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Chicago Air & Water Show

Chicago Air & Water Show

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Utopia Found at Fearrington Village

The AAA Five Diamond Fearrington House Restaurant

The AAA Five Diamond Fearrington House Restaurant

Have you ever checked into a resort and wished you could move in? Say hello to Fearrington Village. We stumbled upon this utopian wonderland on the way home from UNC. This whimsical village sits just eight miles south of Chapel Hill and boasts four eateries, including a AAA Five Diamond gourmet restaurant, a heavenly spa, shops, a quaint bookstore with well-known author events, a Five Diamond Relais & Chateaux Inn, gardens, homes, cow pastures, and more. Owner R.B. Fitch and his late wife Jenny took the saying of “Build it and they will come,” to a whole new level with their vision of Fearrington Village.

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Miami’s First Gin Club Opens In the Sexy New Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach

Gin, once described as an herbal medicine, derived from the juniper berry is one of the most widely ranging spirits in existence. In preparation for VODA Magazine’s Miami Issue, we’re headed to the Metropolitan by Como Hotel in Miami Beach. This is Tripadvisor’s current number one hotel and home to the sultry city’s very first gin club at the Traymore Bar. I perused the menu of over 30 different artisanal gins – all this time I was limiting myself to Tanqueray and Bombay. The menu features gin from the United Kingdom, United States, France, and Netherlands. While I’m content with a simple gin martini or a gin and tonic with a lime, I was thrilled to see a fabulous mixology program in place for this dynamic spirit and other alluring liquors.

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Of Castles And Things: Don’t Miss These Grande Dame Stays Around The World

Photo courtesy of the Castlemartyr Resort

Photo courtesy of the Castlemartyr Resort

In a scene conjured from a modern fable, a forgotten teddy bear arrives by pony cart—just in the nick of time. Amid the craggy ruins of a 12th century castle, just adjacent to the 16th century manor house and only the distance of a crossbow-slung arrow from a swan lake and the walls of an ancient garden, a little princess dries her eyes. She watches the incoming cart bounce over the hillocks and lows of a traditional links course in mute anticipation. When the Kerry Bog ponies halt with a clatter at the door of her nearly departing automobile, the child jumps for joy and her parents exchange long looks of relief. On cue, a tuxedo clad redeemer leaps like a lord from the cart, the rescued stuffed toy aloft. With a flourish, he delivers his charge into the child’s anxiously outstretched hands, takes a bow, then remounts the carriage and disappears across the lawn at a clip to perform more beneficent deeds. He’s no prince charming, but a concierge; and she’s not real royalty, but a hotel guest. It’s just a typical (fairytale) day at Castlemartyr Resort in Ireland’s County Cork.

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MEXICANA ACOUSTICA – The art of strings and the music of Herradura

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The music from a finely crafted instrument is a thing of beauty.  In the hands of a skilled luthier, the instrument itself can be  a work of art.  Case in point, “Mexicana Acoustica”, a guitar created by South Florida artist Cynosure.

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Vacation This Summer with Yesteryear’s Elite on Jekyll Island

 

Photo credit Chris J Hamilton

Photo credit Chris J Hamilton

A successful hotelier once said me,”I am not in the business to sell hotel rooms, but rather time and efficiency.” Such is the case with The Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Located on the Georgia Coast’s Golden Isles, it’s the kind of place where you park (or valet) your car and leave it for the entirety of your stay. Jekyll Island was once the premiere vacation spot for the wealthy elite including JP.Morgan, William Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer, the Vanderbilts, and many others. When you arrive time seems to be an afterthought, everything slows down and a relaxed pace sets in. Anything you may need and want is right at your fingertips including pool, dining, spa, bikes, beach access and transport, beautiful walkable off-property shops, and restaurants all encompassed in a beautiful setting. Read more…

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The Vivian Maier exhibit

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Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance

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Steve McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS photo courtesy of Concours d’Elegance

We’ve got your Sunday plans covered.  If you’re in town this weekend, do not miss the second annual Pinehurst Concours d’ Elegance. The event kicked off on Friday with the Iron Mike Rally to Fort Bragg. The event honored and gave back to those stationed in Fort Bragg, which is where the primary training facility for the Army Special Operations Forces is located. On Saturday, the “Cars and Coffee” took place with a late afternoon concert by The Beatles tribute band, The British Invasion. The day to arrive is Sunday when 119 vintage and rare cars will be on display including Steve McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS, nicknamed “The Green Rat.” This rare beauty is one of only 16 made. See it on Sunday!

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Steve McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS photo courtesy of Concours d’Elegance

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Freshen Up Your Wardrobe with This Essential Wardrobe Staple From Everlane

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Never underestimate the power of a great white V-neck tee. My friend Tary and I have been on the forever-hunt for this essential wardrobe staple for years. Sure, we’ve found some that fit great, are made with quality, last, and/or are made by companies we are proud to support. However, all of these integral components have not come together, until now. Hello, Everlane! Read more…

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Bhang

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There are several drinks that are only known in very limited parts of the world and  Bhang is one of them.  It is very popular beverage consumed largely by the people of India and Pakistan. It is considered a delicacy in these countries but rarely recognized anywhere else.  Bhang is made from cannabis and while most of us know we can smoke or cook with it, consumed as a beverage is far more popular in this part of the world. Read more…

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