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Mostly Sinatra 24/7
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mostly_sinatra_logo_a.pngThe Mostly Sinatra Channel is here. Mostly Sinatra, Hosted by Joe Girard Also Joe presents, Nat King Cole, Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, with the entire library of the Sinatra years. Only here on the Classic America, ”Mostly Sinatra Channel”. This is the Channel you will always come back to. You can purchase our albums from Amazon or ITunes, right here. Joe plays the music you like to listen to. Joe Girard is not only a Nationally Syndicated Broadcast Host, MC and Entrepreneurial Businessman. Joe is also a fine singer doing many live concerts each year.Mostly Sinatra. 

If you like the music of the Sinatra years 40's-70's this is the channel for you. There is no charge. There only two interuptions each hour for a short News break at the top of the hour and a Market report at the bottom of the hour. We promis at least 54 minutes of music in every hour. Click here to listen to the Mostly Sinatra music . Click here to go to the Mostly Sinatra website .
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Great NEW Wine App VIVINO
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vivino_logo_b.jpgFounded in Copenhagen 2010, Vivino offers everyday wine consumers a way to track, discover and share their wine experiences via the Vivino App. But Vivino is not just another wine app. It is the fastest and easiest way for consumers to access the wines of the world by connecting consumers and wineries globally. But don't take our word for it. 4 million people are already Vivino'ing it - changing the way we wine.

THE num3ers Numbers hold a special place in Heini’s heart. Throw a bucket of cold water on his face in the middle of the night and he will jump up and start reciting the number of labels scanned the previous week, months, even years! If you share the same love of numbers, we have gathered a few for you below. And yes, they are subject to change - probably even as you are reading this. 1,298,332 WINES 40,322,319 LABELS 10,496,576 RATINGS 2,329,346 REVIEWS 682,839 WINES WITH PRICE 4,762,336 APP USERS 2,181 WINE REGIONS 151,391 WINERIES. Click here to go to the VIVINO website.
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Grove Park Inn and Resort, Asheville NC
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Grove Park Inn   Asheville, North Carolina, a wondrful fall get-a-way. Well, it doesn't look quite like it did in 1913 when it opened. As you can see the ceter stone section is the original building. I have been coming here since the 60's. The two big stone walk in fireplaces are still in the lobby and the terace is still serving great drinks at sundown. The Grove Park is a great place to visit in the summer and fall. When the leaves change it's one of the best viewing areas in the south. We don't consider the Grove Park a FiveStar, barely a four star, but nonetheless a fun spot to visit for a few days.  Since Omni started m4.2_sunsetterrace_1280x394.jpganaging the Grove Park it has gotten somewhat better. 
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The Inn at Little Washington, Time for another visit to the "Summit" of fine Dining!
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It's always a great time to visit The Inn at Little Washington , Va. If you have never been to this great Inn i't just 50 miles west of Washington DC. The food is the main attraction but the accommodations are outstanding as well. Patrick O'Connell is  the star of this show and has been for more than 30 years. He is also know as the "Pope of American Cuisine".    Chef Patrick is and has been for decades one of the top Chef's in the US, some years at the very top depending who is adding the numbers. On our score card Chef Patrick has been in the top 5 ever since we can remember. He prepares food you recgonize, no "Mecular" Cuisine here. Dining at the Inn at Little Washington is truly FiveStar dining at it's best.
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Fall and Winter, The Sonnenalp Resort , Vail Colorado our # 1 USA Choice
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The Sonnenalp Resort , Vail, Colorado our # 1 choice (opened 1979). I started visiting the Sonnenalp in 1984 and seldom have missed a year. The Sonnenalp, just like a fine bottle of wine, it keeps getting better every year. The Faessler family now 4 generations deep continues the tradition of offering European grandure and service every minute of your stay. Johnnes Faessler is not just the owner, he is truly a hands on daily operator.  Seldom does an evening go by without being greeted by Johnnes in one of the restaurants or lobby. There are no better accomodations, food or service in the Colorado Ski Country than the Sonnenalp. 6 dining options in the hotel. Eveything from Swiss Cuisine to the elegent award winning Ludwig's fine dining restaurant. Golf at the 7,100 yard chamionship links style course. The Spa at the Sonnenalp is the best in the Valley.
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Golden Pheasant Inn, Bucks County PA
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Here is a place I found in The September issue of Town and Country. Looks good and our local spys tell us it's worth trying. Excellent Pennsylvania food (duck and pheasant) When booking an overnight stay be sure to book the Deleware Suite ($300.00).

