Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Photo of the Day: The Moire Room at Blantyre

Photo courtesy of Blantyre Resort, Lenox, MA

Voted #1 Small Hotel in the U.S. and #66 in the World in
Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards 2010.

The award-winning Blantyre, a Relais & Chateaux property, is located in the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts. The Main House, The Cottages & Carriage House all feature sumptuous furnishings. Click here to view

Monday, August 30, 2010

BLOGWATCH: Caribbean Romance, Travel Tips, Vermont Weddings

3 Islands for Caribbean Romance
Orbitz Blog

Timeshare Rentals & Other Budget Travel Tips
Redweek Blog

2 gorgeous Summer Weddings at Riverside farm in Vermont. Just lovely!!!
Riverside Farm Blog

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

:: Photo of the Day: Cliff Walk

Take a walk back in time to Newport's gilded age!

Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island
Photo courtesy of Go Newport

:: SPOTLIGHT: From A Former Jail to Luxury Hotel

Liberty Hotel, Boston

"Commanding in scale, the original granite edifice was innovative for its day, comprising a beautiful cruciform-shaped structure complete with a 90-foot central rotunda and cupola built in 1851. Today, through meticulous planning reflective of the property’s colorful past, this strong and beautiful building is home to a variety of transcendent public spaces linked by historic catwalks – including lobby and reception areas, restaurant, bar, grand ballroom, and meeting rooms – as well as a limited number of guestrooms. Among the other dramatic features that have been preserved are vestiges of jail cells within the hotel lobby bar and magnificent, oversize windows. A new, adjoining 16-story tower houses the majority of guestrooms with every modern convenience." --Liberty Hotel

Once a destination for notorious criminals, the Liberty Hotel in Boston, is today a destination of luxury and elegance in the heart of Boston.

The former Charles Street Jail was a collaboration between architect Gridley James Fox Bryant, widely considered Boston’s most accomplished architect of the time, and Rev. Louis Dwight, a prominent Yale-educated penologist whose travels shaped his interest in and advocacy for prison reform.

Upon closing its doors in the 90s, the building was acquired by the nearby prestigious Mass General Hospital and proposals sought for its reuse, with the condition that significant elements of the building be preserved. In 2001, Carpenter & Company was designated the developer of the project.

Together, a team of designers, architects, historians and conservationists transformed the property into what is now one of 'The Leading Hotels of the World'.

Take a look inside! Click here

BLOG WATCH: Aboard the Arabella, Sandy Lane's New Chef, Sea Turtles, Moose Moment, Aruba Wine Extravaganza

Recent Blog Features

The Patron Secret Dining Society aboard The Arabella in Newport
Providence Journal Food Blog

New Executive Chef for exclusive Sandy Lane resort in Barbados
Chef Hermes Blog

VI Love Turtles - Steve Simonsen, the world class St. John photographer, has been working on a documentary about sea turtles...
Frank Barnako News of St. John Blog

NH Historical Photos Show “Memorable Moose Moment” at Luxury New Hampshire Hotel
The Balsams Resort Blog

Wine tastings under the stars at first ever Aruba Wine Extravaganza in September.
A Luxury Travel Blog

Museum Visit: Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

Craftsmanship

Beautifully, finely woven lightship baskets are unique to the island of Nantucket. Their design evolved slowly, beginning in the 19th century with the native indians to the crewmen aboard their lightships stationed at South Shoals.

With many shipwrecks occurring at South Shoals, the Lightships functioned as lighthouses. It was here that 'basket making' became a hobby for lightship crewmen as well as a source of income. A cottage industry was born.

Basket weaving on these sea vessels ended soon after the turn of the 20th century. Today, there is no large scale commercial production, but dozens of hobbyists and part-time weavers continue the basket making tradition on Nantucket.

The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum is preserving this rich history. For more information, visit http://www.nantucketlightshipbasketmuseum.org/



Photo Credits: 1. Michael Kane Lightship Baskets 2. Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

Saturday, August 21, 2010

:: Today's Featured Photo

Jade Mountain Resort: A View of the St. Lucia Pitons

Photo Courtesy of Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia

The luxurious Jade Mountain Resort is an award-winning hotel featuring bold architecture and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and twin mountain peaks, the Pitons.

:: SPOTLIGHT

Elliott Erwitt's Puerto Rico

"50 years ago, Elliott Erwitt came to Puerto Rico to photograph the islands and the people who live there. Since then, Elliott went on to become one of the world's most celebrated photographers of contemporary life..."

On his return to see what had changed and what had remained the same, Erwitt captured his story in pictures. His work became the center of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company's $10 million advertising campaign launched last December and seen on networks like Bravo, Food Network, Fine Living, Travel Channel, CNN and CNBC. The campaign also ran in print titles like Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, Food & Wine, In Style, Town & Country, and Travel & Leisure.

Sit back and enjoy the view! Click here

:: BLOG WATCH - Nuts About Southwest, vtravelled Blog, enRoute Blog

 Recent Airline Blog Features:

Southwest Airlines Celebrates One Year at Boston Logan
Southwest Airlines 'Nuts About Southwest' Blog

Bona Fide Barbados: The Real Island Deal
Virgin Atlantic vtravelled Blog

What To Do When You’re Not on the Beach in Grand Cayman
Air Canada enRoute Blog

::TODAY IN MUSEUM VISITS

Norman Rockwell Museum

Founded in 1969, the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of Norman Rockwell’s work, including 574 original paintings and drawings.

For a complete bio of the artist and the museum that bears his name, click here