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Cozy Up in Providence at The Dean

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to spend the night in a brothel? Well, now thanks a new Providence, Rhode Island hotel called The Dean, you can! Sort of…the 52-room boutique hotel is situated...
in a building on Fountain Street that was once a gentleman’s club. Brooklyn-based owner ASH NYC thoughtfully restored the building, fusing its classic fixtures with contemporary touches. It kept its...
original tile flooring and brick façade intact while adding custom furniture with European and American antiques, which the designers got from dealers and homes around the world. The Dean eschews the...
typical cookie cutter decor...

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Micro guide: Lisbon

Portugal’s vibrant capital city beautifully blurs the line between holiday and city break. Follow our top tips to see why this is the European city to visit right now. Kick-back in style… More boutique...
hotel than hostel, make The Independente the bolt hole of your choice during your stay. The trendy, industrial-lux interior boasts a total of 90 beds and 11 dorms, each with their own lounge area. If you...
can afford to take it up a notch, opt for one of the four special suites and enjoy complimentary breakfast on your own balcony, overlooking the Tagus River. Dining at...

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Micro Guide: Albania

Traveling to Europe can have a been there, done that feel. Finding an off-the-beaten track destination on a continent filled with well-known places can be a bit challenging. Still, there are countries and...
cities many Americans haven’t seen or know much about. Thanks to the New York Times—which named it a must-see destination for 2014—and jetsetters in the know, Albania is finally on the travel...
radar. Situated between Montenegro and Greece, Albania is Europe’s latest hotspot. Think Croatia circa 1990 or Greece without the crowds. Communism closed off the country from the rest of the world...
for many decades and...

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Micro guide: Mayfair, London

Mayfair is one of the hottest properties on the Monopoly board for a reason. This revered London neighborhood boasts some of the most expensive, damn right fancy addresses in the entire city. Right now,...
with a wealth of fresh concept spaces emerging amongst all that old fashioned affluence, we can’t think of a better time to visit. Take a Mayfair style time out… Hotels are so passé. These days,...
it’s all about living like a local – fortunately in Mayfair that equates to a luxurious suite at No.5 Maddox Street. Select from the six one/two/three bedroom suites, which come with...

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Feel Good Friday: 3RD HOME

Initially, you may wonder how a premier reciprocal travel club for luxury second homeowners could be connected to anything remotely philanthropic, but you’re gonna wanna hear us out. Giles Adams, partner...
and president of 3RD Home, is a true advocate of charitable acts that exist outside the box. We caught up with him to find out more. Can you tell us about what 3RD Home do for charity? We are involved in...
two charitable enterprises. Firstly, we are the Global Philanthropy Partner for British Polo Day. British Polo Day is an excellent organization that champions British brands all over the...

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Vacation with a difference at Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad

Don’t get us wrong, we love a beach vacation as much as the next dude. But we can’t help craving a little more of an experience from a trip these days. Something a little more left field that we’ll...
be recalling for weeks after at the office water cooler. Introducing the new and improved Le Grand Bellevue in Gstaad, a seriously scenic village in southwest Switzerland. The 57-room hotel has literally...
just been re-launched by a hip young Swiss couple Daniel and Davia Koetser and boy, have they read our minds about what we want from a summer vacation circa...

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Four August Getaways (Without the Crowds)

In August the pressure is on to make the best out of the last four weeks of summer, but all that heat (so to speak) doesn’t mean you have to follow the crowd. Besides, if you are like us, heading out...
on the highway with the masses is something you wouldn’t like to do anyway. So, the August alternative? One of these four easy trips that skip the tsunami of tourists and go fairly easy on the wallet....
  1—Park City, Utah Park City may no longer be a word-of-mouth winter escape, (thank you, Sundance), but its summer time offerings...

