JET SET EXPERIENCES: BUENOS AIRES

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Biking, culture, art, tango, table-hopping, and shopping! This city has something for every type traveler.

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– Four Seasons. Located in the heart of the La Recoleta District, Four Seasons service is matched with a coveted locale. Spa-ing and dining are on tap, here, too—both of which are worth a stay.
– Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt. Also located in the historic French district of Recoleta, the hotel’s Paseo de las Artes Duhau art collection is reason enough to visit.
La Bamba de Areco. Nestled in the heart of Pampa—one of the oldest estancias in Argentina, this recently renovated boutique hotel combines gaucho tradition with equestrian pursuits and notable cuisine.
 
FOODIE FILE
– Floreria Atlantic. This hidden cocktail bar is tucked away beneath a gorgeous flower shop.
– Patagonia Sur. A Francis Mallmann outpost, fine dining is celebrated with a knockout wine list.
– El Cuartito. This hyper-local pizza restaurant is casual and quaint.

WOW FACTOR
One of the most emblematic buildings is the Casa Rosada—the pink presidential palace. Yes, it’s touristy, but it’s where Evita used to address throngs of Peronists gathered in the Plaza de Mayo and Avenida de Mayo.

CONTACT:
– Jill Taylor
– Cally Pirrung

JET SET EXPERIENCES: ATACAMA

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– Hike El Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), one of the driest places on the planet and where NASA conducted Mars ROVER testing.
– Hike the Puritama Hot Springs and soak in the natural thermal waters of the Atacama Desert with a glass of champagne.

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– Awasi. With just 10 rooms and located in the historic trading town of San Pedro, each room has a dedciated private guide and own 4WD vehicle.
– Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa. This gorgeous property embraces its natural setting. Located 10 minutes outside of Atacama with six outdoor pools and spa, it features a delicious restaurant and bar.
– Tierra Atacama. Founded by the well-known Purcell family—owners of Ski Portillo—this sister property celebrates the best of the desert life. Facing the Licancabur Volcano, expect panoramic views and stellar service.
– explora Atacama. Guides here are the best! Experienced leaders will challenge you at every level. Plus, the property has a private stable for experienced horseback riders and access to high-altitude hikes.

WOW FACTOR
– Atacama is considered the best place on earth to star gaze. ALMA—an astronomical interferometer of radio telescopes—has recently offered tours to the public. Or, view the amazing night sky at explora Atacama with their own private observatory, the largest of its kind in Chile.
– Between Patagonia and Atacama, stop in Pucon in the Chilean Lake District and discover Hotel Vira Vira. A tranquil property with it’s own working dairy farm, it’s perfect for the food lover, while a guided hike up volcano Villarrica (9500-foot elevation) will fuel the adventurer.

CONTACT:
– Jill Taylor
– Cally Pirrung

JET SET EXPERIENCES: SONOMA FOODIE FILE

Sonoma Valley should top any oenophile’s 2017 hit list. Located just an hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma Country stretches from the Pacific Coast to the Mayacamas Mountains—home to 400+ wineries. Compared to Napa, Sonoma’s vibe is more laid-back and intimate, with lower wine-tasting fees. And while Napa may be famous for its Cabernets and classic Bordeaux varietals, Sonoma vintners have staked their claim with the globe’s top Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.

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The food scene here is hot, hot, hot! As such, our curated, not-to-miss list of top Sonoma tables:
SingleThread Farm in Healdsburg. Nestled on five acres between the Russian River and the historic San Lorenzo Ranch SingleThread, the property has a greenhouse, chicken coops, an heirloom fruit orchard, olive trees, beehives, and a cattle paddock all surrounded by vineyards.
The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant.  Source-to-fork takes on all new meaning here. You may bump into the farmer who grew your lettuce or persimmons, or you could be seated next to the guy who handcrafted your vino.
Scopa. One of star vintner Helen Keplinger’s favorites, don’t miss winemaker Wednesdays.

EXPERIENCE
Wellness rules in Sonoma. Discover organic produce, local farmer’s markets, and mushroom foraging, while amazing spas demand a serious reboot. Outdoor adventure includes cycling, hiking through old-growth redwoods, and kayaking the legendary Russian River.

WOW FACTOR
Sonoma County has the same amount of wineries as Napa Valley but twice the amount of land. This means fewer crowds. We like to call it “wine country plus”—no over-commercialized wine experiences.

CONTACT
For your next wine country jaunt, contact Jill Taylor.

Photo Credit: The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant