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Regent's Posh Hotels & Resorts

This Taiwan-based hotelier’s properties nestle in some of the world’s greatest vacation places. Yet the company entices guests by promoting not the destination but its elegant accommodations. See what I mean.

Regent, an Inspired Hotel Choice
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Montreal Jazz Festival, Fun & Fabulous, Coming June 26th

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Montreal Jazz Fest

A music festival is a great way to experience a destination. It settles the question of "what should we do tonight?" And music-fest T-shirts are the best.

Speaking of superlatives, the Montreal International Jazz Festival is the world's biggest and best jazz fest.

Montreal Jazz Fest Karen Tina Harrison

Its performers and concerts are sensational. And its timing, during French Canada's brief but delicious summer, is inspired.

The Montreal International Jazz Festival erupts for the 35th year from June 26 through July 6. It's got lots to love: 1,000 concerts and events; 3,000 musicians from 30 countries.

This season's artists include legends like Michael Bublé, Keith Jarrett, Diana Ross, Bobby McFerrin, Brad Mehldau, Randy Brecker, Dianne Reeves, Ginger Baker, Roy Hargrove, and many other icons and stars-to-be.

Montreal Jazz Festival concert Photos: top ©Jean-François Leblanc/Montreal International Jazz Festival; fast festival friends (that's me at right, Karen Tina Harrison); above & below, Frédérique Ménard-Aubin/Montreal International Jazz Festival. Montreal Jazz Fest concert

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe: Cowboy Deluxe

Monday April 14, 2014
Four Seasons Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico is one of America's most distinctive destinations. Credit its vivid high-desert panorama and its exotic hybrid culture (Old Spanish, Pueblo, Wild West).

Santa Fe magic hour

Many Santa Fe visitors, especially first-timers, like to stay downtown near the historic Plaza. But it would be a shame not to come face-to-face with the glorious landscape.

I think that the ideal Santa Fe visit would entail a few nights in town and a few more amidst the landscape.

Diablo Canyon Santa Fe

For nature immersion, I recommend Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe a mere 10 minutes from the Plaza. Among its lures:

Pics including below: ©Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe. Exceptions: Santa Fe landscapes: magic hour, Diablo Canyon, aspens ©Karen Tina Harrison

Rancho Encantado fire pit

How to Sleep Better Everywhere: on the Plane, at the Hotel, & Back Home

Friday April 11, 2014
Plane window

When you fly business or first class, or in a private jet, you know you're going to fly comfortable.

Flying coach, you're the master of your own fate. You must do everything in your power to improve your flight experience.

Plane window sunrise

That means getting a better seat and carrying on what you need for enhanced comfort.

I'm a carryon ninja, hand-carrying my two small bags, including my inflight kit, onto the plane. In the kit:

Bora Bora view Cabeau sleep mask

Pics from top: Three views from the plane, the last of Bora Bora in French Polynesia ©Karen Tina Harrison; Midnight Magic Sleep Mask and Evolution Flight Pillow ©Cabeau; Cosmopolitan-of-Las-Vegas-Hotel-Terrace-Suite-Bedroom.jpg Suite bedroom at ©Four Seasons Resort Nevis; Terrace Suite at ©The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; (below) Anya, the Sleep Concierge at ©The Benjamin Hotel NYC. Benjamin Hotel NYC Sleep Concierge

Lexington Hotel NYC: Celeb Pedigree

Tuesday April 8, 2014
Lexington Hotel NYC

Celebrity-favored hotels are not a new phenom.

Marilyn and DiMaggio

The Kim and Kanye of their day, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, kicked off their honeymoon at The Lexington Hotel New York City.

The hotel has lasted considerably longer than that marriage: 85 years versus nine months.

Lexington Hotel NYC stairs

And like a true superstar, it keeps reinventing itself. The Lexington is now an arts hotel, with great things to look at.

Leixngton Hotel library

Photos: ©The Lexington Hotel New York City. Exception: Marilyn and Joe the month they were married, January 1954. ©Wikimedia Commons/ Public Domain

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