoy it with my easy grilled corn on the cob recipe. Grilling gives the corn a smoky flavor that is truly outstanding. …

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Sunset in Saigon © Lauren Juliff

My Favourite Budget Airlines

When it comes to transport I’ll often sacrifice comfort and time for a cheaper flight. However, after now having spent many years jetting around on budget airlines, I’m pleased to say that they’re actually not all terrible. In fact, in some co…

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Sunset in Saigon © Lauren Juliff

My Favorite Budget Airlines

When it comes to transport I’ll often sacrifice comfort and time for a cheaper flight. However, after now having spent many years jetting around on budget airlines, I’m pleased to say that they’re actually not all terrible. In fact, in some co…

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Eau Palm Beach hotel

Labor Day (or Any Day) Hotels

Eau Palm Beach hotel

Luxury travelers know how to do Labor Day right.

But since I’m certain your plans are already set (right?), consider these American hotel getaway ideas as simply food for year-round thought.

  • South Florida luxury cocoon with great golf & dining: Turnberry Isle Miami
  •  Loews Philadelphia

  • Tranquil, central, kid-friendly on Key West: Ocean Key
  • A swanky resort with a transporting spa: Eau Palm Beach
  • Florida fun for the family, with nary a cartoon character in sight: Waldorf Astoria Naples
  • A magnificent historic hotel as worldly as its namesake: The Jefferson, Washington, DC
  • Radisson Blu Chicago pool

  • Extreme pet-friendliness in an Art Deco landmark: Loews Hotel Philadelphia
  • Time-honored shore hotel with marvelous restaurants: Congress Hall, Cape May, NJ
  • A welcoming hotel that guarantees a good night’s sleep in the city that never sleeps: The Benjamin, NYC
  • Langham Boston hotel tea table

  • A spa & golf escape on an estate in the genteel Berkshires: Cranwell, Lenox, Mass
  • Beantown dignity & a peak-experience brunch: The Langham, Boston
  • Fresh-minted architectural dazzle in the city known for it: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
  • Tip-top digs in the Big Easy: Windsor Court, New Orleans
  • Inn of the Anasazi

  • Beep-beep! Roadrunner State’s best service: Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Santa Fe, NM
  • Sin City with urban excitement: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • The grand hotel, the place to see and be seen: THE US GRANT, San Diego
  • Fairmont Miramar hotel bungalow

  • SoCal retreat with Relais & Chateaux excellence: Rancho Valencia
  • Happening resort in L.A.’s hippest beach community: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica
  • Enchanted Pacific panoramas: El Encanto, Santa Barbara
  • Cosmopolitan Hotel Vegas bar

  • California Craftsman lodge amidst Earth’s tallest living things: Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park
  • City by the Bay sophistication: Taj Campton Place, San Francisco
  • 1200 acres of Napa pleasures: Silverado
  • Grown-up finesse in hipster Portlandia: The Nines

The Nines Portland hotel suite

Photos from top: ©Eau Palm Beach; ©Loews Philadelphia/ Michael Kleinberg; ©Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago; ©The Langham, Boston; ©Inn of the Anasazi; ©Fairmont Miramar; ©The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; ©The Nines Portland.

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Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

If you’re a fan of frozen chocolate bananas (you know, the kind you get at a fair or on the boardwalk at the beach), you will love this chocolate banana bread recipe. It has a rich texture, almost cake-like and it is made doubly delicious with…

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How to Buy Wine Online

In today’s app-driven, tablet-smart environment it’s little surprise that people are finding new wines from various smartphone app recommendations and then making their wine purchases online.

From auction-style sites with a feature wine that’s both well-rated and bargain-priced to straight-forward online wine retailers that house large volumes of wine for direct shipping consumers, there are plenty of online wine buying options.

Check out some of our favorite online wine retailers with very fair pricing, good selection, and even a few that can get their hands on the hard to find luxury wine spectrum.

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