Argentine Splendor at the Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

It’s hard not to love a palace built in the 1930s, especially one that’s been meticulously restored and modernized. The Palace side of the hotel boasts crystal chandeliers, intricately carved wooden doors, and historic details. The Tower side is sleek, contemporary, and posh in a totally different way.

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A Few Stops in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Even though I spent a large part of my childhood in North Carolina, I never spent much time in Winston-Salem. The city was built around the tobacco industry, which declined decades ago. Even though a strong university and hospital presence remained, the city was left with a lot of abandoned warehouses and historical structures. But a recent renaissance has filled those spaces with cool breweries and trendy restaurants.

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Asheville Travel Guide

Asheville is a quirky little city in Western North Carolina, known for the Biltmore House, beer, hippies, and more recently, a great food scene. It’s a place to escape normal. And good news if you like traveling with your pup: many Asheville establishments are dog-friendly.

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Around the World, Around the Web

For this month’s installment of Around the World, Around the Web, the links are focused on tips for where to stay, eat, drink, shop, and play in 9 Southern cities + 1 rural resort.

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Around the World, Around the Web

Around the World, Around the Web is a monthly list of travel-related links for wanderlust inspiration. This month’s theme is Christmas in July, because it’s time to start planning a Christmas trip!

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Chicago Travel Guide

I’ve heard it’s hard to beat Chicago on a sunny summer day, and if our recent trip is any indication, then I totally agree. A stroll along the Riverwalk, down the Lakefront Trail, or through Millennium Park shows the city’s masterful marriage of nature and architecture. There are activities suited for all ages and budgets, including pro sports games, boat tours, shopping, and my activity of choice: eating. From Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza to artful fine dining to trendy food halls, there’s something for everyone.

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When Love Transcends a Language Barrier

In March of this year, I traveled to the northeastern coast of Brazil with my husband’s family. We didn’t embark on nearly 20 hours of travel (each way) for an off-the-beaten-path, exotic vacation. We went because there were two church communities in Fortaleza, Brazil that loved my late mother-in-law so much that they wanted to honor her life; and they wanted us to be there.

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SoCal Luxury at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is situated on a dramatic stretch of California coastline that reminds me of the Italian Riviera. The sprawling property is perched above a wide beach dotted with umbrellas. The landscape is lush, the weather is ideal, and thoughtful details abound.

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A Few Stops in Los Angeles

Over Memorial Day weekend, we had less than 24 hours in LA, but it was enough to find a few places that I loved. From seasonally-inspired small plates in Beverly Hills to an address forever marked in pop culture history, here are a few stops I’d recommend:

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Wanderlust Wednesday – Hotel Points

Wanderlust Wednesday is a series that shows my behind the scenes travel planning. Today I’m talking about how to use hotel points and how we planned a South American trip for next fall around points.

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Quito Travel Guide

Quito is often used as a quick stop on the way to the Galápagos Islands, but it’s an underrated destination itself. I read the New York Times’ piece “36 Hours in Quito,” and I was instantly hooked on the idea of traveling to the Ecuadorean capital. There are inexpensive, direct flights from Atlanta, everything is cheap, there is great hiking nearby, and Ecuador produces CHOCOLATE.

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