UNESCO Adds Properties to List

    UNESCO has added 21 new sites to its coveted world heritage list as of July. The list is currently comprised of 1,073 properties. Here is the list. Angola

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How to Battle Crowds While Traveling

How to Battle Crowds While Traveling When traveling during summer months or holidays, always assume there’s a long line. Expect a steady stream of visitors just as anxious as you

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10 Tips to Avoid Money Disasters While Traveling

10 Tips to Avoid Money Disasters While Traveling   You’re excited to travel and you were in such a rush that you forgot to….. Notify your bank that you’re going

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Top Wineries to Visit in the World

    Chateau Soutard, Bordeaux, France Visit Chateau Soutard in Saint-Emilion where you can engage in a “Winemaker for a Day” class (with hands-on experience in the vines and winery),

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5 of the Most Luxurious Golf Courses in Long Island, New York

5 of the Most Luxurious Golf Courses in Long Island, New York   Long Island is home to seven of the top 100 golf courses in the nation and two

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How to Avoid Jetlag

While it’s challenging to sleep when we first arrive to a new destination, here are some techniques to try. Before you leave Start adjusting your sleeping patterns prior to the

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How Haute Are You?

  Haute is a word bandied about so much that I think it has somehow lost its original meaning as it pertains to all things luxury.  Subtly makes haute humble. 

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Mardi Gras New Orleans Style

            Get ready for Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy which falls on Feb. 28 this year. When headed to New Orleans, visitors should decide

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Paris, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways….

              My love affair with Paris began as a young school girl when I read Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Montecristo and Three Musketeers.  I

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How to Spend Valentine’s Day in London

    If you are looking for the last minute getaway consider some of these truly amazing properties such as the newly redone five-star Franklin Hotel in Knightsbridge.  This luxury

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How to Spend Valentine’s Day in London

                If you are looking for the last minute getaway consider some of these truly amazing properties such as the newly redone five-star

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Luxury Family Getaways

    Check out the 45-acre Rancho Valencia, located half an hour from downtown San Diego, and is set among Mediterranean-inspired gardens, trails, and olive groves. There are many outdoor

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New Year's Traditions Around the World

          With spectacular firework displays around the world from Sydney to Paris all vying for the best in festivities, here are a few odd traditions that

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The Best of Luxury Travel Trends

            Private resort islands – we’ve seen Richard Branson do this with Necker Island and David Copperfield has Musha Cay and now Four Seasons is

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Let’s remember why Paris and The Ritz Hotel are so damn sexy!

Let’s remember why Paris and The Ritz Hotel are so damn sexy!

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Let’s remember why Paris and The Ritz Hotel are so damn sexy!

Let’s remember why Paris and The Ritz Hotel are so damn sexy!

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Travel Ninja Warrior

I’m the Ninja travel warrior; the cape crusader of travel reminding all of us that our weapons turn capes into beach blankets, lassos into hiking ropes, and bat mobiles into

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My New York is the Best New York

I must admit.  The more I am away from New York the more of a New Yorker I become. We are a special breed of survivalists; an innate yearning to

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Luxury Destination Scotland

Scotland is not just about marvelous golf courses and obtaining access to private ones like St. Andrews.  Scotland remains mysterious as it envelops you like a blanket of soft cashmere

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THE POWER OF THE WORD VIP

So often I come across an invite or social media posting which boldly exclaims from the rooftop “Exclusive VIP” opening or “feeling so VIP”.  What does this all mean given

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Luxury Travel and the Millennial Effect

To write about millennials is admitting there is an inexplicable social phenomenon occurring in a different stratosphere though this is Mother Earth and while I am identifying this new generation

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Your Next Vacation:  A Crying Room?

Sure we all shed tears of joy when we jump up in elation as the clock signals the end of the work day and perhaps the start of our vacation,

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It’s Agatha Christie Minus the Murder (Sort of)

  I love trains.  Well let me be clear.  While I spent the significant part of my life jumping on the IRT, BMT, and LIRR in New York City, I’ve

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It’s Agatha Christie Minus the Murder (Sort of)

I love trains.  Well let me be clear.  While I spent the significant part of my life jumping on the IRT, BMT, and LIRR in New York City, I’ve always

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Holiday Gift Ideas:  Our Version of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book

With the annual arrival of the famous and extravagantly priced Neiman Marcus Christmas book we’ve decided to come up with our own version of the some of the coolest and

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Have UNESCO Sites Gone to the Dogs?

