When to Go to Europe: Timing Your Trip

Some people have flexible enough jobs and lifestyles to cherry-pick when to take their vacations, but many others have less choice. Fortunately, Europe welcomes visitors 365 days a year — and each season offers a different ambience and experience.

In travel-industry jargon, the year is divided into three seasons: peak season (roughly mid-June through August), shoulder season (April through mid-June and September through October), and off-season (November through March). Each has its pros and cons. Regardless of when you go, if your objective is to “meet the people,” you’ll find Europe filled with them any time of year. (more…)

Soffer Transforms Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Turnberry Associates’ Jeffrey Soffer, frequently photographed alongside wife, Elle MacPherson, had a gut feeling about Fontainebleau Miami Beach. With its ideal oceanfront location and famed Morris Lapidus architecture, Soffer believed he could transform the aging property into one of the world’s elite destinations.

“It had all the ingredients. I knew in terms of clientele, that if I could build an oceanfront, Vegas style hotel on Miami Beach, it would outshine anything that had ever been built,” Soffer recently told Haute Magazine. (more…)

A First Timer’s Guide to the Canary Islands

Pre-conceptions are a funny thing. If someone told you about an archipelago of islands set adrift off the coast of Africa, an oasis that boasts superb beaches and perennial warmth, which is home to the world’s second largest Carnival, award-winning wines and Spain’s highest mountain, you’d probably want to visit.

If they revealed they were in fact talking about the Canary Isles, though, some of your thoughts might start to cloud with images of sunburned Brits, dodgy fried food and all-things tacky. (more…)

5 Ground-Breaking Travel Accessories

What can smart bags do that your usual luggage can’t? All sorts of cool stuff, according to discoveries made at this year’s Travel Goods Showcase in Las Vegas. In many cases, smart luggage links to your mobile phone via an app, which manages most of the bag’s features.

For instance, you can unlock your bags remotely with your phone or track them wherever and however far they may get away from you. In some cases, high-tech features are built right into the bag. (more…)

5 Quirky U.S. Spots to Visit in 2015

Celebrate like the Basques, Boise, Idaho

One of the largest Basque festivals in the world, Jaialdi 2015 celebrates Idaho’s Basque community, a distinct culture tracing its roots back 2,000 years to northern Spain’s Basque autonomous region.

The dancing and games (including jai alai) that are central to Basque life will be on display during the July 28-August 2 festival, pegged to the community’s celebration of San Ignacio of Loyola, its patron saint. If you can’t make the every-five-years festival, stop by Boise’s “Basque Block”anytime to eat, drink and learn more about Basque culture. (more…)

Spring 2015 Guide to Paris

There’s more than love in the air this spring in Paris, as the city’s top museums and cultural spaces unveil a scintillating roster of new events and exhibitions. Plus, the best of the new boutiques, restaurants, and an exclusive new hotel.

NEW BOUTIQUES:

Verbreuil
This charming, new under-the-radar boutique near the Luxembourg gardens offers some of Paris’s most beautiful handbags, all handcrafted in France. Structured designs recall the great classics with an edgy contemporary refinement, crafted in softest fine-grained calf with crocodile and python accents. Opened mid-February, Verbreuil is one of Paris’s best-kept secrets…but not for long. (more…)

Trattoria Il Mulino Opens at Hilton Nashville Downtown

When Turnberry Associates Chairman and CEO http://perezhilton.com/tag/jeff_soffer/ Jeffrey Soffer announced plans to refresh the Company’s Hilton Nashville Downtown, he promised to bring additional culinary excitement to Music City. With the opening of Trattoria Il Mulino in the lobby of the hotel, Soffer has done exactly that.

The restaurant held a soft opening in early March, beginning with dinner service. Later in the month, Trattoria Il Mulino hosted its grand opening celebration.

The opening caps off a multi-year, $32 million renovation of the Hilton Nashville Downtown that updated the hotel’s 330 guest suites, grand atrium lobby and lounge, business and fitness centers, and meeting and event spaces. The Jeffrey Soffer-led enhancements also include a new executive lounge. (more…)

The Cayman Islands: Planning My Perfect Family Getaway

For spring break, my family is heading to Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands, for a week-long vacation. When you have children it is important to prepare activities in advance and understand the area that you are going to. Although I personally love to bask in the sun during vacation, it is inevitable that we are either going to get worn out from the sun at one point or the rain might require a new activity.

Going http://www.camanabay.com/the-town/shopping-grand-cayman/ shopping in Grand Cayman seemed like an excellent outing besides the beach, which I knew my whole family would enjoy. (more…)