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Food & Drink

American Beer Gardens: Hip Summer Hangouts

Americans love summer and summer means heading outside to eat, drink and be merry. Instead of imbibing with friends in a dark and stuffy pub, why not drink your favorite brew at a beer garden? This...
quintessentially German institution, with its convivial atmosphere, plethora of beer and outdoor seating, is taking the U.S. by storm. Here are our favorites around the country: Estabrook Beer Garden,...
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee has strong German roots and once had a plethora of beer gardens. Today, Estabrook Beer Garden, on the banks of the Milwaukee River, is bringing the concept back to life....
It’s not a large space but it gets the...

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Micro guide: Fitzrovia, London

Fitzrovia is enjoying something of a renaissance right now. The grid of streets nestled behind Tottenham Court road and Oxford Street has rapidly become the neighborhood to hang in, since the untouchable...
East end galleries collectively left Vyner street behind and replanted themselves here in search of a fresh scene. Follow our micro guide for the most awesome spots this district has to offer. Rest and...
recharge… The London Edition Hotel. Opened by Studio 54 founder Ian Schrager late last year, the Edition has already cemented its place among London’s most exclusive hotels. Whether you opt for a guest...
room...

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Stay high and dry within Wale’s luxurious Red Kite Tree Tent

While you could meander the cobblestone streets of Vatican City or the Louvre, the Red Kite Tree Tents offers a suspended stay.

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Inn at the Market: Seattle’s Hotel with a View

Summer is almost here. And with it comes a surge of visitors to the Pacific Northwest. In Seattle, many guests prefer to stay near the action in Pike Place. Inn at the Market, a chic boutique hotel,...
offers one of the best views of of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains and is the only hotel in the city in Pike Place Market. The peaceful courtyard, complete with ivy, leads you to the cozy environs....
All 70 rooms have picturesque views of Pike Place, downtown Seattle or the bay. Sferra linens envelope the custom-made Hypnos beds and local artwork dots the walls....

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Food & Drink

London’s Hottest Garden Bars

Rooftop bars have become synonymous with summer fun in the city. A place to unwind with a drink in hand. But many of these bars have become overrun with loudmouths and loud music. Not in London. The...
city’s top summer destinations are decidedly less boorish than their stateside counterparts. London’s garden bars/restaurants are tranquil yet offer plenty of space to grab a drink or a bite....
The Manual picked our favorites. Coq D’Argent Classic French fare gets top billing at Coq D’Argent, a rooftop garden bar in the Square Mile area of London. The gardens offer a spectacular view...
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The Amalfi Coast: Top 5

Italy is one of those countries that offer countless kick-ass destinations. If you’re craving a hefty slice of la dolce vita this summer, The Manual recommends heading to the glorious Amalfi Coast and...
holidaying like the Italians do. For your traveling pleasure, we’ve compiled our five favorite recommendations for a road trip to remember. Fiat 500 totally optional but absolutely recommended… 1. Walk...
the streets of Pompeii If you fly into Naples airport, Pompeii is a mere 30 minute drive away and absolutely worth seeing. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the entire city was buried beneath metres...
of...

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Feel Good Friday – Pack for a Purpose

Anyone who has traveled to a third world country has packed a pile of pencils, pens or slap bracelets to give out to the kids they meet. While those little trinkets are exciting for the youngsters, we are...
missing out on the bigger picture of what we can really do for these kids. Enter former school teacher Rebecca Rotheny, founder of Pack for a Purpose. 14 years ago she went to Africa with her husband and...
while she could only take 40 pounds of luggage on safari, she realized the airline allowed her 100 pounds of checked luggage plus 40...

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Born to be wild: A brief guide to the best camping spots in the U.S.

Yellowstone and Yosemite may garner all the notoriety, but camping in the U.S. should encompass more than just iconic locations.

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Feel Good Friday: Song Saa Foundation

Nine years ago, Aussie couple Rory and Melita Hunter embarked on a trip that would change their lives. A two week exploration of the remote Koh Rong Archipelago in southwest Cambodia led them to the twin...
islands known as Song Saa – Khmer, translation for the Sweethearts. The pair fell head over heels for the rugged, paradisic beauty of the land but were shocked at the consequences of human activity on...
the environment. Fortunately, they were moved enough to take some action and a little while later, the Song Saa private island resort and the Song Saa Foundation were born....

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