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Always5Star Guide to Gloria Ferrer Winery & Their Sparkling Wine Brut Rosé

Everyone knows that I am passionate about champagne. I also find that there are several sparkling wines that offer wonderful and satisfying experiences as well. I like to search out locations that offer fine sparkling wines. One such area is Sonoma, California. In Sonoma, you can find the Gloria Ferrer Winery. It is a wonderful winery that offers several different types of tasting experi...

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Open Table an Always5Star phone app for Restaurant Reservations!

Whether you are traveling or not, arriving at a popular restaurant at the last minute can lead to a long wait. How many times have you waited for a table for more than 30 minutes? You can find yourself waiting in the cramped entry/lobby in the restaurant. You then realize that you get up every few minutes to check where you are on the waiting list. It is not a very pleasant way to begin a ...

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Always 5 Star check list before checking out of a hotel room

How often have you left an item or two behind in a hotel room?

Every traveler can relate to this dilemma, especially if you have a busy travel schedule or are running a bit late.

I know that in the past I have! Because of this I decided to develop a quick 10 step check list that I follow without fail. The good news is that it has helped me from ever leaving items behind. The check list...

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Why the AMEX Platinum Fine Hotels & Resorts Benefit is a great value!

What is the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program and how good are the benefits?

The beautiful St. Regis Houston, Texas – My room upgrade with the Fine Hotels & Resorts program

One of the many perks you will love about the American Express Platinum credit card is the Fine Hotels and Resorts Benefit program. For my business trip to Houston, Texas, I booked my hotel room wi...

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What is the right amount to tip? Problem solved! Including a free printable chart!

Ever wonder what is the right amount to tip when you are traveling domestically or internationally? The answer is here!

I don’t know about you, but I have found the proper etiquette to tipping to be somewhat baffling. I believe in tipping and rewarding for good service. It is known that most people working in the travel industry (especially abroad) rely on tips for the majority of their inc...

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Always 5 Star guide to Moët & Chandon Champagne

Moët & Chandon Champagne

One of the most prestigious champagne’s in the world is Moët & Chandon. You know from the moment that you see the label that you are about to partake of something special. The name is synonymous with luxury. Moët & Chandon is one of the world’s largest champagne producers. It is admired internationally as a premier luxury brand champagne.

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Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Resort For Any Occasion!

When looking for a luxury hotel/resort to celebrate a special occasion, I know that I can trust the quality of a Ritz-Carlton property.

The beautiful Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay golf course with amazing coastal views

I have stayed at many Ritz-Carlton’s around the world and am a big fan of this brand for several reasons.

Here are my five-star points as to why I enjoy staying at Ritz-Ca...

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Always 5 Star guide to Taittinger Champagne

Taittinger Champagne

Enjoying a glass of Taittinger before a flight in the First Class Lounge at LAX in the American Airlines Advantage Club Lounge

When you think of champagne, one of the many top names that will come to mind is Taittinger Champagne. It is one of the many established houses in the famed Champagne region of France. Jacques Fourneaux founded Taittinger in 1734 and for ...

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The Marilyn Monroe Luxury Spa Day at the Hyatt Centric Time Square

How about a spa day that is not only luxurious but leaves you feeling pampered and rested? Where you can channel your inner “Marilyn Monroe”?

Beautifully set up for a manicure or pedicure!

What better way to do it than by spending a morning, afternoon or the day receiving a spa treatment. What makes it even more exciting is by having that spa day take place in a New York Times Squar...

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Charlie Palmer’s in Washington D.C .- A very chic DC culinary experience!

Charlie Palmer Steak DC restaurant in Washington D.C. is located very close to the Capitol building. The restaurant is famously known for aged Angus rib-eye steak and locally sourced seafood. Something you may not know, the views of the Capitol from the restaurant’s private event rooftop terrace are probably the best views of the Capitol building anywhere.

Picture taken from the privat...

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Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill’s Presidential Suite

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill’s Presidential Suite is a very special suite indeed with a definite “Presidential” feel!

Enjoy this tour of the suite through pictures and videos to inspire your reservation of this beautiful room!

The minute you walk into the entry of the Presidential Suite you see a stunning sculpture.

Entry and foyer area are decorated with special touches to c...

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