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Racing Central in Saratoga Springs. NY By Deborah S. Nelson, Author/Publisher VRTG If you have ever heard of Saratoga Springs, you may know it for the famous Saratoga Race Course established in 1863. As a hub for horse racing, Saratoga Springs is a paradise for riders and non-riders alike as long as the horses are involved. From the thoroughbred racing track to polo matches, harness racing, and rodeos—Saratoga Springs quickly rose to rank as one of the best places to […] Read more »

New York City: Lavish Yourself in City of Dreams

Lauren Berger Collection of New York City By Deborah S. Nelson, Author/Publisher VRTG Welcome to the Lauren Berger Collection. Sounds very exclusive–does it not? Well, they certainly are. The Lauren Berger Collection is an agency that offers luxury residencies in New York City, Connecticut, The Hamptons; and hundreds of exclusive properties worldwide. Surprisingly, you may even rent a yacht! With twenty plus years of hospitality experience under their wing, the agency’s main strengths are outstanding service, excellent amenities, and breathtaking real estate. Primarily, their […] Read more »

HAMPTON HOUSE-Westhampton Beach, NY

Enchanting Private Vineyard in European Style Setting By Lead Travel Writer Renee Fontaine .  As I passed through the tall wrought iron gates, I felt like I had entered a world of the past — a time in medieval Europe where I might expect to encounter horse-drawn carriages and knights. The driveway weaves its way through dense foliage of coniferous and deciduous trees resembling a path through the Black Forest of Germany. Just ahead, the home came into view — a country style two-story […] Read more »

MERCEDES HOUSE 966-Manhattan, NY

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Fit in the City By Deborah S. Nelson, Author/Publisher VRTG As an author, when I think of New York City, the first thing that comes to mind is the fictional character, Carrie Bradshaw in the well-known TV series Sex and the City. Images of her wearing $500 designer heels strutting down the streets of NYC had me wondering. Does she have some kind of shoe secret? Or, maybe she knows of a 100-year old shoe shop she keeps on retainer, hidden in some dark […] Read more »

ESSEX HOUSE 560-Manhattan, NY

Wonderful Central Park South Location! By Lead Travel Writer, Renee Fontaine . The Essex House opened its warm and inviting arms to me at the height of the Christmas festivities. A brightly lit Christmas tree and strands of garland accented the already elegant lobby adorned with marble floors, crystal chandeliers and rich colored woodwork. The Essex House is a prestigious landmark of Central Park South. Construction of this luxurious residence-hotel began in 1929 following the stock market crash and the arrival of the Great […] Read more »

UNION GABLES, Saratoga Springs, NY

Somewhere in Time By Lead Travel Writer, Renee Fontaine “Come back to me,” were the words brought to mind upon entry into this historic property. These famous words, spoken by Elise McKenna, played by Jane Seymore in the 1980 film Somewhere in Time, set the stage for a journey back in time. In the film, Richard Collier, played by Christopher Reeves, accepts Elise’s invitation and travels back to 1912 where they fall in love. Entering this grand historic 1901 mansion conjured up feelings […] Read more »

MERCEDES HOUSE 1646, Manhattan, NY

Flash Forward in Time By Lead Writer, Renee Fontaine   Perched atop a Mercedes-Benz dealership, the Mercedes House propels twenty-first century Manhattan to twenty-second century innovation. This 32-story residential building features a unique zig-zagging design creating courtyards and large terraces. Mexican architect, Enrique Norton, designed this residence with 28,000 square feet interior, contiguous space which includes a state-of-the-art fitness area. The spacious design encompasses 60,000 square feet of outdoor space providing a South Beach like oasis. This spiraling luxury residential development has transported the landscape of […] Read more »

NEW ROCHELLE HOUSE, New Rochelle, NY

A Yachtsman’s Haven on Seaview Avenue By Lead Travel Writer, Renee Fontaine Early twentieth century elegance meets twenty-first century luxury in this historic waterfront New Rochelle Home. Built by one of Wall Street’s tycoons in the early 1900s, this home has served as a haven from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan for more than a century. Just a thirty minute drive from New York City, New Rochelle, has become the preferred place to live for beach lovers and yachtsman alike. Elegance with a […] Read more »

ESSEX HOUSE 1101-Manhattan, NY

Two Elegant Eras By Lead Travel Writer Renee Fontaine, I arrived in the evening after dark. The doorman, finely dressed in a long black coat trimmed in gold, held the heavy door open as I entered this historic landmark, The Essex House. An icon of Central Park South since its construction in 1931, this luxurious residence-hotel has been home to the elite, including royalty, celebrities, and diplomats. The feeling of elegance and sophistication immediately enveloped me as I traversed the grand lobby, stylishly decorated […] Read more »