The Extensive San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center

Picture 39As one of the largest performing arts center in the United States the SFWMPAC covers everything from theater, operas, concerts, lectures, special screenings, dance, recitals, meetings, and galas. It is a massive facility, 7 1/2 acres in total, containing the War Memorial Opera House, Herbst Theater, War Memorial Veterans Building, Louise M. Davis Symphony Hall, and even the offices of the prestigious SFMOMA.

Conveniently located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Civic Center district, the Performing Arts Center is not only a haven for the arts, but also a memorial for the men who fought in the first World War.

Check out the calendar for all the lectures, performances and recitals or participate in a tour of the facilities which are held every Monday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Join the Jet Setters at Degrees Bar and Lounge

The lounge in the Ritz-Carlton GeorgetoPicture 9wn will have you stepping back in time to the glamorous 1940s. The décor is stunning with black slate floors, exposed brick walls and a sleek bar. This is one of the most popular DC lounges where the cool, hip thirty-somethings and jet setters alike come to relax from the stress of the Capital.

The cocktail menu is as impressive as the hotel setting with each one being a classic drink with a contemporary twist. Order the hotel’s signature drink, The Fahrenheit Five Martini, and then order off of the cigar menu to properly sit back, relax, and fall back in time as if you’re the star in a film noir.

Sleep Chic at The Donovan House

Picture 2Step away from the political frenzy and into the intimate, modern oasis of The Thompson Hotel Group’s The Donovan House. Located just off Thomas Circle on busy 14th Street, this boutique hotel, known for its impeccable service, is a breath of fresh air from the notoriously “stuffy” Washington hotels. The sleek, minimalist decor and swanky vibe are perfect for the hip, sophisticate looking to take advantage of the nation’s Capitol.

Open since early 2008, The Donovan House boasts just under 200 rooms, outfitted in stark white decor with unique cocoon-like showers and dramatic, extended leather headboards. Freshen up after a long trip with complimentary Kiehl’s bath products or indulge in the fabulous Dean & Deluca mini bar before cozying up to luxurious Sferra sheets.

Insider Tip: For added value, book in the warmer months and be sure to take advantage of The Donovan House’s exclusive rooftop bar and pool lounge, ADC (“Above DC”). Take in breathtaking views while you sip a cool cocktail or two at DC’s trendiest warm-weather hotspot.

Love Yourself in Le Labo Perfume

lelaboIf you have always wanted your signature scent and didn’t know where to turn, Le Labo Fragrances is an absolute must. The inside of the store looks more like a testing lab than a chic boutique, but the gentle details and eloquent touches give you a “Paris chic” vibe that the bustling streets of L.A. are missing.

One of the specialists in the store will walk you through your scent likes and dislikes, leaving you in charge to create your own signature scent. Though the bottles can get a bit pricey, they make great gifts that allow you to put your name and expiration date on the bottle.

If the idea of mixing lavender and vanilla all day long sounds unappealing, you can always opt for the other solution and purchase the perfumes on their website. Le Labo Fragrances on 3rd Street is one of those unforgettable places that makes you feel one of a kind, just like the perfume you bring home.

East Coast Meets West at The Thompson Hotel

On one of the busiest streets in Los Angeles you can finally get a taste of New York. The Thompson Hotel looks like it came straight out of the Big City with its leather sofas and swanky rooftop pool. With five other hotels in New York, The Thompson brings a similar glamorous New York vibe as well as New York favorites, such as Dean & Deluca goodies in the minibar.Picture 7

If you are looking for a trendy hotel where you won’t find drunken clubbers and late night action, this hotel is the perfect spot to be in. It’s a perfect location to put you in the heart of daytime shopping action and then withdraw you into seclusion at night.

This is also a place where you might actually enjoy staying around the corridors. BondSt is a phenomenal sushi restaurant that was replicated after the one in New York. The ABH bar, which stands for Above Beverly Hills, is a great place to grab a cocktail and enjoy the view. With restaurants straight from New York and the décor and vibe to match, it’s definitely time to be in a New York state of mind- but with better weather.

Putting the Decade in Decadence

Along a stretch of South Broadway where they’d have sounded downriPicture 6ght foreign a few short years ago, the adjectives “quirky” and “luxury” are becoming not only apt, but synonymous with the area thanks to finds like Decade.

A fixture in the gentrifying Baker district, this funky apparel and accessories boutique is a browser’s (not to mention buyer’s) dream, filled wall to wall with the likes of colorful handknits and Audrey Hepburn–retro wool trenches, cheeky piggy banks and cheekier lingerie, coffee table–worthy cookbooks and sumptuous Shiraleah handbags with all the bells and whistles (or, as the case may be, straps and buckles). In the back room, tot-sized togs and trinkets abound.

The collection is as varied as the kudos it receives from local publications, from “Best Paris-Flea-Market-Style Store” to “Top Maternity.”

As you take it all in, keep your eyes out for Stella the Fella, the feline mascot in the gem-studded collar.

Grafton Street Offers Authentic Irish Experience


Irish pubs in and around Boston are a dime a dozen, but authentic ones like Grafton Street Pub and Grille really stand out. Located in Harvard Square, this neighborhood hotspot was named after the cobblestone-lined shopping district in Dublin’s famed Temple Bar area. The restaurant relocated up one block in 2002 to a larger space in the heart of the square and now offers contemporary American cuisine for lunch and dinner seven days a week, including a Sunday brunch. From casual fare, including rustic pizzas and paninis, to classics such as fork and knife chicken and ale battered fish and chips, you will be hard pressed to find a better place to stop by for a pint and a great meal. Visit for more information.

Patty Tobin Does Big Bling for Little

Jewelry Designer Patty Tobin’s self-named flagship store has garnered frequent visits from some of NYC’s most respected women: news anchors, magazine editors, and politicians’ wives just to name a few.

The reason they visit the unassuming Chelsea store is for the big, one-of-a-kind jewels at prices that don’t match the quality of the work. Prices are from $65 to $895 for everything from pearl drop earrings to chunky onyx necklaces with gold and Swarovski laden ombre clasps. It sounds luxurious, and it is, at prices that make one-of-a-kind attainable for all.

Exploratorium Allows You To Do Just That

At most museums you are told “Do Not Touch,” but that’s the exact opposite of the intention at San Francisco’s Exploratorium. This institution’s goal is to promote museums as education centers, and here they like their visitors to learn by doing. Whether it’s creating a tornado with your feet, putting samples under a microscope, or getting your hands wet touching sea creatures, the unique Exploratorium has hundreds of exhibits for your enjoyment in science, art, and human perception.

Wang & Webb Among Many at En Avance

Picture 8Former supermodel Veronica Webb’s accessories can be found at En Avance, alongside rockin’ boots by Vera Wang, the fashion designer who has come a long way from just wedding dresses.

The boutique, nestled in the artsy Miami Design District, is a perfect fit for the area where fashionistas come searching for clothes and accessories that stand out from the department store masses. The funky clutch bags are ideal for a night out on the town in the District. Paired with Vera’s boots worn with designer bootcut or flare jeans, flats and skinnies, or platforms and a dress, the clutches are a must. And if the significant other comes along on the shopping trip there’s a comfy seating area and plenty of reading material to keep them entertained. Or heck, they can take off and find something to nibble on or drink in that part of town.

