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You may not have had the good fortune to be married to a railroad tycoon and live on Mansion Row in Newport during the Gilded Age, but when you stay at The Chanler at Cliff Walk you can pretend for a weekend. This turn of the century mansion was the first home built on the famed Cliff Walk and is now a luxury hotel with only 20 rooms and villas. In fact it’s the only hotel along this storied corridor. When these grand homes were constructed the well heeled started a tradition of referring […] Continue reading →

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“Nights and days came and passed - And summer and winter - and the rain. And it was good to be a little Island. A part of the world - and a world of its own - All surrounded by the bright blue sea.” ― Margaret Wise Brown, The Little Island While on a family sailing trip Laurence Rockefeller “discovered” St. John. Because when you’re a gazillionaire, sometimes these things happen. Luckily for the rest of us, the generous Rockefeller donated most of the island to […] Continue reading →

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I’ve often said, “everything good came from Seattle.” Starbucks Costco Microsoft Mackelmore Me We all know that Seattle is the coffee capital because it rains all the time, but does it? It rains an average of 40 inches per year in New York City, but only 36 inches in Seattle. Other secrets Seattle is keeping from you? The food is amazing, there are beaches just minutes from downtown and one of the best luxury hotels I’ve ever stayed in is in the center of it […] Continue reading →

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Thinking of renting a house next time you vacation? Think it’s more expensive than a hotel? Well, depending on the house it could be, and then it’s probably totally worth it. Renting a home can often be less expensive or similarly priced to staying in a hotel, but you get SO much more in a home. The rental process can be daunting. Where to look, how to find the right property, will it look like the photos when you get there? Booking a home is easier than you think it is, and the […] Continue reading →

Her doctor told her not to worry. Lots of breastfeeding moms have changes in their breasts. So she didn’t. A year later she was undergoing aggressive treatment for stage 3 breast cancer. This is one story, of many, that start the longer story of the battle against breast cancer. It  happened to my dear friend’s co-worker. You’d think it would have been a warning, a red flag sent up from the universe, but she missed it. Only you know you your body. As women we are born […] Continue reading →

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Thinking of jetting to Aruba for a little sun? Here’s what you need to know, need to avoid, and whether or not this is the destination for you. The Good: Sunshine-lots of it: Aruba sits south of the hurricane belt just off the coast of Venezuela. This means that you can almost guarantee a suntan and no rain out, every day, of every week, all year long. The island only gets 20 inches of rain per year and is famous for its trade winds, it’s a wind surfer’s paradise, so even […] Continue reading →

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The following post is contributed by my Lux Travel Chica – Lauren Pruner. Though I have written Montauk Yacht Club up for Greenwich Magazine, I have not yet had a chance to review it personally. Lucky for us, Lauren and her friends were willing to sample the cocktails and give us the inside scoop on a stay at this venerable Hamptons institution. Do remember though, they did not have to take toddlers. … it’s official. I’ve broken out the long pants and flats – LTM has […] Continue reading →

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For my birthday I’m giving one lucky reader a week in my life. Without the dishes, dog walking or blog posting duties. All the fun, none of the, well, not fun. Also, wearing six inch heels to the airport is totally optional. And the cake, you get the cake.   Regular readers know that Charleston and Kiawah Island are my happy places. We love it there so much that we built a home after vacationing every summer for many years. I’ve had some time to figure out what’s the […] Continue reading →

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It’s no secret that I fly a lot. It’s also not a secret that I have some strong opinions, especially about air travel. I want you all to be the first to know that I’m in love. Not the teenager kind of love where it’s all hot and bothered, like when I flew Virgin and the cabins were all pink. Or the marry me kind of love when I flew to Paris in a fully flat bed on Air France. This is the Best Friends Forever kind of love. We trade notes on Twitter. Sometimes they send […] Continue reading →

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Charleston has been named Friendliest Small Town, Best City in the World, and on and on. We just call it our second home. I am constantly asked for advice on what to do and see in Charleston so here’s a quick guide on what we love and what we recommend. Let’s start with cake: No seriously, I’ll tell you where to stay and blah blah blah after I tell you about the cake. You want to know this. This is life altering stuff people. Peninsula Grill, which is part of the Relais […] Continue reading →