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7 Campsites You'll Have Entirely to Yourself

You’ve planned a stellar camping trip—packed all the essentials, booked the site, brought your closest pals. Then you show up and it turns out you’re sleeping in a small, crowded outdoor city, with neighbors literally a few feet and a couple nylon walls away. That’s no way to sleep beneath the …


Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies Paired with a Classic Old Fashioned

Two classics meant to be tasted together: Chocolate chip cookies, welcome at any holiday party, and the original Bourbon cocktail, the Old</i> …

10 Champagnes For the Holidays—That Aren’t Dom Perignon or Veuve Clicquot

Sparkling wine and the holiday season are an unstoppable duo. Between festive celebrations, enthusiastic toasts, sabering tricks and seasonal …

Changing one simple habit can improve your entire life

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time.<p>He has won 28 medals in multiple swim categories and still holds several world records even though he has retired. His 80-inch wingspan and flexible ankles make him naturally predisposed to swimming—perhaps even more so than walking on …

The Best Ways to Secretly Drink Booze in Public

No paper bag necessary.<p>My start to surreptitiously drinking in public was <i>Spring Breakers</i>. I’d brought a thermos of spiked warm apple cider to the movie theater, brilliant college student that I was. Since then, there’s been Campari soda-can for <i>The Room</i>, gas station coffee and bourbon at the Grand …


Which method of chilling wine really gets the job done in 20 minutes?

You know the drill: You come home from a tough day at work craving a refreshing glass of crisp white wine, only to realize you forgot to put a bottle in the refrigerator. Or unexpected company arrives and you want to serve something more special than what you have at the ready. So what's the best …

The Dead Rabbit bar

How to Shuffle Poker Chips Like a Pro

If poker has a sound, it’s the constant <i>clickity-clack</i> of chips being stacked, divided and re-stacked in alternating regularity. “Shuffling,” as this …


26 Reasons Travelers Love Charleston

Historic Charleston may be small, but it has just as much to see and do as a big city.<p>Travelers from around the world have continued to be charmed by …


J'aime le Mont St. Michel at Sunset

Tips and Tricks for Taking Better Outdoor Photos on Your Smartphone

For some, a smartphone will never replace a professional setup. But as phone cameras grow increasingly smart, the issue is becoming more one of …

Mobile Photography

19 Ingenious Design Books to Inspire You in 2017

• Author: Margaret Rhodes. Margaret Rhodes Design<br>• Date of Publication: 01.01.17. 01.01.17<br>• Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>The best design books have …

6 Affordable Champagne Alternatives Everyone Should Know

Champagne is creamy in texture and unwaveringly delicious. The effervescence is welcoming without being brash. It’s the obvious choice for special …

Sparkling Wine

22 Modern Prefab Companies That Every Homebuyer Can Rely On - Dwell

We believe that working with a company that you trust is imperative when building your dream home. Take a look at 22 top-tier, reliable prefab companies from around the world that perfectly execute the modern house look.<p>"Recognized for creating homes of classic simplicity and enduring beauty, …

Prefab Homes

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Tour Eiffel Hôtel des Invalides, Paris

Parisian sunset

For ‘the Michelangelo of snow,’ every ski trail is a work of art

When skiers dismount the Swift Current chairlift at Montana’s Big Sky resort, they encounter — lodged deep into the snow — a placard bearing a panoramic view of Lone Peak from the mind’s eye of James Niehues.<p>His pristine, hand-painted images have served as a guide to the steeps, couloirs and cliffs …


Yellowstone Limited Edition Bourbon

Fall is a great season for bourbon releases, and one of the standouts this year might be Yellowstone Limited Edition Bourbon. This year's batch …

Yellowstone National Park
Arnold Palmer

11 Public Speaking Tips From the Best TED Talks Speakers |

There's no question about it: TED Talks have raised the bar sky-high for what's considered a memorable and compelling business presentation.<p>That being said, there are a handful of TED Talks speakers so talented that they almost make the rest seem dull and uninspired.<p>What makes them so special and …

Public Speaking

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7 Different Ways to Design a Simple Garden Walkway

Dream backyards don't come together all at once. It takes years of gardening and landscaping to create an oasis right at home. And much like the …


What Dreams Are Made Of

Grand Canyon

Nyquist wins the 142nd Kentucky Derby. Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier #sportsillustrated #KyDerby #nyquist

ForeverSpin™ World Famous Metal Spinning Tops

Spinning tops have a certain beauty of their own. From the therapeutic remedy of their spins to the texture of a finely-machined metal object, every …

Amazing bars around the world to drink at before you die