Archive for June, 2012

Toy in the Hotel Gansevoort

In a city full of cool neighborhoods and bustling boroughs, New York City’s Meatpacking District continues to be one of Manhattan’s most fashionable spots. It’s a place where old meets new, savvy travelers meet locals, and shopping meets the city’s best dining and nightlife.

Hotel Gansevoort continues to be one the Meatpacking District’s best hotels and features an incredible new spot that’s sure to change the landscape of the area. TOY is the brainchild of legendary NYC party planners Daniel and Derek Koch. The twins have been throwing some of the Big Apple’s best bashes, and never do anything half-heartedly.

TOY’s cuisine is best described as modern Chinese with Japanese influences, and is already garnering rave reviews. Executive chef Doron Wong’s dishes reflect the incredible space itself―transition, adventure, and the spirit of New York City. The bi-level main dining room features a private room if needed, while there’s an indoor/outdoor raw bar right in the hotel lobby. But the best view of all is courtesy of the outdoor dining terrace that looks out over Hudson Street.


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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013

One of the world’s leading fashion events, the inimitable Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 returns to beautiful Miami Beach from July 19-23, 2012. Expect five days of fashion shows, parties, gorgeous beach beauties, and more.

With plenty of hot sun and miles of sand, Miami Beach is the ideal locale to feature a first look at next year’s swimwear collections. Check out the hottest swimwear for 2013 from some of the biggest swimwear designers in the world: White Sands Australia, Aqua di Lara, BCBG Swimwear, Crystal Jin and dozens more.

Once you’ve taken in the fashion shows, head to nearby Lincoln Road, the area’s best shopping district. A star-studded event like this could only happen in incredible Miami Beach―where sun, fun and fashion all come together.

Our Hotel Experts recommend:

The National, Delano, and SLS

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Chicago architecture, nautical style

Chicago’s iconic skyline is counted among one of the world’s most recognizable. High-rise buildings have been defined (and redefined) in Chicago―it really is the birthplace of the skyscraper. The Chicago River, snaking through the heart of the city, is the perfect place to experience architecture in a truly special fashion.

Take in some of the world’s most striking skyscrapers while learning about the evolution of Chicago’s architectural styles and the famous turn-of-the-century Chicago School. Throughout the years, most of the world’s most prominent building designers have worked in Chicago―it’s the most important city in North America when it comes to built landscapes and architecture.

Dozens of Chicago’s most notable buildings are nestled along the banks of the Chicago River, which weaves through downtown from Lake Michigan. This makes a boat tour of the city’s architecture an ideal way to learn the stories of the city. Float under moveable bridges along the river as you crane your neck and look skyward. Get up close to jaw-dropping buildings like the John Hancock Center, the AON Center, the Trump Tower and the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the United States. Seeing truly is believing.
Our Hotel Experts recommend:

Public Chicago, The Peninsula Chicago, and The Park Hyatt Chicago.

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The 34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival

Playboy Jazz FestivalWho better to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl than the legendary Bill Cosby? On June 16 & 17, the 74 year-old comedian, and active member of The Jazz Foundation of America, will play host to an incredible group of musicians that will put their own unique spin on jazz music. Hugh Hefner, the event’s producer, said “I’ve had a lot of things to be proud of in my life, but nothing more, quite frankly, than the Jazz Festival”.

Saturday night sees an amazing cross-section of artists grace the legendary Hollywood Bowl stage: the revved-up Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, the hip hop vibes of Ozomatli, and Prince’s funky longtime collaborator, Sheila E, among others. There’s bound to be a few jaw-dropping moments.

Sunday night’s lineup offers just as much bang. It’s tough to highlight only a few of the day’s performers. Keb’ Mo’ is sure to bring his best blues to the Hollywood Bowl, Chile’s Chico Trujillo will add their horn-driven Latin vibe to the evening, and New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band will serve up traditional and Dixieland jazz for your listening pleasure.

For a complete listing of artists and for ticket information, see

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Shakespeare in the Park, New York.

Shakespeare in the park“All the world’s a stage” Jaques says famously in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. While that might be so, it’s hard to imagine a more picturesque stage than that of New York City’s Central Park.

Celebrating its fiftieth birthday at the legendary Delacorte Theater, Shakespeare in the Park has become one of New York City’s most beloved annual events. Produced by The Public Theater, this free outing in lush Central Park takes place near Turtle Pond and Belvedere Castle.

Celebrating the event’s milestone anniversary, As You Like It is a pastoral comedy and perpetual crowd-pleaser. This rendition of the play is set in the American south, in the 1890’s and is lauded for showcasing Rosalind, one of the bard’s strongest female characters. Adding to the hype, comedian and banjo aficionado Steve Martin composed a snazzy bluegrass soundtrack. As You Like It will no doubt appeal to theater buffs and Shakespeare novices.

As You Like It runs until June 30. While admission is free, be sure to get tickets for the event by visiting

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The Good Life Starts with a Delano Beach Club Party

Delano poolBuilt in 1947 based on a Robert Swartburg design, Miami Beach’s Delano Hotel is a place both to see and be seen. Its sharp art-deco design makes it an architectural treasure, while the bar, lounge and pool areas are perfect for food, drinks and some celebrity spotting. As the sun sets the action heats up, and Miami Beach’s hottest regulars and high-profile out-of-towners flock to the Delano Beach Club.

One of the original Miami Beach hot spots, the Delano Hotel features an iconic poolside unparalleled in both its stunning beauty and its legendary nightlife. By day, follow the garden path from the hotel to the Delano Beach Club and sneak away to the ocean on a moment’s notice. As night falls, stick around the pool and witness one of Miami Beach’s best and most exclusive parties. Often imitated by others, anyone that’s been to a party at the Delano Beach Club can tell you nobody else comes close.

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Pablo Picasso in Toronto

Pablo PicassoThere’s never been an artist quite like Pablo Picasso. The Spaniard redefined art in the twentieth century through Cubism, collage, sculpture and so much more.

Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is hosting some of Picasso’s greatest works in an exhibit called Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National de Picasso, Paris. This unique installation features some of Picasso’s most famous pieces split into seven themes such as “Surreal Anxiety and Desire” and “The Joy of Life and Last Years.” It’s an opportunity to experience the progression of Picasso’s life in tandem with his evolution as an artist.

Personal reflections of the artist appear in various self-portraits from the Blue and Rose collections, as well from his Cubist, Neoclassical and Surrealist periods. Picasso was also a sculptor, and many of his sculpted pieces are featured in the AGO exhibit.

Established in 1900 and expanded in 2008 with Frank Gehry-designed architecture, The AGO is the perfect venue to host a collection of this magnitude and importance. The building is as much a work of art as the pieces it houses. Catch this groundbreaking exhibit (which runs until August) and learn about the man and his masterpieces.

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