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Milton Park Country House Hotel & Spa

Story and photography by Sharon King Hoge Arched Palladian windows… stately stone urns… dappled pathways… are signature features of Milton Park an historic resort in the manicured rolling landscape of the Southern Highlands an hour south of Sydney, Australia.  Originally called Mansfield … Continue reading

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Suzhou, China

Once clients have visited China’s top three cities, Shanghai/Beijing/Xi’an, there are great opportunities to steer them to the country’s myriad outlying destinations, and Suzhou is a good place to start. Sixty miles from Shanghai, conveniently accessible by bus and high … Continue reading

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Carrier and Company

Designer Interview Q&A’s The Timeless work of Carrier and Company runs the gamut from Tribeca lofts and Florida vacation homes to notable fashion offices. Married founders Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller collaborate as parents and as principals of the firm, and … Continue reading

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John P. Franzen

Designer Interviews Q&A’s A SPECIALIST IN PRESERVATION, planning and new construction, John P. Franzen, FAIA, is a former member of the Fairfield Historic District Commission and is involved in many regional and community boards and design juries. His firm, J.P. … Continue reading

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Erica Moses

Designer Interview Q&A’s It’s no wonder nest studio pillows feature vibrant colors: their creator, Erica Moses, is a native of Brazil. After moving to Connecticut to marry an American, she owned two successful local retail stores (Benetton and new Frontier), re-created … Continue reading

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Joe Passero

Designer Interviews Q&A’s Founded almost 100 years ago in Norwalk, Klaffs built its reputation on selling building supplies and household fixtures. Third generation executive Joe Passero worked his way up through the family business from stockroom to decorative plumbing specialist … Continue reading

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Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay Review

If silence is golden, the Conrad on Haitang Bay near Sanya, on China’s southern island of Hainan is 24-carat. One of more than a dozen global resorts perched seaside among palms on the south side of the island, its atmosphere … Continue reading

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Cool Off In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Published in Global Traveler Photo: © Leonidikan | Dreamstime.com Just because it’s in the middle of the desert doesn’t mean you can’t make snowballs inRiyadh. Snow World, one of the city’s most unusual clubs, is designed to offer an Arctic … Continue reading

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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney Review

Published in Global Traveler With two world-class sights, Sydney’s Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, right outside its windows, it may not be an exaggeration to claim the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney offers the world’s best hotel views. More than 90 … Continue reading

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Waikiki Wows When The Workday’s Done

Published in Global Traveler Feast alfresco in Waikiki Photo: Waikiki Beach at sunset © Marek Poplawski | Dreamstime.com Along with sand and sea, sun is one of Waikiki’s touted attributes, but even after the sun goes down there’s a lot … Continue reading

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Hilton Adelaide Review

Adelaide, Australia, may be as “ever-lovin’” as the girlfriend Frank Sinatra sings about inGuys and Dolls, but unlike her, you’re not “takin’ a chance” if you choose to stay in the city’s Hilton. A modern tower surrounded by charming traditional courthouses, … Continue reading

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New in the New Year: Fusion Furniture, Fashions of Herrera and the 30’s, Art Strike(s), Gifts Galore, and the Regency Reopens

Published on Cottages and Gardens      Regular patrons were welcomed back to their celebrated early morning routine when the Regency Hotel hosted a “Power Breakfast” to launch its newly-renovated Regency Bar and Grill.  Spike Lee, former Mayor David Dinkins, former … Continue reading

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Discover Adobe Ruins And Fusion Cuisine

Published in Global Traveler Photo: Huaca Pucllana © Alminaite | Dreamstime.com For Lima visitors who don’t have time to travel up to see the Inca sites at Cusco and Machu Picchu, an alternative is a visit to the huge, seven-step … Continue reading

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Lima’s Economy Is Positively Booming

Companies see big potential in Lima’s resurging economy Photo: Plaza Mayor © Pablo Hidalgo | Dreamstime.com Once the centerpiece of Spain’s South American empire — by royal decree all commerce of the vice-royalty had to pass through it — Lima … Continue reading

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American Friends of Versailles Visit Bourbon Locations in Spain

Escorted by Bourbon descendants of the Kings of France, contributors to the American Friends of Versailles were recently entertained for four days in some of Madrid’s iconic institutions and private homes linked to the Spanish Bourbons. Organized and escorted by … Continue reading

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