Michy’s Does James Beard Winning Experimentation

Having fun and experimenting with the menu is what it’s all about at Michy’s, the swanky, hip restaurant created by James Beard Foundation-winning chef Michelle Bernstein.Picture 7 Named after her childhood nickname, Michy’s is a reflection of her Cuban and Jewish heritage.

This cozy spot is the perfect match for a menu filled with original creations that beckons hints of her Cuban background with an added twist and flair from other countries. At this place, sharing is encouraged with dishes served as half or full sized. So go ahead, reach across the table, and take a piece of the crispy serrano ham and blue cheese croquettes served with a tangy, sweet fig marmalade; the crisp pork belly nectarine salad, soy ginger vinaigrette and spicy pickled radishes; or steak frites churrasco, house made fries with bearnaise and au povre dipping sauces.

Wash it all down with a suave Miami-inspired champagne mojito. Ahhh, now that’s  refreshing!

Awash in Miami Flair Trina Turk Opens in Bal Harbour

Awash in a tropical feel befitting Miami, Trina Turk’s latest ventuPicture 9re, a boutique at Bal Harbour Shops, is a shopping splurge. Her designs have been spotted on celebs galore including Eva Longoria-Parker, Natalie Portman, Gwen Stefani, and Kate Moss to name but a few. So chances are, a celeb-spotting is possible at the high-end store.

The store’s white exterior, aqua lettering, bright white interior, and luscious green draped fabric perfectly complement the array of spring-like fashions that include swimwear (hey, it’s Miami where hitting the beach is a year-round occurrence), dresses, tops, and pants. Oversized jewel-encrusted bracelets – Trina Turk is set to launch her own jewelry line soon – scarves and handbags are the perfect accessories to her line, while her throw pillows and area rugs can add brightness to any room in the house.

Wolfsonian Museum Boasts a Provocative Collection

It’s housed in a grand Art Deco building in the heart of South Beach, but what’s inside the Wolfsonian Museum is a design MIAwolfsoniancollection that’s unlike the Miami architecture, spanning from the late 1800s to the mid-1940s and featuring European and American pieces.

The multi-level structure is a vast wonderland of art, furnishings, objects, and memorabilia to suit any art lovers’ taste. Collector Micky Wolfson has amassed a thinking man’s collection focusing on the thought-provoking era of Decorative and Propaganda Arts. The Museum’s exhibitions and programs are an extension of the permanent collection’s theme and explore the important role of design during the industrial age through social, political, and technological topics.

Center City’s Anthropologie Is All That & More

PHIanthropologieThere aren’t many retailers that are as fabulous as Anthropologie, but four stories of it? It’s like Christmas came early! Anthro started out near Philadelphia and boasts one of its most beautiful stores in Center City.

Located on the coveted corner of 18th and Walnut on Rittenhouse Square, this store takes your breath away as you walk up the oversized central spiral staircases. Even if you end up without a purchase (this branch has only women’s apparel and home goods), a look around the building will be a treat in itself. Even boyfriends and husbands won’t mind taking a peak around this impressive building. This is a definite stop while in the Rittenhouse sector.

Luxury and Elegance at The Rittenhouse Hotel

There’s a reason that celebs like Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Willis call this their home away from home when staying in Philadelphia. The Rittenhouse Hotel is the #1 Hotel in Pennsylvania, as voted by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and boasts more amenities and perks than one could imagine.

For guests staying on the weekend, the hotel offers a complimePHIrittenhousehotelntary champagne reception on Friday and Saturday afternoons, with butler service and scrumptious treats that would make even the most skeptical person feel warm and welcome.

The Adolf Bieker Spa and Salon is located within the hotel and has a fantastic reputation. Employees of the spa recommend the “Aroma Glow” treatment and have absolutely perfected the basic Swedish massage.

The Mary Cassatt Tea Lounge is located on the first floor and looks out onto a beautiful outdoor garden; it’s a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. The Rittenhouse even has a hopping bar, Bar 210 at Lacroix, that overlooks Rittenhouse Park and serves handcrafted cocktails and hors d’oeurves.

There’s no question – the Rittenhouse Hotel will make every stay in Philadelphia as fabulous as you would hope, with elegance and style!

The New Comcast Center is Worth the Visit

The Comcast Center is one of the newest additions to the Philadelphia sPicture 9kyline- and by far the tallest. You’ll need to allot at least ten minutes for ogling in the lobby at the gigantic video wall, 2,000 square feet of hi-def LED screen to be exact, that shows different images throughout the day of flying through space to Phillies playoff games.

The Market at Comcast Center is a great stop for lunch, and often gets busy with the suits on break during the week. Voted best food court by Philadelphia Magazine in 2009, any gourmet palate will be satiated with all of the choices. The most popular spot is Philadelphia’s famous cheese aficionados The Di Bruno Brothers. This Italian market sensation set up another shop here with scrumptious sandwiches filled with classic flavors.

LOVE Park, a plaza made famous for Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture, is located right outside the Comcast Center. If the weather is nice, dining al fresco is a must!

The Setai: The Anti-South Beach

Stepping away from the Art Deco theme and chaos that is SoPicture 9uth Beach is The Setai, a hotel created to soothe the mind, body, and soul of all who enter and arguably the best hotel in Miami- by miles. A zen-like atmosphere is evident the moment one touches the Asian-inspired front door handles and enters the hotel oasis to a chorus of soothing sounds echoing from the sound system.

Hard-working models, celebs, and professional athletes are among the regulars that come to enjoy the scenic Setai.

Through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby is a serene open-air courtyard with a centerpiece fountain surrounded by intricately placed palm trees, backless, cushioned benches, and a large wooden bar in the rear.

The theme continues in the guestrooms where a minimalist approach, using jade and other Asian-inspired decorative pieces, contributes to an overall soothing experience.

The Setai proves a trip to Miami can be as relaxing as Thailand.

Everything But the Kitchen Sink at Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market

It’s time to set that alarm, and this time, fortunately, not for another dreaded workday. Plan an early weekend outing to Eastern Market, DC’s oldest standing farmer’s market, located in the heart of Capitol Hill.  Be sure to hit the ATM on the way – this quintessential open market is literally brimming with picture-perfect produce, antiques, and anything else you could possible want or need.  Eccentric, yet personable vendors will definitely have you leaving with more than you came for!Restaurants--Italian

Cooks and foodies should be sure to wander indoors to South Hall for some real gourmet treats.  Local vendors showcase their best offerings: flawless filets, gorgeous lamb chops, and perfectly aged cheeses will definitely put your local grocer to shame.  For those who are ready to shop, head outside where artists, designers, and furniture makers from all over the Mid-Atlantic are willing and ready with amazing deals on one-of-a-kind pieces.

Bottom line – this isn’t your average market, and it certainly won’t be an average Sunday after visiting this District hidden gem!

Insider Tip: Be sure to get to the market early (between 9:00-10:00 AM) before it gets picked over.  Then head to Market Lunch, Eastern Market’s restaurant counter located in South Hall – the line out the door is testament alone to their famous crab cakes!

It’s Location, Location at Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Looking for classic downtown digs with an offbeat San Francisco vibe?  The Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square offers luxury lounges, romantic suites, and spectacular views of the city, complete with the famous Beefeater doorman to welcome your stay.  Even if you’re not here to lodge, most everyone loves stopping to pose with the most photographed man in the city.Picture 15

Location is the draw of this hotel with the clang of San Francisco’s historic cable cars at the front door and shops like Tiffany & Co. and Hermes just around the corner.  The Financial District and Moscone Center are also within walking distance if you’re in town on business.