For more than 20 years, parents Michel and Barbara Faure ran Golden Pheasant Inn  before passing on responsibility to their daughters Briar Faure Mewbourne, Brittany Faure Booz, and Blake Faure. The three sisters have worked tirelessly to preserve the historical charm of the inn while enhancing it with contemporary amenities. The Inn, built in 1857, is home to the longest continuously operating restaurant/hotel along the Delaware Canal, and is recognized on the National Registry of Historic Places. The tavern and former mule barn area of the Golden Pheasant Inn served as early commercial buildings constructed along the Delaware River and the Delaware Canal to serve mercantile traffic. An important gathering place, the tavern was the social hub for farmers, travelers, and later, canal men and vacationers. Today, the property retains its architectural integrity and continues to be used as a lodging facility—as it has for its entire history. Click here to go to the Golden Pheasant Inn website.
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America's Top Historic Hotels and Resorts
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The Breakers Hotel   Is Recognized As One Of The Finest In The World. The 560-room, Italian Renaissance Style Hotel Resides On 140 Acres Of Oceanfront Property In The Heart Of Palm Beach. Founded In 1896 And Listed The National Register Of Historic Places, The Hotel Recently Completed A Ten-year, $145 Million Revitalization And Expansion Effort, Ushering In A New Era Of Casual Sophistication. The Resort Features 36 Holes Of Championship Golf, 10 Tennis Courts, A 20,000 Square Foot Luxury Spa, A Mediterranean Style Beach Club Overlooking One-half Mile Of Private Beach, An Extensive Program Of Family And Children's Activities And A Variety Of Water Sports. The Breakers Also Features A Broad Selection Of Restaurants Ranging From Casual To Elegant, As Well As An Array Of On-site Boutiques. Click here for more information about the Breakers.


The Broadmoor is the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards. Since first opening in 1918, The Broadmoor has offered guests a unique way to experience the beauty of the American West, and continues that tradition through our Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star day spa as well as our restaurants (including the only Five-Star, Five-Diamond restaurant in Colorado, Penrose Room), 54 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts, indoor/outdoor pools, distinctive retail shops, specialty tours, activities and programs for guests of all ages and interests. In addition, The Broadmoor welcomes meetings and events with 185,000 square feet of meeting space. For more information about the Broadmoor Rersort click here.


































Combining graciousness of the past with exceptional comforts of today, a new era of elegance awaits you at The Greenbrier . This renowned property offers 710 rooms, including 33 suites and 96 guest and estate houses. The Greenbrier has 10 lobbies, 40+ meeting rooms and a complete conference center facility. The Greenbrier is widely regarded as one of the finest luxury resorts around the world. Surrounded by the wondrous Allegheny Mountains, The Greenbrier offers exclusive services and amenities such as championship golf, fine dining, more than 55 activities, designer boutiques, the world's only Five-Star mineral spa and a 103,000 square foot gaming and entertainment venue. Explore your personal 10,000 acre playground and discover an unparalleled selection of luxury leisure pursuits and outdoor adventures designed to satisfy and stimulate your widest range of interests. 

































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The premiere New York City luxury hotel, The Plaza, awaits your stay. Striking the balance between its storied past and limitless future, The Plaza is the ultimate New York City luxury lifestyle destination - a timeless urban resort with a new and contemporary spirit. While traditions remain, such as the opulent grandeur of the Beaux Arts décor and The Palm Court, New York City's premier destination for Afternoon Tea, exciting new offerings at this legendary New York hotel include the elegant Champagne Bar the stylish Rose Club, and The Plaza Food Hall.

