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There are a slew of “lifestyle” newcomers-stylish hotels at an affordable price- sweeping the nation. But, How can you tell if the lodgings that you are considering will live up to the hype? I worked with a team of T+L editors to decode the hype. Read...

As the temperatures go south, consider doing the same: these southern cities are high in temperatures, appeal, and charm. As temperatures start heading south in most of the country, maybe you should do the same. As it so often goes with planning a vacation, choosing a...

The minute I walk in, I know I’ve been duped. Yet another hipster hotel disguised as a “luxury boutique” property. I sigh with disappointment as I take in the tell tale signs: unappealing 50s furniture, brown, Motel 6 style carpeting, cheap window treatments, framed posters,...

  sCHECK OUT THE 606/ BLOOMINGDALE TRAIL This 2.7 mile park and trail system runs along Bloomingdale Ave (1800 N), from Ridgeway Ave (3750 W) on the west to Ashland Ave (1600 W) on the east through the neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Humboldt...

I travel to many exotic spots. But, one of my favorite places to visit with my family is Washington DC. The city's image may be massive. But, DC is actually quite small which makes it super easy to navigate and conquer. On this quick two night...

When seasoned travelers are told that a hotel promises an “authentic” experience, the visceral response is an eye roll. Authenticity is a vibe, not an adjective that can be blithely assigned to a space. But this type of emotional nirvana—the warm glow of intuitively connecting...

Beach break? Mountain trek? Wildlife adventure? African odyssey? Summer is that sublime time of year when families can travel unencumbered by school schedules. Choices abound. Some destinations are all about kids, all of the time. Other properties may tolerate children but certainly do not lay...

My morning coffee in Provence was not a minor detail of the day. It was a highlight. Why? A Provencal petit dejeuner is epic. Presentation is everything. Details as minute as the placement of a teaspoon (it is leaning upon a mini pot of local...

Beyonce’s youthifying skin serum. Clooney’s shades. J-Law’s fave cold pressed juice. Star sanctioned products offer big time buzz to a brand. But, in the UK, there is an imperial nod of approval that puts an entertainers’ endorsement to shame. It’s called the Royal Warrant. And, it’s...