Should you choose to stay in for the evening, The Drake boasts two of the most popular venues in the city.  Enjoy a fine Italian/French candlelit dinner at Scala’s Bistro on the main floor, with a menu created by Bravo’s Top Chef Jen Biesty.  Then sip cocktails with San Francisco’s most famous socialite Harry Denton in The Starlight Room, a 1930’s glam lounge on top of the hotel.  It’s a sparkly, starry view from the top floor of the hotel, and you’ll thank yourself for booking your stay here.

It’s “Fromage” at Pastoral

Ooh la la!  At the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street, you’re sure to hear plenty of French speaking voices coming from the France tourism office. Perhaps it’s no coincidence then that the best cheese in the city is found in a petite shop across the intersection at Pastoral. Orvieteo002

What may be the norm in France certainly isn’t here in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean we can’t have our cheese and eat it too. Pastoral focuses on small amounts of high quality cheeses from across the globe and if you want a taste, by all means ask! The fromagers are always happy to dig up bites of heaven for visitors to try. Those who become obsessed with their selection can go on to join the Cheese of the Month Club.

Aside from the cheese, Pastoral has freshly baked breads, plenty of charcuterie, and an antipasti bar. At this point the only thing one needs for a party is the vino- and they’ve got plenty of it.

There’s a reason Pastoral keeps swiping all the awards in Chi-town so stop by and taste why.

The Cruise Room: A Come-What-May Place

Picture 5It’s a suave moniker for a swanky joint. Not just old school but downright historic, The Cruise Room in The Oxford Hotel was downtown Denver’s first post-Prohibition bar. And it’s still every inch an Art Deco–era wonder—resplendent in red neon, leather, and chrome and replete with elegant murals, a classic jukebox, and natty bartenders who pour proper martinis (the real three-to-one deal, even if the rest of the cocktail list is a tad twee). Throw in some oysters on the half-shell from McCormick’s Fish House (located just across the lobby, it services the bar)—and prepare to lose yourself in retro reverie.

Bartenders are Friends at Jose Pistola’s

When considering Philadelphia bars, Jose Pistola’s gets the rare A++ for its bartenders. These guys will be your friend and laugh with you all evening all whilPicture 14e still managing to be unintrusive in your own conversations. The exposed brick walls, industrial-chic feel and long curving bars are a welcome surprise to the plain view of the outside.

Philly residents know Pistola’s for its beer list, which is long, lovely and always changing. If you get a good conversation going with the bartender, they’ve been known to pull some unique brews from the back for curious customers. Highlights of the menu are the nachos, which can be split for a table and are covered in some serious queso fresco, and the melt in your mouth, take me to Mexico empanadas. Whether you’rd singing work woes away at happy hour or hitting margaritas and burritos late night, Jose Pistola’s will be a good time.

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Everyone’s talking about the museum on the west coast that makes all other children’s museums green with envy. Located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, The Bay Area Discovery Museum is the only museum in a National Park and its creative exhibits are admired by other museums nationwide. Whether it’s sculpting a model of the Golden Gate Bridge (that’s right above!), examining live sea creatures in a recreated natural habitat, or watching a puppet show, the hands-on museum nurtures future generations of creative thinkers and innovators.

There are tons of exhibits at the Bay Area Discovery Museum year-round for children to discover and get creative in their own way.

Hearst’s Miami Castle: The Spanish Monastery

Tucked along a winding, tree-lined street in North Miami Beach is a beMIAmonasteryautiful sanctuary called the Spanish Monastery, a building from the 1100s that’s the perfect spot for escaping the rat race by entering into a bygone era. The structure was dismantled in Spain where it was created, and transported to North Miami Beach in a whopping 11,000 crates after newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst purchased the property.

The Spanish influence still rings through with the luscious and impeccably manicured gardens, European-inspired statues, and open-air courtyards and hallways among the stone structure. Grand gated entrances lead to various brick pathways that feature stone benches that are ideal for reading, painting, or just enjoying the fresh air amongst the breathtaking landscape.

It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Miami sun with some European flair.

Ambiance is Pretty in Pink

Picture 5Voted the best store in San Francisco nationally by Lucky Magazine and locally by The San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Magazine, and San Francisco Weekly, Ambiance San Francisco’s selection of romantic dresses and shoes has become the favorite fashion on the local streets.  With designers like Betsey Johnson, Diane von Furstenburg, Kensie, and Trina Turk, you’ll be ready for any occasion from box seats at the opera to a girl’s night out.

Ambiance doesn’t stop with dresses- they cover everything from jeans to adorable accessories to killer heels.  Your shopping experience here will be like playing little girl’s dress-up in a grown-up designer’s boudoir.

With three stores to shop ’til you drop in the Haight-Ashbury, Marina, or Noe Valley districts, you won’t walk out empty-handed.

Old Hollywood Meets New at Jane’s House

Though Jane’s House on Hollywood Boulevard was once the school to many of our favorite Hollywood legends, the new class of A-listersLAjaneshouse and socialites are making it their own. The newly remodeled mansion-turned-Hollywood-hideaway is drawing everyone in on the weekend thanks to its cozy décor and adorable bartenders.

Though the elegant furnishings may make you feel as though you should have arrived with Charlie Chaplin, the multiple bars both inside and outside are always serving fun drinks and the DJ is always playing the latest hits. At Jane’s House there isn’t a designated dance floor, but this house turns into a “house party” as you will find girls dancing on balconies or the railing of a patio.

If you find yourself visiting Jane’s on a Saturday night, check the website for guest list details to score yourself a ticket to the open bar that happens for an hour before midnight. With its cozy confines and ideal location in the heart of Hollywood, this bar is definitely schooling the rest on how to recreate an old Hollywood feel with new Hollywood fun.

A Taste of Whimsy at Beatrice And Woodsley

Tree trunks form columns and tables; gas lanterns hang from the ceilings; chainsaws support the back bar shelves. With decor inspired by the true story of a pair of nineteenth-century lovebirds who eloped to a caBWsweetbreadsbin in the Rockies, Beatrice & Woodsley is a mesmerizing place to be.

Executive chef Pete List’s romantic seasonal menu of small plates, by turns daring and quaint, only deepens the mood: from corn pots de crème with horchata froth and sweet potato croquettes with huitlacoche honey to sherried turtle soup for brunch, the descriptions read as dreamily as the dishes themselves taste.

Hotel Lawrence Bakes Up Homey Touches

Picture 20Cookies and milk have stood the test of time as a combination that creates the warm, fuzzy feeling.  Hotel Lawrence is clearly in the warm fuzzies business, because it serves just that in the lobby at 8:00 p.m. every night.

Besides the sweet treats, this European style hotel that dates back to 1925 also boasts spectacular views of downtown and is walking distance from Reunion Tower, several parks, the Dallas World Aquarium and the Sixth Floor Museum.  Founders Grill restaurant offers great meals and room service, and complimentary breakfast is provided to kick start your day.  Free transportation within a 3-mile radius is perfect for out of towners who need to do business downtown without the hassle of cabs or shuttles.

The historic look and feel evoke a warmth and comfort that can’t be found in newer, more modern architectural styles and designs.  Not to mention those delicious cookies and milk that will have you sleeping like a baby. Sweet dreams!

