Nobody knew how to do extravagant and opulent like Newport, R.I., during the turn of the 20th century. The tiny town attracted America’s wealthiest during the Gilded Age, from the Vanderbilts to the Astors. All five of these “cottages” are on the National Register of Historic Places. A great way to see them all and experience the grandeur of Newport is to take the Cliff Walk.
William Vanderbilt’s summer cottage is one of America’s great lasting tributes to the Industrial Revolution and the incredible disparity of wealth it produced. True to its name, Marble House contains 500,000 square feet of marble. It cost $11 million to build in the late 1880s.
Silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs is the power behind this opulent throne. Rosecliff hosted some of the early 1900s most outrageous parties, at which Harry Houdini famously performed. Rosecliff has been used as the setting for various films, including — appropriately — The Great Gatsby.
Because one super-mansion summer house per family isn’t enough, William’s brother, Cornelius II, built the Marble House down the street. The 70-room mansion is palatial, designed in an Italian Renaissance-style palazzo.
Coal baron Edward Julius Berwind wanted his mansion designed after the French chateau d’Asnieres. About $1.4 million dollars later, wish granted. Just as impressive as the building is Berwind’s collection of ceramics, paintings, jades and Classical Revival gardens.
One of the original Newport mansions, Chateau-sur-Mer pre-dates the Vanderbilts’ arrival by nearly 40 years. It is built in a High Victorian style with matching furnishings, which were redone in an Empire French style during the second half of the 19th century.
Despite the relatively small size of Edinburgh, the city is full of things to do, see, taste and drink, most of which come at prices that aren’t horrible by U.K. standards, but are comparable to other large cities in the British Isles (not including London).
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Love Your Melon started as a project in a college entrepreneurship class. Two college students wanted to start a business with meaning and a positive social impact. The main goal was to improve the lives of all children battling cancer in America; they started by wanting to put a hat on each one of them. The project turned into reality and people started loving the product.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Quickly becoming Mexico City’s hipper, bohemian little sister, Guadalajara is heating up as a tourist destination. Matching the city’s eclectic vibe with its 1930s-meets-modern décor, swanky events and historic architecture, Casa Habita pairs well for a visitor’s stay.