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Insider’s Guide to Derby City

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Louisville opens its arms to throngs of horse racing fans every spring. Derby City is the place to be: the bourbon’s flowing, the eating is good, and living is easy…

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Microguide: Birmingham, Alabama

Once in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, Birmingham is making headlines as a burgeoning capital of the New South. A celebrated culinary scene, revitalized historic districts, and plenty of...
homegrown cultural currency, Birmingham’s place on the map is no longer a pass-through – it’s a proper destination. Day 1: Check into the Tutwiler,...

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Tex-Mex and More: The Delicious Eateries of Houston

We didn’t think of Houston as a food city when made a visit down there recently, but after some local residents took us to the best spots in town, we instantly changed our minds. Here’s the low-down on...
where to dine in this Texas city. Down House When we got to this restaurant we couldn’t...

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The Verb Hotel Puts an Edgy Spin on a Mid-Century Classic

Picture a classic mid-century motel and then take it up a notch adding in some quirky style, rock memorabilia and even some irreverent attitude. Yep, this isn’t your dad’s motel anymore. The Verb Hotel...
is hip, edgy, and it’s opening this summer in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. The 94-room hotel ties in the history of the...

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Shine a Light: The Best LED Lanterns for under $100

Headlamps may be all the rage when it comes to backpacking and hiking, but nothing beats these 10 lanterns when huddled within a tent or at the table.

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A Hotelier’s Travel Guide

In the upcoming weeks, The Manual will be posting tips from people in the know on various industries. Today we take a trip in the world of travel.  Our thoughts on the subject: Travel is one of the most...
glorious parts of existence. It’s a chance to stop, think, bond with friends and family and...

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The American Trade Hotel, Panama

Remember when a hotel meant little more than a room with a bed in and a free mini hand soap? There’s no doubt that we are living in the age of the boutique hotel experience. These days, booking a trip...
can frequently revolve around a dream bolthole over destination. With this in mind, allow us...

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Lake Tahoe: Micro Guide

Destinations usually fall into one of two categories: places you head to for some winter fun or for some sun, sand and surf. But what might be construed as just a winter wonderland destination can actually...
offer bountiful activities come summer (or vice versa). One such location is Lake Tahoe. The California/Nevada resort town offers...

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Winter WonderLuxe: Skiing and Spa-Dates and Bentleys, oh my!

I guess you could say that the Bentley PR guy did his job well; he mentioned something about the “luxury of spontaneity”, and now that phrase has lodged itself inside my head. He didn’t say anything...
beyond that; there were no details about what it meant. He simply planted the seed, and what grew from...

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Worthy of her grandeur, this is how you take a photo of a luxury cruise ship

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, Cunard commissioned a photo shoot that harks back to the posters of luxury transatlantic ships of the early 20th century, which involved...
the ship’s captain playing a daredevil role. Once the largest cruise ship in the world, the QM2 was launched in January...

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Classic, Go Anywhere Style

If you’re rushing to make the next flight, we’ve discovered a new must have for your trip. It’s a garment bag from Hudson Sutler that’s hardwearing, durable, and fashionable at the same time. The...
bags are crafted from 18 oz. canvas that doesn’t flinch no matter what you throw at it. Plus, the hanger hooks...

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Plan your Boy’s Weekend away with 3RD HOME

For those lucky enough to have a second home who are looking for that extra special stag trip or boy’s holiday, listen up. 3RD HOME is an exclusive club that offers its members the chance to rent out...
their holiday home to other members in exchange for the opportunity to rent out any other member’s...

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Pump it up (and protect) with Heimplanet’s inflatable tents

Whether talking Japanese bullet trains or Velcro, there’s no doubt nature inspires us to think beyond what we once deemed possible. Likewise, German-bred company Heimplanet’s lined of...
geodesic-inspired tents take a cue from one of the most stable natural structures in existence: the diamond. Each of the company’s three tents was designed based on the...

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