If you are thinking of taking a trip to the Big Apple, here are a few of the best night life options…

Top 5 New York City Bars

Is New York City calling you? If you are thinking of taking a trip to the Big Apple, here are a few of the best night life options to give you a good time and an incredible view of the city.

The Plunge Location: 420 Park Avenue at the Gansevoort Park Hotel

The Plunge Rooftop Bar and Grill is located 20 stories high above Manhattan at the luxurious Gansevoort Park Hotel. This wonderful rooftop setting provides everyone with amazing unobstructed views of the city including an unbelievable view of the Empire State Building. The focus of the rooftop is the black lit bar. With its high ceilings, a window wall which sweeps the New York City skyline, and the VIP room Blue Room, Plunge provides everyone who visits an experience they will not soon forget. The Blue Room provides even more incentive for partygoers because it sets a perfect stage for some of the world’s best deejays to come, and you can be certain that when the best deejays come to town so do some A-list celebrities. Once you have had enough of the VIP room you can go relax out on the Rooftop sundeck which will provide you with 360 degree views of the city.  If you are looking for a similar experience in a different part of the city, this bar also has a sister bar on the rooftop of the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District.

230 Fifth Location: 230 Fifth Avenue

The 20th floor rooftop lounge and bar which is 230 Fifth is a location which is unparalleled by most rooftop hotspots in New York City. 230 Fifth made its mark quickly. Within its first year of opening in 2006, 230 Fifth was named the #1 Rooftop Garden and fully enclosed Penthouse Lounge/Bar in New York. Boasting one of the largest rooftop lounges in the city 230 Fifth is a perfect location for a night out or hosting a private function. It is hard to complain about the fact that it is open year round, and it is free admission everyday to the public. Inside the lounge provides panoramic views of the skyline while the outside benches provide room for more than 500 people to take in breathtaking views of the city.

Bar 13 Location: 35 East 13th Street

If you are looking for a bar with a slightly younger crowd, Bar 13 is the place to go. While people of all ages do flow into Bar 13, it has a strong following from collegiate students. The bar is three floors containing two inside bars and a rooftop bar. The first floor is famous for its two-for-one drink specials and its spacious dance floor. Moving up to the second floor one can find another bar and deejays playing all of the latest house music providing an international club feel without having to leave New York. Finally the rooftop bar provides people with an escape from the wild dancing and loud music. It gives them a chance to take a glimpse of the romantic skyline of New York City.

Rooftop at Rivington Location: 107 Rivington Street at the Rivington Hotel

The Rooftop at Rivington provides one of the most stunning views of New York City you could find. On the 20th floor of the Rivington Hotel, you won’t believe what you see all around you. If you are looking for a place that is more focused around the scenery and view than the bar or nightclub experience itself, this is the ideal bar for you. Although the bar and nightclub life are still fun, the focus of this bar is to captivate everyone with its tremendous panoramic views of the city. They even have a bathtub on the rooftop! If the rooftop scene gets to be too much, you can go relax on the other two indoor floors of the hotel which also provide unbelievable views of the city with ceiling to floor windows.

Roof Garden Café Location: 1000 5th Avenue at 82nd Street atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Looking to get the most out of a trip to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art? Well the Roof Garden Café located on the 5th floor of the Met is what you need. Bring your family, friends, or just come by yourself and see one of the best views of Central Park the city has to offer. With the great scenery the art provides, on top of being able to sip on a drink while overlooking New York’s famous Central Park, the Roof Garden Café provides a great relaxing rooftop experience for anyone. This is not the place for late niters because it closes at 4:30 p.m.  on weekdays and 8:00 p.m. on the weekends, but if you are lucky enough you should stay to watch the beautiful sunset over New York City and Central Park.

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A Short Wine Guide

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A Short Wine Guide

By: GlobusHistorically, Germany’s wine has suffered with an “inferiority complex” fueled by the reputation of wine powerhouses France and Italy. And in modern times, they’ve tacked of “how to compete with a Bordeaux or a Chianti” by improving quality, while keep prices reasonable. Finally, German vintners are starting to reap the rewards.

The world famous Riesling region, centered on the Rhine and its tributaries and in eastern Germany near Dresden, is the biggest success story to come out of Germany’s 13 wine growing regions. White grapes form 80 percent of the harvest, but reds are on the rise, as well as the general reputation of German wines. Here’s an overview of the major grapes:

  • Riesling: Known and loved across the globe, the Riesling is an elegant white wine that sometimes has an aroma of peaches or apricots. The mid-priced varieties are good with almost any meal. The best come from the Moselle and Rheingau tributaries.
  • Müller-Thurgau: This white grape produces plain wines with less character than the Riesling. Grown everywhere, Müller-Thurgau generally has a nuttier, riper taste than the Riesling.
  • Spätburgunder: Germany’s Pinot Noir, this grape yields the best German red wines and may be the next German export to hit the world’s palette. Excellent examples grow on the steep slopes of the Ahr River and in Wurttemberg. Silvaner. This dry white wine is a specialty in the vineyards of Franconia around Würzburg. It has a sour apple taste that is good with meals or mixed with mineral water as a Weinschorle.


