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May
03

Great New York City Bars!!

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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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Jan
17

Places to Go in 2012

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Experience the Arctic on a Luxury Expedition
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
Myanmar
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.
Tanzania
Tanzania
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.
Antarctica
Antarctica
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.
Uganda
Uganda
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.
Jordan
Jordan
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.
Jordan
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

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Jan
07

10 Great Places to Explore

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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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Nov
08

Fewer Flyers on Thanksgiving?

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jetAmazing that November is here already. I know it’s a cliche to say the years fly by but they really do don’t they?

Thanksgiving will be here awfully fast and it’s a legendary time of traveling home for the holiday.

According to this article in USAToday there will be 2% fewer people flying this year. Not much of a drop. So if you’re flying home, be sure to take your time and pack lots of patience.

Are you going somewhere or will family come to you this year?.

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Nov
03

The Aussie Wine Industry

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Sydney Harbor

Travel to Australia and Sample the wines

It’s hard to believe today, when Australia’s wines are world famous and fine vintages are readily available in every pub and café from Wagga to Oodnadatta, but it was not until the 1970s that Aussies really began to appreciate the virtues of the grape. Thanks to the post-war waves of immigrants from Italy and Greece, Aussies shifted away from their traditional passion for beer, port and rum and began what experts have dubbed the Great Wine Revolution. By 1985 wine consumption had tripled. But even many Australians don’t realize that the local wine industry is actually as old as white settlement itself.

The first vines were brought from Brazil and South Africa on board the very first convict fleet in 1788, and planted in the British Governor’s private garden. Twelve years later, a pair of French prisoners-of-war from Napoleon’s armies were purposely sent to Sydney to provide a little Gallic know-how. Although these two clumsy Frenchmen produced wines of “very indifferent quality,” by the 1820s Aussie farmers were gamely sending their best wines back to European wine competitions, with mixed success. (The persistence with which wine growing was pursued in the colony is hardly surprising, given the importance first settlers placed on alcohol as a panacea for loneliness and isolation; although rum was preferred, and even became the effective currency for many years, any drink was accepted).

Some of the great names of Aussie winemaking – Thomas Hardy, Dr. Henry John Lindemann – got their start in the mid-19th century in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney and Barossa Valley north of Adelaide, but production was hampered by a small local market and the dreaded phylloxera disease, which wiped out many vineyards in the 1870s. Today, there is no looking back, with some 1,500 wineries now scattered across every Australian state. Travelers will find wineries in some improbably remote regions, including the Margaret River in south-western Australia, the Yarra Valley near Melbourne and Tamar Valley of Tasmania – each offering a broad range of tastings to visitors, and many complete with their own elegant restaurants. Destinations have stories. We bring them to life. What Globus story might you discover in Australia next? Contact Preferred Travel NJ and start planning!

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Aug
04

Red Mountain Spa Adventure

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Aug
04

10 Restaurants Worth a Plane Ride

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SushiPerhaps we should try one of these restaurants!!.

Jul
27

Canyon Ranch September Special

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Take advantage of this wonderful special this September!!!!.

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Jul
07

Have you fallen for water falls?

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waterfallMSNBC named the10 Most Beautiful Waterfallsand we thought it would be nice to share the top 6 with you.

Why 6 and not 3 or 5? Because one of our favorites is listed at number 6!

  1. Marvell at the Plitvice Lakes, where 16 lakes are connected by cascades and waterfalls on the Discover Croatia tour.</o>
  2. Explore the massive Iguazu Falls in the heart of the rainforest during the Discover South America tour.<./li>
  3. While on the California Coast, see the sights, landmarks, and waterfalls that make California so unforgettable at Yosemite National Park.
  4. Take a walking tour of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World during Exploration’s Namibia and Botswana small group tour.
  5. Discover one of Iceland’s greatest natural wonders, the two-tiered Gullfoss Waterfall on the Wonders of Iceland tour.
  6. Experience the thundering and awe-inspiring Niagara Falls aboard the Maid of the Mist on Collette’s Best of Eastern Canada tour. (We’re in the best time of year to visit the greater Niagara region and Eastern Canada!)

The other waterfalls named were: Hanakapi’ai Falls in Hawaii; Sutherland Falls in New Zealand; Angel Falls in Venezuela; and Langfoss Waterfall in Norway – of which Collette travels to all of these destinations except Venezuela. Do you think MSNBC’s list could be added to? Where are your favorite waterfalls located?

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