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Tracing the Origins of the Richly Flavored Ceylon Tea

This post is also available on our digital magazine Issue 1, on page 46. Ever since I was a little girl Ceylon tea was the one thing that came into my mind when thinking about…

Montalbera: Italian Vineyard and Winemaker

A good glass of wine is always enjoyable, especially when surrounded by good food and good company. With that being said, I always love exploring, finding, and tasting new wines and learning about their heritage…

Just In: Aruba Super Bar & GBK Celebrity Gift Lounge Pops Up in N.Y. for Super Bowl Weekend Cocktails

New York is bustling with activity as it gets set to host the Superbowl this weekend. Aruba, known to have more than 20 toe-in-the-sand bars brought a little warmth to recently very frigid city with…

Leigh Hines’ Top 10 Skimbaco Moments of 2013

Even though I cover luxury hotel and travel for Skimbaco, which is nothing ordinary in the least, I live a very ordinary life in Raleigh, North Carolina.  When you check my linkedin profile, you’ll see…

Dream Party Menu: Black Bottle Bubbly with Seafood Delights

Retro Party menu with bubbly (retro = from my college years) I honestly have to tell you: I have THE BEST “Friday lunch/early dinner”-menu here. It is light, served with bubbly sparkling wine, absolutely delicious,…

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Wine Lovers

When your friend is a wine enthusiast, your first instinct is probably to buy a nice bottle of wine as a gift. Great idea – if you are a wine expert or know exactly what…

Tracing the Origins of the Richly Flavored Ceylon Tea

Tea picking in Haputale Sri Lanka

This post is also available on our digital magazine Issue 1, on page 46. Ever since I was a little girl Ceylon tea was the one thing that came into my mind when thinking about…

Montalbera: Italian Vineyard and Winemaker

Italian wine

A good glass of wine is always enjoyable, especially when surrounded by good food and good company. With that being said, I always love exploring, finding, and tasting new wines and learning about their heritage…

Just In: Aruba Super Bar & GBK Celebrity Gift Lounge Pops Up in N.Y. for Super Bowl Weekend Cocktails

Pelican Nest drinks

New York is bustling with activity as it gets set to host the Superbowl this weekend. Aruba, known to have more than 20 toe-in-the-sand bars brought a little warmth to recently very frigid city with…

Leigh Hines’ Top 10 Skimbaco Moments of 2013

Skimbaco in NMB

Even though I cover luxury hotel and travel for Skimbaco, which is nothing ordinary in the least, I live a very ordinary life in Raleigh, North Carolina.  When you check my linkedin profile, you’ll see…

Dream Party Menu: Black Bottle Bubbly with Seafood Delights

black-bottle-bubbly-party-menu

Retro Party menu with bubbly (retro = from my college years) I honestly have to tell you: I have THE BEST “Friday lunch/early dinner”-menu here. It is light, served with bubbly sparkling wine, absolutely delicious,…

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Wine Lovers

Gift ideas for Wine Lovers

When your friend is a wine enthusiast, your first instinct is probably to buy a nice bottle of wine as a gift. Great idea – if you are a wine expert or know exactly what…

Famous French Houses Launch Creative Collaboration

MAISON KITSUNE & PERNOD ABSINTHE Limited Edition Bottle Launch Party

When it comes to lifestyle, luxury, and fashion, the French seem to nail it every time. The recent collaboration between legendary spirit brand Pernod Ricard and fashion house Maison Kitsuné is no exception. The partnership…

Travel Insight: How to Travel the World without Leaving your Hometown

Canapes at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC

It’s no secret that I have a luxury-hotel obsession. I seek out great properties when I travel, but I also spend a lot of time in luxury hotels in my own hometown. Not in terms…

Living the Rich Life at Bean & Bottle, The Lodge at Sonoma

The Lodge at Sonoma Lobby

Recently, I had the pleasure of experiencing the “Sommelier Spirits Selections” getaway package at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa, a luxurious hotel located in the quaint yet sophisticated town of Sonoma in…

Travel Insight: Our Top 10 Southern Culinary Bites

Take a culinary travel to South

Labor Day officially marks the end of summer. In the South, we pack away those white pants and start to pull out our jeans, even though it’s still hot enough to wear shorts until November.…