Throwback Fun at Lucky Strike

PHIluckystrikeLucky Strike is the perfect blend between lane and lounge…and yes, we’re talking bowling lanes here. It’s easy to let your hair down and visit your inner-child at this swanky alley. Whether you’re a serious bowler or a seriously bad one, you are bound to have a blast.

Cocktail waitresses channel a retro roller-girl look while you hang with friends, dance, bowl, and pig out like you’re 13 again (loaded potato chips are a must). Make sure you remember to reserve your lane, because it gets busy as the music turns up after 10pm. And don’t be shy, no one will think twice about you shakin’ your booty while you bowl! Even if you do not go for the lanes, there’s great seating for a late-night dinner with friends or to catch the game on the big screens behind the bar.

Dress to impress, as recommended in the dress code, but make sure your outfit will match those sweet bowling shoes.

DNA Does Hollywood Wardrobes at Half the Price

DNA pictureIn the midst of a town filled with designer duds and overpriced everything, we can only thank our lucky stars that a place like DNA landed itself on one of the most well known and priciest streets in Los Angeles. Filled with straight off-the-rack clothing and in season accessories, DNA on Sunset is one of the only places in L.A. where you can actually shop without breaking the bank. Racks are filled with designer jeans, while shirts and dresses come from some of the trendiest and most expensive stores you could find.

You might expect that your discount shopping trip will be accompanied by not so accompanying salespeople, DNA provides exceptional customer service with a personal shopper experience. Thanks to its busy location, you may want to enter in the back to avoid as much foot traffic on Sunset as possible.

Though DNA is a woman’s shopping haven, there are definitely enough great finds here to fulfill the male shopper extraordinaire.

Butter: Fine Cuisine To See and Be Seen

When Butter first opened it was the hot, new restaurant, and six years later it’s still frequented by Hollywood A-listers and sophisticated New Yorkers on a nightly basis.  With three rooms, each serving a different purpose, there’s something for everyone at this restaurant and lounge.

In The Great Room, indulge in the French-inspired, American-executed food while sipping on their Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.  After dinner head downstairs to The Birch Room where you will more than likely run into an Olsen Twin or two. If downstairs gets too crazy, at Butter you have a third option. The Gallery Room, located at the entrance to Butter, is equipped with red leather seats located in a series of nooks so you can cozy up to your date and drink in privacy.

Whether you’re in the mood for fine American cuisine or to see and be seen, Butter has it all.

The Lowdown On The Hi-Dive

With a line-up that reads like a who’s who of underground buzz bands, the Hi-Dive (emphasis on “dive”) is one of the coolest indie-musicPicture 4 venues in a town that knows indie music.

Small and dingy, it nonethless draws the idiosyncratic likes of string maestro Anni Rossi; Dengue Fever, influenced above all by old Cambodian pop and surf rock; and neo-psychedelic groovers Starlight Mints.

And when you get your fill of tunes, you can load up in turn on suds and grub like the famous sweet potato fries at Sputnik, the hi-dive’s adjacent sibling.

Definition for Fine Dining at Four Seasons Restaurant

Other restaurants have incredible statues, but the Four Seasons has a bubbling pool as its centerpiece, one example of how this fine dining landmark establishment stands out above the rest. Complete with stand-by jackets for those who come unprepared for the formal dress code, the Four Seasons is home to celebrity clientele and the who’s who of power New Yorkers.

Known as the go-to “Power Lunch” hotspot in Manhattan, at night the elegant crowd dines on award-winning American cuisine that – true to its name- is prepared from the freshest seasonal ingredients. The Four Seasons is the ultimate upscale New York experience, and so beloved by its regular patrons, that it was awarded the “Favorite Restaurant in the World” by Town & Country Magazine.

Nobody Does it Like Noir

If you’re looking for a sexy spot to grab a drink then head over to the sultry lounge known as Noir at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge’s Harvard Square. The red and black interior accents reflect the decadent atmosphere of 1940s nightlife. Noir has been named best bar and lounge by Boston Magazine and has also been featured in Food & Wine. One of the most popular drinks is “Noir’s Boudoir,” a creamy mix of vanilla, chocolate and coffee liquors. In the summer months, the bar opens up its patio where guests can be seen sipping on fruity concoctions from the “Film Noir” section such as the LA Confidential, a blend of Stoli Vanila, Cointreau, peach nectar and champagne. Order up some light snacks like the marinated olives or flatbread to complement the fabulous drinks. Visit for more information.

Insider’s Tip: Stop by Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. to sample the 5-4-3-2-1-0 menu, which includes $5 flatbreads, $4 sandwiches, $3 snacks, $2 salads, $1 sweets and $0 nuts. (There is a $6 minimum beverage purchase per guest).

W Midtown Atlanta: Where Guests Do Much More Than Sleep

The W Atlanta Midtown is oneATLwmidtown of Atlanta’s coolest hotels where guests can indulge in a good night’s rest and then some. With weekly celebrity attended events, why would you want to sleep? This boutique hotel in Atlanta invites its guests to get pampered, get rejuvenated, and get away- all within Atlanta’s city limits.

Wanna see celebs? Many of the city’s elite are at this Atlanta hotel on any given night. The Real Housewives of Atlanta have been spotted here on various occasions, including during their OK Magazine photo shoot. Incorporating LA style with Southern hospitality, the Playboy Pajama Party was also held at this Atlanta luxury hotel.

This W Hotel is the first Atlanta destination for the ultra-modern, Bliss Spa. Here, guests may fulfill decadent desires including an oxygen blast facial, carrot & sesame body buff, and the “blissage” head-to-toe massage.

Opened in 2008, this hotel paradise in Midtown has 466 luxury guest rooms, a relaxing spa, and tons of special event space. So whether you want a girls night out or a sensual night in, the W Hotel Midtown has the sophistication & sex appeal to feed all your senses.

Bringing Back the Milk Moustache at Milk Shop

Whether you go sweet or savory, the Milk Shop features some of the best sandwiches, sodas,LAmilk and sweets an L.A. restaurant could offer. Though breakfast and lunch are the most popular times to visit the shop, most people stop by for a quick slice of blue velvet cake or a Shirley Temple float.

If you think blue cake and whimsical ice cream floats sound more childish than chic, you won’t believe how elegant the décor is and how its fashioned similar to an upscale New York eatery. This place is a perfect first date spot where you are encouraged to create your own malts or split a pear and almond tart for two. With first daters, young couples, and anyone who loves good food, it wasn’t long until the ladies from MTV’s The Hills made their debut on the show eating a casual late afternoon lunch here.

If you are going for lunch, do how the Hills girls do; snag a table outside on the street to get front row seating for people watching.

Start The Weekend Right At Friday LIVE

Food and drink specials? Check. Gorgeous venue? Check. Fantastic free live music? Check! The Kimmel Center’s Friday LIVE series has all that and more Friday evenings on its Commonwealth Plaza sPHIfridaylivetage (that’s in the spectacular main lobby, which is worth the visit in itself).

The Philadelphia music scene is huge, and the Kimmel Center showcases these local talents from 5:30-7:15pm every Friday throughout its season. Rock, funk, classical, straight-away jazz – you name it- they’ve got it. Friday LIVE is a great way to see this beautiful venue, built in 2001 on the Avenue of the Arts, without committing to purchasing a ticket.