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THE OMNI HOMESTEAD IS SET TO COMPLETE ITS $25 MILLION TRANSFORMATION IN 2013! Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Omni Homestead ~ Canyon Ranch signature treatments, healing and restorative massages, skin care and body therapies, and an expansive fitness area with cardio/weight room and three movement therapy rooms for yoga, cycling and other classes. ~ Exclusive Spa Garden, an adults-only sanctuary with centuries old hot springs, naturally pressurized deluge shower, river reflexology walk, co-ed Finnish sauna and spring-fed pool and whirlpool. ~ Aquavana, an exclusive European-inspired oasis with experiential rains, herbal laconium, the chill and aromatic steam. ~ On-site exercise physiologist, nutritionist and services advisor available to assess guests' needs and help guide their experience. ~ The Spa Garden Cafe will offer light snacking and lunch items including appetizer platters, crudites, tapas, chilled fruit and a petit selection of the Canyon Ranch Cafe menu. New Dining Venues Jefferson's Restaurant & Bar - Opening July 2013 ~ A modern American grill with regional influences and a farm-to-table approach serving dinner in a casual, yet elegant setting. Hand-picked selection of prime and regional meats including Black Angus beef raised by Milligan Creek Farms exclusively for The Homestead. ~ The lounge will serve lunch and dinner with creative small plates and lighter fare in a setting wrapped in rich wood paneling with high-tech wide-screen televisions. ~ Outdoor dining for lunch and dinner on an elevated deck overlooking the Casino Lawn.
The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, Rated # 6 Historic Hotel North America.
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The Ahwahnee Hotel Yosemite opened on July 16, 1927, as a first-class hotel for wealthy visitors to Yosemite National Park in Central California. Today it is still a top-rated hotel with an architectural beauty that fits well in the magnificent setting of Yosemite Valley. While some changes have been made through the years, the hotel remains much as it was in the days when wealthy industrialists, Presidents and royalty were guests. Today the doors are no longer guarded to keep out the "undesirables", and anyone can visit. You can even stay the night in the luxury of the Ahwahnee Lodge. During your stay you will be hobnobbing with the wealthy and famous, as well as plain common folks who have saved up for a special treat! Even if you can't afford to stay at the hotel, the National Park Service, who owns the building, invites you to visit and look around this working museum of art and architecture. 

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Cond'e Nast 2014 Gold List
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Everyone know has a list. Here is Cond'e Nast's 2014 “Best Hotel” List. Below describes how this list is compiled. This is not my favorite list, but like “Fox” we are fair and balanced.

METHODOLOGY Entries include the edited comments of readers and are intended to reveal a property's character rather than to catalog its facilities. Each score represents the percentage of respondents who rated a property excellent or very good on specific criteria. For example, the first entry on this year's Gold List, the Hotel Goldener Hirsch, in Salzburg, has an overall score of 86.9, the highest component of which is 94.4 for location. Criteria for hotels, resorts, and cruise lines vary. The Gold List is based on data collected from the annual Readers' Choice Survey; to qualify for inclusion in these rankings, a property had to receive a required minimum number of responses.



