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Strip House Key West restaurant

Strip House: Top Key West Dining

Strip House Key West restaurant

One luxury travel perk: visiting the mainland U.S.’s semi-tropical, magical isle of Key West.

I’ve recommended Ocean Key Resort & Spa as a nice place to stay.

Strip House Key West lounge

Dining? Got a rec, too. Set in The Reach, a Waldorf-Astoria Resort, Strip House serves sensational steaks (including the namesake New York Strip) and delectable seafood. Inside, Strip House resembles a burlesque club; outside, it’s a deluxe beach deck.

  • Check out about the seductive menu, sultry paintings, and signature 24-layer chocolate cake at Strip House on Key West >>

Photos: ©Strip House.

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Ocean Key Resort Key West Sunset Pier

Ocean Key Resort & Spa: a Tranquil yet Central Hotel on Key West

Ocean Key Resort Key West Sunset Pier

Key West typically demands a decision from visitors: do you want tranquility, or do you want nightlife?

Ocean Key Resort & Spa lets you have both.

Ocean Key Resort Key West Pool Cabanas

This welcoming, 100-room boutique hotel offers quiet, ocean-facing rooms with balconies to catch the Gulf breeze. Yet Ocean Key perches proudly at the end of Duval Street — Key West’s club hub — right atop Mallory Square.

Here on Mallory Square, “celebrating the sunset is a nightly Key West ritual, capped by cheers and applause,” reports Miami-based Guest Author Sara Liss, who checked out Ocean Key for Luxury Travel.

Ocean Key Resort Key West Hotel Room

“And then you can get back to your own party at Ocean Key,” says Sara.

Find out what else Sara and her brood loved about romantic yet family-friendly Ocean Key Resort & Spa in Key West >>

Photos: Sunset on the pier; pool cabanas; room with a view at Key West’s ©Ocean Key Resort & Spa.

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1932 Lincoln Judkins

It’s Here: Pebble Beach Automotive Week & Concours d’Elegance

1932 Lincoln Judkins

If you’re of the automotive persuasion, you know what week this is.

Monterey Automotive Week kicks off today, August 14, in California. This annual pilgrimage of the car community culminates with Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this Sunday, August 18.

Concours d’Elegance celebrates innovation, passion, beauty, speed. In other words, the automobile.

Atop the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links, exquisite classic cars are paraded and judged. Sleek concept cars and new models from enduring brands like Lincoln are unveiled and applauded.

And as you might expect from a gathering called Concours d’Elegance, this is one big, sophisticated party. On wheels.

  • Find out more about Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2013
  • And its events (competitions, auctions, the famed 17-Mile Drive, more)
  • And what it takes to be a Concours Car
  • Guest Author Michael Hiller’s inside look at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance here on Luxury Travel

Photos show some of the rarely viewed classic Lincoln custom coachwork that Concours d’Elegance guests will see on Sunday. Above: 1932 Lincoln KB-244A Judkins Coupe, one of 24 built, with coachwork by Judkins. This beauty was discovered in a Connecticut gas station in the 1950s; its restoration was completed in 2002.
Below: 1932 Lincoln KB-241 Dietrich Convertible Sedan. The car isn’t named for Marlene; it was one of 20 outfitted by coachbuilder Raymond Dietrich, whose coachwork is the most coveted of the classic era. This model converted from a formal chauffeured car with divided compartments to an informal sedan, closed or open. ©Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

1932 Lincoln Dietrich

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Langham Boston hotel Bond bar

Langham Boston Hotel: Bull’s-Eye Setting & Beantown’s Best Brunch

Langham Boston hotel Bond bar

Luxury Travel Guest Author Max Jacobson just visited his hometown, where he checked out The Langham, Boston hotel for us.

Langham Boston hotel concierge desk

Max is a picky reviewer, especially when it comes to Beantown. And he approves of The Langham, Boston.

“Guests find themselves right near the Freedom Trail, where America began,” says Max. “Though my trail led me to The Langham, Boston’s Sunday brunch, which is ultra-impressive.”

“Even to a local boy.”

Langham Boston hotel Chuan spa

See the dignified rooms and dazzling dining venues at The Langham, Boston >>

Photos: BOND restaurant & lounge; concierge desk; Chuan Spa couple’s suite at ©The Langham, Boston.

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Teeth of the Dog golf course Casa de Campo

Casa de Campo: Carib’s Top Golf

Teeth of the Dog golf course Casa de Campo

Amidst fierce competition, Casa de Campo is routinely ranked the #1 course in the Caribbean.

Dye Fore golf course Casa de Campo

This legendary, celeb-favored resort occupies 7,000 acres in the Dominican Republic. Yet it has just a couple of hundred rooms, suites, and villas, each equipped with its own golf cart.

As Luxury Travel’s golf specialist, Guest Author Eric Levin, puts it, “Casa de Campo tempts with 90 challenging, well-maintained, endlessly varied holes designed by Hall of Fame giant Pete Dye.”

The Links golf course Casa de Campo

Yes, 90. And 18 of them belong to the revered Teeth of the Dog course (big pic above) at Casa de Campo.

Will your golf paradise be Casa de Campo? >>

Golf courses at ©Casa de Campo, from top: Teeth of the Dog; Dye Fore; The Links (hole 16).

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Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach

Westin Hotels: Affordable Flair

Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach

The Westin hotel brand is a favorite go-to for luxury travelers seeking budget-conscious accommodations with solid four-star flair.