The bar serves drink specials and appetizers, ideal for a happy hour visit before going out to eat at one of the many restaurants in walking distance. Supporting local arts is always a good thing, so you may as well do it in this fabulous performing arts center. If you want to check out the performances before you go, they’re all listed on the website.

Drink Like You Never Have Before

There’s something intriguing about drinking in a dark room, especially when you have to go down a spePicture 4akeasy-reminiscent stairway to do it. Barbara Lynch, grande dame of Boston culinary royalty, is well aware of this appeal.

Drink, her fairly recent endeavor into the throwback spirits craze, is tucked into the basement of 348 Congress Street, in the otherwise nighttime-sleepy Fort Point. Dark enough to be its own brand of thrilling, Drink is still laid back enough to be comfortable.

You won’t find cocktail menus at drink. Simply tell the bartenders what you’re looking for and they decide for you. And we would suggest avoiding the simple “I like gin” route.  Customers can suggest spicy or tart or even all-around surprising and the bartenders are more than happy to oblige. Go ahead–just try to stump them. And an added FYI? Make sure to try the Trinidad Sour. Check out the website at

Psst: PS Lounge is a Local’s Secret

In a town whose cup—Main Page--Entertainmake that tallboy—runneth over with legendary dive bars, PS Lounge floats to the top. What makes the dark, kitsch-filled corner joint on Colfax—once dubbed the wickedest street in America by Playboy—so special? You. At least that’s how you’ll feel when your first round comes with Alabama Slammers and long-stemmed roses for the ladies, compliments of the house. The icing on the cake (or topping on the pie, rather): you can even have a pizza delivered right to your booth from Enzo’s End next door.

DC’s Only Pre-Revolutionary Home: The Old Stone House and Garden

Picture 58Washington, D.C. may be named after America’s Revolutionary War Hero, but there’s only one building remaining from that period: The Old Stone House & Garden. Known as the last Pre-Revolutionary building standing in Washington, D.C. on its original foundation, this house has been a part of American history since the beginning.

In fact, part of the reason the house was preserved was due to local legend. According to the folklore, the architect of D.C., Pierre L’Enfant, stayed in the house while he was designing our nation’s capital. Although the legend proved to be false, it has still made a mark on the city.

Today, the house is host to a museum that recreates life in the late 1700s. The house is about 85% original to its 1700’s construction, and it is furnished to reflect upper-middle class living. It even contains a grandfather clock that was originally inside the house.

If the museum is not for you, the house also has a beautiful garden outside. Containing benches and flowerbeds, the caretakers have done a great job keeping the house as it was before America was the United States.

Washington Meets Wonka at Co Co. Sala

They say that a little too much chocolate is just about right, and at Penn Quarter’s trendy Co Co. Sala Chocolate Lounge & Boutique, there is definitely enough to go around.  Founded on the premise of being a “chocolate treasure-like oasis,” this pastry shop by day, chocolate lounge by night, is sure to stir the senses with its unique concept and euphoric tasting menus.

Sit back and relax as chic patrons lounge in dark, velvetCoCo Salay booths sipping sinful libations to the pulse of hip, Latin beats.  The light, unique cocktails, like the Strawberry Basil Martini with Balsamic Drizzle, balance the richness of creative savory small plates (all with a subtle hint of chocolate, of course).   Be sure to try the Four Cheese Orecchiette with Chocolate Covered Bacon for a to-die-for twist on traditional mac and cheese.  To finish off the evening, let the bubbles of a colorful champagne flight tickle your nose as a pairing to a decadent four course dessert tasting.

Insider tip: For a great date spot, be sure to sit at Co Co. Sala’s glass-enclosed “chocolate bar.”  Watch as accomplished pastry chefs create one-of-a-kind chocolate sculptures while you and that special someone savor your own chocolate treats.

Bones Gets to the Marrow

The name Bones is appropriate for such a spare, sleek space. It fits the streamlined menu, too. But the flavors of the Asian-inspired small plates and noodle bowls flowing from the tiny open kitchen? They’re anything but bare bones.

BmarrowKnown primarily for his simultaneously soulful and sly approach to contemporary Italian cookery at Luca d’Italia and Osteria Marco, chef-owner Frank Bonanno (who also owns the much-celebrated Mizuna) takes a no less playfully forward tack here—pulling short ribs for eggolls, ultra-refining ramen with poached lobster, and roasting the best, yes, bone marrow in town.

The Bohemian Caverns: The Sole Home of Soul Jazz

After closing for decades, this hotspot for live cool jazz is back and better Picture 14than ever.  The Boehmian Caverns is the self-proclaimed sole home of soul jazz, and by boasting legends like Bill Cosby and Billy Holiday, we believe them.

When stepping into the basement lounge it feels more like a bat cave than a smoky, stereotypical jazz lounge, but that’s what makes this place unique. The petrified wood tables and sparkly quartz covered walls make you feel like you are literally and metaphorically about to listen to cool, never been heard, underground music.  There’s a different band playing almost every night, but each of them are of the highest quality when it comes to proper jazz music. Before the show, grab some grub named after some legends like John Coltrane and Billie Holiday.

The Chateau Tivoli, A Star-Studded B&B

SFchateauJust two blocks north of Alamo Square’s famous “Painted Ladies” lies an equal beauty: The Chateau Tivoli. It charmed the likes of Mark Twain and Luisa Tetrazzini back in the day and continues to be a favorite among the elite. As elegant on the outside as it is on the inside, this landmark bed and breakfast will make you re-think this genre of accommodation.

For the modern guest, you’ll find a gracious wine and cheese reception in an old-fashioned music parlor. They even serve a classy champagne brunch on weekends. Antique furniture lavishes each suite from the likes of the Vanderbilt, Charles DeGaulle, and J. Paul Getty estates, that are named after famous opera singers and dancers who frequented the mansion.

If you’re looking to grab one of the nine room suites, you may be sharing the roof with some famous mansion-mates. Many a famous band member, talk show host, and actor have stayed at the Chateau Tivoli, keeping a low profile away from bustling downtown, while maintaining their sophisticated lifestyle.

Insider Tip: For quality reservations, forgo the online route and call Manager Nico Lizarraga.

Dallas Does Art… Finally!

DSC00913adjustedThe long anticipated and well publicized Dallas Arts District is finally open! As one of the largest- if not THE largest- urban arts districts in the nation, it has put the Big D on the map as a major player in the art scene. The new Dallas Arts District in downtown Dallas is a sprawling 68-acre, 19-block area of performing and visual art utopia that brings an imaginative world of art this city has craved for for decades.

Incorporating over a dozen venues, the Dallas Arts District crosses all genres and functions to create a city within a city. From One Arts Plaza, where you’ll find a dynamic mix of corporate, residential, and retail space featuring some of Dallas’ hippest restaurants and bars to the Nasher Sculpture Center, highly regarded as one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world to the internationally renowned Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, where some of the world’s finest acts have performed. With a massive collection of new and old, classic and modern, the buildings themselves are masterful works of art.

And don’t forget the new ‘kids’ on the art block, the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House and the Dee & Charles Wyly Theater, as they don’t mess around… unless, of course, it’s comedy.