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Le Grill-Hôtel de Paris, Monte-Carlo
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Now here is a great spot to spend an afternoon overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, sipping Champagne, dining on Caviar. This is about as good as it gets. At Le Grill it is not the seventh but the eighth heaven which opens its pearly gates to diners. Located on the eighth floor of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, this restaurant offers a reinterpretation of Mediterranean gourmet cuisine. In the summer, the roof slides back to reveal the sky and what has to be one of the most beautiful views on the French Riviera. 
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LOBSTER FROM BRITTANY, tomatoes, burrata and basil leaves 98, CAVIAR « Sélection Hôtel de Paris » (50g), cream and blinis 255, NORMANDY SOLE, nut brown butter seasoned with lemon 65, TURBOT STUDDED WITH SAGE ON THE SPIT, « Riviera seasoning », Swiss chard 65,
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Monte Carlo certainly has more than its fair share of luxury attractions but one of MrFiveStar's favourites is situated on the eighth floor of the Hôtel de Paris, namely the Le Grill restaurant which has a Michelin Star to its name. “The open roof terrace here provides absolutely splendid views over Monaco and the Côte d'Azur,” he says, “The ambience here really leads one to believe that you are on the deck of a luxury yacht. And the food is superb; traditional and simple yet done to a turn. It’s ‘old school’ in the best sense of the word.” Tasty morsels from the sea (salmon, codfish, monkfish) or the land (e.g. tender steaks from Charolais cattle) are more than likely to be found sizzling in the kitchen. And to accompany your meal you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the wine list – the cellar here boasts a selection of around 600,000 bottles.
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Oceania Cruise Lines the best Luxury Value
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Oceania Cruises  will provide the highest quality cruise product for mature and discerning travelers by offering the finest culinary experience at sea, meticulous attention to detail, and a warm and inviting country club-casual
 ambiance on every voyage. Combining extraordinary comfort, exceptional value and the world’s most alluring destinations, we provide our guests with an enriching, rewarding travel experience.

We were in Barcelona on May 10, although we weren't invited to the christening of the Riviera a we did depart  May 12, 2012 on the Marina, the sister ship of the  Riviera for France and Italy. It is MrFiveStar's opinion Oceania has the best price point for the mid size ships positioned in the high end of the middle price range. Our suite 12006 was 1000 square feet was outstanding. We departed from Barcelona, Spain then on to  Provence (Marseille), France, Saint-Tropez, France, Cannes, France, Monte Carlo, Monaco,  Cinque Terre (La Spezia), Italy,  Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Italy, Sorrento/Capri, Italy,  Amalfi/Positano, Italy Cruising the Mediterranean Sea Oct to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy.
This new category of suite accommodation combines exquisite elegance with a premier location high atop Marina and adds in a wealth of amenities and copious space for good measure. Sprawling more than 1,000 square feet, each offers a living room and dining room, walk-in closet, expansive private veranda and much more.

Enjoy a brisk morning workout followed by a therapeutic whirlpool in either your private Jacuzzi overlooking the sea or in the Jacuzzi tub in your Master Bath. Spend an evening screening first-run movies on your 50-inch LCD flat-screen television in your state-of-the-art media room. Indulge in course-by-course en-suite dining in your dining room or with the caress of a soft sea breeze on the expansive veranda. Wake up refreshed and rested on the king-size Prestige Tranquility Bed. Open the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, walk out on the private teak veranda and take in the stunning panoramic views from the comfort of the resort-style lounge furniture.




Everything imaginable is provided in your Oceania Suite, even a second bathroom for guests. SUITE PRIVILEGES Priority 11am check-in and early embarkation with priority luggage delivery Exclusive access to private Executive Lounge staff
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Picture here MrFiveStar (Ron Crider) with Jacques Pepin May 14, 2012 off the coast of France.