I used to own the most wonderful dog in the world – his name was Tuffy.  A medium sized pooch – with a mix of beagle, boxer and who knows

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Why I like 007 Shaken not Stirred

  When I watch a 007 James Bond film I am not entirely convinced that he is only a fictitious character.  After all,  he represents modern day heroes (from the

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The Differences Between Miami and New York

This week I have decided to have a little fun by comparing the lifestyle and general mentality of New York versus Miami – two such opposite cultures despite the fact

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Vic’s Picks:  25 Great Travel Tips

Always put your money and credit cards in your front pockets. So often pickpocketers reach for open purses and back pockets. Avoid jetlag by adjusting to the time zone you

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Why I’m a Visitor and not a Tourist

When I hear the word “tourist” I want to cringe with shame.  It sounds so bourgeoisie and reminds me of those loud obnoxious people who do not attempt to effortlessly

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How to Maintain Client Loyalty Without Spending a Fortune

The 80s and early 90s marked a time when the extravagance of spending absurd amounts of money were abundantly glaring as clearly depicted in the movies Wall Street and Jordan

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Hot Trends in Luxury Travel

Nowadays with fast-paced lifestyles it’s no wonder more and more people are seeking their own version of bucket list experiences.  Below are the latest trends I’ve seen in the marketplace.

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Not Too Boaring Trends in Luxury Experiences

Boar hunting is considered one of the most luxurious sports among the affluent to pursue.  In many areas from the outskirts of Paris to the middle of Florida to countries

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Bring a Towel to Your Next Party

Nowadays people are so frantically busy at work and trying to make time to stay healthy that women in particular across the country have opted to have a girls’ night

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Art Basel Miami

It’s not who you know, but who you are.  Started more than ten years ago, Art Basel Miami has become the mecca of glamour, chic parties, luxury brands, beautiful people…and….what

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Sundance Film Festival 2018 : Best for a Corporate Hospitality Program

Who would have thought that Robert Redford’s small independent venture known to millions as the Sundance Channel would have quickly blossomed into the Sundance Institute, the Sundance Resort and ultimately

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Paris Fashion Week 2013: How Fashion and Not just Paris is Seduction

Chic is whoever you think you are – and with confidence. There’s absolutely no question about it. It’s in your soul. And it requires passion and an interest in life

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Wedding Planner for Same Sex Wedding Ceremony

With the arrival of legalized same sex marriage in thirteen states which include: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of

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My Date with George Clooney at the Venice Film Festival

George Clooney might not know this yet, but he’ll be walking me down the aisle….oops….I’ve been planning so many weddings lately….I mean Red Carpet at the 70th annual Venice Film

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When Culinary Experiences Become Way too Cozy for Comfort

I consider myself a somewhat friendly person but with a strong edge of reserve.  For this reason I am a semi-reluctant participant when it comes to communal dining.  When a

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Festival del Sole:  Napa Valley & Tuscany

Two of the best hidden gems in the festival event world that I like to shout about from the rooftops are the annual Tuscan Sun Festival (which will not be

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How to Experience Super Bowl Mania XLVIII 2014 in New York

On an annual basis when Super Bowl mania hits and fans become immersed in fantasy football and are closely watching if their favorite team is in the playoffs a certain

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Great Gatsby – Has Anybody Seen My Gal?

  With the upcoming film release of Baz Luhrmann’s rendition of “The Great Gatsby” I’m here to remind everyone what a gay time, what a roaring time the twenties were….With

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Colorful pinata donkey

I’m not sure if we really need a reason to have a party, but with Cinco de Mayo just around the corner it’s time to take out your sombrero. If

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Wedding Destinations:  Advice from Wedding Planner Victoria Hoffman

Planning a wedding is never easy, but if you are determined to turn it into a destination wedding whether in another state, region or country it’s simpler to hire a

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How to Tour De France

There is no better place to have a rendezvous than in France and if you are going to have a real experience then a luxury travel expert is a must. 

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Some of my clients recently asked me how I arrive into Monaco. My answer is simple – Le Club – the exclusive VIP helicopter service which drops guests off right

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The glamour of Monaco is not just about the annual Grand Prix Monte Carlo 2013 on May 23-26, though it’s true that James Bond wouldn’t be caught in his tuxedo

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Thanks, but no thanks

As children we were reinforced by our parents to be polite, courteous and generous in saying “please”, “yes” and “thank you.” Yet somewhere along the way, those simple words which

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The New Super VIP Experience

When a person thinks about indulging in a VIP experience, what are their expectations?  Is it VIP seats at a concert or is it meeting your childhood sports hero?  Is

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