Dine on the Original Boston Cream Pie at Parker’s Restaurant

Picture 19The name Omni Parker House evokes a rich storied history that attracted the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Longfellow and Charles Dickens. The city’s infamous Boston cream pie was invented here in the ovens at Parker’s, along with its renowned Parker House rolls, but historians flock to the dining room where local and national politicians like John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton have all eaten.

Stop in the longest continuously operating hotel for some of the best New England seafood in town, including Wellfleet oysters and Boston baked scrod (which they have been serving up since 1906). Legend has it the restaurant originated the term scrod as well. Two cultural icons also spent time on the staff here – Ho Chi Minh served as a baker and Malcom Little – a.k.a. Malcolm X – was a busboy. The food is just as good now as it was then. Click here for more information.

MACC: So Much Art in So Few Words

With the Wolf Theatre Academy, Singer Gallery, Art Academy, DePicture 21nver Children’s Theatre, and the Jewish Film Festival all under its belt, The Mizel Arts & Culture Center, or MACC, is one of the Rocky Mountain’s premier arts organizations.

Located on the campus of the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, the Center’s mission is to draw attention to the many artistic achievements of the Jewish community as well as the Denver  community at large.

Each one of its many arms is prized performance venue that features high quality and new work from the area. There’s always a new show or new exhibit that’s completely unique to Denver going on at the MACC.

Rocky Mountain Menagerie: Buckhorn Exchange

Picture 40History buffs and extreme carnivores alike get a kick out of Buckhorn Exchange. Granted Colorado’s first liquor license granted over 100 years ago, it’s still got all the trappings of a rustic saloon, from the walls covered over with trophy heads to the cowboy-hatted country crooners serenading the crowd in the upstairs bar.

And the menu reflects the décor, featuring savory game dishes—slow-roasted buffalo prime rib, elk, pheasant and quail. Even yak pops up occasionally. Better still for the adventurous of palate are the appetizers: Fried Alligator Tail, Chile-Marinated Rattlesnake and yes, even Batter-Fried Rocky Mountain Oysters are available for the (gulp) asking. Food prices aren’t cheap, but the wine list compensates, with many bottles in the $20 to $40 range. Just a couple of light rail stops from downtown, this legendary joint has to be seen to be believed—even if vegetarians would rather look the other way.

LA’s “Original” Farmers Market

Picture 22“Meet me at Third and Fairfax” is a phrase synonymous with the culinary elite and West Coast foodies. Since its conception 75 years ago, the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market is one of the most popular and highly trafficked markets of its kind. So popular, it is now considered a Los Angeles historic landmark.

Starting off with just a handful of vendors, the market has grown to mammoth proportions. It boasts 100 longstanding restaurants (even Starbucks has gotten in on the action) as well as eclectic and small farmers and grocers who sell everything from ingredients to homemade enchiladas. The Farmers Market has grown in size as well as diversity. There are many shops and specialty stores scattered throughout the ever-expanding corner.

Insider’s Tip: Make a day of it with a short trolley ride to The Grove or to CBS Television City.

Authentic Philly Favorites from Campo’s Deli

Located conveniently in Old City, Campo’s Deli is one of the best places for all those infamous, gut-busting Philly food favorites. Specializing in authentic cheesesteaks and hoagies (don’t you even try and order a hero or a sub in this joint), Campo’s has been serving the city since 1947 when it was opened by Ambrose and Rose Campo as a grocery store and luncheonette.

For Campo-virgins, go with the classics: Campo’s Italian Special Hoagie with Dilusso Salami, Ham Capacollo, Peppered Ham, Pepperoni, Prosciutto, Provolone; and a Classic Cheesesteak (wiz wit’ if you like onions). Other menu all-stars are the Caprese Sandwich with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Prosciutto, Sweet Roasted Peppers and Basil Vinaigrette Drizzle, or the Heater – a spicy cheesesteak with Jalapeno Cheddar and Buffalo Hot Sauce (you can get this killer sandwich at Phillies games, too).

If when you return home and your heart still aches for some beefy-cheesy delight, have no fear – just go on their website and order up from the shipping menu.

Tony Award-Winning Alliance Theatre

Now in its 39th season, Atlanta’s nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre, recipient of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, is the leading professional resident theatre of the Southeast.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Susan V. Booth and Managing Director Thomas Pechar, the Alliance Theatre is a national theatre with a local address, reachiPicture 54ng out annually to almost 200,000 patrons and members of the community. Known for its high artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance launched three Tony Award-winning hits to Broadway: Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida and Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo. And in a rare event for a regional theatre, it originated the national tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The theatre has premiered more than 50 works including adaptations of Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky. Further evidence of the Alliance’s commitment to new work is found in its nationally recognized Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, a cutting-edge program introducing student playwrights to professional networks while producing the world premiere of the winning student’s work. The Alliance Theatre also offers extensive education and outreach programs such as the Institute for Educators and the Collision Project for high school students. The Alliance continuously brings Atlanta the finest talent and finest art—proving once again that the Alliance is where great theatre lives.

The Alliance Theatre is a division of the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia, which also includes the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, Young Audiences and the 14th Street Playhouse.

John Gidding Loves It To Pieces


When designer John Gidding from HGTV’s “Designed to Sell” recommends a furniture store, you know it’s something special. Pieces in Atlanta is a one-of-a-kind store that garners major attention from Atlanta-based, design television stars and national press alike.

Why does one shop receive so much praise? It’s because of owner and refurbishing queen Lee Kleinhelter.

Pieces is adorably designed where each room is a color-based vignette showing off Kleinhelter’s one-of-a-kind gems that are refurbished using her own hands. From pillows to wooden tables to antique chairs, Kleinhelter literally turns someone’s “trash” into absolute treasure.

While the antique and unique furniture tends to be pricey, you can get a completely unique accessory item for less than fifty bucks. The style is classic with a punch and the clean lines resonate well with buyers, landing Pieces in Lucky Magazine, Elle Décor, and even in the Best of Atlanta Magazine’s Hall of Fame.

When it comes to the home, John Gidding knows best with his amazing recommendation of Pieces.

**John Gidding is a host/designer on HGTV’s Atlanta-based “Designed to Sell” and founder of John Gidding Design. Gidding is also a Yale and Harvard graduate and former model. Visit for more information.

Tracy Hutson Dive-ing Into Grapevine

tracyhutsonOn the surface a dive bar may seem an unusual nightlife favorite for television star and stylist/designer Tracy Hutson, but then you wouldn’t understand the charm of neighborhood hotspot Grapevine.

Sure, Grapevine has a killer rooftop with views of the Dallas skyline, but then everything gets curiously odd from there. For starters, it has a basketball court. The clientele is everyone from yuppie lawyers to the local gay and lesbian crowd. It has mismatched glassware that is purchased bi-weekly from the local Goodwill.

And without any mass advertising, except word-of-mouth through the grapevine, this place is packed to the brim every night.

Grapevine says, “Our customers are like our glasses; they’re all different!” And that’s exactly why Tracy Hutson, and nightlife critics from AOL to, loves this bar. Tracy Hutson has a lot in common with Grapevine. She blends her philanthropic nature with eclectic design from her ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” job to her Dallas nightlife spot. And she always has fun doing both!

**Tracy Hutson is a native Texan and style consultant on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, author of Feathering the Nest: Tracy Hutson’s Eco-friendly Guide to Decorating Your Baby’s Room, and founder of Tracy Hutson Designs.