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Complimentary in-suite bar setup featuring 4 full-size bottles of premium spirits plus wine Welcome bottle of Champagne Priority online specialty restaurant and shore excursion reservations Unlimited access to Canyon Ranch SpaClub® private Spa Terrace Laptop computer with wireless Internet access+ New for 2013! - Exclusive discounts on Internet usage plans New for 2013! - Complimentary iPad® available for your enjoyment on-board+ Bulgari gift set and toiletries Full-size whirlpool tub Choice of daily printed newspaper Customized entertainment system with integrated sound system and media library+ Complimentary Oceania Cruises logo tote bag Cashmere lap blankets, perfect for relaxing on your veranda rates apply BUTLER SERVICES Course-by-course in-suite dining+ “Order in” from any of our specialty restaurants Coordination of shore-side dinner and entertainment reservations Priority shore excursion reservations Packing and unpacking upon request Last minute luggage collection Complimentary garment pressing+ Complimentary shoe shine service Gourmet evening canapés Special services upon request. Click here to go to the Oceania website .
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Goring Hotel, London's BEST!
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We keep trying other London Hotels, but keep coming back to the Goring. Why? The Goring would have a difficult problem trying to get any better than they have been for the past 5 years. It is my opinion the Goring is simply the BEST British hotel in London. I also suggest the Goring is one of the "Best Baby Grand hotels" in the world. They constantly plow profits into improvements and updating the suites. We stayed in a recently redesigned suite # 34. Fabulous bathrooms, great lighting and excellent attention to every detail. When you arrive say hello to Peter Sweeney at the front door. He has been there greeting thousands of guests for 45 years. Chance are he will remember your name the next time you visit. The Goring location is the best, just next door to Buckingham Palace. Staying at the Goring is very convenient when visiting the Queen. Kate Middleton chose the Goring to spend her last night prior to her wedding to HRH Prince William.
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LUXURY ACCOMMODATION IN LONDON Today, The Goring is regarded the favourite address for anyone looking for the quintessentially English hotel in the heart of London. A hotel where every member of the team takes terrific pride in offering the highest levels of personal service, where guests are sincerely welcomed and can enjoy elegant individual accommodations, the tranquillity of its own private Gardens, and the utterly splendid Lounge Bar and Dining Room where the very best of British food and been celebrated for over a century. With just 69 rooms and suites The Goring is truly a “Baby Grand”, the finest of hotels in the perfect location but with the most intimate of atmospheres and personalised attention.

FINE WINES AT THE GORING Of course the drinks are perfect, of course the wine list is exceptional and of course the place is sumptuous in the extreme. But the Bar at the Goring is really about the people and the ambiance. This is not one of those “hotel bars” - it is more a London landmark. The lovable Irish rogue Brian Kinsella runs the show here and his humour and charm set the tone. But what strikes one first is the constant hum of London eccentrics, ladies-who-lunch, dignitaries, media odd-balls, sports stars, Lords, Ladies and gentlemen who fill the space with their antics on a daily basis. The Goring lounge is a place for you to relax and unwind. So we ask you to help us preserve your fellow guests' sense of tranquillity by switching off your mobile telephone, letting us look after your computer (or keeping it in its bag!), hiding away all those business papers and..... sitting back and relaxing.
 FINE DINING & BRITISH CUISINE With its interior designed by David Linley, The Dining Room is the destination restaurant for proper British cuisine. Whether bathed in natural light by day, or sumptuously aglow with custom Swarowski chandeliers at night, this restaurant has the buzz without losing the elegance. Click here to go to the Goring Hotel website.
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Hotel Arts-Barcelona, Our Favorite
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Hotel Arts Barcelona. We visited this hotel in early May 2012. Great service, excellent accommodations overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Discover a luxury hotel on the Mediterranean in one of Europe’s most dynamic cities. A blissful retreat, cultural hub, meeting space and fine dining destination rolled into
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 one. A place where exceptional service comes as standard, and every guest is made to feel part of the family. Welcome to the Hotel Arts Barcelona. The seafront hotel overlooks the Mediterranean on the Port Olympic, next to the marina and Barcelona’s famous beaches, and surrounded by lush terraces and lively promenades. Close by, the district of Barcelona is a hive of characterful bars, cafes and local seafood restaurants. The hotel is a short stroll away from the city’s historical centre, and just 20 minutes by car from Barcelona airport.

Here is our suite 3405. We didn't want to leave. Life is great when you are staying at the Arts Hotel Barcelona. 

