Miami Polo World Cup 2013

Polo BPolo has long been the sport of royalty — an elegant affair played on horseback, it’s an exercise in natural grace as well as the unspoken connection between rider and horse.

While typically played on the grass, Miami Beach’s The Polo Life Club, decided to bring the sport to the natural feature for which the area’s best-known — the beach. In 2004, beach polo first debuted in Miami Beach, and has been growing in popularity every year since.

A beautifully groomed piece of beach makes for an ideal setting to take in the Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup. Expect lots of sun, perfect temperatures and plenty of adjacent activities, either right on the beach or in town. Cocktails, live music, great food, fireworks and much more are plentiful at the World Cup — and of course the event will feature some of the world’s best polo players.

Come and see what makes beach polo so unique to South Beach. Take in this incredibly graceful sport and enjoy the weekend-long party.

Our South Beach Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend

The Setai Miami Beach

Surfcomber

Delano

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Terracotta Warriors Storm San Francisco

Terracotta Warriors in San FranciscoThe Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is playing host to an incredible exhibit this spring. Called China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy, it’s a stunning collection of figures from the burial complex/tomb of Qin Shi Huang (259-210 BCE). Known as “The First Emperor”, Qin Shi Huang’s tomb was “guarded” by some 7,000 of these life-sized figures.

Ten of these impressive statues have been placed on display at the Asian Art Museum, and are sure to be a big draw throughout the spring. The story alone is incredible — the warriors were among thousands of terracotta “soldiers” found in an underground citadel filled with jewelry, gold, gardens, and more. They are thought to have been the First Emperor’s attempt at protecting him in the afterlife.

The attention to detail in the terracotta warriors is remarkable — each of the archers, infantrymen, generals, weapons, horses and more found in the burial complex is unique. The intricacies of the carving practically bring the terracotta warriors to life.

China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy runs until May 27th — don’t miss it.

Our San Francisco Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend:

InterContinental San Francisco

Taj Campton Place

Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco

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Santa Monica Healthy Lifestyle

Santa Monica SurferIt’s impossible to visit Santa Monica Beach without seeing all sorts of people getting their fit on. Whether you like to run, walk, swim, surf or pump iron, it’s the place to be.

Santa Monica Beach is, in essence, at the heart of the fitness revolution that swept across North America over the last few decades. Located just south of the Santa Monica Pier, Muscle Beach was the origin of bodybuilding culture, and is still a big part of that — both on the sand and at neighboring gyms.

If dumbbells and chin-ups aren’t your thing, Santa Monica Beach is also the perfect destination to hone your surfing skills. With a number of surf shops and clinics around, you’ll be taking to the waves in no time, board in hand and spirits high.

Prefer to stay on dry land? Rent a bicycle and cruise up and down the beach, taking in the sand and sun on your own terms. Throw on your running shoes and hit the miles of paths, or simply meander up and down the beach.

Our Santa Monica Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend:

Shutters on the Beach

Loews Santa Monica Beach

Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows

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St.Patrick’s Day Chicago

Chicago st patricks dayWhile Boston often comes to mind first as the key American city when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Chicago has a similarly large Irish population, and also does a pretty fine job celebrating all things Irish.

As part of a fifty-year-old tradition, the Chicago River will once again be dyed green at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th, and will kick off a day of festivities in the city that spans pubs, halls, lounges and more. Always an incredible site, the Chicago River is even more spectacular than usual on St. Patrick’s Day.

Held on the same day, the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade kicks off at noon, and draws thousands of spectators. It’s a massive event that snakes its way through the city, and celebrates Irish culture in Chicago. It features a parade queen, marching bands, floats and much more.

Celebrate the Emerald Isle and Irish culture this St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago — it’s truly an unforgettable experience.

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Trump International Chicago

The James Chicago

Hotel Palomar Chicago

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Where to stay for New York Auto Show

NYC Auto ShowThis year marks the 113th anniversary of the New York International Auto Show. Taking place March 29th – April 7th at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan, the auto show will feature beautiful vehicles front and center. The New York International Auto Show was North America’s first car show, and is one of the best-attended industry events by both automakers and the general public.

Most of the world’s top automobile manufacturers will be among the 900,000 square feet of exhibitors at the show. Cars and trucks of yesterday, today and tomorrow will be on display, including concept cars and some New York world debuts.

Whether you’re looking for a guys’ getaway or want to spend time with the family in a fun, kid-friendly environment, the New York International Auto Show has no shortage of things to see and do when it comes to cars.

Our New York City Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend:

Trump SoHo New York

The Roger

Eventi Hotel

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Miami Fashion Week in South Beach

Miami Fashion Week in South BeachFrom March 20th – 24th, Miami will once again be the epicenter of the fashion world, as the best in the business descend on the city for Miami Fashion Week. This year marks the event’s 15th anniversary, and you can be sure there will be plenty to see and do as a result.

Taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Fashion Week places an equal emphasis on American, Latin and international fashion. Designers from across the globe make a point of stopping at Miami Fashion Week every year to show off their lines for the coming seasons.

While attending Miami Fashion Week, be sure to check out the Culinary Style Café, which will be hosting a different celebrity chef cooking up his/her signature dishes every day. The week of events close with the Miami Moda & Music Awards, celebrating everything fashion and music in one incredible evening.

Once the events come to a close, hit South Beach’s shopping districts and pick up some designer threads of your own.

Our South Beach Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend

Delano

Sagamore

Z Ocean

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The Cherry Blossom Festival Washington D.C.

DC Cherry Blossom FestivalSpring is in the air, and there’s no better way to welcome the changing of the season than by attending the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Arts, culture, nature and community spirit come together at this month-long event, commencing on March 20th, with all sorts of activities planned throughout the festival.

If you’ve never seen DC’s cherry blossoms in bloom, you’re in for an absolute treat. One of the best ways to see DC in springtime is by boat, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival has a number of options: grab a tidal basin paddleboat and explore the area on your own, or hop on a boat tour along the blossoms and monuments either during the day or by moonlight.

There are plenty of land-based things to see and do in conjunction with the festival as well. Self-guided land tours are just as breathtaking and inspiring when visiting DC at this time of the year. While you’re there be sure to take a guided tour and explore the history, architecture, and cuisine of the area.

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Hay-Adams Hotel

Sofitel Lafayette Square

Fairfax at Embassy Row 

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