Avant-Garde Reigns Supreme at Painted Bride Art Center

No white dresses and wedding bells at this venue, the only bridal thing about the Painted Bride Art Center is its engaging art- and there’s a lot of it. When the sun is shining, the space serves as a contemporary art gallery featuring cutting edge works, but when the stars come out, it transforms into a multicultural playhouse with everything from art to prose and poetry readings as well as live musical acts.

Expect everything but the traditional art gallery pieces at the Center where avant-garde and independent artists reign supreme.

See & Be Seen at Parc

One of the newest editions to Stephen Starr’s empire- of Buddakan and Morimoto fame- is Parc. This chic restaurant allows a bit of escape while still soaking in the beauty and bustle of Rittenhouse Square. Parc pays homage to the brasseries of Paris, doing so with its own charm and style. Parc

In the upcoming winter, warm up at the large zinc bar inside with one of their signature and delicious cocktails. When the weather starts to warm, you’ll be lucky to snag a seat at the outdoor bistro tables that are prime for people watching.

Parc serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, and with everything from a delicious brioche french toast with apples and hazelnut butter to a classic steak frites, there’s not much you can go wrong with on this all-star menu.

No matter what time or what season, there’s no reason to miss out on this popular, chic café. Vive la France!

Alta Cucina at Barolo Grill

Barolo Grill DenverExposed brick walls lined with vintage posters, brass urns filled with dried flowers, hand-painted porcelain, and straw baskets: Barolo Grill looks the part of a Piedmontese farmhouse—and acts it too. Not only does the seasonal menu maintain a typically Northern Italian balance between rustic and elegant cookery (think risotto with frog’s legs and homemade pasta with lamb sausage) but the 1,600 bottle, high-end wine list heavily emphasizes the celebrated wines of the region—including, of course, its namesake Barolo. As a special occasion destination, it also offers a splurgeworthy five-course tasting menu—so bring your appetite as well as your wallet.

Sophisticated CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Chef Eric Ziebold, named one of “America’s Best New Chefs 2005” by Food & Wine Magazine, explores modern Picture 2American cuisine at this elegant D.C. restaurant. With three menus to choose from –  a three-course prix fixe, a six-course tasting menu or a vegetarian tasting menu – patrons have the opportunity to sample a wide array of what the menu has to offer.

In order to incorporate only the freshest ingredients into his dishes, Chef Ziebold changes the menu frequently. So come back for seconds and you’re likely to find new dishes for your sampling pleasure. High ceilings, an open kitchen, a warm color scheme and decorative lighting work together to create this sophisticated and chic top-tier restaurant.

16th Annual Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza

LAwhiskySometimes there’s nothing better than relaxing with a nice scotch and at the 16th Annual Single malt & Scotch Whiskey Extravaganza there are over 100 rare and exceptional whiskeys to choose from. There is a wide range of sampling at the event including single malt, premium Scotch, Irish, and even Japanese whiskeys for both the novice and expert consumer.

The Miami Book Fair International

The Miami Book Fair International is a massive literary event bringing top-selling authors, booksellers, and book lovers to Downtown Miami. To give an example of the scope of this event, there will be more than 200 nationally and internationally renowned, award-winning authors appearing at the fair. Come check out the literary event that has become the blueprint for similar ones across the country.

MIR MIA 2009

The Mission of International Rescue (MIR) will host their biggest charity event in 20 years this month. The event, sponsored by Tiffany & Co., will have a silent auction, cocktails & aperitifs, and a sneak peek fashion show from Chloe’s 2010 Spring Collection. Tiffany’s, Chloe, and a good cause- there is no reason not to attend this event.

Stars of Cabernet at the Peninsula Beverly Hills

The Stars of Cabernet lives up to its namesake, showcasing wines from elegant and outstanding wineries like Paul Hobbs, Sequoia Grove, and much more. The event is not limited to wine, with food selections from host The Peninsula Hotel and a silent auction benefiting the TJ Martell Foundation. The event is limited to 125 guests, so make sure you get your tickets in advance.

13th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala

If you’re not in the know, a name like Best Buddies may throw you off this hot social event, but every year this gala brings more than 800 prominent local and international guests. They come to support Best Buddies International, that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, with a gourmet dinner, unique silent auction, and performance from recording star Chris Brown.

Festivals of Speed

You know what they say, fast cars, hot women, and no place embodies this expression like the Festival of Speed. Dubbed as a luxury lifestyle weekend, the event shows the world’s finest cars, motorcycles, watercraft, and aircraft along side fine jewelry, art, fashion, and real estate. Make sure to check out the opening night reception at the exclusive Viceroy Hotel rooftop.

International Starz Denver Film Festival

The Denver Film Society in conjunction with Starz is presenting the International Starz Denver Film Festival. Major stars like Ed Harris will give presentations and make sure to grab tickets for the screening of the late Heath Ledger’s last film, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” and opening’s nights Oscar worthy film, “Precious.”

Beer Summit: Harvest Fest 09

Boston has been made famous by one friendly pub and one revolutionary-named brand of beer, so what better city to host a beer festival than this city. At the first annual Harvest Fest, sample 50 of the world’s best brewers with over 200 different kinds of beers- at a Castle no less. This will be one event we’re sure will be replicated year after year.

Dallas Turkey Trot

It’s hard to believe a turkey trot could be anything more than the sum of its runners, but as they say in Texas, everything here is big. The Dallas Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving event of its kind in the US. Be one of the thousands that come to cheer on generations of runners, or get in a little exercise before the big meal.

3rd Annual Lone Star International Film Festival

The Lone Star International Film Festival is not lonely when it comes to bringing in high-quality film talent from Hollywood and beyond. The LSIFF showcases the best of American independent cinema as well as international films. The LSIFF is already a premiere social event in Dallas/Fort Worth and is establishing itself as an authority for emerging film talent.

Steppin’ Out for the Dimock Center Music Gala

Steppin’ Out is not only the largest non-profit music fest in the region, it is also one of the premiere social events for Bostonians. This gala was conceived to pay homage to the city’s jazz history and the clubs that nurtured its great musicians. This year Steppin’ Out will feature eight themed club environments for the incredible local musicians and national headliners.

San Francisco Ski & Snowboard Festival


The San Francisco Ski & Snowboard Festival is the premiere festival of its kind in the Bay Area. It features interactive ski exhibits, gear manufacturers, and autograph sessions with some of the sports’ most famous athletes. If that isn’t reason enough to attend, all attendees get a free lift ticket to put the new information to work!

37th Annual Kruse-Leake Collector Car Show & Auction

A car enthusiasts dream, the 37th Annual Kruse-Leake Collector Car Show & Auction is one of the car shows in Texas. This year they’re showcasing over 600 cars and Cadillacs, Corvettes, Shelbys, Camaros, Thunderbirds and more vintage, collector, muscle, and specialty cars will be auctioned for you to possibly drive home in after the show.

Texas Stampede Pro Rodeo Tour

There’s no place like Texas to experience a quality rodeo show and no other show than the Texas Stampede Pro Rodeo Tour. Top professional rodeo contestants will be competing in bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, and team roping for one of the biggest prize money awards in the sport.