This is a great hotel to stay in is you are sailing from the Barcelona Port only 8 minutes away. Designed by the distinguished architect Bruce Graham of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the Hotel Arts is part of Barcelona’s recent cultural renaissance, and as modern as the city itself. Built to coincide with the Olympic Games in 1992, this luxury hotel is a landmark on the Barcelona boardwalk: 44 stories of blue glass and exposed steel soaring high above the seafront. Inside, hard edges and materials give way to an environment of elegance and refinement, filled with luxurious spaces to explore and discover at your leisure.
We would not stay anywhere but the Hotel Arts when visiting Barcelona. It is simply the BEST! Click here to go to the Hotel Arts website.
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"Classic America", Great Free Lite Classical , Broadway and Academy Award Music.
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Classic America is a free internet music c
hannel. Classic America presents at lease 55 minutes of music in every hour. Classic America's format is lite Classical Music, (selections you may recognize), we have been called “classical music for people who don't like classical music”. 60% of the music is lite classical, 40% is divided between Academy Award winning music and great music from Broadway.  Click here to listen on your computer. 
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Airport lounges upgraded with new amenities, better food
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When Ben Griffith has to get work done while waiting for a flight, the last place he wants to go is a crowded gate or noisy restaurant.  Instead, he retreats to Delta Air Lines' Sky Club, where he can use a meeting room or grab a healthy snack or beverage for free. "I can usually get a ton of work done at the Sky Clubs without the noise and distraction of the main concourse," says Griffith, a Cleveland, Miss., attorney. After years of neglect, airlines are turning their attention back to their airport lounges. As competition for the lucrative business traveler has intensified, airlines are pumping money into their lounges, adding more comfortable seating and power outlets, plus upgrading snacks, drinks and other amenities.
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American Airlines is renovating its Admirals Club lounges at New York LaGuardia, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta and other airports. Delta Air Lines has spent about $30 million over the last three years to renovate and open new Sky Clubs in cities such as Philadelphia and Seattle. After closing many clubs in 2008, U.S. Airways is reopening some, including one in Raleigh-Durham, and upgrading others, including one at Washington's Reagan National Airport. International airlines are also finding value in lounges. After unveiling a new 160-seat Prestige Class Lounge at Incheon International Airport last year in Seoul, Korean Air is now planning to expand its lounge at Los Angeles International Airport. Since 2008, Lufthansa Airlines has invested in more than 10 new lounges and refurbished more than five. And Qantas is constructing first- and business-class lounges in Los Angeles that will be three times the size of the current space. New first-class lounges will also open in airports in Singapore and Hong Kong.

"Lounges really reinforce an airline's image, and they're a strong branding technique," says Penny Pfaelzer, a spokeswoman for Korean Air. "They're often a traveler's first impression of an airline." Even some airports are realizing the importance of lounges. Mineta San Jose International Airport officials have proposed building a lounge to accommodate travelers on a new All Nippon Airways flight to Tokyo. "Both airlines and airports recognize that there is increased competition, and there's always a need to look at how you can improve the travel experience," says Deborah McElroy, executive vice president of policy and external affairs for Airports Council International-North America. Lucrative and then not Lounges became popular after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. When security tightened, passengers had to get to the airport hours before flights.

Airlines saw a lucrative opportunity. But as the economy worsened and their revenues dropped, they had to trim costs. Lounges were easy to cut. As the economy picked up again and carriers consolidated, airlines once again started seeing lounges as revenue generators. "When we build a new clubhouse, we see a boost in terms of upper-class ticket sales," says Chris Rossi, head of Virgin Atlantic North America, which recently opened a Clubhouse at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. "They're clearly game-changers for us." Many travelers gain access to lounges through their airline loyalty programs or credit card rewards programs, or by buying a business- or first-class ticket. Travelers can also buy annual memberships, but most airlines now offer day passes, usually for about $50. Experts say it is yet another way airlines are making money through ancillary fees, or extra fees for extra benefits.
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"Airlines have been very successful in their ancillary strategy," McElroy says. "This is the next step. We're going to tailor options and make the traveler experience better for people." Not only have the lounges gotten bigger, but they've also gotten better. "We're really starting to see innovative and cool lounge products," says Kelley Moore, general manager for Delta Sky Clubs. Most beer, wine and liquor is free at Delta's clubs. But last year, the airline launched a Luxury Bar with upgraded liquor, wine, champagne and signature cocktails for sale. Passengers are sometimes treated to free tastings. At Virgin's new lounge at JFK, travelers get one free 15-minute spa treatment, such as a massage. Longer massages, hair styling, manicures and pedicures cost $20 to $40. Food is free, and don't expect just hummus and pretzels — a full menu includes appetizers, entrees and desserts.