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Places to Go in 2012

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A&K’s Best Destinations for 2012

See Abercrombie & Kent’s picks for 2012′s most exciting destinations and start planning your next extraordinary journey. Taken from The New York Times“The 45 Places to Go in 2012,” these 10 destinations offer the A&K experience at its finest – including mysterious Myanmar, recently opened to Western visitors, all the way down to Antarctica, which you can discover in luxury and style on board MV ‘Le Boreal.’ Jordan

The Top Five

Myanmar charms even the most seasoned traveller with its remoteness and unspoiled culture. Fall under its spell at the sight of thousands of stupas dotting the untouched fields of Bagan and monks going about their daily lives at ancient monasteries along the Ayeyarwady River.
Long coming in second to Kenya as East Africa’s safari destination, Tanzania offers exclusive reserves, increasingly luxe accommodations and, of course, the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater and towering Mount Kilimanjaro. Visit in January to March for the start of the Great Migration across the fabled Serengeti.
Join the small number of people to have ever set foot on earth’s most remote corner on a luxury adventure of a lifetime. On board the stylish-yet-sturdy MV ‘Le Boreal,’ cruise through fjords unreachable by larger boats and enjoy top-notch service.
Seldom-visited Uganda enchants with stunning greenery, deep lakes, soaring mountains and perhaps the greatest natural treasure of all – half of the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla population. Experience the ultimate safari when you track these elusive, endangered creatures on foot.
Romantic Jordan teems with historical and natural treasures, from the magnificent “rose-red city” of Petra to the lunar landscape of Wadi Rum. Experience the timeless beauty of this unforgettable destination, immersing yourself in its rich, complex culture.
A&K’s Top 10
from The New York Times

•  Myanmar • Tanzania •  Antarctica •  Uganda •  Jordan •  Tokyo • Patagonia •  Ha Long Bay, Vietnam •  Florence, Italy •  Kerala, India

Viking River has just announced their latest new destination - it is the Douro River in Portugal!!  This region is fascinating and will be VERY popular as many people have not traveled in that area .  We are all looking for something new and the Douro River Itinerary will fit the bill.

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Tis the season to get your skis out - this is an interesting article - how about letting me know your favorites!!

I visited Isla de Margarita 40 years ago – there are new hotels and changes but it is STILL a Secret to many travelers.  Located off the coast of Venezuela it is popular with South Americans and has a true foreign flavor.

Here is a great article that tells you more about this little gem and 9 other destinations that are among the best kept secrets of the world!


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The Real Deadwood

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By: Globus

Thanks to HBO, no Western town is as well-known today as Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  The series has brought a flood of history-lovers to the real town of Deadwood – an outpost that still has a wild edge, since every saloon and bar has been turned into a lively casino.  In the summer, motorbike enthusiasts cruise the streets like modern-day cowboys.  But was the original Deadwood quite as raunchy and violent at the show depicts?  As with so many dramatic recreations of the Old West, the answer is yes and no.

The basis of the series is absolutely true: In 1874, gold was discovered in the Lakota Indian Reserve, supposedly off-limits by treaty with the United States Congress, and white miners immediately made their way illegally into the area to found the rough-hewn town of Deadwood in its heart.  The first sheriff of Deadwood was indeed named Seth Bullock, as in the series, and there was a Gem Saloon run by a certain Al Swearingen, of whom little is known.

But perhaps the most famous real-life character was the gunslinger Wild Bill Hickock, who arrived in 1876 to try his luck in Deadwood with the notorious Calamity Jane; not long afterwards, a cowardly poker player named Jack McCall walked up behind him in the so-called Number Ten Saloon and shot him in the head.  Hickock usually sat with his back to the wall, but for reasons unknown changed his practice that day; his poker hand of aces and eights is still known as “the dead man’s hand.”  Today, the event is recreated throughout the summer in Deadwood for enthusiastic tourists inside a saloon that has been rebuilt on the site; the original burned down.

While most other plot lines of the HBO series are fictional, the writer David Milch was trying to depict a broader historical truth about the Old West, where civilization was born from chaos. Now you can relive the historic

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