American Girl Fashion Show at Ritz Carlton

The American Girl stores have some of the hottest real estate in the U.S., like Fifth Avenue in NYC and Michigan Avenue in Chicago, so naturally the Junior League of Boston’s First American Girl Fashion Show is at the ultra-luxurious Ritz Carlton, Boston Common. This fashion show is not your ordinary family or fashion event, with elegant refreshments, chic cupcake tea parties, exquisite breakfasts, and sophisticated three-course dinners added to certain events. Make sure to book in advance, because some of the events, especially those involving cupcakes, are going fast!

W Atlanta Cabin Fever Movie Series

Only for the month of November, W Atlanta Perimeter is making Tuesday the night to be cozy with the W Atlanta Cabin Fever Movie Series. Offering three patio pit fires, hot chocolate, roasting marshmallows, and a feature film all under the stars and free of charge, this re-launch of Cabin Fever should be the way every hotspot opens.

Every Tuesday at 6:30pm.

The 62nd Annual Lighting of Macy’s Great Tree

After completing a full day of running and eating, or maybe just the latter, check out one of Atlanta’s greatest Thanksgiving traditions: lighting the largest and fullest evergreen in Georgia. Pre-show festivities begin at 6:30, but the real show starts at 7pm where a choir and special guests will perform at the 62nd Annual Lighting of Macy’s Great Tree.

83rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

In most American homes, Thanksgiving is not complete without the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The legendary parade is broadcast throughout the U.S. and in New York it brings the city that never stops moving to a stand still along Broadway. The parade is filled with massive balloons, the nation’s best marching bands, and award-winning performers. This year there is a new parade route so make sure to check the website for details.

New York Comedy Festival

There is not better necessity than laughter than during a time of crisis (a.k.a. the recession) so make sure to check out the New York Comedy Festival. Headliners include comedy giants like Dane Cook, Ricky Gervais, Bill Maher, and SNL alums Andy Samberg and Tracy Morgan. This is an event guaranteed to leave your cheeks sore from laughing.

FotoWeek DC

FotoWeek DC is a weeklong photography festival offering both novice and professional photographers a change at worldwide recognition. At this event, talented photographers from around the world will converge to display their work as well as present workshops on new techniques. At FotoWeek, feast your eyes on beautiful, emotional photos from President’s Obama’s Inauguration to exotic travel locations.

Cirque du Soleil’s Wintuk Begins

cyr_ringMove over Rockettes, a new holiday show is in town. The legendary performance group Cirque du Soleil brings their winter-inspired performance to Madison Square Garden just in time for the winter season. The show is about a boy’s quest for snow, but is definitely all show with incredible acrobatics, theatrical effects, and melodic songs.

Tastings New York

tastingsnycThere is a lot more to do at Tastings New York than simply taste. Divided into four sections, cook, eat, drink, live, this event is filled with tons to do, learn, and taste. Sample the best from New York’s Zagat rated restaurants and world renowned chefs the first weekend of November.

SOFA Chicago 2009

CHsofaThe critically acclaimed Sculpture Objects and Function Art Fair, or SOFA, is debuting its 16th annual collection at Navy Pier. It’s with an incredible array of top international galleries and dealers from 10 countries, 5 special exhibitions, and 33 lecture presentations. This year, SOFA is debuting SOLO at SOFA, galleries that spotlight cutting-edge works by individual artists and object groupings.

3rd Annual Modern Vintage Holiday Market


Vintage is the hot fashion adjective, but high quality vintage can be hard to find. Search no further than the Modern Vintage Holiday Market. With 200 purveyors selected for their quality and well-priced gems, they bring a multitude of items from jewelry to handbags to designer garments that are priced “from pennies to thousands.” The market event is only three years old, but already garnered features from the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Lucky Magazine, and yours truly, citybuzz.

Kickoff Cocktail Party November 20 6-9
Market November 21 – November 22, 2009

17th Annual Monologue Match-Up Competition

The 17th Annual Monologue Match-Up Competition is one of the coolest local events. This annual competition features Chicago’s local theater talent going head to head with two-minute performances and some of Chicago’s most influential theater professionals acting as judges. With Chicago being a hub for theater, this local competition is sure to be filled with incredible up-and-coming talent.

Old City, New Flair

Picture 17By day, Old City is Philadelphia’s art hub with its many galleries and show rooms. By night, it becomes the center of the city’s nightlife as party hoppers jump from pub to bar to club along the narrow streets.

From handbags to furniture, everything can be found here. Get a new ‘do at Chroma and an edgy, stylish outfit at Reward, and you’re ready for a night on the town- or maybe just cocktails at Bleu, one of the city’s hippest hangouts. And don’t forget to visit the Liberty Bell Center as your visit to Old City- and Philly in general- would not be complete without it.

This historic district gets particularly crowded on weekends, as it’s one of the prettiest neighborhoods in the city.

Award Winning Service at The Spa at MINT

This year, pencil in a little “me” time and treat yourself to some pre-holiday pampering at The Spa at MINT, a high end fitness center and spa, nestled in eclectic Adam’s Morgan.  This urban retreat, known for its quality services and zen-like atmosphere, features a variety of spa offerings to keep you looking and feeling your best amidst all the holiday rush.  MINT offers everything from acupuncture (for the brave!) to traditional bodywork, facials, and other aesthetic services – all under a calming pastel roof, situated just beyond bustling, iconic U Street.

Picture 25For a truly customized experience, be sure to take advantage of MINT’s seasonal, organic facials.  The current autumn concoction – a revitalizing blend of fresh cranberry, nutmeg, honey, rose and cornmeal – will leave you buffed and glowing, without breaking the bank ($60 for a 35-minute treatment).  For out-of-towners looking for total body & soul rejuvenation, check out MINT’s exclusive spa packages: The Weekender features a 50-minute facial or Swedish massage, paired with complimentary lunch and an all-access weekend pass to the coveted fitness club.

Insider Tip: Try MINT’s Tranquil Tuesdays facials and massages.  Each 30-minute service is only $49 (Voted Best On-the-Go Spa Service by the Washingtonian)!

Martinis & IMAX

A good thing should never go away, so make sure to savor the last month of Martinis & IMAX at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History before it goes into history. There are only four Fridays left to enjoy live music, martinis, a wine bar, dinner selection, and of course, an IMAX movie.

Gandhi & Presley Sought Serenity at the Self-Realization Center

Picture 8Serenity at the Self-Realization Center is an understatment. Many of the world’s most influential people loved this place; Elvis Presley made it a point to visit often, Beatle George Harrison had his memorial services here and it’s one of the few places in the world where you can actually visit the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi.

The secret to the Center is how it creates a spiritual and physical utopia for its visitors. The gardens and natural spring lake are home to many different plants and animals, including swans, ducks, koi and lotus flowers. With a beautiful rose garden surrounded by small monuments to the major religions- Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism- it’s a haven for free thinkers and the spiritual alike.  A visit to the temple, a walk through the peaceful garden, and maybe a chance for some contemplative meditation, is a wonderful way to get out of the city without ever leaving

Be Silly like the Scientist at the Albert Einstein Memorial

With his infamous disheveled hair and stuck out tongue, the Albert Einstein Memorial is fitting for the scientist who could be silly at times. The giant bronze Einstein is situated outside the National Academy of Science where anyone, big or small, can get up and climb on the lap of the genius.

The statue stands 12-feet tall and shows off the genius’s three best-known theories: the photoelectric effect, the theory of general relativity, and  equivalence of energy and matter. It’s a must-visit for a cute photo for you and your baby Einsteins.