Lufthansa's First Class lounges have personal assistants on hand for travelers. The Frankfurt lounge has a spa where passengers can get massages, facials and other beauty treatments. And to appeal to the business traveler, all lounges have work stations with plenty of cords, free Wi-Fi, computers, printers, fax machines and more. Don Schmincke, an adviser at an executive education institute who lives in Baltimore, was willing to pay a few hundred dollars for his United Airlines club annual membership. "When your day is mostly spent at airports, it's kind of the first thing I look for," he says. "You get out of the crowd and, for just a moment, you're able to be in something like a living room."

By Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY


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MrFiveStar 2014 Restaurant & Hotel List
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ron_pro3w.jpgIf you are traveling and have “only” time for one "great meal", here is where MrFiveStar will be top_star.gifdining. You may click on any of the listed restaurants or hotels here and as always we will take you "directly" to the their web site. These properties are truly excellent 5 Star operations, great service, excellent food and generally wonderful decor. I have visited most of these hotels and restaurants numerous times recently.


New York City: Le-Bernardin, Jean GeorgesPer Se, Babbo, Petrossian for lunch. In New York City I say at the St. Regis, or Trump International,

Chicago: Tru, Alinea and Everest,  In Chicago I stay at the Peninsula or the Ritz-Carlton

New Orleans: Restaurant August and Luke. In New Orleans I stay at the Windsor Court, or the JW Marriott,

Philadelphia:  

Palm Beach:   Chez Jean-Pierre , We stay at the Breakers  or the Brazilian Court .

Las Vegas:  Joel Robuchon, Restaurant Guy Savoy. Le Cirque, Mix, In Las Vegas I stay at the Bellagio or The Hotel at Mandalay Bay,

Washington DC: I will drive to the Inn at Little Washington, it's only 50 miles and L'Auberge Chez Francois, Great Falls VA

San Francisco:
I will drive to The French Laundry and locally, Fluer de lys.

Vail Colorado: Splendido, Swiss Chalet, Restaurant Kelly Liken, Sweet Basil, Ludwigs, I stay in Vail at the Sonnenalp, In Beaver Creek at the Park Hyatt and in Bachelor Gulch at the Ritz-Carlton.

Aspen Colorado:  SygyzyPine Creek Cookhouse, I stay at the St. RegisLittle Nell , or the Jerome

Fort Lauderdale FL: Casa d'Angelo Ristorante and By Word of Mouth, Mai-Kai, Cafe de Paris, I stay at the, Ritz-Carlton, Riverside, Marriott at Harbor Beach

Miami, FL:  Joe's Stone Crabs, I stay at the Mandarin Oriental, or Setai South Beach

Orlando:  Antonio's La Fiamma Ristorante, Maitland, Circa 1926, Winter Park, Cafe de France Winter Park, Chez Vincent Winter Park, Christint's Italian Restaurant Orlando, 

Seattle: Canlis.

Denver/Boulder Colorado: Frasca Boulder, Flagstaff Boulder, Fruition Denver,  Barolo Grill  Denver  the best Italian fine dining. 

Dallas Texas: The French Room @ Adolphus Hotel 

Vero Beach, Florida: Amalfi Grille
The Tides Restaurant Bijou a noveau bistro ,

All of the Restaurants listed on this web site have been visited by MrFiveStar or a MrFiveStar associate. Seldom do we include a restaurant with less than outstanding marks by us. This site and our publications are designed to guide you to a wonderful dining experience. I personally vouch for all the content contained herein. Should you have an unpleasant experience at any restaurants listed here please let us know and we will investigate the incident.

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