After all, Westin is part of the Starwood company, which also operates W and Waldorf Astoria hotels.

Here at Luxury Travel, we’ve recently discovered two very nice Westin hotels with affordable rates. One perches on a coveted American beach, the other dead-center in the nation’s most storied metropolis.

Westin Fort Lauderdale hotel lobby

The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale’s very name says a lot. This family-friendly relaxation station beckons sun-worshipers to one of the USA’s cleanest beaches. And the hotel’s dining is tops, with a Shula’s steakhouse and Amatsu for sushi. Check in virtually to The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale >>

Westin Grand Central NYC Hotel 42nd St.

The Westin New York Grand Central dazzles with a brilliant Manhattan location across 42nd St. from the Grand Central transportation hub. Many rooms offer King Kong-worthy NYC skyline views. And THE LCL, the hotel’s lobby bar and restaurant, is pure Big Apple polish. Step right up to The Westin New York Grand Central >>

Empire Suite Westin Grand Central Hotel

Pix from top: ©The Westin Beach Resort & Spa Fort Lauderdale, beach and lobby; ©The Westin New York Grand Central, entrance and Empire Suite.

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Villa Cassinelli

What’s on Your Travel Bucket List?

Villa Cassinelli

What’s on your travel bucket list?

Fushimi Inari Shrine Kyoto

I know that you’ve been diligently crossing major items off your list.

You know, Paris. Australia. Tahiti. An African safari. A private jet flight.

Alhambra

I asked our globe-trotting contributors here at Luxury Travel for their dream vacations.

A few fantasies that kept cropping up: Japan. Havana. Cape Town. George Clooney.

Cape Town

See how your wanderlust compares with our Luxury Travel writers’ bucket lists >>

Photos from top: Villa Cassinelli on Lake Como, Italy ©In Villas Veritas; Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine ©Paul Vlaar/Wikimedia Commons; Tahiti Dancers
Patio de los Leones in the Alhambra, Granada, Spain ©Jim Gordon/Flickr/ Wikimedia Commons; Cape Town, South Africa ©Andrew Massyn/Wikimedia Commons; Tahitian dancers ©Paul Gauguin Cruises.

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Wickaninnish Inn

Relais & Chateaux: Ze Best Hotels

Wickaninnish Inn

Relais & Chateaux is the stuff of luxury travel dreams. Only ze most deluxe small hotels and ridiculously delicious restaurants are chosen to become members of this elite French hospitality association.

The Point Resort

  • See what it takes for a hotel or restaurant to earn the designation of
    Relais & Chateaux >>

Relais & Chateaux hotels featured on Lux Travel:

  • A glorious getaway near San Diego, the sunny, social, stylish Rancho Valencia >>
  • Wickaninnish Inn Breakfast

  • Once a lakeside Rockefeller estate in the Adirondacks, now a thrillingly exclusive 11-room lodge, The Point >>
  • Spectacularly set on wild Vancouver Island, the haut-rustic Wickaninnish Inn >>

Ready to check in?

Pix of Relais & Chateaux, from top: ©Wickaninnish Inn; ©The Point; ©Wickaninnish Inn; below, ©Rancho Valencia.

Rancho Valencia Sunset

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ONE UN Hotel Chrysler Building

ONE UN Hotel’s City & Sand Summer Deal: Manhattan + Beach

ONE UN Hotel Chrysler Building

A New York City beach vacation? No, I’m not pulling your luxury travel leg.

An elegant midtown Manhattan hotel, ONE UN, is offering a City & Sand package all summer. The deal involves:

  • Accoms in ONE UN’s deluxe West Tower, with dazzling skyline views, club-floor privileges, free wifi
  • A pair of round-trip tix on a scenic ferry to New Jersey’s landmark Sandy Hook beach
  • You catch the ferry a few blocks way and glide through New York Harbor past Lady Liberty
  • With a gourmet picnic lunch for two in a cooler bag
  • $329 per night and up; 2-night minimum; through September 8

ONE UN Hotel NYC

Manhattan is an island, after all. Find out more about:

  • ONE UN Hotel
  • Its City & Sand package
  • The City that Never Sleeps (but dozes on the beach!)

Photos: West Tower of ©ONE UN hotel.

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Statue of Liberty

Happy Independence Day! Where to Celebrate the USA Year-Round

Statue of Liberty

Coast-to-coast (and then some), the USA tempts with fabulous vacations. Here’s our hot list of great American luxury travel destinations, from West to East.

  • The New World’s sophisticated pilgrimage for oenophiles, Napa Valley
  • Mondavi Winery Napa

  • Four-centuries-old city whose culture blends Old Spanish, New Age, Native American, and Wild West, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Proud, charming Victorian island off Texas’ Gulf coast, Galveston
  • Pelicans Galveston

  • Red-white-and-blue Midwest country escape for families and racing fans, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
  • If you can make it there…
    New York, New York
  • Colonial gem turned urban trendsetter, Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Skyline

  • Naughty Miami’s nautical sister, “The Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale

Photos from top: Lady Liberty ©Karen Tina Harrison. Napa’s ©Mondavi Winery. Local pelicans ©www.visitgalveston.com. Philly sunset ©Karen Tina Harrison. Boots at Santa Fe’s ©Back at the Ranch.

Back at the Ranch Cowboy Boots

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